Corrie verdict energizes worldwide movement to challenge Israeli impunity

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On August 28th, the day that an Israeli Judge absolved the military of any responsibility in the 2003 killing of peace activist Rachel Corrie as she stood to protect a Palestinian home from demolition, the majority of the small Palestinian village of Khirbet Zanuta was demolished.  In the South Hebron Hills, the Israeli military destroyed homes, animal shelters and water wells. Villagers tried unsuccessfully to stop the demolition by sitting on the excavator’s shovel.   Eight villages in the region are currently at risk of evacuation because the Israeli military intends to use the area for military exercises.

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Solidarity action in Al Mufaqarah village, South Hebron Hills, West Bank August 28, 2012
(Photo: Operazione Colomba)

The verdict in the Corrie civil case, that was handed down as the bulldozers tore through Khirbet Zanuta, confirmed that the Israeli legal system supports the military’s ability to act with impunity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This verdict, which has been condemned by Amnesty International and the Carter Center, proves the necessity of international civil society to take action in the hope that justice will one day be served.  On August 10th the Rachel Corrie Foundation put out the following Call to Action.  It reads in part:

 “The Israeli policy of home demolitions, sometimes extending to entire villages, remains as urgent an issue now as it did when Rachel defended homes in Rafah, Gaza… We call on you individually and as organizations to mark the week of the trial verdict with actions to end the housing demolitions that deny Palestinians the basic human right of being secure in their homes.” 

Human rights advocates worldwide have responded to the call and are taking such action across the globe.

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Solidarity action in front of TIAA-CREF Chicago Office August 30, 2012
(Photo: Chicago Divests)

“The same bulldozer that crushed Rachel is still demolishing our homes,” said one of the representatives of the Popular Resistance Committee of the South Hebron Hills, while protesting in Mufaqarah, just hours after the destruction of the nearby village of Khribet Zanuta. “What we ask today is dignity and justice for Rachel and for our communities.” Demonstrations also occurred in Nablus and Kufr Qaddoum in the West Bank, at the location of Rachel’s killing in Rafah, Gaza, and outside the courthouse in Haifa, Israel.

Activists in the US, Italy, Germany, Palestine/Israel took action to demand corporate accountability.  Letters were delivered and demonstrations held outside of TIAA-CREF offices in Houston, Honolulu, Boca Raton, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Palo Alto, Chicago, Washington DC and Phoenix as part of the We Divest campaign, a national coalition demanding pension fund giant TIAA-CREF divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. In a major victory this summer, TIAA-CREF dropped Caterpillar from their social choice funds.  However, they still have over $1 billion invested in Caterpillar in their general fund. In response to the Corrie verdict, We Divest has vowed to intensify the campaign for TIAA-CREF to divest completely from Caterpillar.

Actions were also held outside of Caterpillar dealerships, the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles and other related locations in Eureka, San Francisco, Hilton Head South Carolina and Oak Creek Wisconsin. A demonstration outside the State Department, organized by CODEPINK, is occurring today. The Occupy Movement, Students for Justice in Palestine, Women In Black, Jewish Voice for Peace and a growing number of community-based organizations heeding the 2005 Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions have mobilized in response to the verdict.

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Solidarity action in front of TIAA-CREF Philadelphia Office 8/27/12
(Photo: JVP - Philadelphia)

As activists took to the streets, social media actions intensified.  On the eve of the verdict a video featuring women from Gaza spread worldwide with a broad call to support BDS and divestment from Caterpillar.  “Rachel gave her life for justice, the least you can do is take action against companies supporting injustice.” 

In the United States, #RachelCorrie was among the ten most used hashtags on twitter the day of the verdict.  The following day, between #BestMovieQuotes and  #votebieber, #divest4justice trended in the top ten topics worldwide.   A Tumblr blog was created and solidarity images uploaded from individuals and actions worldwide. Palestine solidarity activists were able to participate from home, in a growing democratized form of social action. 

“I don’t think that Rachel should have moved. I think we should all have been standing there with her,” said Cindy Corrie in response to Judge Gershon’s comment that Rachel should have moved out of the way of the Caterpillar bulldozer.  Rachel wrote from Gaza, “The international media and our government are not going to tell us that we are effective, important, justified in our work, courageous, intelligent, valuable. We have to do that for each other, and one way we can do that is by continuing our work, visibly.” May we continue to take Rachel’s words to heart, find ways to successfully mobilize ourselves, strengthen our networks, utilize new forms of communicating to affirm the just cause of the Palestinian people and stand with the movement for universal human rights in Palestine and Israel. 

