Pro-Palestine group urges campaign against UK firms backing Israel

EXCLUSIVE: Hardline pro-Palestine protest group with ties to Extinction Rebellion urges supporters to join a campaign of violence and vandalism against 50 UK firms backing Israel

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A hardline pro-Palestine protest group linked to Extinction Rebellion is urging its supporters to vandalise businesses, UK government buildings and local councils that flew the Israeli flag after the Hamas terror attacks.

An undercover Mail on Sunday reporter attended virtual meetings held by Palestine Action (PA).

The group recently targeted a Leicester drone factory due to its Israeli military contracts and sprayed paint on the front of the BBC’s London headquarters to protest against what it views as pro-Israeli coverage by the broadcaster.

Some of its leading members have made rabid anti-Semitic comments. They urged members to launch a campaign of violence and intimidation against 50 firms and institutions, whose addresses it published on its website.

Palestine Action was founded in 2020 by Richard Barnard, an ex-Extinction Rebellion activist, and Huda Ammori, an ex-campaign officer for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which has organised anti-Israel marches in London.

A hardline pro-Palestine protest group is urging its members to target 50 UK firms with connections to Israel, as well as councils that flew the Israeli flag after the Hamas attacks on October 7

Palestine Action recently drove a van into a drone factory in Leicester because of its Israeli military contacts

The group’s activists also sprayed red paint on BBC’s Broadcasting House in central London as part of a protest against the Corporation’s coverage of the Israel-Hamas war

Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters held a sit-down protest in London’s Waterloo station on Saturday

After Hamas’s atrocity on October 7, which it called the al-Aqsa Flood, a senior PA activist appeared to celebrate the attacks, saying: ‘When we hear the resistance of the al-Aqsa Flood, we must turn that flood into a tsunami over the whole world.’

Another of the group’s senior activists previously made anti-Semitic comments on X, formerly Twitter: ‘9/11 was a PR stunt by the hardline Zionists to launch the war on Islam on behalf of Israel, says US scholar.’

PA’s leaders want activists to vandalise offices of defence companies such as Elbit, Rafael and Teledyne.

It also urged supporters to target the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office in Whitehall.

An MoS reporter attended a closed meeting on Zoom with 39 members earlier this month. In the meeting, an activist suggested occupying Bristol city hall because the council had flown the Israeli flag after the Hamas massacre of more than 1,400 Israeli civilians.

‘Let’s do it, I like it,’ replied one of PA’s leaders. The group claimed responsibility for daubing fake blood on the front of the BBC’s headquarters in central London earlier this month.

It accused the BBC of being ‘complicit in manufacturing consent for the [Israeli] occupation’s genocide of Palestinians’. Days later, the group rammed a van through the gates of the offices of U-Tacs, a Leicester-based subsidiary of Elbit Systems, which it accuses of supplying the Israeli government with military hardware and drones.

PA published an ‘Underground Manual’ online, which gives guidance on how to break into businesses and how to block a building’s sewage pipes with concrete.

A day after the Zoom meeting, our reporter was called by an activist who wanted to find out what the ‘new recruit’ can do. He told our reporter not to worry about committing criminal offences as the judicial system was lax.

He said: ‘You’ll spend 24 hours in a police cell and be released on bail. We always make the claim in court that we are not guilty of anything criminal – the arms dealers are the real criminals.’

The group also urged its supporters to target the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office in Westminster

The same activist also bragged about breaking into and vandalising weapons factories.

David Collier, an author who has investigated PA, said: ‘I think this group should be locked up because of the criminal damage they are causing. I also believe that it is an anti-Semitic group.’

Last night, Palestine Action said in a statement: ‘PA takes direct action to halt the production of Israeli weapons, which are either marketed as “battle-tested” on the Palestinian people, and/or used to massacre them, in contravention of international law.

‘Bristol city hall is not a focus of our campaign. However, by lighting up their building in Israel colours, they are actively endorsing an apartheid state and manufacturing consent for Israel to commit the ongoing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.’

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