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Open Letter

Open Letter

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OpenLettero the LocalTucsonand RegionalHealthCommunityRegardingheUniversity f Arizona'sBusinessAssociationwiththeCaterpillar nd MotorolaCorporationsDearFellowMedicalrofessionals,esidents,tudents,taff,ndCitizens-February 010
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Asocalmedicalndhealthdvocates,ebelievetronglynhe UniversityfArizonaollegef Medicine'sissiontopromoteealth.,.forhepeoplefArizonandbeyond,hroughducation,esearchndpatientare."Withhismissionn mind,weare solicitingyourhelpn ourefforts oexpose healarmingbusinesselationshipsetweenheUniversityfArizonaand heCaterpillarnd Motorolaorporationsortheir rolesnperpetuating,ndprofitingrom,heglobalhumanitariannd healthcrisisn Palestine/lsrael.In 1999,heUAenteredntoa businessicensinggreement ithhe MotorolaCorporationoprovidequipmentervicesorhecommunicationeedsf heUniversityf ArizonaoliceDepartmentUAPD)ln2004,heUAicensediththeCaterpillarorporationoprovidesoftwareackageorutilizationf heCollege f Engineering.othcontractsemainctive.lCaterpillarweaponizedulldozers)ln a letterated1December009,addressedothe UofA, he NewEnglandConferencef heUnitedMethodisthurch, rote:ForearshurchesndhumanightsroupsavemetwithCaterpillarndsubmittedesolutionsrgingtto stopprovidingulldozerstohe sraeliovernmenthichuseshem]todemolishalestinianomes.Duringhis ime,Caterpillarasdeepenedtsinvolvementithheoccupation."heUnitedNations,mnestynternational,HumanRightsWatchndnumerouseligiousndpeacerganizationsroundtheworldhavewrittenoCaterpillarxecutivesxplainingowheirproductsrebeingusedo destroyhe ivesof Palestiniansnderccupation.o ar,Caterpillarasnotadequatelyesponded.2Motorolacommunications,omb uses)Recently,nvestigationsy eadingndependentorldmonitoringroupHumanRightsWatchasmplicatedheuseof crucialMotorolaechnologyuringlsrael'smilitaryssaultnGaza astyear,eemedllegalnder nternationalfaw."Numerousomb itesnGaza ncludediviliannfrastructureuchas aGazapoliceadetraduationeremonyhich illedteast0civilíans.ntsMarch 009epoû,HRWexplains:Athesiteof thisattackHumanRightsWatchresearchersoundhundredsfperfectlyubicpiecesf metalhrapnel,ircuitboardsndotherpartsincludingomemarkedwithMotorolaerialumbers),
 
and oursmall mpactraters-allconsístentithdrone-firedissiles."aThroughheircontractsithhe sraeliovernment,othcompanieslsoassisttheconstructionndmaintenancef heSeparationallbuíltnandaroundPalestinianommunitiesnheoccupiedWestBank. n2OO4heUN nternationalCouttofJusticelCJ)declaredhewalltobeunlawfut,allingnheworld notorecognizehellegalituationesultingromhewallandnoto renderidorassistancenmaintaininghesituationreatedy suchconstruction."arlierhatyearhe InternationaledCrosslRc)similarlyondemnedhewall'sconstructions detrimentaltohehealthndcollectiveíghtsf Palestiniancivilians,allingn-lsraelnotoplan,onstructr maintãinhisbarrierithinoccupiederritory".
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TheUA's"PolicyonCorporateRelations"tatesexplicitlyhat"thenameoftheuniversityhouldneverbe usedo endorseproduitsorcorporationswhoseproductsare nstrumentsfdestructionr knowno causeharmohumans."6In ightofheabove,wedonotbelievehat heUofA anberueo ítsmissionfpromotingealthwithhe knowledgehatheveryworstaspectsfhisglobalcrisisontinuehroughheUofA'susinesselationshipsithCaterpillaiandMotorola.Asaneducationalndpublicservicenstitutionnnd as individualshatcompriset, wecannot,ngoodconscience,mbracehe utilizationfbenignproductsofthesecompanieswhileatthe sameimeengagenawillfulblindnessofthecompanies'therproductscurrentlyUelngused,withcomp---'!-^lwledge,todestroypeople'sives,andheirive-iihood,ncommunitiesnPalestine/lsrael.Eachofhe numerousumanitarian,ealth,ndhumanightsroupslsraeli,Palestiniannd nternational)ustbeallowedo carryouithe¡iimportantmedical,idandobseruationorkwithoutnyentities,tater coiporate,intederingnheircrucialffoftsoensurehehealthndsafetyf fiepalestinianand sraelieoples.TWehereforeurgeheUA oseveries withCaterpillarndMotorolauntilthecompaniesomplywithinternationatumanigtrtsandhumanitarianlaw.Signed,lbrahimlansaryDSpSocialWorker,ommunityroviderfEnrichmentervicesCpES),ucson,Arizona
 
Amy Amador,PatientCareTechnician,niversityMedicalCenterMohammedlZoubaidi,DResidentPhysician,Universityf ArizonanternalMedicineJordanBagnallPre-MedStudent,Undergraduate,niversity fArizonaNatashaBhuyanMedicalStudent,Universityf ArizonaCollegeof MedicineJoyceenS. Boyle,RN,PhD,FAANAdjunctProfessorf Nursing,Universityf ArizonaCollegeofMedicineSarahDehaybi,MedicalStudent,Universityf ArizonaCollegeof Medicine
Hannahillon,DAnesthesia,niversityedicalenterMuhamedbaji,Pre-Medtudent,ndergraduate,niversityfArizonaDepartmentf MedicineMohammadbdulGhaniPre-Medtudent,ndergraduate,niversityf ArizonaDepartmentf MedicineMaryo Ghory,M.D.,ClinicalAssistantrofessor,niversityf ArizonaDepartmentfPed¡atr¡csPhysicianiaisonotheUAPediatricesidents,ucsonMedicalenterSamerHafi.MDResidenthysician,niversityf ArizonanternalMedicine
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