The speech was given on behalf of Jewish Voice for Peace, which had purchased shares of Caterpillar stock so we could offer a shareholder proposal and make a speech in support of it.
Caterpillar shareholder speech in favor of Proposal 11
By Russ Greenleaf, on behalf of Jewish Voice for Peace
June 8, 2011
Little Rock, Arkansas
Hi. I’m Russ Greenleaf, a shareholder with Jewish Voice for Peace and a coalition of religious organizations, speaking in favor of Proposal 11.
I am Jewish. I am not anti-Israel. I have friends in Israel, and I want what’s best for them.
Caterpillar’s sale of D9 bulldozers to Israel is not good for Israel or for Caterpillar’s reputation. Israel’s routine use of those D9’s to destroy the homes of innocent Palestinian’s is making Israel a pariah in the world and destroying any chance for peace.
Amnesty International says, and I quote:
House demolitions usually are carried out without warning, often at night, and the occupants are given little or no time to leave their homes. Often the only warning they get is the rumbling of the Israeli army’s Caterpillar bulldozers. They barely have time to flee as the bulldozers tear down the walls of their homes.
Sometimes they are buried alive under the rubble.
An Israeli newspaper reported that an Israeli army D9 dozer operator said, and I quote:
I had no mercy for anybody. I would erase anyone with the D9. They were warned by loudspeaker to get out of the house before I came, but I gave no one a chance. I didn’t wait. I didn’t give one blow and wait for them to come out. I would just ram the house with full power, to bring it down as fast as possible.
Ladies and gentlemen these are very serious human rights violations, and they happen again and again — with our knowledge.
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