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Carol
- 4023 days ago - commondreams.org
Caterpillar equipment and bulldozers are used as military weapons by Israel. Urge CAT's Board of Directors to Support the Foreign Military Sales Resolution



   

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Carol W (119)
Saturday June 7, 2008, 5:45 pm
Next Wednesday, June 11, activists from the Chicago metro area will gather outside and inside of the annual Caterpillar shareholder meeting to protest Caterpillar complicity in human rights violations in Israel/Palestine.

Despite years of repeated corporate engagement by investors and organizations such as Jewish Voices for Peace and CAAP (formerly Stop CAT), as well as a host of religious organizations such as Sisters of Loretto and Sisters of Mercy, Caterpillar continues to profit from the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and territory.

Like Motorola, Caterpillar's practices best exemplify the interest of U.S. corporations putting profit first and human rights last. These corporations continue to disregard human rights concerns and refuse to investigate the countless number of allegations brought forward.

Caterpillar equipment and bulldozers are used as military weapons by Israel. They are destructive weapons specially fitted with armaments such as machine guns, grenade launchers and much more.

These destructive machines have unlawfully demolished thousands of homes, killed innocent civilians, including U.S. citizen Rachel Corrie, built illegal settlements, uprooted thousand-year old olive trees, torn up roads, and devastated basic infrastructure in many Palestinian villages.

Caterpillar must ensure that international law not is violated with its products. For example, Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention deems the "extensive destruction and appropriation of property carried out unlawfully and wantonly" to be a war crime.

In addition, it is possible that the sale of Caterpillar equipment to the Israeli army violates the U.S. Arms Export Control Act and U.S. Foreign Assistance Act. Caterpillar profits from Israel's human rights violations of Palestinians by selling bulldozers to the Israeli army through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. To learn more, check out our fact sheet and links to other helpful resources ( http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1264)

We ask for activists all around the country to send Caterpillar a strong message. Take action ( http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/641/t/2439/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=24797 ) now by sending Caterpillar's board of directors a letter asking them to take steps to address our concerns and build support for the shareholder's resolution that aims to hold Caterpillar accountable.

We must not let Caterpillar profit from human rights violations at the expense of the Palestinian people and their land.

PS We are selling an excellent report detailing the court case Corrie et al. v. Caterpillar. ( http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=142 ) to purchase.
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday June 7, 2008, 5:50 pm
Such a sad story
Thank you Carol for keeping Rachel's memory alive my not letting people forget.
 

Carol W (119)
Saturday June 7, 2008, 5:58 pm

The article is 2004 and the update commented above is June 2008.
You can google Cat Israel and find further support and avenues of action.

CAT Bulldozers are being used by Israel in Occupied Palestinian Territories for purposes that contravene the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949), the Hague Regulations, the US Statue, The Torture Victim Protection Act.
... with adobe; http://www.endtheoccupation.org/downloads/cat_legal_memo%5B1%5D.pdf
 

Carol W (119)
Saturday June 7, 2008, 6:06 pm

Next Wednesday, June 11, activists from the Chicago metro area will gather outside and inside of the annual Caterpillar shareholder meeting

We ask for activists all around the country to send Caterpillar a strong message. Take action now by sending Caterpillarís board of directors a letter asking them to take steps to address our concerns and build support for the shareholders' resolution that aims to hold Caterpillar accountable.
 

Hans L (958)
Monday June 9, 2008, 4:18 am
I hate the situation around Israel and i think that the people have deserved real peace after so many years of killing and war on both sides!But?
What does caterpilar have to do with this? they are also used to build up new homes for thousands of people! you MUST BLAME THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ORDERED THE KILLING! America is the largest weaponexporter in the world and will allways be weapons that er just created to kill!
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday June 9, 2008, 4:29 am
Rachel was run over by a Caterpillar bulldozer, manufactured in the United States and sent to Israel as part of the United States' regular aid package to the State of Israel, which amounts to at least $3-4 billion annually, all of which comes from U.S. taxpayers. The use of Caterpillar bulldozers to destroy civilian homes, not to mention to run over unarmed human rights activists, violates U.S. law, including the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, which prohibits the use of U.S. military aid against civilians.

My understanding Hans is that caterpilar is well aware of what their products are being used for.
My opinion is that the parents aren't interested in any money. But if they can get courtroom press, then maybe somebody in this brain dead administration will finally do something about this kids death. If you looked at the vidoe from the link I sent out, this kid was murdered.
I'd post that link but cares seems to delete any posts with links in them.
 

