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Comadreja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-09-04 11:24 AM
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Israel Uses American Weapons of Construction for Death and Destruction
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Demand that Congress Investigate Israels Violations of U.S. Law through its use of American Caterpillar Bulldozers
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I am writing to request that you ask for an advisory report from the General Accounting Office (GAO) investigating possible violations by Israel of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act by subverting the intended peaceful use of Caterpillar bulldozers for destructive and illegal use in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Since 1967, Israel has used Caterpillar equipment to conduct systematic, widespread, and well-documented destruction of Palestinians' homes. The current situation is dire. According to the Office of the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, between October 10 and 20, 2003 alone the Israeli army demolished 130 Palestinian homes in the town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, rendering 1,200 people homeless. Caterpillar bulldozers were the primary instrument in the demolition of the Jenin refugee camp in April 2002, and a Caterpillar bulldozer killed Rachel Corrie, an unarmed American civilian in March 2003.

"Between ourselves it must be clear that there is no room for both peoples together in this country. We shall not achieve our goal if the Arabs are in this small country. There is no other way than to transfer the Arabs from here to neighboring countries - all of them. Not one village, not one tribe should be left." Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department in 1940. From "A Solution to the Refugee Problem" Joseph Weitz, Davar, September 29, 1967, cited in Uri Davis and Norton Mevinsky, eds., Documents from Israel, 1967-1973, p.21.

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