Israeli company blockaded for second time
Palestine solidarity activists blockaded the Israeli company Carmel Agrexco’s UK headquarters on Wednesday as part of a non-violent protest against recurrent breaches of human rights and international law in the occupied territories of Palestine.
The activists claimed that Carmel was complicit in “war crimes under the International Criminal Court Act 2001 (ICC Act)” who “import fresh produce originating from illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories”.
The action was taken following a legal warning letter to Carmel stating why they are in breach of the law. The action took place at Agrexco UK, Swallowfield Way, Hayes, Middlesex, Israel’s largest importer of agricultural produce into the European Union. It is 50% Israeli state owned.
Protestors used wire fencing and bicycle D-Locks in a well planned blockade at the two entrances to the building.
This follows on from an action of 11th November 2004, when seven Palestine-Solidarity protesters from London and Brighton were arrested after taking part in a non-violent blockade outside the same company.
Last September a Judge ruled that Agrexco (UK) must prove that their business is lawful. The acquittal of the seven activists before they were able to present their defence meant that the court did not have to rule on the legality of Agrexco-Carmel’s alleged involvement in the supply of produce from “illegal settlements” in the occupied territories.
The aim of Wednesday’s blockade was to draw attention to the company’s “complicity, in murder, theft and damage of occupied land, collective punishment, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and other breaches of International Law”.