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JCB challenged over machinery used to demolish Palestinian homes

The British heavy machinery firm JCB’s sale of equipment used in the destruction of Palestinian villages in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is being examined by a UK government body to determine whether its due diligence process complies with human rights guidelines set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.



Boris Johnson holding a sign: Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA


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The case is likely to test the degree to which multinationals are responsible if their export goods are sold by local distributors in ways that infringe human rights.

JCB, which has donated millions of pounds to the Conservative party and at least £25,000 to Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign, can now enter into government-overseen mediation with the NGO that made the claim or it can outright contest the claim.

The claim was launched by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights last December after JCB refused to communicate with the lobby group over claims that

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JCB challenged over machinery used to demolish Palestinian homes | Business

JCB, the British tractor and heavy machinery firm, which has donated millions of pounds to the Conservative party and at least £25,000 to Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign, may be in breach of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s guidelines on exporting goods for use in the demolition of Palestinian villages in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, a UK government body has assessed.

The case is likely to test the degree to which multinationals are responsible if their export goods are being sold by local distributors in ways that infringe human rights.

JCB can now enter into government-overseen mediation with the NGO that made the claim or it can outright contest the claim.

The claim was launched by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights last December after JCB refused to communicate with the lobby group over claims that its tractors were being used to tear up Palestinian villages.

The little-known complaints procedure

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