The UK is complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights through our arms trade. Despite the illegality of Israel’s occupation and apartheid system, the UK is one of the main arms exporters to Israel as well as a major purchaser of Israeli weapons and weapon technology. The chain of complicity extends to various corporate stakeholders who profit from Israel’s oppression of Palestinians, including UK high street bank HSBC.
An important part of the campaign to Stop Arming Israel is to tackle corporate complicity by calling on HSBC to cut its ties with companies trading weapons with Israel. HSBC is complicit in Israel’s crimes and violations of human rights through the bank’s investments in arms companies as well as through providing a range of financial services to these companies, such as loans.
Here in Brighton we have demonstrated outside the main branch of HSBC once a month for nearly a year, raising awareness about the bank’s involvement in the Israeli arms industry, and about the UK government’s hypocritical support for Israel’s war crimes.
You can find out more about the background to this campaign by downloading and reading the War on Want report Deadly Investments: UK bank complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.
And you can write to HSBC’s CEO expressing your outrage by using PSC’s online email facility.