[Vredeslijst] actieoproep! steun demo in ItaliŽ tegen wapenlevering aan israel, no m346 to israel
s.zimmermann op planet.nl
Zo Sep 30 23:10:49 CEST 2012
From: Stephanie Westbrook
On Oct 13 there will be a national demonstration at Alenia Aermacchi HQ in
the north of Italy, against weapons production in general and the sale of
M346 trainer jets to Israel in particular. Below the announcement in
The organizers would very much welcome endorsements and *especially*
statements of support. Please send to: nessunm346xisraele op gmail.com
Please circulate to Palestine solidarity and anti-war/anti-militarization
groups in your country.
Stop the War Machine, No M-346 or any other weapons to Israel
October 13, 2012, National Demonstration at Alenia Aermacchi Headquarters,
On Saturday, October 13, 2012, a national demonstration will be held in
Varese, Italy, where most of the country's military aircraft production is
located, to denounce the weapons industry, in particular the sale of 30
M-346 trainer jets to Israel. The protest will take place at the Alenia
Aermacchi headquarters, manufacturers of the M-346 and part of Finmeccanica
Group, one of the world's top weapons producers.
The M-346, defined as a "technologically advanced trainer jet," is in fact
designed to be armed with missiles or bombs. These weapons will undoubtedly
be "tested" first and foremost on Palestinians. As a trainer jet, the M-346
is designed to prepare fighter pilots in the use of the most
"technologically sophisticated" attack aircraft, such as the "netcentric"
and "invisible" F-35 from US weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Israel
has signed on to purchase 19 F-35 fighter jets, with an option for 56, and
Italy is also unfortunately in line to purchase the combat aircraft for
Recently, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stopped off at Alenia
Aermacchi headquarters near Varese during his semi-secret tour of Italy,
which was soon followed by the signing of the M-346 contract.
Local and national politicians, from center-left to center-right, have
promoted the deal, conveniently "overlooking" the December 2008 - January
2009 "Operation Cast Lead", which saw Israel's "air power" rain down on the
unarmed civilian Palestinian population, killing 1400, of which 400
children. A brutal military action, in which Israel used new unknown weapons
as well as those already prohibited by international conventions (white
phosphorus, DIME bombs, depleted uranium) and committed war crimes and
crimes against humanity as documented in the UN "Goldstone Report".
In addition to halting the sale of M-346 jets to Israel, the demands of the
demonstration include suspension of the military cooperation agreement
between Italy and Israel signed in 2005.
In recent years, local groups in Varese have denounced the chronic
dependence of their territory on war production, organizing assemblies and
protests against Agusta Westland (helicopters) and Alenia Aermacchi
(aircraft) and, more recently, the F-35.
The demonstration also calls on workers at AleniaAermacchi and all weapons
producers to rejects employment based threats and to work to convert
factories from producing instruments of death to socially beneficial and
environmentally friendly products.
Moreover, local groups have called this national demonstration in opposition
to the practice of war, which has intensified over the last 20 years, where
military action is called "peace", justified as an instrument of "preventive
security" and to "export democracy", and even defined as "humanitarian."
"Humanitarian war" is instead an oxymoron: war causes nothing but death,
injuries, destruction, generating hatred, resentment and revenge, it is the
most inhumane act imaginable.
There will never be peace as long as the most profitable industry is that of
producing weapons and instruments of death.
Participants include Father Alex Zanotelli, Prof. Massimo De Santi, Prof.
Mauro Cristaldi, dr Mario Agostinelli and former Vice President of European
Parliament Luisi Morgantini.
Endorsements and statements of support can be sent to:
nessunm346xisraele op gmail.com
Varese organizing committee:
Filippo Bianchetti, Varesino Committee for Palestine-Varese
filippo op bianchetti.org
Elio Pagani, DisArmiAmoLaPace - Varese
elpagani op libero.it
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