Interview with Former Apache Helicopter Factory Worker

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Fri, 05/17/2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Today we are going to hear from a person who worked in a factory fabricating parts for Apache helicopters. The Apache helicopter is a twin-engine army attack helicopter first developed by McDonnell Douglas, which was purchased by Boeing corporation.

These helicopters are being used by the Israeli military to carry out a genocide against the people of Gaza.

Before we go to that interview, I'd like to share this segment from Counterpoints, about a shadow Political Action Committee that is currently funneling money into a crucial race in next week's primary: the Democratic congressional seat being vacated by US representative Earl Blumenauer.

In January, the Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General Eyal Zamir met with weapons manufacturers Lockheed Martin and Boeing, according to the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

The visit, according to the Israeli ministry of defense, was meant to “advanced new agreements for the procurement of military armaments and advanced equipment".


The most likely focus of the trip was for Israel to obtain more Lockheed-made F-35 and Boeing-made F-15 fighter aircraft. Reports also said Israel was interested in acquiring a dozen Apache attack helicopters also made by Boeing. 

Since the assault on Gaza began eight months ago, the US has rushed numerous shipments of bombs, munitions including 155mm shells and armored vehicles to Israel to aid in their attack on the people of Gaza. More than 244 American cargo planes and 20 ships have delivered 10,000 tons of armaments to Israel.

The Israeli ministry for war said the US trip involved discussions of a force build-up for the upcoming multi-year strategy, including the acquisition of advanced platforms and capabilities from the US government and weapons manufacturers.

Given the ongoing genocide in Gaza, I was interested to see what would lead a person to work for a company manufacturing parts for the helicopters and planes used by the Israeli military in Gaza. Turns out, it doesn't take more than living in a small dead-end town with no real choice of jobs, and needing to survive.

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