Elbit Systems, based in Haifa, is Israel’s largest publicly traded arms and security company. Elbit is growing fast. It has absorbed dozens of companies since 2000 and now employs well over 11,500 people as well a presiding over a considerable global network of subsidiaries and affiliated corporations.
Elbit is a company with international reach, in fact 75% of its market is outside Israel. The company has military contracts with governments in the US, UK and Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
85% of drones used by the Israeli military are manufactured by Elbit. Elbit’s armed drones are used by the Israeli army in daily surveillance and attacks in Gaza, according to Defense News. In effect, Elbit markets its equipment on the fact that it has been battle tested on the bodies of people in Gaza. For example, the Elbit website advertises that the Hermes 450 drone is the “backbone of Israel’s UAS fleet” and is combat proven.
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Components manufactured by US firm Honeywell were used to bomb a Palestinian home during the Israeli attack on Gaza last Summer.
Photos taken by International Solidarity Movement activist Charlie Andreasson in Shujaiya on 9th August 2014, show damage to a Palestinian home close to where the components were found. One picture shows a component marked Honeywell, giving a postcode in Iowa. The damage can only have been caused by an aerial dropped bomb. The components were probably for a laser guided bomb system.
The Gaza City neighbourhood of Shujaiya was devastated by the bombing last Summer which claimed the lives of 2,191 Palestinians.
Honeywell is a US Based international corporation that produces products fo the arms, manufacturing, civil aviation and construction industries. It also produces thermostats for home use. The Palestinian call for boycott divestment and sanctions calls for people to boycott consumer products from companies supplying weaponry to the Israeli military, in solidarity with people in Gaza.