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Israel given licence to kill

Issue No. 1784

HOW MUCH more can the Palestinian people suffer? Israel has launched its harshest incursion since the Intifida began 16 months ago. This comes after Israel used US-supplied F16 jets to destroy the Palestinian police headquarters in the town of Tulkarm on the West Bank last Friday. Israeli tanks and troops seized Tulkarm, imposing curfews, checkpoints and house to house searches, forcing people from their homes.

Israeli soldiers had already blown up the headquarters of the popular Voice of Palestine radio station on Saturday. Sharon's army intensified its blockade of the West Bank Palestinian cities of Nablus, Qalqilya, Jenin and Ramallah. All this is on top of Israel holding Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as a virtual prisoner in his compound in Ramallah since early December. Israel is free to kill, with the full support of the US which continues to blame Arafat for the violence.

But it has been 54 years of Israeli oppression of the Palestinians that has created the hundreds of young men who are so desperate that they will carry out suicide attacks to hit back at Israel. The Stop the War Coalition has called a protest against Israel's war on the Palestinians this Saturday.

Everybody who wants peace and justice in the Middle East should be there.

  • Since the intifada began in September 2000 Israel has killed around 1,000 Palestinians and assassinated over 50 leading figures.
  • One of the first victims was 12 year old Mohammed al-Durah.
  • Ariel Sharon, found indirectly responsible for the massacre of 2,000 Palestinians in Beriut in 1982, was elected Israeli prime minister during the intifada.
  • He sent Israeli troops to take over control of Palestinian cities in October.
  • Stop the War Coalition

    Stop Israel's war on Palestine

    Protest, Saturday 26 January Assemble 12 noon, Queens Gate, Kensington Gore, London SW7 (opposite Albert Hall).

    High Street Kensington tube

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    Sat 26 Jan 2002, 00:00 GMT
    Issue No. 1784
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