In this flash report, Who Profits investigates recent plans by the Israeli Ministry of Defense to build an additional hi-tech separation wall around the besieged Gaza Strip. The flash report will focus on the role of the private sector, exposing some of the private corporations that amass profits as well as marketable experience from strengthening the Israeli apparatus of control over Gazans.
In this flash report, Who Profits examines the ‘Mabat 2000’ visual surveillance program implemented in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem by the Israeli state and for-profit. Launched in the year 2000, ‘Mabat 2000’ – an acronym in Hebrew which stands for "technological & surveillance center," and also a word which means “gaze” – is the Israeli police’s most comprehensive visual surveillance project in the Old City, saturating every street and alleyway with Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras. Who Profits documented the involvement of the public Israeli conglomerate, C. Mer Group, in the installment, maintenance and implementation of software used for ‘Mabat 2000’. In addition, the involvement of four corporations in the provision of surveillance hardware was documented: VideoTec, a private Italian company; Dahua Technology, a publicly traded Chinese company; Sony Corporation, a publicly traded Japanese conglomerate, and Evron Systems, a private Israeli company.
Road infrastructure projects, like all Israeli construction projects in the occupied Palestinian territory, rely on the financial support of the Israeli Banks. In this update, Who Profits examines a few case studies of infrastructure projects financed by Israeli banks in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
In this update, Who Profits exposes some of the international and Israeli corporations involved in the construction of the Nabi Elyas bypass road (Highway 55) in the occupied West Bank. The bypass road, set to open in early 2018, expropriates Palestinian land for a project aimed to benefit an illegal settler population, in gross violation of international law.
In this update, Who Profits traces the occupation-related activities of HP in its new corporate structure. Our findings reveal that although the comany is formally defunct, several of HP’s key involvements continue through the newly formed, publicly traded companies DXC Technology and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (hereinafter: HPE) and their Israeli subsidiaries. This update also contains information about a new involvement in the area of home demolitions and population control.