USA: Presbyterian Church to divest holdings in Caterpillar, HP, Motorola over use of their equipment in Israeli occupation of Palestine
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Author: Maya Srikrishnan, Los Angeles Times (USA)
The Presbyterian General Assembly’s decision to...[divest from Caterpillar, HP and Motorola Solutions] has triggered condemnations and congratulations, with the Israeli Embassy calling the resolution “shameful.”...Those advocating divestment singled out Caterpillar because its bulldozers have been used to demolish Palestinian homes. Motorola Solutions was selected because the Israeli Defense Force buys the company’s communications technologies. Hewlett-Packard was targeted...because its biometric scanners are used at checkpoints...Motorola Solutions said it had “a comprehensive set of policies and procedures that addresses human rights...to ensure that our operations worldwide are conducted using the highest standards of integrity and ethical business conduct...” Caterpillar said... “...we believe it is appropriate for such a resolution to be reached via political and diplomatic channels. Furthermore, Caterpillar does not weaponize machines sold to the U.S. government and transferred to Israel.” Hewlett-Packard told the Associated Press that its checkpoints for Palestinians were developed to expedite passage “in a secure environment, enabling people to get to their place of work or to carry out their business in a faster and safer way.” [also refers to G4S]
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Author: Laurie Goodstein, New York Times
After passionate debate over how best to help break the deadlock between Israel and the Palestinians, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Friday at its general convention to divest from three companies that it says supply Israel with equipment used in the occupation of Palestinian territory...The companies the church has targeted for divestment are Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions. The church has about $21 million invested in them, a spokeswoman said. The church says it has tried for many years to convey its concerns that the companies are profiting from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories by selling it bulldozers, surveillance technology and other equipment...