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26 Okt 2023

Joshua Askew, Euronews

Trade unionists blockade Israel-linked arms factory in UK

Destruction in Palestine

"Pro-Palestinian protesters blockade Israel-linked arms factory in UK"

The UK is a significant supplier of weapons to Israel, though watchdogs say a lack of transparency means it is difficult to determine what exactly is being sent.

More than 100 people blockaded an arms factory in the UK on Thursday, protesting Israel's alleged use of British weapons to attack Gaza. 

Trade unionists and activists picketed a site in Kent, southern England, belonging to Instro Precision, a subsidiary of one of Israel's largest weapons manufacturers Elbit Systems.  


The company has been approached for comment. 


In 2019, an Elbit press release stated that thousands of its XACT th64 and XACT th65 weapons sights had been supplied to the Israeli military...


Separately, a lock-on and a rooftop occupation disrupted Leicester's UAV Tactical Systems and Howmet Fastening Systems, which supply Israel. 


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In response to Palestinian trade unions' call: workers and trade unionists disrupt manufacturing and handling of Israel-linked arms and military equipment; incl. co. comments

Palestine/Israel: International companies supplying weapons to Israel face growing direct action amid calls to governments to enact an arms embargo against Israel