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APRIL 2004

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Paul Revere's Ride
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."

Then he said "Good-night!" and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,--
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel's tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, "All is well!"
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,--
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse's side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry's height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer's dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,---
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,---
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

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A Short Word to the World from the Creators of LetsRoll911!.org

It can be proven that missiles were used against the world trade center. It can further be proven that the World Trade Center was brought down by controlled demolitions, purposely, with 3000 innocent, helpless souls inside. With this being the case, it changes everything for the World, for Afghanistan, for Iraq, for George Bush, and lastly but not least, insurance companies involved. This website will save them billions! It will save United & American Airlines billions, and help everyone recover losses already paid out. Not only was 911 pre-planned, but those who did so, did so with the intention of using this event to defraud insurance companies out of billions upon billions of dollars at the same time. Thus making the insurance claims null and void. I sure would hate to be Larry Silverstein right now, cause this doesn't look good for him. He bought the World Trade Center some 90 days before 911 with all sorts of special and now, in hindsight, curious insurance riders. He bought 2 Asbestos filled 'Golden Herring' Towers which would cost more to tear down than to replace. And now, he has the gall to try to make the insurance companies double pay for the World Trade Center. Shameless. But with this new development, the insurance companies can not only stop payment on all 911 claims, but they can now start to recover their huge losses due to fraud. What will Larry Silverstein settle for now? Perhaps he knew nothing, one can only hope. It will be for the investigators of the true official investigation to figure out. But as of yet, this investigation hasn't started. The sham 911 commission is designed to cover this up. The true investigation, in my opinion, will only be done by those who have the most to lose. Insurance companies. When they see the Dog and Pony show that has been leveled against them, they will, and should rise up in unison and say; "Nope, not a dime...Let the insiders pay for their handiwork! With the information here at the site, it should provide the Insurance companies, with far more than enough reason to just saying 'no' to another nickel or dime payout. Let the truth begin and lets leave the falsehoods behind....
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Notice in the high speed version it is impossible to see. It's even difficult to see in the medium speed version, yet discernable. Yet it is there. And has been waiting silently for almost 3 years to become known. Oops, sorry Afghanistan & Iraq, sorry about the small oversight there. I guess intelligence agencies aren't what they used to be. So the question isn't whether or not Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, or if Usama Bin Forgotten did this; Neither had any part. The question now becomes which Americans are the ones responsible for the inside job of 911, who fitted this special 767 with a missile pod and missile, and how high does this go in the Bush Administration? It's no longer a question of what he knew and when he knew it. It now becomes a question of what did he plan, and when did he plan it, and who were his co-conspirators. These videos and pictures imply all of these questions, and more.



najaf , iraqArmed clashes and exchange of fire between the coalition forces and the Mehdi army were reported in and around Najaf after a break down in negotiations, Al-Arabia television network reported.

An aide of rebel Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has said earlier that the US troops are in a position to attack Najaf "any moment." He warned that an American attack against Najaf would trigger a massive revolution.

The US had stationed forces outside both Najaf and Falluja, but their troops were so far held back.


Reports: Hamas Leader Rantisi Killed

Politics: 17 April 2004, Saturday.
Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi has been killed in an Israeli helicopter missile strike on his car Saturday evening, initial reports say.

Two other people were killed in the strike, witnesses said.

Rantisi was the newly-appointed head of the militant group in Gaza, following the assassination of Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in a similar Israeli strike last month.


