Least 65 Killed in Continuing Israeli Asault, most
of them civilians. Accurate figures still unavailalbe as rescue
teams are unable to reach victims
of Palestinians inside Israel Take to the
streets, and call for a general strike Sunday. Mass protests
and France. Protests in NYC, SF, and
Taibe (Israel). Palestinians inside Israel call A General
is a comprehensive report from Law Society,
a report from Shirabe Yamada on the situation in the Bethlehem
area, and a report from Uri Blau/Kol Ha'ir on the Israeli
Army's plans for controlling the newly
reoocupied Palestinian Territories
The Bloodbath in the West Bank and Gaza continues while Israeli
plans for controlling the newly reoccupied Palestinian Territories
are revealed. Densely populated refugee camps all over the
West Bank are under assault by combined Israeli air force,
artillery, tanks and infantry, as well as shelling from the
sea on Gaza. At least 55 Palestinians, most of them civilians
have been killed. Exact casualty figures reamin unknown as
and rescue workers are prevented from entering "battle"
zones, indeed some have been killed trying to save lives.
has sent the following report:
ASSAULT ON REFUGEE CAMPS AND THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE CONTINUES
REFUGEE CAMPS FEARS ATTACK TONIGHT
Update: Bethlehem, 9 March, 6 p.m.
mounting international criticism, Sharon's government seems
determined to inflict maximum losses and damages on the Palestinian
refugee camps and the Palestinian people, before it will be
compelled to halt its military assault - most likely no more
than temporarily - next week, when US envoy General Anthony
Zinni will revisit the region.
hours after the military incursion into the Bethlehem district,
Israeli armed forces have shot and killed nine Palestinians,
all except two residents of the local refugee camps of Aida,
Azza, and Deheishe. Among the dead are a 14-year old girl
and a 32-year old woman shot in their homes, and a pharmacists,
director of the Yamama hospital in Bethlehem (see list of
names and details below). The number of Palestinians injured
in the Bethlehem area has reached more than 30.
night of 8 to 9 March, residents of Bethlehem witnessed for
the first time the use of surface-to-surface missiles by the
Israeli army. Three of these missiles were shot from Israeli
tanks, and hit and caused substantive damage to St. Josheph's
Girl School, a private home next to the school, and the premises
of Bethlehem university. Throughout the day, the Israeli soldiers
continued house-to-house searches in the refugee camps of
Aida and Azza, causing more damage to civilian homes and properties.
No arrests have been reported, no weapon-stores or -factories
Palestinian refugees of the Aida and Deheishe camps defied
the Israeli-imposed curfew and laid four of their dead to
rest in the martyr's cemetery at Irtas village. While some
4,000 mourners proceeded from Beit Jala's King Hussein Hospital
via the Deheishe refugee camp to the graveyard, the Israeli
army took-up position in a yet unfinished hotel building overlooking
the camp. By the evening hours of 9 March, Deheishe refugee
camp is encircled by Israeli tanks from four sides, and tension
is mounting as a night-time military assault on the purely
civilian population in the camp appears imminent.
war on the Palestinian people in the Bethlehem district has
followed a pattern similar to the assaults on Balata refugee
camp (Nablus) and the town and refugee camps of Tulkarem.
The yet unexplained and tragic circumstances of the killing
of hospital director Dr. Ahmad Othman, shooting at ambulances,
and massive damages to civilian properties have been accompanied
by the willful destruction of communal infrastructure. In
Bethlehem, Israeli army bulldozers have torn-up main streets,
piled-up rocks and sand on the main Bethlehem-Deheishe-Hebron
road, and destroyed one of the main water pipes carrying water
for the whole Bethlehem district.
the massive scale of obstruction of medical emergency services
and the serious damages caused to civilian property and infrastructure
during the current Israeli military assaults on the refugee
camps and towns of the northern and southern West Bank and
in the Gaza Strip, BADIL Resource Center calls upon international
human rights organizations to form an independent expert commission
to investigate Israel's violations of the protection rights
of the civilian Palestinian population. Such an expert commission
should also investigate the Israeli allegation that Palestinian
ambulances are commonly abused for the transport of arms and
killed during Israel's military assault on the Bethlehem district:
Suleiman Al-Dibbs (37), Aida refugee camp, 8-3- 2002; Ibrahim
Al-'Araj (24), Aida refugee camp, 8-3-2002; Sa'ed S'oud 'Id
(17), Deheishe refugee camp, 8-3-2002; Dr. Ahmad No'man Othman
(60), al-Khader village, 8-3-2002 (killed by Israeli sniper
fire shot from a tank, despite the fact that he had obtained
clearance, via the Red Cross, from t he Israeli army command
to pass with his car, in order to fetch urgently required
medical staff and drugs for his hospital). Huda Al-Khawajeh
(32), Aida refugee camp, 8-3-2002. (mother of six children,
killed by shrapnel while working in her kitchen.) Issa Faraj
(23), Deheishe refugee camp, 8-3-2002; Jad Atallah (24) Deheishe
refugee camp, 8-3-2002; Imad Al-Soufi, resident of Gaza, member
of the Palestinian National Security Forces; died on 9-3-2002
from injuries sustained yesterday in Aida camp; Nida' Al-Azza
(14), Azza refugee camp, 9-3-2002 (shot in her chest by live
ammunition next to her home).
