JCB is rightly below shut scrutiny (JCB challenged over equipment used to demolish Palestinian houses, 12 October).
You spotlight JCB’s donations to the Conservative get together. However JCB additionally donates to a number one kids’s charity, the NSPCC, successfully sanitising the corporate’s status.
The charity has accepted over £5m from JCB. A year-long marketing campaign has knowledgeable it intimately in regards to the distress inflicted on Palestinian households and kids by JCB gear. However the NSPCC has rejected all of the proof and continues to affiliate itself with JCB.
The irony is obviously apparent and the charity’s declare that “each childhood is value preventing for” rings a bit of hole. Everyone knows and worth the great work finished by the NSPCC. However the charity is open to criticism for its dedication to take donations from JCB, no matter how that cash is obtained. Not too long ago, the Social Work Motion Community and the UK Palestine Psychological Well being Community have added their voices to the marketing campaign and publicly challenged the charity to stay as much as its proclaimed beliefs of championing kids’s rights.
JCB and the NSPCC should perceive that Palestinian kids’s lives matter too.
• I learn your article with curiosity. In April 2019, I used to be despatched by the Quakers to the West Financial institution for 3 months to be a humanitarian witness to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
I witnessed and photographed the demolition of Palestinian houses, water wells, fences, tents, faculties and clinics, all on the pretext that that they had been constructed with out planning permission. I used to be shocked to see British-built JCB machines getting used within the demolitions.
An incident that stands out for me, on 28 Could 2019, was watching the digging up and destruction of water pipes supplying the village of Al Jwaya (close to Attuwani) within the South Hebron Hills. Twenty-five Israeli troopers plus a piece gang, two low loaders and three JCB machines destroyed the pipes, depriving 14 households of water for themselves, their crops and flocks of animals. The purpose was to pressure the Palestinians off their very own land to make means for unlawful Israeli settlements.