In parallel protests, there were demonstrations at HSBC Bank branches all over the UK as part of a national Week of Action for the STOP ARMING ISRAEL campaign. The campaign is co-ordinated by a coalition of human rights organisations, including Palestine Solidarity Campaign, War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade, the Boycott Israel Network and the Palestinian BDS National Committee. For a list of protests around the country visit the national PSC website.
The national Day of Action was covered by the Morning Star.
The branch manager took the decision to close the branch for the day, which enabled us to use the space around the bank to publicise the case against HSBC. Hundreds of leaflets were distributed to the public, and scores of people signed our petition demanding that the UK government impose an immediate arms embargo of Israel until it complies with international law.
Many HSBC customers were shocked and angry to discover that their bank helps to fund the UK arms trade with Israel, and made a commitment to demand that the bank divest from this deadly business. They were especially concerned to learn that HSBC’s business with BAE Systems, Raytheon, Caterpillar and United Technologies actually contravenes their own Defence Equipment Sector Policy, as well as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Any HSBC customers wishing to protest to their branch managers are welcome to use our template letter as a basis for their own.
Further protests are planned.