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UK to jail pro-Palestinian protesters

Press TV – August 20, 2017

A group of five pro-Palestinian activists in the UK face possible prison sentences after being arrested during protests outside an Israeli-owned weapons manufacturing company.

Charged with a breach of the Trade Union and Labor Relations Act, the protesters face at least six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000, the media reported Sunday.

They were arrested in July following a protest in the West Midlands town of Shenstone that forced the UAV Engines Ltd plant, a subsidiary of Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems, to shut down all operations for two days.

The demonstration saw activists put small coffins outside the factory and lay down next to them to raise awareness about the Israeli regime’s record of killing Palestinian children over the years-long occupation of the country.

Palestine Action, the organization that helped organize the demonstration, said all of the accused would plead not guilty in the case.

“They [protesters] believe that the factory is complicit in illegal activity and that they were preventing a crime,” the group’s Birmingham and Manchester branches said in a statement.

A lawyer for the protesters said “the lawfulness of [Elbit and UAV Engine’s] activity in its factory” was one of the issues that they were going to discuss in the case.

Based in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Elbit produces range of military equipment, including drones, aircraft, weapon control systems, and artillery.

The company’s customers include the Israeli army, US Air Force, the British Royal Air Force, and the French Defense Ministry.

A group of European Banks and financial institutions have on several occasions boycotted the company for arming Israeli military forces despite growing criticism from the international community.

The efforts are part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) global movement against Israeli companies.

The British government has been under increasing pressure from Israel to put a ban on pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

A number of universities in the UK have already banned their students from holding events in solidarity with the people of Palestine.

August 20, 2017 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. curiously,

    there are still no “JEWS” in the Old Testament….

    just as there were No Dallas cowboys at the Alamo,

    http://www.worldcat.org/title/tango-briefing/oclc/698236/editions?referer=di&editionsView=true

    …..and No One on Earth …..

    http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Mich%C3%A8le_Renouf

    HAS to be a “JEWISH”…!!! <—– really REALLY GOOD NEWS !!!

    from the mouths of babes…

    Comment by Anthony Clifton | August 20, 2017 | Reply

  2. It hardly seems fair to go to jail for 5 years, and get fined 5,000 pounds for making a peaceful protest. But, then again, Britain is the World Banking Capitol, and is heavily involved in the International Arms trade, and of course, Israel has “Undue Influence” in the British parliament via the “Friends of Israel”. The BDS movement is having an impact, obviously.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 20, 2017 | Reply


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