Weapons and Military Equipment

Between 2000-2018, the Israeli military and other security forces have killed more than 9,517 Palestinians. At least 4,562 of them did not participate in hostilities. At least 2,016 were children.*

This section of Investigate includes companies that provide military and security forces in Palestine/Israel with weapons and tools consistently used in war crimes or attacks on civilians in violation of international law.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) investment policy precludes investment in any company that provides products or services to military bodies, organizations, or groups that are used to facilitate or undertake violent acts against civilians or violations of international law. Hence, AFSC policy responds to human rights violations by both Israelis and Palestinians. However, this list contains only companies involvement in Israeli violations. This apparent asymmetry is a consequence of the asymmetry of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The provision of any form of support to a Palestinian armed group or political party is illegal under U.S. anti-terrorism laws. In other words, existing legal structures enforce strict sanctions and prevent meaningful involvement of public corporations in Palestinian violations of international law, while not imposing comparable restrictions on Israel.

The companies included in this section are:

  • Companies that supply the military with the main weapons platforms consistently used in attacks of the a civilian population.
  • Companies that provide security forces with equipment and services specifically used in illegal collective punishment of the civilian population under military occupation, such as home demolitions.

This list is limited to companies with significant, ongoing contracts, and focuses on cases with a proven direct link to war crimes, violations of international humanitarian law or human rights law. It is not intended as a general list of all weapons manufacturers or military contractors.

The American Friends Service Committee supports disarmament processes and the cessation of military sales and assistance to all parties. In 2012, AFSC joined 14 other church groups in calling on the US Congress to condition the provision of US military aid to Israel on Israel’s respect for human rights.

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*Based on B’tselem definitions and data collected between September 29, 2000 and March 29, 2018. At the same time period, Palestinians have killed 428 Israeli soldiers and 818 Israeli civilians.

The list of companies involved in this sector
Select private companies are listed below publicly-traded companies.
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Publicly-Traded Companies
USA

3M Company is a conglomerate corporation operating in the manufacturing, health care, and consumer goods industries. 3M Supplies materials for prison labor programs and for weapon systems used against civilians.

An aggregator of information technology companies. Its subsidiary Matrix IT operates in the illegal settlement of Modi'in Illit in the occupied West Bank. Its subsidiary TGS developed the Israeli military's command and control system.

A British multinational defense and aerospace manufacturer that develops weapons and combat vehicles for ground, air, and naval warfare, specializing in the design of avionic electronic warfare systems. BAE has worked in cooperation with Lockheed Martin and Rafael to produce and market the naval Protector drone used to maintain the siege of Gaza along the Mediterranean coast.

One of the largest military companies in the world. Makes fighter jets and missile systems used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians. Designed a system to surveil and monitor the US-Mexico border.

A telecommunication, security, and infrastructure company. Its surveillance systems are used in military bases and checkpoints in the occupied West Bank. Company products are installed in multiple weapon systems used by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians.

The owner of Safariland and Defense Technology, the largest US manufacturer of tear gas weapons for law enforcement. Its chemical and other crowd-control weapons are used by US border patrol, prison authorities, and police departments across the US and around the world against civilian protesters.

A US multinational manufacturer of heavy engineering machinery. Its equipment is customized for the use of the needs of the Israeli military occupation and is used in home demolitions, the construction of the West Bank and Gaza walls, and the construction of illegal settlements.

An Italian manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment. Its equipment has been used to demolish Palestinian homes under military occupation and for the construction of the West Bank separation wall and illegal settlements.

Israel's largest military company, which makes killer drones, large weapon systems, and ammunition used against civilians. Monitors walls and borders in Palestine and the US-Mexico border.

The world’s largest publicly-traded oil & gas company. Provides Israel with fuel for fighter jets used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians.

A US-based vehicle manufacturer that provides commercial and specialized vehicles to US law enforcement and immigration authorities and to Israeli occupation authorities

A group of IT companies. Its subsidiary Matrix IT operates in an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank. Its subsidiary TGS developed the Israeli military's command and control system.

Genasys, formerly the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) Corporation, specializes in manufacturing acoustic hailing systems. Its flagship product, the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), is used by police, military personnel, and immigration authorities in the US and abroad.

The world's fifth–largest military company. It manufactures weapons used by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians and surveillance technology which is used to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border and surveil immigrant communities.

A US multinational conglomerate in the manufacturing, energy, and healthcare industries, among others. Its aviation division manufactures engines for military aircraft Israel uses against civilians.

Japan

A Japanese multinational conglomerate in the communications, infrastructure, electronics, transportation, heavy machinery, and financial industries, among others. Provides equipment that Israel uses to demolish homes in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The world's largest shipbuilding company and a global leader in heavy equipment manufacturing. Provides equipment that Israel uses to demolish Palestinian homes in the occupied Palestinian territory.

One of the world's largest IT companies. A major contractor for U.S. immigration authorities. Runs the discriminatory Israeli population registry and provides technologies to the Israeli military.

A US-based military company that provides phone tracking devices and other equipment to US immigration authorities and the Israeli military. Used to provide surveillance technologies for the US-Mexico border and Israeli military checkpoints.

The world's largest military company that provides fighter jets, attack helicopters, and missile systems that the Israeli military uses against Palestinian civilians as well as reconnaissance aircraft used to monitor the US-Mexico border.

A UK multinational manufacturer of commercial vehicles and mechanical engineering equipment. Provides integral parts for a crowd control weapon specifically designed for the needs of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.

A US-based communications and surveillance company. Leading supplier of license plate recognition software. Sells surveillance products for use at US prisons, at the US-Mexico Border, and by US police agencies. Its equipment is installed in illegal settlements and in the separation wall in the West Bank and is used by the Israeli military, police, and prison service.

One of the world's largest military companies. Develops missile systems used by the Israeli Air Force against Palestinian civilians; provides drones and radars used to monitor the US-Mexico border; and develops databases and systems for the US Department of Homeland Security to profile, surveil, and monitor immigrant communities.

A US-based high-tech surveillance company. Designed systems for US immigration authorities to surveil and target immigrants and to manage mass immigration raids. Its predictive policing tools are used by law enforcement agencies and by Israeli security forces.

The world's second-largest military company, which manufactures missiles, bombs, components for fighter jets, and other weapon systems used by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians. Its surveillance technology is also used to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border.

A US-based military contractor known for its Bell, Beechcraft, Cessna, and Hawker aircraft brands, some of which are used to monitor the US-Mexico border and by the Israeli Air Force.

A Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer. Its vehicles are used by the Israeli security forces and have been involved in guarding illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and in executing home demolitions.

A US provider of high-tech systems, products, and services to the aerospace and commercial building industries. Its subsidiary Pratt & Whitney produces the engines for military aircraft used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians.

A US multinational oil & gas company. Provides Israel with fuel for aircraft used by the Israeli air force against Palestinian civilians.

Sweden

A Swedish manufacturer of cars, trucks, buses, construction equipment, and industrial engines. Its equipment has been used in the demolition of Palestinian homes and the construction of illegal settlements and of the separation wall in the occupied West Bank. Its buses are serving settlements and transport political prisoners.

Private Companies
Pennsylvania

Combined Systems Inc provides less-lethal weapons, including tear gas, and other equipment under its Combined Tactical Systems (CTS) brand to military forces and law enforcement agencies around the world.

Israel's 2nd largest weapon company. Makes surveillance and killer drones and other weapon systems used against civilians. Has facilities in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights.