This is a call out to Banksy and all other graffiti and street artists, from John O’Groats to Lands End, to get the mantra “Shut Elbit Down” written on every wall, street corner, billboard, doorway, underpass, road, pavement, tunnel and railway bridge, indeed, any space that you can find.
The lives of Palestinian men, women, children, nurses, journalists, paramedics, reporters, disabled, and the elderly depend on us to play a part in getting this evil, blood-lusting, war-mongering company shut and hounded out of town.
Elbit Systems Ltd is an Israeli-UK-USA based international munitions company engaged in a wide range of terrorism under the pretext of defence. It has been perfecting the art of “efficient killing”, testing its wide range of weaponry, much of which is suspected to be illegal under international law, on living Palestinian human subjects held captive in Gaza like ‘fish in a barrel’ and then selling its ‘battle-tested’ weapons to other human rights-abusing regimes across the world.
Elbit describes its drones as ‘the backbone’ of Israel’s drone fleet, says Campaign Against the Arms Trade: these drones were extensively used by the Israeli military in the 2014 attack on Gaza, which slaughtered over 2,000 Palestinian people, including more than 500 children in just 51 days.
Getting Elbit into court in the UK is proving to be a tough mission as public scrutiny of their weapons technology would probably shut them down as quickly as their ten offices and four factories have covertly popped up.
Elbit is operating under the noses of unwitting residents in British towns, villages, and cities, in business parks and industrial estates looking much like any other office. They hide their name under various subsidiaries such as UAV Engines in Shenstone, Instro Precision in Kent, Ferranti Technologies in Oldham, and Elite KL in Tamworth. They have administrative and shipping offices operating in innocuous office blocks across the UK.
Are they bringing business into local towns? No; another myth; many of their employees are Israeli postgraduates and Israeli engineers, flown over, housed, fed, and paid for, by the Israeli state. They bring nothing to our British doorsteps but complicity in the bombing, killing, maiming, and destruction of Palestinian communities.
Let’s make it known that we, the people, want to #ShutElbitDown and rid our shores of a business that profits purely from rivers of blood. Elbit isn’t welcome, isn’t wanted, and isn’t staying; says who; says we. Go paint!