A direct action group in support of Palestine burst onto the scene in London this week by storming an Israeli arms company in the heart of the English capital to highlight Britain’s complicity in war crimes against the Palestinians. Four members of Palestine Action took part in the audacious daylight strike on Number 77 Kingsway, in Holborn, where Elbit Systems has its British HQ.
Elbit is Israel’s biggest private arms company. It has ten bases across Britain, including four arms factories which produce parts for drones used in Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine.
The activists from Palestine Action also wanted to highlight the British government’s direct involvement in licensing arms deals worth around £376 million since 2015. The group was thwarted by security guards in their bid to reach the fifth floor where Elbit’s HQ is located, but staff returning to work on Friday morning found graffiti and paint splattered outside the entrance.
One elderly activist who breached the building’s security complained to journalists that she had been “ripped out of the lift and pushed against a glass door” by the guards. “We are going to take action and escalate until all complicity with Israeli apartheid ends,” she insisted. “The British government has been complicit in the…