Palestinian village fears becoming Israel's rubbish dump AFP April 7, 2005 A nauseating stench rises from this disused West Bank quarry where rubbish from a Jewish settlement is slowly piling up. With thousands of tonnes more Israeli waste set to arrive, the Palestinian village of Deir Sharaf fears the worst.
Israel plans to dump tons of garbage in West Bank by David Ratner, Haaretz April 4, 2005 Israel finds a new use for its Caterpillar bulldozers: To transfer garbage beyond the Green Line and dump it in the West Bank. This project was launched despite international treaties prohibiting an occupying state from making use of occupied territory unless it benefits the local population. In addition, pollution experts say such use of the Kedumim quarry - located in an old Palestinian quarry between the Kedumim settlement and Nablus - will jeopardize Palestinian water sources.
Ireland Palestine Solidarity seeks Caterpillar ban Press Release: Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign March 30, 2005 Limerick City Council considers a motion put forward by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign to declare Limerick City the world's first Caterpillar Free Zone. The motion calls on the City Council to ban the use of all Caterpillar plant and machinery on Council worksites from January 1st 2006, and calls on all traders in Limerick City to implement a voluntary ban on the sale of Caterpillar merchandise.
The rabbi who pricks Israel's conscience by Chris McGreal in Jerusalem, The Guardian March 25, 2005 The prosecution has asked the court to sentence Rabbi Ascherman to do community service after he was convicted of obstructing the demolition of illegally built Arab homes in East Jerusalem by standing in front of the bulldozers. It is a dangerous business; an American peace activist, Rachel Corrie, was killed doing the same in the Gaza Strip.
Israel to expand largest West Bank settlement by Greg Myre, The New York Times March 22, 2005 Cranes, bulldozers and trucks were all in motion on Monday, working on dozens of residential buildings in the Maale Adumim settlement,in violation of Israel's pledge under the Middle East peace plan known as the road map, which calls for a freeze of all settlement activity.
Bulldozers should shove off, protesters say by Tasha Bartholomew, The Daily Review March 17, 2005 "While the entire world is pushing Israelis and Palestinians toward a negotiated peace, Caterpillar — an American company — continues to profit from the destruction of private property and violation of human rights," said Liat Weingart, JVP co-director. "When it comes to peace in the Middle East, Caterpillar is out of step with the rest of the world."
Rafah marking Corrie anniversary BBC March 17, 2005 Palestinian children have marked the second anniversary of the death of US activist Rachel Corrie, killed during an Israeli army operation in Gaza.
Activists protest CAT bulldozer use by Israel by Sara Withee, Milford Daily News March 17, 2005 Forty activists staged a two-hour rally near the entrance of Milton CAT, which sells products by Caterpillar, the Illinois-based maker of the bulldozers the Israeli military uses to level homes. The members of the BootCat Chapter of the Boston Committee for Palestinian Rights and Boston to Palestine support group for the International Solidarity Movement vowed to return each Saturday until April 13, when Caterpillar holds its annual meeting in Chicago. Shareholders are expected to consider a resolution stating Caterpillar is violating its code of ethics with sales to Israel for demolitions.
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