‘Israel ties’ protest causes blockage at Glasgow shipyard

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Campaigners staging a blockade at BAE Systems in Glasgow are asking the company to end ties with Israel.

The protestors who have been standing at the entrance to the shipyard are calling on the firm to cease all weapons and defense supplies trading.

It claims that since 2014, the UK has exported more than £220m of weapons and weapons technology to Israel.

The group called ‘Workers for a Free Palestine’ orchestrated a series of disruptions across four BAE sites throughout the UK this morning include the one in Govan, Glasgow. The group is calling for an end to the occupation of Palestine.

The action has forced BAE Govan to halt productions today in a move seen across the other factories in England.

The UK Government is also being called upon to support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and is calling for an end to the occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Campaigners blockade BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow over ‘Israel ties’
Picture credit – Hassan Ghani

 

A BAE Systems spokesperson said: “We’re horrified by the situation in Israel and Gaza and the devastating impact it’s having on civilians in the region and we hope it can be resolved as soon as possible.” 

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Simultaneous actions in France, Denmark, and the Netherlands today have all been organized in response to a call by Palestinian trade unionists for workers around the world to disrupt the flow of arms to Israel.

Organisers say that since the attacks started back in October, over 20,000 people have been killed.

Harsha, a carer aged 35, said: “I’m disgusted that whilst the Scottish Parliament has voted to back a ceasefire and the First Minister has spoken up in support of the Palestinian people, Scottish Enterprise has given funding to BAE. This public money, our money, should be invested in caring.”

Earlier this week BAE Systems announced that it was creating 300 new jobs in Glasgow for the construction of new warships. The manufacturer currently employs more than 3,200 workers at its Glasgow sites at Govan and Scotstoun.

Video credit – Hassan Ghani

This comes just a few weeks after stars, guests, and politicians urged for a Gaza ceasefire at the Bafta Scotland Awards event after being lobbied by pro-Palestine activists as they arrived for the glitzy ceremony.

Some of the winners from that evening used their appearance on stage to voice solidarity with Palestinians. The event was attended by First Minister Humza Yousaf who only recently managed to get his own mother and father in-law out of the Gaza Strip back home to Scotland. His brother-in-law remains working there in a hospital.

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