Call out to all supporters of Palestinian human rights to take action around the country on 15th September against HSBC’s investments in Israel’s Arms Trade.
Over 35 actions are due to take place around the country to accelerate the campaign for HSBC to end their holdings in arms companies like Elbit Systems, BAE Systems, and Boeing, whose weapons are used in the brutal attacks on Gaza and the rest of Palestine.
HSBC holds over £800m worth of shares in, and is involved in syndicated loans worth over £19bn to, companies that sell weapons and military equipment to the Israeli government.
Israel has intensified its bombing campaigns on Gaza yet again in recent weeks, and HSBC are a part of the chain of complicity. The attacks have been some of the most devastating since Israel’s bombardment of Gaza four years ago, when over 2200 Palestinians were killed in 51 days, including over 500 children. Among those tragically killed in the recent attacks, were best friends Luay Kahil (16) and Amir al-Nimra (15) who took a selfie of themselves playing on an unfinished building in al-Katiba Square on 14 July, shortly before they were hit directly by an Israeli air strike. They had hopes of going to University and were, “Like twin brothers”, their mothers said.
These attacks have been supplementary to the ongoing massacres of Palestinian unarmed protesters in Gaza, where over 160 people have been killed by Israeli snipers in the last few months of the Great Return March, with thousands more shot and seriously injured.
There have been actions and protests up and down the country at HSBC branches and it is important we grow the movement now to pressure HSBC in to ending their investments in companies making billions from the sale of arms to Israel, and to end their holdings in Israeli Arms Companies like Elbit, who develop and sell their weapons based on them being “battle tested” on the besieged Gaza population.
Take action at your local HSBC branch Saturday 15th September, and join the campaign to expose and end HSBC’s investments in Israel’s Arms Trade.
You can also participate in the planned twitter storm for the #StopArmingIsrael National Day of Action. Check out our tweet sheet for inspiration.
Join your local action on the 15th September:
Birmingham Palestine Action
Market Street, BD1 1LW
Brighton & Hove PSC
St.Andrew’s St, Cambridge
Faversham & Whitstable
Mare Street, Hackney
Halifax Friends of Palestine
12 – 1pm
Lambeth & Wandsworth PSC
85 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London, SE13 6BE
Liverpool Friends of Palestine
1 Market Pl, Hitchin, SG5 1DR
Richmond and Kingston PSC
90 Eden St, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1DJ
Tower Hamlets PSC
West Midlands PSC
Central London Action