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More Arrests!The War Against Human Rights Groups

Today three more ISM workers were arrested including one with epilepsy and
in the middle of an attack. Charlotte, Osam and Radika were arrested and
are being held at Ariel Police Station.
Please Phone: PHONE 03 906 5444 or 03 906 530
The International Solidarity Movement and Rapprochement offices in Beit
Sahour were raided yesterday. Three women were taken into custody.
Two internationals were arrested, both apparently American. One of the
arrested was the communications co-ordinator. A Palestinian is being held
for questioning. Radio news reported that the internationals were
illegally here, but the ISM office confutes that. In addition to the
arrests, 5 computers and 3 lap tops were confiscated.

Today three more ISM workers were arrested including one with epilepsy and
in the middle of an attack. Charlotte, Osam and Radika were arrested and
are being held at Ariel Police Station.

Please Phone: PHONE 03 906 5444 or 03 906 530


This is the beginning of the War on Human Rights Groups. It is being
perpetuated by the Israeli Defense Forces and aimed, in particular, at
those who wish to aid the cause of human rights in the Occupied Territories
and in Gaza. Amnesty International delegates have just released that they
were denied access to the Gaza today because they refused to sign the
"waivers".

At present, legal aid is being sought to try to release the women and to
recoup the computers. Action beyond that is also needed. If the attack on
the ISM and the document below that foreigners will from now on be forced
to sign are allowed to succeed, then ALL other international human rights
and anti occupation groups will soon follow. After them, all Israeli groups
similar to New Profile will, no doubt, be directly targeted.

New Profile, a Movement for The Civil-ization of Israeli Society, works
diligently against the injustice being perpetuated by the Military State of
Israel. Besides their on-going and continuous support of the growing number
of Refusers (men and women who refuse to participate, via their military
service, in the oppression of the
Palestinian people) New Profile directly intervenes with the arrest and
detainment of Palestinians and Internationals who are seized by the Israeli
government.

Obviously, it would be of benefit to the IDF if all such an organization
could not function..in its liaison capacity with the Occupied Territories,
but also with regards to the upcoming trials of the conscientious objectors.

The International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian led non-violent group
which attempts to provide protection to the Palestinian people and to
enable them to non-violently resist the Israeli military occupation of
Palestine, has recently come under direct attack from the Israeli
Government and Army.

This attack, including the targeting of ISM volunteers that left one dead,
one comatose and one severely injured, and now this new declaration, are
all aimed at discrediting and inhibiting the peace work of the ISM. New
Profile, and other Israeli groups of similar heart and mind, in turn, tries
to protect and support the efforts of the ISM.

Here is a copy of the declaration that Amnesty International delegates
refused to sign. The declaration states that the individual "accept(s) that
the government of the state of Israel cannot be held responsible for death,
injury and/or damage/loss of property which may be incurred as a result of
military activity".


COPY OF DECLARATION:

Israeli Defense Forces

Form to be filled out and submitted to IDF authorities prior to entry to
the Gaza Strip

First name Family name
Nationality
Passport number
Home address
Address in Gaza
Purpose of visit in detail
Duration of visit
Organization arranging visit

Conditions of Entry into the Gaza Strip

Foreign nationals entering the Gaza Strip, please note that the IDF is
committed to ensuring the safety of civilians not engaged in hostilities.
However, in the current circumstances, the IDF cannot guarantee the
personal safety of foreign nationals visiting the area.

Although the IDF cannot accept responsibility for death, injury or
damage/loss of property incurred as a result of military activity, foreign
nationals visiting the area are subject to the following conditions whose
purpose is to minimize the risks involved:

1. The Military Installation Area along the border with Egypt is IDF
administered territory and is strictly out of bounds to foreign nationals.
Please note that this area has been the site of intense hostilities and is
extremely dangerous.

2. Interference or obstruction of Israeli security personnel in the
performance of their duties is a criminal offense.

3. The areas adjacent to the Perimeter Fence, Israeli Settlements, Lateral
Roads serving Israeli civilians and IDF positions are Closed Military Zones
and are strictly out of bounds to all persons.

4. Foreign nationals are strongly advised to stay well clear of military
activity.


Declaration

I declare that the details provided above are true and correct and that I
have read the above conditions and agree to abide by the fully. I am aware
that my failure to do so may lead to my arrest and/ or expulsion from the
Gaza Strip and/or from the territory of the State ofIsrael. I am aware of
the risks involved and accept that the Government of the State of Israel
and its organscannot be held responsible for death, injury and/or
damage/loss of property which may be incurred as a result of military
activity. I also undertake not to disrupt IDF operations in any way and
declare that I have no association with the organization known as ISM
(International Solidarity Movement) nor any other organization whose aim is
to disrupt IDF operations.

Signed Date


Ironically, as the issue(s) of peace unfold, the people most at risk in
Israel and the Occupied Territories are those who strive towards greater
peace and understanding. Darker and even more oppressive days are ahead if
the International Community at large does not act and
act quickly.

Current communications between such organizations and people living in
Israel and the Occupied Territories, such as New Profile and The
International Solidarity Movement, is presently in grave jeopardy. The ISM
Media Co-ordinator who was responsible for sending the copy of this
Declaration to the offices of New Profile, is still, as I write, under in
custody.

This new war on human rights groups and sympathizers of the oppressed is
insidious and as lethal as any weapon or biological contamination. Threats
of such actions had been previously discussed on radio in Israel. On
Passover Eve, April 16, 2003 at 08:00, the program "Open
Line with the Chief of Staff" was broadcast, during which Lt. General
Moshe Ya'alon spoke with soldiers and commanders about current events and
the action that was about to take place. In this interview he discussed the
future evacuation of all international peace activists in the Occupied
Territories. Besides totally denying any wrong doing in the taking of the
lives of international peace workers, he futher said:

"I have just given an order to remove the organizations activists from the
area, firstly for their own benefit - they are endangering their own
lives in a superfluous way - but are also creating provocation's that
injure our freedom of action on the ground. And so it's advisable that they
get out of the area."

The ISM, however, has no plans to leave the Palestinian areas, nor to
reduce its actions or efforts.

Please protest:

In the US: Contact your congressperson, the State
Department and the White House using this link.
 http://www.cflweb.org/congress_merge_.htm or
 http://www.congress.gov Also call the State Department and demand action.
STATE DEPARTMENT 1-202-647-5150

For UK, Please call THE FOREIGN OFFICE 020 7008 1500,Also Contact your MP
and Prime Minister

For Israel Contact Israeli Minister of Interior, Tel:
+972-2-629-4701; Fax: +972-2-629-4750
Israeli Foreign Minister, Silvan Shalom Fax:
+972-2-5303704 e-mail:  sar@mofa.gov.ilIsraeli Defense Minister, Shaul Mofaz
Fax: +972-3-6916940, 6976990
e-mail:  sar@mod.gov.il

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon fax: (+972-2) 566-4838 or 651-3955 or 651-2631

For Canada: Minister of Foreign Affairs Bill Graham, House of Commons,
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6; Fax 613-996-3443 e-mail:
 Graham.B@parl.gc.ca

Everyone, Contact the Israeli embassy in your country

For more info see: www.palsolidarity.org
 http://www.news.amnesty.org


Mary La Rosa

homepage: homepage: http://www.NewProfile.org/english