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Campaigners to rally to 'shut down' Israeli arms firm Elbit Systems over complicity in war crimes

CAMPAIGNERS will protest tomorrow outside the London headquarters of Israel’s biggest private arms firm, in the latest of a series of actions against Elbit Systems. 

Palestine Action, a new direct action network, has targeted the offices at 77 Kingsway, Holborn, five times in the last month in a bid to kick out the arms firm. 

Protesters will gather at the site from 1pm tomorrow to highlight Britain’s “complicity in Israeli apartheid” through the government allowing Elbit to operate in the country. 

The firm has 10 sites around the country including London, Oldham and Kent. 

Speaking ahead of the protest activist Huda Ammori told the Morning Star: “The UK has been complicit in the colonisation of Palestine for over 100 years. 

“They are openly allowing Elbit Systems, who market their weapons as ‘battle-tested’ on Palestinian civilians, to operate here in the UK. This cannot and will not continue. 

“We need all people of conscience in the UK to take a stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, to disrupt ‘business as usual’ and mobilise to shut Elbit down.”

Elbit Systems supplies around 85 per cent of drones used by the Israeli military, which are used in daily surveillance and attacks on Gaza, according to Corporate Watch.

Palestine Action has launched a series of actions targeting the offices, including splattering red paint across the floor and scrawling “Shut Elbit Down” on the facade. 

The Morning Star understands that other actions targeting Elbit are also planned on Saturday. 

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