Achdut is a company manufacturing sesame products (tahini, halva), sugarless products, organic products, syrups, sweets, cakes, cookies & mini cakes. It uses the brand Achva. It is a major provider of tahini for the Israeli Army. The company is located in the industrial zone of the Barkan settlement, which is in the West Bank.

Achva products are sold in the UK by:
Kelmans’ Kosher Foods
198 Preston Road
Wembley, Middlesex
United Kingdom
Tel: 020-8795-0300

Just Kosher
Just Kosher Customer Service
5-7 Croxdale Road
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom
Tel: 020-8207-5556
Fax: 020-8207-2229


ahava (1)

Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories is an Israeli cosmetic company that develops, produces and markets cosmetic products based on the Dead Sea mud and minerals and made in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the occupied West Bank. It is owned by Kibbutz Mitzpe Shalem (41%), Hamashbir Holdings (which is owned by Benny Gaon’s Gaon Holdings and the Livnat family, 41%), and the Kibbutz Kalya and Kibbutz Ein Gedi (18%) (see this article).

On 10th January 2009, Ahava’s newly opened store in Covent Garden, central London, was occupied by activists in protest at the Israeli massacre of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and to draw public attention to Ahava’s involvement in the occupation and illegal settlement business (see a report here).

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PO Box 275
GL51 4YT
Telephone: 01452 864574
Fax: 01452 862580

Taylormade Beauty
Kingfisher Golf and Country Club
Buckingham Road
Nr. Deanshanger
Milton Keynes, Bucks
Tel: 0870 7436991

Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories | Who Profits from the Occupation?

Lev Leviev

Lev Leviev is one of the world’s leading diamond retailers. In 1996, Leviev bought the controlling share in the company Africa-Israel, whose subsidiary companies are involved in settlement construction in the occupied West Bank. Leviev’s companies are involved in settlement construction in Mattityahu East and Modi’in Illit, close to the Palestinian village of Bil’in, as well as also Zufim, Maale Adumim and Har Homa.

New York-based Coalition for Justice in the Middle East, also known as Adalah-NY, has held several demonstrations at Leviev’s Manhattan store, garnering international attention. Two demonstrations were held outside Leviev’s diamonds store in bond street during 2008. For more information, see here.

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Mehadrin-Tnuport Export Company (MTex)

With over 8,500 hectares of agricultural holdings, Mehadrin Tnuport Export (MTex) is Israel’s largest grower and exporter of citrus as well as other fruits and vegetables. The company has annual sales of approximately US$ 200 million with over 70% of the produce exported globally to all continents. Key destinations currently include the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

Since July 2007, MTex has also exported Medjoul dates, which are grown in Israel’s Jordan Valley.77 Since the Jordan Valley runs from the northern Dead Sea in the south to Lake Tiberias in the north, straddling both Israel proper and occupied territory, it is not entirely clear whether MTex grows these Medjoul dates in occupied territory.

Since 1996 MTex has an office in the UK:
3 Penta Court
Station Road
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom
Tel: 020-8114-9424
Fax: 020-3114-3040

MTex is now the second-largest importer Israeli exporter of fruit and vegetables to the UK (after Agrexco). In 2005 the company exported 1,500 tonnes to the United Kingdom, with a value of £ 25 million. Among other products, MTex supplies potatoes to Tesco and Asda. In 2008, MTex started a campaign to promote the Jaffa brand in the UK. Since mid-February, shoppers can enter a ‘Win a Jaffa Car’ competition. Tesco supports the campaign.

UK economic links with Israeli settlements

Arava Export Growers


Arava Export Growers is the third largest agricultural export  company in Israel, with export sales of about €60 million. It is 50% owned by B. Gaon Holdings and 50% by farmers in the Arava region of Israel. The company exports (organic) peppers, tomatoes, melons, grapes, mangos, herbs, cucumbers, aubergines, watermelons and cut flowers to a large number of export markets, all under the Arava brand name. No recent figures on export quantities are available, but in 2000/2001 Arava Export Growers exported 18,000 tons of fresh produce from more than 200 growers from various regions of Israel (its map does not differentiate between Israel and occupied territory).