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Society has sent this update:
Palestinians killed within 36 hours Israeli forces target
densely populated Palestinian areas
Israeli forces continue their assault on Palestinian civilians.
LAW Society calls for immediate international intervention
to put an end to continuing atrocities. Early this morning
Israeli forces entered Khuza'a village, near Khan Yunis in
the Gaza Strip, killing 14 Palestinians. Also this morning
Israeli forces entered Bethlehem and surrounding areas and
refugee camps. Nine Israeli armored vehicles accompanied by
a military bulldozer came from the Israeli settlement Gilo,
northwest of the city and moved towards Aida refugee camp.
At around 1.30 am, twelve tanks broke into the northern part
of the city and moved up to the Caritas hospital.
At around 1:50 am, five tanks entered Beit Jala's housing
project and moved up to the Khulafa' al-Rashidin mosque, near
al-Doha. Ten minutes later, six tanks and four armored vehicles
entered al-Khader and moved towards Dheisheh refugee camp.
An hour later, ten tanks and military bulldozers, backed by
two Apache helicopters entered Beit Jala while opening heavy
fire. In the morning, Israeli forces were positioned in Beit
Jala, Aida refugee camp, and along the main street in Bethlehem
up to Bab al-Zqaq, Doha, and Dheisheh refugee camp. Four Palestinians
were killed, including a 35-year old mother of five, who was
killed inside her home. Eighteen others were injured.
At 2 am, Israeli forces killed 16 Palestinians, including
Ahmad Mufrej ("Abu Hmeid"), a senior commander of
the Palestinian National Security Forces. According to information
recorded by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza
(PCHR), Israeli forces, equipped with heavy weaponry, entered
the village of Khuza'a, near Khan Yunis. Israeli forces, after
capturing Palestinian residents, ascended the roofs of buildings
and turned them into military outposts. Then they opened fire
at any movable object in the area. Once the Palestinian senior
commander heard the news, he went to the area, accompanied
by two Palestinian security officers. When Israeli soldiers
saw them arriving they opened fire, hitting Mufrej with gunshots
in the left thigh, killing him instantly, due to artery laceration.
Palestinian ambulances were not allowed to evacuate the injured
until the Israeli forces withdrew from the area. Eyewitnesses
stated to PCHR that an Israeli tank drove over an injured
Palestinian, Khaled Qdeih (35), smashed his head and killing
him instantly. In total, Israeli forces killed 16 Palestinians
during this military assault.
Early today, Israeli naval gunboats, backed by Apache helicopters,
shelled a Palestinian police station, in the western part
of Jabaliya refugee camp. This attack lasted a few hours.
Israeli forces used heavy artillery. Two Palestinian policemen
and one paramedic, Sa'id al-Shalayel (26) were killed. The
paramedic had just arrived to rescue possible injured Palestinians.
Near the outpost, a Palestinian civilian was killed and four
others were injured.
Early today, Israeli forces killed Yihia Ishtayeh (26), from
Salem village, near Nablus. At 2 pm, gunfire was heard coming
from a street passing the southern part of the village and
which leads to the Elon Moreh settlement. Few minutes later,
Israeli forces entered the village from the south and opened
fire at residential homes. Israeli forces shot at Ishtayeh
while standing at his veranda, hitting him with three gunshots
in the chest and killing him instantly.
In Tulkarem and its nearby refugee camps, Israeli forces continued
to shell and break into Palestinian homes. Since yesterday
until noon today, Israeli forces have killed nine Palestinians
in this area, including a ten-year-old child that was shot
from close range while standing in front of the house.
Israeli forces, which were positioned at the Riyad Bdeir building,
killed Adel Abu Safaqa (32), when he went outside to get his
children inside his home. His home was located 200 meter from
the building where the Israeli forces were positioned. He
was taken to the Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital, by residents
because ambulances were prevented from evacuating him. He
was a father of four.
In the village of Yamoun, near Jenin, an Israeli tank opened
fire with heavy ammunition and killed Sayyed Abu Sayfein (14).
