Israeli military companies such as Elbit Systems appear invincible, yet Israel’s arms industry is more vulnerable than it seems. Al-Shabaka guest author Maren Mantovani and Policy Advisor Jamal Juma’ examine both national and global trends and identify avenues for human rights activists to pursue to hold Israel accountable under international law.
As the EU-Israeli research funding programme HORIZON 2020 continues to allocate citizens tax money to big business, civil society keeps pressuring the EU to comply with its own ethical policies and its obligations under international law. Military companies - including Israeli military and security companies - are heavily funded by the EU. This is a direct channel to support the development of new technologies for Israel’s systematic oppression of the Palestinian People. Despite the EU ethics norms require avoidance of dual use, misuse or mission/function creep of the research results, the EU still fails to answer concerns that the new technologies may be used for war crimes.
New concerns arise as activists discovered the EU-Israel partnership through the LAWTRAIN Project in the framework of the EU HORIZON 2020. The project is meant to unify the methodology for interrogation among Israeli and EU police forces and is a de facto normalisation of Israel’s most cruel practices, including physical and psychological torture, ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, threats, racial discrimination. With the risk of proliferation of Israeli practices in EU countries, European justice systems risk intensification of inhumane treatment, too. Recognising as legal the Israeli systems of oppression such as inhuman techniques of torture, the EU is violating its obligations under international law.
Israeli arms exports take dramatic hit amid growing boycott campaign
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been running highly visible campaigns against military trade with Israel that have seen 12 banks and pension funds exclude Israeli arms company Elbit Systems from their investment portfolio. Israeli owned arms factories have been blockaded, and a growing number of political parties and trade unions have called for an end to military ties with Israel.
The governments of Norway and Turkey have both announced military embargo policies against Israel in recent years.
Mahmoud Nawajaa, general coordinator with the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the largest Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the BDS movement, said:
“Israeli military companies market their products on the basis of their successful use in Israel’s massacres of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, yet it now seems that growing public awareness of and opposition to Israel’s war crimes are starting to hit Israel’s military exports.”
Also don't miss the new briefing published by the BDS Movement on military cooperation and trade of Israeli weapons, tools of repression against the ongoing Palestinian protests. The military trade is at the heart of Israeli oppression: find out more on the military companies and the complicit international institutions, and on the campaigns that work against these and the military aid to Israel.
This briefing marks another step in the effort to stop the EU's funding to Israeli military and security companies. It denounces the financial assistance awarded within the framwork of the Horizon2020 research and development funding scheme of the EU to Elbit Systems and other Israeli military companies through FLYSEC, an airport security project.
Stop the Wall collects here the relevant documentation - including briefings, letters, parliamentary questions and answers from the EU - for the campaign "Stop Supporting Israeli Apartheid - EU Funding For Elbit Systems". The initiative, developed in cooperation with the BNC and ECCP, aims to stop funding to Elbit Systems and other Israeli companies involved in the military-industrial-scientific complex of Israel, a country that systematically commits war crimes and is in ongoing violation of the basic norms of international law and human rights.
Such funding violates not only the growing call for a military embargo on Israel but as well the EU’s obligations under international law.
Among the many faces of Occupation, daily demolitions play a relevant and devastating role of land theft and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. Susiya is only one of the many examples: a village whose people live in constant fear of being ejected from their land and deported, as has already happened three times in the last thirty years. This policy is part of the two key overall plans of the Israeli administration: The ‘Relocation Plan’ aimed at clearing Area C in the West Bank from the Palestinian communities in order to prepare it for definitive annexation, as well as the Israeli master plan to ‘Judaize’ Jerusalem, the Galilee and the Naqab and the confiscation of large parts of the West Bank.
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) has called for a campaign "Olympics without Apartheid". This campaign calls for ISDS and other companies complicit with Israeli apartheid to be banned from the Olympics, for pressure until the Olympics will be free of apartheid. See here the Stop the Wall factsheet on the background to the company and the campaign.
Elbit, one of the most iconic accomplices of Israeli violations of International law and a notorious war profiteer, has already applied with at least 6 projects to Horizon 2020. One of its aims is to develop is Laser Gated Imaging (LGI) technology, a dual-use technology employed in military applications, and is likely to be used in the maintenance of the Wall, settlements and/or military technology.
The 8 PROPOSALS FOR THE NEW LEGALLY BINDING INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENT ON TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS (TNCs) AND HUMAN RIGHTS
are the written contribution of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, of which Stop the Wall Campaign is part, to the first session of the intergovernmental working group mandated with the elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.
This submission is part of the Peoples Mobilizations on the First Meeting of Stated on obligations to TNCs on Human Rights, 6-10 july 2015. Please see the full program here.
Israel is planning to forcibly relocate some 27,000 Bedouin living in 46 communities Area C in the occupied West Bank to three 'relocation' townships in order to prepare Area C (over 60% of the West Bank) for final annexation.
This factsheet gives the key data, an analysis on the political background and impact, ongoing Palestinian resistance to it and ideas on how you can help to stop this ethnic cleansing policy.
The Land Defense Coalition, the popular movement to strengthen the resilience of the population in areas targeted by the Israeli Occupation Forces, and to build grassroots actions and international solidarity in order to confront the Israeli occupation, the settlement project and their implications, has prepared a small brochure. The brochure presents the Coalition, its member organizations, its work and political analysis.
Stop the Wall has published a new briefing on EU funding for Elbit Systems. This briefing follows the announcement by Israel that the EU has already approved 205 projects with Israeli participation within the framework of the EU research cycle Horizon2020.
Wandering Raven has published an excellent summary of the information publicly available on the use of drones – in particular Elbit drones Hermes 450 and Hermes 900 – during the Gaza massacre this July/August. The testimonies about use and development of drones include the Israeli defense minister, military commanders and news outlets.
The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem (CCPRJ) and the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) have released a new policy paper on the dangers of decontextualising East Jerusalem and urge the international community to address Israel's responsibility as an Occupying Power.
On 10th Anniversary of Historic ruling against Israel’s Wall, Israel bombs Gaza: at the UN, 86 top legal experts urge UN and third-state action, protests continue in Palestine, worldwide events to stop Israeli impunity.
The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and the Birzeit University Institute of Law are pleased to announce release of the “Guidelines for Advocating for Palestinian Rights in conformity with International Law”. Tthis new advocacy tool is an outcome document of the conference “Options and Strategies of International Law for the Palestinian People” held at the Birzeit University Institute of Law in May 2013.
The 10 page report summarizes the basics of human rights obligations and standards for business as relevant to the context of Palestine. We have collected key references from the decision of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of the Wall, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises as well as independent analysts.
The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem has released a legal briefing on the application of the law in occupied East Jerusalem and prospects of judicial and political struggle. The Absentees’ Property Law (1950) is one of Israel’s major legal instruments for seizing Palestinian property.
Stop the Wall Campaign and the Palestinian Federation in Brazil - FEPAL have today released a report on the Bilateral Cooperation in Research and Industrial Development between Brazil and Israel. (See below.)
We argue that beyond legitimizing and sustaining Israeli policies, the cooperation program risks to recognize and/or directly aid and assist the construction of the Wall and the settlement enterprise and the maintenance of the situation created by them as well as other Israeli violations of peremptory norms.
Various events were held throughout the Occupied Territories in the West Bank to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the glorious Land Day. Stop the Wall has implemented a number of group activities in these territories; such as the lands which are threatened by confiscation and which are subject to continuous attacks by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).
"The popular movement to strengthen the resilience of the population in areas targeted by the Israeli Occupation Forces, and to build grassroots actions and international solidarity in order to confront the Israeli occupation, the settlement project and their implications."