Published On: Sun, Nov 30th, 2014 on 7:41 pm

Pro-Palestine protest forces Barclays branch in Leeds to close

Barclays Protest Leeds

Barclays bank was forced to close over an hour after Pro-Palestinian activists protested outside its Leeds branch.

Protesters campaigned to call the bank to end its financial ties to drones manufacturer, Elbit Systems.

Debbie Locke of the Leeds Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) group, said: “We have shut down Barclays to show that we will not allow the atrocities Israel commits against the Palestinian people to be funded from here in the UK.

“Barclays’ own investments in Elbit Systems, an arms manufacturer which creates drones that helped kill over 2,000 people in Gaza this year. They were one of the chief supporters of South African apartheid until the global anti apartheid movement took them to task and now they want to support Israeli apartheid but the Palestine solidarity movement is taking action.”

Protests took place in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London, and were organised to coincide with the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Solidarity with the Palestine.

Last week, the UK government announced a second review of licenses for arms exports to Israel after it discovered 12 instances in which weapons containing components produced in the UK “may” have been used in the Summer 2014 attacks on Gaza.

Figures from the Campaign Against Arms Trade showed that the UK granted 68 export licences for £6.96m of military-use items to be sent to Israel between January and the end of June this year.

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