Yosra Al Showa - Killed in an Israeli drone strike on her home on November 20 2012
“If they just knew for a second what a weapon can do, what it costs us I think they would stop. I think they have no souls, when they look at the TV and see the news did they see the people killed by these drones, how did they feel? If they just came here for one night and heard the bombing and the planes and the drones – I don’t know what they would feel – I think they should come here and live our experience in war and they would understand”
Ridda Abu Znaid, who watched as her sister and cousin were killed by an Israeli drone strike in the Gaza strip in 2009 speaking about the companies who manufacture drones
Resist the drone wars – Public meeting and discussion, 7pm Wednesday 29th January 2014, The Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton, ALL WELCOME
Corporate Watch have recently visited Gaza to research Israeli drone attacks. Drones were the weapon that caused the most deaths during the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2012. But the Israeli drone industry is profitable as well as deadly. Israeli arms companies, profiting from their experience gained by committing war crimes against the people of Gaza, have sold drone technology to 49 countries around the world. Israeli company Elbit are working with the UK government to develop a British drone. Come and hear the stories of those at the receiving end of drone technology and find out how you can join the campaign to make sure Elbit don’t profit any further from the bloodshed they have caused in Gaza.
To read more about Israel’s drones click here.
Smash EDO will speak about the campaign to close down EDO MBM, the Brighton arms factory. EDO is owned by ITT Exelis which markets equipment used on UK and US drones.
Download a PDF of the flyer for the event here
Every year the victims of the arms trade rise from the grave and haunt the Brighton arms factory. This year they were joined by grim reapers, Satan and Abu Ghraib torture prisoners…
On Halloween, the day to remember the dead, we reminded EDO of those who are killed by components made on our doorstep. In Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Palestine, Pakistan and Yemen, people have lost family members, friends, people they love, because of imperialist aims at grabbing resources and power, and because of arms companies whose interests lie in more invasions, more death, more destruction, more heartbreak.
As EDO workers left the building, they were met with chants of “blood on your hands, shame on you”.
Every bomb that is dropped, every bullet that is fired in the name of this war of terror, has to be made somewhere. And wherever that is, it can be resisted.
Every year the victims of the components made at the EDO MBM factory rise from the grave and lurch toward the Brighton arms manufacturer in search of revenge and living flesh…
We will be demonstrating again on 31st October, 4-6pm, at the EDO arms factory, Home Farm Road, Brighton. Dress in Halloween costume and bring some noise (musical instruments, pots, pans)!
Millions are killed every year in military conflict, from the more-than-a-decade occupation of Afghanistan, which has brought nothing but death and turmoil to the people of the country, to the Israeli state occupation and apartheid against the people of Palestine to the US’s covert drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Military companies are benefiting from these bloody conflicts while the net result of all this is to maintain the current status quo — global domination by a handful of capitalist states.
There will be a Bikes not Bombs Critical Mass riding to the arms dealers’ dinner.
Meet 5pm at Bank Junction, Thursday 12th. Bring noise, colour, contempt.
DSEi Arms dealers’ “charity” dinner- you couldn’t make it up!
Meet 6.30pm, Thursday September 12,
Troxy, 490 Commercial Rd, E1 OHX
Follow @DisarmDsei on Twitter for updates on the day
Whilst the US and its allies are teetering on the edge of military action in Syria, the DSEi arms fair is happy to arm either side. When it comes to world wide arm sales, it’s all about the powerful making a killing.
The UK is pouring arms into Saudi Arabia – chief sponsor of the Syrian jihadists. There will be a Saudi delegation shopping for military equipment at Excel this week, whilst Rosoboron Export, Russia’s state arms export agency which supplies weapons to Assad, will be there as well. And, if Assad was indeed the one using the chemical weapons, the fact is that the UK government also approved the sale of the necessary chemicals to the Syrian regime.
On Thursday September 12th, assorted DSEi arms dealers are gathering at the Troxy to raise money for wounded British soldiers by hosting a boxing competition by the Army Boxing Association and charity auction. We say that there’d be a lot less wounded squaddies if the arms traders stuffing their faces weren’t selling weapons to anyone who’ll buy them.
Squaddies get some sort of choice about going to war. The inhabitants of the countries where the arms are ending up don’t! In the end, the only people getting fat from the arms trade (£2500 a table anyone?) are the arms dealers themselves.
Lets give them the kind of welcome they deserve!