For the third year in a row, we have collated statistics from every demolition, confiscation, destruction of water pipes or razing of land that Israel has carried out.
We have searched for photographic or video evidence of which company’s equipment (for example JCB or Caterpillar) that was used in each incident in 2020. Our results show the absolute minimum number of people that each company displaced or affected in 2020.
In 2020, we found that:
The bulldozers that displaced the most people overall were manufactured by JCB (UK), Caterpillar (US) and Volvo (Sweden).
The company that was complicit in displacing the most children was JCB.
The bulldozers that affected the most people overall were manufactured by Hidromek (Turkey) and JCB.
|Total displaced||Of the total displaced, how many were children?||Total affected (not including displaced)||Of the total affected, how many were children?||TOTAL AFFECTED & DISPLACED||OF THE TOTAL AFFECTED & DISPLACED, HOW MANY WERE CHILDREN?|
|Hyundai (S. Korea)||144||65||475||230||619||295|
|Lui Gong (China)||40||16||213||128||253||144|
|CASE (HQ in UK)||0||0||18||6||18||6|
|Bobcat (Owned by Doosan)||2||0||6||0||8||0|
*Swedish company Volvo’s equipment was used to demolish the village of Al-Araqib many times in 2020. However, because there is no available data on how many people live in the village, we have made a conservative count of one person as being displaced. The real number of people that Volvo equipment has displaced is certainly much higher.
How we compiled our data
We compiled our data by partnering with Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and using its monthly Demolition & Displacement Reports. We painstakingly searched the internet for photo/video evidence of which bulldozer was used for each demolition/razing of land/chopping down of trees.
For at least half of demolitions, we could not be 100% sure of the bulldozer used, and therefore these demolitions are not included in our final figures. This is because many news agencies and social media users upload stock photos or random photos of demolitions when reporting on a specific incident. If we were uncertain whether a photo was a stock photo, we did not include it in our results.
We used ICAHD’s statistics to record the number of people displaced/affected in each incident, and then added them up to make a total. If ICAHD didn’t record the number of people displaced or affected in an incident, we conservatively counted just one person as being affected.
We also recorded incidents that were not on ICAHD’s list, such as the razing of people’s land, the blocking of a road, and the destruction of fruit trees. If there was no reliable figure for the number of people affected, we conservatively estimated one person, even for a road closure that would affect whole villages. The real number of people affected by each company’s equipment is, in reality, much higher.
You can view our spreadsheet breakdown of every single incident here. You can view our month-by-month summary here.