Call to boycott Caterpillar products due to support in Israeli army

Published April 15th, 2005 - 06:21 GMT

Cindy Corrie has joined War on Want and Caterkiller activists in delivering a simple message to John Lewis Department stall: stop selling Caterpillar boots and clothing until Caterpillar stops supplying bulldozers to the Israeli army. Cindy's daughter, Rachel Corrie, was killed by a Caterpillar bulldozer while protesting against house demolitions in Occupied Palestine two years ago.


A report released by War on Want accuses Caterpillar of complicity in the destruction of thousands of homes in the Occupied Territories, as well as construction of the illegal Separation Wall being built by the Israeli government. Activists spent the morning asking store managers of Clarks, River Island, Debenhams, Schuh and Barratts that they use the International Day of Action against Caterpillar to make a stand against corporate complicity in human rights violations by de-listing Caterpillar products.


War on Want Campaigns Officer Nick Dearden said: "Caterpillar's Chief Executive is fully aware of the uses his bulldozers are put to, yet he still claims that his company is 'doing well by doing good around the world'. We think that Britain's consumers have a right to know about the real Caterpillar, and believe they'd prefer their boots without blood on them."


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