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Hand in glove

On 8 April, there were co-ordinated protests by Sussex Stop Arming Israel at the Thales headquarters in Crawley, Sussex, and by Birmingham Palestine Action at the Elbit drones factory in Shenstone, Staffordshire.

Thales UK and Israeli-owned Elbit worked together to build Britain’s Watchkeeper drone, based on Elbit’s Hermes 450 drone which has been used extensively over Gaza.

The night before, on 7 April, there was an anti-drones protest outside Thales UK by Innovative Minds, ‘an Islamic group using the medium of the internet to campaign on issues effecting the Ummah’.