November 9, 2023 – Today, as part of an internationally coordinated day of disruption for Palestine, we, a group of activists and people of conscience, are shutting down BlackRock.
BlackRock is a New York City-based investment company that has massive investments in Israel and in companies including Lockheed Martin, RTX, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and General Dynamics that make the weapons Israel uses to murder Palestinians. BlackRock invests in companies that arm the Israeli war machine!
Its CEO, Larry Fink, is also an outspoken supporter of the apartheid regime in Israel and is cheering on a regional war. When the Biden administration deployed a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the region last month to threaten war against Iran, Fink called it “a spectacular statement by the United States.”
We have gathered at the company’s headquarters on 50 Hudson Yards, to demand BlackRock end its complicity in Israel’s genocidal violence against Palestinians. We demand a ceasefire now, an end to all aid to Israel, and an end to the 16-year siege on Gaza.
“BlackRock has blood on its hands! We refuse to be silent while it invests and profits from Israeli genocide and occupation. We will remind them of the over 10,000 Palestinians whose lives have been tragically cut short thanks to the companies that BlackRock invests in,” said Layan Fuleihan of the People’s Forum.
“We are joining people from across the globe in disrupting business as usual for companies like BlackRock. Israel’s genocide in Gaza and the day-to-day oppression of Israel’s apartheid system is enabled by massive corporations like BlackRock, that rake in huge profits while Palestinians suffer and die.” ANSWER Coalition Executive Director Brian Becker said.
For more information about the Global Shutdown for Palestine and a list of the planned actions visit the website shutitdown4palestine.org.
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