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In 2009, Israel’s Globes business paper reported that Cellcom won "a Ministry of Defense tender to provide some landline telephony services for the IDF [Israel Defense Force]…. Cellcom will provide 50-100 hookups to switchboards at IDF bases."
Cellcom’s CEO, Amos Shapira, called "this tender a vote of confidence by the IDF in the capability and reliability of the company’s technology and services in general."
This 2009 deal came one month after Cellcom broke Bezeq’s longstanding monopoly over phone contracts with Israel’s military.
That summer, on the fifth anniversary of the International Court of Justice declaration that Israel’s separation wall is illegal, Cellcom ran an ad campaign on Israeli TV depicting soldiers patrolling the wall. When a soccer ball came over the wall, dozens of machine-gun toting Israeli troops jumped from their jeeps to "have some fun" playing with the unseen Palestinians. The ad was "extensively criticized for making light of the Palestinian suffering inflicted by the West Bank barrier," said Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.
In response to Cellcom’s ad, a video posted to YouTube showed what really happens when Palestinians kick a soccer ball over Israel’s razor wire-topped separation barrier. In the video, armed Israeli troops respond to the soccer ball by firing numerous volleys of tear gas at the Palestinian activists.
The "Who Profits from the occupation" database also says Cellcom
"erected close to two hundred antennas and telecommunication infrastructure facilities on occupied land in the West Bank and the Golan Heights. The company provides cellular communication services to the settlers and Israeli soldiers in the occupied territory."
Cellcom’s wholly-owned subsidiary, NetVision, was acquired for US$427 million in 2011. As early as
2002, this Israeli internet and phone company was one of two IDF Internet Service Providers (ISP). NetVision retained this ISP contract until 2009.
Since 2006, Cellcom’s board of directors has included retired Brigadier General Shlomo Waxe. Before serving as the Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Communications (1993-1997), Waxe was a commanding officer of the Israeli military’s signal, electronics and computer corps (1990-1993).
Another Cellcom executive with military ties is Eliezer Ogman. With Cellcom since 1994 and its Chief Technology Officer since 2000, Ogman is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who "served in the signal, electronics and computer corps" of the Israeli military.
COAT research (published in Issues 66 and 67 of Press for Conversion!) exposes that in 2011 the
CPP owned about $1.5 billion worth of shares in 68 corporations supplying Israel with military, police, surveillance and
To read COAT's research on the first half of
these 68 companies, click the pdf links below
to see the print version of Issue 66. Or, click
each company name for the web version.)
(Articles on the second set of 34 companies
are in Issue #67 of Press for Conversion!):
pdf 3M Co
pdf Amdocs Ltd
pdf Analog Devices Inc
pdf BAE Systems
pdf Bank Hapoalim
pdf Bharat Electronics Ltd
pdf CAE Inc
pdf Carlyle Group
pdf Caterpillar Inc
pdf Cellcom Israel
pdf Cisco Systems
pdf CRH plc
pdf Daewoo Engineering & Construction
pdf Daimler AG
pdf Delek Group
pdf Dell Inc
pdf Discount Investment Corp
pdf Doosan Corp
pdf Eaton Corp
pdf Elbit Systems
pdf EMC Corp
pdf Evraz Group
pdf Fiat Industrial
pdf Fiat SpA
pdf Fujitsu Ltd
pdf Hewlett-Packard Co
pdf Hitachi Ltd
pdf Honeywell International
pdf Hyundai Motor Co
pdf Hyundai Heavy Industries
Additional resources from this issue:
Israeli Spy Companies:
Verint and Narus
State-owned Israeli War
Vertex Venture Capital:
CPP Investments worth $1.5
in 66 companies supporting Israel's military, police, surveillance, prison-industrial complex.
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Cellcom Israel Ltd.
Discount Investment Corp, Wikipedia
"Cellcom wins IDF landline deal," Globes, August 25,
Amitai Ziv, "Cellcom breaks Bezeq’s monopoly over government
phone services," Haaretz, August 8, 2009.
Oded Yaron, "Soccer game or tear gas? Palestinians put
controversial ad to test," Haaretz, July 22, 2009.
A response to Israeli Cellcom advert
"The Cellular Companies and the Occupation," Newsletter, Who
Profits, August 2009.
"Cellcom and NetVision complete merger," TMT Finance,
August 15, 2011
Gad Perez, "IDF chooses Bezeq Int’l as ISP," Globes,
September 9, 2009.
Eliezer (Lipa) Ogman