(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Palestinian BDS National Committee [BNC], the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, strongly condemns the US Department of Homeland Security [DHS] decision to award millions of dollars in contracts to fulfill US President Donald Trump's ominous promise to expand the wall at the Mexico-US border.
In particular, the latest contracts awarded by the Trump administration to ‘Israeli' military contractors commissioned to expand the wall at the United States' southern border should be of great concern to all people concerned with human rights, whether in the United States, Palestine or beyond.
‘Israel' Aerospace Industries subsidiary, Elta North America, was awarded a contract worth up to $500,000 to build prototypes for the wall on the Mexico/US border, while the US subsidiary of the ‘Israeli' surveillance company Elbit Systems received its third contract to build the US border wall and to militarize the border area.
In 2014, the US Department of Homeland Security awarded Elbit Systems a $145 million contract to erect and maintain surveillance towers along the Arizona/Sonora [Mexico] border.
Already in 2006, Elbit had been subcontracted by Boeing to provide cameras and radar systems for the DHS's Strategic Border Initiative.
Earlier this month, Elbit announced a contract to deliver even more radar and surveillance towers to militarize the Mexico-US border area, boasting it offers "field proven architecture" tested on Palestinians.
Other ‘Israeli' companies such as Magal Security Systems are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to profit from the expansion of the US/Mexico border wall.
‘Israeli' military and technology companies are exporting their expertise, acquired by illegally constructing ‘Israel's' apartheid wall on occupied Palestinian land, and are now keen to also profit from repressing migrants at the US border.
By awarding contracts to these ‘Israeli' corporations and their subsidiaries, DHS is continuing a long history of the US and ‘Israel' exchanging the worst repressive practices.