Members of London Palestine Action chain themselves to roof of UAV Engines over claims it arms the Israeli army
UAV Engines is alleged to be a subsidiary of Israeli arms company Elbit Systems.
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Activists shut down UK subsidiary of Israeli arms company allegedly supplying drones to Israeli army
Author: Ewan Palmer, IBT
"Activist Group London Palestine Action Shuts Down Israeli Drone Factory",5 Aug 2014
Pro-Palestine activists have shut down a factory in Staffordshire owned by an Israeli military company in protest at the current Gaza conflict. Members of the London Palestine Action group scaled the roof and chained the doors of the UAV Engines Limited factory in Shenstone. UAV states that it produces "engines for various size tactical UAVs, target drones and single mission platforms". It is owned by Israel's largest weapons company, Elbit Systems. London Palestine Action are demanding a closure of the factory, as well as an "end to all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel". The group unfurled banners on the roof of the factory with the slogans "Elbit Arms Israel Kills" and "UK: Stop Arming Israel" as part of the ongoing protest...A spokesperson for London Palestine Action said: "Drone engines manufactured at this factory have been exported to Israel in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and Elbit Systems drones are being used in Israel's ongoing massacre. Any claims that components manufactured at this factory are not being used in Israel's current attack on Gaza are not credible...UAV Engines Limited could not be contacted....while the rooftop protest took place.
Amnesty Intl. says protest against UAV Engines is "understandable" given past concerns about the company supplying Israel with engines for drones
Author: Ross, Lichfield Live
Amnesty International says Lichfield factory protest is ‘understandable’, 5 Aug 2014
A protest against the manufacture of drone engines in Lichfield is “understandable”, according to Amnesty International. Members of the London Palestine Action Group have chained themselves to the roof of the UAV Engines factory...Their protest centres around what they say is the use of parts made by the firm in Israeli drone technology...Amnesty International UK Arms Programme Campaign Manager Oliver Sprague, Amnesty International UK’s arms programme campaign manager, said: “It’s understandable that protesters are targeting UAV Engines given past concerns about the company supplying Israel with engines for drones.“The government has previously claimed UAV Engines is only licensed to sell drone engines to Israel for onward export, but the fear is that this Israeli-owned company’s engines are actually powering Israeli drones over Gaza, or that the technology is being copied to allow Israel to fly its drone vehicles. “Do we really want to see engines from Lichfield helping the Israeli military carry out war crimes in Gaza? “Quite frankly no UK-based company should currently be supplying the Israeli military with any arms or equipment. “Before these protests escalate, Downing Street should announce an immediate suspension of any further arms to Israel. We should not be complicit in war crimes.”
"UK protest group ‘shuts down’ factory for supplying Israel arms", 5 Aug 2014
A group of pro-Palestine activists have allegedly shut down operations in a Staffordshire factory that they say supplies arms to Israel. Around 10 activists from the London Palestine Action Group have taken to the roof of Elbit systems, an Israeli company with a subsidiary based in Shenstone, near Birmingham. According to the LPAG, Elbit systems is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of unmanned aerial drones, which many suspect the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have used in their ongoing offensive in Gaza...the activists chained the doors of the factory shut, and are demanding the closure of the factory, along with‘all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel.’The blog goes on to say: “The factory that we are occupying produces engines for drones and is owned by Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest military company and the world’s largest drones producer. Drone engines manufactured at this factory have been [sic] exported to Israel in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and Elbit Systems drones are being used in Israel’s ongoing massacre. Any claims that components manufactured at this factory are not being used in Israel’s current attack on Gaza are not credible.”