Forced Displacement

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

Nesher’s Involvement in the Occupation

Following publications on the UN-sponsored agreement for the reconstruction of Gaza, Who Profits received many questions regarding the involvement of Israeli corporations in the procurement contracts in the reconstruction agreements. Some of these queries dealt specifically with the origin of the natural resources used by Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises - one of the Israeli suppliers profiting from the aid funds invested in the rebuilding of the Strip.