A regular mailing from William J. (Bill) Thomson, Ph.D. (wthomson@umich.edu)

This edition includes a good media list

And a list of hot races in next week's elections.

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First Edition (10/31/02)

"There is not going to be one speech or one demonstration, after which everyone goes home....This is a movement against war, and it's building momentum." -- Barbara Lubin, founder of the Middle East Children's Alliance in Berkeley, Calif.

The US resolution on Iraq has now been sent to the Security Council. It is very important that we all call the representatives of France (especially), Russia and China (see last item) and ask them to veto the resolution. Please also call the Mexican delegation (Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, Representante Permanente de México ante las Naciones Unidas, . (212) 752-0220 - Fax (212) 688-8862, e-mail: mexico@un.int), since Mexico appears to be the deciding vote (nine are required) among the non-veto-bearing members of the current Security Council. The NY Times has reported that Mexico will likely vote "NO". Keep up the pressure.

1) Rally in Washington Is Said to Invigorate the Antiwar Movement
2) Good news from the front lines in the battle for the U.S. Senate
3) ONE WEEK to go. Talk to your friends (ACTION REQUESTED)
4) Iraq: The Fifty-First State!
5) Day 131: Nablus Still Under Siege - Should US papers specify appropriate contents in death notices
6) 500
7) This Saturday Demo in Tel Aviv (ACTION REQUESTED)
8) The Groundwork for Transfer
9) Contact information for US, UN, European Union, Canada, Israel and Media (CONTACT EARLY AND OFTEN)

Excellent sources for current updates: http://www.truthout.org/ and http://www.palestinechronicle.com and www.jerusalem.indymedia.org and http://www.soundvision.com/info/jerusalem and http://www.jewsagainsttheoccupation.org/,
http://www.iap.org/index2.html and http://Antiwar.com.

Previous copies of these updates will be available at http://www.soundvision.com/info/jerusalem

"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience…Therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring" -- Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950

“Recall the face of the poorest and most helpless person you have seen and ask yourself if the next step you contemplate is going to be of any use to that person.”--Mohandas Gandhi

"The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis" -Edmund Burke

1) Rally in Washington Is Said to Invigorate the Antiwar Movement

Rally in Washington Is Said to Invigorate the Antiwar Movement
October 30, 2002
NY Times

Emboldened by aweekend antiwar protest in Washington that organizers called the biggest since the days of the Vietnam War, groups opposed to military action in Iraq said they were preparing a wave of new demonstrations across the country in the next few weeks.

The demonstration on Saturday in Washington drew 100,000 by police estimates and 200,000 by organizers', forming a two-mile wall of marchers around the White House. The turnout startled even organizers, who had taken out permits for 20,000 marchers. They expected 30 buses, and were surprised by about 650, coming from as far as Nebraska and Florida.

A companion demonstration in San Francisco attracted 42,000 protesters, city police there said, and smaller groups demonstrated in other cities, including about 800 in Austin, Tex., and 2,500 in Augusta, Me.

"The rally was like a huge gust of wind into the sails of the antiwar movement," said Brian Becker, an organizer of the Washington protest. "Our goal was not simply to have a big demonstration, but to give the movement confidence that it could prevail. The massive turnout showed it's legitimate, and it's big."

Building on those demonstrations, a coalition of groups called International Answer - short for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism - is asking people to vote in a referendum called VoteNoWar.org, which organizers hope will serve as a countervote to the Congressional resolution in support of military action in Iraq.

The coalition, which has absorbed several smaller groups around the country, is also planning another protest on Jan. 18 and 19 in Washington, to coincide with the commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and the 12th anniversary of the Persian Gulf war. Organizers are also planning what they call a Grass Roots Peoples' Congress to publicize the results of the referendum.

Smaller groups that attended the demonstrations in San Francisco and Washington said they were planning their own protests back home. Protesters plan to march in New Orleans and Tampa, Fla., this weekend; in Charleston, S.C., in mid-November; and again in San Francisco on Nov. 22. A group in Louisiana is planning a peace walk between Baton Rouge and New Orleans at the end of November, and the National Council of Churches is discussing another rally in Washington for Nov. 24.