Carolyn T (234)
Monday June 9, 2008, 5:53 am
Noted. While I cannot be a physical part of planned demonstration, I will certainly send out some letters. Thank you, Carol.
 

barb b (32)
Monday June 9, 2008, 7:49 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 9, 2008, 8:53 am
We certainly live ina sad world. A child so beautiful and just forgotten and ignored like all children that we are supposed to care for and guild, nurture, and love. Where are our hearts, comapssion, empathy for one another????Shame on the world!..Thank you Kathy...noted.
 

Susan Hughes (145)
Monday June 9, 2008, 10:00 am
I have noted this article Kathy. I pray that justice will be seen to be done for the senseless killing of this innocent girl.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 9, 2008, 10:22 am
What a Courages Beautiful Woman! Rachel's Death for Peace! Must & Shall not Go Evanged!!!









 

Jim Phillips (3247)
Monday June 9, 2008, 10:40 am
Yes, I agree that Caterpillar should be investigated. So should the man who deliberately ran over Rachel Corrie. Rachel, a U.S. peace activist who was run over and crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer. Both the man who drove the Cat and the Company should be held accountable.

TY, Carol.

 

. (0)
Monday June 9, 2008, 11:11 am
How my heart just broke and I cryed, How our own machines killed this young woman, And this person putting had up in a victory wave I seen him. Woh to him for his day will come too!!! I'm sorry but Obama said what Bush done for them was good!!! And this he did say. Antbody who agress with Buch is full of shit up to there eyes and are just like him. And you seen right here what they done to this innocent person. Sick of people being killed and animals being abused. A war being fought men and women innocent childern dyeing on baed on a lie. No vote get America back, Stand down. For if we keep voting its going to be the same crap again its all rigged anyway and this is a fact. Believe what you may 9/11 was not terriost the only terriost was and is George Bush!!!! This young woman's blood is on his hands all all the other people who have died too. Thank You Carol. Thank you Charles for fowarding.
 

Roxann C (398)
Monday June 9, 2008, 1:31 pm
noted thanks
 

Glenda P (82)
Monday June 9, 2008, 2:46 pm
Noted. Very sad.
 

Marian E (152)
Monday June 9, 2008, 7:15 pm

Thank you for posting this.
 

Carol W (119)
Tuesday June 10, 2008, 6:47 am
PART III

STATUS AND TREATMENT OF PROTECTED PERSONS

SECTION I

PROVISIONS COMMON TO THE TERRITORIES OF THE PARTIES

TO TEE CONFLICT AND TO OCCUPIED TERRITORIES
Article 27

Protected persons are entitled, in all circumstances, to respect for their persons, their honour, their family rights, their religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs. They shall at all times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against all acts of violence or threats thereof and against insults and public curiosity.

Women shall be especially protected against any attack on their honour, in particular against rape, enforced prostitution, or any form of indecent assault.

Without prejudice to the provisions relating to their state of health, age and sex, all protected persons shall be treated with the same consideration by the Party to the conflict in whose power they are, without any adverse distinction based, in particular, on race, religion or political opinion.

However, the Parties to the conflict may take such measures of control and security in regard to protected persons as may be necessary as a result of the war.
Article 28

The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.
Article 29

The Party to the conflict in whose hands protected persons may be is responsible for the treatment accorded to them by its agents, irrespective of any individual responsibility which may be incurred
 

Carol W (119)
Tuesday June 10, 2008, 6:53 am

http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/92.htm

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War
Adopted on 12 August 1949 by the Diplomatic Conference for the Establishment of
International Conventions for the Protection of Victims of War, held in Geneva
from 21 April to 12 August, 1949
entry into force 21 October 1950

PART I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1

The High Contracting Parties undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances.
Article 2

In addition to the provisions which shall be implemented in peacetime, the present Convention shall apply to all cases of declared war or of any other armed conflict which may arise between two or more of the High Contracting Parties, even if the state of war is not recognized by one of them.

The Convention shall also apply to all cases of partial or total occupation of the territory of a High Contracting Party, even if the said occupation meets with no armed resistance.

Although one of the Powers in conflict may not be a party to the present Convention, the Powers who are parties thereto shall remain bound by it in their mutual relations. They shall furthermore be bound by the Convention in relation to the said Power, if the latter accepts and applies the provisions thereof.
Article 3

In the case of armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties, each Party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following provisions:

1. Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.

