Tuesday, July 18
1803 1st Ave E
Join BDS Vancouver – Coast Salish for an important evening on Palestine, the struggle for justice — and the campaign to shut Elbit Systems, and its murderous drone force, down. Scotiabank, one of Canada’s biggest banks, is the largest foreign investor in Elbit Systems, which produces 85% of Israel’s killer drones used to target Palestinians for assassination in Gaza, Jenin and throughout occupied Palestine.
Last month, BDS Vancouver and our partners launched a campaign for Scotiabank to divest from Elbit and #ShutElbitDown. In Britain, Palestine Action activists’ direct actions have led to the closure of two Elbit facilities — and now, Palestine Action members are in jail and threatened with imprisonment for disrupting the war machine.
Hear the story of Israel’s drones and Elbit Systems from two special guests with direct experience:
MOHAMMED ALZAZA, a Palestinian refugee from Gaza now in Canada and a drone attack survivor. As a 15-year-old boy, Mohammed and his cousin suffered a direct hit from a drone missile in Gaza, as they were hanging out near their home and only 1 meter away from the fence of a hospital. Mohammed’s cousin was killed, and Mohammed survived — but needed years of ongoing medical care.
RONNIE BARKAN, Anti-Zionist, anti-Apartheid activist and co-founder of “Boycott from Within.” On Nakba Day, May 15th 2022, Ronnie took part in an action against Elbit Systems HQ in Bristol along with other activists with Palestine Action. Ronnie is now facing two British crown court trials for taking action to confront Elbit and its killer drone industry. Learn more and support his case: https://www.crowdjustice.com/
Organized by BDS Vancouver – Coast Salish, with Samidoun Vancouver and Canada Palestine Association. To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org