Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Targeting Caterpillar

Via subscription email from Jewish Voices for Peace:

Dear Gert,

Do you know how much money Caterpillar made in 2008 from the sale of its military equipment to Israel and to all other countries outside of the US? About 30 million dollars.

Sounds like a lot? It's not. This is only 0.06% of the company's sales.

And yet this tiny percentage has a huge impact on the lives of the Palestinians who see their homes demolished and their orchards uprooted with CAT bulldozers.

This coming June 10, we will be at the Caterpillar annual shareholder meeting for the sixth time.

Help us bring this sobering message to Caterpillar.

We will remind the Board of Directors that stopping the company's sales of bulldozers to Israel is not only ethical but affordable for Caterpillar. We will remind them that not changing course will be increasingly more costly to Caterpillar: Hampshire College has already divested from CAT, and so has the Church of England; other churches are considering similar steps. Twenty Israeli peace and justice organizations have come in support of divestment from Caterpillar.

We want you to be with us at the meeting.

Sign a letter to Caterpillar by June 9th, and we will hand-deliver it to the Board of Directors the next day. Help us bring thousands of letters of protest!

0.06%. That's all they need to change.

Sincerely,

Sydney Levy.

2 Comments:

At 4:20 AM, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

I think that tactic is impotent. Israel will not be hurting for tractors.

The next battle should be regional.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Ren:

The 'battle' will be fought on many fronts.

BDS has an important function as an awareness raiser (among other things).

 

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