To this end, the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:

(a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

(b) Taking of hostages;

(c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment;

(d) The passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.

2. The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.

An impartial humanitarian body, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, may offer its services to the Parties to the conflict.

The Parties to the conflict should further endeavour to bring into force, by means of special agreements, all or part of the other provisions of the present Convention.

The application of the preceding provisions shall not affect the legal status of the Parties to the conflict.
Article 4

Persons protected by the Convention are those who, at a given moment and in any manner whatsoever, find themselves, in case of a conflict or occupation, in the hands of a Party to the conflict or Occupying Power of which they are not nationals.

Nationals of a State which is not bound by the Convention are not protected by it. Nationals of a neutral State who find themselves in the territory of a belligerent State, and nationals of a co-belligerent State, shall not be regarded as protected persons while the State of which they are nationals has normal diplomatic representation in the State in whose hands they are.

The provisions of Part II are, however, wider in application, as defined in Article 13.

Persons protected by the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field of August 12, 1949, or by the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea of August 12, 1949, or by the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of August 12, 1949, shall not be considered as protected persons within the meaning of the present Convention.
Article 5

Where, in the territory of a Party to the conflict, the latter is satisfied that an individual protected person is definitely suspected of or engaged in activities hostile to the security of the State, such individual person shall not be entitled to claim such rights and privileges under the present Convention as would, if exercised in the favour of such individual person, be prejudicial to the security of such State.

Where in occupied territory an individual protected person is detained as a spy or saboteur, or as a person under definite suspicion of activity hostile to the security of the Occupying Power, such person shall, in those cases where absolute military security so requires, be regarded as having forfeited rights of communication under the present Convention.

In each case, such persons shall nevertheless be treated with humanity, and in case of trial, shall not be deprived of the rights of fair and regular trial prescribed by the present Convention. They shall also be granted the full rights and privileges of a protected person under the present Convention at the earliest date consistent with the security of the State or Occupying Power, as the case may be.
Article 6

The present Convention shall apply from the outset of any conflict or occupation mentioned in Article 2.

In the territory of Parties to the conflict, the application of the present Convention shall cease on the general close of military operations.

In the case of occupied territory, the application of the present Convention shall cease one year after the general close of military operations; however, the Occupying Power shall be bound, for the duration of the occupation, to the extent that such Power exercises the functions of government in such territory, by the provisions of the following Articles of the present Convention: I to 12, 27, 29 to 34, 47, 49, 51, 52, 53, 59, 61 to 77, and 143.

Protected persons whose release, repatriation or re-establishment may take place after such dates shall meanwhile continue to benefit by the present Convention. Article 7

In addition to the agreements expressly provided for in Articles 11, 14, 15, 17, 36, 108, 109, 132, 133 and 149, the High Contracting Parties may conclude other special agreements for all matters concerning which they may deem it suitable to make separate provision. No special agreement shall adversely affect the situation of protected persons, as defined by the present Convention, nor restrict the rights which it confers upon them.

Protected persons shall continue to have the benefit of such agreements as long as the Convention is applicable to them, except where express provisions to the contrary are contained in the aforesaid or in subsequent agreements, or where more favourable measures have been taken with regard to them by one or other of the Parties to the conflict.
Article 8

Protected persons may in no circumstances renounce in part or in entirety the rights secured to them by the present Convention, and by the special agreements referred to in the foregoing Article, if such there be.
Article 9

The present Convention shall be applied with the cooperation and under the scrutiny of the Protecting Powers whose duty it is to safeguard the interests of the Parties to the conflict. For this purpose, the Protecting Powers may appoint, apart from their diplomatic or consular staff, delegates from amongst their own nationals or the nationals of other neutral Powers. The said delegates shall be subject to the approval of the Power with which they are to carry out their duties.

The Parties to the conflict shall facilitate to the greatest extent possible the task of the representatives or delegates of the Protecting Powers.

The representatives or delegates of the Protecting Powers shall not in any case exceed their mission under the present Convention. They shall, in particular, take account of the imperative necessities of security of the State wherein they carry out their duties.
Article 10

The provisions of the present Convention constitute no obstacle to the humanitarian activities which the International Committee of the Red Cross or any other impartial humanitarian organization may, subject to the consent of the Parties to the conflict concerned, undertake for the protection of civilian persons and for their relief.
Article 11

The High Contracting Parties may at any time agree to entrust to an organization which offers all guarantees of impartiality and efficacy the duties incumbent on the Protecting Powers by virtue of the present Convention.

