Forced Displacement

Plundering the Sun: The Israeli Solar Energy Industry and Palestinian Forced Displacement

The global demand for electricity is constantly rising, and with it – awareness of the irreversible ecological damage caused by using limited natural resources (oil and gas) for its production. This awareness has raised interest in generating electricity from renewable and non-polluting sources, also known as green energy.[1] Israel follows this trend and plans to generate 10% of its energy from solar power by 2020, backed by domestic and international corporations. 

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 (oPt), rely heavily on the financial support of the Israeli Banks.

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

In a cabinet meeting in October 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presented the paving of bypass roads in the occupied West Bank, including the Nabi Elyas bypass road, as part of his government’s “counter-terrorist” program, alongside measures such as holding bodies of Palestinians hostage, increasing police, military and private security forces in East Jerusalem, and promoting an amendment that would allow Israel to imprison Palestinian minors under the age of 14 for “security” offenses.

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.

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

The Ashtrom Group: Extraction and Construction on Occupied land

The Israeli Exploitation of Palestinian Natural Resources: Part II: Heidelberg Cement

HeidelbergCement is a multinational corporation headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany with subsidiaries in 40 countries. The company is among the world’s largest producers and suppliers of cement and ready mix concrete. In 2007, HeidelbergCement acquired the British company Hanson plc, with its wholly owned subsidiary, Hanson Israel.

The Israeli Exploitation of Palestinian Natural Resources: Part I

From the early moments of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, the Israeli exploitation of Palestinian natural resources served as the backbone for the development of the economy of the occupation.

Reconstruction of Gaza: zero buildings, massive profit.

The last Israeli attack on Gaza left at least 2,000 Palestinians killed and  17,000 homes destroyed, rendering over 110,000 people homeless and turned much of the strip to rubble. In the aftermath of Israel’s blatant violations of International Humanitarian Law, the already existing humanitarian crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip has been further worsened.

CRH exits the Israeli market

In its press release on January 2016, CRH stated that it completed 13 divestments in 2015, the largest of which was the disposal of CRH’s 25% equity stake in its Israeli operation, the 25% stake was held in the Mashav group which is the holding company for Nesher Cement.  This divestment completes CRH’s exit from the Israeli market.

Today, both Nesher Cement and Mashav are fully owned by Clal Industries, one of the leading Israeli holding companies.

CRH’s Past Involvement:

Past Corporate Involvement: Construction on Occupied Land

Generally, when a company withdraws from the occupied Palestinian territory or ends its involvement in the occupation, it is considered to be non-complicit in the Israeli occupation. Yet, when it comes to companies involved in construction and infrastructure projects, the corporate involvement does not end in the mere act of withdrawal. Construction projects continue to function as permanent evidence that maintain the ongoing Israeli control over Palestinian land and resources.

Forced Displacement: The Story of Al-Araqib

Al-Araqib: Demolished for the 86th time

The Palestinian Bedouin village of al-Araqib located in the Naqab desert in southern Israel was destroyed again, for the 86th time, on the 2nd of July 2015. Like in previous demolitions, Volvo provided its bulldozers to carry out the house demolitions and raze them to the grounds.   

Forced Displacement in Al-Araqib