MoveOn.org is conducting an online petition drive and has raised about $2 million for candidates, including the late Senator Paul Wellstone, who opposed a war in Iraq.

In California, college students are leading teach-ins against the war at high schools. Richard Becker, an organizer with Answer in San Francisco, said the group was setting up an emergency response plan to accommodate a mass protest - complete with sound systems, placards, the requisite permits and even portable toilets - on the day United States troops enter Iraq.

"There is not going to be one speech or one demonstration, after which everyone goes home," said Barbara Lubin, the founder of the Middle East Children's Alliance in Berkeley, Calif. "This is a movement against war, and it's building momentum."

Those who have been organizing and attending demonstrations for several months said the swelling size of the protests showed how much antiwar sentiment had increased as the threat of war intensified.

In San Francisco, a march on Sept. 6 drew 2,500 people, one two weeks later, 6,000, and one on Oct. 6, 10,000.

"People are very emboldened right now," said Mike Zmolek, an organizer with the National Network to Stop the War in Iraq. "We've been in a financial crunch since we started - suddenly people are sending checks out of nowhere."

Mr. Zmolek said his organization had attracted 100 new antiwar groups across the country in the last three months.
The march in Washington was planned by International Answer, with coordinators of local chapters working in more than two dozen cities around the country. It attracted homemakers as well as college students, seasoned activists and those who had never attended any kind of political rally before.

"It was beautiful," said Merrill Chapman, 35, who called herself "just a housewife" in Charleston, S.C. "I'm in a very conservative town, and I feel like the lone voice. Being in Washington energized me, by seeing I was not alone."

Ms. Chapman had never been to a protest before the demonstration in Washington, but got involved after organizing a group called Thinking People in Charleston. She is planning a rally for Nov. 16 in her city.

In Houston, Lois Wright, a 46-year-old saleswoman in a drapery workroom, said she felt compelled to take the two-day bus ride to Washington, because the Bush administration seemed "hellbent on going to war."

"It's O.K. to do stuff in Houston, but nobody gets to hear about it," she said. "I felt if we were right in their faces, they couldn't ignore us."

Polls show that about 50 percent of Americans support sending ground troops to Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Antiwar organizers acknowledge some public support for military action, but said that until now, the voices of those who do not support the policy have not been heard.

"I think the president has considerable support," Mr. Zmolek said, "but I think the nation is pretty divided on this."

Certainly, there is still debate. In Austin, the University of Texas student government passed a resolution on Oct. 22 opposing an attack, by a vote of 20 to 17. Some students seek to have that vote overturned, saying it does not reflect the sentiment of the campus's 50,000 students.


2) Good news from the front lines in the battle for the U.S. Senate (ACTION REQUESTED)

From: Wes Boyd, MoveOn PAC
Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 2:29 PM
Subject: Good News

Dear MoveOn Member,

Today we bring you good news from the front lines in the battle for the U.S. Senate.
Jeanne Shaheen has closed to within striking distance of her opponent, John Sununu, in her campaign for New Hampshire's Senate seat. Here are the latest poll numbers:
48% - U.S. Rep. John Sununu (R)
46% - Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D)
6% - others, undecided
American Research Group poll conducted October 20-22, 2002

This is exciting, because although Shaheen has been an effective Democratic Governor (see her endorsement from the Boston Globe below), she has always faced difficult odds in this staunchly Republican state.

Please help Jeanne Shaheen seize this moment of opportunity, at:


She has a strong record on

* Education: added Kindergarten to New Hampshire's public schools;
* Health care: implemented coverage for thousands of uninsured children and worked with Maine and Vermont to lower prescription drug costs;* Environment: fought for clean air and favors "polluter pays" laws;
* Choice: supports a woman's right to reproductive choice.

Her opponent, Congressman John Sununu, has taken extreme positions against reproductive choice. He has sponsored legislation to privatize Social Security and risk it in the stock market. His father, also named John Sununu, was Chief of Staff to the first President Bush during the 1991 Gulf War on Iraq.
New Hampshire is perhaps the most famously Republican state in the country, due to its first-in-the-nation Presidential Primary voting. A Shaheen victory here would send a strong signal to the right wing.

