US CAMPAIGN TO END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION

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CORPORATE TASKFORCE
[corporations@endtheoccupation.org]

Major corporations in the United States benefit directly from Israel’s Occupation policies, and from our government’s unconditional support for those policies. Israel is the largest recipient of US military aid and a major market for arms producers such as Lockheed, Boeing, and Raytheon.

US companies must not do business as usual in support of the Occupation. The Corporate Task Force aims to end corporate support for the Occupation, starting with Caterpillar, whose bulldozers are used to demolish Palestinian homes or illegally construct Israeli housing and bypass roads in the Occupied Territories. Caterpillar sales and technical support enable Israel to engage in acts which are brutal, inhumane, and immoral, and which violate international law. The US Campaign has joined with many other organizations in endorsing a multi-faceted campaign to pressure Caterpillar.

  • It is educating Americans, through the example of Caterpillar, about the need to change the role of our Government and US corporations.
  • It is organizing to convince Caterpillar, through education, direct action, and political and economic pressure, if necessary, to discontinue all business with Israel until the Occupation is ended.

BULLDOZERS IN PALESTINE
THE US CAMPAIGN TO PRESSURE CATERPILLAR

The Cat Connection | Property Destruction Q&A | Palestine: A Journal of Loss | Links | What You Can Do

The company which best exemplifies the interest of US corporations in the Occupation and the complete refusal to address human rights concerns in the region is Caterpillar. The most destructive weapon of the Occupation may not be an F-16 or helicopter gunship, but rather, an armor plated D-9 or D-11 bulldozer. These are the machines that have demolished thousands of homes, uprooted countless olive trees, and carved gaping holes in roads, making them impassable. Even when used in Israel’s colonial intrusions on the land through construction of illegal housing or bypass roads, CAT equipment is being used daily in the commission of war crimes and violations of human rights.

For this reason, the US Campaign has chosen to join with many other organizations working for an end to the Occupation in endorsing a multi-faceted campaign to pressure Caterpillar to cease doing business with Israel until the Occupation ends.

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE ON THIS ISSUE

Stop US Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now (SUSTAIN)
Students for Justice in Palestine, Berkeley
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
Jews Against the Occupation
Tikkun

To have your organization listed here, please email us with a link to the relevant material on your organization's website.

OTHER RESOURCES/ARTICLES ON THE CATERPILLAR CAMPAIGN

Indymedia (Jerusalem) | Stop Caterpillar's Destruction of Palestinian Lives!
Electronic Intifada | Sur Baher: "Caterpillar Did it Again!"
Jerusalem Center for Economic and Social Rights | Caterpillar should end aiding Israel's demolishing of Palestinian homes
Village Voice | Letter from Palestine: Impunity and Its Discontents
The Caterpillar Effect | Neve Gordon (for SUSTAIN)
Washington Report | Caterpillar’s Role in Israel’s Demolition of Palestinian Homes
Shout Monthly | Should Corporations Care: The Caterpillar Conundrum
Socialist Worker | Activists launch campaign for divestment: "Making the issue real"
CPTNet | CPT vigil/walk challenges Boeing and Caterpillar to put children's lives first
CounterPunch | Fortress Israel: The Message of the Bulldozer | Jeff Halper


We welcome your comments and suggestions of additional resources to be included here. Please email us any relevant links to relevant materials.

  REPORT ON THE UN CONFERENCE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY IN SUPPORT OF PALESTINE
 
Report on the UN Conference | 9/23-24/2002

US Campaign Address to the UN Conference | 9/24/2002

  SEEING CLEARLY | NADIA HIAJB
 


Seeing Clearly Through a Veil of Blood
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from the Perspective of Human Rights and the Law
Nadia Hijab | 9/2002 [ HTML | PDF | WORD ]

  CALL TO ACTION
 
US Campaign Call to Action [ HTML | PDF ]

  CAMPAIGN UPDATES
 
Campaign Update | November 4, 2002
Campaign Update | September 21, 2002
Campaign Update
| July 23, 2002
Campaign Update
| June 13, 2002

  CONFERENCE REPORT
 
Conference of Organizers—Chicago, June 1–2, 2002 [ HTML | WORD | PDF ]