22 Responses

  1. tomofsnj
    August 31, 2012, 12:01 pm

    This is just another in a long line of bias ruling by
    Israeli courts. They have forgotten that the law should be fair to all not to assist those who steal land one arab home at a time. The IDF had knocked down 17,000 arab home prior to the time they murdered this womabn
    this is a classic of Israel ruling:
    Oswald Refeisen, a Polish Jew, voluntarily converted to Catholicism, eventually becoming Father Daniel of the Carmelite Order. He immigrated to Israel in 1958. As he had a Jewish mother and considered himself a Jew, he applied for the status of an oleh (aliyah) under the Law of Return.

When his request was denied, he took his case to the Supreme Court where a four-to-one majority decided that Father Daniel was not a Jew for the purpose of the Law of Return.

Stilberg, the presiding judge said: “A Jew who becomes a Christian cannot be called a Jew.”

If the 60 million Christian right expect a Second Coming of Jesus Christ into the Holy Land, they are in for a shock. His Jewish mother would not be good enough to get Him residency

    • Blake
      August 31, 2012, 12:20 pm

      Yeah but Zionists have always had their morals and ethics back to front since declaring their usurping entity in Palestine. They commemorate the Palestinian Catastrophe (Nakba) as their “Independence Day” but they never got independence from anyone. So go figure.

    • Mndwss
      September 1, 2012, 10:23 am

      “A Jew who becomes a Christian cannot be called a Jew.” – Supreme Court of Israel

      Supreme Court of Israel = The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition

      “The Inquisition was originally intended in large part to ensure the orthodoxy of those who converted from Judaism and Islam. This regulation of the faith of the newly converted was intensified after the royal decrees issued in 1492 and 1501 ordering Jews and Muslims to convert or leave.”

      Convert or leave…!!!

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      • Theo
        September 1, 2012, 12:02 pm

        “A Jew who becomes a Christian cannot be called a Jew”

        Both Judaism and Christianity are religions, not a state or nation, therefore the Supreme Court of Israel just confirmed that there is no such thing as jewish state or nation, it is simply a religion.
        Members of a state or nation can change their religion, but still stay to be german, french, american or russian, just to name a few.
        Only members of a religion lose their status if they join another religion.

      • straightline
        September 1, 2012, 12:21 pm

        So what does this say about secular Jews? Can – according to the Israel Supreme Court – a Jew who becomes an atheist be called a Jew?

      • W.Jones
        September 1, 2012, 12:46 pm

        Straightline,

        The answer according to Isr. Law is that they only give up their nationality if they convert to another religion. Apparently atheism isn’t religious enough to be another religion, because Haaretz reported a case within the last year or two officially identifying an older gentleman as “atheist” without changing his religion.

        The reasoning behind this ruling is not halakhic law or anthropology.

      • MHughes976
        September 1, 2012, 12:49 pm

        St. Paul in II Cor 11 famously claims to be a Hebrew, an Israelite and a descendant of Abraham, though he seems reluctant to say that he is (still) ‘a Jew’. So perhaps the earliest Christians had a reluctance to call themselves by the name of what they were seeing or beginning to see as a rival religion and Jewish people began and continue to respond in kind.

    • Hostage
      September 1, 2012, 1:20 pm

      Stilberg, the presiding judge said: “A Jew who becomes a Christian cannot be called a Jew.”

If the 60 million Christian right expect a Second Coming of Jesus Christ into the Holy Land, they are in for a shock. His Jewish mother would not be good enough to get Him residency.