Help make it happen, at: http://www.moveonpac.org/moveonpac/viewcandidates.phtml

The three other candidates on this page -- Tim Johnson, Jean Carnahan, and Ron Kirk -- are all in incredibly tight, battleground races.

Thank you. Your support will really make a difference in these key races.


- Wes, Joan, Peter, Carrie, Eli, and Doug
MoveOn.org PAC
October 29, 2002

3) ONE WEEK to go. Talk to your friends (ACTION REQUESTED)

Date: 29 Oct 2002 16:48:16 -0000
To: "William Thomson"
Subject: ONE WEEK to go. Talk to your friends.

Dear MoveOn member,

Yesterday we askedyou to talk to your boss. Today we ask you to talk to your friends. But not just any friends -- talk to friends that live in or near areas with really tight races. (See list below.) Call five of them. This should be fun. Let them know about the important race in their area. Ask them if they've considered helping a key campaign in its final push.

What do your friends care most about -- the environment, a woman's right to choose, peace & justice, their shrinking stock portfolios, keeping their jobs? No matter what they're most concerned about, you can make a good case for action today.

Then talk to your friends about the tremendous contribution they could make by volunteering to help get out the vote.

The list of key Senate and House races is attached below. Think hard -- you probably know folks in these places.

Today's reason to act, #7 in our election countdown, comes from Peggy Kenny of Palo Alto, California through our discussion forum. She says:

Reason #7: Vote as if your life depends on it!
If you don't think your very life depends on the outcome of this election, think about war without end, about the air you breathe, the water you drink, your access to medical treatment, inept intelligence agencies, unsolved domestic terror incidents, and the enmity of much of the rest of the world."

What do your friends think? Are they going to help?

Let us know at:

We really have to work together here. It takes a village to kick the right-wing's collective a--.
The countdown continues,
-Wes, Eli, Joan, Peter, Doug and Carrie
for MoveOn.org PAC
October 29th, 2002
P.S. For previousreasons and actions in our Election Day countdown, go to:

Also, if you know other folks who would like to get our email alerts, have them go to MoveOnPAC.org and click on the "signup now" link. ________________ VOLUNTEER RESOURCES


