STOP CATERPILLAR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN PALESTINE
||On Friday, October 19, take part in a national day
of action against Caterpillar to demand that it stop profiting from Israel’s human
rights violations of Palestinians.
marks the eve of the one month anniversary of Israel’s killing of Mahmoud
al-Kifafi. According to the Al Mezan
Center for Human Rights, Mahmoud al-Kifafi, aged 19, was killed by the Israeli
army with a CAT bulldozer in the Gaza Strip on September 20. He is at least the 18th person to
have been killed by the Israeli army with a CAT bulldozer.
killing of Mahmoud al-Kifafi occurred during one of Israel’s regular invasions of the
Gaza Strip. During this invasion, Israel also
razed agricultural lands, uprooted dozens of olive trees, and destroyed 13
Palestinian homes with CAT bulldozers. Israel, which is still the occupying power of the Gaza Strip despite its
2005 withdrawal, has imposed a siege on the Gaza Strip and declared it to be an
“enemy entity”, thereby cutting off vital human needs, resulting in a
on September 17, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it did
not have jurisdiction to proceed with the Corrie v. Caterpillar, Inc. lawsuit
on the grounds that it constituted a “political question”. The Corrie family, whose daughter Rachel was
killed by the Israeli army with a CAT bulldozer, had filed the lawsuit seeking
justice for Rachel’s death and on behalf of four Palestinian families whose
loved ones were killed or seriously injured due to Israel’s misuse of CAT bulldozers.
rendering its decision, the court did not pass judgment on the merits of the
case; it only ruled that the issue must be addressed through the legislative
and executive branches of government since CAT bulldozers are given to Israel through the Foreign Military Financing
(FMF) program and are paid for by U.S.
taxpayers through annual military aid to Israel.
means it’s up to us to demand accountability from CAT and from our government.
1. Organize a protest. Organize a protest in your community on
Friday, October 19 against CAT for profiting from Israel’s human rights violations of
Palestinians. Protests can be held at
CAT offices, dealerships, town squares, or offices of your Members of Congress.
Once you arrange the logistics, be sure to post your event to our calendar by clicking here.
Campaign will send an organizing packet, containing posters and postcards, to
each individual and group that organizes a protest and posts it to our on-line
2. Download resources. Educate yourself and your community by
downloading resources from our website.
download a Word version of a flier that you can edit for your local protest, click
download an 11X17 “CAT Free Zone” placard, click
download an 11X17 “Stop Caterkiller” poster, click
download a web sticker for your website or blog, click
additional resources on the CAT campaign, click here.
3. Contact Members of Congress and the State
Department. Take a minute to send a
letter to your Members of Congress and the State Department demanding an
investigation into whether Israel
is violating the Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts by its misuse
of CAT bulldozers.
To send a
the CAT Campaign. Help the US
Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation continue its work to hold Caterpillar accountable
for profiting from Israel’s
human rights violations of Palestinians by making a generous tax-deductible
contribution. For every contribution of
$10 or more, we’ll send you a glossy, union-made “Stop Caterkiller”
poster. Donate now and we’ll throw in an
added poster from our historic June 10 rally in DC while supplies last.
To make a
tax-deductible contribution, click here.
5. Save the Date—March 16, 2008. Next March marks the five-year
anniversary of Israel’s
killing of U.S.
peace activist Rachel Corrie with a CAT bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. Save the date and start making plans to
participate in a national day of action to demand justice and accountability.