Three Palestine activists arrested for eight-hour rooftop demo
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Three Palestine activists arrested for eight-hour rooftop demo

Campaigners protested in Birmingham at a company they claim is involved in 'facilitation of Israel’s arms production'

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Activists on top of the building in Birmingham (Credit: Palestine Action on Twitter)
Activists on top of the building in Birmingham (Credit: Palestine Action on Twitter)

Police have arrested three women who took part in an eight-hour rooftop demo in Birmingham against a company they alleged to be involved in the “facilitation of Israel’s arms production.”

Anti-Israel activists from the Palestine Action group, stormed a building used by Vine Property Management at 6am on Monday.

They claimed Vine Property Management, which trades under the Fisher German banner, had been occupied because they “are responsible for the operations, maintenance and oversight of the factory of Elbit subsidiary UAV Engines in Shenstone, Staffordshire, used for the manufacture of the engines used in Elbit’s Hermes and Watch keeper drones.”

Palestine Action are behind a long-running campaign to target companies in the UK they claim are linked to Elbit  – an Israeli defence and technology firm.

But it a statement Fisher German said:“We have supported police in resolving the protest which has not only damaged our building but has also caused alarm and distress to our colleagues.

“We would like to clarify that Fisher German does not work for the company that the protest was in relation to.”

During Monday’s action red paint was sprayed on the front of the building, a red flare was set off and gates to the site chained shut.

In a statement Palestine Action said they had launched their action against the “property manager of Israel’s drone engine factory.”

The anti-Israel activists have staged a series of actions across the UK at companies they accuse of being complicit in the manufacture of Israel weapons.

After the roof-top protest began they released a statement saying  “three women have stormed the site” and “the premises have been sprayed with blood red paint.”

Police officers later removed the three women after they were seen using ropes and a ladder.

The protesters were lowered one by one to the floor in an orange stretcher.

The women, seen to be wearing red jumpsuits, were handcuffed and led away by officers to a police van at around 2.30 pm on Monday.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments