ICAHD UK presents
Tom Anderson and Hilary Smith, Stop the Demolitions Campaign
Annie O'Gara, NSPCC Coalition
Huda Ammori, Manchester University
Reem Mohammed, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Monica Wusteman, ICAHD UK
Webinar: Saturday, 26th September 2020, 10.45-12.45 am (UK time)
As Palestinians in the West Bank face the guns of the Israeli military, they have little power to resist the demolition of their homes. But there are actions that international solidarity movements can take against the companies that manufacture the bulldozers.
Attend this webinar that will focus on demolitions carried out by British company JCB and Caterpillar and the collective punishment inflicted on Palestinians. Hear case studies about JCB machines that rolled into the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in 2018 and Wadi al Hummus in 2019. JCB manufactures both civil and military bulldozers, which are used by the Israeli police, military, and Civil Administration to demolish Palestinian property. They are also used in the construction of checkpoints, roadblocks, Israel’s illegal settlements and to expand Israel’s apartheid wall in the West Bank. JCB is listed by the United Nations as one of the international companies involved in Israel’s illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestine Territory.
Caterpillar has been supplying the Israeli military with one of its key weapons the D-9 bulldozers as well as other machines that have been responsible for demolishing Palestinian homes, multi-storied apartment blocks, agricultural farms, greenhouses, ancient olive groves and ripping up streets and roads.
In August, this year alone, there were 88 demolitions within the West Bank and East Jerusalem and at least two more in Israel. Two hundred and five people were displaced, and an additional 446 people were affected by the demolitions.
We will discuss the UK campaigns against both companies, actions people can take and the need to build an international coalition of BDS campaigners against the companies complicit in Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes.