Anti-Israel protesters have caused the temporary closure of a factory owned by a subsidiary of Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems.
A group of 14 activists from anti-arms and pro-Palestinian organisations, including Brighton BDS and Swansea Action for Palestine, stopped production at the Kent factory of Instro Precision on Tuesday.
Camera systems similar to those made by Instro Precision are used in Israeli drones supplied by Elbit to survey the West Bank security fence.
The sit-in came two weeks after prosecutors were forced to drop a case against protesters who, last August, occupied another Elbit subsidiary. The Crown Prosecution Service ended their case after the drone engine manufacturers’ witnesses pulled out.
Four activists made it onto the roof of Instro Precision’s building and hung banners reading ‘Elbit Drones Murder!’ and ‘Stop Arming Israel!’ while one of the 10 remaining on the ground locked themselves to the company’s fence.
Kent Police confirmed that no arrests were made, and that the protest, which started at 5am, ended peacefully in the evening.
Source: The Jewish Chronicle