AFSC actively promotes (BDS) boycotts, divestments and sanctions campaigns against Israel; accuses Israel of “apartheid against Palestinians”; and advocates for a Palestinian “right of return,” meaning the end of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. AFSC has also accused Israel of “obvious violence in Gaza…slow and systematic ethnic cleansing in the West Bank and East Jerusalem through continuing displacement from sprawling illegal settlements, land grabs, the separation barrier…crushing restrictions of Palestinian movement, and a network of racist laws.”
AFSC supports efforts to encourage Israeli youth to dodge the draft and promotes “anti-normalization,” rejecting dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. In 2015, “Palestine-Israel Program Director” explained AFSC’s “position supportive of anti-normalization principles,” rejecting “any project, initiative, or activity, in Palestine or internationally, that aims (implicitly or explicitly) to bring together Palestinians and Israelis (people or institutions) without placing as its goal opposition and resistance to the Israeli occupation and structural inequalities.”
AFSC operates a project with Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) called “Hamushim” (“Armed”) that “works to expose the true human price of the Israeli military industry and arms trade, as well as to mobilize actions against it.” The organization’s activists accuse Israel of selling weapons to dictatorships and countries that suppress human rights in exchange for their sympathetic votes in UN forums.
See also, Investigate, an AFSC project also listed below.
Report by Palestinian farming organizations and civil society on how Israeli agricultural export companies such as Mehadrin and EDOM play a key role in Israel’s destruction of Palestinian agriculture, the dispossession of Palestinian farmers and land grabs that make way for illegal Israeli settlements.
The Israeli banking system constitutes an essential tool of the settlement policy and Israeli companies contribute to maintaining and developing the settlements. French financial institutions, by persistently providing Israeli banks and companies directly involved in settlement expansion with financial support, are therefore contributing to maintaining and developing this situation. Five major French financial groups – namely BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Société Générale, BPCE and AXA – man-age financial holdings or hold shares in Israeli banks and companies which contribute to the Israeli settlements and supply the services that are essential for maintaining and developing the settlements, such as house and factory construction, telecommunications and internet connections or the installation of surveillance equipment.In addition to these holdings, the four leading French banks — namely BNP Paribas, Société Générale, LCL (subsidiary of the Crédit Agricole group) and Natixis (subsidiary of the Banques Populaires — Caisse d’épargne group) have granted loans totalling millions of euros for the period 2004-2020 to the Israeli public company, Israel Electric Corporation (IEC at a time when IEC supplies electricity to all illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank
This is a network of Jews in Britain who share a commitment to certain principles, especially with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in mind: putting human rights first, rejecting all forms of racism, and giving equal priority to Palestinians and Israelis in their quest for a peaceful and secure future. We believe that these principles, rather than group loyalty, should determine the parameters of legitimate debate. Coming from a wide range of backgrounds, and with a wide range of views, we all share the belief that the interests of an occupying power should not count for more than the human rights of an occupied people.IJV is a network of individuals who wish to have a platform for critical debate on major political questions, and the situation in the Middle East in particular. The initiative was born out of a frustration with the widespread misconception that the Jews of this country speak with one voice – and that this voice supports the Israeli government’s policies.
IJV is today one of a growing number of networks across the world reflecting the views of Jews with a strong commitment to peace and human rights who feel that an independent stand is vital in the pursuit of peace in the Middle East. Apart from the UK, other countries that have given birth to such groups in recent years are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA. In addition, there is an impressive number of both Israeli and Palestinian NGOs active in the areas of peace, human rights and co-existence.
The Investigate project aims to expose corporate involvement in oppressive state violence structures and to promote standards for corporate social responsibility and respect for human rights.
Investigate is a project of the Economic Activism Program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Founded in 1917, AFSC is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.
Jewish Voice for Peace opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East. JVP members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals. JVP is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights. JVP supports the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination. JVP supports peace activists in Palestine and Israel, and works in broad coalition with other Jewish, Arab-American, faith-based, peace and social justice organizations.
We are among the many American Jews who say to the U.S. and Israeli governments: “Not in our names!”
Almost immediately after Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank in June 1967, the Israeli government began establishing settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. From the outset, private businesses have been involved in Israel’s settlement policies, benefiting from and contributing to them. This report details the ways in which Israeli and international businesses have helped to build, finance, service, and market settlement communities. In many cases, businesses are “settlers” themselves, drawn to settlements in part by low rents, favorable tax rates, government subsidies, and access to cheap Palestinian labor.
Israel’s military industry has been lobbying for years to get a share of the EU multi-million spending on border militarization. Israel’s Ministry of Defense announced in 2018 that Europe is a “significant target for defense transactions, mainly in terms of ‘border defenses’”. The results are coming in: Frontex and EMSA have started using Israeli killer drones.
‘Who Profits’ is an independent research center dedicated to exposing the commercial involvement of Israeli and international corporations in the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Syrian lands. It was founded in 2007 as a project of the Coalition of Women for Peace, and became an independent Research Center in 2013. Who Profits addresses the economy of the Israeli occupation through three areas of activity: we maintain an online database of complicit corporations; we operate a free online information center; and we publish regular reports and updates on the corporate aspect of the occupation. Through these, we shed light on the role of the private sector in the Israeli settlement enterprise, in economic exploitation of Palestinian and Syrian land, labor and resources, and in the apparatus of control over the occupied population.
The verified and reliable information presented by Who Profits helps grassroots activists, civil society organizations and policymakers to stimulate a candid public conversation regarding the occupation economy and the global and local economic interests that play a critical role in sustaining Israeli control over occupied Palestinian and Syrian land.
“Doing Business with the occupation ”
In anticipation of the UN database on business enterprises involved in the Israeli settlement enterprise, this report identifies direct and indirect links between European businesses and selected economic sectors in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. These settlements are illegal under international law.
Old City in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem