Paving the Way: The Role of Israeli Banks in Road Construction in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Road infrastructure projects, like all Israeli construction projects in the occupied Palestinian territory, rely on the financial support of the Israeli Banks. In this update, Who Profits examines a few case studies of infrastructure projects financed by Israeli banks in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Roads and Infrastructure: Nabi Elyas Bypass Road (Highway 55)

In this update, Who Profits exposes some of the international and Israeli corporations involved in the construction of the Nabi Elyas bypass road (Highway 55) in the occupied West Bank. The bypass road, set to open in early 2018, expropriates Palestinian land for a project aimed to benefit an illegal settler population, in gross violation of international law.

Touring Israeli Settlements: Business and Pleasure for the Economy of Occupation

This flash-report exposes the role of private digital tourism corporations in promoting tourism to settlements, falsely advertising them as being located in Israel and normalizing their illegal presence on occupied Palestinian and Syrian land.

What We Know About HP So Far

In this update, Who Profits traces the occupation-related activities of HP in its new corporate structure. Our findings reveal that although the comany is formally defunct, several of HP’s key involvements continue through the newly formed, publicly traded companies DXC Technology and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (hereinafter: HPE) and their Israeli subsidiaries. This update also contains information about a new involvement in the area of home demolitions and population control.

Tracking Annexation: The Jerusalem Light Rail and the Israeli Occupation

In this new flash report, Who Profits investigates the role of the Jerusalem light rail train in the consolidation of the Israeli settlement enterprise in occupied East Jerusalem, exposing in particular the critical involvement of international and Israeli corporations in the planning and execution of the project.

Crossing the Line: Tel Aviv Jerusalem train (A1)

The Tel Aviv Jerusalem Fast Train, also known as the A1 train, is one of the most extensive infrastructure projects that the Israeli government has undertaken in the last decades. The project was initiated in 2001 and has been under planning and construction ever since, costing over NIS 8.5 billion (USD 2.4 billion). The A1 train route crosses the Green Line into the occupied West Bank in two areas, using occupied Palestinian land, some of it privately owned, for an Israeli transportation project aimed exclusively for Israelis.

The overall plan includes what would be the longest and highest bridges and tunnels. This extensive project could not have materialized without foreign investment and know how of major multinationals.

The following flash report exposes the involvement of the major companies that execute the A1 project, describing their involvement in this controversial project as well as their other occupation-related activities. 

Its official: G4S Israel was sold to the Israeli private equity fund FIMI

The Israeli equity fund FIMI purchase 100% of the shares of G4S Israel in December 2016.

Occupational Hazards: The Eco-politics of the Israeli Occupation

In this new flash report, Who Profits presents six waste and recycling management companies that operate facilities in the occupied West Bank. These companies enjoy an environmentally-friendly and clean image while exploiting Palestinian natural resources, taking advantage of the area's lax environmental regulations and creating pollution in the West Bank.

Financing Land Grab: The Direct Involvement of Israeli Banks in the Israeli Settlement Enterprise

Israeli banks provide the financial infrastructure for all the activities of companies, governmental agencies and individuals linked to the continuing occupation of Palestinian land. The following report, titled Financing Land Grab: The Direct Involvement of Israeli Banks in the Israeli Settlement Enterprise, focuses on the central role that Israeli banks play in construction and infrastructure projects in West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements and in providing loans to regional and local councils of settlements in the West Bank. The findings of this report reveal that all Israeli banks except Dexia Israel provide special loans to construction and infrastructure projects in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In addition, all Israeli banks with no exception provide loans and financial services to local and regional councils of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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