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Caterpillar delaying delivery of D9 bulldozers to Israeli military

The Rachel Corrie Foundation, created after an Israeli soldier murdered American activist Rachel Corrie in 2003 by running over her with a bulldozer supplied by the Caterpillar Corporation, has issued an emergency action alert in attempts to collect 10,000 signatures to deliver to President Barack Obama next week.

Israeli Channel 2 has reported that Caterpillar has delayed delivery of several D9 bulldozers – the type that are outfitted with machine guns and other military equipment – while Rachel;s parents lawsuit against the state of Israel for their daughter’s death continues.

Read the action alert below. To read my article published in Electronic Intifada about the Chicago protest at Cat’s annual meeting last summer, click here.

ACTION ALERT FROM
Rachel Corrie
Foundation for Peace & Justice

October 29, 2010

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We have a small window of opportunity to cut off Israel’s supply of Caterpillar bulldozers before the Obama Administration allows the deliveries to resume.

Earlier this week, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported that Caterpillar is withholding delivery of tens of D9 bulldozers-valued at $50 million-to the Israeli military.

The report speculated that this”sounds like an American military sanction.” For a Jerusalem Post report about this, click here.

This comes in the midst of a civil trial in Israel brought by Cindy and Craig Corrie, of theRachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, a US Campaign member group. The Corries’ daughter Rachel was killed by the Israeli military with a weaponized Caterpillar D9 bulldozer in 2003, as she nonviolently tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home.

News reports have stated that Caterpillar will not deliver bulldozers to the Israeli military during the Corrie trial (click here for updates on the trial).

At yesterday’s State Department briefing, Assistant Secretary Philip Crowley did not deny the U.S. government has delayed the delivery, going only so far as to say that he is “not aware of any contacts between the United States Government and Caterpillar, but perhaps it’s a question to ask Caterpillar.”

We already tried that. In written communications with the US Campaign, Caterpillar refused to comment on the reports, but did not deny them.

Whatever is happening behind the scenes, one thing is clear:

This represents a major, positive step in our ongoing campaign to hold Israel accountable for its misuse of Caterpillar bulldozers, which are provided at U.S. taxpayer expense as military aid (learn more by clicking here).

We have a small window of opportunity to act before pressure is brought to bear on the Obama Administration to allow the delivery of bulldozers to proceed.

Here’s what you can do to make sure this happens, and to advance our boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Caterpillar:

Sign our petition to the Obama Administration asking it to stop the delivery of Caterpillar D9 bulldozers to the Israeli military, and to investigate Israel’s violations of U.S. laws committed with Caterpillar equipment.  Together, the US Campaign, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.), and Jewish Voice for Peace, all intend to collect 10,000 petition signatures by next week to deliver to the Obama Administration. Sign now by clicking here.

If you belong to an organization, then please have it endorse our organizational letterto the Obama Administration. We will be accepting organizational endorsements of the letter until 6 pm (EST) Wednesday, November 3. Read and endorse the letter (organizations only) by clicking here.

Sign to organize a local BDS campaign against Caterpillar by clicking here. We’ll send you a free organizing packet.

Get TIAA-CREF to divest from Caterpillar. 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). Sign a petition asking TIAA-CREF to divest from Caterpillar and other companies that profit from the Israeli occupation.

Meanhwhile, the Rachel Corrie Foundation has submitted a paper to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review, which will review the human rights record of the United States on November 5. To read its submission, which documents how the United States has failed to uphold its human rights laws in Rachel’s case, please click here.

Rachel Corrie Foundation | 203 East Fourth Ave., Suite 307 | Olympia | WA | 98501

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Caterpillar recommends against global ethics policy proposal

Shareholders of Caterpillar Inc. will have the opportunity on June 9 to cast a vote that if successful would require the company to create and adopt a global ethics code, based in part on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Fourth Geneva Convention, according to documents filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission on April 14, 2010.

The resolution was put forward by shareholders.

“Caterpillar’s current policy, the Worldwide Code of Conduct, contains no references to existing international human rights codes except for a corporate policy of non-discrimination, and aspirational goals to maintain employee health and safety. It also does not apply to company dealers whose activities can carry extensive reputational risks for Caterpillar.”

Proposal 7, contained in the document DEF 14A, suggests the company create a global code of ethics based on “Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility: Bench Marks for Measuring Business Performance,” developed by an international group of religious investors.

Caterpillar’s recommendation to the proposal is an unequivocal ‘NO.’ Among other things, Caterpillar says it ‘treats people fairly and prohibits discrimination.”

“Your Board believes that the Code of Conduct effectively articulates our long-standing support for, and continued commitment to, human rights and does not believe that implementation of this proposal is necessary or desirable as the concerns raised by the proponent are already being addressed in a meaningful way.”

Given that Caterpillar’s revenue in its Europe, Africa, and Middle East division was down by 22 percent in the first quarter of this year as compared to the same period in 2009, one could see why adopting a global human rights policy would be problematic. Obviously, an ethics policy based upon international humanitarian law would prohibit Cat, which manufactures the bulldozers Israel uses to demolish Palestinian homes and for construction of the Apartheid Wall, from selling its equipment for those purposes. I’m sure company leaders don’t want to implement any policy that would further cut into the Cat’s revenues, even if those revenues are derived from depriving Palestinians of their basic rights to a quality standard of living.

Caterpillar’s annual shareholder’s meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. on June 9 in Chicago. A protest is scheduled to take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Northern Trust Bank, 50 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago.

~ Kristin Szremski 05/19/2010

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