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Commentary Last Updated: Feb 16th, 2009 - 02:31:29

Caterpillar�s a bad choice for the president, says bereaved US dad
By Craig Corrie
Online Journal Guest Writer

Feb 16, 2009, 00:18

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President Barack Obama, campaigning for his economic plan in East Peoria, Illinois, visited machinery giant Caterpillar Inc. where he said laid-off workers would be rehired if Congress approved a sweeping stimulus bill.

The president visited Caterpillar�s plant last Thursday on the very same day that Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, became the first US college or university to divest from Caterpillar, along with five other companies involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Caterpillar provides the Israeli military with bulldozers that have been used to demolish thousands of Palestinian homes and orchards and build settlements and roads, and what Israelis call a Security Fence, but Palestinians call the apartheid Wall.

For years, international activists have called for a boycott of Caterpillar products, which include heavy equipment but also jackets and shoes. And one US family has brought a suit against the company charging them with complicity in human rights crimes. On March 16, 2003, US activist Rachel Corrie was crushed under bulldozer supplied by Caterpillar, as she tried to block its path towards a Palestinian home in Gaza . . . Rachel�s father Craig Corrie joined us earlier today with this message to the president:

Thursday�s commentary on GRITtv

Craig Corrie is the father of Rachel Corrie.

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