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Israel Massacres Continue

In light of the ongoing massacres being carried out by the Israeli army against various parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, particularly in the West Bank villages of Beit Rima and Deir Ghassana, in which 10 Palestinians have been systematically killed since 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, we are issuing this apppael in the hope that the international community will take immediate action to protect the captive Palestinian populations of these villages:

The Palestinian  Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and  Democracy (MIFTAH)
Wednesday, October 24th, 2001; 13:52 pm

URGENT  APPEAL
Israeli Massacres  Continue

In light of the ongoing massacres  being carried out by the Israeli army against various parts of the West Bank and  the Gaza Strip, particularly in the West Bank villages of Beit Rima and Deir  Ghassana, in which 10 Palestinians have been systematically  killed since 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, we are issuing this apppael in  the hope that the international community will take immediate action to protect  the captive Palestinian populations of these villages:

Israeli massacres committed against  the Palestinian people have been tragically met by international silence in the  past. We strongly believe that the international community is legally and  morally bound to intervene immediately in order to avoid another tragic  event such as the 1982 massacre in Sabra and Shatilla, in which thousands of  Palestinian refugees were massacred under the watchful eyes of General Ariel  Sharon.

A short while ago, it was  confirmed that Sharon stated the Israeli army will withdraw from  West Bank towns and villages once it has “completed its mission.”  This is alarming, taking into consideration Sharon’s blood-tainted past in  which thousands of Palestinians were systematiclly massacred upon his direct  orders. What is Sharon’s definition of “a complete mission?”

The villages of Beit Rima and Deir  Ghassana have been completely cut off from the rest of the world. Medical  staff and media agencies are being denied access to these villages by the  Israeli army, thereby leaving hundreds of Palestinian civilians helplessly  subject to Israeli military brutality and systematic ‘ethnic  cleansing.’

The Israeli government is blatantly  violating the most basic human rights, with clear disregrad to the provisions of  international law, particularly the ‘protection of civilians’ as stipulated by  the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. Furthermore, the Israei army’s denial of  media and
medical access to the villages is a serious violation of humanitarian  law and press freedoms.

-Representatives of  the international community have a responsibility to protect the Palestinian  people from the harsh military measures being carried out by Sharon’s  government.

-The international  community must not stand in silence while the Palestinian people are  systematically massacred.

-The international  community must issue clear protest against the inhuman measures of Sharon’s  government, and implement tangible steps to stop the killing of civilians in the  Palestinian territories.

-The international  community must realize that Sharon’s government is bringing the already volatile  situation in the occupied Palestinian territories to alarming depths, and  dragging the entire region into the abyss of war.

-The international  community must constructively work to end Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

For further information, please  contact:
Public Information Department
MIFTAH
Tel: +972-2-585 1842
www.miftah.org

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