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A young journalist explains the business of the war in Palestine

I always follow with great interest what he writes Ana Bernal Triviño, a young journalist with great sensitivity and skill when choosing topics and words. It never flees difficult, but his lucidity and honesty highlight the success of their work. So, your article on the business of multinationals in Palestinian casualties seems key to see this war as unjust and unequal in all its dimensions meanest: which is the end reflected in the income statement of the companies that own the world, while the cemeteries are filled with innocent to anyone even considered a human “loss” … not even “collateral damage” when already open as possible wound healing. Ana reminded me of the words of Simone Weil, an anti – militarist nevertheless convinced- and brigadier in the War of Spain and resistant antifascist in his 1937 essay “Ne recommençons pas la guerre de Troie”, said: “What a country called vital economic interests are not the things that allow its citizens to live, but they allow you tomake war; It is much more likely to be the wheat oil not the cause of international conflict. Thus, when the war is done in order to safeguard or increase one ‘s ability to make war. “(Anna and Simone are not going that far, and that always raises hopes …)

I know that Israel adds its own expansionist motives, but the symbiosis with the “business” of large varmints always results genocides that make each generation – and now ours accomplices of a horror that can not ignore. A horror that we never fought as its extreme cruelty require (or as our dignity deserves).


Ana writes:

“Eduardo Galeano wrote” Love me much, “an article in his book Mirrors, an almost universal story, which he mentioned to friends of Adolf Hitler. He was referring to people and companies who, for profit, be given equal part with their products and services in the Holocaust.

The support of the international community to Israel accredits their impunity. Behind this attack and planned genocide for years, they are also multinational companies without whose products have not been possible many actions, along with new companies created in the occupied territories. It is not something new, it has been managing for years.

Hewlett Packard contributes to the isolation of Palestinians by offering its technology in ckeckpoints. L-1 Identity Solutions (Visionics), US, specialized in identity recognition through the iris, face and fingerprints for biometric access control system to Palestinian workers.

Motorola, in 2005, worked to create virtual fences that are detected by human movement outside the settlements. This year signed with the Israeli Ministry of Defense a contract for 100 million dollars (over 15 years) to give the Israeli army a specific smartphone. 50 million dollars of this project will be funded by the United States.

Athlone Global Security (AGS) is a US-Israeli holding company, whose design tools were used in the planning of the separation wall in the West Bank and around the Gaza Strip. The same wall that was declared illegal in 2004 by the International Court of Justice, also had the participation of the Israeli company Elbit Systems which, coincidentally, later signed an agreement to create a “virtual wall” on the border of Arizona. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce of Chicago America-Israel (AICC) provides all possible facilities for American companies doing business in Israel.

Israeli banks encourage financial industry in the occupied territories: provide mortgage loans to buy homes, to ensure its construction, and finance companies that are located in these areas. Among them, Mizrahi Tefahot Bank. 20% of its shares belong to Moshe (Muzi) Wertheim, owner of The Central Bottling Company, which manufactures and distributes Coca-Cola in Israel. In fact, Coca-Cola found in Israel of the “spark” of its business since 1966 and therefore was honored in 1977 by the country.

The construction of the railway Tel Aviv – Jerusalem attended the Deutsche Bank in Moscow Metrostroy or European companies such as Pizzarotti or HBI Haerter.

Ahava cosmetics company operates from the occupied West Bank, on the shores of the Dead Sea, exploiting this natural resource. Israeli wineries have also done business, using grapes from Palestinian areas. Not forgetting, the enrichment of the pharmaceutical industries in the occupation. Money also enter private security companies (such as G4S Israel). They do tasks traditionally performed by Israeli forces, and provide security in the settlements, maintain equipment checkpoints, ensure construction or monitor the separation wall.

Volvo Buses, Volvo Group has 27% of the shares of the Israeli company Merkavim, which created two different models of buses: one to transport armored Israeli settlers and soldiers, and another to transport Palestinian prisoners.

American Cartepillar used their bulldozers and civil engineering tools demolitions of Palestinian homes and the construction of separation walls in the settlements.

The Chevrolet vans have been used as vehicles for luggage scanner at various checkpoints throughout the occupied West Bank. Another large, Ford, participated with their media in a combat unit “Caracal”, patrolling the busy section of the Jordan Valley, West Bank areas near the separation wall and the border between Israel and Egypt.

Land Rover (UK) through its Israeli exclusive distributor, has supplied armored vehicles to the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Based on the model Land Rover Defender known as “David”, used by the Israeli army to protect illegal settlements and military bases in the West Bank it was built. These vehicles carrying tear gas launchers on their roofs during demonstrations in village of Nabi Saleh in 2011.
excavators Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea) were used in the demolition of houses in Palestinian homes Issawiya and At-tur. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has served hundreds of Israeli army officers since 2007, and their vehicles were used for the distribution of demolition orders and confiscation Area C of the West Bank.

Sodastream, which manufactures and distributes carbonated Beverage cost software devices, working in West Bank settlement. Like other companies working in these territories have tax advantages, one Lapsa application of regulations and additional government support. In 2010 the company went into the bag and its shares are listed on Nasdaq.

German companies also made box. Bomag machinery was used in paving roads leading to some of the settlements. Heavy construction tools Liebherr went to the construction of the separation wall. Man Group C was responsible for providing the chassis for the car that supports Shunk, a non-lethal weapon used by Israel smelly for crowd control. And Siemens provided traffic control systems on the roads of apartheid.

French Manitou provided cranes to the wall; and Veolia Environnement, through its subsidiary in Israel, has operated in the management of waste from landfill Tovlan on another illegal settlement. Finally, L’Oreal … because they are worth it. Its subsidiary Garnier welcomes these days to send personal hygiene products to women in the Israeli army.

These are just a few companies. These data are drawn from whoprofits.org. Again, it is shown that there is no relationship more stable and accomplice of capitalism, one in which tickets are multiplied but the price to pay is that of death and expulsion of innocent people. “



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