|..Respected Readers, I regret
this edition ofThe Handstand is somewhat limited,
especially as the apalling events are revealing the ever increasing revelations of
politically criminal or corporate associations which are
causing the maximum deterioration of public trust in
these cohorts of politicians parading in the press as the
rulers of the world.,and who, more seriously still, are
causing death and devastation to innocent people on a
sinister scale that is beyond ordinary comprehension.
Wether you obtain a satisfactory general knowlege and
some detail of the breaking wave of news from readings
here, that has been and continues to be my ambition. At
the moment I have a bout of pneumonia after taking an
unwise shortcut, tumbling in the mud and persisting in a
long day's walking! When I have got myself out of this
swamp of sweating I will hope to amplify this edition as
originally planned ,jocelyn braddell,ed.
By Gilad Atzmon
Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was murdered
at daybreak on Monday. Israel Air Force helicopters fired
missiles at the car carrying the wheelchair-bound head of
the Islamic group as he left a mosque near his house in
Gaza City. It also appears Ariel Sharon was in direct
command of the assassination operation, not entirely
surprising considering his bloody history.
For those who fail to realise, today's barbaric Israeli
act is an open call for a world war. It is the final wake
up call for every Muslim around the world. It is violent
proof that Israel isn't only against the Palestinians but
rather against Islam. Israel killed a prime spiritual
leader on his way out of the mosque. I have no doubt that
this Israeli act won't be forgiven. I also have no doubt
that many Israelis will pay with their life for Sharon's
act. Moreover I am sure that sooner rather than later
many innocent non-Israelis around the world will die just
for being near by an Israeli embassy, Israeli consulate,
a synagogue or even an American bank... This is the
reality Sharon favours the most.
This is exactly what Israel wants: to turn the
entire world into a victim of terror. This
might help us to realise the main difference between the
Israeli left and right. While both believe in the right
of the Jews to live in Zion on the expense of the
Palestinian people, the Israeli right wing rely on
maintaining a bloody struggle, oppressing the
Palestinian people (in particular) and humiliating
Arabs (in general). While the Israeli left would attempt
to come up with some unrealistic righteous suggestions to
appease the Palestinian people and the world community
(Oslo accord for instance), the right wing Israelis will
suggest that the only method to guarantee Israeli
security is to maintain the conflict with the Palestinian
people and to let it escalate into an international
On the surface it seems bizarre considering
Sharon was just recently pretending to suggest a
plan of Israeli disengagement from the Gaza strip.
Today he gave us a real chance to peep into his mind. The
'disengagement plan' was just another of Sharon's tricks.
In fact, Sharon and the Israeli right wing need the
Palestinians, they need them oppressed and humiliated,
they need their terror. Israeli right wing hegemony is
fed by terror. And now there is a new need emerging.
Israel is facing a demographic disaster. Within five
years there will be a Palestinian majority in the
territories controlled by Israel (between the
Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River). This is
literally the end of the Zionist dream. Eventually Israel
will have to give away its Jewish identity. While the
Israeli left remains confused about this reality, the
Israeli right wing is fully prepared. For years Israeli
warmongers have openly discussed 'transfer': the ethnic
cleansing of the Palestinian people. Considering the
current world affairs and general opposition to Israel it
is hard to believe that large scale ethnic cleansing
would go ahead unless some colossal catastrophe was in
place. Sharon is preparing the ground for such a
disaster. He needs a war, a big one, something that will
allow him to go wild, to go out of control, to initiate
campaign in which Israeli soldiers will become murderous
squads ready massacre against the Palestinian civilians.
Sharon wants to re-launch the 1948 Nakba. Sharon fully
understands that this is what the Israeli public want. He
is very good at reading their innermost desires.
The killing of Sheikh Yassin pushed the violence far
beyond any recognisable measure. It is pushing the
Palestinian masses towards martyrdom. According to the
Israeli military doctrine, Israel would never be defeated
by terror. But at the same time every Israeli realises
that the Zionist adventure will
be categorically defeated by a demographic crisis.
