Beit-Alfa Technologies Ltd (B.A.T) is a private company owned by Kibbutz Beit Alfa in Israel, that has been an international leading designer and manufacturer of special purpose vehicles since 1966. Their target customers are Police & Military, Security Services, Government and private sector, Law Enforcement Forces etc.
B.A.T has developed Riot Control Vehicles . All models employ the “Jet Pulse Water Cannon Systems” . Their Riot Control Vehicles are sold internationally and have been used “in action” in more than 30 countries worldwide. B.A.T’s Water Restraint System (WRS) is a high pressure water stream restraining system.
In 2003, the company won a tender to provide vehicles to the Israeli Ministry of Defense for the use of the Israeli Police Border in the Seam Zone (an area between the Green Line and the West Bank mostly populated by settlement). The system is used by Israeli Border Police to attack demonstrations. Vehicles developed by the company are used to carry the “Skunk”, a scent-based weapon that is used by Israeli forces against Palestinian protestors in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In the past, the vehicles were purchased by repressive regimes in Chile and Burundi. “the Skunk” was used also against Jewish-Ethiopian and Jewish Ultra-Orthodox protesters in Israel.
According to Amnesty International, riot control vehicles made in the Beit Alfa Technologies factory have been used in Burundi since the beginning of a political crisis in April 2015, due to the un-constitutional extension of President Nkurunziza’s term. The kibbutz’s website boasts of a visit from Burundi’s Minister of Interior at the factory that produces the riot control vehicles in June 2013. The vehicles were apparently delivered to Burundi in the beginning of 2015.
For more information about the company’s involvement in the Israeli occupation, you may visit Who Profits.