On Monday, a group of over 100 protesters blockaded two sites of Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer, Elbit Systems, shutting them both down for over 5 hours in spite of a heavy police presence.
Glass panels were cracked, and the front doors were covered in red paint, symbolising the bloodshed of the Palestinian people.
Activists from Palestine Action drenched the Manchester offices of Bank of New York Mellon in red paint to symbolise the bank’s complicity in Palestinian bloodshed.
They arrived at the site in Filton at 8:20 am and prevented vehicle access to the site by standing together at the entrance.
Windows were shattered, and the site was covered in red paint, symbolising the bloodshed of the Palestinian people.
This victory comes after an extensive direct action campaign.
Palestine Action, supported by the Bristol-based group ‘Rise Up for Palestine’, have shut down the Israeli-owned Elbit weapons Headquarters in Bristol.
In a landmark case, eight Palestine Action activists who used direct action to shut down the Israeli weapons trade have been acquitted of a total of 12 charges, which included criminal damage, burglary and encouraging criminal damage.
Palestine Action has received confirmation that the property managers for Elbit Systems’ Shenstone drone factory, Fisher German, have cut ties with the Israeli arms manufacturer.
Shutting down both Elbit’s Shenstone weapons factory and their Bristol Headquarters, Palestine Action is occupying the roof of UAV Engines Ltd. (UEL) and blockading the private road leading to Elbit’s HQ.