Early Monday morning, 12 members of London Palestine Action, a pro-Palestinian group, took over an Israeli owned arms factory. The factory operates under the name of UAV Engines Limited, in Staffordshire and exports drones to Israel.
London Palestine Action chained the doors of the factory, scaled the roof, unfurled banners reading, "Elbit Arms Israel Kills" and "UK: Stop Arming Israel", and are currently occupying the factory. They demand the closing of the arms factory and "end to all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel".
"Drone engines manufactured at this factory have been exported to Israel in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and Elbit Systems drones are being used in Israel's ongoing massacre. Any claims that components manufactured at this factory are not being used in Israel's current attack on Gaza are not credible...Drones are a key part of Israel's military arsenal. By allowing this factory to export drone components and other arms to Israel, the UK government is providing direct support and approval to Israel's massacres," a spokesperson for London Palestine Action said this morning.
In the past month of “Operation Protective Edge,” Israel's latest attack on Gaza, Elbit shares have risen 6.1 percent, the highest level its stocks have risen in the past four years.
The spokesperson for the pro-Palestinian protesters added, "Israel is only able to murder Palestinian civilians in cold blood and attack UN schools and hospitals because of the huge military cooperation it enjoys with companies and governments around the world. This factory is the clearest example of the vast military cooperation taking place between the UK and Israel."
Today is the start of a three-day ceasefire between Israel and Gaza. In the past month over 1,800 Gazans, 80 percent of whom were civilians, have been killed by Israeli attacks and 8,500 have been wounded.
Yesterday the U.K. announced that it would be investigating any of $13.4bn of arms exported to Israel are used in Israel's ongoing attacks on the Gaza people.