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Rape in Bethlehem (A call for HELP)

My sister is (or was) 4 months pregnant, and for sure she has most likely lost the baby.
When the Israeli soldier was finished violating her, two other army men did
the same thing. When she refused and tried to fight them off, they beat her,
mostly in her stomach,
Rape in Bethlehem (A call for HELP)

Please read and forward...this is evidence of the brutality of
occupation....

For the sake of the mothers of Palestine, please forward this to EVERYONE on
your Mailing List. My name is Anthony Razook, and I am writing to you
tonight from Bethlehem, Palestine. The local time here is 9:49 PM. I came
with some friends to the camp of the Antiochian Orthodox in the United
States a few years back, and now I am writing to you in distress, to reach
out for some help for our people in Palestine.

Last night, Israeli tanks and military personnel broke into our homes. They
entered my sister1s and her husband1s home at around 2:30 am this morning.
They proceeded to attack my sister, and one of the Israeli soldiers made
immoral attacks on her, and violated her in more than one way. My sister is
(or was) 4 months pregnant, and for sure she has most likely lost the baby.
When the Israeli soldier was finished violating her, two other army men did
the same thing. When she refused and tried to fight them off, they beat her,
mostly in her stomach, and when her husband Marwan tried to stop them, he
was shot three times in the back of the neck. This morning at around 5 in
the morning he died from the wounds. When they eventually stopped violating
my sister, they then threw her on the bed.

My sister1s seven-year-old son, my nephew Michel, witnessed all of these
horrible acts. After they had committed all these unspeakable atrocities
against my sister, they then stole her jewelry, her money, and some other
things. After that, they rampaged through her apartment. This morning, she
felt that she had a miscarriage. Moreover, those same soldiers came into our
home, and we were blessed from God that my father had some cash on him
(almost two thousand shekels) and he gave it to the soldiers. He even took
the gold from his own neck, from me, and from my younger sister and my
mother, in order to persuade those soldiers to leave us be.

The soldiers, in Hebrew, (we understand Hebrew) told my father that his wife
(my mother) was too old and too unattractive for them to have intercourse
with, and according to the soldiers - we should feel lucky! But then they
had all shared the woman in the apartment next to my sister1s. At that
point, my mother asked them to please allow us bring medicine for my sister,
and to please help us remove the body of my brother-in-law from the
apartment. But they would not, and my poor mother was too afraid to cry
because of what had happened because they would kill us too.

Please, you must help us. We are being persecuted and there appears to be no
end in sight. The government of your country (the US) does not allow you to
find out the real news of what is really happening to our people. In Nablus,
we received through cell phones that told us that over 86 women were raped
and beaten, and many men - their husbands - have been killed when they are
trying to stop those soldiers.
The crimes are sufficent without exaggeration 16.Apr.2002 22:49

Just an outsider

What is happening in Palestine is already worth worldwide condemnation without circulating unverified reports.
Several respected supporters of the Palestinian people have already questioned the truthfulness of this account, e.g., no one can locate a family with the name of Razook.
I would urge people not to repeat this account until it has been verified by independent sources or some major news agency. No group or organization, even those sympathetic to the Palestinian people, is circulating it.
Again, it is enough that entire villages have been attacked and destroyed by the Israeli Defense Forces. We do not have to hype the truth.

This is not the original email. 18.Apr.2002 10:18

The first hand receiver fourfreaks4@yahoo.com

This post is an altered version of the original email sent to several people in the US that Anthony knows. IT has been changed to sound as if Anthony is Palestinian or Muslim, which is not the case. He is an Orthodox Christian living in Bethlehem. Here is the original version of the email, and you may see for yourself the editing, changing of words, and additions that the person who posted this version must have made.

Please help us, -
> >
> >I am Anthony Razook, I am writing to you tonight,
> the local time
> >here is 9:49pm in the night time, in Bethlehem,
> Palestine. I came
> >with some friends to the camp of the Antiochian
> Orthodox in the
> >United States, some few years back, and now I am
> writing to you all
> >in distress for some help for our peoples in
> Palestine. Last night,
> >the Israeli tanks and military personal, broke into
> our homes, they
> >entered my sister and her husband's home around
> 2:30 in the morning
> >this morning. They proceeded to attack my sister,
> one of the
> >military men made attacks on her that were not
> appropriate, he
> >violated her in more than one way. My sister is 4
> months
> >pregneat,and for sure she has most likely lost the
> baby, when he
> >was finished violating her, two other army men did
> the same thing.
> >When she refused and tried to fight them off, they
> beat her, more
> >in the stomach, her husband Marwahn was shot three
> times in the
> >back of the neck, when he tried to stop them, this
> morning at
> >around 5 in the morning he died from the wounds.
> When they stopped
> >violating my sister they then threw her on the bed,
> all of this
> >horrible things were witnesse by her seven year old
> son, my nephew
> >Michel. At the end of them beating and violating my
> sister, they
> >then stole her jewelry, her monies, and some other
> things, at that
> >point they went and totally destroyed different
> things in her
> >apartment home. As of this morning, she feels that
> she had a
> >miscarriage of the baby, also, these same solidiers
> came into our
> >home, and we were blessed from God that my father
> had cash (almost
> >two thousand shekals (this is the money of Israel)
> and he gave it
> >to the soliders, he also took gold from his own
> neck, from myself,
> >and my younger sister and my mother. The soliders
> in hebrew, (we
> >understand hebrew) told my father that his wife was
> too old and un
> >attractive to have sexually things with, and that
> we should feel
> >lucky about this- but that they had all shared the
> woman in the
> >apartment before ( my sister) - then my mother
> asked to please
> >allow the soliders to bring medicine for my sister,
> and to please
> >help to remove my brother in law body, from the
> apartment, they
> >would not, my poor mother was to afraid to cry, as
> to what had
> >happend because they would kill us too- please, you
> must help us,
> >we are orthodox greek christian, we are not muslim,
> we are your
> >peoples from your religion. We are being persecuted
> and their is
> >not an end in sight. Your country doesn't allow you
> to know the
> >news of what is really happening to our peoples. In
> Nablus, their
> >were calls made from cell phones that tell us that
> over 86 womans
> >were raped and beaten and theirs is manys of people
> men, their
> >husbands that have been killed when they are trying
> to stop these
> >soliders. Your government is standing and allowing
> this to happen.
> >None of the arabic countries are helping us? What
> are we to do?
> >Please help us, I must go- i was gracious from God
> to have enough
> >batteruy in my lap computer to send u this e-mail.
> i am scared that
> >i will not be able to read ur responses, please
> help us, plese,
> >send this email to anyone who care to hepl the
> christians in
> >Palestine,
> >
> >I must go, before i get into trouble, of or someone
> to find me (the
> >soliders come into the homes in the night, that is
> when we are most
> >scared-)
> >
> >+anthony (please help)


You must make judgements for yourself about the validity of the changed version of this email, along with the validity of this original. I am getting more and more frustrated with the perversions of this cry for help that I am finding all over the internet. Groups are using this to further their own cause, rather than work for the real cause of this letter~ An end to the violence.