Resources

Here are some links that we think you may find useful.  If you would like to get involved in the campaign for Australia to end military ties with Israel, please go to the TAKE ACTION page.

SUCCESS STORIES

In September 2009 the Norwegian Pension Fund’s ethical council sold its stocks in Elbit because of Elbit’s supply of surveillance systems for the Israeli West Bank barrier. At a press conference to announce the decision, Minister of Finance Kristin Halvorsen said “We do not wish to fund companies that so directly contribute to violations of international humanitarian law”.

“In January 2010, Elbit Systems was added to Danske Bank’s list of companies that fail its Socially Responsible Investment policy, with the company not wanting to put customers’ money in “companies that violate international standards”.

In March 2010, a Swedish pension fund not wanting to be associated with companies which in its opinion are violating international treaties, boycotted Elbit Systems for being involved in constructing the Israeli West Bank security fence.”

Also in 2010  Denmark’s largest pension fund administrators PKA Ltd divested from Elbit Systems, stating “The ICJ stated that the barrier only serves military purposes and violates Palestinian human rights. Therefore we have looked at whether companies produce custom-designed products to the wall and thus has a particular involvement in repressive activities.”

In April 2014, the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul cancelled a major collaboration deal with Elbit Systems following protests “over the firm’s role in oppression of Palestinians.”

As well as….

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGNS

  • Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign – Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel
  • War on Want – Act now to Stop Arming Israel
    Help increase the pressure on the UK government to end its arms trade with Israel and its complicity in Israel’s occupation and war crimes.
  • Palestine Solidarity Committee in India – Call to oppose increasing military and trade ties with Israel
  • Campaign Against Arms TradeUK must end military ties with Israel
    Ann Feltham of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “We know UK-produced military equipment has been used by Israel in its previous actions. An embargo on all military exports to, and military collaboration with, Israel is essential to send a strong message to the Israeli government that the UK does not support its military action against the Palestinians.”
  • US Campaign to End the Israeli OccupationHow Much (Military) Aid To Israel?
  • Stop The Wall – Stop EU Funding for Elbit
  • 2014 Arms embargo statement –  ‘We call 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 aparthAmneseid’.
  • Amnesty International’s report Feb 2014 “Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories:  Trigger-Happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank” which recommended ” Amnesty International calls on the authorities of the United States of America (USA), European Union (EU), EU member states and other countries to do the following:  Suspend transfers to Israel of munitions, weapons, and related equipment including crowd control weapons and devices, training and techniques until substantive steps have been taken by Israel to achieve accountability for previous violations and effective mechanisms are in place to ensure that items will not be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law. The suspension should include all indirect exports via other countries, the transfer of military components and technologies, and any brokering, financial or logistical activities that would facilitate such transfers. This recommendation is particular relevant to the USA, as the largest foreign source of supply of weapons, munitions, police equipment and military aid to Israel.

OTHER

  • This is how we Fought in Gaza (2014): This booklet is a collection of testimonies from over 60 soldiers in mandatory and reserve service that took part in Operation “Protective Edge” in the Gaza Strip… While the testimonies include pointed descriptions of inappropriate behavior by soldiers in the field, the more disturbing picture that arises from these testimonies reflects systematic policies that were dictated to IDF forces of all ranks and in all zones. The guiding military principle of “minimum risk to our forces, even at the cost of harming innocent civilians,” alongside efforts to deter and intimidate the Palestinians, led to massive and unprecedented harm to the population and the civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.
  • The Gaza Platform – An interactive map of Israeli attacks during the 2014 Gaza conflict
  • The Canberra Declaration on Gazasigned by 75 sitting Australian MPs