The World Reacts

To divest or not to divest: Ethical considerations of addressing the Israel-Palestine conflict
by William
January 5, 2005

From churches, a challenge to Israeli policies
by Jane LampmanChristian Science Monitor
December 6, 2004

A vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to use economic sanctions against certain companies doing business with Israel – namely those that profit from the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza – has set off a quiet firestorm within the American religious community.

ICAHD volunteers dragged From house; demolition proceeded
Palestine Monitor
December 1, 2004
A Caterpillar construction crane then demolished the house in three minutes.

Rights group calls on Caterpillar to halt bulldozer sales to IDF
Haaretz, The Associated Press
November 24, 2004
An international human rights group has called on American heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. to suspend bulldozer sales to the Israel Defense Forces, citing the army's use of the vehicles in destroying Palestinian homes and property.

Rights group calls on Caterpillar to halt bulldozer sales to Israel
by Jim LobeCommon Dreams
November 23, 2004
Human Rights Watch has called on Caterpillar Inc., the Illinois-based heavy-equipment giant, to immediately suspend sales of its D9 bulldozer to the Israeli army on the grounds that they are being used to violate international humanitarian law in the occupied territories.

Jewish peace group challenges Caterpillar's Israel business
by Alexa SmithPresbyterian News Service
October 11, 2004
A Jewish group has submitted a shareholders' resolution to Caterpillar Inc., arguing that the heavy machinery company may be risking its reputation by continuing to sell to the Israeli army bulldozers that are used to demolish the homes and orchards of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This is the second time that Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has aligned itself with Christian groups that oppose the ongoing use of Caterpillar equipment to commit what the international community has called human rights violations in the occupied territories, or what the shareholders' resolution describes as "the destruction of homes, land and other properties."

Jewish Voice for Peace activists disrupt Safety Awards at MINExpo to protest Caterpillar’s sales to Israeli army
Jewish Voice for Peace
September 28, 2004
Jewish peace activists protested Caterpillar’s safety record in the Middle East when they disrupted the Caterpillar-sponsored Safety Awards earlier this morning at the MINExpo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nuns squeeze Caterpillar
by Alexa SmithPresbyterian News Service
August 2, 2004
Article about the shareholder resolution introduced by Roman Catholic nuns and Jewish Peace activists at Caterpillar's 2004 annual shareholder meeting. The article also looks at how the Presbyterian Church (USA) is researching its policies and setting criteria to begin a selective, phased divestment of stock in Israel-related companies whose practices hinder peacemaking efforts.

Pressure grows on Caterpillar to stop sale of bulldozers to Israel
by Ellis ShumanIsrael Insider
June 22, 2004
A United Nations human rights investigator last week warned Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. against selling construction equipment to Israel because it "might involve complicity ... to actual and potential violations of human rights, including the right to food." Jean Ziegler, an expert on the right to food in the Geneva offices of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, sent a letter to Caterpillar CEO James Owens on May 28 complaining that "Israeli occupation forces" are "using armored bulldozers supplied by your company to destroy agricultural farms, greenhouses, ancient olive groves and agricultural fields planted with crops, as well as numerous Palestinian homes and sometimes human lives, including that of the American peace activist, Rachel Corrie." Israeli officials are concerned that Caterpillar might change its policy and refuse to sell additional D-9 and D-10 bulldozers to the IDF, Maariv reported today. The officials said the company may reconsider its policies due to the intensive, unfavorable publicity that followed publication of Ziegler's letter, the paper said.

Demonstration in Switzerland against Caterpillar and it's role in building the Apartheid Wall
Activism, PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
June 8, 2004
Report on sit-in in Geneva. Article is in French, but includes photographs.

Rally and Protest at Caterpillar’s Peoria, Illinois Headquarters
by Michael GillespieWashington Report on MIddle East Affairs, June 2004
June 1, 2004
“We believe that the U.S. government, with our tax dollars, surely purchased the Caterpillar D-9 bulldozer that killed our daughter,” said Craig Corrie.

Caterpillar Defence Industries presented with Homewrecker of the Year Award
BIG Campaign
May 22, 2004

Protesters storm bulldozer factory
Sunderland Today
May 22, 2004

Breakfast with Caterkillar
IndyMedia UK
May 14, 2004
Yesterday, we went to the Caterpillar offices near Solihull to present them with their well-deserved Homewrecker of the Year Award, and to ask the employees to take up the issue of arms sales to Israel with the company. Unfortunately, the employees were too shy to leave the building to talk to us. So this morning, we thought we'd join them for breakfast in the car park as they arrived for work...

Caterkillar refuses to accept Housewrecker of the Year award
Caterpillar OUT!
May 12, 2004

Caterpillar faces an Intifada
by Farhad
May 12, 2004
In recent months, some critics of Israel's actions in the Palestinian territories have been pointing at another key player in the drama of Rachel Corrie's death -- the Caterpillar D9 bulldozer, the unfathomably powerful machine that is the workhorse of the Israeli military, used to demolish hundreds of homes in the Palestinian territories during the past three years. Considering the role of Caterpillar equipment in Israel's occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, some critics of Israel are asking, shouldn't we assign some responsibility for Rachel Corrie's death to the American company that manufactured the bulldozer that killed her?

Photographs of the Large Protest of Caterpillar Sales to the Israeli Army at Cat Headquarters in Peoria, IL
by Dorina Prisacaru and Michael GillespieChicago Indymedia
April 23, 2004
Photographs show the hundreds of protestors, giant banners and street theater, Craig and Cindy Corrie, Caterpillar headquarters, a large police presence, and more.

Protesters Target Caterpillar Over Bulldozer Sales to Israel
by Jan DennisAssociated Press
April 23, 2004
More than 300 protesters renewed demands that Caterpillar stop selling bulldozers to the Israeli military, arguing the equipment is used to destroy Palestinian homes and killed an American activist defending property in the Gaza Strip. Protesters used a wooden replica of a bulldozer to re-enact the March 2003 death of 23-year-old Rachel Corrie during a demonstration outside the heavy equipment giant's headquarters in downtown Peoria, as Caterpillar workers watched from the windows of the seven-story complex. "The image (Caterpillar) should want to have out there is that they're building, not destroying," said Craig Corrie, father of the Olympia, Wash., college student. Caterpillar officials declined to meet with Corrie, his wife Cindy and leaders of the Stop CAT Coalition, which organized the protest.

Young woman's death launches downtown protest
by Monica LanderosWHOI ABC-19
April 23, 2004
Hundreds of members of the Stop CAT Coalition protested outside of Caterpillar's Peoria headquarters and shut down the downtown for hours. “It’s a moral and legal obligation of Caterpillar to say to Israel 'We will not sell our machinery to you if you're going to continue to use it to kill people,’” says Haten Abudayyeh from the Stop CAT Coalition. The protestors also hit the streets. The Peoria Police Department shut down several blocks of downtown on the busy Friday.

Israel's use of Caterpillar equipment questioned
by Mike RamseyCopley News Service
April 15, 2004
News article from the Copley News Service reporting on successful introduction of a shareholder resolution at Caterpillar's 2004 annual shareholder meeting by the Sisters of Loretto and the Sisters of Mercy, in partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace. The measure earned support from about 4 percent of shareholders, which allows it to be reintroduced in 2005.

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