OAKLAND, CA (December 20, 2023) – A new resource by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is tracking the companies that have provided Israel with the weapons it is using in its recent attacks on the Gaza Strip. The page will be updated regularly as new information comes to light.
Shortly after the October 7 attacks on Israel, the U.S. government started transferring to Israel massive amounts of weapons. Within just the first month and a half, Israel received more than 15,000 bombs and 50,000 artillery shells, made by Boeing, General Dynamics, and other weapon manufacturers. These transfers have been deliberately shrouded in secrecy to avoid public scrutiny and prevent Congress from exercising any meaningful oversight.
Israel has been using these weapons to wage devastating aerial and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, killing more than 20,000 Palestinians – mostly women and children – at a historic pace. Two million Palestinians have been displaced from their homes and a catastrophic humanitarian crisis is unfolding.
“The scale of destruction and war crimes in Gaza would not be possible without massive weapon transfers from the U.S.,” said Noam Perry. “As global resistance to war and apartheid grows, it is important that the public know exactly who is making this violence possible.”
Despite massive public protests, the Biden administration has been working to give Israel Over $14 billion in new military financing to buy more weapons. This is on top of the $3.8 billion the U.S. already gives to the Israeli military annually. Israel is required to use this money to buy U.S.-made weapons; it is a form of corporate welfare for the U.S. weapon industry and other companies, like Caterpillar, Ford, and Toyota.
“As a Quaker organization with a long history of work in Palestine and Israel, including in Gaza, we support a full arms embargo to both Israeli and Palestinian militant groups,” said Noam Perry. “War and attacks on civilians will never bring safety or peace to Israelis or Palestinians. We need a permanent cease-fire and to work toward a just and lasting peace in the region.”
The list focuses on weapon transfers to Israel because all Palestinian militant groups are already sanctioned and receive no support from Western governments or corporations. This research relies on media sources, social media, and collecting findings published by other organizations. It continues to be updated as new weapons are being used and as more information surfaces about past incidents.
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.