He was in the yard of his home, which was 300 meter away of
the tank. Fifteen Israeli armored vehicles had surrounded
According to LAW, the number of Palestinians killed since
Thursday early morning, March 7, 2002, until today reached
forty of whom three paramedics and a doctor killed in cold
In view of the urgency of the present situation, LAW Society
strongly condemns the on going violations of human rights
and international humanitarian law, including those acts that
amount to war crimes perpetrated by the Israeli occupation
forces with impunity and urges the international community
to immediately fulfill their legal obligations to ensure Israel's
respect of the Fourth Geneva Convention and end its occupation
of the Gaza strip and West Bank (including East Jerusalem),
and to provide immediate and effective international protection
for Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
LAW Society additionally calls for a thorough, independent,
and effective international investigation into violations
of the Fourth Geneva Convention in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories, including war crimes, and calls for those found
responsible for such actions to be tried before an international
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rights worker Shirabe Yamada has sent the following report:
March 8, 2002 New York
40 Palestinians have been killed today.
Here are some updates from my friends in Bethlehem, reported
on the phone to me in New York, while helicopter gunship,
surveillance planes, and fighter jets circulated above them.
7 people have been killed in Bethlehem area, since the incursion
started early this morning. Tanks are positioned around the
area. Many houses in strategic locations have been taken over
by the Israeli army. Roads are destroyed in different locations
to severe Palestinian movement between communities.
A correction on my last report: Saed Saoud (19) was not killed
in Aida Camp but in Dheisheh camp when Apache helicopter struck
him with 800mm shell early this morning. 4 people were injured
in the attack, including his brother Motasem who is in critical
The other death in Dheisheh was about one hour ago. Earlier
in the afternoon, Issa Faraj (25) was looking out of the window
of his house holding his daughter in his arms, when an apparent
sniper fire struck him. Ambulance had great difficulties reading
the camp to rescue critically wounded Faraj, who subsequently
was transferred to a Jerusalem hospital after a lengthy negotiation
with IDF. He died in the hospital, leaving 2 young children
Ahmad Noaman (37), director of Al-Yamama Hospital in Al-Khader
village was killed by tank fire this afternoon. He had just
negotiated a passage to his hospital for his staff and patients
with IDF, which had been blocking the way. As he was approved
and walked passed the first tank, the second tank fired at
him. His death has come as a hard blow to the community, as
the hospital has been operating all throughout these difficult
times as the only medical facility serving villages and refugee
camps in the south of Bethlehem.
Friends reported that curfews have been imposed in different
areas, and Bayt Sahour village lost phone connection after
IDF dug trenches around the village and cut off phone lines
It seems that Israelis are pounding hard on Aida camp. There
have been 4 deaths in the camp, including a child, from tank
shell and missiles from helicopter gunship. The camp has been
attacked throughout the day, while the electricity has been
cut off. IDF is conducting house-to-house search in the camp,
causing destructions and terrorizing the residents.
IDF demolished 2 houses in Doha village, belonging to families
of suicide bombers who operated in Jerusalem a couple of days
A local news reported that IDF is requesting men in Dheisheh
to come out of the school yard, to submit themselves if the
camp wanted to spare military attack.
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Ha'ir's Uri Blau reported Friday that plans for entering
the refugee camps have been under work for over a year. A
brief by the Nahal Brigade commander that was recently distributed
included a section regarding the next step in the fighting,
defined as "controlling a city after its occupation."
This included "division into quarters and performing
thorugh searches; Controlling civilian movement - check points,
monitoring points; Handling humanitarian needs and the resumption
of civili life; basic intellignece mapping.
reports on the Israeli attack on Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip,
on 12 Feb, as an indicator of how the army operates: "The
soldiers entered houses in search of men from a wanted-men
list, but the wanted men were not found in the houses where
intelligence reports supposed they would be. This did not
stop the IDF from arresting people who were in the houses,
mostly male relatives of the listed men. Even though the army
knew that the people arrested are not the wanted men, the
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Isarael] Call for a General
of Palestinians responded to a call from the follow-up
Committee of the Arab population in Israelto protest
the on-going massacre. The central dmonstratarion in
Sakhnin was adressed by Yasser Arafat, who spoke to
the protesters from under the siege in Ramallah. The
follow-up Comittee has called for a general strike Sunday
Please come to an urgent protest vigil at the machsom on the
road to Tul Karm - Meeting point: the main entrance to Taibe
(at the gas station), Taibe Junction, Road 444,
Today, Saturday, 4 p.m.
The initiative is of activists from Yesh Gvul, Ta'ayush, New
Profile, Hacampus Lo Shotek and other organisations
Silent Vigil Weekend
the victims and to call for an end to the occupation.
