land confiscation, and the cutting of all
social services to rid the Galilee
of its Arab population. ~ Israel Koenig
Here you will find images, much information, as well as three excellent movies. Please take some time and learn why CATERPILLAR must be stopped. I pray that you, too, as you learn, will emphasize with the native people of this land will feel motivated to take action however you can.
Have you ever seen a street after being "stripped" by a bulldozer? Cars are crushed like tin cans and homes become piles of rubble, along with their contents. Minus the chemical pollutants, visually these areas are just as ruined as any bombed out in the latest military bombed out cities and towns of Gaza. The displaced inhabitants are cast into immediate poverty. As often as not, Zionist settlers are already to take over the land within hours.
and demolishes a block of family apartment houses.
Read Kurdi Bear's own account of the 75 hours he spent bulldozing homes in Jenin with a Caterpillar D9 bulldozer. Interview on 31 May 2002. Fascinating as it shows how his anger at his own poverty and suffering in a far-right-wing Israel found its outlet in destroying Palestinian lives. After publication of Kurdi's tale ~ and in spite of it ~ he and his unit received from the army command an official citation for outstanding service. The Most MORAL army on the planet?
Caterpillar's exemplary "Social Responsibility" policies. But how come the company doesn't mind assisting the perpetration of War Crimes?
Rachel’s murder by a D9 dozer in Rahah, Gaza - four eyewitnesses give their accounts.
American woman who was doing as she believed, the right thing.
Instead, her martyrdom drew many who did not want the sacrifice of
her life to be in vain. Protesters try to halt a tractor from razing
yet another family home and farm.
This is a Bulldozer Caterpillar D10, not yet fitted with an armoured crew cab and cannons especially for the IDF. It is nicknamed Duby ~ Hebrew for Bear.
The SUSTAIN Caterpillar campaign page has links to a many good articles, resources etc on the Caterpillar menace.
The Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD) is an excellent campaign exposing the utter criminality of the demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes. The group has extended its focus to include the destruction and theft of olive trees and farmland.
of the orchard claim that their family has ownership
of this olive grove for 110 years and
it tears their hearts out to see this desecration.
The driver tells the Salim brothers that he will bring the trees to the Tel Aviv area, to be sold there.
this scene has been repeated thousands of times.
"to be happy since nobody died today."
Washington DC Indy media protest against Caterpillar, March 19, 2008.
Pro-Palestinian Group Opposes Bulldozer Sales, by Jeff Johnson, CNSNews, 8 August 2002. "...the U.S.-based Caterpillar Corporation is facilitating war crimes by selling bulldozers to the Israeli Defense Forces..."
The Stop Caterpillar ~ site created and maintained by Jewish Voice for Peace.
dumping the wreckage on top of a neighboring house.
Here stones and parts of homes are being collected to be
dumped on the home on the right. ~ Photo by Michael Ramallah
The main difference between Bosnia and Palestine is that
ethnic cleansing in the former took place in the form of dramatic
massacres and slaughters which caught the world's attention,
whereas in Palestine what is taking place is a drop-by-drop tactic
in which one or two houses are demolished daily, a few acres are
taken here and there every day,
a few people are forced to leave. ~ Edward Said
Gaza Strip. For the third day Israel had carried out incursions
into the Palestinian autonomous Gaza Strip,
killing over 20 people including a child.
Chicago Tribune: “Palestinian issue dominates Caterpillar meeting”. June 15, 2008. “Maybe you don’t want to choose sides,” Before the meeting ended, Rachel Corrie’s mother, took the floor to send the message that by selling the equipment to Israel, “you’re choosing the side that uses these machines as a weapon."
parents of Rachel Corrie, murdered by an Israeli driven Caterpillar.
Send a letter to Cat dealerships! Tell Caterpillar dealers to stop selling to Israel and to support an investigation into Israel's use of Caterpillar's equipment.
Letters go to more than 40 Caterpillar dealers by e-mail. To date 3,049,738 letters have been sent.
Campaigners can engage in protests and blockades of industries and public or military facilities complicit with Israel’s arm imports or exports. This raises awareness about the international complicity in arming the occupation. In many cases, trials on activists for protests, blockades or even destruction of weaponry have proven to be high profile media events as the defense can often highlight the breach of international law this arms trade constitutes and which the activists have attempted to stop.
In many occasions, Israeli military and “security” experts are invited abroad to share their experience in hi-tech war against people and to share their extensive experience with oppression and war crimes. Public awareness campaigns can successfully stop these events.
Governmental representatives can be subject to pressure from constituents. A concerted campaign of letter writing, lobbying and spreading the word can convince the governmental representatives that the issue of arms to Israel is taken seriously by their constituents. See the Sanctions section of this website for more details.
While all activists can be supportive in the efforts of the campaign, the specialized nature of bringing about the prosecution of war criminals relies upon lawyers to take up cases. In some cases lawyers and legal firms may be sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and willingly give their time and resources to solidarity initiatives. However, a minimum amount of expenses in bringing cases to court cannot be eliminated. Solidarity groups can consider fund raising to hire legal firms to take on and challenge Israeli apartheid and occupation. Court cases have recently become a tool to isolate Israel and target those who have been guilty in carrying out war crimes against Palestinians. Such actions highlight that the occupation and its officials are considered criminals by the rest of the world and ensure that they eventually face justice for their crimes.
AND PALESTINIAN ETHNIC CLEANSING/GENOCIDE
CATERPILLAR FACES AN INTIFADA. February 19, 2009, Salon Magazine
CHURCH OF ENGLAND divests from Caterpillar as pressure grows over mining shares, EKKLESIA JOURNAL, February 10, 2009
Caterpillar Troops Don’t Back Stimulus, Says Rep. Schock, February 13, 2009
Caterpillar Moving Forward With $240 Million in New Plant Construction in the South, an Industrial Info News Alert, February 16, 2009