The assassination of Sheikh Yassin is there to push the
Palestinians towards acts that will allow the Israelis to
impose the most murderous measures against the
Palestinian civilians. Mr Sharon, a world acclaimed war
criminal and serial murderer proved again that at least
when blood games are concerned, he is one step ahead of
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L'association Franco Palestinienne
criminel du Cheikh Ahmad Yassine à sa sortie de la
prière à laube du lundi 22 mars à Gaza
représente une volonté délibérée de la part de lÉtat
dIsraël dembraser toute la région,
mettant ainsi fin à toute tentative de règlement
pacifique du conflit. La guerre est délibérément
lancée par le chef de guerre multi-criminel Sharon
avec le soutien ouvert des États Unis
On peut désormais sattendre au
assassinat a été condamné « sans
réserve » par la France et qualifié
« dexécution extrajudiciaire » par lEurope ;
mais encore une fois la France
et lEurope se montrent obligés de respecter la
ligne jaune tracée par ladministration
américaine. Ni la France ni lEurope nont
exigé lenvoi dune force de protection du
peuple palestinien !
encore temps que la communauté internationale se rende
compte quil en va de la paix dans le monde entier,
et que permettre à un État terroriste et voyou
dexercer impunément ces crimes ne peuvent en aucun
cas servir la cause de la paix ni celle de lentente
entre les peuples. La loi de « deux poids
deux mesures » nest susceptible que de créer
un sentiment profond dinjustice qui finit par se
retourner contre ses auteurs. En outre, qualifier la
résistance dun peuple sous occupation de
terrorisme finit par justifier le vrai terrorisme.
lextrême urgence de la situation, invite ses
adhérents et sympathisants et tout citoyen épris de
pais et de justice à se rassembler mercredi 24 mars à
18h30 devant le Ministère des Affaires étrangères à
Paris, pour exiger :
I- L'envoi immédiat d'une
force internationale de protection du peuple palestinien
II- L'application des
résolutions de l'ONU et le respect du droit humanitaire
international ; notamment la 4ème convention de Genève
III- La fin inconditionnelle de
l'occupation, jugée illégale par l'ONU
IV- L'établissement d'un Etat
palestinien souverain ;
V- La suspension de l'accord
d'association UE - Israël, en application de son
deuxième article ;
VI- La déclaration du
multi-criminel Sharon Persona non grata
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Hamas after Sheikh
by Ghassan Andoni -IMEMC-Analysis
By assassinating Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder and the
spiritual leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement
(Hamas), the movement is expected to be more dominated by
hardliners, militants, and radicals. Yassin, who enjoyed
no official position in the movement, was to Hamas what
President Yasser Arafat was to the Palestinian National
Liberation Movement (Fatah); the leader, the symbol, and
more important the figure around whom the movement
united. While the prominent official positions in Hamas
were mostly occupied by the "outside
leadership", the weight and influence of Yassin
moved the center of Hamas's decision making into the
Palestinian Occupied territories.
Yassin, as he stood to the side of the Moderate Hamas
leaders, managed to force a cease-fire agreement with the
Palestinian Authority against the well of Khaled Mashal,
the head of Hamas political bureau and his strong ally in
Gaza Dr. Abdul-Aziz Al- Rantisi.
The assassination of the moderate Hamas leader Ismael
Abu-Shanab three months aga, presented a major blow to
the moderate and pragmatic camp in Hamas. Abu-Shanab and
Ismael Hanyeh, a close aid of Sheikh Yassin, headed the
pragmatic camp in Hamas. Both saw a great value in
establishing closer coordination with the Palestinian
authority and lobbied for a cease-fire to cool down the
conflict, at least temporarily.
The "moderate" camp in Hamas was more focused
on the national interests of Palestinians than the needs
of the global Islamic revolution.
With the assassination of Yassin, the moderate wing lost
its protective shield and the door was opened for the
hard- line "outside" leadership to posses more
power and the "inside" hardliners to gain more
control. Was that the political aim of the ones who
planned and approved the killing of the wheel-chaired
Was the aim to intervene in the internal struggle within
the Islamic movement, hoping from Hamas to become more
radical and more global?
Marzo 10, 2004
La CPI registró hace una semana como
"conforme a derecho" la denuncia contra Aznar
por crímenes de guerra
El escrito representa a 13.500 periodistas y artistas
y también acusa al presidente de crimenes de lesa
humanidad y un crímen de agresión
Marzo 11, 2004
Comunicado ante los atentados en Madrid
Madrid 11 marzo 2004
Consternadas por el brutal atentado de esta mañana,
conmovidos por el salvajismo del acto terrorista
perpetrado contra ciudadanos que acudían pacíficamente
a su trabajo. Nos solidarizamos en primer lugar con las
victimas y familiares de las mismas y con todo el pueblo
de Madrid poniéndonos a su disposición y servicio.