fallujah
CLIP
We've been seeing it with our own eyes. People were told to leave Fallujah and now there are thousands trapped in the Desert. There is a 13 km long convoy of people trying to reach Baghdad. The Americans are firing bombs, everything, everything they have on them. They are firing on Families! They are all children, old men and women in the dessert. Other Iraqi people are trying to help them. In Fallujah they (Americans) have been bombing hospitals. Children are being evacuated to Baghdad. There is a child now, a baby, he had 25 members of his family killed, he's in the hospital and someone needs to be with him, why isn't anyone there to stay with him, he just lost 25 from his family!??? The Americans are dropping cluster bombs and new mortars, which jump 3-4 metres. They are bombing from the air. There are people lying dead in the streets. They said there'd be a ceasefire and then they flew in, I saw them, and they began to bomb. They are fighting back and they are fighting well in Fallujah. But we are expecting the big attack in 24-48 hours. It will be the main attack. They will be taking the town street by street and searching and attacking. They did this already in a village near-by, I forget the name, but they will be doing this in Fallujah. Please get help, get people to protest, get them to go to the Embassies, get them out, get them to do something. There is a massacre. And we need foreigners, the foreigners can do something.Paola  Gaspiroli:

Deaths of scores of mercenaries not reported
By Robert Fisk and Patrick Cockburn

April 13 2004: "The Star"
Baghdad - At least 80 foreign mercenaries - security guards recruited from the United States, Europe and South Africa and working for American companies - have been killed in the past eight days in Iraq.Lieutenant-General Mark Kimmitt admitted on Tuesday that "about 70" American and other Western troops had died during the Iraqi insurgency since April 1 but he made no mention of the mercenaries, apparently fearful that the full total of Western dead would have serious political fallout. He did not give a figure for Iraqi dead, which, across the country may be as high as 900. At least 18 000 mercenaries, many of them tasked to protect US troops and personnel, are now believed to be in Iraq, some of them earning $1 000 (about R6 300) a day. But their companies rarely acknowledge their losses unless - like the four American murdered and mutilated in Fallujah three weeks ago - their deaths are already public knowledge.

The presence of such large numbers of mercenaries, first publicised in The Independent two weeks ago, was bound to lead to further casualties. But although many of the heavily armed Western security men are working for the US Department of Defence - and most of them are former Special Forces soldiers - they are not listed as serving military personnel. Their losses can therefore be hidden from public view. The US authorities in Iraq, however, are aware that more Western mercenaries lost their lives in the past week than occupation soldiers over the past 14 days. The coalition has sought to rely on foreign contract workers to reduce the number of soldiers it uses as drivers, guards and in other jobs normally carried out by uniformed soldiers. Often the foreign contract workers are highly paid former soldiers who are armed with automatic weapons, leading to Iraqis viewing all foreign workers as possible mercenaries or spies. 

Copyright: The Star. NZ

The War, The Draft, Your Future

By Ralph Nader

April 13, 2004

We have been down this road before.

U.S. troops sent to war half a world away. American foreign policy controlled by an arrogant elite, bent on projecting military power around the globe. A public misled into supporting an unconstitutional war founded on deceit and fabrications. As the death toll mounts, we hear claims that the war is nearly won, that victory is just around the corner. But victory never arrives. As the public loses confidence in the government, the government questions the patriotism of any who express doubt about the war. When a presidential election arrives, both the Democrat and Republican nominees embrace the policy of continued war.

The military draft comes to dominate the lives of America's young, and vast numbers who believe the war to be a senseless blunder are faced with fighting a war they do not believe in, or facing exile or prison. The year was 1968. Because voters had no choice that November, the Vietnam War continued for another six years. Hundreds of thousands of Americans like you died, were maimed, or suffered from diseases like malaria. A far greater number of Vietnamese died.

Today, the war is in the quicksands and alleys of Iraq. Once again, under the pressure of a determined resistance, we see an American war policy being slowly torn apart at the seams, while the candidates urge us to "stay the course" in this tragic misadventure. Today's Presidential candidates are not Nixon and Humphrey, they are now Bush and Kerry. Once again, there is one overriding truth: If war is the only choice in this election, then war we will have.

Today enlistments in the Reserves and National Guard are declining. The Pentagon is quietly recruiting new members to fill local draft boards, as the machinery for drafting a new generation of young Americans is being quietly put into place. Young Americans need to know that a train is coming, and it could run over their generation in the same way that the Vietnam War devastated the lives of those who came of age in the sixties.

