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Dear President Obama,

We, the undersigned organizations, strongly urge you to continue suspending the delivery of Caterpillar D9 bulldozers to the Israeli military, and to investigate Israel’s violations of U.S. laws with Caterpillar equipment.

On October 25, Israel’s Channel 2 news program reported that Caterpillar is delaying the delivery of tens of D9 bulldozers—valued at $50 million—to the Israeli military. Neither Caterpillar nor the U.S. government has denied the report. Since these bulldozers are contracted for through the Department of Defense and paid for by the U.S. government, we applaud any step that your Administration has taken to delay the delivery of this equipment.

The report of the delay in the delivery of these bulldozers comes in the midst of a civil trial in Israel brought by the family of Rachel Corrie, a U.S. citizen who was killed on March 16, 2003 by the Israeli military with a Caterpillar D9 bulldozer as she nonviolently attempted to prevent a Palestinian home from being demolished in Rafah, in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Rachel’s tragic death is one example among many of human rights abuses Israel commits with Caterpillar D9 bulldozers, which Caterpillar has
provided to Israel knowing they are used to unlawfully demolish homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
, making Caterpillar complicit in these human rights abuses. According to the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem, since September 2000, Israel has killed 21 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, in house demolitions. Israel often employs Caterpillar equipment in these demolitions.

In addition, Israel has utilized Caterpillar bulldozers to demolish thousands of Palestinian homes; to destroy Palestinian civilian infrastructure and agriculture; and to build illegal Israeli settlements, and Israel’s wall in the West Bank, which was ruled to be illegal by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in July 2004.

Israel’s utilization of Caterpillar bulldozers to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians may violate U.S. laws, such as the Arms Export Control Act and Foreign Assistance Act, which are designed to prevent U.S. military aid from being utilized in this manner.

We believe that Israel’s utilization of Caterpillar equipment not only amply justifies delaying the delivery of Caterpillar D9 bulldozers to the Israeli military; we strongly believe that the Israeli military should not be eligible to receive any Caterpillar equipment at least until your Administration investigates the killing of Rachel Corrie, investigates Israel’s possible violations of U.S. laws with Caterpillar equipment, takes appropriate steps to correct any Israeli violations of these laws, and puts in place verifiable mechanisms to ensure that Israel follows all relevant U.S. laws in the future.

Signed by,

National Organizations
1. Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
2. US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
3. American Muslim Association of North America
4. American Jews for a Just Peace
5. Center for Constitutional Rights
6. Christian Peacemaker Teams
7. Friends of Sabeel—North America
8. Interfaith Peace-Builders
9. International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
10. Israel/Palestine Action Group, Episcopal Peace Fellowship
11. Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.)
12. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions--USA
13. Jewish Voice for Peace
14. Middle East Research and Information Project
15. New Internationalism Project, Institute for Policy Studies
16. Ta’anit Tzedek—Jewish Fast for Gaza
17. Tikkun/Network of Spiritual Progressives
18. Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East
19. U.S. Dominican Palestine Coordinating Committee
20. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section

