Companies accused of profiting from Palestinian deaths through supply of military equipment to Israeli Govt.

Elbit Protests

Companies with a manufacturing presence in the UK are alleged to have profited from Palestinian deaths in Gaza through the supply of military equipment to the Israeli Government.

We invited the companies singled out in the report by RT, featured below, to respond. Selex Galileo (part of Finmeccanica Group) responded (see response below).  UAV Engines (part of Elbit Systems), Raytheon, and Schleifring Systems (part of Schleifring und Apparatebau) did not respond.

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Article
18 February 2015

UK: Arms company Instro Precision (part of Elbit Systems) occupied by protesters over sales to Israel & Afghanistan

Author: London Palestine Action

Instro Precision, an arms company near Broadstairs (Kent), was occupied at 5am this morning to protest its sales to both Israel and Afghanistan. Four people are on the roof with banners to shut the factory down, with ten more on the ground, one of whom is locked to the fence. A wide range of groups came together to make this happen, including: Brighton BDS, Brighton Palestine Action, Smash EDO, Stop NATO Cymru, Anarchist Action Network, East Kent CAAT, Swansea Action for Palestine (with a bit of support from us too). Instro is owned by Israeli arms company Elbit Systems, who make drones that are used to kill Palestinian civilians in Gaza. Optical and camera systems like those made at the Instro factory are also supplied by Elbit for use in drones flown over Afghanistan, as well as in Israel’s apartheid wall. [Elbit Systems was the target of similar protests in August 2014 when we invited them to respond but they did not]

 

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Article
2 February 2015

Elbit Systems' alleged complicity in the assault on Gaza

Author: Who Profits

"ELBIT SYSTEMS' COMPLICITY IN THE ASSAULT ON GAZA 2014", Nov 2014

Over the summer months of 2014, Elbit has reaped an unprecedented profit and made large increase in its sales. This increase coincided with the brutal Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014 in addition to the Israeli military campaign of June 2014 in the West Bank. Due to its lethal performance in Gaza, the company has earned an international reputation, which helped seal additional contracts with other countries and their respective militaries around the world.

In the month of July 2014 alone, during the peak of the assault on the Gaza Strip, Elbit’s profits increased by 6.1%. This is the highest level of increase since 2010 for the company and its valuation on a price-to-earnings basis is near the most expensive in five years. Notabely, Elbit’s ‘Hermes’ drone is one of the most widely used products by the Israeli Army, particularly in the Gaza Strip. The Hermes 450 can carry upto two medium range missiles and has been heavily deployed against civilians in Gaza during the assault this summer in particular.

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Company non-response
2 September 2014

Schleifring Systems declines to respond to allegations it has profited from Palestinian deaths in Gaza

Article
27 August 2014

UAV Engines (part of Elbit Systems), Selex Galileo (part of Finmeccanica), Schleifring Systems (part of Schleifring und Apparatebau) & Raytheon accused of supplying arms to Israeli Government

Author: Sarah Jane Brennan, RT

Against a backdrop of widespread bloodshed and devastation in Gaza, a mounting body of evidence indicates military equipment used by Israel during Operation Protective Edge was made in the UK...Approximately 44 defense companies spanning Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland broker UK arms exports to Israel, according to the CAAT [Campaign Against the Arms Trade]. Four such firms are Raytheon, Schleifring Systems, Selex Galileo, and UAV Engines...In the wake of the IDF’s recent Gaza attacks, high profile politicians from all sides of Britain’s political spectrum have publicly pleaded with the UK government to rethink its policy of exporting arms to Israel...UK NGOs War on Want and Amnesty International UK have also called for Britain to terminate all arms exports to Israel... For weeks the UK government reviewed existing export licenses to Israel. Over the duration of this “review,” however, over 1,500 Palestinians civilians died as a result of IDF military aggression. On August 12, the UK government finally announced the findings of its probe into UK arms export licenses. Liberal Democrat MP, Vince Cable, admitted twelve UK licenses may have facilitated the export of military arsenal that could have been deployed in Operation Protective Edge...But the government has made no concrete promise to suspend these licenses...Barclays have also come under fire...for its investment in Elbit Systems...UK law firm Leigh Day issued a formal letter to Vince Cable on Friday on behalf of CAAT warning the UK government’s failure to immediately suspend current arms export licenses to Israel is unlawful given the risk these military wares may be deployed in Gaza. The firm warned it has been instructed to seek a judicial review if the government refuses to suspend the export of the components. 

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Company non-response
26 August 2014

Elbit Systems (owner of UAV Engines) did not respond

Author: Elbit Systems

Company non-response
26 August 2014

Raytheon did not respond

Company response
26 August 2014

Selex Galileo (part of Finmeccanica group) response

Author: Selex Galileo

The RT article that you link to is factually inaccurate in its reference to our company. Selex ES has no Gabbiano radars in service in Israel and has no End User licence for Israel. This means that Israel is not a user of Selex ES’s Gabbiano radars. The contract for the supply of Gabbiano radar to Hermes 450 and 900 was for Hermes unmanned aerial vehicles in use by countries other than Israel.

Article
25 August 2014

Statement by Barclays on its involvement with the defence industry

Author: Barclays

"Allegations regarding Barclays and the defence industry – setting the record straight"

Barclays is aware of allegations made about our company investing in the defence sector.Allegations that Barclays is an investor in the defence industry are simply untrue. Barclays is not an investor in the defence industry. These allegations may stem from our historic ownership of a business formerly called BGI (Barclays Global Investors), an asset manager which did have significant investment positions in defence companies. Barclays sold this company in 2009, and has no on-going interest, financial or otherwise, in BGI. Specific claims that Barclays is an investor in a defence company called Elbit Systems Ltd are also untrue. Barclays is not an investor in Elbit Systems Ltd. Despite this fact, Barclays’ name may appear on the share register of this company. Barclays holds a very small number of shares in Elbit Systems Ltd on behalf of clients and to hedge exposure against customer facing transactions. Currently such holdings amount to less than 0.2% of the total shares in that company. Holding shares in companies on behalf of clients, as well as maintaining appropriate hedging strategies, is normal practice for banks, but does not equate to an investment made by Barclays. Finally Barclays has a very clear policy in respect of our business relationship with the defence industry...Thank you.

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