Stop Arming Israel Public Meeting – York, 21st Nov

Stop Arming Israel Public Meeting – York, 21st Nov

Guest Speaker: Maya Evans
Co-Coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK

Maya is one of the nine protestors who,during the last brutal assault on Gaza occupied UAV Engines, the Staffordshire subsidiary of Elbit Systems – Israel’s largest military company.

Friday November 21st,7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL
York Palestine Solidarity Campaign: in association with York against the War, The York People’s Assembly, Yorkshire CND

Elbit Systems and the Gaza Massacres
During July and August, 1.7 million people in the besieged Gaza strip were bombarded by over 800 major strikes from Israeli drones.
More than 2000 people, including 456 children, were killed during incidents which may have been war crimes.
Elbit uses the murderous impact of its weapons for profit, marketing the drones as “field-tested” – in other words, proven to successfully kill Palestinians with nowhere to run.
UK Government Complicity in Israeli war crimes Elbit’s Staffordshire factory is a fundamental part of the U-TACS partnership, manufacturing the Watchkeeper drone, a new generation of drones for the UK military,modelled on the Hermes drone. Therefore, as well as allowing the export of drone engines and other military equipment to Israel, the UK government is importing technology that has been developed through Israel’s military operations against Gaza and, in doing so, is aiding and abetting Israel’s aggression.

The Elbit 9
Maya is one of the 9 protesters who, on August 5th, scaled the roof of the UAV Engines factory in Shenstone Staffordshire and occupied it, bringing all production to a halt until they were all arrested 2 days later.
All nine of the protesters have now been charged with aggravated trespass, have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting a trial date.

The meeting
Maya’s talk will cover the details of the UK-Israel military trade, which included £185m worth of military exports to Israel between 2008-12, She will make the case for a full two-way military embargo on Israel, without which the UK’s complicity in Israeli aggression will continue to put us all to shame.
While those in power stay silent in the face of crimes against humanity, and indeed facilitate them, ordinary people must put serious pressure on the UK government to stop arming Israel.
Maya will tell us how we can do this.

More Information
For more information of what you can do and to sign the petition calling for an end tothe arms trade with Israel, go to:
– http://www.bdsmovement.net/stoparmingisrael
For answers to frequently asked questions, go to
http://www.caat.org.uk/resources/countries/israel/faq.php