Arava is active for instance in the occupied Jordan Valley. The picture below is taken from Arava’s website and shows its tomato growing regions which include the Jordan Valley, north of the Dead Sea, which is part of the West Bank. Arava also writes on its website that it exports peppers, herbs, grapes and organic products from the Jordan Valley.

Arava Export Growers is supplied by “Jordan River Herbs”, a company owned by farmers from the settlement of Mechola in the occupied Jordan Valley.

Arava Export Growers had a sales office in the UK from 2001 until the end of 2008. A new company, Mill Associates, has taken over the marketing activities of Arava UK. Mill Associates was established by the former UK general manager for Arava. Mill Associates indicated in response to an earlier draft of this report sent to them for comment, that: ‘Arava does not supply melons, mangos, cucumbers, aubergine, watermelons or cut flowers into the UK’. This suggests that Arava does export the other export products grown by Arava – peppers, tomatoes, grapes and herbs – to the UK. As indicated above, these products could be grown by Arava’s suppliers in the Jordan Valley, which is in the OPTs.

The address of Mill Associates Ltd. is:
Unit 5, The Mill Business Centre
Gringley on the Hill
Nottinghamshire DN10 4RA
United Kingdom
Tel: 01777-818333

On its website, Arava states it complies with the Tesco Natures Choice standard, although it is not clear if Arava is actually supplying to Tesco.

UK economic links with Israeli settlements

Carmel Agrexco


Agrexco Agricultural Export Company Ltd. markets most of Israel’s exports of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, some of which are grown in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In a court case in November of 2004, the General Manager of Agrexco UK at that time, Amos Orr, testified that Agrexco markets 60-70% of the agricultural produce grown in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.

Agrexco is worth half a billion Shekels (nearly £78m) and employs about 500 people. 50% of the company’s shares are owned by the Israeli government, although a ministerial committee last year decided to privatise it (see here). Agrexco’s biggest fresh agricultural produce brand is Carmel. Other brand names include Jaffa and Jordan Plains. The company’s subsidiaries include Agrexco (France), Agrexco (US), Carmexco (Italy), Eclectic, Carmel Cor, LACHS and Dalia (Germany). For more information on Agrexco, see here.

British supermarkets account for 60% of Carmel-Agrexco’s total exports. The company supplies Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose as well as discounters Lidl and Aldi.

Carmel-Agrexco has been the focus of anti-occupation protests and actions. The company’s depot Swallowfield Way in Hayes, Middlesex, has repeatedly been shut down by protesters (see here, for example).

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Elbit Systems Ltd

What is Elbit Systems?

Elbit Systems is one of Israel’s largest security and defense firms, specializing in military electronics, surveillance systems, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones) and homeland security systems. It supplies the Occupation military, navy and air force with a variety of equipment, and has profited greatly from Israel’s numerous attacks and assaults on the Palestinian and Lebanese people. Gaza and southern Lebanon in particular serve as testing grounds for Elbit’s weapons and technology, as it continually develops and enhances its products based on the expertise gained by the attacks on the people in these areas.

Elbit and its various subsidiaries contribute directly to two of the most insidious facets of the occupation: the indiscriminate assaults on civilian populations, through the provision of UAVs and other military equipment to Occupation forces; and the ever-tightening ghettoization of the West Bank, through the provision of surveillance and electronics systems along the Apartheid Wall and settlements.

Like all Israeli firms operating in the military technology sector, endless war and occupation create valuable marketing opportunities. Elbit UAVs, for instance, can be sold on the global market as “battle tested” devices, significantly increasing their appeal and leading to their adoption by a number of international militaries. In the same vein, experience gained from the building and maintenance of the Wall in the West Bank directly contributed to Elbit winning a contract to provide technology for the US-Mexico border wall.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Elbit’s primary UAV models are the Skylark and the larger Hermes models, the latter of which can be reportedly outfitted with two missiles. Drones, in addition to their use for scouting and tracking targets, were used in some of the more horrific incidents in the 2006 war on Lebanon and the 2008-2009 war on Gaza. They are also employed for extrajudicial killing. The high number  of civilian deaths cannot be said to be accidental, as the UAVs are equipped with highly advanced optics that allow the remote operator to see the details of an individual’s clothing, and to clearly distinguish between civilian and combatant.


