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Groups Involved in Caterpillar Research and/or Divestment:

Who Profits from the Occupation?
Provides information on how Caterpillar and its Israeli exclusive representative, Zoko Enterprises (Zoko Shiluvim), are involved in Israel’s occupation of Palestine as well as general information on each company and links to further resources.

The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
This organization is heavily involved in the campaign to divest from Caterpillar and has useful resources and information on the illegality of Caterpillar’s actions. They have also issued a report titled Israel’s Human Rights Violations Facilitated by the Use of CAT Bulldozers explaining how CAT bulldozers are being used by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for purposes that contravene the Fourth Geneva Conventions (1949), the Hague Regulations, as well as the US statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act. These violations include the uprooting of olive trees, demolition of homes, murdering civilians, and constructing the Annexation Wall.

Jewish Voice for Peace
JVP representatives speak for the need to divest from companies such as Caterpillar at shareholder meetings. This organization also holds days of action and educational campaigns to create awareness about the crimes that Caterpillar commits in Israel/Palestine. Their campaign, We Divest, calls for divestment from the pension fund TIAA-CREF, on the basis of their investment of companies involved in the occupation, such as Caterpillar.

United Methodist Church
Their resolution proposes Caterpillar be targeted for divestment (along with several other companies) because Caterpillar supplies bulldozers to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) who uses them to destroy homes and orchards in the oPt and to clear Palestinian land in order to build illegal settlements, segregated roads, and the Separation Wall.

Relevant Articles: 

June 21, 2012
We Divest
TIAA-CREF divests from Caterpillar in Social Choice Funds
TIAA-CREF drops Caterpillar from it's social choice funds portfolio, nearly 73 million dollars in shares.

May 2012
US Campaign to End the Occupation
Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation (FFC) Divest
The Quaker fiduciary fund divested $900,000 in Caterpillar shares.

March 2012
Adam Horowitz, Mondoweiss
MSCI drops Caterpillar from Socially Responsible Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International dropped Caterpillar from its list of socially responsible companies. Though the decision was made in March, it was not made public until TIAA-CREF's divestment in June.

June 8, 2011
Caterpillar Board confronted in Little Rock over sale of bulldozers to Israel
During Caterpillar’s annual shareholder meeting, a representative of Jewish Voice for Peace and a coalition of interfaith shareholders asking Caterpillar to review its human rights policies. Criticism against Caterpillar is on the rise, as shown through this proposal receiving 21% of the shareholder votes as opposed to 4% in 2004 with a similar proposal.

April 13, 2011
Earlham College
Caterpillar is included in the divestment campaign of Earlham College, supported by BDS Earlham and Earlham Alumni Against Apartheid.

TESC Divest
Evergreen State College
Students at Evergreen State College voted overwhelmingly not only to divest from Caterpillar, but to declare their campus a Caterpillar-free zone.

July 6, 2010
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Following two previous General Assembly resolutions (2004, 2006) regarding the need for corporate engagement with companies involved in non-peaceful pursuits in Israel/Palestine, such as Caterpillar, in 2010 a report by MRTI was issued to the General Assembly. This report does not yet call for divestment but does call “upon Caterpillar to carefully review its involvement in obstacles to a just and lasting peace in Israel-Palestine, and to take affirmative steps to end its complicity in the violation of human rights.”

June 30, 2010
This website contains an extensive overview of the campaign against Caterpillar.

February 12, 2009
Hampshire College
Hampshire College is the first college or university in the U.S. to divest from companies on the grounds of their involvement in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Students for Justice in Palestine pressured Hampshire College’s Board of Trustees to divest from six specific companies, including Caterpillar.

June 16, 2004
Nathan Guttman, Haaretz
The UN vs. Caterpillar
The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights sent a letter to Caterpillar warning the company that the sale of its bulldozers to Israel “might involve complicity or acceptance on the part of your company to actual and potential violations of human rights, including the right to food.”


Human Rights Organizations Highlight Caterpillar in their Reports: 

Amnesty International
May 17, 2004
Israel and the Occupied Territories: Under the rubble: House demolition and destruction of land and property
This report asks Caterpillar to take measures to guarantee that its bulldozers are not used by Israel to commit human rights violations, including the destruction of homes, land, and other properties, and to adopt a code of conduct that complies with the UN Human Rights Norms for Business.

Human Rights Watch 
October 17, 2004
Razing Rafah: Mass Home Demolitions in the Gaza Strip
This report recommends that Caterpillar suspend the sales of D9 bulldozers, parts, or maintenance services to the Israeli army. It also describes the ways in which Caterpillar bulldozers are used in war crimes.

War on Want 
March 2005
Caterpillar: The Alternative Report
A detailed report discussing Caterpillar’s complicity in Israel’s crimes and ending with several ideas for action (boycotts, letter writing, etc.).