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Companies of Concern
The Divestment Task Force of the New England Conference, UMC has done extensive research of companies that sustain and support Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory. 

The list on this page comes from that research and identifies over two dozen companies of concern, highlighting in red those that are currently included in investment portfolios of the United Methodist Church. 


Below you will find information about each company's involvement with the occupation, including supporting internet sources. 

Companies whose names are in red are currently in the portfolios of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, United Methodist Church.
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March 2012
 
Companies Sustaining the Israeli Occupation  
Items in red are currently in the portfolios of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, UMC. Others have been identified by United Methodist researchers, including annual conference task forces, as supporting the occupation.

ALLIANT TECH SYSTEMS
Alliant Techsystems (NYSE:ATK) is engaged with an Israeli company in the production of rubbercoated bullets. Such bullets are frequently used against Palestinians, as well as Israeli and international peace activists engaged in peaceful demonstrations to protest Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land. Rubber bullets often blind, disfigure or kill those who are hit by them. Alliant is also engaged in other contracts that support the Israeli military, which enforces the occupation. The company produces fuses for cluster bombs and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

BOEING
Boeing (NYSE:BA) has been a major supplier of the F15 Eagle and the AH64 Apache attack helicopter to Israel. These aircraft have been used to attack Palestinians in the occupied territories, resulting in many civilian casualties. Boeing makes missile systems, F15 software, Apache Helicopters, and Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), a guided air-to-surface weapon. All these weapons are sold to the Israeli military and were used in the massive Israeli assault on Gaza at year-end 2008.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

CATERPILLAR INC
Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) supplies 50-ton D-9 bulldozers and earth-moving equipment to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) through the US Foreign Military Sales program. The company is aware that the IDF uses these machines to destroy Palestinian homes, orchards and olive groves in the occupied territories. These are clearly violent acts aimed at civilians. Yet Caterpillar continues to provide equipment for this purpose. Armored and weaponized Caterpillar bulldozers were used to clear the way for ground troops in Israel's 2008-09 assault on the Gaza Strip, which killed more than 1400 Palestinians. The IDF considers these bulldozers such an important part of its weaponry that it has announced plans to draft civilians to maintain them on the battlefield. Caterpillar bulldozers and earth-moving equipment are also used to clear land in the occupied territories for illegal settlements, segregated roads and the separation wall, which is largely built on property belonging to Palestinians. The wall's route inside the occupied territories was declared illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.whoprofits.org/Company%20Info.php?id=601
http://www.unitedmethodistdivestment.com/CompaniesInvolved.html
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

CELLCOM ISRAELellcom Israel (NYSE:CEL) erected close to two hundred antennand telecommunication infrastructure facilities on occupied land in the West Bank and the Golan Heights. In violation of the Oslo Accords, it pays no fees to the Palestinian Authority for operating in the West Bank. The company provides cellular communication services to the illegal settlers and to Israeli soldiers in the occupied territory. It floods the Palestinian market with prepaid phone cards, thus undercutting the approved Palestinian cell phone companies.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

CEMEX
Cemex (AMEX:CEQ), based in Mexico, owns Readymix, which has operations in three illegal West Bank settlements: Mishor Edomim, Mevo Khoron, and Atarot Industrial Zone. United Methodist researchers have seen the Cemex plant in the Atarot Industrial Zone. According to the Coalition of Women for Peace (www.whoprofits.org), Readymix also owns 50% of Yatir quarry for aggregates in the occupied West Bank (next to the Israeli settlement of Teneh Omarim). As a partner in this quarry, the company exploits Palestinian natural resources for the needs of the Israeli construction industry, and transports Palestinian resources to Israel in violation of the Hague Conventions. Readymix has provided concrete elements for construction of the wall and other occupation infrastructure inside the West Bank.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.whoprofits.org/Company%20Info.php?id=704
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

CRH (CEMENT ROADSTONE HOLDINGS)

CRH (CRH ORD EUR 0.32) (LON:CRH-EUR) (NYSE:CRH), an international building materials company, grew out of Irish company Cement Roadstone Holdings. The company benefits from a near monopoly on cement production within Israel through its 25% stake in the Israeli group Mashav Initiating and Development Ltd., which is the holding company for Nesher Cement. Nesher claims on its web site to be Israel's sole producer of cement. Cement is being used in the construction of the Separation Wall inside the West Bank, which the International Court of Justice has ruled illegal. Cement is also used to build illegal settlements on Palestinian land.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.whoprofits.org/Company%20Info.php?id=614
http://www.unitedmethodistdivestment.com/CompaniesInvolved.html