Below you'll find a listing of (1) Hot Senate Races, (2) Hot House Races, and (3) Bus rides to hot races.
Whenever possible, please say, "MoveOn sent me" in a comment field,
subject line, etc.
Arkansas: Mark Pryor
Colorado: Tom Strickland
Georgia: Max Cleland
Iowa: Tom Harkin
Louisiana: Mary Landrieu
Maine: Chellie Pingree
Minnesota: Seat formerly held by Paul Wellstone
This campaign will not recommence until Wednesday, but it is still likely to be a very tight race between Wellstone's successor and Norm Coleman. Stay tuned for more details about how to help.
Missouri: Jean Carnahan
New Hampshire: Jeanne Shaheen
New Jersey: Frank Lautenberg
Email: vherold@njdems.org to volunteer for Lautenberg and other NJ Dems. Please include your phone # and your county, and say "MoveOn sent me."
North Carolina: Erskine Bowles
Oklahoma: David Walters
Oregon: Bill Bradbury
South Dakota: Tim Johnson
South Carolina: Alex Sanders
Texas: Ron Kirk
Alabama 3rd District (Auburn area): Joe Turnham
email: joeturnham@aol.com Please be sure to include your contact info and tell them MoveOn sent you.
Colorado 7th District (Jefferson County: Denver suburb): Mike Feeley
California 18th District (Modesto / Central Valley): Dennis Cardoza
Connecticut 2nd District (Groton area): Joe Courtney
email: Francis@courtneyforcongress.org Please be sure to include your contact info and tell them MoveOn sent you.
Connecticut 5th District (Waterbury, Danbury): Jim Maloney
Georgia 3rd District (Macon) Jim Marshall
Georgia, 12th District (Augusta, Athens) Charles Walker, Jr.
Indiana 2nd District (South Bend area): Jill Long Thompson
Indiana 7th District (Indianapolis): Julia Carson
Iowa 1st District (quad cities / Bettendorf area): Ann Hutchinson
Iowa 2nd District (Cedar Rapids, Iowa City): Julie Thomas
Iowa 4th District (Ames): John Norris
Kentucky 3rd District (Louisville): Jack Conway
Maine 2nd District (all but southern coast): Mike Michaud
Maryland 2nd District (Baltimore suburbs): Dutch Ruppersberger
Maryland 8th District (Montgomery County): Chris Van Hollen
Michigan 11th District (Detroit suburbs) Kevin Kelly
Minnesota 2nd District (Minneapolis - St. Paul suburbs): Bill Luther
Nevada 3rd District (Las Vegas): Dario Herrera
New Hampshire 1st District (Manchester area): Martha Fuller Clark
New Jersey 5th District (Bergen County) Anne Sumers
New Jersey 12th District (central New Jersey): Rush Holt
New Mexico 1st District (Albuquerque area): Richard Romero
New York 1st District (eastern Long Island): Tim Bishop
North Carolina 13th District (Raleigh area): Brad Miller
Ohio 17th District (Youngstown): Tim Ryan
Pennsylvania 6th District (western Philaelphia suburbs): Dan Wofford
Pennsylvania 15th District (Allentown, Bethlehem): Ed O'Brien
Pennsylvania 17th District (Harrisburg area): Tim Holden
email: holdencampaign@comcast.net Please be sure to include your contact info and tell them MoveOn sent you.
South Dakota (statewide): Stephanie Herseth
Tennessee 4th District (Jamestown) Lincoln Davis
Texas 25th District (Houston): Chris Bell
Utah 1st District (Salt Lake City, Ogden): Dave Thomas
Utah 2nd District (Salt Lake City) Jim Matheson
Washington 1st District: Jay Inslee
Washington 2nd District (Everett area): Rick Larsen
Wisconsin 2nd District (Madison): Tammy Baldwin
If you don't live in one of these states or districts, but would still like to help, here's a great resource:
A group called 21st Century Democrats is paying gas expenses and arranging housing for people who volunteer the last four days for these key campaigns:
Maine - Chellie Pingree for US Senate
Pennsylvania - Dan Wofford for Congress
6th district Pennsylvania - Ed O'Brien for Congress
15th district Vermont - Doug Racine for Governor
If you are interested, email reza@21stdems.org. Tell him where you are, the race you're interested in, and how to reach you. And tell him MoveOn sent you.
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4) Iraq: The Fifty-First State!

Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 12:24:42 -0500
From: Jeff Surfus
Subject: Iraq: The Fifty-First State!

For thosewho would like a good analysis of what we may be in for with respect to occupation of Iraq, I strongly suggest you read the long article in this month's Atlantic Monthly, called "The Fifty-First State." It is VERY ENLIGHTENING and should be in the national discussion. -- Jeff Surfus

"The Fifty-first State?"

Going to war with Iraq would mean shouldering all the responsibilities of an occupying power the moment victory was achieved. These would include running the economy, keeping domestic peace, and protecting Iraq's borders-and doing it all for years, or perhaps decades. Are we ready for this long-term relationship?
by James Fallows

Article in its entirety: http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2002/11/fallows.htm

5) Day 131: Nablus Still Under Siege - Should US papers specify appropriate contents in death notices

From: "Amer Abdelhadi"
Subject: Day 131: Nablus Still Under Siege - Should US papers specify appropriate contents in death notices
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 00:29:54 +0200

This story and more at www.tmfm.net
Day 131: Nablus Still Under Siege
Should US papers specify appropriate contents in death notices

