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Caterpillar in Focus

Caterpillar, Inc. makes huge profits annually from the sale of its earth–moving equipment around the globe. The Peoria, Illinois-based corporation is Israel’s primary supplier of bulldozers—one of the most destructive weapons in Israel’s arsenal. The Israeli government uses Caterpillar bulldozers in the perpetration of massive human rights abuses against the Palestinian people. Since 1967, over 7,000 home demolitions have occurred across the occupied territories, leaving some 50,000 Palestinians homeless. During this same period, bulldozers have razed vast swaths of Palestinian agricultural land, depriving their owners of food and livelihood. Meanwhile, over $3 billion annual U.S. aid to Israel helps fund this destruction. We urge Caterpillar to take action against the use of its products in the commission of illegal, barbaric acts against defenseless civilians. In addition, we urge the U.S. government to suspend military aid to Israel. 

Russell Tribunal Testimony on Caterpillar (PDF)
by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director
"U.S. Government Complicity in Supplying Israel with Caterpillar Bulldozers." Testimony of Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director, at the Russel Tribunal on Palestine, Session 5: The Arms Trade and the Apparatus of Repression, November 21, 2010, in London.
Use of Caterpillar Bulldozers in "Operation Cast Lead" (PDF)
November 4th, 2009
The "Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict" authored by Judge Richard Goldstone found numerous instances of the Israeli military using Caterpillar equipment as weapons. This PDF collects sections of the Goldstone Report pertaining to Caterpillar.
Q&A: Property Destruction and Land Confiscation in Palestine
Since 1967, Israel has confiscated almost 750,000 acres of land from the 1.5 million acres comprising the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Israeli government has confiscated large areas of Palestinian land in East Jerusalem and designated them areas for exclusive Jewish use.
CAT Legal Memo
This memo explores Israel’s human rights violations facilitated by CAT. Use this in your meetings with your congressional representative or for legal audiences.
Israel's Human Rights Violations Facilitated by the Use of CAT Bulldozers (PDF)
January 30th, 2006
CAT bulldozers are being used by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for purposes that contravene the Fourth Geneva Conventions (1949), the Hague Regulations, as well as the US statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act. These violations include the uprooting of olive trees, demolition of homes, murdering civilians, and constructing the Annexation Wall. We encourage CAT to cease its bulldozer sales to Israel until Israel no longer uses CAT equipment in violation of international humanitarian and human rights law as well as US statutory law.
Morally Responsible Investment in Palestine
The Case Against Caterpillar: MP3 Audio presentation given by Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer, vicar of Christ Church, the Community Church of Virginia Water.