Day of Action Against Caterpillar

April 10, 2005

On April 13, a "Day of Action" will be held to protest the U.S.-based Caterpillar corporation's role in Israeli aggression against Palestine. Groups all over the world will organize local demonstrations opposing the sale of Caterpillar bulldozers to Israel.

The Caterpillar company supplies the Israeli military with militarized D-9 bulldozers through the U.S. "Foreign Military Sales Program." These bulldozers are used to destroy Palestinian homes, farmland and infrastructure throughout the occupied West Bank and Gaza. These demolitions are used by Israel as part of its program for expropriating and annexing Palestinian land as well as a means of reprisals against the Palestinian people.

The destruction of Palestinian homes is a clear violation of international human rights laws (e.g., the Fourth Geneva Convention, the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination).

Israel carries out its demolition of Palestinian homes without warning, often at night; the occupants are forcibly evicted. Often the only warning is the rumbling of the Israeli army's U.S.-made Caterpillar bulldozers beginning to tear down the walls of their homes. Over 50,000 Palestinian homes have been destroyed by Israel using Caterpillar bulldozers, and dozens of Palestinians have been killed in such actions.