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5/20-CFL ALERT: Ask your reps to intervene to halt Israeli war crimes

Wednesday morning, the Israeli Occupation Forces fired three shells into a crowd of 3000 peaceful protesters, killing scores.
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Citizens for Fair Legislation
For Immediate Release
May 20, 2004
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5/20/04-CFL ALERT: WAR CRIMES OCCURRING RIGHT NOW, EMAIL, FAX AND CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT NOW!

Wednesday morning, the Israeli Occupation Forces fired three shells into a crowd of 3000 peaceful protesters, killing scores. Most of the dead were children. We don’t have precise numbers on how many Palestinians have been killed, as the Israeli army will not allow either medical personnel or reporters into Rafah. Reports indicate that Rafah’s morgue is overflowing and locals are asking anyone with large refrigeration systems to donate them for use as makeshift morgues. Reports indicate that there are at least 50 dead from the last two days alone and that hundreds more are injured. Please contact your officials immediately, email, call or fax and ask that they intervene.

TALKING POINTS
*Amnesty International issued a report today stating that Israel is committing war crimes in Rafah. The report says, “Israel's unjustified destruction of thousands of Palestinian and Arab Israeli homes as well as vast areas of agricultural land has reached an unprecedented level and must stop immediately.? Contact your representatives today and ask them to uphold international law immediately. Tell your representatives that the US is responsible for Israeli war crimes because the US is the largest donor of welfare to Israel.

*Amnesty International is asking the US to stop the sale or transfer of weaponry and equipment used by the IOF to perpetrate war crimes against Palestinians. We call on all American companies and universities to immediately divest from Israel until that country abides by international and humanitarian law. In fact, the UN’s special human rights envoy in the West Bank and Gaza said on Wednesday that the Rafah strikes were war crimes and a violation of humanitarian law, and that the Security Council should consider imposing an arms embargo against Israel just as it had against the apartheid regime in South Africa in 1977.

*Leaders from around the world, including Israeli Knesset members are calling the events in Rafah a massacre and war crimes. British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday condemned Israel's recent military offensive in a Gaza refugee camp as "unacceptable and wrong." The United States refuses to condemn the attack.

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A pack of lies

Fortunately the IDF took aerial photos of the incident in which 8 people were killed in a protest march in Rafah. The aerial photos do NOT show 3 shots fired into the crowd of people.

The film shows the march proceeding towards the war zone and area under curfew. A breakaway march of about 100 people went forward into the war zone. Some eyewitness accounts say there were armed gunmen mixed into the group while other accounts say they were unarmed. Accounts by the protesters say that a group of children was marching at the front of the march.

So the Palestinian organizers purposely sent children at the front of the march directly into a war zone violating curfew.

The IDF reports (and the aeriel photos prove) that the tanks fired several shots into a vacant field across the path of the demonstrators in order to deter them. The film shows a single explosion struck the group causing the deaths. It is unclear from the video if the shot came from the Israelis or from a booby-trap bomb the Palestinians had mined the road with in order to stop the IDF. The IDF has issued a statement of deep regret for the loss of civilian life and theorized an Israeli shell may have richochetted killing the group, but the matter is still under investigation.

We must consider the possibility that the organizers of the protest purposely sent children into harm's way, hoping they would be killed or injured for the propaganda effect that would have.
 

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