Early on Wednesday 27th April three activists locked themselves to the Brighton arms factory EDO/ITT, in solidarity with the people of Gaza
Six Palestinians were killed over the bank holiday weekend by Israeli air strikes in Gaza.
EDO is currently working on contracts for supply of weapons umbilical connectors to US firm Lockheed Martin who are incorporating them onto the new F35 fighter plane, bound for Israel. Paul Hills, EDO, managing director, has described the function of the connector as “to provide coordinates to the guidance unit… on the weapon.”
EDO’s connector systems have already resulted in civilian deaths in Afghanistan. In 2009 Royal Dutch Air Force F-16s, equipped with EDO’s FRCS connectors, killed 52 civilians in a bombing raid in Helmand.
Chloe Marsh, Smash EDO press spokesperson said “During the last month Israel has intensified attacks on Gaza killing over 30 people and there has been talks of the possibility of a second Operation Cast Lead. EDO/ITT are as ever complicit in this slaughter, as many of these attacks have been carried out by F16s equipped with EDO components. Through the new F35 contract, EDO are ensuring that they will continue to profit from Israel’s war crimes far into the future. By accepting these contracts, EDO show beyond a doubt that they are not opposed to supporting Israel’s military machine”
A recently published UNICEF report confirmed that Israel’s military actions in and around Gaza still amount to a siege, with little alleviation of the situation for civilians. The report also revealed that Israel’s siege now puts 1.9 million children at risk of early death, injury or severe psychological harm. See http://bit.ly/eDH2vx