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Calling On All World Citizens
22 March, 2003

5 Human Shields Deported From Iraq
13 March, 2003

Human Shields Put Blair on Notice
6 March, 2003

Human Shields Put Bush on Notice
1 March, 2003

Human Shields Deploy to Oil Refinery
27 February, 2003

Gulf War Veteran Charges Bush Snr with Crimes against Humanity
26 February, 2003

Human Shields Deploy to Food Silo
25 February, 2003

Journey from London to Baghdad

Journey Gains Momentum
27 January, 2003

On The Road
26 January, 2003

Final Preparations for Journey to Baghdad
23 January, 2003

Human Shields to Head for Iraq
20 January, 2003

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Tom Hurndall, Egypt  

Sunday 18th May, 2003

Thomas Hurndall Fund

On the 11th of April Tom Hurndall was shot in the head by the Israeli Defence Force in Rafah in the West Bank of Gaza. He currently lies is in a deep coma in hospital in Saroka Hospital in Beer Sheva, Israel and has suffered severe brain damage from which he is not expected to recover.

His family are committed to finding the truth about the shooting of Tom and to obtaining justice for their son, in turn exposing Zionist Israel for its crimes against humanity and the Palestinian people. In the short term they are committed to bringing Tom home so that he can be close to his family and friends.

If you wish to assist in obtaining justice for Tom then see how you can help.

If you wish to help with Tom's more immediate needs then please make a donation.

Secrecy over shoot-to-kill fear in Gaza - Guardian

"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do."

Samuel P. Huntington
(Source: The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order; 1996)

Monday 12th May, 2003

Global Politics Quiz - test your knowledge of global terrorism.

Saturday 10th May, 2003

Israeli Military Intensifying its Assault on Peace Workers in Palestine


Israeli soldiers arresting a European peace activist in Beit Sahour, near Beithlehem - 10/05/03

In an effort to scare witnesses away so they can get on with the genocide of Palestinians, as of Thursday, May 8, the Israeli military began obliging foreigners entering the Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestine to sign waivers absolving the army from responsibility if it shoots them. Visitors must also declare that they are not peace activists. The move came hours before an autopsy on James Miller - the British cameraman killed in a Gaza refugee camp - confirmed that he was almost certainly killed by an Israeli soldier, despite the army's assertions to the contrary.

This document demands signature of all international groups working within the Gaza Strip and any internationals attempting to enter the Gaza Strip. In addition to stipulations of not holding the Israeli Government responsible for the death of internationals, the declaration specifically states that the individual signing can have no connection to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

"Why of course the people don't want war … But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."

Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg Trials

The ISM, 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 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. More:

Israel's 'We have the right to kill you' visa for Gaza
Palestine Human Rights Campaign condemns Israel’s recent crackdown on internationals
Israeli Forces Raid ISM Office
3 Internationals In IDF Custody In Tulkarem
Road map; Apartheid Wall
Two Britons Still Held at Erez Border Crossing
Internationals Taken Into IDF Custody
New blockade imposed on Gaza

Friday 9th May, 2003

Faith FippingerHuman shield returns from Iraq

It's not the whistle of the missiles or the boom of endless explosions that Faith Fippinger remembers most from her three months as a human shield in Iraq. It's the week she spent working in a Baghdad hospital that could haunt her forever.

"I may never stop crying again for the rest of my life," said Fippinger, 62, at her Sarasota home Wednesday.

The U.S. regime is questioning Faith, and other Human Shield volunteers from the U.S., to see if they can be done for treason. "The land of the free."

Herald Tribune
Washington Post

Polls taken in the U.S. in the 6 months leading up to the invasion of Iraq indicated that of those polled 60-70% feared Saddam would attack the U.S.

A poll taken in early January 2003, in the U.S., indicated that two thirds of respondents thought they had a good grasp of the issues surrounding the Iraqi crisis. However, half of those surveyed said one or more of the Sept. 11 terrorist hijackers were Iraqi citizens.

A poll taken by Fox News in the U.S. on January 31 showed that 81% of respondents believed Saddam Hussein (an enemy of Osama bin Laden) has ties to the Al Qaeda terrorist group.

Monday 5th May, 2003

Israel's Allegations about Peace Activists are Deliberate Falsification
by Paul Burrows

"I will never apologise for the United States of America–I don’t care what the facts are"

President George Bush in 1988 (On the shooting down of an Iranian commercial airliner on July 3, 1988 by the US Navy warship Vincennes. All 290 civilian people in the aircraft were killed. The plane was on a routine flight in a commercial corridor in Iranian airspace.)

Saturday 3rd May, 2003

A British journalist has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers as he filmed a documentary in a refugee area in Gaza. The man suffered fatal injuries after an Israeli armoured vehicle opened fire, the Israeli military said.

The victim - who had been filming house demolitions in the Occupied Territories - was understood to have been hit in the neck. Another Briton, who also said he was a journalist, said he and the victim and two colleagues had been filming and waving a white flag as they moved towards the tank when it fired the shots.

On Friday, the Israeli foreign ministry announced plans to crack down on international Human Shield volunteers who have attempted to prevent demolitions. They started by detaining a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in Rafah.

Israelis shoot dead British journalist - The Age

In 1996, Madeleine Albright, then the US secretary of state, was asked on national television what she felt about the fact that 500,000 Iraqi children had died as a result of US economic sanctions.

She replied that it was ‘a very hard choice,’ but that, all things considered, ‘we think the price is worth it.’

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