NEW YORK, August 28, 2012 (WAFA) - The We Divest Campaign Tuesday intensified in a press release its calls for divestment from Caterpillar Inc. after an Israeli court dismissed the case of the killing of the American activist Rachel Corrie made against the state of Israel.
The We Divest Campaign is a national coalition demanding pension fund giant TIAA-CREF divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.
The press release said that human rights advocates in cities across the US will protest in front of local TIAA-CREF offices and deliver a letter urging trustees to fully divest from Caterpillar and other companies that profit from Israeli human rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“Israel’s illegal policy of destroying Palestinian homes in the occupied territories, sometimes extending to entire villages, remains an urgent issue today as it was when Rachel was killed,” said Riham Barghouti, a member of the We Divest National Coordinating Committee.
She added, “If TIAA-CREF trustees want to live up to their motto of investing ‘for the greater good,’ they must stop profiting from companies such as Caterpillar that are enabling Israel to carry out such gross human rights violations.”
The court’s decision followed an Israeli investigation that the US ambassador to Israel recently criticized as lacking credibility.An Israeli court dismissed Corrie's case and called her death a 'regrettable accident,” stressing that the Israeli soldiers had done their utmost to keep people away from the site; while Corrie did not distance herself from the area “as any thinking person would have done.”