      That’s Zionist dogma, but it’s not the Halakhah. Stillberg isn’t exactly the last word on that subject, even in the High Court of Justice. I gather that anyone who was raised as the son of a Jewish carpenter would still be eligible for citizenship under the Law of Return. See Court applies Law of Return to Messianic Jews because of fathers: Court rules citizenship to be granted if father is Jewish. link to jpost.com

    • MLE
      September 2, 2012, 2:20 am

      Well wasn’t the whole point of the state of Israel and the criticism of Zionists on this board that if you’re Jewish and the anti Semites come to get you, it won’t matter how well assimilated you are? They should mention this in Hebrew school- Israel will only save the “good Jews”, the “bad Jews” are going to be left to die., so you should be a “good Jew” if you don’t want to be killed by the wicked Goyim. Im imagining kids coming home crying, saying they’re going to be killed because they’re not “Good Jews”

    • bigbill
      September 3, 2012, 6:09 pm

      Yeah. And he still moved to Israel and lived out his days there. He got Israeli citizenship, I believe, in the fullness of time, just not instantly under the Law of Return. Oddly enough, the Orthodox had no problem with Brother Daniel, since as the official keepers of Jewish law they knew he was a Jew. An apostate Jew, mind you, but an honest-to-god-card-carrying-Jewish-son-of-a-Jewish-mother. It was the half-assimilated secular Jews then as now who saw Brother (not Father) Daniel as a major threat to the Jewish people. They reacted then (as they do now about Jews-for-Jesus) by running around shrieking and wetting their panties.

      The different opinions in the Brother Daniel decision are quite fascinating and worth a read.

  2. Cheryl
    August 31, 2012, 3:40 pm

    Among all the events to observe and consider regarding the Rachel Corrie verdict there are two that stand out for me. Reading Amira Hass, Glenn Greenwald, Chris McGreal, Karl Vick, Adam H. and so many more dissect what this verdict means made me realize that not only has Rachel not been forgotten but that more and more of the media and of the world’s peoples are starting to understand the huge ramifications and policy implications of her death on both the Israeli and U.S governments. And, how Rochelle warmed my heart with her kindness and lovely smile as she moderated between Cindy and Craig in Haifa and us around the world.

    Nearly ten years after Rachel’s death the understanding of what happened to her that day becomes clearer and clearer to many of us. There was no credible investigation; the chief investigator was a young man with little experience who never went to the site; the security camera panned away as the soldiers were getting new orders – not to return focus at the site until Rachel was crushed; Rachel was not killed on the Military Installations Area (the Philadelphi Route) as the Israelis hoped the Americans would believe but was crushed well inside Palestinian territory; the Israelis had no right to be off of the Philadelphi Route and in Palestinian territory – only the power to be there; three internationals were killed in a six week period time in the same area; the testimony of the driver and the commander both seated in the dozer that killed Rachel are in conflict; contrary to the judge’s contention there is nothing to suggest that this could be a closed military area and there was no written order presented to the court stating this; and the list goes on and on. So when the famous Dov Weisglas, Sharon’s right hand man told the U.S. government that he personally was overseeing the investigation it would suggest to the ordinary people of the world that he was inept….and one wonders why the U.S. government wants to continue to do business with this crowd.

    As Rochelle points out to us….the momentum continues to build and roll forward. We all know that if Rachel does not get her day in court none of us will either and certainly none who live under occupation will. I often remember Shaden Abu Hijleh gunned down on her porch by the IDF and remember her sister telling me how she spoke so eloquently aqainst the occupation and how each week she would lay the flowers at the feet of the IDF machines in the weekly protest march. Her family also struggles for justice and truth.

    As Craig tells us that we are on the right side of history and Cindy tells us that contrary to what the judge says Rachel should not have moved and that we all should have been with her I think of how warmed I was by Rochelle’s smile and laugh as we listened to Craig and Cindy explain where we are and where we need to go. Rachel is with us more than ever and it feels like the march of truth is only beating clearer.

  3. Citizen
    August 31, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Ken Stern, a specialist on anti-Semitism and extremism for the American Jewish Committee (AJC) authored an op-ed piece in the JTA a couple of weeks back entitled BDS Campaign may be Failing but its Effort to Delegitimize Israel Remains Dangerous that was filled with cherry-picked facts, twisted half-truths, and half-told tales.
    link to muzzlewatch.com

  4. Citizen
    August 31, 2012, 6:46 pm

    Just to keep this real, most Americans never heard of Rachel Corrie (or the USS Liberty). What do we do about that?

  5. DICKERSON3870
    August 31, 2012, 11:45 pm

    RE: “The same bulldozer that crushed Rachel is still demolishing our homes,” said one of the representatives of the Popular Resistance Committee of the South Hebron Hills, while protesting in Mufaqarah, just hours after the destruction of the nearby village of Khribet Zanuta.

