Toyota Motor Corporation

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A Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer with activities in the fields of housing, financial services, communications, marine and biotechnology, and afforestation.

Toyota vehicles are used by Israeli Security Forces, including the Israeli military, Israel Police and the Border Police in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Toyota Hilux vehicle chassis are used for the “David” ultra-light armored personnel carrier and Light Armored Vehicle manufactured by MDT Armor. David’s armored capsule is mounted mainly on Toyota Hilux commercial pickups, as well as Toyota Land Cruiser.

The David is the most common armored vehicle in the Israeli military and is used as a patrol, command, and fighters' transport vehicle by the Israeli military and Border Police in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. 

On May 11, 2022, Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead by the Israeli military in Jenin while reporting a military raid on the nearby refugee camp. Shots fired directly at a group of journalists from a gunport in a Toyota MDT David vehicle hit Shireen Abu Akleh in the head, fatally wounding her.

In 2023, David vehicles have been documented in Israeli military raids in Tulkarm Refugee Camp and Nablus.

In May 2023, a Toyota vehicle was documented used by Israeli Civil Administration personnel accompanying bulldozers in house demolitions in Masafer Yatta in the occupied West Bank.

In September 2021, Toyota’s official Israeli distributor, Union Motors, was awarded a tender to provide Toyota Helix 4X4 vehicles to the Mateh Binyamin settlement Regional Council.

In July 2019, the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) published a tender for modeling a Toyota Land Cruiser car. In 2018, the IMOD published a tender for the maintenance of Toyota forklifts for the Air Force.

Toyota Hilux vehicles are also used for the "Jackal" light armored vehicle, used by the Israel Police and the Border Police in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. The vehicles were developed based on the Toyota Hilux by the Israeli company Palsan Ram.

In September 2022, the Israel Police contracted, with an exemption from tender, the Israeli company Palsan Ram to prototype Toyota civilian vehicles with bullet protection for NIS 840,000 until the end of November 2023.

In March 2022, the Israel Police contracted Union Industrial Vehicle Ltd., Toyota forklifts’ official distributor in Israel, to provide maintenance and repair of Toyota forklifts for NIS 90,000 until end of 2024.