UK Factory Faces Protest over Weapons Sales Fueling Israel's Attacks on Gaza

UK Factory Faces Protest over Weapons Sales Fueling Israel's Attacks on Gaza

Demonstrators gathered outside a military equipment production facility in Kent on Thursday, expressing their concerns regarding the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

Demonstrators gathered outside a military equipment production facility in Kent on Thursday, expressing their concerns regarding the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

<p>British workers say they have responded to a call by Palestinian trade unions to “Stop Israeli war crimes"</p>

The facility, Instro Precision Ltd, operates under the larger umbrella of Elbit systems, an Israeli drone producer. Critics argue that the equipment produced at this location is eventually utilized by the Israeli military.

Approximately 150 individuals participated in the demonstration, with representatives from diverse professional backgrounds such as healthcare, education, and academia. Several unions, such as Unite, UNISON, the NEU, UCU, the BMA, and BFAWU, were represented amongst the demonstrators.

Jeanine Hourani, a representative from the Palestine Youth Movement, stated, “Our demonstration today is a message to the UK government. We urge them to re-evaluate their stance and work towards halting British involvement in what we see as Israeli injustices, to push for an immediate truce in Gaza, and to ensure that humanitarian aid is allowed in.”

<p>Trade unionists said the UK was “complicit” in the bombardment of the Gaza strip</p>

Reflecting the sentiments of many healthcare workers present, Abbie, a junior doctor affiliated with the BMA remarked, “Witnessing the impact on medical personnel and their patients in Gaza is deeply distressing. With reports of the healthcare infrastructure in Gaza breaking down, many of us felt compelled to voice our concerns.”

The gathering was in response to appeals from Palestinian trade unions that are urging an end to what they label as "Israeli war crimes". Several protestors displayed signs echoing this call.

According to Palestinian sources, the conflict in Gaza over the past three weeks has led to the loss of over 7,000 lives. Israel, meanwhile, has reported that 1,400 individuals perished due to Hamas actions on 7 October.

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