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   Re: Petition to condemn Ariel Sharon for War Crimes                             
     Bram Dov Abramson <>                                                

   Web Strike in Solidarity with Palestinian people - Report From Bethlehem        
     "ricardo dominguez" <>                                            

   (en) Occupied Palestine, Bullets against International observers and activists (by way of John Jordan)                                 


Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2002 15:00:25 -0500
From: Bram Dov Abramson <>
Subject: Re: Petition to condemn Ariel Sharon for War Crimes
>   The petition below will help the lawyers in Belgium who are suing
>Ariel Sharon for war crimes.
>   They need 1,000,000 signatures. They currently have 307,551

What happens when they get to 1,000,000 signatures?

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Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2002 19:09:36 -0500
From: "ricardo dominguez" <>
Subject: Web Strike in Solidarity with Palestinian people - Report From Bethlehem  

[This call is a forward without the attachments mentioned. The files 
can be downloaded from site.]

Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2002 17:31:28 -0500
From: Gita Hashemi <>
Subject: Web Strike in Solidarity with Palestinian people

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Hello All,

We, Internet users and Webmasters, announce a GENERAL STRIKE 
protesting the Israeli aggression against and in solidarity with the 
Palestinian people and leadership in Ramallah.

We urge you to join us in the strike, by sending this logo (attached) 
to as many people as you can, and stopping all the services given in 
your websites, while loading your websites into the strike page.

Please help us have affect on the world, by joining the strike. ONLY 

If you have a website, please join the strike, and replace the first 
page in your website with the files attached (index.html , 

(Here is one of the striking sites: ).

Thanks alot for your help,

Feel free to forward/print the logo. 


Report From Bethlehem  

by Kristen Schurr 
March 31, 2002 

Last night, 30 March 2002, 20 of us stayed in Al Azzeh 
refugee camp of 5,000 inside of Bethlehem with several 
families expecting an invasion by the Israeli military. We 
went two to a house. There is no land to build on, so any 
new homes are built atop existing ones. At the house I 
stayed in, we watched Arfat on television most of the night 
giving a press conference inside his compound in Ramallah. 
At 10pm he was given one hour to surrender by Israeli military 
or they would go in shooting. This has not yet happened and 
he has said he will not go alive. 

Television stations showed five dead, shot at point blank 
range inside Arafat's compound. The family I was with stays 
up most of the night and sleeps during the morning daylight 
hours. The shooting at nights requires them to quickly move 
from one room to the next, and to always be ready. They do 
not jump when they hear the popping of F-16s. They simply 
get up and move as the noise becomes louder.

There was a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The bomber was 
from Nablus, which is further north from Bethlehem. The 
families inside of Al Azzeh refugee camp expected Israeli 
military to invade the camp and disappear all of the men 
aged 16 to 50 years old. Israeli snipers continued to fire 
into the camp throughout the night. They fired at Palestinians 
and internationals alike as we scurried across roads to 
get inside of the houses, which are litered with bullet holes. 
Many of the windows are protected by bags of sand. We 
met the mother of a 14 year old Palestinian girl who was shot 
by Israeli snipers as she opened the front door of her house 
inside the camp two weeks ago. I was expected to address 
a conference at Columbia University in NYC via telephone 
at 3:30 am Palestinian  time, but my cel phone was 
unable to function.

All international media has been asked to leave Bethlehem. 
Now the Palestinian people need all people from around
 the globe as much as ever. I write this quickly to you all 
from Dehesha refugee camp because invasion of Bethlehem 
is now imminent. It is expected within the next two hours. It
is now 1:30 pm. We are told that if Arafat is assasinated the 
Israeli military will fully re-occupy the entire West Bank, of which 
Bethlehem is a part. We will return to Al Azzeh camp within the 
hour to stand in solidarity with our Palestinian families as the 
invasion unfolds. Yesterday Beit Jala, the town without lights 
at night that stands across the valley from an Israel settlement 
fully lit conected by a bridge that only Israelis are allowed to use, 
was invaded in order to be at the highest point surrounding 
Bethlehem. Parts of Beit Jala are under curfew. It is still impossible 
to get to Ramallah, where Palestinians and internationals are 
asking for assistance. Some are blocking tanks, others
defied the curfew by donating blood. As here in Bethlehem, 
in Ramallah internationals are also riding along inside of 
ambulences. We are here in solidarity with the Palestinian 
peoplein order to bring attention to the brutal military occupation, 
sanctions, killings, and daily humiliation Palestinians face at the 
hands of Israeli military and government. 

