UN list of companies involved in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

On February 12, 2020, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights published a list of companies doing business in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. The annual publication of such a list was mandated by U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 31/36 of March 2016, which reaffirmed the illegality of Israeli settlements and identified the settlements and the impunity they enjoy as the root cause of many violations of Palestinian human rights. The resolution called on states to prevent their companies from contributing to gross human rights abuses of Palestinians and to provide guidance to businesses on the financial, reputational, and legal risks for corporate involvement in such abuses.

The U.N. list is a tool for transparency and accountability, in a place where no other tools are available—one that can later be used in more conflict zones around the world. This is probably why its publication was delayed by almost three years. At some point, the publication was reported to have been postponed “indefinitely” due to pressure from the U.S. and Israeli governments. During these three years, the list itself was truncated, with some glaring omissions of multinational corporations--omissions that might also be attributed to political compromise.

Still, this is a milestone for so many of us, who have been painstakingly collecting this data on the ground for many years. Most corporate responsibility watchdogs and analysts brush aside the abuses of Palestinian human rights, signaling special impunity for companies in that part of the world. Will they ignore the U.N. explicit mention of such companies? Can we make them take notice?

Who is on this list?

Along with other civil society organizations, we responded to a public call for submissions and sent in our recommendations to this report back in 2016. According to the published report, the submissions contributed 321 companies, and after review and correspondence with the companies themselves, the list was cut down to 112 companies. The publication includes Israeli banks, utilities, and cell phone companies, international travel companies Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, and TripAdvisor, real estate franchise network Re/Max, the communications and surveillance company Motorola Solutions, and food giant General Mills.

However, the published U.N. list is surprisingly incomplete. Most glaringly, it omits some high-profile companies with confirmed, ongoing, and significant involvement in the exact activities it purports to cover. For example:

  • Fosun International, a Chinese multinational conglomerate which owns AHAVA, an Israeli cosmetics company that excavates minerals in the occupied West Bank and operates a visitor center in an illegal settlement;
  • Caterpillar, a U.S. multinational manufacturer of heavy engineering machinery, whose equipment is used in home demolitions, the construction of the West Bank and Gaza walls, and the construction of illegal settlements;
  • Elbit Systems, Israel's largest weapon manufacturer, involved in surveillance and monitoring of the West Bank wall; and
  • Heidelberg Cement, the world's largest cement producer, which operates quarries and manufacturing facilities in the occupied West Bank, and whose products have been used to build and expand illegal settlements.

What can you do about it?
 
Contact these companies as a consumer, an investor, a business partner, or a member of the community, and ask them to step away from all such harmful business activities. Join campaigns to build leverage on these companies and on institutions that partner with them. Join initiatives that support the ongoing annual publication of this resource by the U.N., in the face of immense political pressure to conceal these data.

For in-depth profiles of the publicly traded companies on the list, consult our online resource Investigate. Use it to scan your own investments or mutual funds for companies involved in the Israeli occupation, and use our divestment criteria and recommendations to divest from the worst of the worst.

The Full UN List

The following is the complete list of 112 companies that U.N. OHCHR published in February 2020. The original order and spelling of company names are as in the original U.N. report. Publicly-traded companies and their subsidiaries or parent companies are linked to the corresponding company profile on Investigate. For companies that are not publicly-traded, information may be available at WhoProfits.org.

If you need help with this information or want to receive it as a spreadsheet, please contact us.

