Please help Ronnie Barkan
Help Me Fight Apartheid
by Ronnie Barkan
On Nakba Day, May 15th 2022, I took part in an action
against Elbit Systems HQ in Bristol along with other activists. As
a result, nine of us were arrested. I was imprisoned for a month
and only released under strict bail conditions, currently awaiting
A year earlier I also participated in an action at
Elbit's Oldham factory, a facility which has been shut down six
months later. I now have two upcoming crown court cases.
Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest private arms company
manufacturing anything from bullets to drones and even cluster
munitions and white phosphorus which have been illegally used in
civilian areas, such as the besieged and densely populated Gaza
Strip. Its weapons are manufactured, tested and perfected in close
cooperation with the Israeli army using Palestinians as their test
subjects. These weapons are a key element in the racial domination
and oppression over Palestinians, while also being sold as "battle
tested" to numerous oppressive and despotic regimes across the
Elbit Systems manufactures over 85% of the killer drones
which are heavily used by the Israeli military to control,
terrorize and murder civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip. They
use Elbit's killing machines specifically in order to maintain
that illegal siege and the ongoing Nakba, denying Gaza residents -
the vast majority of which are refugees - their right to return
Apartheid: A critical discussion", The Hague, 11 April 2019:
Up until recently, Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries
had 10 sites operating in the UK. Over the past year, 2 of these
facilities have been permanently shut down. This is most likely
the result of sustained protests by conscientious citizens.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to receive legal aid
and am therefore required to fully cover my legal defence which
amounts to £50,000. This amount is beyond my reach, which is why
I depend on your generous help here. I am
represented by Kellys Solicitors and Garden Court Chambers who are
already in the midst of preparatory work and attending court
hearings, while expenses have started to pile up.
"Please join me in helping my friend
Ronnie Barkan and all the other Palestine Action heroes. They
are helping us open our eyes to the dystopia that we live in.
And expose its deadly entrails. Entrails like the warmongering
Israel armaments company Elbit Systems.
More power to you Ronnie, hang in there.
- Roger Waters, 6 Aug. 2022
Your donations are greatly appreciated. Sharing on
social media and with your friends and family would also be of
great help in spreading the word about the fundraiser.
Thank you so much, r.
Clarifying financial matters:
All the money raised on this platform
goes directly to Kellys Solicitors/Garden Court Chambers to
cover my legal defence.
One trial is set for April 2023 and the
other's date is yet to be fixed, but the legal preparatory
work and court attendances have already started and so
expenses have also started piling up.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with
any further questions: fightapartheid@...