Anti-apartheid wall campaign slams multinational corporations for complicity in Israeli occupation – Middle East Monitor

Several multinational corporations, including Israeli arms manufacturers, have been criticized for their complicity in the Israeli occupation and mass demolition of Palestinian villages in Masafer Yatta by the anti-apartheid campaign, Stop the Wall.

The list of companies the Palestinian People’s Campaign has called out includes Israeli arms company Caterpillar, manufacturing giant JCB, Hyundai Heavy Industries and the Volvo Group.

According Wafa news agency, Israeli soldiers using bulldozers from JCB, Volvo and Caterpillar attacked the villages of Al-Fakheet and Al-Markez, located south of the city of Hebron and demolished Palestinian houses and buildings whole.

“The escalating violence and demolition campaign against Palestinians in Masafer Yatta comes after Israel’s Supreme Court, a stalwart of Israel’s apartheid regime, ruled in favor of the forced eviction of some 1,300 Palestinians living in eight small villages. This decision is the culmination of decades of apartheid, segregation and oppressive practices against Palestinians in Masafer Yatta,” Stop the Wall said in a statement today.

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“Such practices, which include water apartheid, systemic settler and military violence, land seizures and home demolitions, were made possible by international machinery and construction companies. “

“It is the continuation of a longstanding complicity with Israeli colonization of Palestinian land that must end,” he added.

The raid and demolitions come after Israel’s High Court of Justice last month approved the eviction of Palestinians living in Masafer Yatta to make way for Israeli military training.

Until corporations end their complicity in Israel’s grave human rights abuses of Palestinians, Stop the Wall has called for a boycott of Caterpillar, JCB, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Volvo Group and the organization divestment campaigns.

Masafer Yatta is part of Area C, which represents 60% of the occupied West Bank. It is under the military and administrative control of Israel and therefore the occupation state reserves the area largely for the benefit of illegal settlers.

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