A lot of things happened since the cold blooded murder of Shaden Abu Hijleh, most of them you heard from me or your own sources.
The news of the murder traveled fast. Thanks to our friends and peace lovers who forwarded the reports and helped to publish them.
Gale Courey Toensing, moved by the murder, placed a paid obituary in The Courant, Connecticut. Gale, a 56 year old American woman could not believe a murder of this type could go away unnoticed.
Suddenly, all attention shifted to the obituary and the HOT story on why would a complete stranger spend $300 for a paid obituary for someone who lived and died thousands of miles away in a US local paper. More importantly, why should anyone do something or write something for the murder of a Palestinian. These notices are only for the elite, the Israelis and Americans. The new Human Race.
To some, there are no Palestinians murdered by Israelis. Palestinians murder Israelis. Period. There are no violence from the other side. If there is, we MUST NOT acknowledge it.
According to a report by Roslyn Tantraphol, a Courant staff writer, The Jewish Community Relations Council headed by Cathrine Fischer Schwartz did not and would not acknowledge the death notice as a fact. "I'm sure these items are under dispute, to put them in the newspaper as though they're factual, as though they've been investigated, I'm not sure that's responsible." Schwartz said.
After receiving many calls of concern about the death notice, The Courant, the paper that accepted and received the $300 for the paid death notice, started making excuses about the great mishap of allowing the obituary to be published.
A guestbook, published by The Courant on the web, has turned down more posts than has accepted. Each page has a statement that quotes “Entries are free and are posted after being reviewed for appropriate content” followed by signatories.
Everyday I receive several email letters from people offering their condolences to the family –the obituary gave my email address as a family contact-. Friends and strangers alike are finding their posts also denied. My own post has been denied three times. Was it because I mentioned that she was murdered in cold blood or because I insisted that Shaden Abu Hijleh was not just another number.
Shaden’s son, Sa’ed, told me tonight that the Jerusalem Post (Israel's Washington Times) called to investigate the story. --Don’t worry my friends; The story everyone is about is not about the murder of an innocent life. On the contrary, the concern is still rising about the obituary that is placed by a stranger, not the murder itself--.
It occurred to me that out of all those international phone calls investigating a strange death notice, very few came forward to investigate this murder or the other murders that are committed every single day by the same criminals who are motivated not only by power greed but also by the silencing arms. Especially in the ‘claimed’ free speech country, the USA.
May be we should have the Courant specify the 'appropriate contents' for us to pick from. May be each one of us should write to the Courant and tell them what we think.
The Palestinian Parliament convened today where Arafat names the new cabinet. The path to democracy was disturbed again when Israel prohibited several members of the Parliament from Gaza to travel to Ramallah for the meeting. The meeting was conducted via video conference.
Meanwhile, the Israeli radio mentioned that their troops who are busy 'searching for wanted people' and destroying Jenin are coming into Nablus for yet another massive operation.
The World is watching, yet has done little
Amer Abdelhadi
Radio Tariq Al Mahabbeh
TMFM 97.7
Nablus Under Siege
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6) 500

From: "Ami Kronfeld"
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 23:27:35 -0600
Subject: 500

[Number of officers and soldiers in the Israeli armywho signed the "Fighters' Letter" declaring publicly that they will refuse to execute the government policy and will no longer serve in the occupied territories: 500

See http://www.seruv.org.il/defaulteng.asp (English) or
http://www.seruv.org.il/default.asp (Hebrew) AK]

7) This Saturday Demo in Tel Aviv (ACTION REQUESTED)

Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 18:31:22 +0300
From: bat shalom
Subject: This Saturday Demo in Tel Aviv

The Evil Wall - Palestinian Ghetto - Israeli Catastrophe Demonstration
Rabin Memorial Assembly
Saturday - November 2, 19:30

If you are planning to attend and have room in your car leaving Jerusalem, please call Yehudit (02-5637174) before Thursday evening. The Bat Shalom-Gush Shalom-Women's Coalition for Peace-Kvisa Schora contingent will be meeting at 19:00 near the west side of the stage.
Bat Shalom
Bat Shalom is a feminist peace organization working toward a just peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Bat Shalom, together with The Jerusalem Center for Women, a Palestinian women's peace organization, comprise The Jerusalem Link. Visit our web site for more information and our latest activities: http://www.batshalom.org

We gratefully accept contributions to help support our work. Checks in any currency can be mailed to Bat Shalom, POB 8083, Jerusalem 91080, Israel. Tel: +972-2-563 1477; Fax: +972-2-561 7983. See our web site for information about tax-deductible contributions or bank transfers.

