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In April 2016 it was announced that Elbit Systems would be investing more than $10million dollars in the training of medical professionals in the Australian Royal Flying Doctors.

SIGN THE PETITION asking the RFDS to not support an arms manufacturer complicit in Israel’s violations of international law.

 

 

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Why End Military Ties?

Over the last 15 years the Israeli government has engaged in regular military operations against the Palestinians

– Defensive Shield (in the West Bank) in 2002
(497 Palestinians killed, 1,447 injured)

– Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008-09
(at least 1200 Palestinians killed, over 5,000 injured)

– Pillar of Defense in Gaza in 2012
(over 160 killed and hundreds injured)

– Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014
(over 2,100 killed and over 11,000 injured)

In virtually all operations the Israeli Defense Forces used new military technology and weapons which were then marketed as ‘field tested’. According to Israeli journalist Shuki Sadeh, arms industry sales tend to pick up in the aftermath of an Israeli military operation.

 

 

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International Movement Against Military Ties with Israel

A growing number of countries – Norway, Denmark, Brazil – have made positive steps towards ending military ties with Israel. {You can read more about this here: RESOURCES}

In the wake of Operation Protective Edge there was an increase in international outrage at Israel’s disproportionate military onslaught. Many key international figureheads called on the UN and governments across the world to “take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.”

Former British international affairs government minister, Andrew Mitchell also called for a boycott of all military trade with Israel and 80 Australian politicians signed the Canberra Declaration on Gaza demanding an immediate cessation of hostilities, and an end to the occupation of Palestinian Territories and the blockade of Gaza.

The pressure from within Israel is also mounting, due in part to the great economic costs of maintaining the regime. The Israel-based ADVA Centre, in a 2008 report The Cost of Occupation states the conflict is “like a millstone around the neck of Israel: it undermines economic growth, burdens the budget, limits social development, [and] sullies its vision”.

 

Endorsement

We call on the Australian government, military and companies to step up and do the same: end all military ties with the Israel government, military and companies.

This campaign has been endorsed by the following organisations:
the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney
Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA)
Australian Palestinian Professionals Association  (APPA)
Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP)
Jews Against the Occupation (JAO)
Sydney University Staff for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions
Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN)
Sydney Hiroshima Day Committee
Free Gaza Australia
Marrickville Peace Group