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Protests in over 30 HSBC branches over its links with companies arming Israel

ACTIVISTS gathered outside more than 30 HSBC branches yesterday in a national day of action calling for the bank to stop its dealings with companies selling weapons and equipment to Israel.



 Palestine Solidarity Campaign)
Activist occupy one of HSBC's branches (Pic: Palestine Solidarity Campaign)

Despite an international outcry, Israel continues to use military force against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, targeting civilians with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.

Demonstrators in the north-west staged a “die-in” at the Oldham branch, lying on the floor covered with fake blood and money alongside coffins with images of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.



HSBC holds shares in arms company Elbit Systems, which manufactures and supplies the Israeli military with drones, as well as other firms involved in the arms trade.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has an ongoing online petition, which has already gathered 20,000 signatures, calling on the bank's CEO John Flint to sever ties with the firms.


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