    ALSO SEE: “1,500 Palestinians face expulsion to make way for IDF ‘Firing Zone 918′” ~ By Eyal Raz, +972 Magazine, 8/29/12
    “Firing Zone 918″ is the Israeli military’s term for a portion of land in the West Bank home to hundreds of Palestinians who have been there since the 19th century. Why are they under threat of eviction and how is it being done? A primer.

    “We must maintain ‘the necessary fitness of the IDF’.”
    This is the reason that the State of Israel has given for its recent order by Defense Minister Ehud Barak to destroy eight Palestinian villages and expel 1,500 residents from their land in the southern West Bank. “Firing Zone 918,” which the Israeli military wants for so-called training, includes 30,000 acres of private and agricultural land in the South Hebron Hills.
    The Palestinian residents have lived and worked on these lands for generations. Since 1999, the threat of expulsion has hovered over their heads. The destiny of these villages will soon be decided.

    1. A chronicle of expulsion and legal developments

    Israel declared the area a “closed military zone” in the mid-1970s. In 1999 the Civil Administration issued demolition orders for dozens of buildings, and during October and November of the same year, Israeli authorities expelled over 700 residents from their homes and confiscated their property. Throughout the operation of expulsion the security forces sealed caves and demolished tents, wells and toilet structures. Four months later the Israeli High Court of Justice ordered [the Civil Administration] to allow the people to return to their land and forbade their expulsion pending a final decision. The defense minister and the general of the central command at the time tried to uphold the expulsion, partially to keep the area under Israeli control in negotiations.
    In 2005, after the arbitration process ended with no agreement, the hearings resumed in an effort to avert the new demolition orders issued by the Civil Administration. (For the sequence of legal proceedings during these years and to witness the violence of security forces and settlers against the villagers facing eviction, click here.) For the next seven years, the interim orders temporarily thwarted the destruction of the villages.

    Last July, the state informed the High Court that the defense minister’s position was that “permanent residency will not be allowed” in most of the area designated as a firing zone and that eight of the 12 villages originally included in the warrant will have to be evacuated. . . For procedural reasons unrelated to the fundamental arguments presented by the attorneys, the High Court ordered that the petitions be annulled. However, the interim order prohibiting the demolition will remain intact, and the residents will submit new petitions before its final date.

    2. “Firing Zone 918″ as an illustration of policy

    60.2 percent of the West Bank is designated as “Area C,” according to the Oslo map . . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to 972mag.com

  6. crypticvalentin
    September 1, 2012, 2:05 am

    for Rachel
    link to vimeo.com

  7. Blake
    September 1, 2012, 8:48 am

    ADC’s Statement on Rachel Corrie Verdict:

    Washington, DC | http://www.adc.org | August 28, 2012 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) deplores the shameful verdict delivered by an Israeli court in Haifa today in the murder of Rachel Corrie. Corrie was run over and crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on March 16, 2003 in Rafah, Gaza Strip while volunteering for the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). The 23-year old pro-peace activist from Olympia, Washington was protesting Israeli settlements and the demolition of Palestinian homes.

    Following the ruling, Rachel’s mother, Cindy, said: “We are upset and saddened by the verdict […] This is a sad day not only for our family, but also for human rights, for the legal system and for the State of Israel […] it is clear that the legal system protects soldiers and provides them with legal impunity at the cost of civilians. At least we have the option to turn to the justice system – a right many Palestinians are denied of.”

    ADC President Warren David expressed in reaction to the ruling, “Justice has not been served in the case of Rachel’s senseless death. The Arab American community will continue Rachel’s struggle in advocating for peace and justice in Palestine, and an end to the Israeli occupation.”

    In today’s ruling, which rejected the suit, Judge Oded Gershon stated that Corrie’s death was “a regrettable accident.” He maintained that the state was not responsible and should not be made to pay any damages (the Corrie family sought only $1 in damages) because the incident occurred during a “war-time situation.” Judge Gershon added, “She (Corrie) did not distance herself from the area, as any thinking person would have done.” Commenting on the prior Israel Defense Forces (IDF) investigation, which US Senior officials had criticized as neither thorough nor credible, the judge categorized the inquiry as appropriate and refused to blame the army.