Bethelehem, according to those who live there, is virtually deserted. 
Streets that once swarmed with life are mostly shut down now. 
All schools are evacuated. Teachers say they are not afraid. Many 
Palestinians say all they have left is their will. 

We have been thanked and fed and described as peace 
prophets. Our presence is necessary and deeply appreciated. 
We request that as many of you who receive this help in any 
way you can. I can only ask that we all please raise awarness 
of this situation, work on divestment campaigns, and tell Bush 
and the US government that their funding of the Israeli military is a
terrorist atrocity which must not be stood for. We will update 
you as much as possible. 

Thank you so much for your caring and interest. A 
suicide bomber has just hit Haifa, which is about 90 
km from Tel Aviv.

Kristen Schurr
Bethlehem, Palestine 31 March 2002


Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 01:50:44 +0000
From: (by way of John Jordan)
Subject: (en) Occupied Palestine, Bullets against International observers and activists

       A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

At 3:00 p.m. Italian activists from the National Committee in support 
of Intifada and
from Indymedia Italia, French and Swiss from GIPP, and internationals 
from International
Solidarity Movement gathered in Bethlehem for a small demo directed 
to Beit Jala to
visit houses occupied by the Israeli army and to bring food and 
medicaments to the
Palestinian people. Around 100 people headed for Bethlehem, where the 
atmosphere was
really heavy and streets deserted.
Two buses of Action for Peace activists with a MP that were trying to 
come to the action
were stopped at the Bethlehem check point.
Following the sound of a clarinet and of hands clapping we moved to 
Beit Jala village.n
Stop the Occupation", "Sharon you will see Palestine will be free" 
the slogan chanted
while climbing up. We arrived at the point where two days ago we met 
the tanks and the
road was empty, there were only a few kids that started running 
toward us and joined the
march. We continued toward the houses with the snipers, in front of 
which we know the
tanks are stationed, to try to bring medicaments and food to the 
Palestinian families
isolated there.
At this point arrived a tank in front of us. In the gun-turret a 
soldier looked at us
coldly. He was cold as someone knowing what he has to do and that it 
is normal routine
in his life and he pointed at us the rifle. A contact group tried to 
negotiate, but
immediately started the first burst one meter from their foot. They 
weren't plastic
bullets. They were real bullets, they hurt: the first wounded were a 
journalist and an
Australian girl that was hit straight into the stomach. People didn't 
panic; they group
and try to send the negotiators forth again. Machine-gun burst gave 
no possible further
discussion. We started to drew back slowly to avoid panic and 
situations of more
dangerous chaos. Shots got more and more frequent and near, around 30 
of them. There
were shots hitting the road at 10 cm from a man ankle. There were 
shots hitting walls
and shots toward video cams and cameras. The tank moved forward. 
Most of the people
accelerated their walk while two rows drew back slowly. Soldiers 
continued to shoot
against us. Some of us remained blocked in a lateral alley behind a 
small gate, and
despite our claims we were obliged to let them escape into a house. 
The withdraw went on
for twenty slow minutes, the tank was following us at a distance of 
two meters. In a
little lateral road a cameraman and a journalist from the BBC try to 
take the car, but
soldiers didnmt agree and covered them with bursts under our 
powerless eyes, until they
decide, uninjured but terrorized, to go back with the group.
At last the tank stopped. A camera came out the trapdoor.
His arm came out; holding a cameraVthe soldiers took pictures of usV

At last we made our way back to Bethlehem.
We inquired about wounded: they're seven; one of them, the Australian 
girl, in the
operating room. The others have little hurts caused by splinters and 
pebble that have
been thrown here and there by the bullets.
We went back the center "IBDAA" in the camp to spread the communication.

  For us now the occupation is a more vivid reality. As for thousands of
Palestinians every day. As the war.
You can't just stay and look.

IMC Italy
April 01, Bethlehem Palestine

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