JCB claim on their website that “JCB’s bright yellow machines make a difference in improving people’s lives”. At 6am on Monday 13 February, bright yellow JCB machines were caught on camera demolishing the children’s playground in Silwan, East Jerusalem. JCB equipment has also been used in the construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall, Israeli settlements and the demolition of Palestinian homes.
We have now uncovered evidence that JCB is involved in the direct sale of military equipment to the Israeli army. The company has supplied its armoured bulldozer, the High Mobility Engineer Excavator, for use by paratroopers in the Israeli army’s central command unit.
It is unacceptable that a British company like JCB should profit from the violation of Palestinian human rights.
On 1 June, people will be phoning JCB to demand that the company stop the bulldozers and end their complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.
JCB have ignored War on Want’s call for the company to stop the use of JCB equipment in violations of Palestinian rights.
It’s time to show JCB that people in the UK think it is unacceptable too.
P.S. Read War on Want’s report Stop The Bulldozers: JCB’s complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian peopleand find out more about the situation in Silwan and follow the campaign on Twitter @SaveSilwan.