    The IDF completed their internal inquiry a month after Corrie’s death and concluded that IDF forces were not to blame. It was their determination that the driver of the bulldozer that caused Corrie’s death had not seen her and that no charges would be brought — thus the case was closed. Dissatisfied with the IDF report and the closure of the investigation into Rachel’s death, the Corrie family exercised their “[absolute] last resort” effort to see justice in her death when they filed a civil case against Israel’s Ministry of Defense in March 2010.

    The Corrie family plans on appealing the verdict to the Israeli Supreme Court. The family’s lawyer was quoted in the Guardian saying “This verdict is yet another example of where impunity has prevailed over accountability and fairness. Rachel Corrie was killed while non-violently protesting home demolitions and injustice in Gaza, and today, this court has given its stamp of approval to flawed and illegal practices that failed to protect civilian life.”

    The case of Rachel Corrie is a prime example of the Israeli occupation forces’ relentless onslaught against a defenseless civilian population that can no longer be tolerated. ADC continues to stand in solidarity with the Corrie family.

    link to adc.org

  8. NickJOCW
    September 1, 2012, 9:57 am

    It is not really meaningful to focus on Israeli actions without also seeing them in the context of the symbiotic relationship Israel enjoys with the US that results in something like an overindulgent parent. Absent US support none of this would have happened and would not be happening now. Furthermore, it is not simply a question of a blind eye being turned for hegemonic reasons or, I would argue, the malign influence of Jewish money. There is something else going on in the US under the umbrella of which this sort of thing flows by scarcely noticed. The best illustration of what this is may be provided by Karl Rove.

    The aide [Rove’s] said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore.” He continued “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do. link to en.wikiquote.org

    From the same source you will see Neal Babler, Los Angeles Times”, quoted

    … Rovism posits that there is no objective, verifiable reality at all. Reality is what you say it is, …

    This is not a view peculiar to Rove (or the US) although Rove is arguably its most cogent current exponent. It may have its origins in marketing; many years ago a marketing executive of Kimberly-Clark, when I questioned her interpretation of an event, replied; But, Nicholas, you must realize appearance is reality. There is a clear line between that and the above, and what it means is that things that have been witnessed wherein others have even died, are simply not real, so when an Israeli court says no blame attaches to anyone but Rachel herself that goes a long way, in the minds of many, to be true. In fact Mark Regev actually said the verdict vindicated the Israeli judicial system. What we are facing here is not only flagrant injustice but the distortion of reality itself and it’s par for the course today. When Morsi castigated the Syrian regime at the recent NAM meeting in Teheran, the domestic problem that might have created was largely overcome by the translator substituting ‘Bahrain’ for ‘Syria’.

  9. Cheryl
    September 1, 2012, 11:04 am

    I know that there were people within the U.S. State Dept. who wanted to help uncover the truth about what happened to Rachel that day but that “something” was stopping them. I came to the conclusion that the silence, the failure to document clearly the State Dept. position etc. must be due to national security issues trumping an American citizen’s death. But if I understand correctly what you are saying, then I believe you are right. There are people in government who believe that they know better than the rest of us and are working hard to create “reality” both here in the U.S. and in the Mideast. They have a vision of a middle east dominated by Israel with docile neighbors all around her. Isn’t this what the Project for the New American Century set out to create. There are many of course in U.S. government who are working hard to create this reality and people like Rachel, Tom, James Miller, Shaden Abu Hijleh are like flies to them that need to be swatted away for the so called greater good that they envision.
    When I read the Conclusion to the Final Military Police Report of Rachel Corrie’s Death my head started to spin with all the gobbledgook in the paragraphs related to where she died. It was clear that the writer wanted to place her death smack in the middle of the Philadelphi Route. But it did not occur there and the U.S. government was very aware that it did not occur there having had a meeting within a week of her death where the Israeli military tells the U.S. military that it happened off of the Route by 150 meters ( a football field and a half). So why was the writer going around in circles trying to paint this picture of her being in the Military installations area or the Philadelphi Route. Simple, as they did, they could then invoke Oslo and say they had every right to be there. They could also claim it was a closed military area. But the most interesting part of this creating of reality is that it is the U.S. government who was to be the overseer of Oslo so when these killings occurred it was the U.S. government who had allowed Israel to violate Oslo and set up the stage.
    Somehow I think this relates to what you are explaining to us. And, Judge Gershon bought every bit of it – hook, line and sinker.

