PSPD in English Peace/Disarmament 2024-02-16   655

Stop Arming Israel! Stop Arms Exports!

On January 19, Urgent Action in ROK Civil Society in Solidarity with Palestine and Campaign Against Arms Fair : Stop ADEX Action successfully held the rally “Stop Arming Israel : ROK Government, Stop Arms Exports!” in front of the Defense Acquisitions Program Administration (DAPA), the institution responsible for approving arms export, and submitted the petition of 10,000 people. We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who joined us in solidarity. 

January 19, 2024, rally “Stop Arming Israel” in front of DAPA office in Daejeon <Photo by: StudioR>
January 19, 2024, rally “Stop Arming Israel” in front of DAPA office in Daejeon <Photo by: StudioR>
January 19, 2024, rally “Stop Arming Israel” in front of DAPA office in Daejeon <Photo by: StudioR>
January 19, 2024, rally “Stop Arming Israel” in front of DAPA office in Daejeon <Photo by: StudioR>

In the rally, ROK civil society activists and religious leaders gave speeches in solidarity with Palestine, urging the stop of arms export to Israel. Speeches pointed out that DAPA is “a collaborator in endangering the people of the world, hiding the true nature of its arms industry behind the name of ‘K-Defense’,” and that we must all “remember that there are groups making vast amount of money from the genocide in Palestine.” 

A local activist in Daejeon said that he does not want “Daejeon to grow by feeding on the deaths of others” and demanded the city to “avoid the grave mistake of abandoning our humanity in pursuit of profit,” regarding its policy of fostering the defense industry. Many other speakers urged the ROK government to cease all arms trade and military cooperation, and to put in all diplomatic efforts for an immediate ceasefire and a stop to the genocide.  

The speeches were followed by musical and other performances in solidarity with Palestine and urging DAPA to cut ties with Israel. Around 160 people shouted “Stop Arming Israel!” towards the DAPA office. Four political parties, including the Labor Party, the Green Party, the Justice Party and the Progressive Party, also hung banners around the DAPA building. 

Many people joined us despite the protest being held on a weekday afternoon in the freezing cold. Around 10,000 people from ROK and abroad joined in the petition in just 3 weeks.
It was heartwarming to see so many people understand that what is happening in Palestine is something closely connected to us, even if it is on the other side of the world.  

January 19, 2024, Petition for the ROK government to stop arms exports to Israel is submitted to DAPA <Photo by: StudioR>
January 19, 2024, Petition for the ROK government to stop arms exports to Israel is submitted to DAPA <Photo by: StudioR>
January 19, 2024, rally “Stop Arming Israel” in front of DAPA office in Daejeon, 
<Photo by: StudioR>
January 19, 2024, Petition for the ROK government to stop arms exports to Israel is submitted to DAPA <Photo by: StudioR>
January 19, 2024, Petition for the ROK government to stop arms exports to Israel is submitted to DAPA <Photo by: StudioR>

The death toll in Gaza is now over 28,000. Even though the petition is over, our solidarity and attention towards Palestine must continue. Furthermore, regardless of armed conflict areas, we must continue our sharp vigilance against any attempt by the ROK government to export arms and market its “K-Defense.”

Please continue to join us on the road to peace in Palestine! 🇵🇸 

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News from Urgent Action in ROK Civil Society in Solidarity with Palestine can be seen on our Notion page. In Seoul, there are bi-weekly rallies and marches near the Israeli embassy. Our ninth rally is planned to be at 2PM on Saturday February 17 at Cheonggyecheon Mugyodong Sageori (32, Mugyo-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul).

📌More Pictures (Source: StudioR)
📌Video from Urgent Action in ROK Civil Society in Solidarity with Palestine “30,000 Deaths in 3 Months” People Urge a Stop to the Genocide Happening in Palestine in Real Time (available in Korean)
📌[Opinion] Desperate Petition… Even the K-Pop Fans Are Asking the Yoon Administration (available in Korean)

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