Israel Discount Bank branch | East Jerusalem | Apr 2009 | Photographed by Who Profits
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Israel Discount bank is one of the largest commercial banks in Israel.

Israel Discount bank provides financial accompaniment for construction projects in the occupied territory.

Israel Discount Bank is accompanying a project of the Israeli construction company Dona Engineering and Construction to build 100 housing units in the west of Gilo settlement neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Israel Discount Bank is accompanying a three-stage project of 165 housing units by the Israeli construction company Dona Engineering and Construction in the south of Neve Ya’akov. The project is part of Municipal Zoning Plan 6513/א (see photo). 

Israel Discount Bank accompanied the third stage of the Amirei Nof project in Alfei Menashe. The project of 70 housing units was built by the Israeli construction company Z.M.H Hammerman and was completed in early 2016. The project was executed according to Local Outline Plan 115/8/1, which grants additional authorities for the construction and design of the area of Givat Tal, on the lands of the Palestinian village Azzun.

The bank's fully owned subsidiary, Mercantile Discount Bank, also accompanies construction projects in the occupied territory.             

Mercantile Discount Bank is accompanying a project of the Israeli construction company A. Hezi Building and Investments to build 36 housing units in Gilo Hillsides West. 

Mercantile Discount Bank provides financial accompaniment to 2 housing projects in Ariel that are currently under construction and another project that was completed in 2015: 
- Mercantile Discount Bank is accompanying the third stage of the Green Ariel project, which is being built by Kachan Investments Company and includes 50 housing units and a commercial center in the southeast of Ariel. Stage C of the Green Ariel project is built according to Local Outline Plans 130/2/3 and 130/2/3/1, which refer to land belonging to the Palestinian village of Salfit. 
- Mercantile Discount Bank is accompanying the 18 housing units project "The House in Ariel by the University", which is being built in southeast Ariel by the Israeli company S.A.G (Valul) Building & Development. This project is executed in the framework of Local Outline Plan 130/2/3, which refers to the land of the Palestinian village Salfit. This project is due to be completed in June 2017.
 - Mercantile Dicount Bank accompanied the 51 housing units project "The House in Ariel" of the Israeli conpany S.A.G (Valul) Building & Development in the south of Ariel. The project that was completed in 2015, was executed under Local Outline Plan 130/2/4, which refers to the land of the Palestinian villages Salfit and Marda.

The Mercantile Discount bank extended credit to the Israeli construction company Kotler Adika to purchase an area of 2,268 m² in the Mishor Adumim Industrial Zone and a build structure on this land.

In addition, the bank financed Heftziba's construction projects in the settlements of Ma'ale Adumim, Har Homa and Beitar Ilit, through its subsidiary Discount Mortgage Bank.

The bank provides mortgages to homebuyers in settlements: a mortgage for four homebuyers in Ariel (from 2003, 2008 and 2010) and three homebuyers in Alfei Menashe (from 2007).

Mercantil discount bank provided a mortgage for a homebuyer in the settlement of Beitar Ilit (from 2009)

Israel Discount bank provides loan to regional councils of settlements: 
A loan of NIS 1.5 million granted to Gush Etzion Regional Council in May 2016. 
A development loan for 10 years granted to Gush Etzion Regional Council in June 2015. 
A loan of NIS 6 million granted to the Gush Etzion Regional Council in July 2014. 

Mercantile Discount Bank also granted two loans to Har Hevrom Regional Coucil: a loan of NIS 4.8 million for construction of education facilities and other projects in March 2016 and a loan of NIS 2.42 million for refurbishment of 11 security vehicles in the council’s settlements in March 2016. 
Mercantile Discount bank also operates an account for Har Hevron Regional Council with an initial deposit of NIS 140,000. 

Israeli Discount bank has branches in the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Adumim and in the East Jerusalem settlement neighborhood of Ramat Eshkol. The bank also operates a branch on Sultan Suleiman Street, in a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem. 

Mercantile Discount Bank has branches in the West Bank settlement of Beithar Illit and in  in the East Jerusalem settlement neighborhood of Ramot. The bank also operates a branch on Salah ad-Din Street, in a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem.  

The banks' subsidiary, Jerusalem capital books management, is partially owned by the settlement of Efrat.

Click here to read a full report about the involvement of Israeli banks in the Israeli settlements enterprise from February 2017.

Click here to read a full report about the involvement of Israeli banks in the Israeli occupation from October 2010.