On Monday 11 August, the Israeli army used a militarized Caterpillar D9 bulldozer in an attempt to arrest 24-year-old Zakaria al-Aqra at his home in the village of Qabalan near Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
The Times of Israel reported that Israeli forces carried out the so-called “pressure cooker” procedure in an attempt to force al-Aqra to come outside. Soldiers fired on the walls of his house and used the Caterpillar to damage the building. Al-Aqra was killed, six relatives were wounded and parts of his house were destroyed during the eight-hour assault.
A new report by Who Profits Research Center documents Israel’s use of heavy construction machinery in home demolitions as well as the construction of settlements, the West Bank wall, checkpoints, roadblocks and for crowd control.
Most of the construction machinery which is sold in Israel is manufactured in Europe (Volvo and JCB), the United States (Caterpillar), Japan (Hitachi), South Korea (Hyundai) and Turkey (Hidromek). Israeli representatives distribute the equipment and sell some of the imported machinery to the Israeli army and government authorities. more