GAZA, DEC. 2008 – JAN. 2003

In the 23-day assault on Gaza alone, missiles fired from drones were directly attributed to the killing of 78 Palestinians (29 children), and wounding 73. .Some instances of UAVs being used to attack civilians include:

January 3: 15 Palestinians were killed and 30 were wounded when a drone fired at the Martyr Ibrahim al-Maqadma Mosque, where they were praying.

January 14: a total of 27 Palestinians, 6 of whom were children, were killed in a series of UAV strikes.

January 18: At 8:30 am, hours after the ceasefire allegedly came into effect, a drone fired two missiles on the Amai area east of Beit Hanoun, killing an11 year-old girl and her mother.

An investigation after the war also found evidence of a new type of weapon being fitted on the unmanned drones, designed to cause maximum injury. It explodes with enough intensity to rip a person into pieces, while large numbers of tiny sharp-edged metal cubes embed themselves deeply inside the body.

In one instance on January 16, 2009, six members of the al-Jarah family were killed instantly when they were fired upon by this new missile as they were having tea in the courtyard outside their home.



Palestinians are not the only population upon which offensive UAVs are used. During the 2006 war on Lebanon, which killed 1,200 people and injured 4,500, UAVs were used to commit numerous attacks on civilians.

On July 23, 2006, a missile fired from a UAV hit two Lebanese Red Cross ambulances in Qana that were transporting wounded individuals. Six ambulance drivers and three patients were wounded in the attack.

Also on July 23, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a van carrying 17 people from Sh’aito family who were fleeing their homes in al-Tiri. Three family members died and 14 were wounded.

On August 11, 2006, hundreds of civilian cars gathered from Marja’youn and the surrounding villages to flee northwards from the fighting. Two UNIFIL armored personnel carriers escorted the convoy. Near the Beka” Valley, an Israeli UAV fired on the convoy, killing seven people and wounding 32.



The assault on Gaza was by no means the first time in which UAVs were used against Palestinians. Over the last several years, they have become a key means in extrajudicial killing. From September 2000 until June 2008, 745 Palestinians were murdered in this fashion, including 233 bystanders (71 of whom were children).

In September 2006, for example, a drone fired at a car in the al-Junaina neighbourhood, killing two people and injuring 26 bystanders, including 5 children.


Other Military Equipment

Technology for Lizard laser-guided bombs: According to a war crimes report done after the bombardment of Gaza, many fragments of laser-guided bombs were found on streets, in school playgrounds, in hospitals, and in people’s homes.

MARS handheld thermal imager and target acquisition system: Used by Occupation ground troops in close combat and urban warfare scenarios, such as the Gaza Strip, where 82% of those who were killed were civilians.

Falcon sighting device: According to the Golani Brigade, a unit which has been using the Falcon for some time, the sight has “led to a noticeable improvement in accuracy and thus killing power by the average rifleman.” The Golani Brigade is notorious for its horrendous treatment of Palestinians; it has inflicted countless civilian casualties since it was formed in 1948. It was involved in the 2002 massacre in the Jenin refugee camp, has perpetrated invasions and assassinations in Gaza since 2003, and was involved in some of the heaviest fighting in Gaza City during the recent assault.


Elbit and the Apartheid Wall

Security systems manufactured by Elbit and it’s subsidiaries have been integral in the creation of Apartheid Wall across the West Bank

LORROS surveillance cameras are developed by Elbit and its subsidiaries and incorporated in electronic detection fences and for the Wall in the Jerusalem area, as well as around the Ariel settlement bloc.

Elbit also develops un-manned ground vehicles, which are used to help patrol routes along the buffer zone.

Finally, the TORC2H system is designed to enhance border patrol activities by collecting data and disseminating it to troops, is installed in a central command centre, facilitating remote surveillance of specific areas along the Wall.

All of this contributes to the Wall, which is primarily means of land theft, annexing land and vital water resources. Together with the settlements, military zones, ditches and bypass roads, it will de facto annex nearly 50% of West Bank land, and divide the territory into six ghettoes.

In particular, Elbit technology is being used at the Wall and settlements around Jerusalem and aid in the sealing the city off from the West Bank.


Global War Profiteering

In 2006 Elbit systems American subsidiary Kollsman Inc. was award-ed a contract to participate in the construction of the US-Mexico border wall,which will extend across California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Elbit will contribute to the “virtual wall”, installing its Border Control and Management System (BCMS)which will control all border movements.

