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7 Arrested for Storming Elbit’s Australia HQ

By: JTA

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — Police in Melbourne arrested seven pro-Palestinian protesters who stormed the roof of an Israel-based company, accusing it of “supporting genocide.”

The protesters, from a coalition called the Melbourne Palestine Action Group, surrounded the factory belonging to Elbit Systems Friday morning, chanting “Elbit, Elbit you can’t hide, you are supporting genocide.”

Elbit Systems of Australia manufactures defense equipment, including the drones used by the Israel Defense Forces during its war in Gaza. The company also manufactures defense equipment for the Australian army.

The protesters occupied the roof around 5 a.m.. and were arrested around 10 a.m., according to police. They were released with a court summons for trespassing.

A spokeswoman for the group, Sam Castro, said the group would continue to target Elbit. “This draws attention to the fact the Australian government has complicity in the killing of children in Gaza by allowing a war profiteer to operate in our city,” she was quoted as saying in the Guardian Australia.

Nina Bassat, the president of the Jewish community in Melbourne, said the protest “accentuates” the difference between the how the two sides are responding to the conflict. “The Jews in our community pray for peace and the Palestinian supporters express aggressive behavior,” she was quoted as saying on J-Wire, a local Jewish blog.

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38 Responses to “7 Arrested for Storming Elbit’s Australia HQ”

  1. Karen Bryant says:

    They should go to jail or be departed if they aren’t citizens

  2. Karen Bryant says:

    They should go to jail or be departed if they aren’t citizens

  3. I stand with Israel Now and Forever from USA and thank all the friends of Israel!

  4. I stand with Israel Now and Forever from USA and thank all the friends of Israel!

  5. Linda Gibbs says:

    Good, time to deport these ungrateful people who are stomping on our civil rights. There is no peace and love for these people…

  6. Linda Gibbs says:

    Good, time to deport these ungrateful people who are stomping on our civil rights. There is no peace and love for these people…

  7. Andy Rossell says:

    Good on you Australia , at least you still have law and order , unlike South Africa.

  8. Andy Rossell says:

    Good on you Australia , at least you still have law and order , unlike South Africa.

  9. They should have thrown them off the roof…

  10. They should have thrown them off the roof…

  11. Jac Fabs says:

    I’m really proud of Australia

  12. Andy Rossell says:

    @ Karen , departed from this earth would be great.

  13. Andy Rossell says:

    @ Karen , departed from this earth would be great.

  14. Eva Perl says:

    get rid of them, give them to IS

  15. **** the Muslims, we are infidels to them, bunch of disgraceful basterds

  16. Let them be refugees without passports.

  17. Paul W. Howe says:

    Let more of them in & have more trouble. Their clerics spew hatred teachings… but then natural multipling will is costing u elready.

  18. Tony Mark says:

    Whip their asses , then send them to Gaza.. Seeing as they so love the Hamas .

  19. David Grim says:

    Ship them to Gaza or Northern Iraq.

  20. Should have put a fire hose on them! They should be charged with aiding terrorism.

  21. They wont get away with this type of behavour in Australia. A big high 5 to you

  22. Judith Dowla says:

    Rules are Rules and certain ones cannot be broken and if they are, then there are consequences to be noted or paid for. That is life! Learn as you go or learn before you go. Preventative Maintenance on a Nose for Trouble.

  23. Judith Dowla says:

    Rules are Rules and certain ones cannot be broken and if they are, then there are consequences to be noted or paid for. That is life! Learn as you go or learn before you go. Preventative Maintenance on a Nose for Trouble.

  24. Norman Press says:

    Did you hang them by their toes?

  25. Norman Press says:

    Did you hang them by their toes?

  26. Cherie Lewis says:

    Sad to hear that terrorism has arrived in Australia. Glad to hear that the terrorists have been arrested.

  27. It’s about time they did something with this prodummyheadpalestinian/prohamas lovers. throw them out of the country!

  28. We should deport them and take their citizenship off them. I am an Australian and it really disappoints me to see this here

  29. Vicki Spaan says:

    When is the UN Human Rights Council going to charge ISIS, the Syrian Army, and Hamas with war crimes? When that happens,we the people, will believe they are not a corrupt organization. ….Show me. Make my day! ….. I’m constantly praying for Israel, the Jewish people, and Peace in Jerusalem.

  30. Should have dropped the idiots from the roof straight to the ground. It will saved all the expenses of future repetitions.

  31. When is this going to stop??? Do we have to anihilate all arabs in order to regain peace?

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