Five BDS activists charged over London Elbit protest

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Five BDS activists charged over London Elbit protest

Palestine Action demonstrators charged with counts of criminal damage following last October's protest in central London

Jenni Frazer is a freelance journalist

Police jump on demonstrators as they throw red paint on the building front of Elbit Systems, covering Israel activists in the substance in the process.
Police jump on demonstrators as they throw red paint on the building front of Elbit Systems, covering Israel activists in the substance in the process.

Five members of Palestine Action, dedicated to closing down Elbit Systems’ presence in Britain, have been charged with counts of criminal damage and conspiracy to commit criminal damage after an attack on the Israeli company’s headquarters building in central London last October.

The five people charged, who have not so far been identified, were among those who took part in a protest, involving the throwing of red paint over the frontage of the company’s Kingsway premises on October 10, 2020.

The self-described activists are due to appear at Highbury Magistrates on March 9. On the Palestine Action website, they have issued defiant calls for a challenging response to Elbit.

The website says that the charges come “less than a week after Palestine Action co-founder Richard Barnard was… arrested on suspicion of blackmail”. It is unclear whether any separate charges have been made against Mr Barnard or whether he is one of those due to appear in Highbury over the October demonstration.

Elbit describes itself as an International Defence Electronics Company which operates in eight different locations in the UK.

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