Protest Against Caterpillar’s Exports to Israel
A protest procession took place today in Brighton calling for a boycott of Caterpillar’s export of bulldozers to Israel. This company’s D9 bulldozers, suitably adapted by the Israeli army, are used to demolish Palestinian homes and destroy Palestinian land in contravention of the Geneva Convention. Since 1999 over 3000 homes have been destroyed in this way making many more thousands of Palestinians homeless. Moreover, Caterpilla bulldozers are being used in the construction of the Apartheid Wall which divides communites from their land and has been declared illegal by the Internationl Court of Justice in The Hague.
The 20 protesters, wearing ‘Caterkiller’ T shirts visited shops stocking Caterpillar products such as footwear, and handed in letters to their managers calling on them to stop selling these goods. They also visited shops which have already responded to the call to withdraw Caterpillar products, and thanked their managers for their support.
The procession started at noon in Brighthelm Gardens, North Road, and proceeded down the lanes, visiting different Cat Suppliers on the way, and ended at Churchill square shopping centre. Further details about the Caterpillar boycott campaign can be found at www.caterkiller.org, www.stopthewall,org and www.catdestroyhomes.org . If you want to get involved localled, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
25th June 2005.