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Divest from companies that support the occupation of Palestine

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We demand that you follow through on your ethical commitments and divest the Hackney Local Government Pension Scheme from all companies that operate in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 

Research published by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has uncovered LGPS funds collectively hold at least £3.2bn in companies complicit in Israel’s grave breaches of international law and Palestinian human rights. Hackney specifically holds investments in Elbit, Israel's largest arms manufacturer, and in Caterpillar, who produce the bulldozers used to demolish homes, schools, waterpipes and other key infrastructure, in order to make way for settlements. These and other companies are listed by the UN Human Rights Offices as complicit in Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. 

Israel can only maintain its grave violations of Palestinian human rights because of products, equipment and services it receives from complicit companies. These companies are complicit through:

  1. Supplying the Israeli military with weapons and other technology used to oppress Palestinians.
  2. Providing technology and equipment used to maintain Israel’s infrastructure of military occupation, such as its checkpoints and the apartheid wall.
  3. Investment and other activity in Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, built on stolen Palestinian land.