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Caterpillar Withholding Sale of D9 Death Bulldozers to Human Rights Violator

This is not an earthquake. This is what CAT bulldozers do in Palestine.

American Corporation Caterpillar has Taken a Stand for Humans in Stopping the Sales of Bulldozers that Destroy Homes of Indigenious Peoples

Jewish Groups for Peace Rejoice with Millions Around the World

Via Jewish Voice for Peace,

I have remarkable news. The Israeli press is reporting that Caterpillar is withholding the delivery of tens of D9 bulldozers—valued at $50 million—to the Israeli military.(1)

These are weaponized bulldozers that are used to illegally destroy homes and orchards of Palestinian families. And they are the very same bulldozers as the one that killed a 23-year-old American peace activist named Rachel Corrie seven years ago when she tried to protect the home of the Nasrallah family in Gaza.

That’s why the next part of the story is even more amazing. The news reports say that the deliveries have been suspended now because Rachel’s parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, are bringing a civil suit against the government of Israel in a court in Tel Aviv.(2) The deliveries are to stop during the length of the trial. We take this as an indirect admission by the company that these bulldozers are being used to violate human rights and to violate the law. The Corrie story is sadly just one of thousands of stories of loss and pain.

A suspension of the sale of bulldozers is what we have been asking Caterpillar for over seven years now. This is a great win, but this is no time to let off the pressure.

Caterpillar and the U.S. government have neither confirmed nor denied the news. And news reports describe the company’s move as a temporary decision only. To urge the U.S. government to make this policy permanent, please sign the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s petition to President Obama to continue this new policy.

We need to hold both our government and corporations profiting from the occupation accountable. TIAA-CREF, one of the largest financial services in the United States, invests heavily in Caterpillar (over $250 million as of their last financial report). Please ask TIAA-CREF to divest from Caterpillar and other companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. If TIAA-CREF divests from Caterpillar, it will have a rippling impact everywhere.

Since 2003, Jewish Voice for Peace has been filing annual shareholder resolutions to pressure Caterpillar with a growing coalition of interfaith partners. We’ve organized protests. We’ve taken over a CAT dealership. We’ve worked in support of Presbyterian and Methodist divestment initiatives from the company, and with your help, we are asking TIAA-CREF to divest from Caterpillar as well.

Caterpillar has never budged… until now.

Caterpillar’s irresponsible behavior comes with a heavy price tag. In the last ten years, at least 11,795 homes have been demolished.(3) These statistics, gruesome as they are, cannot do justice to the pain of so many families, to their razed livelihoods and their shattered dreams.

The picture above does not come from an earthquake scene. It depicts the man-made destruction and the hopelessness that the Caterpillar bulldozers bring at the hand of the soldiers who wield them. Let’s make sure that this is the last picture of this kind we get to see.

Thank you and shabbat shalom,

Sydney Levy
Jewish Voice for Peace

(1) Report: Caterpillar to delay supply of D9 bulldozers to IDF. Jerusalem Post, Oct 25, 2010, as well as Israel’s Channel 2 TV, October 25, 2010 (evening broadcast in Hebrew).
(2) For updates on the trial, visit the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.
(3) The statistics are from the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitionsand run up only until July 28, 2010, a day after the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the northern Negev desert was razed to the ground. The village would be rebuilt and demolished five additional times (see Open Letter to JNF: Equal Rights, Sustainable Development for Negev, Not Dispossession of Bedouin! and El Araqib Village Demolished for Sixth Time.)

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37 Comments for “Caterpillar Withholding Sale of D9 Death Bulldozers to Human Rights Violator”

  1. Soon God will be bulldozing the false return…

  2. For every Palestinian home bulldozed, ten Israeli homes will be bulldozed.

  3. This is the same company where employees stayed on strike for months because Caterpillar refused to give them a living wage. I don’t care where they deliver the machinery or not, but I believe that coporations need to mind their own business. All coporations creed is greed and you can bet your ass, if the money gets high enough that caterpillar would bulldoze down Gaza with the people included.

  4. why not bull doze Is–ra—hell with a nuclear bomb.

    • Beat your gums, blog all your blogs, and condem Isreal all you want people. Israel will prosper, Israel will prevail, Israel will always exist. Do you realy think you or anyone can change that?

