CDW offices in Peterborough targeted over Israel arms firm deal

  • Post last modified:February 6, 2024
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Activists from Palestine Action have anonymously targeted the Peterborough offices of CDW, tech suppliers for Israel’s biggest weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems. Windows were shattered and the site was covered in red paint, symbolising the bloodshed of the Palestinian people.

CDW: targeted by Palestine Action

CDW provide supply chain management, IT solutions, cyber security, and eProcurement services, making Elbit’s murder business more efficient and easier to run. This action served to remind the company of their role in the genocide of the Palestinian people, urging them to cut all ties with Elbit:

Since 7 October, Israel has killed over 27,000 Palestinians, injured more than 66,000, and displaced the majority of people in Gaza. Elbit Systems supply the majority of Israel’s military drone fleet, land-based equipment, bullets, munitions, and missiles. Their weaponry is often marketed as “battle-tested”, after it’s deployed and experimented on the people of Gaza and before it’s sold on to other regimes across the world. The genocide of Gaza would not be possible without Elbit’s weaponry and those who facilitate and profit from their deadly business.

After similar actions, four other companies have ended their association with Elbit’s deadly trade in the past two months. These include Elbit’s weapons transporters Kuehne + Nagel.

Direct action to disrupt genocide

As the Canary previously reported, this victory comes after an extensive direct action campaign.

This first involved activists from Palestine Action breaking into the K+N’s Leicester offices, smashing windows and spray painting the inside on 12 May 2023. There have been numerous similar actions taken since:

Following the first action, K+N attempted to disguise the lorries which it used for transporting Elbit’s weaponry from the premises of their Leicester subsidiary, UAV Tactical Systems. This attempt did not go unnoticed by Palestine Action, who listed the company as a target on, leading to a double action at the company’s Milton Keynes branch and their cargo insurance firm in London.

This involved the smashing of their branches’ windows, buildings covered in blood-red paint, and messages left calling for K+N to “cut ties with Elbit”:

K+N Palestine Action Elbit

Other companies that have cut ties with Elbit after Palestine Action got involved include recruiters iO associates, property managers Fisher German, and website designers Naked Creativity.

Palestine Action will continue to target all those who allow Elbit to continue their business of genocide, until they declare they’ve cut all ties.

Featured image and additional images via Palestine Action

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