Protest at Ferranti Technology Oldham.

Balfour Declaration Protest Monday 2nd November 2020 3pm – 4.30pm at Ferranti Technology Oldham.   

End The Arms Trade with Israel – Shutdown Elbit

The protest will comply with Covid requirements. all participants are requested to social distance and wear masks as follows:

  • Social distance – please ensure you remain 2 metres apart. Raise your arms at the start of our demonstration to ensure you are 2 metres apart.
  • Wear Face masks/coverings – these are known to reduce risk & show that we are taking pre-cautions.
  • Practise Hand hygiene – regular hand washing/hand sanitiser please.
  • Only ‘Zero-Contact’ alternatives for handouts like leaflets and contact sheets to be used.
  • Follow any update government Covid Guidance…/local-covid-alert-level-very-high

On the 2nd November 1917, then British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued a declaration, only 67 words long, that supported the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”.

It was one nation solemnly promising a second nation the country of a third…… And it was land Britain had no rights over, legal or otherwise.

The Balfour Treaty also stated that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”. The events of the Nakba, the 1948 expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinian Arabs from their homes, show just how seriously this was taken.

It has been over 103 years since the Balfour Declaration, 72 Years since the Nakba, 53 years since the Occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and to this day Israel has never declared its borders. Occupations and treaties make Israel’s current borders.

Millions of Palestinians live in refugee camps, unable to return to their homes they were violently evicted from. Millions of Palestinians live under a brutal military occupation in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, surrounded by the ever-expanding illegal settlements and the threat of annexation. There are 65 Israeli Laws that discriminate against Palestinians living in Israel.

Israel is an apartheid state. The definition of apartheid is “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them”.

We will be protesting outside Elbit Ferranti, a factory belonging to the biggest private Israeli arms company. Elbit Systems have sold their weapons as “battlefield proven”, which means they have been used in the occupied West Bank or besieged Gaza Strip.

We demand the British Government to #stoparmingisrael.