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UNITED
NATIONS
E

      Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/2005/NGO/328
24 March 2005

ENGLISH ONLY

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Sixty-first session
Item 10 of the agenda


ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS


Written statement* submitted by Habitat International Coalition (HIC),
a non-governmental organization in special consultative status

The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.


[2 March 2005]







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* This written statement is issued, unedited, in the language(s) received from the submitting non-governmental organization(s).



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In Palestine, shortly after Caterpillar Corporation’s annual 2004 stockholders rejected a proposal to review its relationship with the Israeli military for having used Caterpillar products for destructive and colonial purposes, Caterpillar’s Israeli clients invaded the Gaza Strip and demolished 100 Palestinian homes, making the inhabiting families of 1,160 people In Palestine, shortly after Caterpillar Corporation’s annual 2004 stockholders rejected a proposal to review its relationship with the Israeli military for having used Caterpillar products for destructive and colonial purposes, Caterpillar’s Israeli clients invaded the Gaza Strip and demolished 100 Palestinian homes, making the inhabiting families of 1,160 people homeless, on 10–14 May alone. Israel’s Caterpillar-equipped army has conducted “clearing operations” since 2001 that, by October 2004, destroyed some 2,540 housing units, in which 23,900 newly homeless Palestinians lived. In the Gaza Strip alone, 1 March–12 December 2004, the army destroyed 1,257 homes (including partially demolished homes). Of that total, 1,041 were refugee shelters. During the al-Aqsa Intifada, Israeli forces variously have demolished 4,170 Palestinian homes in 2000–04.1 In 2004, the Israeli army demolished an average of 120 residential buildings each month, or four each day, which deprivation also conspicuously bears the Caterpillar corporate logo.

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Notes

1 For details, see Through No Fault of Their Own: Punitive House Demolitions during the al-Aqsa Intifada (Jerusalem: B’Tselem, November 2004), p. 4.


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