STOP CATERPILLAR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN PALESTINE!

On Friday, October 19, at 4:30 pm at Percival Landing in Olympia come
take part in a the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s
National Day of Action against Caterpillar to demand that it stop
profiting from Israel’s human rights violations of Palestinians. We
will join forces with Fellowship of Reconciliations Friday peace vigil
on the corner of 4th Avenue and Water Street to take a stand and
gather signatures for letters to Congress and the State Department
demanding an investigation into whether Israel is violating the Arms
Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts by its misuse of CAT
bulldozers.

October 19th marks the eve of the one month anniversary of Israel’s
killing of Mahmoud al-Kifafi. According to the Al Mezan Center for
Human Rights, Mahmoud al-Kifafi, aged 19, was killed by the Israeli
army with a CAT bulldozer in the Gaza Strip on September 20. He is at
least the 18 th person to have been killed by the Israeli army with a
CAT bulldozer.

The killing of Mahmoud al-Kifafi occurred during one of Israel’s
regular invasions of the Gaza Strip. During this invasion, Israel also
razed agricultural lands, uprooted dozens of olive trees, and
destroyed 13 Palestinian homes with CAT bulldozers. Israel, which is
still the occupying power of the Gaza Strip despite its 2005
withdrawal, has imposed a siege on the Gaza Strip and declared it to
be an “enemy entity”, thereby cutting off vital human needs, resulting
in a humanitarian catastrophe.

Separately, on September 17, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled
that it did not have jurisdiction to proceed with the Corrie v.
Caterpillar, Inc. lawsuit on the grounds that it constituted a
“political question”. The Corrie family, whose daughter Rachel was
killed by the Israeli army with a CAT bulldozer, had filed the lawsuit
seeking justice for Rachel’s death and on behalf of four Palestinian
families whose loved ones were killed or seriously injured due to
Israel’s misuse of CAT bulldozers.

In rendering its decision, the court did not pass judgment on the
merits of the case; it only ruled that the issue must be addressed
through the legislative and executive branches of government since CAT
bulldozers are given to Israel through the Foreign Military Financing
(FMF) program and are paid for by U.S. taxpayers through annual
military aid to Israel.

That means it’s up to us to demand accountability from CAT and from
our government.

Please Join us on October 19th! For questions or if you are
interested in volunteering on our local Caterpillar campaign please
contact the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice at
rochelle[at]rachelcorriefoundation.org.

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