ICAHD UK has been proud to support research undertaken by the Shoal Collective in compiling statistics for the use of British made JCB bulldozers in the demolition of Palestinian homes and structures during 2020. The Collective works in conjunction with Corporate Occupation to provide such information in response to the call from the hundreds of Palestinian civil society organisations and trade unions for boycotts, sanctions, and divestment (BDS), a call also made by ICAHD in January 2005. The Collective’s focus links directly to ICAHD’s work in campaigning for the end of home demolitions. Use these new statistics to write to JCB insisting that it stop sales of its machines to Israeli agent Comasco that supplies JCB equipment to the Israeli military and Israeli Civil Administration. JCB has been named by the UN as a company involved in Israel’s home demolitions and settlement construction, illegal under international law. It is currently being investigated by UK National Contact Point (a government body which is part of the Department for International Trade) for violating guidelines stipulated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Also notify your MP of these statistics.
View the full Shoal Collective report here. Look out for the 2021 edition of Resisting Demolitions in Palestine which is soon to be released as a downloadable ebook.