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8) The Groundwork for Transfer

From: Jewish Peace News
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 21:56:28 -0800
Subject: Ze'ev Schiff: The Groundwork for Transfer

[Today the Israel Defense Force belatedlyadmitted that it had used "exaggerated" force in its attack on the Rafah refugee camp two weeks ago that resulted in the deaths of six Palestinian civilians, including women and children who were far from the purported skirmish. Israeli troops fired tank shells indiscriminately, according to the internal report (second article below). No disciplinary action will be taken. While highly disturbing, the report does not surprise. At the same time, as Ha'aretz commentator Ze'ev Schiff argues, the IDF must be called upon to respond to attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinian olive harvesters. This is the first time in recent memory that Israelis have participated in the "collective theft" and destruction of Palestinian food supplies. (Of course, this has long been state policy with regard to water supplies, of which Israeli appropriates about 80% from West Bank aquifers.) Schiff points out that this is particularly meaningful in a year when, unlike last year, the olive crop is abundant and stands to bring a source of economic and food sustenance to up to 600,000 Palestinians who depend in one way or another on the harvest. And Schiff remarks -- surprisingly perhaps for a mainline columnist -- that the destruction of Palestinian olive crops and prevention of harvesting is "laying the groundwork for Transfer" of Palestinians out of the Territories. This is a process that has already begun, as Palestinians villagers have been forced out of villages like Yanun. The Israeli government bears the greatest responsibility in this matter because, as occupier, it is legally (and morally) responsible for the well-being of the occupied. --LS]

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=224957&cont rassID=assID=0&listSrc=Y&itemNo=224957
Wednesday, October 30, 2002 Cheshvan 24, 5763Israel Time: 06:12 (GMT+2)

The army must stop the olive thieves

By Ze'ev Schiff

It would be a mistake to regard the settlers' robberies of Palestinian villagers' olive harvests as merely another serious crime. This collective theft signifies a change in the current military conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and is a revolution in the history of the settlements in general. For the first time in the current conflict, Israelis are stealing and confiscating Palestinian food. Even if they won't admit it, it can be seen as laying the groundwork for Transfer, not by the state but by a group of settlers. In Yanun, south of Nablus, most of the residents have already been forced to leave their homes.

In one of the rounds of the conflict in the distant past, during the Arab revolt of 1936, it was the Palestinians who tried hurting the Jewish yishuv by burning fields and crops. Now citizens are doing such things after their country promised Washington and President George W. Bush that it would take into consideration the humanitarian problems of the Palestinian population. Israel understands that is the other side of the war on terror; to fight the terrorists and their controllers, and not at the expense of the innocent population. The settlers are mocking those promises, including the ones made by the prime minister.

With their deeds, the thieves are sending the message that it's not a war on terror in the territories but a campaign to deepen the poverty and hunger of the Palestinian population. They are burning the olive harvests, damaging the olive trees and preventing farmers from reaching privately owned groves. This is a classic formula for creating more terrorists. And why is it happening this year? Because this year the olive harvest is excellent, compared to last year, when it was very weak and there was no point robbing the slender crop. According to one assessment, by the end of the season in late December, the farmers could earn as much as NIS 200 million. That's what the harvest robbers want to prevent. Those knowledgeable about Palestinian agriculture say that some 600,000 Palestinians earn their livelihood in one way or another from live harvests.

To prepare the groundwork for their plot, the robbers enlisted the former chief rabbi Mordechai Eliahu, who explained that the fruit from the trees planted by Gentiles on land inherited by the people of Israel, does not belong to the Gentiles. At most, they can get a tithe from it. This is rape of the Jewish religion, the handiwork of idol worshippers, and a disgrace for the people of Israel, whether from the right or left, secular or religious. A few days ago, Denmark, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, managed to postpone for three years the decision whether the EU should boycott goods produced by Israelis in the settlements. If the olive robberies are not ceased immediately, and the victims of the theft are not compensated, Israel will have no moral right to ask the EU to prevent boycotts of settlement products.

The harvest robbers show that Israelis are also contributing to the destruction of the rule of law in the territories. If they were blocked immediately, things would appear differently. But the depth of the change these deeds are creating is apparent in the weakness the IDF is displaying. Many officers are ashamed of it. But statements by the chief of staff during internal discussions that he condemns the phenomenon are meaningless, if the army does not take determined action to prevent it. The settlers' private army - and it's not only the hilltop gangs - has taken the law into its own hands, and is spitting in the face of the army.

