Elbit Systems: Surveillance system “Torch” for the separation barrier in Israel/Palestine

In September 2009, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) excluded Elbit Systems due to its ‘serious violations of fundamental ethical norms’. This is largely due to Elbit Systems’ provision of the surveillance product ‘Torch’ for the separation wall built by Israel. Torch is designed to detect persons attempting to cross the barrier and to provide this information to the staff that guards it1. The wall isolates Palestinian communities and its construction is in ‘breach of international humanitarian law and human rights instruments’2.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories has called for a boycott on companies profiting from the occupation of Palestinian territories, including Elbit Systems, until they comply with international law3.


  1. Government Pension fund Global, Council of Ethics (2009): Recommendation to the Ministry of Finance (accessed 24.09.2014) []
  2. International Court of Justice (2004): Legal Consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (accessed 24.09.2014) []
  3. UN News (2012): UN independent expert calls for boycott on businesses profiting from Israeli settlements (accessed 26.08.2014) []
Case location
Jerusalem, Israel
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Affected topics
  • Human and Labour Rights
Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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