- Written by Robert Grenier Robert Grenier
- Published: 25 September 2011 25 September 2011
As he prepares to singularly veto Palestine's statehood bid, he must be thinking to himself: 'This isn't right'.
A WONDERFUL SPEECH. A beautiful speech.
The language expressive and elegant. The arguments clear and convincing. The delivery flawless.
A work of art. The art of hypocrisy. Almost every statement in the passage concerning the Israeli-Palestinian issue was a lie. A blatant lie: the speaker knew it was a lie, and so did the audience.
It was Obama at his best, Obama at his worst.
At its meeting on September 9, the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) approved its report to the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on its engagement with corporations doing business in Israel-Palestine. As part of its regular process of corporate engagement, and based on directives given to it by each General Assembly since 2004, the committee recommended that three companies be added to the General Assembly divestment list: Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions.
Once a year, activists and member groups of our coalitions come together to discuss the current work of the movement and to help shape the work of the US Campaign.
Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation for our 10th Annual National Organizers' Conference in Washington, DC, September 16-19, 2011 at the historic Thurgood Marshall Center!
The Thurgood Marshall Center served as the nation's first full-service YMCA for African-Americans. We’re honored and delighted to hold this year’s conference at such a historic venue!
We're delighted to announce that our fantastic lineup includes syndicated columnist Rami Khouri, whose writing has informed public opinion throughout Europe, the Americas, and the Arab World; political analyst Omar Barghouti, whose recent book on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) is a must-read; Phyllis Bennis, who directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and serves on the US Campaign's Steering Committee; and more to be announced in the coming weeks!
We're also thrilled that internationally renowned violinist and oud player Simon Shaheen will perform at our Saturday night benefit concert. Simon is applauded for his unique and masterful fusion of Arab, jazz and Western classical styles.
We hope you will be able to join us to reflect on our coalition's past and current work, our achievements and struggles, and to help us set the stage to end U.S. support of Israeli occupation and apartheid.
Despite a long history of complicity in human rights abuses and violations of international law, Caterpillar Inc. has been selected to receive the National Building Museum’s Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology. This prize, to be awarded in Washington DC on September 14, is given annually to recognize “an invention, an innovative methodology, and/or exceptional leadership by an individual or team of individuals in construction technology.” Sadly, in Palestine and around the world, Caterpillar and its bulldozers have become a symbol of the Israeli occupation and of destruction – rather than one of innovative building and construction appropriate to the National Building Museum and the Henry C. Turner prize.
PLEASE ACT NOW!
Sign our petition from individuals and organizations and tell the National Building Museum that it must reconsider its decision to reward Caterpillar Inc.’s complicity in human rights violations.