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Nablus: Why Is This Story NOT Reported or Reported Correctly?

Contrary to how the media is reporting it January 4, 2004: 4 Killed in Nablus.
One hiding behind a tax (age 19)
One standing and talking (age 26)
One throwing rocks (age 15)
One carrying the other's body (age 22)
Only one had weapon (rocks) age 15
Two Riddles:

What is the difference between shooting children and blowing them up? a uniform.

Why do we only read or hear about militant Palestinians?
Because non-violent Palestinians are either shot or jailed.

Report:

Yesterday 4 boys were killed in nablus, and one more in critical condition in the hospital.

All within an hour, Rawhi Shuman (19) Amer Arafat (26) and Amjed al-Masri (15) were shot and killed in the downtown Nablus area. Rawhi was hiding
behind a taxi, waiting for soldiers to pass so that he could continue down the road. Amer was near a taxi stand, doing business and talking to customers.

Friends of mine talked to him 5 minutes before he was shot, they were talking about getting a taxi. After the soldiers shot him, they gathered around the body and demanded to everyone that they show them
the gun. There was no gun, or anything that would look like a gun.

Amjed was with a group of young shebab throwing stones at invading IOF jeeps.

Two hours later a shahid march went through the city. During shahid march's people carry the bodies of the deceased to the city center, to the family's home and mosque, and then to the cemetary. Amjed's cousin,
Mohammad al-Masri (22) was carrying Amjed's body when he was shot directly in the head. He died shortly after. IOF forces opened fire on the demonstration, killing Mohammad and seriously injuring three more.
Mohammad's sister was standing next to me during the march - she was crying but said the grief hadn't completely been realized yet. She lost her cousin and then her brother during the funeral, in a matter of
hours.

Most of this is not reported in the news. Ha'aretz
< http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/378976.html <redir.asp lid=0&newsite= http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/378976.html> > reported that four people were killed in the bloodiest confrontations in Nablus in months.
They claimed that two of the killed men had pistols, and one had a molotov cocktail. According to eyewitnesses on the scene, including myself and
other international colleagues, these claims are all complete fabrications.

Haaretz's information is given to them by the IOF.

An AP photo on yahoo news
< http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?c==news_photos&p==nablus <redir.asp?lid=0&newsite= http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?c==news_photos&p==nablus> >
carries the caption "soldier guards another soldier who aids a palestinian medic.." Again, my friends were present at the scene. They were aiding
medics who were helping the man who was shot, and the same soldiers who shot the man approached the group. The soldier looked at the body, asked where he was shot (the chest) and replied "good." He then disrupted the volunteers work and began threatening and searching everyone.

A fifth person died today - one of men that was shot during the funeral procession. He was shot in the eye, straight into the head, and died in the hospital today. I don't have words for what is happening - today
Nablus continues to be under seige. In a half an hour there will be another shahid march for the two killed during the funeral procession yesterday.

kelly b.

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You want a solution, Elect a President that has one! 05.Jan.2004 17:06

Dennis Kucinich

(Rep. Kucinich's statement on House Resolution 392, expressing "solidarity with Israel" as it battles "the terrorist infrastructure in the Palestinian areas" -- May 2002)

I declare my support for the State of Israel and for the security of the Israeli people. I also declare my support for a Palestinian state and for the security of the Palestinian people. So I will vote present today because I believe the security of Israel requires the security of the Palestinians.

I will vote present because I believe the United States can do better through honest brokering, and a principled commitment to peaceful coexistence.

Today, we are missing an opportunity to lead people of the Middle East toward a secure and stable future together. This resolution equates Israel's dilemma, which is the outcome of the Palestinian's struggle for self-determination, with the United States' campaign against the criminal organization, Al Queda.

Unfortunately, our own policy is undefined, amorphous, without borders, without limits, and without congressional oversight. For this Congress to place the historic Israeli-Palestinian conflict into the context of the current fashion of US global policy pitches Israelis and Palestinians alike into a black hole of policy without purpose, and conflict without resolution.

The same humanity that requires us to acknowledge with profound concerns the pain and suffering of the people of Israel requires a similar expression for the pain and suffering of the Palestinians. When our brothers and sisters are fighting to the death, instead of declaring solidarity with one against the other, should we not declare solidarity with both for peace, so that both may live in security and freedom?

If we seek to require the Palestinians, who do not have their own state, to adhere to a higher standard of conduct, should we not also ask Israel, with over a half century experience with statehood, to adhere to the basic standard of conduct, including meeting the requirements of international law?

There is a role for Congress and the Administration in helping to bring a lasting peace in the Middle East; however, this resolution does not create that role. After today we will still need to determine a course of action to bring about peace. This course will require multilateral diplomacy, which strengthens cooperation among all countries in the region. It will require focused, unwavering attention. It will require sufficient financial resources. And it will require that our nation have the political will to bring about a true, a fair, and a sustainable resolution of the conflict.

When this Congress enters into the conflict and takes sides between Israel and Palestine we do not help to achieve peace, but the opposite. Similarly, the Administration should consider that when it conducts a war against terrorism without limits the principle of war is quickened everywhere in the world, including the Middle East. When it talks incessantly about invading Iraq, the tempo of war is picked up everywhere.

If we truly want peace in the Middle East, this resolution is counter-productive. I will vote present because I do not believe that this resolution dignifies the role towards creating peace, which this Congress can and must fulfill.