Corporate Watch will be giving a workshop about the use of drones in Gaza. The workshop will focus on findings from interviews carried out with survivors of drone attacks in Winter 2013. More details at https://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/resisting-the-drone-wars-campaign-day-14-june/
Gaza’s Ark in Gaza City port during an activity day. Photo: Corporate Watch, November 2013
Today, the 29th of April 2014, a boat which planned to break the siege of Gaza was attacked in Gaza City port. Early in the morning Gaza’s Ark received a phone call warning of an immediate attack on their vessel docked in Gaza City. Five minutes later an explosion rocked the boat, according to a press release by the group. The boat sustained extensive damage and is currently two thirds submerged in water and resting on the port’s shallow seabed.
Gaza’s Ark is a joint initiative between Palestinians in Gaza and international groups and is part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition -a world wide grassroots solidarity network formed after the attempt to break the siege of Gaza from abroad through a freedom flotilla to the Strip in 2010. This time, with Gaza’s Ark, the tactic is a new one: to try to break the siege from within and to create a trade route out of Gaza port. The old fishing boat that was purchased for this purpose has been going though a transformation into a cargo vessel in Gaza City until it was sunk earlier today. It was due to finally leave the port in the next few weeks. This is not the first time that boats have been target prior to setting sail, boats preparing to partake in flotilla actions have been mysteriously damaged in the past.
In December 2013, Corporate Watch interviewed Charlie Andreasson, an international activist working on Gaza’s Ark, about the progress of the restoration and the hopes for the future. Continue reading
French arms dealers Magforce appeared at Thames Magistrates Court yesterday to answer charges that they and another company, Tianjin MyWay, sold illegal weapons at the DSEi arms fair last year in London.
Anti arms trade activists have brought the case against Magforce. Susannah Mengesha, the claimant, told Corporate Watch: “Today at the very court where we ourselves were due to stand trial for disrupting the arms fair, two international arms companies will finally begin to be held to account for their promotion of illegal torture weapons at DSEi.
This is a rare opportunity to confront the arms dealers for (some of) their actions on our own terms and for once in a forum of our own choosing.
We are absolutely clear that Magforce and Tianjin MyWay promoted illegal torture weapons at DSEi. It is also true that we oppose the sale for corporate profit of all machines designed to inflict torture and death more widely.
Whatever the outcome of this trial, there is nothing the court could do to undo the experiences of the victims of these despicable electro-shock weapons.
This case is just one aspect of a much wider struggle. The DSEi arms fair cannot be stopped by litigation alone. We must resist the arms fair on all fronts – in the courtroom, via public debate and on the streets.”
The two activists bringing the case had previously been on trial for public order offences during the protests against the 2013 DSEi arms fair. Their charges were dropped after they argued that their actions were justified due to the illegal activities of companies at the fair.
Magforce were represented by Ian Morley, a Queens Counsel from 23 Essex Street. The case is likely to be listed for a full trial later this year.
Akram Salameh holds up a picture of himself in prison uniform, taken inside Ramleh prison hospital – Photo taken by Corporate Watch, Gaza City, November 2013
Corporate Watch has been investigating the companies involved in the Israeli prison system and interviewing ex-prisoners. This interview is part of a series of articles to be released over the coming months that we hope will serve as a resource for action against companies providing equipment and services to the Israeli Prison ‘Service’ (IPS).
Palestinian organisations are calling for action on 17 April, the international day of solidarity for Palestinian political prisoners, against G4S, a British-Danish multinational company working with the IPS, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major investor in G4S. Click here to find out more. Continue reading
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