Repudiamos y nos movilizamos contra el terror y contra la
ruptura de la convivencia democrática y llamamos a
apoyar y acudir masivamente a todos las convocatorias que
contra el criminal atentado se realicen y de forma
especial llamamos a
- Secundar el paro de 15 minutos convocado por las
centrales sindicales CCOO y UGT. Para mañana
viernes día 12
- Participar en la manifestación de repudio
convocada el mismo viernes a las 19 horas Este
atentado es también un ataque directo a la
democracia en uno de sus momentos mas
importantes: la campaña electoral. Los
terroristas atacan el derecho a la libre
decisión de los ciudadanos introduciendo el
miedo y el temor en el proceso electoral.
Llamamos a la más amplia respuesta democrática
de la ciudadanía movilizándonos contra el
terror y participando masivamente en las
elecciones del 14 de marzo demostrando que la
voluntad democrática de un pueblo no pede ser
torcida ni por el chantaje ni por el terror.
Plataforma Cultura contra la Guerra
Foro Social de Madrid
Asociación No Nos Resignamos
Coordinadora de ONGDs
Unión de Actores de Madrid.
Transcrito por Alfonso Martin a las 03:41
from letters to BBC
Here in Spain, we smell a rat. This is not the normal
ETA way. They are so closely watched, the authorities
here know exactly who and where the vast majority of ETA
activists are. This bears all the hallmarks of something
else. Spain is sadly not as well informed by her
intelligence services as perhaps the UK or USA, nor do
they commit the resources they could to this fight...Marbella
I bring to you a bull's heart for courage in
desperate situations.El Spanido, MadridA
There is a baby in hospital whose
father cannot be found and whose mother is critical,
there is a pregnant woman among the dead, there are
injured school children, grandmothers, grandfathers,
university students, in short, ordinary men and woman,
both nationals and foreigners... What have all these
people done to deserve this? There are no words to
express the terrible pain and there is no justification
for this horrible criminal act which has devastated so,
so many families.
K Simón, Almería, Spain
dead and injured are overwhelmingly working-class people
and students. Dozens of immigrants are among the injured,
the majority of them Moroccans ; and Equadorians - the
largest Latin American colony in Madrid."
Baby Hiba beside her
dead mother Dalal Al-Sabagh, who was killed by Israeli
occupation soldiers during their unprovoked raid on the
Palestinian occupied city of Jenin yesterday. (Assafir,
A young Palestinian mother was shot dead today as
she tried to usher her children to safety when Israel
began intensive raids into the West Bank city of Jenin.
Witnesses said twenty three year old Dalal Sabaa was on
the roof of her house in the eastern neighborhood of the
city when an Israeli sniper killed her with one shot to
the head. Among her other children, Dalal leaves behind a
one month old baby.
ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCE use more than 20 shots to kill
March 11, 2004, (WAFA)- Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)
in Hebron refugee camp of al-Aroub..
Witnesses told WAFA that Israeli troops
stormed the refugee camp, and opened heavy fire due to
which a child was instantly shot dead.The medics
confirmed that Thaer Al Halaika, 15, was killed as being
shot with more than twenty gunshots allover his body,
mainly chest and head.
Refugee Camp, Gaza, Palestine
The Israeli snipers topped
the high buildings and made small holes
in the walls where they can point their guns through with
dove put on the tip of the gun as a decoy.
One Year Later: No one sees and no one hears
Dr. Samir Nassrallah
Live from Palestine, 22 March 2004
My family and I will never forget March 16, 2003, the day
we lost our dear friend Rachel Corrie. A volunteer with
the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Rachel lived
with us in Rafah as if she were a member of our family.
She helped us even when we did not need help. She tried
to bring optimism and happiness into our lives.
Every morning she would leave with her friends to
confront the bulldozers of occupation and to defend
houses from their destructive reach. Every evening she
would return to us, tired, after a hard day of work.
On the day of her murder, I was returning from work when
I saw her and her friends trying to prevent the
bulldozers from demolishing the homes adjacent to mine.
Then, the bulldozers were approaching my home, and I was
surprised to see Rachel standing in front of the
bulldozers, with all her courage, strength, and
determination. Small as she was, she stood like a
mountain, steadfast before those giant machines.
