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26 Oct 2023

Maira Butt, The Independent (UK)

Workers and unionists blockade UK weapons factory in demonstration over Israel bombardment of Gaza

"Pro-Palestine protestors blockade UK weapons factory in demonstration over Israel war"

Unionists blockaded a weapons factory in Kent for six hours on Thursday, in protest over the war in Israel.

Instro Precision Ltd, a subsidiary of Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit systems, produces military equipment unions say is exported and used by Israeli forces.


...“By gathering as workers outside the factory we categorically rejected the utilisation of British workers in enabling the genocide in Gaza.”


The protest was organised in response to a call by Palestinian trade unions to “stop Israeli war crimes” and many held placards saying the same.

More than 7,000 people have been killed in Gaza in the last three weeks, the Palestinian authorities say. Israel reports that 1,400 people were killed in Hamas attacks on 7 October.

The escalation of violence has led to calls from the international community for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian access, which the UK and US have blocked at the UN.

Elbit systems has been the centre of multiple direct action protests by Pro-Palestinian supporters including one in April last year which led to convictions for obstruction and criminal damage for two protestors.

... Instro Precision has been approached for comment.