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Caterpillar stung by Israel protests

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CATERPILLAR has been targeted again by protesters in the UK, Ireland and the US campaigning against its sales of dozers to the Israeli army.

Shareholders easily defeated a resolution by an investor group at its annual general meeting that had called on the manufacturer to review its policy over sales to Israel.

Campaigners accuse Cat of promoting the destruction of Palestinian houses through its sales to the Israeli Defence Force, but the manufacturer said it could not dictate what customers do with its machines.

The company said it 'has neither the legal right nor the measures to police the individual use of equipment' Campaigners have also stepped up direct action against Cat factories and offices, as well as retailers stocking Cat-branded clothing.

There has been a proposal to Limerick City Council in Ireland to make the city the world's first 'Caterpillar Free Zone' and to ban the use of Cat equipment on all Cat sites from next January.

Protesters also targeted chained the gates at its Peterlee truck plant in County Durham.