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Yasin's Assassination Worse than a crime

Assassination Worse than a crime

Uri Avnery on the assassination of Sheikh Yassin [] Translation of Gush Shalom press release - sent out early morning [] Our call to join today's Peace Now protest

Uri Avnery on the assassination of Sheikh Yassin

Hebrew at request & soon at the site òáøéú òì ôé á÷ùä àå á÷øåá áàúø

Avnery: "It is Worse than a Crime, it is Stupid!"

"This is worse than a crime, it is an act of stupidity!" commented Gush Shalom activist Uri Avnery on the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

"This is the beginning of a new chapter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It moves the conflict from the level of a solvable national conflict to the level of religious conflict, which by its very nature is insoluble.

"The fate of the State of Israel is now in the hands of group of persons whose outlook is primitive and whose perceptions are retarded. They are incapable of understanding the mental, emotional and political dimensions of the conflict. This is a group of bankrupt political and military leaders who have failed in all their actions. They try to cover up their failures by a catastrophic escalation.

"This act will not only endanger the personal security of every Israeli, both in the country and around the world, but also the existential security of the State of Israel. It has grievously hurt the chances of putting and end to the Israeli-Palestinian, Israeli-Arab and Israeli-Muslim conflicts."

Avnery mentioned that in the early 1980s the occupation authorities encouraged the founders of Hamas, hoping that they would create a counter-weight to Yasser Arafat and the PLO. Even after the start of the first intifada, the army and the security services gave preferential treatment of Hamas. Sheikh Yassin was arrested only a year after the outbreak.

"There seems to be no limit to the stupidity of our political and military leaders. They endanger the future of the State of Israel." ~~~~~~~~~~~ [] Translation of Gush Shalom press release - sent out early morning

Hebrew sent separately ðåñç áòáøéú ðùìç ðôøã

The assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, with its concomitant careless killing of passers-by, is a mad provocative act by a governnment which lost all restraint. It is the act of a pyromaniac fireman whose method of putting out the fire of terrorism is to pour barrels of gasoline upon it, an act which might cost the life of dozens or hundreds of Israeli citizens in the near future. Prime Minster Sharon's talk of "withdrawal from Gaza", which had caught the headlines in the past months, is now revealed to be no more than meaningless chatter. Far from seriously meaning to evacuate even a bit of occupied territory, this bankrupt prime minister - faced with police investigations into a myriad of corruption concerning himself and his sons - seems determined to bequeath to his country a legacy of eternal war with the Palestinians and the entire Arab and Muslim World. Every day that this man remains in power poses a grave danger to the future of Israelis and Palestinians alike. Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc, calls upon all sane and responsible forces left in the international community to intervene, urgently and forcefully, to save our region at the edge of the abyss and halt the monstrous cycle of bloodshed which now threatens to engulf us.

Bankrupt Sharon sets everything on fire - let's join today Peace Now protest

------- Forwarded message follows ------- From: "LEE" Date sent: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 11:45:15 +0200 Subject: Peace Now Demonstration Today

[translation by Gush Infoteam] Hebrew sent separately ðåñç áòáøéú ðùìç ðôøã

Yasin Assassination - Gift to Hamas Demonstration !!! Today !!! 22.03.04 Defence Ministry, HaKirya Tel-Aviv 19.00

Reality proves: the policy of assassinations in the territories is bankrupt and brings the citizens of Israel no security

The assassination of Sheikh Yassin has turned all of us into targets of the next suicide bombing. It gives not the slightest hope for an end to terrorism.

The only way to destroy Hamas is through a political agreement and evacuation of the territories.

In Order To Get Out Of The Mire We Must Get Out Of The House - Onto The Street!

Contact: Yariv Oppenheimer 054-200060 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

NB: links and contact information re ongoing struggle Against the Wall / Refusniks / Vanunu

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Day to day presence at villages threatened by route of wall. Contact: Ivy Sichel 064-604172 who set's up a list for people who can come at short notice, or: Arik Asherman 050-607034

-- Refuser news:

Constantly-updated list of all presently jailed refusniks:

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NB: Letters of support to Noam Bahat / Haggai Mattar / Matan Kaminer AGAF BET Ma’asiyaho Prison P.O.B 13 Ramla Israel

Adam Maor / Shimri Tzameret: Hermon Prison P.O.B 4011 KFAR M’RAR Israel

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