A Palestinian farmer near Jaljul,
West Bank, and the Israeli bulldozer that cut through his
vineyard for the development of a highway serving Jewish
settlers (2001). Photo by Miki Kratsman.
The Caterpillar Connection
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
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.