An Israeli outsourcing company for secure communications systems. Its systems are installed at military bases and checkpoints in the occupied West Bank and in weapons systems used by the Israeli military.
C Mer Industries Ltd (also doing business as Mer Group) is an Israeli construction services company that specializes in custom-designing integrated communications, surveillance, and monitoring systems for the security industry and other government sectors.
The company has deployed large-scale surveillance projects in occupied East Jerusalem on behalf of the Israeli police, according to Who Profits. Its flagship surveillance project, Mabat 2000, includes hundreds of networked cameras that place the entire Old City of Jerusalem under constant surveillance. Mer has also deployed a large number of other types of surveillance sensors as part of the "Safe City" project, also in the Old City of Jerusalem.
As part of other projects in the occupied Palestinian territory, Mer surveillance systems have been installed at two illegal checkpoints and one military base in the occupied West Bank, according to Who Profits. Mer subsidiary P.L.H. Lighting Engineering has provided lighting poles to checkpoints and infrastructure projects located in the occupied West Bank.
Because of these activities, Mer was included on the 2020 United Nations database of companies doing business in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Mer also provides the Israeli military with "smart" communications systems. As of 2022, the company is the sole supplier of tactical communications systems to the Israeli military's ground forces. Additionally, it has provided integrative communications systems and radio and cellular transmission infrastructure, according to Who Profits.
Some of the company's communications systems have been implemented in advanced weapons systems used by the Israeli military. For example, the company's digital Internal Communication System is used in armored vehicles and Merkava battle tanks, as well as military aircraft and watercraft.
- In November 2020, San Francsico State University's student government passed a resolution calling for the university to pull out of investments in companies that do business in Israeli settlements, referencing the 112 companies linked to the illegal settlements in Palestine as listed by the United Nations.
- In October 2020, Fresno State University’s student government voted in favor of a divestment resolution calling for the university to divest from the 112 companies linked to the illegal settlements in Palestine, as listed by the United Nations.