OUTRAGE! A Call to Action, please distribute
1. OUTRAGE! A Call to Action, please distribute widely.
2. Nablus: Another Palestinian Taken
On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie was murdered by an Israeli soldier driving an American made bulldozer. She was killed by the Israeli Army, she was killed by the state of Israel, she was killed by the United States, she was killed by Caterpillar. But mostly she was killed by Silence!! Our governments are not responding to our cry!
Now on the heels of the attempted murders of two other activists working with the International Solidarity Movement, the Israeli army has cleared itself and the driver of all responsibility for Rachel's death. We fully expected this. The Israeli army has almost never acknowledged any responsibility for any of its crimes against humanity. The innumerable breaches of International agreements like the Geneva Conventions are dismissed as "necessary for security of the State of Israel" WE ARE OUTRAGED!
No, our outrage is not due to the findings of the Israeli army. It is due to the lack of response and the lack of outrage from our governments. Why was there no outrage at the killing of Ian Hook and the shooting of Caoimhe Butterly? Why was there no outrage at the killing of Rachel Corrie? Where is the outrage at the shooting of Brian Avery and Tom Hurndall? Just as importantly; where is the outrage at the daily terror inflicted on the people of Palestine by a brutal occupation built on murder, terror, torture, humiliation and starvation.
We are calling upon you to continue to express your outrage at the inaction of your governments. Stop the killing of unarmed civilians by the Israeli army. Stop the killing of children. Stop the house demolitions and the blowing up of UN food warehouses. Stop the shooting of unarmed international peace activists and human rights workers! Stop the insanity!! END THE SILENCE!!
For US, Please continue to demand passage of the Rachel Corrie Resolution 111. Contact your congressperson, the State Department and the White House using this link.
http://www.cflweb.org/congress_merge_.htm. Also call the State Department and demand action. STATE DEPARTMENT 1-202-647-5150
For UK, Please call THE FOREIGN OFFICE 020 7008 1500, Also Contact your MP and Prime Minister
For Israel Contact Israeli Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres Fax: +972-2-5303704 e-mail: mailto:email@example.com
Israeli Defense Minister, Benyamin Ben Eliezer Fax: +972-3-6916940, 6976990 e-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fax: (+972-2) 566-4838 or 651-3955 or 651-2631
For Canada: Minister of Foreign Affairs Bill Graham, House of Commons, Ottawa ON K1A 0A6 Fax 613-996-3443
Everyone, Contact the Israeli embassy in your country
For ALL of Europe, Japan, South America, and Austrailia,
Put in your country contact info and forward. Another Palestinian Taken Monday 14th April 2003
The Old City, Nablus, The Occupied Palestinian Territories: 3.20 am, shouting and shooting started in the Old City, Nablus. Approximately 25 Israeli soldiers banged on the house next door to Abu Hussein's family home and took Ahmed from the building as a human shield to the Abu-Hussein house. Ahmed is no stranger to such war crimes committed by the Israeli army as two months prior he had been used as a human shield by the Israeli Army when in the early hours they rampaged the Abu-Hussein house to take Sami, 21 years of age. This time, the soldiers took Yasser, 16 years old. In the attack, the Israeli army fired several shots into the top floor of the Abu-Hussein home, three into the reception area and two into a living room where ISM volunteer Angie was sleeping. It hit the ceiling causing plaster to fall from the ceiling onto her. Angie crawled out of the room into the back section of the house where the Nasser, Fatima, Yasser and Camilla were sleeping.
Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers attempted to enter the Abu-Hussein home from a closed entrance. Upon realizing this was not in use, the soldiers proceeded to the functional entrance. Maria and Hussein were sleeping in a room on the ground floor and upon hearing the shouting, shots and banging on the door from the soldiers, Hussein opened the door in fear they would detonate the door to enter, damaging the building a possibly themselves. As Hussein opened the door, he witnessed the soldiers using Ahmed as a human shield. The soldiers made Hussein lift up his top, show his ID card and leave the building. Maria asked after Hussein, telling the soldiers he is her husband and is concerned for his well-being.
The soldiers told them it was not Hussein for whom they were searching and told Maria two times that they would kill everyone in the house if she didn't get everyone in the house outside in the next 2 minutes. Maria went upstairs to tell the family and ISM peace activists, who came down.
By this point, it was clear that the soldiers were not finished. Camilla, Fatima, Nasser, Yasser and Angie followed Maria down the stairs. As Yasser approached, the soldiers took him to the side, checked his ID card and told everyone else to leave the house whilst holding Nasser aside. Following questions why he was being kept back, to which no explanation was given, they took Nasser, again with no explanation. Camilla asked the soldiers why they were taking him, where he would be taken and when they would return him, none of these questions were answered before they left.
Normally the soldiers would ransack the house
when it's inhabitants were waiting outside. The Abu-Hussein
family have once again been subjected to terror, humiliation
and grieving for another son, to be taken inhumanly. Yet
again, an innocent Palestinian civilian has been taken
without trial, by a group of heavily armed, and terrifyingly
nervous and young Israeli soldiers without either legal or
moral justification for their actions.