    For some odd reason I am pleased to have just recently learned that Pat Tillman had spoken of Rachel with admiration.

    • NickJOCW
      September 1, 2012, 4:07 pm

      Cheryl, You are right. In the past it was believed and accepted that something that had happened had happened in one inviolate way and although it might need the talents of a Sherlock Holmes or a latter day forensic scientist to uncover the details they were in an absolute manner fixed. Although this was widely, indeed automatically, accepted it relied on that very acceptance because once an event is passed it can no longer be known, it can only be recollected or interpreted from evidence. Philosophers have been exploring the implications of this as long back as the ancient Greeks and there is a tradition of philosophical studies of ‘history’. Orwell understood and warned how frangible our sense of historical reality is but no one really took his warnings to heart. Now we are overwhelmed by distorted journalistic accounts, selective snippets and just plain lies. Currently there even exists a movement to re-invent ME history as taught in US universities, a movement seeking to replace the facts many of us have lived through with the broader image of a persistent Jewish cultural presence in the area. You can find the movement touched on here link to aljazeera.com.

      • piotr
        September 2, 2012, 7:42 pm

        I thought that the truth is simple. IDF personal did not see Rachel, could not see Rachel and on top of that, they were warning her. In particular, there is no practical method to enable operator of a bulldozer to know what is in front of it. IDF personal were the victims and suffer trauma from the actions of Rachel.

        If this short account seems upside down, it probably is. To quote Sherlock Holmes: once you exclude the impossible, whatever remains must be true.

  10. piotr
    September 2, 2012, 5:59 am

    Today I was fascinated by somewhat related story: president of Azerbaijan pardoned a captain of Azerbaijan military who got life sentence for killing an Armenian officer, promoted him to major, they got photographed together and the press in the country is enthusiastic: President Aliyev showed that he can defend every citizen and each and every soldier!

    Armenians are livid and USA “concerned”. Two officers (Azeri and Armenian) lived in the same dorm in Budapest taking a course in English organized by NATO. Resourceful Azeri purchased an axe and beheaded the Armenian when his foe was asleep. After 8 years in prison he was extradited to his home country under the promised that the condition of the sentence will be not changed (so he was supposed 30 years for the eligibility for parole, but that did not preclude pardon). Hungary is in bad shape financially, Armenians claim that Azerbaijan promised to purchased 3 billion dollars worth of Hungarian bonds.

    Accidentally, on the same day an Azeri magazine has a lengthy interview with a Zionist extremist from Russia, Avigdor Eskin (alumnus of Kahane movement) praising Azerbaijan and bad-mouthing Armenians. The fact that ANYONE allows Eskin to function as “well known Israeli journalist” is a sad testimony about our times (not an axe murderer, but an unusually repulsive creep even so.)

  11. bigbill
    September 3, 2012, 6:50 pm

    So why hasn’t anyone come up with a first person shooter (first person bulldozer?) starring a Caterpillar bulldozer traveling through a Patestinian village crushing houses and squashing residents and activists. It would spread
    like wildfire, and Caterpillar would be mortified. Call it “Caterpillar Killer”. Let people choose and customize their Cat: D-7? D-9? Put little squashed kid emblems on the side for each innocent person crushed? Add Caterpillar branded flamethrowers to toast the ones who (almost) got away? Add squelching sound effects? Screams? It would be a PR nightmare and untraceable. There are plenty of open source gaming engines that could be modified. I’m talking something real nasty that would get moms and dads all across America hating the sight of the Caterpillar logo. Have little popup Jewish soldiers race in to execute the wounded activists with a quick shot to the back of the head. Offer more points in the game for killing white Christian activists than for old crippled Arab women hobbling along on crutches looking through the rubble for their few unsmashed possessions.

    And then, make sure to get some photos of IDF guys and gals playing the game in uniform to send out over the Internet.

    You people have no conception of how easy this would be, and how unstoppable. The only thing is, you would have to hardcore the Arab/activist “enemy” to be defenseless in order to drive home the fundamental point. They could throw rocks and sticks, but that’s it. So get to it! Talk to some of your geek gamer hangers on and do it!

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