Builders of Israel’s apartheid walls profit from US border militarization
Nora Barrows-Friedman 8 October 2019 | The Electronic Intifada
A major Israeli weapons company has been named as one of the top profiteers of US border militarization.
Elbit Systems has secured border contracts worth $187 million from the US government, according to research by journalist Todd Miller.
The largest, awarded during the Obama administration, is to build more than 50 surveillance towers near the US-Mexico border for the US government’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.
Ten of those towers will be on land belonging to the Indigenous Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona.
A 2014 Bloomberg analysis predicted that Elbit’s initial profits could multiply if Congress authorized more funds to militarize the border.
Miller’s report – “More Than a Wall: Corporate Profiteering and the Militarization of US Borders” – was recently published by human rights research group the Transnational Institute, in collaboration with No More Deaths, a humanitarian organization which protects migrants along the southern US border.
The report profiles the top 14 companies profiteering from US border militarization, including Elbit.