When persons protected by the present Convention do not benefit or cease to benefit, no matter for what reason, by the activities of a Protecting Power or of an organization provided for in the first paragraph above, the Detaining Power shall request a neutral State, or such an organization, to undertake the functions performed under the present Convention by a Protecting Power designated by the Parties to a conflict.

If protection cannot be arranged accordingly, the Detaining Power shall request or shall accept, subject to the provisions of this Article, the offer of the services of a humanitarian organization, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, to assume the humanitarian functions performed by Protecting Powers under the present Convention.

Any neutral Power, or any organization invited by the Power concerned or offering itself for these purposes, shall be required to act with a sense of responsibility towards the Party to the conflict on which persons protected by the present Convention depend, and shall be required to furnish sufficient assurances that it is in a position to undertake the appropriate functions and to discharge them impartially.

No derogation from the preceding provisions shall be made by special agreements between Powers one of which is restricted, even temporarily, in its freedom to negotiate with the other Power or its allies by reason of military events, more particularly where the whole, or a substantial part, of the territory of the said Power is occupied.

Whenever in the present Convention mention is made of a Protecting Power, such mention applies to substitute organizations in the sense of the present Article.

The provisions of this Article shall extend and be adapted to cases of nationals of a neutral State who are in occupied territory or who find themselves in the territory of a belligerent State with which the State of which they are nationals has not normal diplomatic representation.
Article 12

In cases where they deem it advisable in the interest of protected persons, particularly in cases of disagreement between the Parties to the conflict as to the application or interpretation of the provisions of the present Convention, the Protecting Powers shall lend their good offices with a view to settling the disagreement. For this purpose, each of the Protecting Powers may, either at the invitation of one Party or on its own initiative, propose to the Parties to the conflict a meeting of their representatives, and in particular of the authorities responsible for protected person, possibly on neutral territory suitably chosen. The Parties to the conflict shall be bound to give effect to the proposals made to them for this purpose. The Protecting Powers may, if necessary, propose for approval by the Parties to the conflict, a person belonging to a neutral Power or delegated by the International Committee of the Red Cross who shall be invited to take part in such a meeting.


 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 10, 2008, 5:06 pm
The nerve. Breaks my heart..Noted
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday June 10, 2008, 5:13 pm
Was it a Caterpillar that took down Rachel Corrie?
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 10, 2008, 6:51 pm
DAMN RIGHT IT WAS
 

Shane W (95)
Tuesday June 10, 2008, 7:12 pm
Thanks and noted.
 

Ester Hellen (213)
Wednesday June 11, 2008, 5:01 am
Thank you for the news item and thank you Kathy for cicel her spirit around....
 

Ester Hellen (213)
Wednesday June 11, 2008, 5:02 am
circulate I mean
 

JAMES S (23)
Wednesday June 11, 2008, 9:14 am
Caterpillar sells bulldozers without weapons. The weapons are added by the Israeli military!! Boycott Israel not Caterpillar!! You may as well protest Toyota for selling cars in Iraq and Afghanistan that are then turned into bombs!! In 2003 (5 years ago) Rachel made a decision & she paid the price for her mistake to rely on the HUMANITY of the bulldozer driver to stop!! Take note her fellow activists & friends got out of the way!! BLAME ISRAEL!! BLAME THE DRIVER!! BLAME RACHEL!!

If Caterpillar sales decline, who do you think will suffer??
Caterpillar?? It will be the men & women that build the machines & their families when they are laid off!!!!

Sorry, but I have no sympathy for someone who stands in front of a bulldozer. It is the same mentality of someone who stops on the train tracks & expects the freight train to stop for them. The train wins everytime........
 

Carol W (119)
Wednesday June 11, 2008, 3:53 pm
James, your logic is not logical. The bulldozers are only used as weapons.
Ever heard, "You can not compare apples to oranges." ?

Caterpillar, a company with annual sales of more than $22.8 billion, more than half of which comes from overseas business, has been reluctant to divulge how much money it makes from its dealings with Israel.

I don't think with 22.8 BILLION in sales that stopping Israel's War Machines can put anyone out of work. Cept maybe a few Lobbyist.

As long as your blaming Rachel you may as well blame the Holocaust Victims as well. There is nothing of any value to your comment. If Caterpillar is supplying Israel knowing how these monster machines are used, what do you think they will do when the American, Canadian, European orders come flooding in for civil unrest?

Do you think you are special James?
 

