Despite an unprecendented public outcry, Finland’s Ministry of Defense
is set to go ahead with a controversial collaboration with Israeli arms
companies deeply involved in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.
Finland is turning to Israel for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly
known as drones.

Among those insisting on a cessation of all forms of military cooperation
with Israel are Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, world-renowned expert
on international law Martti Koskenniemi and the most distinguished Finnish
filmmaker of all time, Aki Kaurismäki. They were joined
by more than forty professors, a number of Finlandia Prize winners,
Finnish MEPs and MPs, stage and film directors, actors, writers and
scholars. The petition encompasses an impressive and exhaustive array
of the who’s who in Finnish arts, sciences and¬†politics.

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