There are a small number of councillors supporting the requests for City Hall to be lit in the cause of Palestine and the demand for a ceasefire on November 14th. Ask your councillor to support an open letter requesting the same:
Dear Councillor X,
Thank you if you have already signed the BCC ePetition on the Israel Gaza Conflict (https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=290…) and shared it with others. The online signatures have now reached 3,500 people in less than a week and many hundreds more have signed printed petitions which will also be submitted.
I would also like to encourage you to sign the BCC Councillors’ open letter that has been sent to your councillor email address. It is important that our elected politicians demonstrate that they have empathy with the people of Gaza and demand a ceasefire now.
Palestine Action’s blockade of the only access to Elbit’s weapons headquarters in Bristol is continuing overnight. We’re calling on all media to cover the ongoing action at the premises.
The address is: Elbit Systems, 30 Hempton Lane, Bristol, BS32 4AR
Dozens are supporting activists who’ve attached themselves to each other and blocked the private road in Aztec West which leads to the premises, disrupting the site’s operation by preventing access.
Elbit Systems supplies 85% of Israel’s drone fleet, and 85% of its land-based military equipment, and are vital in the state terror inflicted on Palestine.
These actions happen at a time when Israel is mounting a campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing, bombarding Gaza and killing over 8,306 people, 40% of whom are children.
Last week, the Israeli Air Force announced its first use of Elbit’s ‘Iron Sting‘ mortar bomb on Gaza, a weapon which can penetrate double reinforced concrete from a range of 12 kilometers.
Medical teams in Gaza have reported seeing unusually severe burns on the bodies of Palestinians who have been killed or wounded by Israeli strikes, and have related these injuries to new weapons used by the Israeli military.
Elbit Systems operates across the UK. The Bristol location, which is leased from Sedgemore District Council, is Elbit’s main operational facility. This action therefore hits at the heart of Elbit’s strategic centre, to cause obstruction to business as usual.
Previously, activists from Palestine Action smashed into the side and occupied the inside in May 2022, to mark 74 years since the Nakba (The Catastrophe) began.
Palestine Action is a direct-action network of groups and individuals formed with the mandate of taking action against the sites of Elbit Systems and other companies complicit in Israeli apartheid, calling for all such sites to be shut down.