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posted 09 May 2003 11:54 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Gaza visitors must sign waiver in case army shoots them

The Israeli military yesterday began obliging foreigners entering the Gaza Strip to sign waivers absolving the army from responsibility if it shoots them. Visitors must also declare that they are not peace activists.

Is this move meant to absolve the IDF's responsibility (which, as far as I've seen, doesn't exist) or intimidate potential visitors? Maybe a little of both?

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posted 09 May 2003 12:48 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This news release seems appropriate here:
Friday, May 9, 2003
For Immediate Release


[Beit Sahour, Occupied Palestine] Israeli forces raided the ISM office this morning, confiscating equipment and material and
snatching three women. At 12:30pm on Friday, May 9, approximately 20 military vehicles, army jeeps and a large armored personnel carrier (intended for many arrests) surrounded the ISM media office in Beit Sahour. Dozens of soldiers, border police and civilian police officers raided the ISM office, confiscating all computers, not only in the ISM office but in the nearby office of the Palestinian Centre for Rapprochement. Files, CD, and photos were all pillaged, while soldiers broke equipment and damaged office space. Israeli forces kidnapped Palestinian volunteer, Fida, American volunteer, Flo, and a worker with Human Rights Watch visiting the office. At the time of this writing, Fida has been released, and the internationals seem to
have been moved to the office of the Israeli Ministry of Interior, most probably for deportation.

The Israeli government has declared an open war on international peace and human rights workers. Israeli forces are doing everything in their power to specifically prevent the nonviolent resistance to their military rule. The stepped-up harassment of internationals and journalists in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is nothing short of a further attempt to shield from the international community the brutality of daily Israeli military actions against the Palestinian people.

The ISM, however, has no plans to leave the Palestinian areas nor to reduce our actions or our efforts. We need your help.

[ 09 May 2003: Message edited by: al-Qa'bong ]

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posted 09 May 2003 01:35 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
"Snatching" a worker from HRW: oh dear, not cool.

I've been thinking about this crackdown and the mayhem wreaked among independent journalists in Iraq, and wondering how it compares to the treatment of the press or aid workers in earlier wars.

For most of the Second WW, the front lines were so clear that it would have been hard for an independent reporter to go anywhere independently, whether the military had been stopping him/her or not. The Red Cross, however, was entering Germany sometimes: were they not allowed in to view one of the camps? (Famously fixed up just for them?)

Viet Nam was the opposite: for once, even mainstream reporters really broke out of their pens, and independent observers were everywhere.

Our wars now don't really seem to have front lines. Whatever rules there were for independent observers in wartime, it looks as though they're all being rewritten right now. We know how the hammerheads think those rules should read -- how can we help the reporters and aid workers and human-rights observers to have a little input?

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posted 12 May 2003 11:58 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Amnesty International delegates denied access to Gaza
The organization is concerned that one aim of these new and drastic restrictions is to prevent outside monitoring and scrutiny of the conduct of the Israeli army. It is also concerned that these restrictions will lead to more killings in Gaza and calls on the army to immediately end the use of excessive and unlawful force.

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