JAMES S (23)
Wednesday June 11, 2008, 6:06 pm
No Carol, YOUR logic is not logical!! Since you've opened up the door of Holocaust Victims. Many Israeli citizens were victims or are related to victims of the Holocaust. So it doesn't surprise me that they are using similar tactics against the Palistinians as the Nazi's used against them.
Why don't you protest the White House or the U.S. State Department?? After all, it's the Foreign Aid money that Isreal is using to buy from Caterpillar. That's the real apple and orange. Why not protest 'real' weapons?? Gun makers, bomb makers, tank makers?? The same bulldozers are used against Isreali citizens occupying illegal settlements in Gaza and the West Bank. In my opinion, we should have nuked the whole country in 1967 after Israel attacked the USS Liberty.

There is nothing of any value to your protest Carol. Your playing it safe blaming a machine!! Take a real risk Carol, protest the Israeli Consulate in Chicago. March on the Federal Building. Seek justice for Rachel from the decision makers that killed her!!

Stop quoting the Geneva Convention. It would be like trying to get retribution from the blanket manufacturer that the U.S. Cavalry used to distribute to the American Indians that was laced with smallpox in the late 19th century. REMEMBER reading about those Holocaust victims Carol??

I can compare apples & oranges all day long Carol, but I see your taking the easy way out. What are you hoping to accomplish?? Not a clue. Again using your logic, does Toyota care if the autos they manufactured are used as car bombs in Iraq or Afghanistan?? Apples and oranges.

I don't blame the Holocaust Victims nor the American Indians. Because they were VICTIMS!! Rachel was not a victim. She stood in front of a bulldozer!! Her choice. No one forced her. The Indians & the Jews didn't have a choice!!

So logic tells me that when a bulldozer is coming straight towards me. I GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!

Now do I think I'm special?? No I don't. I have an opinion whether YOU like it or not. You and I live in a country where we can express our opinions freely. I may not like your opinion & you may not like mine. But I believe in your right to say & have it.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 12, 2008, 12:32 pm
Thank you,Carol, for posting this story.
 

Carol W (119)
Thursday June 12, 2008, 4:37 pm

James you think your special in that what happen to Rachel can not happen to you.

The protest you think have not been thought of are all in protest.
Caterpillar is the only one that has been left out of the equation up til now. The logic is to raise awareness as most people that know of the insainity do not know the contributors.

The Senate, Representatives, Congress hands are tied to big money that keeps them flooded in perks and wealth. It is a death sentence for Govt to speak up, so it is only logical that the private sector take steps. I gtd. most shareholders do not have a clue what portion of their holdings is invested in Israel. It is time they know.
Thats only logical.
Thanks James. It is a worthy converse.
 

JAMES S (23)
Thursday June 12, 2008, 6:48 pm
Carol why do you insist that I'm special?!?!? Anyway I'm sure you can rejoice to the fact that there are worse things that can happen to me. Afterall I live in Chicago! Good luck in your endeavours Carol. And even though I don't invest, I garuntee that the only thing a shareholder cares about is PROFIT!!
 

Carol W (119)
Thursday June 12, 2008, 8:30 pm

"Living Under Fascism"
Davidson Loehr of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin has published a sobering sermon called Living Under Fascism. He refers to an article called Fascism Anyone by Laurence W. Britt, originally published in Free Inquiry Magazine, which documents an analysis of seven fascist regimes (Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Francoís Spain, Salazarís Portugal, Papadopoulosís Greece, Pinochetís Chile, and Suhartoís Indonesia) and "fourteen common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power." These fourteen threads will sound pretty familiar.



1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.

Truncate
6. A controlled mass media.

7. Obsession with national security.

8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.

9. Power of corporations protected.

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.
 

Carol W (119)
Thursday June 12, 2008, 8:35 pm

June 08 ....Doesn't need Israel for profits....

Caterpillar Inc. reported a 13-percent increase in its first quarter profit as equipment sales in China, the Middle East and other emerging markets grew about seven times faster than in North America. Sales increased 18 percent to $11.8 billion as demand from mining companies in China and builders in Russia exceeded expectations. Caterpillar shares rose $6.69 to $85.28, the most since 2000 in New York trading and led to a gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which climbed 1.8 percent. Machinery and engine sales rose 18 percent as did financial services revenue; price increases contributed $261 million to sales. The company said it will seek a price increase of up to 5 percent on machinery and engines worldwide to compensate for costs of steel, copper and oil price increases
 
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