      • Old Leatherneck,
        I was on radio tonite with Phil Tourney telling me about one of his Marine friends who died on the USS Liberty, murdered by Israel.
        The Marine Corps I was in honored its dead.
        g

        • The Marine Corps you were in is the same one I was in, I honor my dead brothers as much as you. Still dosen’t change the facts. You or no one else are going to stop or destroy, eliminate, remove Israel from the map, or from history, no matter how much you would like to. It’s just not going to happen. Gordon your pissing in the wind.

          • OL
            Until you are willing to accept the USS Liberty and the testimony of her crew as reality, one that defines our real relationship with Israel as did the Lavon Affair as does the real story of Jonathan Pollard, a story that shows Israel clearly and provably responsible for sending America to to unnecessary and evil wars…we will not be on the same page.
            Start with a reality based accounting for the USS Liberty that honors American dead and not Israeli propaganda. We can move from there.
            Otherwise, your beliefs are not ….valid…fact based….or…quite frankly….American.
            If that sounds extreme….the murder of Americans is extreme..
            and Americans who laugh it off are not funny.
            g

          • Gordon: I don’t disagree with any of your stated facts. The point I am making is if America backes away from Israel, if we and all their supporters walk away. Israel is not going away. When Israel is defeated, disolved, destroyed, get back with me. I won’t be holding my breath.

          • OL
            The problem is that it is America that seems to be defeated..by Israel.
            We have an election today where NO candidates are real Americans…
            g

          • We have a two party system and neither party gives a damb about anything other than power and control, and lining their own pockets. Many have good intentions and talk a good game, but once they get to Washington they get corrupted if they aren’t already. What its going to take to change that I don’t know. I don’t have the power or infleuence, and neither do you. Our only recourse is the vote, and that and a buck fifty might get uou a cup of coffee.
            Semper Fi Gordon.

      • Lawrence A Dickerson

        Semper Fi!

        At last a true voice of reason.There are so many wrongs that we can help to fix if don’t go charging in with fixed bayonets while the opposition has AK 47s.

        I once took of then cable giant TCI when they decided to stop running C-Span.That was back when that was the only info highway into what those ol’ buzzards were doing at least on the floor.

        I took them on single handedly and forced them to recapitulate to make a long story short.I say this not for any recognition of chest pounding but the Kitsap Sun news story,small as it was,said that,”One man can make a difference”,in the title.Anything worth having is worth fighting for.I think America has forgotten that.At least that is it’s apearance to me.

  5. Lawrence A Dickerson

    The author in other writings states that the village El Araquib has been bulldozed 6 times but the actual record shows twice in ten days.Perhaps the author is reflecting that the land was granted under the Turks but Israel does not recognize that land grant and has given ample notice of eviction.This is clearly an attempt to persuade readers to respond to the petitions without actually doing the homework.I don’t know about you but I never take nobody’s word blindly and neither should anybody else.

    http://ssomail.charter.net/do/redirect?url=http%253A%252F%252Fsalsa.democracyinaction.org%252Fdia%252Ftrack.jsp%253Fv%253D2%2526c%253DinpUZlth6LfvEv0zTIJL7NkM0%25252Bnfr%25252Bbi

    But Google the village El Araquib and you get a totally different picture.The village consisted of ten temporary shelters in an effort to reclaim ancestral homelands on Israeli territory.If one googles the rocky stretch of barren land it is hardly usable for agriculture.Israel intends to plant a forest on the ground which will definitely provide benefits for all inhabitants.

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4ADRA_enUS358US358&q=El+Arakib

    http://www.promisedlandblog.com/?tag=al-araquib

    Read every one of the links and they take you to the current copy of Charter and the site is extremely difficult in which to maneuver.I question the author’s veracity and validity in this editorial.It is taken in part from another site.

    http://www.promisedlandblog.com/?tag=al-araquib

  6. "Uncomfortably Numb"

    D9s could be put to better use on “K” Street.

  7. it’s a start. the very idea of making a bulldozer into a machine of death stinks. If it were iran using billdozers built by CAT to demolich Jewish homes in thier own country there would be an international upwar.

    israel’s cannot be granted immunity…no country can.

