Weapons and Military Equipment

Between 2000-2018, the Israeli military and other security forces have killed more than 9,517 Palestinians. At least 4,562 of them did not participate in hostilities. At least 2,016 were children.*

This section of Investigate includes companies that provide military and security forces in Palestine/Israel with weapons and tools consistently used in war crimes or attacks on civilians in violation of international law.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) investment policy precludes investment in any company that provides products or services to military bodies, organizations, or groups that are used to facilitate or undertake violent acts against civilians or violations of international law. Hence, AFSC policy responds to human rights violations by both Israelis and Palestinians. However, this list contains only companies involvement in Israeli violations. This apparent asymmetry is a consequence of the asymmetry of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The provision of any form of support to a Palestinian armed group or political party is illegal under U.S. anti-terrorism laws. In other words, existing legal structures enforce strict sanctions and prevent meaningful involvement of public corporations in Palestinian violations of international law, while not imposing comparable restrictions on Israel.

The companies included in this section are:

  • Companies that supply the military with the main weapons platforms consistently used in attacks of the a civilian population.
  • Companies that provide security forces with equipment and services specifically used in illegal collective punishment of the civilian population under military occupation, such as home demolitions.

This list is limited to companies with significant, ongoing contracts, and focuses on cases with a proven direct link to war crimes, violations of international humanitarian law or human rights law. It is not intended as a general list of all weapons manufacturers or military contractors.

The American Friends Service Committee supports disarmament processes and the cessation of military sales and assistance to all parties. In 2012, AFSC joined 14 other church groups in calling on the US Congress to condition the provision of US military aid to Israel on Israel’s respect for human rights.

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*Based on B’tselem definitions and data collected between September 29, 2000 and March 29, 2018. At the same time period, Palestinians have killed 428 Israeli soldiers and 818 Israeli civilians.

More Information about Publicly-Traded Companies
USA

3M Company is a conglomerate corporation operating in the manufacturing, health care, and consumer goods industries. 3M Supplies materials for prison labor programs and for weapon systems used against civilians.

A US defense and security company. Developed an armored patrol and reconnaissance vehicle specifically designed for the needs of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.

A British multinational defense and aerospace manufacturer that develops weapons and combat vehicles for ground, air, and naval warfare, specializing in the design of avionic electronic warfare systems. BAE has worked in cooperation with Lockheed Martin and Rafael to produce and market the naval Protector drone used to maintain the siege of Gaza along the Mediterranean coast.

Germany

One of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Roundup, produced by its subsidiary Monsanto, is used by the Israeli military to destroy Palestinian crops in Gaza.

One of the largest military companies in the world. Makes fighter jets and missile systems used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians. Designed a system to surveil and monitor the US-Mexico border.

An Israeli construction firm specializing in large-scale metal infrascructure projects. Its subsidiary Pelegas has a facility in an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank. Its subsidiary Carmor designed an armored vehicle specifically for the needs of the Israeli military occupation.

A telecommunication, security, and infrastructure company. Its surveillance systems are used in military bases and checkpoints in the occupied West Bank. Company products are installed in multiple wepaons systems used by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians.

A US multinational manufacturer of heavy engineering machinery. Its equipment is customized for the use of the needs of the Israeli military occupation and is used in home demolitions, the construction of the West Bank and Gaza walls, and the construction of illegal settlements.

An Italian manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment. Its equipment has been used to demolish Palestinian homes under military occupation and for the construction of the West Bank separation wall and illegal settlements.

Israel's largest weapon company. Makes killer drones, large weapon systems, and ammunition used against civilians. Monitors walls and borders in Palestine and the US-Mexico border.

The world’s largest publicly-traded oil & gas company. Provides Israel with fuel for fighter jets used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians.

A US multinational car and truck manufacturer. Its trucks are used by the Israeli military and border police to patrol the Gaza wall and for other military occupation-related purposes.

A group of IT companies. Its subsidiary Matrix IT operates in an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank. Its subsidiary TGS developed the Israeli military's command and control system.

One of the largest military contractors in the world. Provides weapons and munitions used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians. Involved in monitoring the US-Mexico border and surveilling immigrant communities inside the United States.
 

A US multinational conglomerate in the manufacturing, energy, and healthcare industries, among others. Its aviation division manufactures engines for military aircraft Israel uses against civilians.

A US multinational car and truck manufacturer. Its trucks are used by the Israeli military and border police to patrol the Gaza wall and for other military occupation-related purposes.

Japan

A Japanese multinational conglomerate in the communications, infrastructure, electronics, transportation, heavy machinery, and financial industries, among others. Provides equipment that Israel uses to demolish homes in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The world's largest shipbuilding company and a global leader in heavy equipment manufacturing. Provides equipment that Israel uses to demolish Palestinian homes in the occupied Palestinian territory.

A US multinational manufacturer of communications, surveillance, avionics, aerospace, and navigation products. Its surveillance equipment is used in military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as by US Customs and Border Protection on the US-Mexico border and by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A US defense and aerospace company that makes fighter jets, attack helicopters, and missile systems used by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians. Its reconnaissance aircrafts monitor the US-Mexico border.

USA

A US company specializing in equipment for long range acoustic hailing and mass notification. Its weaponized Long Range Acoustic Device is used by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank.

A UK multinational manufacturer of commercial vehicles and mechanical engineering equipment. Provides integral parts for a crowd control weapon specifically designed for the needs of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.

One of the largest military company in the world. Develops missile systems consistently used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians; provides drones and radars used to monitor the US-Mexico border; and develops databases and systems for Homeland Security to profile, surveil and monitor immigrant communities.

One of the largest military companies in the world and the largest producer of guided missiles. Makes missile systems and munitions used against civilians in Palestine and Yemen. Its equipment is used to monitor the US-Mexico border.

A Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer. Its vehicles are used by the Israeli security forces and have been involved in guarding illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and in executing home demolitions.

A US provider of high-tech systems, products, and services to the aerospace and commercial building industries. Its subsidiary Pratt & Whitney produces the engines for military aircraft used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians.

A US multinational oil & gas company. Provides Israel with fuel for aircraft used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians.

Sweden

A Swedish manufacturer of cars, trucks, buses, construction equipment, and industrial engines. Its equipment has been used in the demolition of Palestinian homes and the construction of illegal settlements and of the separation wall in the occupied West Bank. Its buses are serving settlements and transport political prisoners.