UK economic links with Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory
A research paper prepared for the Sir Joseph Hotung Programme for Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East, SOAS, University of London, by Profundo economic research. Published February 2009
The full report is downloadable as a PDF.
See also the Who Profits?: Exposing the Israeli Occuption website
An extract from the Profundo report (p.5)
A total of 27 Israeli companies operating in settlements and exporting to the United Kingdom have been identified:
• Fruit, vegetables and fresh herbs: Agrexco, Arava, Flowers Direct, Hadiklaim, Mehadrin Tnuport Export
• Other food products: Abady Bakery, Achdut, Adumim Food Additives/Frutarom, Amnon & Tamar, Oppenheimer, Shamir Salads
• Beverages: Adanim Tea, Soda-Club, Tishbi Estate Winery
• Cosmetics: Dead Sea Laboratories, Intercosma
• Pharmaceuticals: Fermentek
• Plastic products: Keter Plastic, Tip Top Toys, Twitoplast • Metal products: DiSTeK, Mul-T-Lock, Yardeni Locks • Textile products: Caesarea Carpets, Dispobud, Ofertex
• Other products: Greenkote
In most cases these companies export products produced in settlements in the occupied territories to the United Kingdom, sometimes mixed with products from Israel proper. In some cases the exported products are produced solely in Israel, but the company is listed here as it has a major office or factory in the settlements.
For 25 of these 27 companies a total of 51 British trading partners were found: 12 British marketing subsidiaries of the Israeli companies concerned and 39 British importers and retailers (see paragraph 3.12). Fruit and vegetables exported by these settlement companies are sold by major UK high street retailers, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Somerfield. Other products exported by settlement companies are sold by well-known British retail chains, such as Marks & Spencer (M&S), John Lewis and B&Q…