ELBIT SYSTEMS LTD.
Elbit Systems (NASDAQ:ESLT) is an international defense electronics company headquartered in Israel. It is a major supplier to the Israeli military (IDF), which is enforcing the occupation of Palestinian land. According to the Coalition of Women for Peace, it is one of two main providers of the electronic detection fence for the separation wall in the occupied West Bank. It supplied and incorporated LORROS surveillance cameras in the Ariel and A-ram sections of the separation wall. The company supplies UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to the Israeli army, which has used these to kill and maim Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

FORMULA SYSTEMS LTD.
Formula Systems (NASDAQ:FORTY) is a global information technology (IT) solutions and services company based in Israel. It is the parent company of MATRIX (TLV: MTRX), which outsources information technology services for its client companies to settlers at the illegal settlement of Modi’in Illit in the West Bank. An Israeli company called Emblaze (LON:BLZ) owns 50.1% of Formula Systems.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

GENERAL DYNAMICS
General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) subsidiary General Dynamics Land Systems manufactures the GD 883 diesel engine for Israel’s Merkava 4 battle tanks. It has supplied about 1,000 M60A3 Main Battle Tanks to Israel. These tanks are frequently used against Palestinians in the occupied territories. It also produces equipment used on the F-16 Fighting Falcon Jets sold to Israel. General Dynamics is the general contractor for the production of 3,500 MK-84 "general purpose" bombs, spares and repair parts for Israel. These were among the weapons used in Israel’s 2008- 09 massive assault on the Gaza Strip, which killed more than 1400 Palestinians.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

GENERAL ELECTRIC CO
General Electric (NYSE:GE) supplies the propulsion systems for Israel's AH 64 Apache Assault Helicopters, which have been used in Israeli attacks on Palestinian towns and refugee camps.  They have also been used in illegal assassinations, which frequently kill Palstinian civilians. GE possesses contracts with Israel to sell engines for a variety of military aircraft, some of which have been used against Palestinians in the occupied territories. In addition, GE has several service contracts with the Israeli government for engineering support and testing.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.unitedmethodistdivestment.com/CompaniesInvolved.html
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

HEIDELBERG CEMENT AG
Heidelberg Cement, one of the world's largest manufacturers of building materials, has become the target of legal action in Israel because of its activities in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT). The company's subsidiary, Hanson Israel, manufactures ready-made cement, aggregates and asphalt used in Israel's construction of illegal settlements and other physical structures of the occupation. It owns concrete plants in the illegal settlements of Modi'in Illit and Atarot, an asphalt plant and an aggregates quarry south of Elqana, also in the West Bank. Through the quarry, it exploits natural resources belonging to Palestinians for the company's financial gain. United Methodist Researchers have seen the Hanson plant in the Atarot Industrial Zone.
http://www.unitedmethodistdivestment.com (See Report on United Methodist Corporate Research Trip to the West Bank, 2010)
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.whoprofits.org/Company%20Info.php?id=598
http://www.whoprofits.org/Company%20Info.php?id=597

GLOBECOMM SYSTEMS INC (GSI)
Globecomm Systems (NASDAQ: GCOM) of New York, in partnership with Tadiran Spectralink of the Elisra Group (Israel), supplies the Israeli military (IDF) with equipment and facilities for communication between all branches of the IDF ground forces. The system includes mobile stations installed on HMMWV vehicles. These vehicles are used by the IDF in the occupied territories.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

HEWLETT PACKARD
Hewlett Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) owns Electronic Data Systems, which heads a consortium providing biometric monitoring of checkpoints, including at least four built inside the West Bank in violation of international law (Betunia, Tarqumia, Qalandia, and Bethlehem checkpoints). HP also supplies printers to the IDF, which enforces the occupation. The Israeli Navy has chosen HP Israel to implement the outsourcing of its information technology infrastructure. Under the project, HP Israel will assume full responsibility for the management and operation of the Navy's IT infrastructure, including computer and communications centers. With the aid of these communications centers, the Israeli Navy has attacked ships carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. It regularly attacks Gaza's fishermen within Gaza's own territorial waters, and has often shelled civilian areas in the Gaza Strip, killing Palestinians. HP provided a municipal data storage system for the illegal settlement of Ariel and presented an award to a company in the illegal settlement of Modi'in Illit.  A Hewlett Packard subsidiary, HP Invent, is listed among companies outsourcing IT services to a company called Matrix, which employs settlers in Modi'in Illit to do much of its IT work.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.whoprofits.org/Company%20Info.php?id=624
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

ICX TECHNOLOGIES
ICX Technologies (NASDAQ:ICXT) makes surveillance radar. One of the systems that uses the ICx radar is MotoEagle, a Motorola surveillance system used in Israel’s illegal settlements. On September 18, 2009 Magal Security Systems and ICx announced a partnership agreement whereby Magal will offer ICx ground-surveillance radars as part of its overall outdoor and perimeter solutions portfolio. Magal provides intrusion detection fencing for the separation wall.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

INGERSOLL RAND
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) subsidiary Recognition Systems (RSI) (also called Schlage Recognition Systems) manufactures biometric access control equipment and attendance recorders which are used in Israeli checkpoints built on Palestinian land inside the West Bank. United Methodists have seen these at a checkpoint inside Bethlehem. In 1999, RSI was subcontracted by Electronic Data Systems (EDS, a Hewlett-Packard company) to provide hand geometry readers for the Basel Project. The Basel System is an automated biometric access control system for Palestinian workers installed in at least seven checkpoints, four of which are in the West Bank. The Ingersoll Rand hand geometry reader is applied only to Palestinians, and not to others who use these checkpoints. This means that it is part of a discriminatory system installed in checkpoints built illegally on Palestinian land.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf
See UM Research Trip Report at http://www.unitedmethodistdivestment.com

ITT CORPORATION
ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT) provides the Israeli military with intensifier tubes for night vision goggles. Night vision goggles are used by pilots, co-pilots and crews of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, especially helicopter crews. They enable Israel to attack refugee camps and villages in the middle of the night, the time when many of these raids and assaults take place. In September, 2007, ITT purchased arms manufacturer EDO, which produces components of bomb racks used by the F16 war planes sold to Israel and used in Israel’s 2008-09 assault on the Gaza Strip. ITT has said the acquisition would give it a bigger role in weapons systems including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship. The Littoral Combat Ship was used in the Gaza assault. It is being used to intercept boats carrying aid to Gaza and to prevent fishermen from accessing fishing grounds off Gaza’s coast.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

LOCKHEED MARTIN
Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is the single biggest overseas supplier for the Israeli armaments industry. It has received billions of dollars for supplying arms, including missile systems and fighter planes, to Israel. It has many ongoing contracts, including manufacturing F16I fighter bombers used by the Israeli military (IDF) against Palestinians. Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Orlando, Florida produces the Hellfire missile system for Apache attack helicopters used by Israel against Palestinians. According to a military trade publication, Israel’s main battle tank, the Merkava MK4 is produced by the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Group. These tanks, missiles and fighter planes were used in Israel’s 2008-09 assault on Gaza, during which more than 1400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis (including 10 soldiers) were killed.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

MAGAL SECURITY SYSTEMS
Magal Security Systems (NASDAQ:MAGS) is an Israeli company that provides intrusion detection fencing for the separation wall. According to the Coalition of Women for Peace, it won 80% of the bids published by the Israeli Ministry of Defense for the installation of these fences, and supplied the perimeter intrusion detection for fences around the Gaza Strip. It is listed in a government of Israel web site as one of the contractors engaged in the construction of the separation wall.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS INC.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) provides surveillance systems around many illegal settlements inside the West Bank.  Motorola surveillance equipment is used on portions of the separation wall built inside the West Bank on Palestinian land in violation of international law.  It provides the Israeli occupation forces with an advanced mobile communications system which is used to coordinate operations against Palestinians in the West Bank. Motorola subcontracts information technology services to settlers in the illegal settlement of Modi'in Illit through a company called Matrix.  
http://whoprofits.org/Company%20Info.php?id=544
http://www.unitedmethodistdivestment.com/CompaniesInvolved.html
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

NORTHROP GRUMMAN

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) collaborates with Lockheed Martin in producing the Israeli F16I Sufa (‘Storm’) aircraft by providing the AN/APG68 (V)9 multimode radar that provides for high-resolution ground mapping. With Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman also produces the Longbow System which, when installed in the Apache helicopter, greatly enhances the Apache’s lethality. The Longbow system includes fire control radar and the Hellfire Missile. In 2000 and 2001, Congress was notified of more than $500 million and $509 million respectively in pending Apache Longbow attack helicopter sales to Israel. Apache Longbows were used in the recent assault on Gaza, in which more than 1400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis (10 of them soldiers) were killed.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

ON TRACK INNOVATIONS
On Track Innovations (NASDAQ:OTIV), an Israeli company, has developed the Basel System, which uses two biometric sensors to read the facial dimensions and hand geometry of Palestinians crossing through the Erez checkpoint. It is part of a consortium headed by Electronic Data Systems (a Hewlett-Packard company), which is developing systems based on this technology for seven other checkpoints, including several inside the West Bank.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

OSHKOSH TRUCK COMPANY
Oshkosh Truck Company (NYSE:OSK) through contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, supplies mobility tactical trucks to the Israeli Military. These include cargo trucks with winches, wreckers and tractors. This type of equipment is used by the Israeli military in the occupied territories. Israel also has a $145 million contract with Oshkosh Truck Corporation to build more than 900 armor kits for Israel’s Medium Tactical Vehicles.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

RAYTHEON
Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) is a major arms contractor to the Israeli military. It supplies Patriot, Sparrow, Sidewinder, Maverick and TOW missiles. The Maverick is a precision, air-to-ground missile that is used against small mobile and hard targets. Missiles are frequently used against Palestinians in crowded residential areas such as refugee camps. They are also used in targeted assassinations of Palestinians without trial, evidence, or the opportunity for defense.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

SILICON GRAPHICS
Silicon Graphics (NASDAQ:SGIC) has a contract to provide Israeli Air Force F15 pilots with visual system training. SGI's system will also allow training for F-16 pilots using night vision goggles and sensors. An SGI graphics system serves as the image generator for the Israeli Air Force's UH60/CH53 Helicopter Aircrew Weapon Systems Trainer. These aircraft have been used in attacks on Palestinians in the occupied territories.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

TEREX CORP

Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX) owns Amida Industries, which manufactures mobile floodlight towers used by the Israeli Army in the occupied territories. Terex owns Demag Cranes. These cranes and other Terex construction equipment have been used in construction of illegal Israeli settlements and the separation wall. Terex's former joint venture American Truck Company (ATC) signed a $54 million agreement to supply 302 medium tactical trucks and associated logistical support to the Israeli army. Part of the agreement involved an extended contract with the Israeli army for training, service and spare parts. Terex also supplied TATRA trucks used by the Israeli army to mount artillery systems during the time it owned a controlling interest in that company.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.whoprofits.org/Company%20Info.php?id=707
http://www.unitedmethodistdivestment.com/CompaniesInvolved.html
http://usacbi.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/illinois-methodists-vote-to-divest-from-the-occupation/

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) produces Blackhawk helicopters which are used by the Israeli military to attack Palestinian cities, refugee camps and villages. Many civilians have been killed in these attacks. On February 1, 2001, United Technologies Sikorsky Division announced a $211.8 million contract with the Israeli Air Force. On June 15, 2009, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) announced successful completion of the test phase for the Armed BLACK HAWK (ABH) demonstrator helicopter, also known as the BATTLEHAWK helicopter. In addition to providing Israel with new armed helicopters, the program will produce kits to adapt previously sold Blackhawk helicopters to the new armed configuration. United Technologies Pratt and Whitney Division produces engines for Israel’s F15 and F16 aircraft, which have been used against Palestinian civilians. In 2005, Israel awarded Pratt and Whitney a contract worth up to $600 million for fleet management of these engines over the next 10 years. http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

VALERO ENERGY CORP
Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) is one of the major suppliers of fuel to the Israeli military. It provided much of the jet fuel used in Israel's 2008-09 assault on the Gaza Strip in which more than 1400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis (10 of them soldiers) were killed. www.neumc.org/divest
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2006/01/02/story1.html
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Up-to-118M-to-Valero-for-Aviation-Turbine-Fuel-under-FMS-Program-05961/
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf

VOLVO
Volvo (NASDAQ:VOLV) bulldozers have been photographed and videotaped destroying Palestinian homes. They have also been used in Israel’s construction of the Separation Wall, portions of which are on Palestinian land and have been declared illegal by the International Court of Justice. Mayers Cars and Trucks is the exclusive Volvo distributor in Israel, and according to Israeli sources, is one of the main providers of construction equipment for the settlements and the wall. Mayers owns 50% of the Mayer Davidov Garages in the illegal West Bank industrial zone of Mishor Edomim, which bears the Volvo name. Volvo is part owner of the Israeli company Merkavim which manufactures buses used to transport Palestinian political prisoners from the occupied territory to prisons inside Israel. According to the Coalition of Women for Peace, these buses are also used as mobile interrogation rooms for political prisoners. Merkavim also manufactures armored buses used for public transportation to illegal settlements in the West Bank.
http://www.neumc.org/pages/detail/375
http://www.neumc.org/console/files/oFiles_Library_XZXLCZ/FULL_April_2010_DTF_Report-final_RXMZAKQR.pdf




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