  8. As long as the zionists think that all non-Jews “gentiles” must be treated as slaves for the socalled superior race you can reckon that you have a hell of a resistance against your stupid ideology.Millions protest over the whole world against Israel not because we are anti-semites, but because we oppose racism. We oppose all racism, including Israeli apartheid and anti-arab racism, as well as anti-semitic racism.But we do not support ZIONISM!!Evidence of anti-semitism in the Palestinian solidarity movement is a great comfort to the Zionist state,it salves their troubled consciences!!Free palestine!US stop sending 3 billion dollars a year to a regime that OCCUPY and STEAL from harmless people.THEY ARE NOT TERRORISTS BUT FREEDOM FIGHTERS AND PROTECTORS OF THEIR OWN LAND!!

    • Anti-Arab racism IS anti-Semitic racism. Anti-Israel (even anti-Jewish if one goes so far as to oppose religious affiliation) is and never was “Anti-Semitic”.

      Also, Jews are NOT a race, they are a religious group comprised of many “races” but predominantly Caucasian Ashkenazi Khazar descendants.

      Let’s emphasize truth by restoring the proper meanings of terms.

      Thanks

      • Penumbra VERY WELL SAID ! .
        tell this to THE ANTI ARAB RACIST ERIC WHO WROTE A RIDICULOUS COMMENT ON TOP OF THIS PAGE
        Thanks.

    • Shauna, the real cost of supporting Israel is in the trillions, if we go back to the Arab oil embargo that raised the price of Gulf oil fourfold from Oct ’73 to Feb ’74, in reaction to our support for Israel’s aggression against the Arab states. The cost to our well being is nearly incalculable if one adds in the trillions that will have been squandered to fight the ongoing surrogate wars for Israel. We are a subjugated people with a foreign occupation government of bought-and-paid-for agents of a foreign nation, and our government is bankrupting us today and enslaving our children to the perpetual serfdom of debt to serve its true constituency.

  9. Patrick Sullivan

    Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association – College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) is one of the largest financial services companies in the United States, with $398 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2008.
    Type Mutual organization

    Founded 1918
    Headquarters New York, New York
    Key people Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO
    Products Financial services
    Revenue US$ 27.53 billion (2008)
    Net income US$ 1.438 billion (2008)
    Total assets US$ 402 billion (2010)[1]
    Employees 7,500
    Website tiaa-cref.org

    Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. (born October 28, 1951 in Washington, D.C.) is an American economist, who was Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1999 to 2006 and is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of retirement firm TIAA-CREF.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_W._Ferguson,_Jr.

  10. No problem.

    Israel will just do what’s it done to many pieces of weaponry the USA has given to that nation of leeches; reverse engineer the D9 and start making them for use and sale.

    Plus, Apartheid Israel’s attack dog(s), the ADL–ANOTHER DAMN LIE–and that sordid collection of back-stabbing sleazeballs, AIPAC, will start screaming ‘anti-Semite’ and cower Caterpillar back to selling those implements of destruction.
    For good measure, the Congress will fork over more of our money to that nation of assassins and thieves, just to soothe over any perceived hurts.

  11. Michael, thank you for posting this…Hooray for Jewish Voice For Peace!!

    BOYCOTT, SANCTION, AND DIVEST…Hit ‘em in the pocketbook….the most painful spot for Israeli’s. Take away their “satanic tools/demonic devices (bull-dozers)…deprive them of their “sadistic pleasure”.

  12. You piece of shit, israelk is fighting for its survival you anti-semites
    If i had a bulldozer i’d bulldoze your webv site

    • Spoken like a true Zionist!

      Hey Eric, this is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, not Israel. We defend the USA, not a far off land where the people there do NOT share our values and interests. In the USA, we must stand for liberty and justice for all. That’s American! That’s what we stand for! The land of the free and home of the brave…not the nave!

      Who gives a shit about Israel and her gutting of our taxpayer money. My kids education is getting cut so we can fund that god forsaken place. Our tribe comes first so get your priorities straight.

      Memo to Eric: I will be calling your kindergarten school to ask if they taught where you live. Apparently, you think you’re an Israeli.

      Go USA!

      • I saw Rachel Corrie killed by an Israeli soldier driving a bulldozer. It was very disturbing. The film was taken by a BBC cameraman. Just a few days later (SURPRISE!) the IDF shot a BBC cameraman through the head. Charming people: they not only kill Moslems, they kill Christians and invade (there is NO better word) Christian churches during services. Read the Internet: you can find Jewish sites that discuss what to do with the Arabs that they intend to displace: their view of Israel is that it stretches from “The river of Egypt” to the Euphrates. I(srael isn’t “fighting for it’s survival, it wants to displace millions of people.