Where: Union Square
When: 6PM, Saturday AND Sunday
Bring flowers and candles
Photos from Saturday vigil
BAY AREA/NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY WIDE MEETING and WORKING
SUNDAY, MARCH 10, NOON (Note new time)
ADC-SF Office - 522 Valencia St (@16th) in San Francisco
RSVP requested: firstname.lastname@example.org
du peuple palestinien, notamment à travers l'envoi d'une
force de protection internationale. La France doit aussi prendre
des sanctions contre l'État israélien, notamment,
comme nous l'avons déjà demandé, à
travers la suspension de l'Accord d'association Union Européenne
- Israël et la condamnation des actes de guerre du gouvernement
israélien d'Ariel Sharon et de son armée d'occupation.
Tens of thousands demostrated in Rome and Milan calling
to stop the massacre and end the occupation. More information
Manifestation de soutien au peuple palestinien
samedi 9 mars, Marseille
À 10h30, sur le Vieux-Port à Marseille
L'Association Médicale Franco-Palestinienne (Marseille)
et l'Union Juive Française pour la Paix (Provence)
organisent une manifestation de soutien au peuple palestinien.
Une marche sera organisée jusqu'à la Préfecture
des Bouches-du-Rhône où nous avons demandé
à être reçus. Nous y remettrons
un courrier demandant au Président de la République,
au Premier ministre et au ministre des Affaires étrangères,
que la France prenne immédiatement toutes les
initiatives nécessaires pour assurer
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7 Mar., 2002
I am writing
from my apartment in New York.
troops have entered Bethlehem area tonight. I have been on
the phone all evening with my friends from Dheisheh Refugee
Camp and Bayt Sahour, and wanted share the news that haven't
been on the main stream media at this point yet - 1 killed,
5injuries, houses taken over by troops, and tanks rolling
in from all directions.
one hour ago, the troops began moving towards Bethlehem, from
surrounding villages of Bayt Sahour, Bayt Jala, al-Khader,
as well as Jerusalem-Bethlehem checkpoint. Currently there
are about 75 tanks all around the area and apache helicopter
gun ships are circulating above.
in Bethlehem had anticipated tonight's invasion. Palestinian
security building (al-Muqata) had been bombed by F-16 attack
jets for three nights in a row. My friends told me that the
likelihood of the invasion reached to them from both official
and unofficial sources. Because in the last several days Israelis
have been launching on extensive refugee camp raids in West
Bank and Gaza Strip, the speculation had it that the Bethlehem
area invasion would target Dheisheh and Aida camps, densely
crowded neighborhoods packed with fragile houses and narrow
camp organized 22 emergency clinics set up in people's homes
throughout the camp. People received training on first aid
earlier in the day. A UN flag was raised high on top of UNRWA
compound (clinic, administration, nursery school, and physiotherapy
unit etc) in the camp, hopefully to avoid becoming a target.
Cultural Center has been closed for the last several days
since the F-16 air raids began. Today, they took some of valuable
equipment (computer sever etc) to a safer location.
in Bayt Sahour village reported me that Israeli bulldozers
were destroying roads near his house.
helicopter already struck missiles into Aida camp. There has
been one dead and at least 5 injured from a gun battle in
camp has been shelled from Efrat, a settlement that has expanded
to right behind the camp. No injuries have been reported,
but shells reached to the far end of the camp.
have entered Doha village, across from Dheisheh. A house belonging
to the family of one of Ibdaa dance troupe members has been
taken over by the Israeli troop. They are friends of mine,
and I am worried sick.
had entered al-Khader village yesterday, and now they are
making their way towards Dheisheh. 2 of them have reached
in front of Dheisheh and are currently parked near Taboo Zaman
write as more news comes in.
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Special Emergency Report:
Isareli Army Enters Bethlehem
Mar. 2002, 8pm EST
to several sources the Israeli Army has began around 1am Friday
morning to enter the Bethlehem area, a densely populated residential
area which includes the city of Bethlehem, Refugee camps Dheisheh,
Aida, and Azza, as well as the villages of Bayt Sahour, Bayt
Jalla, El-Hader, and other neighborhoods of Bethlehem.
Artilery positioned in the settlement of Efrat is shelling
Dheisheh Refugee Camp. Apache helicopters have reportedly
started bombing Aida Refugee Camp, and the city of Bethlehem.
Tanks have begun entering one of the camps.Military jet planes,
helicopters, and dozens of tanks participate in the attack,
while heavy construction vehicles and tractors are systematically
destroying all roads leading to the area and connecting the
in the area have been preparing for the attack throughout
the day. Dozens of emergency first aid clinics have been set
up throughout the refugee camps. Camps residents have been
training all day Thursday in first aid procedures.
your representatives now. This incursion, which aspires to
a massacre, must be stopped.
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