Demonstration Friday 8 April 2016 Thales
Arms Factory in Crawley
there was a lively demonstration of about 70 people organised by Brighton &
Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Sussex Stop Arming Israel (SSAI) group. It was covered on RT and in the local press
and is a very good start.
(UK) works with the Israeli arms company Elbit Systems to develop the
Watchkeeper drone, modelled on Elbit’s Hermes 450 drone used extensively over
Gaza. Thales is therefore a major target in the STOP ARMING ISRAEL campaign.
contract to develop the Watchkeeper drone is worth about £1 billion. It is this which lies between all the ‘anti-Semitism’
nonsense in and around the Labour Party.
are calling on campaigning groups in London and the South East to endorse,
publicise and come along to this demonstration to give a clear message to
- they are complicit in Israel’s war crimes against
the Palestinian people through their joint enterprise with Israeli arms
company Elbit Systems
- arms manufacturers are not welcome in our
UK’s Watchkeeper drone has been developed under a £1 billion joint venture
contract awarded by the Ministry of Defence to Thales UK and Israel’s Elbit
Systems, allowing the UK military to benefit from technologies that have been
‘field tested’ on the Palestinians.
Crawley factory is one of Thales’s largest facilities in the UK.
Watchkeeper drone project illustrates the collaboration between the UK
government and Israel, and the joint working between private arms companies
from both countries.
demo outside the Thales arms factory in Crawley on April 8th will be an
important part of the campaign for a two-way arms embargo against Israel, as
called for by the Palestinian BDS National Committee:
comprehensive military embargo on Israel is long overdue. It would form a
crucial step towards ending Israel’s unlawful and criminal use of force against
the Palestinian people and other peoples and states in the region and would
constitute an effective, non-violent measure to pressure Israel to comply with
its obligations under international law.”
are critical times for Palestinians.There is evidence that Israel, supported by
its ever-belligerent US backers, is planning another murderous attack on
defenceless Gaza civilians, in tandem with its brutal attacks on Palestinian
resistance in the Occupied West Bank.
banners and other displays for a lively visual impact at the factory’s