On the 1st July 2019 activists across the country took part in a national day of action against Israeli owned weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems.
In Kent, protesters gained access to the new site of Elbit subsidary Instro Precision. The action shut the factory down for the day. This is the 5th time since 2014 the Kent-based factory has been forced to shut.
Elbit is the largest Israeli owned arms manufacturer, and produces many of the weapons used by Israel in its oppression of Palestinians. They produce 85% of the armoured drones used by Israel, along with a range of other military equipment, such as artillery cannons and tank parts. These weapons are then used directly on Palestinians, for example, drones have been used to drop tear gas on protesters on the Great Return March. Along with this, Elbit’s Hermes 450 drone, which can carry up to two medium range missiles, was used in the 2014 Gaza Massacre, in which Israel killed over 2100 Palestinians.
This crowdfunder will help pay for transport, banners, leaflets, accommodation, communications and other equipment used on the day. This crowd funder has been set up by by members of the protest group, and all money donated will go towards the collectively agreed costs of the protest. Any extra will go towards future actions.
PRESS COVERAGE OF THE DAY: