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This is part of The Roadmap to Peace?

Did Powell suggest that Sharon get rid of the ISM today?
No need for me to put forth an analysis about why this is happening; we all know.

From Islam on line today:  http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2003-05/09/article08.shtml

Israeli Forces "Invade" Foreign Pacifists HQ, Arrest Three



BETHLEHEM, West Bank, May 9 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - Israeli occupation forces gate-crashed Friday, May 9, the main office of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), arrested two female peace advocates and a Palestinian employee in addition to confiscating equipment and six computers.

"The army invaded our office and arrested three people. Two are internationals and another is a Palestinian. They also took a lot of equipment, computers and hard disks," said Ghassan Andoni, an ISM member who witnessed the Israeli raid on the groups' premises in the town of Beit Sahur.

The arrestees were Christine Razowsky, 28 from Chicago, and an Australian woman who did not want her name released, as well as Palestinian Fida Gharib, 22, a secretary for the organization, the Israeli Haaretz daily reported quoting Israeli spokeswoman Laura Gordon.

Israeli police spokesman Gil Kleiman said two foreigners had been handed over to police custody and were being questioned for entering a restricted military area.

The interrogation documents and other evidence - including the computers - will be used by the Israeli Interior Ministry to decide whether the foreigners should be deported, Kleiman said.

Palestinian witnesses said the building, which houses the ISM main office for the Palestinian territories, was surrounded by 15 armored vehicles and searched by soldiers, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

A Palestinian source close to the ISM said the Israeli raid was linked to the investigation into the April 30 bombing attack by a British national in Tel Aviv that left three fatal victims.

The source, who wished to remain anonymous, said the Israeli army is checking whether the ISM, which uses foreigners as human shields to protect Palestinian civilians from the Israeli army, helped the attacker enter Israel.

Andoni said the Israeli soldiers gave no explanation when they entered the office, and he denied any link between the ISM and the bomber, Assif Mohammad Hanif.

"The army is planning to evacuate all internationals from the territories and that under any reason. They just don't want any witnesses for their actions," he stressed.

"We have our position very clear on suicide bombings: the ISM has no link whatsoever with the Tel Aviv attack," Andoni said.

George Rishmawi, a Palestinian official close to the group, also stressed that Israel wanted to "deport any foreigner who supports us."

"We consider these people to be international witnesses to the suffering of the Palestinian people."

Press reports have also indicated that Israeli authorities were considering expelling all ISM members from Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

On its website, the ISM describes itself as a "Palestinian-led movement of Palestinian and international activists working to raise awareness of the struggle for Palestinian freedom and an end to Israeli occupation."

It says it uses "nonviolent, direct-action methods of resistance to confront and challenge illegal Israeli occupation forces and policies."

ISM have recently complained they have become targets to the Israeli occupation forces in the occupied Palestinian territories.

On March 16, a U.S. national, 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer as she tried to protect a Palestinian house threatened with demolition.

On Sunday, April 4, two ISM members, an American and a Dane, were injured when Israeli occupation forces opened indiscriminate fire on a number of Palestinian youths and peace activists in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

American Barry Avery, 24, sustained a serious gunshot in the face while Danish Lasse Schmit, 35, was injured in the leg by shrapnel.

On April 11, Thomas Hurndall, 21-year-old British activist, was pronounced clinically dead after being shot by the Israeli army when trying to protect children from Israeli fire in the same area.