If the harvest robberies are not immediately stopped there will be, for the first time, justification for international military involvement in the territories - and not merely inspectors, but a full-fledged military intervention. We'll all lose. We can already learn from the harvest robberies about the future developments we're promised, if the settlers and their supporters are allowed to lead Israeli policy. The change the harvest robbers have wrought proves how important it is that Washington sticks to its demand to freeze the settlements.

© Copyright Ha`aretz. All rights reserved


Wednesday, October 30, 2002 Cheshvan 24, 5763Israel Time: 06:04 (GMT+2)
Last update - 02:33 30/10/2002

IDF admits 'exaggerated' use of force in Rafah incident By Amos Harel, Ha'aretz Correspondent

Two weeks after an incident in which six Palestinians were killed by IDF fire in Rafah, a top army officer has admitted that poor judgment resulted in an improper use of force in the incident. However, no action is expected against any of those involved.

Two weeks ago, while the troops were building a wall meant to block Palestinians from digging smuggling tunnels into Egypt from Rafah, the force came under fire from light weapons and hand grenades, culminating in an anti-tank rocket that hit one of the armored diggers at work. An IDF tank responded with four shells, which killed six Palestinians. Among the dead were women and children, some of whom were a long way from the gunmen, Palestinian sources said.

Brig. Gen Yisrael Ziv, commander of the army in Gaza, told Channel Ten on Tuesday that in retrospect, after the investigation, it seems that "the army used an exaggerated amount of force. The tank fired four shells when one was enough," he said. The day after the incident, Ziv told Channel One that the IDF had no reason to apologize for the incident and that the force operated properly under heavy fire.

In the wake of the incident, the rules of engagement for tank fire in Rafah have been tightened. In recent days there has been relative quiet in the area, despite ongoing IDF engineering in the area, aimed at completing the wall.

© Copyright Ha`aretz. All rights reserved

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6) Contact information for US, UN, European Union, Canada, Israel and Media (CONTACT EARLY AND OFTEN)


You can easily find how to contact for your own U.S. Senators and Congresspeople at http://government.aol.com.

To begin, here are four important people to address in the United States. Use phone AND fax AND email:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvanian Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1111 -- Fax: (202) 456-2461 -- E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

Vice President Dick Cheney
(The White House, as above)

Condoleezza Rice
National Security Advisor
(The White House, as above)

Secretary of State Colin Powell
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Phone: (202) 647-6575 -- Fax: (202) 261-8577 -- E-mail:

You can call the Capital switchboard toll-free: 1-800-839-5276 and ask to be connected to your member of Congress.


UN Security Council Members with Veto Power

Représentant Permanent
Permanent Representative
Ambassador S.E M. Jean-David Levitte
French Mission to the UN
One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza
245 East 47th Street, 44th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10017
phone: (212) 308-5700
fax: (212) 421-6889
email: france@un.int
Ambassador Sergey Lavrov
Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations
136 East 67th Street
New York, N.Y. 10021
phone: (212) 861-4900/4901/4902
fax: (212) 628-0252
Ambassador Wang Yingfan
Mission of the People's Republic of China to the UN
350 East 35th Street
New York, N.Y. 10016
phone: (212) 655-6100
fax: (212) 634-7626
E-mail: chinamission_un@fmprc.gov.cn

Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan

Permanent Representative and Ambassador Wang Yingfan Tel: 212-655-6191
Fax: 212-481-2998

Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador Zhang Yishan Tel: 212-655-6123
Fax: 212-481-2998

Political Affairs Section Tel: 212-655-6141
Fax: 212-634-7625
Britain at the United Nations
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
28th Floor
885 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
E-mail uk@un.int
Tel: (212) 745 9250
Fax: (212) 745 9316

To also contact non permanent members.




Prime minister (Jean Chretien pm@pm.gc.ca)
Bill Graham (Bill Graham graham.b@parl.gc.ca).

Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister:
rohm@pmo.gov.il or webmaster@pmo.gov.il
Fax: +972 2 651 2631

Benjamin Ben Eliezer, Israeli Minister of Defense:
Email: sgansar@mod.gov.il

Shimon Peres, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs:
Fax: +972-2-5303367
Email: sar@mfa.gov.il

Here is the phone number of the IDF Commander for the Ramallah area (from the US):
Mobile: 011-972-54-240-303
Voice your protest to him personally.