OPT: Mixed response from multinationals in Israeli solar sector accused of contributing to Palestinian displacement
In May 2018, Who Profits published a report that examines how Israel's solar energy industry contributes to Palestinian displacement. The report claims that Israeli solar projects in the Negev desert and Area C of the occupied West Bank descriminate against Palestinian communities, who are deliberately left without a connection to the national Israeli electricity grid – the only electricity grid covering both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory
According to Who Profits, six multinational companies are allegedly involved in Israel's energy-related discriminatory practices and violations of international law. They are ABB, Fassi, JA SOLAR, PGR Drive Technologies, SMA Solar Technology, and Volvo. The allegations include supplying equipment to solar feilds in illegal Israeli settlements and supplying machinary to the Israel Civil Administration used to confiscate solar panels powering off-grid Palestinian homes. The most serious human rights concerns were raised against Volvo. In addition to the previously mentioned violations, Volvo is allegedly involved in multiple house demolishes in the occupied Palestinian territories and the Negev. The Swedish multinational has also reportedly supplied maintenance trucks to the Jerusalem Light Rail project, which connects settlements in occupied East Jerusalem to one another.
Business & Human Rights invited the six companies to respond to these allegations. ABB, PGR Drive Technologies, SMA Solar Technology, and Volvo provided responses, available below. Fassi and JA SOLAR did not respond.