The Companies

While TIAA-CREF members may have taken comfort in its slogan “Investment for the Greater Good,” funds invested with TIAA-CREF actively support the oppression of the Palestinian people. For example, TIAA-CREF invests in the companies below. The products of these companies are currently being used to demolish Palestinian homes; entrench Israel’s apartheid system, settlements and separation wall in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem; and kill Palestinian civilians – all in violation of international law.

From 2000-2008, Africa Israel built homes in the settlements of Har HomaMa'ale Adumim, Adam, and in Mattityahu East on the land of the West Bank village of Bil’in. In November 2010, Africa Israel suggested that it would not continue its involvement in settlement projects, seemingly as a result of international pressure, though it denied that this was a politically motivated decision. However, in June, 2012, Adalah-NY released extensive information showing that a subsidiary of Leviev’s company Africa-Israel was building homes in the settlement of Gilo. Additionally, a separate Leviev-owned company, Leader Management and Development, continues to develop the Zufim settlement on the land of the West Bank village of Jayyous. Further, Leviev has also been a major donor to the Land Redemption Fund, an organization dedicated to seizing Palestinian land for Israeli settlement expansion.

Leviev’s companies have also been accused of involvement in human rights abuses and unethical business practices in the diamond industry in Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Caterpillar is a U.S. American firm that manufactures and provides bulldozers and civil engineering tools. It sells bulldozers to the Israeli army that are weaponised and used in the systematic demolition of homes and civilian infrastructure as part of the Israeli army's doctrine of urban warfare. The Caterpillar sales are covered under U.S. military aid to Israel. Caterpillar bulldozers have been used in war crimes in South Lebanon, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. They have also been used to demolish Palestinian homes in the West Bank as an arbitrary punitive measure and to build the Separation Wall and illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

The Israeli army used unmanned D9 bulldozers (Dawn Thunder) in the December 2008 attacks in Gaza, and has been using an unmanned version of the company's smaller vehicles (Front Runner) which are specially developed for urban warfare.

In June 2012, Caterpillar equipment was used in the construction of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high speed rail. The train's route crosses the Green Line near the Palestinian villages of Bet Surik and Beit Iksa, close to Jerusalem. The tools were documented working on the 3A tunnel site, a of the railway which passes on Palestinian land.

Elbit Systems is directly involved in all of Israel's military operations, and has developed technologies specifically suited for the control and repression of the civilian population and for attacks on large population centers. A variety of Elbit's products have been the focus of international investigation; some are in clear violation of international law. 

Elbit is one of two main providers of the electronic detection fence of the Israeli Apartheid Wall being built in the occupied West Bank. It was contracted for the Jerusalem Envelope section of the Wall (Masu'a system) with the US DeTekion. Elbit’s subsidiaries - Elbit Electro-Optics (El-Op) and Elbit Security Systems (Ortek) - supplied and incorporated LORROS (Long-Range Reconnaissance and Observation System) surveillance cameras in the Ariel section and for the A-Ram wall. The company supplies UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to the Israeli army, which are used in attacks on the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Group 4 Securicor (G4S) is a British-Danish security conglomerate that operates in 120 countries with a net worth of $1 billion. Through its Israeli subsidiary, G4S provides security systems for Israeli prisons and detention centers in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. It also provides security services for Israeli military checkpoints, business operating in illegal Israeli settlements, and the Israeli police headquarters in the occupied West Bank.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is a global provider of computer products, including PCs, printers, servers, software, and IT services and solutions. HP provides ongoing support and maintenance to a biometric ID system installed in Israeli checkpoints in the occupied West Bank, which deprive Palestinians of freedom of movement in their own land and allow the Israeli military occupation to grant or deny special privileges to the civilians under its control. HP also provides the israeli military with other equipment and services to help it maintain the illegal occupation. In the United States, HP is one of the government's top 25 defense contractors.

Motorola Solutions is an electronics and telecommunication corporation that split from Motorola Inc. in 2011. Through its subsidiary, Motorola Solutions Israel, the company profits from Israel’s control of the Palestinian population by providing surveillance systems around Israeli settlements, checkpoints, and military camps in the West Bank, as well as by providing communication systems to the Israeli Army.

Northrop Grumman, one of the world’s largest arms manufacturers, profits from the production of parts for the Apache AH64D Longbow Helicopter, including the Longbow Hellfire II missiles, as well as radars for F-16 aircraft. This weaponry has been used by Israel to kill thousands of Palestinians in the past decade alone.

SodaStream International, registered in the Netherlands and Israel, manufactures and distributes home carbonation devices and flavoring for soft drinks. SodaStream’s main production site is in Mishor Edomin, the industrial park of Ma’aleh Adumim, an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

In the occupied West Bank, Israeli subsidiaries of Veolia operate a settler landfill in the occupied Jordan Valley, and dump Israeli waste from within Israel and from illegal settlements in the occupied area, in violation of international law. Veolia Transdev, which through its subsidiary Connex, operated bus lines for settlers on segregated roads in the Palestinian West Bank, and other lines throughout Israel, has sold off all of its bus services in Israel/Palestine. It still owns shares in the Jerusalem Light Rail and continues to operate it. The Jerusalem Light Rail is an infrastructure project connecting Jerusalem with Israeli settlement neighborhoods and settlements, designed by the Israelis on Palestinian land.