Thursday, February 12, 2009

Who Profits from the Israeli Occupation?

Announcing a new on-line database:

Now, more then ever, Israeli activists need a powerful
global movement to help us build a just peace in Israel/
Palestine. Looking for effective tools for ending the
occupation, we have launched a new website listing
companies directly involved in the occupation of the
West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan
Heights. The grassroots initiative, of the Israeli
Coalition of Women for Peace, includes a database and
an information center, and reflects an on-going two-year
effort, rigorous research, documentation and site visits.

This unprecedented on-line resource already lists about
200 companies, and hundreds more will be added during 2009,
offering an extensive and intricate mapping of the corporate
aspects and interests in the continued occupation. The website
offers a new useful categorization of all corporate interests
in the occupation, and exposes specific examples of direct
involvement of many international and Israeli companies for
the first time. In tracing ownership links it shows in detail
how some of Israel's largest corporations are tied in with
the occupation.

The database allows for advanced searches, such as: Which U.S.
corporations support the West Bank military checkpoints?
Which of the companies are listed in the London stock-exchange?
What settlements' production is formally registered inside
Israel? Note, however, that the on-line data is always partial,
always growing, and please send us any relevant information,
further requests for information or suggestions.

As Israeli activists, we feel obligated to try and educate
ourselves and others about the economic incentives and corporate
involvement in the occupation, but this is not enough. You
can support our efforts by continuing this investigation in
your own country, by informing others of our website, or by
sending us a much needed donation.

Jewish Peace News editors:
Joel Beinin
Racheli Gai
Rela Mazali
Sarah Anne Minkin
Judith Norman
Lincoln Shlensky
Rebecca Vilkomerson
Alistair Welchman
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