    • eric, children are to be seen and not heard…someone hand me the duck-tape.

    • ERIC UNDER EDUCATED OR ZIONIST BRAINWASHED VICTIM :
      THE SETTLEMENTS ARE ILLEGALS, YOUR CONCEPT OF “SURVIVAL” IS PURE GARBAGE.
      ISRAEL, A WELFARE STATE LIVING OUT OF OUR TAX DOLLAR HAS 200 ILLEGAL NUCLEAR BOMBS (DIMONA) NOT TO MENTION THE MOST POWERFUL ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ISRAEL IS USING PHOSPHOROUS AND CLUSTER BOMBS ,DEPLETED URANIUM BULLETS ON PALESTINIAN CIVILIAN POPULATION , PALESTINE HAS NO ARMY, NO AIR FORCE NO NAVY , HOWEVER THEY HAVE SLINGSHOTS AND EXPLOSIVE THEY BUY FROM THE ISRELI MAFIA WHO WORKS WITH MOSSAD.
      THE PALESTINIANS ARE THE ONES WHO MUST SURVIVE TO EDUCATE YOURSELF CHECK ;
      http://www.ifamericansknew.org
      THE ASHKENAZI JEWS WHO CONTROL THE APARTHEID STATE OF ISRAEL AND WHO SUFFERED OF PERSECUTION DURING WW2, ARE DESCENDANTS OF EASTERN EUROPEANS (KHAZAR EMPIRE) WHO CONVERTED TO JUDAISM IN AD 740, AND ARE NOT RELATED WHAT SO EVER TO THE 12 ORIGINAL HEBREW TRIBES, THEY HAVE NO HISTORY IN THE MIDDLE EAST (JUST BELIEVE) ,
      THE “INDIGENOUS JEWS” WHO WERE ALWAYS LIVING PEACEFULLY WITH THE ARABS FOR CENTURIES WERE AGAINST THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A “JEWISH ONLY STATE” IN FACT THIS ZIONIST CONCEPT WAS BORN AROUND 1880, CREATED BY THEODORE HERTZ AND THAT IS WHEN (AND ONLY THEN) THE HOSTILITIES BETWEEN ARABS AND JEWS STARTED.
      THE BALFOUR DECLARATION WAS A BIG LIE , THE BRITISH AND FRENCH WERE ACTUALLY THE ONES WHO STARTED THE PROBLEM, PROMISING A JEWISH ONLY TERRITORY TO ASHKENAZI JEWS (WHO HAVE NO MIDDLE EASTERN ROOTS) TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL NON JEWISH POPULATION AND A MUSLIM TERRITORY TO THE ARABS IN THE SAME TIME.
      THE IRGUN, HAGANA AND STERN GANG MASSACRED THOUSANDS OF ARABS BEFORE ANY “MUSLIM TERRORIST CELLS” EXISTING TODAY WERE BORN, IN 1948 THE ENTIRE VILLAGE OF DIR YASSIN WAS EXTERMINATED BY THE IRGUN (ZIONIST ARMY) INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN. THERE ARE ALWAYS CONSEQUENCES TO OUR ACTIONS.
      GOOGLE THE “LAVON AFFAIR” IT IT WELL DOCUMENTED THAT ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE USE SEPHARDIC JEWS TO POSE AS MUSLIM TERRORISTS AND ALSO INFILTRATES ARAB TERROR CELLS WITH AGENT PROVOCATEURS TO MAINTAIN THE CONFLICT WHILE USING THE U.S TO DESTROY MUSLIM NATIONS WHO CHALLENGE THE ISRAELI DOMINANCE IN THE REGION.
      WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANTI-SEMITISM AND HATE FOR MUSLIMS ?
      WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ” GOD CHOSEN PEOPLE” AND THE “MASTER RACE”

      PEACE
      BECAUSE WAR IS A RACKET

    • What the Likudniks are doing to the Palestinians they and American Zionists like “eric” would readily do to Americans, given half the chance. Dr. Kevin MacDonald, in his scholarly “Culture of Critique,” using their own words, makes it clear that if there’s one group they hate above all others, it’s the American people.

    • See http://www.truedemocracy.net/td-18/index.html as well as http://www.truedemocracy.net/td-29/36.html just to name two links that will expose the state of Israel as a complete fraud. Besides, an anti-semite is one who is anti-white, not anti-Jew. Sem is the Greek word for white.

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