Oslo – November 6, 2015
BDS NORWAY STAGED AN INTIFADA AGAINST THE ARMS PRODUCER NAMMO – DEMANDS FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND NAMMO: STOP ALL ARMS TRADE WITH ISRAEL
Friday morning at 7.30 AM activists from BDS Norway staged an Intifada against Nammo Raufoss AS in eastern Norway. In a symbolic demonstration, the activists protested against the Norwegian direct and indirect arms trade with Israel. The direct action was broadcast live from Tv2 Nyhetskanalen, a national news-channel. The protest will be followed up by a petition to the government, demanding an end to all arms trade with Israel.
In the Israeli arsenal, there are also weapons and ammunition or weapons components produced by Nammo AS or Nammo Talley, subsidiary of Nammo AS in the United States. Israeli forces have killed thousands of Palestinian civilians in the recent decade, many of them by using weapons with Norwegian components. Thus, the Norwegian weapons becomes part of Israel’s violation of international law, the oppression of the Palestinians and the Israeli occupation of Palestine (West Bank and Gaza).
– We demand an end to all Norwegian arms trade with Israel!
Although there are Norwegian laws prohibiting direct arms sales to Israel, Norwegian weapons are sold from the Nammo Group through its subsidiary in the United States, Nammo Talley. We believe that Norway under no circumstances should contribute to the illegal occupation of Palestine. We demand that no Norwegian-produced weapons or weapons components end up in Israel. The Nammo Group is a state-owned company. Therefore, this is a Norwegian political responsibility.
BDS Norway also took action against Nammo AS in August 2014. We will continue our demonstrations until Norwegian authorities change both practice and legislation so that the arms trade and collaboration with Israel ceases.
Our action is part of the international BDS campaign (Boycott, disinvestment and sanctions) against Israel. It will continue until the Palestinians have their own state and all Palestinians have achieved recognition of their fundamental rights.