A demolition preformed by Yaaz. The excavators captured in these photos were manufactured by Volvo and Caterpillar. | Tsur Baher, East Jerusalem | Mar 2007 | Photographed by Activestills . 

An Israeli construction, development and demolition company, contracted by the Jerusalem Municipality for demolitions. Soon after it was founded in 1971, the company established itself as a contractor for security-related construction works. The company initially engaged in the construction of a separation fence between Eilat and Aqaba on the Israeli south-eastern border and in the construction of the Bar Lev Line  – a chain of fortifications built by Israel along the eastern coast of the Suez Canal in the Sinai Peninsula, which was captured from Egypt during the 1967 War.

Today, the company holds long-term contracts with the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israel Land Administration for performing house demolitions. On its website, the company states that “for the past four years” it has a long-term contract with the Jerusalem Municipality for the demolition of illegal structures of one to eight floors throughout the city. Evidence compiled by Who Profits locates the company in demolition sites on the eastern side of the city as early as 2005. In March 2007, for example, the company demolished a five-story building in the Palestinian neighborhood of Tzur Baher in East Jerusalem. 

On its website, the company also specifies the nature of services provided to the Israel Land Administration, which is responsible for demolitions within the Green Line: “Routine demolitions of structures across the country, including the demolition of temporary structures of the Bedouin in the north and the south of the country.” In this framework, the company executed the seventh and eighth demolitions of the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the Naqab (Negev) desert, which has been repeatedly demolished by Israeli authorities.