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#HealthcareNotWarfare: Stop using Israeli killer drones for your anti-migration policies.

#DefendLives: These drones militarize the Meditarranean, they can kill but can’t save lives.

#SpreadSolidarity with those that already take the brunt of injustice – from besieged and occupied Palestine to the overcrowded migrant camps.

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Stop Israeli killer drones

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The Petition

To: EU Commissioner Adina Valean, EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius, EU Commissioner Yiva Johansson

Dear Sir/Madam,

Since November 2018 the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has leased through the Portuguese company CeiiA two Hermes 900 drones, so-called ‘killer drones’ manufactured by Israel’s largest military company Elbit Systems. Under the € 59 million worth 2 year leasing contract, the drones are used mainly to implement the EU’s repressive anti-migration policies. Experts condemn the move to aerial surveillance as an abrogation of the responsibility to save lives. Worse, the Elbit’s killer drones are supporting Frontex and national authorities in Greece, where migrants and refugees have been targeted with live ammunition at sea.

Elbit Systems develops its drones together with the Israeli military and promotes its technology as field tested – on Palestinians. It provides 85% of the drones used by Israel in its repeated military assaults and continued inhumane siege on Gaza. Hermes drones have been used to kill the four children playing at the beach during Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2014.

These drones can kill but can’t save lives.

Therefore, I demand:

  • EMSA to stop using these drones and EMSA and CeiiA not to renew the leasing contract.
  • Our national authorities not to request these drones for use in their airspace.
  • the European Union not to spend public tax money to finance Israel’s military industry but instead to use its funds to protect human rights for all and not for the militarization of borders and the sea.

Sincerely,

Stop Israeli killer drones

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Who do we address?

EU Commissioner Adina Valean (Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, co-responsible over the European Maritime Safety Agency – EMSA)

EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius (Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, co-responsible over the European Maritime Safety Agency – EMSA)

EU Commissioner Yiva Johansson (Directorate-General for Home Affairs, responsible over Frontex)

ECCP and Stop the Wall give background in the briefing “Stop Israeli Killer Drones from Intensifying the EU’s Border Militarization”.

Since the end of February 2020 at Europe’s borders with Turkey the EU is facing refugees and migrants with increased militarised violence. From the sky, Israel’s killer drones developed during the massacres in Gaza are delivering the necessary information for the attacks on migrants and refugees. 


Who promotes the petition?

A broad alliance of civil society organizations from all across Europe, including Palestine solidarity, anti-militarization, migrant rights groups, unions and more.

Co-sponsors:

  1. Agir Pour La Paix – Belgium
  2. Amici della Mezzaluna Rossa Palestinese – Italy
  3. ARCI – Italy
  4. Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS) – France
  5. Association pour l’Amitié et la Solidarité avec les Peuples d’Afrique (AFASPA) – France
  6. Association pour les Jumelages entre les camps de réfugiés Palestiniens et les villes Françaises (AJPF) – France
  7. AssopacePalestina – Italy
  8. BDS Berlin – Germany
  9. BDS France – France
  10. BDS Italy – Italy
  11. BDS Greece – Greece
  12. Carovana Migranti (Torino) – Italy
  13. Collectif Judéo Arabe et citoyen pour la Palestine – France
  14. Comité de Solidariedade com a Palestina – Portugal
  15. Confederación Intersindical Galega – Spanish State
  16. Cultura è Libertà – Italy
  17. European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP)
  18. Gibanje za pravice Palestincev – Slovenia
  19. Gruppo Ibriq per la cultura e la causa Palestinese – Italy
  20. Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya (IAC) – Catalunya
  21. LAB Trade Union – Basque Country
  22. Legal Center Lesvos – Greece
  23. Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples (MRAP) – France
  24. Mouvement International de la Réconciliation (MIR) – France
  25. Movimento pelos Direitos do Povo Palestino e pela Paz no Médio Oriente (MPPM) – Portugal
  26. Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet) – Norway
  27. NWRG-onlus – Italy
  28. Ongi Etorri Errefuxiatuak – Basque Country
  29. Pax Christi Diözesanverband Rottenburg-Stuttgart – Germany
  30. Paz con Dignidad – OMAL – Basque Country
  31. Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine – France
  32. Rete Antirazzista Catanese – Italy
  33. Rete Eco – Italy
  34. Rete Italiana Disarmo – Italy
  35. Rete Romana di Solidarietà con il Popolo Palestinese – Italy
  36. Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo, Comitato di Trieste – Italy
  37. SOS Racismo – Portugal
  38. Stop Wapenhandel – Netherlands
  39. Transnational Institute (TNI) – Europe
  40. Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe (TMP-E) – Europe
  41. Union Juive Française pour la Paix (UJFP) – France
  42. Un Ponte Per … – Italy
  43. Sprecherkreis des Koordinationskreises Palästina Israel – Germany
  44. SodePaz – Spanish State
  45. Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau – Spanish State
  46. Vredesactie – Belgium

More information

ECCP/STW briefing on the killer drones: 

On EU militarization of borders: “Expanding the fortress – The policies, the profiteers and the people shaped by EU’s border externalisation programme”: 

Joint Statement For A World Without Walls From European Palestine Solidarity And Migrants Rights Groups And Networks:

Manifesto on Migration: