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.

فطرٌ خالٍ من الاحتلال: نموذجٌ للمقاومة الاقتصاديّة

في هذا التحديث، يبحث مشروع "من يربح من الاحتلال" مبادرة زراعة الفطر الفلسطينيّة، وينظر من خلالها إلى واقع السوق الفلسطينيّ باعتباره سوقًا أسيرًا، وهي حالة يرسّخها الملحق الاقتصاديّ لاتفاقيّة أوسلو- بروتوكول باريس. تستعرض هذه الدراسة نموذجًا للمقاومة الاقتصاديّة، بينما تكشف أساليب التضييق الشرسة ضدّ الاقتصاد الفلسطينيّ، من مراكمة العقبات في مسار ترخيص المُنتجات، والتفتيش الأمنيّ، الضرائب والرسوم الباهظة والمكثّفة التي تُفرض على كل عمليّة تصدير للمواد الخام، وغيرها صعوبات كثيرة أخرى.

Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering and the Israeli occupation

Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering is a civil engineering and construction company that operates numerous plants for construction materials. The company is a subsidiary of the Israeli public company Shapir Engineering and Industry, which was founded back in 1969 by the Shapira family: Hen, Israel, Harel and Gil Shapira. The company is exclusively engaged in the construction, development, and infrastructure of projects in several illegal settlements and is operating a number of plants for construction materials: it owns and operates cement plants and a stone quarry beyond the green line, thus exploiting Palestinian natural resources for the needs of the Israeli construction industry. The company’s latest and broad involvement in infrastructure of projects in the illegally occupied Palestinian territory will be presented in details in the coming section. 

Keter Plastic Ends its Activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

On November 2016, Who Profits obtained visual evidence strongly suggesting that Keter no longer operates in the occupied West Bank. 

The Israeli Exploitation of Palestinian Natural Resources | Part IV: Ahava

Since its occupation of the West Bank in 1967, Israel has systematically exploited the resources of the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea area more intensively than elsewhere in the West Bank. Israel has controlled the area’s major tourist sites and natural resources, including its minerals, fertile land, and water sources. As Who Profits' report revealed in 2012, Ahava has been exploiting Palestinian natural resources by operating a mud excavation site in the occupied territory, on the shores of the Dead Sea, since 2004. In this update, Who Profits examines the latest information regarding the activities of Ahava in the occupied Dead Sea.

House Demolition in the Syrian Golan: Hyundai Heavy Industries

Since 1967, Israel has demolished more than 28,000 Palestinian houses, public buildings and private commercial properties in the occupied Palestinian territory. This massive, man-made destruction is not a side effect of the occupation but a fundamental element in its control mechanism. The 7th of September, 2016, marked the first demolition in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. In this update, Who Profits looks at the massive role of Hyundai Heavy Industries in house demolitions in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian territories, as well as the ways in which this company has been profiting from this mechanism of the Israeli occupation.

Occupation-free Mushrooms: A Model of Economic Resistance

In this update, Who Profits looks at the reality of the Palestininian market as a captive market, cemented by the Paris Protocol, the economic annex of the Oslo Accords, through a case study of the Palestinian Mushroom Initiative. This case study will expose a dauntless economic model of resistance while revealing Israel’s relentless strangulation of the Palestinian economy, through licensing impedements, security checks, and the massive fees and taxes incurred through the process of exporting raw materials, among other difficulties.   

The Israeli Exploitation of Palestinian Natural Resources: Part III: Ashtrom

As part of the series on the Israeli Exploitation of Palestinian Natural Resources, this update discusses the involvement of the Ashtrom Group in the occupaied Palestinian territory. The Ashtrom Group is one of the largest construction and real estate companies in Israel. Through its many subsidiaries, the group operates in the fields of construction, infrastructure, development, industry, property income and housing services. The Ashtrom Group has a long history of operations in the occupied territory, including construction and infrastructure projects on occupied land and systemic exploitation of Palestinian natural resources. 

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