Monthly Archives: February 2014

Resist the Drone Wars: Public meeting and discussion

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*Resist drone wars: The impact of drone attacks on Gaza*

*When:* Monday 24 March, 7pm

*Where:* Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ

Public meeting and discussion

Drone attacks caused the most deaths during the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2012. Come and hear the stories of those at the receiving end of drone technology, taken from Corporate Watch‘s recent visit to Gaza.

Find out how to make sure that Israeli drone makers don’t profit any further from bloodshed in Gaza.

Mary Dobbing will talk about Drone Wars UK‘s newly published research into Israel’s production, use and proliferation of drones.

Plus practical planning about how we can resist the drone wars from here in London, led by London Palestine Action.

*”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

Organised by UK groups campaigning against drones

www.corporatewatch.org

www.dronewars.net

www.londonpalestineaction.tumblr.com

www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk

www.waronwant.org/

www.smashedo.org.uk

Cases dropped against arms fair campaigners

Blockade of the 2013 DSEi arms fair (Photo taken by Campaign against arms trade)

Blockade of the 2013 DSEi arms fair (Photo taken by Campaign against arms trade)

This week the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) discontinued a case against five activists charged with disrupting the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) arms fair. Here is a personal account from one of the defendants. Continue reading

New Briefing – Besieging health services in Gaza: a profitable business

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Corporate Watch’s new briefing exposes how the Israeli economy profits from the siege of health services in Gaza and highlights calls from Palestinian health workers to boycott Israeli pharmaceutical companies.

Read the briefing online | Download a PDF of the briefing

 

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Will the flowers of Gaza break Israel’s siege this Valentine’s Day?

Flowers from Gaza being prepared for export

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and for supermarkets and florists that means a massive increase in the sale of flowers. But where are the bouquets they are flogging to romantic couples grown?

Farmers in Gaza have long been encouraged by Israeli companies to focus their production on high risk ‘cash crops’ such as flowers and strawberries, and the arrival of carnations from Rafah to European markets for Christmas or Valentine’s day is often cheered on by the Israeli Government which uses it as a PR exercise to show how it ‘facilitates’ Palestinian exports. Unsurprisingly, this is not the full story.

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Ahava blockaders Supreme Court appeal fails, but campaign remains victorious

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The sign on the door of Ahava’s flagship London store the day it closed due to a successful direct action campaign

An appeal to the Supreme Court by two campaigners against the Ahava store in London has been unsuccessful.

The campaign

Ahava manufactures its products at the Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the occupied West Bank. The settlements of Mitzpe Shalem and Kibbutz Kalia are shareholders in the company (see here).

Ahava, a multinational Israeli Dead Sea products company, was forced to close its flagship store Monmouth Street, central London in 2011 after two years of concerted campaigning by grassroots groups. Continue reading

Israeli Apartheid Week talk: University of Kent

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 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.

Workshop: Resisting Israel’s drone wars

As part of the Boycott Israel Network gathering http://www.boycottisraelnetwork.net/

 

Public Talk: Eyewitness reports from Gaza

Hear from 2 solidarity activists who recently travelled to Gaza to make new connections with people living under Israeli occupation and siege.

Hear eyewitness accounts of life under siege and how to act in solidarity with people in Gaza.

Public talk in Coventry – Gaza: Life Beneath the drones

We are doing a presentation on life beneath the drones as part of Campaign Against the Arms Trade’s campaign day in Coventry (see www.caat.org.uk/events). This will also be a chance to discuss taking action against Elbit in Lichfield.

Bristol Skills not Bombs

We are giving a workshop about Gaza: Life Beneath the Drones at this event (more details at https://bristolagainstarmstrade.wordpress.com/):

Bristol Against the Arms Trade presents Skills Not Bombs!

Sunday 16th Feb (that’s this Sunday!). 11am- 4pm

The Arc, Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2HG Continue reading