The second global AXA Day of Action included mobilizations all around the world, on the same day as the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and the 4th global climate strike.
The second global AXA Day of Action included mobilizations all around the world. This Day fell on the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and the day of the 4th global climate strike.
Though AXA has just pledged new climate commitments and policies on coal, it still invests hundreds of millions of dollars in fossil fuels and insures polluting businesses. Furthermore, a July report by SumOfUs,Â âAXA: Financing war crimesâÂ shows that AXA invest $91 million in Israelâs largest private arms company, Elbit Systems, and in five Israeli banks which finance Israelâs illegal settlements. Israelâs weapons and its expanding settlements are destroying Palestinian lives and the environment.
The struggle for social, political and climate justice in Palestine and worldwide are deeply connected. This fact sheet explains whyÂ Palestine is also a climate justice issue.
On social media, this word cloud shows thatÂ #climatestrike and #bds were among the most used hashtags next to #KnowYouCan, Axaâs official hashtag.
âApartheidâ and âdivestâ were some of the most used words next to Axaâs #KnowYouCan tweets.
Over aÂ 1,000 emails were sent to AXAÂ CEOâs in France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.
On the ground over 10 cities organised events. Â In Belgium aÂ letterÂ signed by 21 organisations to AXA CEO Jef Van was delivered in front of the main AXA office in Brussels and Leuven. Progressive mediaÂ outletsÂ covered the events in Belgium.
Leaflets were also handed out in six cities in France, including Paris.
Organisers in Berlin joined the 4th climate strikeÂ rally using the banners âApartheid is not greenâ and raising awareness on Israelâs destruction of Palestinian land and oppression of the Palestinian people.
This Day of Action built on the previous international Day of Action in April. Since then, SumOfUs has published theÂ report âAXA: Financing war crimesâÂ confirming AXAâs $91 million investment in the top five Israeli banks directly financing the settlements and in Elbit Systems.
These investments are mainly held through AXAâs affiliate Equitable Holdings and AXAâs fully-owned subsidiary AXA IM. Last week AXAÂ announcedÂ it has largely divested from AXA Equitable Holdings. This is a positive step, but AXA still holds 9.64% of Equitable Holdings shares which means it is still responsible for the latterâs investments in Israeli crimes.
We will keep on campaigning until AXA fully divests from Israeli banks and Elbit Systems!
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Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (firstname.lastname@example.org)