  1. Afikim Public Transportation Ltd.
  2. Airbnb Inc.
  3. American Israeli Gas Corporation Ltd.
  4. Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture Ltd.
  5. Amos Hadar Properties and Investments Ltd.
  6. Angel Bakeries
  7. Archivists Ltd.
  8. Ariel Properties Group
  9. Ashtrom Industries Ltd.
  10. Ashtrom Properties Ltd.
  11. Avgol Industries 1953 Ltd.
  12. Bank Hapoalim B.M.
  13. Bank Leumi Le-Israel B.M.
  14. Bank of Jerusalem Ltd.
  15. Bank Otsar Ha-Hayal Ltd.
  16. Beit Haarchiv Ltd.
  17. Bezeq, the Israel Telecommunication Corp Ltd.
  18. Booking.com B.V.
  19. C Mer Industries Ltd.
  20. Café Café Israel Ltd.
  21. Caliber 3
  22. Cellcom Israel Ltd.
  23. Cherriessa Ltd.
  24. Chish Nofei Israel Ltd.
  25. Citadis Israel Ltd.
  26. Comasco Ltd.
  27. Darban Investments Ltd.
  28. Delek Group Ltd.
  29. Delta Israel
  30. Dimri
  31. Dor Alon Energy in Israel 1988 Ltd.
  32. Egged, Israel Transportation Cooperative Society Ltd.
  33. Egis Rail
  34. Energix Renewable Energies Ltd.
  35. EPR Systems Ltd.
  36. Expedia Group Inc.
  37. Field Produce Ltd.
  38. Field Produce Marketing Ltd.
  39. First International Bank of Israel Ltd.
  40. Galshan Shvakim Ltd.
  41. General Mills Israel Ltd.
  42. Hadiklaim Israel Date Growers Cooperative Ltd.
  43. Hot Mobile Ltd.
  44. Hot Telecommunications Systems Ltd.
  45. Industrial Buildings Corporation Ltd.
  46. Israel Discount Bank Ltd.
  47. Israel Railways Corporation Ltd.
  48. Italek Ltd.
  49. JC Bamford Excavators Ltd.
  50. Jerusalem Economy Ltd.
  51. Kavim Public Transportation Ltd.
  52. Lipski Installation and Sanitation Ltd.
  53. Matrix IT Ltd.
  54. Mayer Davidov Garages Ltd.
  55. Mekorot Water Company Ltd.
  56. Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd.
  57. Merkavim Transportation Technologies Ltd.
  58. Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd.
  59. Modi'in Ezrachi Group Ltd.
  60. Mordechai Aviv Taasiot Beniyah 1973 Ltd.
  61. Motorola Solutions Israel Ltd.
  62. Municipal Bank Ltd.
  63. Naaman Group Ltd.
  64. Nof Yam Security Ltd.
  65. Ofertex Industries 1997 Ltd.
  66. Opodo Ltd.
  67. Partner Communications Company Ltd.
  68. Paz Oil Company Ltd.
  69. Pelegas Ltd.
  70. Pelephone Communications Ltd.
  71. Proffimat S.R. Ltd.
  72. Rami Levy Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd.
  73. Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing Communication Ltd.
  74. Re/Max Israel
  75. Shalgal Food Ltd.
  76. Shapir Engineering and Industry Ltd.
  77. Shufersal Ltd.
  78. Sonol Israel Ltd.
  79. Superbus Ltd.
  80. Supergum Industries 1969 Ltd.
  81. Tahal Group International B.V.
  82. TripAdvisor Inc.
  83. Twitoplast Ltd.
  84. Unikowsky Maoz Ltd.
  85. YES
  86. Zakai Agricultural Know-how and inputs Ltd.
  87. ZF Development and Construction
  88. ZMH Hammermand Ltd.
  89. Zorganika Ltd.
  90. Zriha Hlavin Industries Ltd.
  91. Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd.
  92. Alstom S.A.
  93. Altice Europe N.V.
  94. Amnon Mesilot Ltd.
  95. Ashtrom Group Ltd.
  96. Booking Holdings Inc.
  97. Brand Industries Ltd.
  98. Delta Galil Industries Ltd.
  99. eDreams ODIGEO S.A.
  100. Egis S.A.
  101. Electra Ltd.
  102. Export Investment Company Ltd.
  103. General Mills Inc.
  104. Hadar Group
  105. Hamat Group Ltd.
  106. Indorama Ventures P.C.L.
  107. Kardan N.V.
  108. Mayer's Cars and Trucks Co. Ltd.
  109. Motorola Solutions Inc.
  110. Natoon Group
  111. Villar International Ltd.
  112. Greenkote P.L.C.
updated on
14 February 2020