Local Organizations
1. 3rd Congressional District Minnesota Peace Project, Plymouth, MN
2. 14 Friends of Palestine, San Rafael, CA
3. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee—Wisconsin Chapter, Milwaukee, WI
4. American Jews for a Just Peace—Boston, Cambridge, MA
5. American Tribune, Detroit, MI
6. Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Portland, OR
7. Ann Arbor Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, Ann Arbor, MI
8. Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Oak Park, IL
9. Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace and Justice, Oakland, CA
10. Bay Area Women in Black, Oakland, CA
11. Beacon Presbyterian Fellowship, Oakland, CA
12. Berkeley Institute of Biblical Archaeology and Literature, Rodeo, CA
13. Birthright Unplugged, Cambridge, MA
14. Blauvelt Dominican Sisters Social Justice Committee, New Rochelle, NY
15. Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Cambridge, MA
16. Brooklyn for Peace, Brooklyn, NY
17. Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Bryn Mawr, PA
18. Carolina Peace Resource Center, Columbia, SC
19. Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, Oakland, CA
20. Central New York Working for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel, Cazenovia, NY
21. Central Vermont Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Montpelier, VT
22. Chicago Area Code Pink, Chicago, IL
23. Chicago Faith Coalition for Middle East Policy, Evanston, IL
24. Chicagoans Against Apartheid in Palestine, Chicago, IL
25. Cincinnati International Socialist Organization, Cincinnati, OH
26. Cincinnati Palestinian Rights Meetup, Cincinnati, OH
27. Citizens for Justice in the Middle East, Kansas City, MO
28. Coalition for Peace with Justice, Raleigh, NC
29. Code Pink--West Virginia, New Martinsville, WV
30. Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, Oak Park, IL
31. Committee for Palestinian Rights, Columbia, MD
32. Committee for Peace in the Middle East, Louisville, KY
33. Corvallis-Albany Friends of Middle East Peace, Corvallis, OR
34. Council on American Islamic Relations Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
35. Detroit West District Peace Center, United Methodist Church, Southfield, MI
36. Families for Children of Oregon, Portland, OR
37. Free Palestine Movement, El Cerrito, CA
38. Friends of Deir Ibzi’a, San Francisco, CA
39. Friends of Palestine, Germantown, WI
40. Friends of Sabeel—Colorado, Littleton, CO
41. Friends of Sabeel--Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
42. Front Range Coalition for Mideast Justice and Peace, Denver, CO
43. Germantown Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Philadelphia, PA
44. Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy, Grand Rapids, MI
45. Granny Peace Brigade—New York, New York, NY
46. Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Washington, DC, Washington, DC
47. Greater New Haven Peace Council, New Haven, CT
48. Heirlooms Unlimited, Marion, MA
49. Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, Austin, TX
50. International Solidarity Movement--Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL
51. International Solidarity Movement—DC/Maryland/Virginia Chapter, Washington, DC
52. International Solidarity Movement—Northern California, El Cerrito, CA
53. Iraq Peace Action Coalition, Apple Valley, MN
54. Islamic Center of Long Island, Westbury, NY
55. Jewish Voice for Peace—Bay Area Chapter, Albany, CA
56. Jewish Voice for Peace—Detroit Chapter, Detroit, MI
57. Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends, Ann Arbor, MI
58. Jews Say No!, New York, NY
59. Justice and Peacemaking Action Team of Northeast Georgia Presbytery, Athens, GA
60. Justice First Foundation, West Kingston, RI
61. Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War, Portage, MI
62. Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, Portland, OR
63. Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Madison, WI
64. Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice, Manhattan, KS
65. Maui Peace Action, Pukalani, HI
66. Media Island International, Olympia, WA
67. Michigan Peaceworks, Ann Arbor, MI
68. Middle East Crisis Committee, Woodbridge, CT
69. Middle East Justice and Peace of South Central Pennsylvania, Gettysburg, PA
70. Middle East Peace Forum, Cleveland, OH
71. Middle East Peace Now, Richfield, MN
72. Middle East Policy Advisory Council, Oakland, CA
73. MidEast: Just Peace, Cedar, MI
74. Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign, St. Paul, MN
75. Minnesota Peace Project, Plymouth, MN
76. North Coast Coalition for Palestine Support Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Committee, Santa Rosa, CA
77. Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, Northfield, MN
78. Northwest Middle East Peace Forum, Tacoma, WA
79. Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, Olympia, WA
80. Olympia Friends Meeting (Quakers), Olympia, WA
81. Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project, Olympia, WA
82. Palestine-Israel Action Committee, Felton, CA
83. Palestine Justice Network, Brooklyn, NY
84. Palestine Solidarity Committee—Seattle, Seattle, WA
85. Palestine Solidarity Committee—University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
86. Pax Christi Maine, Portland, ME
87. Pax Christi Metro New York, New York, NY
88. Pax Christi Muskegon, Muskegon, MI
89. Peace Action Montgomery, Brookeville, MD
90. Peace Action of San Mateo County, San Mateo, CA
91. Peace Initiatives Network, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, Durham, NC
92. Peace Is Patriotic, Newton, MA
93. People for Justice in Palestine, Iowa City,  IA
94. People of Faith CT—West Hartford, CT
95. Pointers for Peace in Palestine, Stevens Point, WI
96. Radio Free Maine, Augusta, ME
97. Real Politik, Brooklyn, NY
98. Rebuilding Alliance, San Mateo, CA
99. San Jose Peace and Justice Center, San Jose, CA
100. Shomer Shalom Institute for Jewish Nonviolence, Stony Point, NY
101. Sisters in Solidarity to Educate, Respond and Serve, Fairfax Station, VA
102. St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, St. Louis, MO
103. Stop AIPAC, Berkeley, CA
104. Stop U.S. Tax-Funded Aid to Israel Now! (SUSTAIN)—Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
105. Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, Ann Arbor, MI
106. Students for Justice in Palestine at University of California—Irvine, Irvine, CA
107. Tacoma People for Peace, Justice and Healing, Tacoma, WA
108. The Evergreen State College (TESC) Divest!, Olympia, WA
109. Therapists for Peace and Justice, San Francisco, CA
110. Tiffin Area Pax Christi, Fremont, OH
111. Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Apple Valley, MN
112. Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel, Montpelier, VT
113. Veterans for Peace—Local #126, San Antonio, TX
114. Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East—Boise Chapter, Meridian, ID
115. Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East--Unitarian Universalist Congregation Chapter, Blacksburg, VA
116. United Methodists’ Holy Land Task Force, Culver City, CA
117. Upper Hudson Peace Action, Albany, NY
118. Virginians for Middle East Peace, Arlington, VA
119. We Are Wide Awake, Clermont, FL
120. We Refuse to Be Enemies, New Britain, CT
121. WESPAC Foundation, White Plains, NY
122. Women Against Military Madness—Middle East Committee, Minneapolis, MN
123. Women in Black, Westchester, NY
124. Women of a Certain Age, New York, NY
125. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom—DC Branch, Washington, DC

International
1. American Expats in Jordan PAC, Amman, Jordan
2. Defence for Children International—Israel, Jerusalem
3. New Profile, Ramat Hasharon, Israel


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