|ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO OPPOSE THE SALE OF SMART BOMBS TO ISRAEL .|
|Citizens for Fair Legislation|
For Immediate Release
September 22, 2004
|The U.S. will be giving 5,000 smart bombs to Israel , costing the|
American taxpayer $319 million; funding to pay for these weapons will
come from U.S. military welfare to Israel .
*In the past three years Israel has repeatedly dropped one-ton bombs in
civilian residential areas of the Palestinian territories. The illegal
use of these weapons has resulted in the mass killing of hundreds of
Palestinians. In July of 2002, the Israeli occupation forces dropped a
one-ton bomb into an apartment building to kill a single person. That
attack on a residential building resulted in dozens of casualties-most
of the dead were children.
*The U.S. knows Israel is using American weapons in violation of AECA
agreements between both countries. The AECA agreements stipulate that
Israel must not use such weapons in civilian territories, yet Israel
consistently uses these weapons in densely populated areas and the U.S.
has never even reprimanded Israel for doing so. Instead each year we
continue to give Israel more welfare, which in turn is used to kill
more Palestinians. Ask your representatives to demand that Israel stop
violating international law, U.N. Security Council resolutions, the
Geneva Conventions and binding agreements with this country. Ask your
representatives to demand that Israel conform to the tenets of a
civilized democracy and to stop acting like a regime run amok.
*Remind your representatives that you are paying close attention to the
events in that region and you are horrified that over 3,300
Palestinians have been killed (most of whom were children) with
American weapons. Giving these bombs to Israel is akin to giving them a
green light to continue targeting Palestinian civilians and children.
*Tell your representatives Democratic and Republican alike that
unfettered U.S. support for Israeli war crimes will affect how you vote
in the next election. For the sake of domestic security you expect that
your elected officials stop supporting the Israeli regime. Supporting
Israeli crimes only puts more American lives in peril as it fuels anger
and hatred. Ask your representatives what we as American citizens are
gaining from our relationship with Israel .
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Wednesday, September 22, 2004
|Intensified Israeli Plans to Expel Palestinian Citizens from Jerusalem|
|September 22, 2004|
|The apartheid wall in Jerusalem is taking on new dimensions, as|
Israel plans to continue to "offer services" in the affected east
Jerusalem neighborhoods. This comes in contradiction to a report
published last week that revealed Jerusalem municipal plans to drive
out the Palestinian inhabitants of the city.
|According to estimates from Al Quds, a Palestinian daily newspaper,|
60,000 inhabitants in the neighborhoods of Qalandia, Kufur Aqab,
Shufat, Abu Dis and Dahiyat al Barid, will face travel restrictions.
Hence, the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality announced plans to
establish a new coordinating office in order to facilitate the
movement of Jerusalem residency card holders.
The plan also includes creating 11 "gates" for the residents of
these neighborhoods, which includes the paving of five new roads
that will offer greater access. After the completion of the wall,
the Israeli Civil Administration will allegedly be implementing the
first phase of providing services to those neighborhoods; however,
no budgets have been announced to date, which casts doubt on the
veracity of such plans ever being implemented.
These plans may be a cover for the previous week's announcement that
the Jerusalem Municipality is planning to push many of east
Jerusalem 's inhabitants out of the city boundaries. The most
threatened residents will be those in the Old City of Jerusalem,
whom Israel is planning to pay off, according to Issa Samandar of
the Palestinian Land Defense Committee, who warned of this imminent
danger facing east Jerusalem at press conference last Thursday.
Israel will most likely use the exodus of Palestinians from the city
to strip them of their residency rights there, hence, denying them
any further access to their places of work, study and worship.
Samandar, however, is confident that these Israeli plans will not
prevail, because people understand fully well what Israel is trying
to do and will not stand for it. Israel has always had ambitions to
completely control Jerusalem , and in 1991, all covert attempts to do
so, suddenly became a reality with the onset of the Gulf War.
Curfews were imposed and checkpoints were erected; hence,
restrictions of movement began, which gradually worsened to the
conditions they are today.
Settlements surrounding Jerusalem have also been part of the plan to
deny any natural growth and expansion for east Jerusalem
neighborhoods. While these settlements have expanded to
unprecedented size, nearby Palestinian areas face immense
difficulties in obtaining building permits to house ever-expanding
families. Palestinians then resort to building without permits, and
live in perpetual fear of seeing their homes being demolished by
While the route of the apartheid wall will allegedly enable some
east Jerusalem residents to retain their rights in the city, many
Jerusalem District villages will not be so "fortunate". The wall
will completely isolate villages such as Bido, not only from
Jerusalem itself, but also from the surrounding villages. This is
catastrophic for these villages, as Bido has been central to their
livelihood, their children's schooling and immediate access to basic
Monday, September 20, 2004
|After Abu Ghraib: "I Hate Them"|
With the kidnappers and beheaders of Americans in Iraq making their proclaimed demand the release of Iraqi women in American prisons, the testimony of an Iraqi woman who has been there is relevant.
|In honour of Haggai Matar , Matan Kaminer , Noam Bahat , Shimri Tzameret , and Adam Maor who was released on Monday September 20th, 2004|
|after having served some two years in military and civilian prisons for refusing to fight in the Israeli occupation army.|
|We will not maim, we will not kill|
It's against our faith, it's against our will
We will stay true to our life's vocation
We will not fight in an army of occupation
Whether you free us or bind us in chains
Our conscience is clear and our resolve remains
We seek not glory, we seek not fame
And refuse that atrocities be done in our name
We will continue to stand for what's true and what's right
But in the occupation army we refuse to fight
Although today we are released from our cell
An entire nation is living in hell
Let Palestinians live free on their land
For this we will struggle, for this we will stand