Request for funds
Five pro-Palestinian activists are facing trial for shutting down JCB operations at two different factories. The actions were a response to the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee’s call for action against corporations which manufacture bulldozers used by Israel in demolishing Palestinian property.
Both actions blocked all transport into and out of the sites for half a day, with significant knock-on effects for other JCB units in the region.
- Travel and accommodation costs for a representative from the Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq, who has agreed to act as an expert witness at the trial
- Travel and accommodation costs for 5 defendants to attend court: the first case is set to last 2 days, the second - 3 days
- Travel (and accommodation) costs for supporters
- Costs already incurred, including travel and equipment costs for the actions themselves, and attendance at first court hearings
- JCB machines have been documented taking part in the demolition of 130 different structures - including 31 homes, 2 schools, 22 businesses, 17 graves, and 499 trees.
- At least 163 people were made homeless as a result, including 31 children.
- Water pipes, roads and solar panels were also destroyed with JCB's help.
Media coverage of the actions
We are asking for funds to cover costs associated with the actions and with the court cases. Any excess funds we manage to raise will be put towards further actions.