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Palestine Action targets property company linked to Israeli weapons manufacturer

THE offices of an international property company, which leases premises in Britain to an Israeli weapons manufacturer, were targeted by protesters today.

Activists from Palestine Action stormed the offices of Jones Lang LaSalle in London, York and Manchester in the early hours of this morning.

The campaign group says that the property firm rents offices in London to Israeli-owned Elbit Systems, which runs five British factories manufacturing drones used by the Israeli military.

According to Palestine Action, Elbit drones have been used repeatedly in attacks on Gaza.

The direct action group said it shut down the property company’s office in London’s Mayfair, while its premises in Manchester and York were covered in blood-red paint.

Palestine Action is calling on the company to end its involvement with Elbit and to evict the arms firm from the properties it rents.

One of the activists, who does not wish to be named, said: “We send our solidarity to the people of Palestine. 

“This is just one small act, but we are proud to be part of a wider movement fighting for freedom and justice for the Palestinian people.”

Palestine Action claims that Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest arms manufacturer, producing 85 per cent of Israel’s combat and surveillance drones, as well as their land-based military equipment. 

The group said that Elbit products, in particular their Hermes combat drones, are used for the indiscriminate killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and in the repression and surveillance of Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Jones Lang LaSalle has been approached for comment.

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