All Out For Shenstone - Protest Arms Sales to Israel
08 Aug | 12-2PM
UAV Engines Factory
Lynn Lane, Shenstone
Litchfield, WS14 0DT
Palestine activists are turning the spotlight on the UK's arms trade with Israel. The Big Ride cycle "demo" is calling for people from across the UK to join a peaceful protest outside the UAV Engines factory, in Shenstone, near Lichfield, on Monday 8 August at 12.00 noon. The UAV Engines factory is owned by Elbit Systems, Israel's largest private arms manufacturer. Join us in demanding a two-way military embargo on arms sales with Israel.
Support for the initiative has been flowing in from MPs and MEPs, Trade Unions, Faith Groups, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop The War, Campaign Against the Arms Trade, Friends of Al Aqsa, Jews for Justice for Palestine, and many more.
Transport is planned for the protest at Shenstone on 8 August from Manchester, Sheffield, London and Bristol. Please see below for further information.
The UK Government's unethical arms trade with Israel allows profits to be made on the back of human suffering. By exposing the arms companies on our doorstep we can:
- Raise awareness with the public
- Encourage local debate
- Bring local campaigners together to build opposition to the arms trade
- Make it harder for arms companies to go about their business
- Demonstrate to decision-makers that the public do not support the trade
- Encourage arms company employees to examine their consciences
- Be creative and have fun!
Organisers of the protest have made a clear statement of opposition to all forms of racism and discrimination, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
Criticism of Israeli Government policy, criticism of the UK's arms trade with Israel, and criticism of Israeli state actions against the Palestinians is not anti-Semitism. We oppose any attempt to limit legitimate debate or any attempt to prevent support for the Palestinian people, whether living in the occupied territories, resident as second class citizens in Israel, or living elsewhere as refugees.
In 2015 The Big Ride also raised over £65,000 for the Middle East Children's Alliance to help rebuild the lives of children traumatized by Israel's deadly bombardment of Gaza in 2014.
What time do the buses leave and how much will a seat be?
We are expecting all the buses will leave around 9.00 am and will cost £20. Local coordinators will decide pick up points, exact times and cost.
Will there be other transport arranged?
There will also be transport from Liverpool, Newcastle, Bradford, Leeds and Cambridge. Contact us for details.
Organised by: The Big Ride For Palestine »