Monthly Archives: January 2014

Putting the arms trade on trial

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By Stop the Arms Fair

This February, several activists are on trial for taking action against the DSEi arms fair. The intention was to stop the arms fair from being set up by blockading roads used to transport military equipment and weaponry into the Excel Centre. Continue reading

Gaza: Life beneath the drones

A Hermes 450 drone - manufactured by Elbit

A Hermes 450 drone – manufactured by Elbit

In the Gaza Strip there is no escape from Israel’s drones. Nicknameed ‘zenana’ by Palestinians because of their noisy buzzing, the drones (remote control aircraft) are omnipresent. Sometimes they are there to carry out an extra judicial killing and sometimes they are there for surveillance. If you are on the ground you do not know which and you have no choice but to try to ignore them.

Since Israel’s partial withdrawal in 2005, there is not a permanent presence of Israeli soldiers in the majority of the Gaza Strip (although soldiers are a presence in the ‘buffer zone’, off Gaza’s coasts and during frequent invasions), but there is no doubt that the occupation is still brutally enforced -only now a lot of of it is done remotely from the skies. Continue reading

Help us carry on our work – donate to Corporate Occupation

Last year Corporate Watch researchers spent three months in occupied Palestine; in the West Bank and Gaza as well as inside the 1948 borders of Israel. We have gathered a wealth of information which we plan to disseminate throughout 2014. We think that the info we have collected will be a valuable resource for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israeli militarism, apartheid and occupation.

We need funds to help us to get this valuable information to the campaigners who will use it to struggle in solidarity with the Palestinians. Please donate to the project.

If you would like us to come and speak to people in your area about how to get involved in the BDS campaign please email tom [at] corporatewatch.org and therezia [at] corporatewatch.org.

Resist the drone wars – Public meeting and discussion – Wednesday Jan 29th, 7pm, Cowley Club, Brighton

Yosra Al Showa - Killed in an Israeli drone strike on her home onNovember 20 2012

Yosra Al Showa – Killed in an Israeli drone strike on her home on November 20 2012

“If they just knew for a second what a weapon can do, what it costs us I think they would stop. I think they have no souls, when they look at the TV and see the news did they see the people killed by these drones, how did they feel? If they just came here for one night and heard the bombing and the planes and the drones – I don’t know what they would feel – I think they should come here and live our experience in war and they would understand”

Ridda Abu Znaid, who watched as her sister and cousin were killed by an Israeli drone strike in the Gaza strip in 2009 speaking about the companies who manufacture drones

Resist the drone wars – Public meeting and discussion, 7pm Wednesday 29th January 2014, The Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton, ALL WELCOME

Corporate Watch have recently visited Gaza to research Israeli drone attacks. Drones were the weapon that caused the most deaths during the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2012. But the Israeli drone industry is profitable as well as deadly. Israeli arms companies, profiting from their experience gained by committing war crimes against the people of Gaza, have sold drone technology to 49 countries around the world. Israeli company Elbit are working with the UK government to develop a British drone. Come and hear the stories of those at the receiving end of drone technology and find out how you can join the campaign to make sure Elbit don’t profit any further from the bloodshed they have caused in Gaza.

To read more about Israel’s drones click here.

Smash EDO will speak about the campaign to close down EDO MBM, the Brighton arms factory. EDO is owned by ITT Exelis which markets equipment used on UK and US drones.

Download a PDF of the flyer for the event here

 

Sireen Khudairy released

Sireen Khudairi

Yesterday we reported that Sireen Khudairy had been arrested by the Israeli military and called for her release – see here and here.

Corporate Watch just received notification from an activist who attended court that Sireen has been released. Thanks to everyone who answered the call to support Sireen. However, we would encourage everyone to remain vigilant and be ready to take further action should the harassment of Sireen continue. Sireen and her family have encountered continued harassment from the Israeli military for the past year and they may need our support again – see https://freesireen.wordpress.com/ for updates. Continue reading

Take action action against the arrest and harassment of Sireen Khudairy

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UPDATE: Sireen has been released! more details to follow…

Corporate Watch is calling for solidarity with Sireen Khudairy, a 24 year old Palestinian teacher and supporter of non-violent activism. To read our previous article about Sireen click here. Continue reading