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Palestine Action target banks in Manchester and Bristol

PALESTINE ACTION teams attacked targets in Manchester and Bristol today in their campaign of direct action against companies implicated in Israel’s continuing genocide in Gaza.

As the death toll from Israeli attacks reached nearly 38,000, activists targeted the new offices of JP Morgan Chase bank in Manchester and Barclays branch in Altrincham.

Windows were smashed and red paint sprayed on the buildings, symbolising the blood of Palestinians killed in the slaughter.

In Bristol, activists used two vehicles to blockade the headquarters offices of Israeli-owned Elbit Systems which has four factories in Britain manufacturing drones, pilotless aircraft and other weapons supplied to the Israeli military.

A Palestine Action spokesperson said: “Seven activists attached themselves to two vehicles blocking the only entrance, blocking all access to the British headquarters of Israel’s largest weapons company, Elbit Systems.

“By doing so, they’ve grounded Elbit’s operations to a halt and disrupted an integral part of the genocidal arms company which Palestine Action vows to see forced out of Britain.”

The group said its actions “cause economic disruption to those who make a killing out of genocide” and “make deadly dealings a less attractive investment for banks who only value profit.”

Elbit Systems’ factories and offices have been targeted regularly for occupations by Palestine Action supported by protests and blockades by other Palestine support groups.

In January 2022, Elbit’s factory in Oldham in Greater Manchester closed permanently after a sustained 18-month campaign of occupations by Palestine Action backed by Palestine support groups from Manchester and Oldham.

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