Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa

The Israeli Institute of Technology (Technion) develops weaponry that is used to abuse Palestinian human rights. The Technion often collaborates with Israeli arms companies, including Elbit Systems, which created the illegal electronic surveillance system for the Occupation Wall. The Technion is responsible for the development of remote-controlled bulldozers, which are used to demolish Palestinian homes. It is also responsible for the creation of battle tanks and unmanned aircrafts.

  • Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s institutional racism and inextricable links to the Israeli military: Putting the spotlight on London university’s links to Israel’s war machine,  Hilary Aked, The Electronic Intifada, Feb 2012
  • Technion: Structures of Oppression: Why McGill and Concordia Universities must sever their links with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Tadamon (Canada), April 2011
  • Details of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s support for the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory: Cornell NYC Tech’s Alarming Ties to the Israeli Occupation, Adam Hudson, The Nation, March 2013
  • Details of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s support for the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory: New York to Host Israel’s Top Drone Lab,  Max Blumenthal, Al-Akhbar, Dec 2011
  • Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s leading role in developing drones and supporting the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory: Normalising death: The business of drones, Charlotte Silver, Al Jazeera, Dec 2012
  • “In terms of BW [biological warfare] research, development, and deployment, Israel maintains reticence and ambiguity about its activities and capabilities. Several other institutions, including Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and Technion also publish select agent research.”
  • Also see: pp.39-40 of Academic Boycott of Israel and the complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions, Uri Yacobi Keller, Special edition of The Economy of the Occupation A Socioeconomic Bulletin № 23-24; The Alternative Information Center, Oct 2009
  • Technion has a history of collaboration with Elbit Systems Ltd., an Israeli company that builds military, surveillance and security equipment. As stated in a June 2008 press release from Elbit Systems, “According to the agreement, Elbit Systems will award research grants during the next five years, to selected Technion researchers of the Electrical Engineering Department.”
  • Technion is a partner in the Brakim academic reserve program, “the latest in a series of joint Israel Defence Forces (IDF)/Technion academic initiatives.”
  • Technion is partnered with an Israeli government-owned weapons producer and major Israeli employer, Rafael Advanced Systems Ltd., through a specialized degree program.
  • Rafael ADS has provided the IDF with security services since the 1970s.
  • Technion, through the Technion Autonomous Systems Program developed Rafan, a small helicopter, weighing approximately 1 kilogram, used for surveillance, and unmanned bulldozers.
  • Technion is a client of Afcon, one of Israel’s largest industrial groups. Motorola, which holds a 9% stake in Afcon, provides surveillance and communication systems for illegal Israeli colonies and military camps in the occupied West Bank.
  • Beginning with the Technion in 2005, six of Israel’s universities established nanotech research centres. This includes research and development in drone technology. The first of these centres and one of the world’s largest, is the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion.
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