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A Germany-based public Company that manufactures and sells vehicles. Group’s brands include Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, SKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN.

Volkswagen Group’s subsidiary, TRATON SE, which Volkswagen holds the controlling shares in (89.7%), is a public company (ETR: 8TRA) and the manufacturer of MAN vehicles. MAN supplies the chassis for armored riot control vehicles in the service of the Israel Police, manufactured by Beit Alfa Technologies of HOS Technology R&D.


The vehicles are used for the dispersion of different anti-demonstration substances like the “Skunk” substance, a scent-based weapon manufactured by Odortec, along with other substances such as water, tear gas, paint, and foam.

The Skunk has been widely used by Israeli forces against Palestinians both in demonstrations and as a punitive measure in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and within the Green Line, and used against schools and medical teams.

For more about the Skunk and other crowd control weapons see Who Profits’ report: Proven Effective: Crowd Control Weapons in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Who Profits Update: Israeli Repression of the Palestinian May Uprising: Suppliers of Crowd Control Weapons.

MAN supplies busses to Egged Group which operates bus lines to settlements in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.