The offices of the Israeli company Elbit in the UK were vandalized last weekend for the fourth time in the last month by a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel BDS group. “BDS” stands for boycott/divest/sanctions. Its members managed to break into the building where the Elbit offices are located. They spilled red paint in the lobby, waved protest signs and spray-painted messages against the company on the sixth floor where it is located. The vandalism was documented live, and according to the footage, no arrests were made.
The members of the BDS group call on the British government and British companies to end their cooperation with Elbit due to what they call the “apartheid regime of the State of Israel.” They are focusing their opposition on the Elbit company, because of Elbit’s close connection with the Israel Defense Forces as a developer and supplier of cutting-edge security technology and weaponry.
Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs Orit Farkash HaCohen referred to the BDS vandalism at a working meeting she held with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Defense Minister Benny Gantz. She asked the British government to take action against the growing de-legitimization campaign in Britain. In her address to Minister Raab, Minister Farkash HaCohen said:
“The de-legitimization campaign against Israel has become widespread throughout Europe and the world, including in England. I am not referring to those who merely criticize Israel, but to those who question the right of the state to exist or its right to defend itself. Only last weekend, the offices of an Israeli security company were vandalized, for the fourth time in the last month. We want Israeli companies to continue doing business in London. It’s good for both countries.”
In response, the British Foreign Minister expressed a firm stance against violating Israel’s right to exist and assured that Britain is committed to the cause.
Later in the conversation, Minister Farkash HaCohen also touched on the importance of stopping the discourse of hatred and the spreading of lies on social networks. She thanked the British government for its struggle to eradicate the phenomenon, and she highlighted the problematic nature of government funding for organizations promoting a boycott of Israel.
“I see the discourse of hatred in social networks intensifying during the Corona period, with attacks on Jews and attacks against Israel, on the right and left sides of the political spectrum. Therefore, I appreciate the bills being promoted by the British Government to effectively combat this despicable phenomenon.”