Elbit has also been successful in selling avionic technology internationally.South Korea, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey as well as several other European and Asian countries are among the largest customers. In2008 the firm made serious inroads in Turkey, signing several massive contracts.

The export of UAV technology has also figured prominently into Elbit’s profits. Tried and tested on the people of Palestine and Lebanon, these drones have found buyers across the globe. Some of the larger customers have been Turkey, Australia and a number of European countries. Drones are employed extensively in the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

A key component for UAVs are manufactured for Elbit in the UK. UAV Engines Ltd (UEL), based near Birmingham, has stated that it manufactures the engines for Hermes 450.


Elbit Around the World

USA: The US Department of Homeland Security selected Elbit to be one of the primary firms involved in building its wall along the US-Mexico border.

UK: Elbit was awarded £800 million to begin a joint venture with Thaïes UK to develop a new UAV for the British military. Also, engines used in the Hermes 450 are manufactured by a Birmingham company.

Australia: Since 2005, Australia has deployed the Skylark IV in Iraq, which is one of Elbit’s unmanned drone models.

Poland: Elbit received a $3 million order from the Polish Ministry of Defense to equip Polish army vehicles in Iraq with anti-IED devices.

Turkey: In 2005, Elbit and Israel Aircraft Indus-tries won an estimated $150 million contract to supply UAVs to the Turkish military.

Canada: In 2006, Canada made an emergency purchase of at least five of Elbit’s Skylark mini-UAVs for deployment in southern Afghanistan.

Brazil: Elbit and Brazil have signed several contracts worth nearly $190 million in total.

Slovenia: The Slovenian government selected Elbit to enhance its Armored Vehicle Program.

Romania: Elbit was awarded a contract to supply unmanned turrets and electro-optics systems valued at approximately $15 million.

Colombia: In July of 2006, Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer selected Elbit to supply systems for the Colombian Air Force.

France: The Skylark I UAV was sold to France in 2008 for “counter-terrorism” purposes and border security.

Netherlands: The Netherlands Ministry of Defense selected Elbit to supply the Royal Nether-lands Army with advanced Battlefield Management Systems, to be installed in tanks, armoured vehicles, and others.

South Korea: In December of 2007, Elbit was selected to supply the Korean military with the Skylark II UAV.

Elbit’s Subsidiaries

Elbit has many subsidiaries around the world, most of which are also heavily involved in the security and defense industries.By placing their focus on lucrative military deals with various countries, these subsidiaries have helped to establish Elbit’s position as one of the world’s largest war profiteers.

Elbit Systems Electro-optics Ltd. (Elop): Designs, manufactures and supports electro-optics systems and products, mainly for defense, space and homeland security uses. Has deals with Israeli, American, Turkish, German, and Korean militaries. Based in Rehovot, Israel.

Elisra: Supplies advanced technologies and systems in the electronic defense market, specializing in intelligence, infrared,and communications systems. Has deals with Israeli, Korean,Portuguese, Venezuelan and Polish militaries. Based in BneiBrak, Israel.

Tadiran Communications: Produces military communications systems and technologies for all combat environments.Has deals with Israeli, American, Azerbaijan, as well as various European and Asian militaries. Based in Petah Tiqwa, Holonand Kiryat Shmona, Israel, with subsidiaries in Germany and the USA.

Kollsman: Provides advanced electro-optical and avionics sys-tems , including to the military and homeland security markets,and military force protection applications for border control and homeland security. Has numerous contracts with US mili-tary, and is involved in building the wall on the US-Mexico border. Based in New Hampshire, USA.

Aeroeletronica S/A: Supplies avionics systems and logistical support for the security, defense and military industries. Has a major contract with the Brazilian Air Force. Based in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Elbit Security Systems Ltd. (ELSEC): Operates in the fields of homeland security, electro-optic surveillance systems, E-fences, border and coastal security systems, transportation se-curity systems and pipeline security. Has contracts with Israeli military, including for provision of LORROS security system along the Wall, as well as with various European countries.Based in Sderot, Israel.

UAV Tactical Systems (U-TacS): Heavily involved in the UKWatchkeeper program, designed to develop a new generation of UAVs based on Elbit’s Hermes 450. Based in Leicester, UK.

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