Flanked by two tanks, the bulldozer came closer and
closer to my home, and throughout all this, Rachel stood
there with a megaphone in her hand repeating loudly that
she was not going to move. The driver could see her
clearly and he continued to approach the house. She spoke
louder and louder: "Stop! Stop! Don't Move!"
She identified herself as a member of the ISM, but to no
avail. She started to scream at the top of her lungs, but
the driver continued to approach her. I could see
her clearly when the bulldozer had nearly reached her. It
hurled a pile of sand at her, and she lost her balance
and fell. That is when I lost sight of her. She was no
more than 10 meters from me.
Then, I found myself screaming, feeling that I had lost
her, in the way we had lost so many Palestinians before
her. I called the paramedics to send an ambulance
immediately. I opened the ambulance doors as quickly as I
could and took out the First Aid kit and ran towards
Rachel to try and save her. I found her ISM friends
gathered around her, and together we removed the sand
from on top of her and lifted her into the ambulance to
rush her to the hospital. I knew from the first
instance that she was in critical condition. I was with
her friends, Alice and Tom, when a seven member medical
team finally gave up trying to revive her.
Now there are no internationals with us in Rafah, this
isolated town on the Egyptian border. The last ones left
to renew their visas, intending to return, but the
Israeli army prevented their re-entry into Gaza. The
hardships my family and I experience continue and have,
in fact, worsened since the internationals left. We lost
our house soon afterwards, as if the Israeli army was
just waiting for the ISM to leave.
As for Rachel and the message she delivered to us and to
the world, she was in pursuit of the truth. She dedicated
her life to that. She conveyed the truth as she saw it,
reporting the crimes of the Israeli army against innocent
Palestinian civilians. The hands of the occupation killed
her in cold blood as if to say to us, "I will deny
you your spoken voice." I don't feel safe as long as
our voice does not reach the outside world.
I call on my ISM friends to return to us. I ask you to
come back because Rafah needs you. Tanks roll in and out
with total ease, killing and destroying at will. And,
without you, no one sees and no one hears.
There is not a day when my family and I don't think of
Rachel. I told her family when they came to visit us that
Rachel was a loss to my family, a loss to the whole
Palestinian people, just as she was to them. Everyone
We still see that bulldozer that took her away from us.
As much as I speak about her, I still cannot do her
Dr. Samir Nassrallah is a pharmacist and
father of three from
Rafah. Rachel Corrie died defending his home.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004 10:33 PM
A special message from Fernando Suarez del Solar - Father
Alberto Suarez del Solar Navarro Lance Corporal USMC who
was killed in Iraq
one year ago.
Greetings to all of you:
Today (March 27th) marks the one year anniversary of the
death of my beloved son Jesus Alberto, my Aztec
warrior. A year since Bush's lies about the cause
of this death and a year since Bush's insult to my son's
memory when the government initially refused to pay the
expenses for a civil burial.
A year in which my Aztec Warrior inspired such great
love, respect, and admiration in the community.
A year without his smile, his embrace, his warmth, and
even more painful, without his simple presence.
A year in which my precious grandson Erick must live
without his father, without his kiss, his embrace, and
A year in which my wife has never stopped weeping for the
loss of her son.
A year in which my daughters have lived without their
brother's support, his advice, his jokes, his arguments,
and his love.
A year in which the deaths in Iraq have not stopped, in
which good young people with dreams have left their
families to join my son in that blessed place.
A year in which thousands of innocent Iraqi children have
died because of Bush's lies. Thousands of innocent
men and women have lost their freedom and their future
because of Bush's lies.
Today, March 27, marks the first year anniversary of my
son's death because of the U.S. military command's
negligience. As our family continues to mourn and
grieve his loss, we will celebrate a Mass at the Santa
Maria Church in Escondido at 7 p.m. I know that
many of you remember him and so you share our grief, and
we thank you for your warmth and the moral support you
have given my family in this tragic year. A year
that is tragic not only for the Suarez del Solar family
but for more than 560 American families who have been
deceived and aggrieved by this immoral war.
> POR UNA GENERACION LLENA DE PAZ Y AMOR!!
> EL GUERRERO AZTECA
> Que dios les bendiga.
> Fam. Suarez del Solar.
> Padres del "GUERRERO AZTECA"
> Jesus Alberto Suarez del Solar Navarro Lance
> 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st