.I am running for President, and have been against this war from the beginning. We must not waste lives in order to control and waste more oil. Stand with us and we may yet salvage your future and Americas' future from this looming disaster.

- Ralph Nader


Israel Denies Church Goers Access                                           into Jerusalem on Easter
  
JERUSALEM, April 10, 2004 (WAFA) - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) prevented civilians of Bethlehem and Ramallah from reaching the Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem to celebrate the Easter, witnesses told WAFA.Witnesses said that IOF soldiers blocked Ghilo Israeli checkpoint and denied civilians access into the Old City of Jerusalem to perform the "Light Sabbat" prayers in the Church of Sepulchre. . "IOF beefed up its deployment at main and side roads leading to the Old City, preventing us from reaching the church," Church goers told WAFA reporter. . Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers assaulted two civilians, led them to an isolated location in Jerusalem and severely beat them shortly before arresting them. . WAFA reporter said that IOF escalated its brutal measures in the Old City of Jerusalem as Israeli soldiers launched a person-to-person search of civilians travelling at Salah al-Deen main road. . Palestine News Agency - WAFA. All rights reserved İ

Coming on Two Years: Update on the Status of Palestinian MP Marwan Barghouti
Palestinian parliamentarian Marwan Barghouti was arrested and abducted by the Israeli Army on April 15, 2002 to face trial in Israel for resisting Israel's occupation. From April 15, 2002 until September 5, 2002 Marwan was held in an Israeli prison without charge. He has been tortured and all family visits have been denied.(One of his sons has since been arrested,jb.ed.)
http://www.amin.org/eng/uncat/2004/apr/apr08.html

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UNITED NATIONS TO HOLD INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON IMPACT OF CONSTRUCTION OF WALL IN OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
The closing session of the meeting will take place on Friday, 16 April, at 5:30 p.m. The report of the meeting will be issued as a publication of the Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat.
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2004/gapal948.doc.htm
FALLUJA
Use this link for photos:http://www.aljazeera.net/images/fallojah%20galary.swf
Many dead children
falluja:

, Thousands of Iraqis - from both the Sunni and Shia communities - marched 60km from Baghdad to Falluja to bring food and medical supplies to the besieged citizens there.

The marchers - carrying colourful flags and banners reading, "Sons of the great Falluja, we are with you on the road of jihad and victory" - arrived at the marine roadblock at the western entrance to the city earlier today.

After searching the vehicles for weapons, the marines allowed two ambulances full of medical supplies, two minibuses carrying food and a dozen cars with Sunni clerics and officials to enter the city.

There was also renewed fighting overnight in the holy city of Kerbala, south-west of the capital, Baghdad, where Polish and Bulgarian troops are involved in an operation against Shia fighters loyal to the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Yesterday, Polish forces were reported to have killed the a senior aide to Mr Sadr who was leading the Shia fighters in the city.

In other developments, Iraqi interior minister Nouri Badran, who is responsible for Iraq's hard-pressed security forces, announced his resignation today.

Mr Badran's decision did not appear to be directly related to the turmoil sweeping the country. According to the Associated Press, he stepped down at the request of Iraq's US administrator Paul Bremer to maintain the Shia-Sunni balance in the government.

Mr Badran, a Shia Muslim, said he had been told that the US-led administration believed the defence minister and interior minister should not both be Shia. A new defence minister's position was created this month and filled by a Shia official.

However, critics will point to the fact that Mr Badran may have been forced to leave because the Iraqi police forces he controls have proved wholly ineffective in the face of sustained attacks by insurgents.

130 US Troops Dead In New
Iraq Fighting - Pentagon Source

Sky News 4-8-4

Pentagon source has said up to 130 US troops have been killed in fierce fighting in Iraq.
 
The large scale battle, described as "intense", has taken place in the town of Ar Ramadi, 20 miles west of Fallujah.
 
Sky News' David Chater said: "None of this is official yet - none of it is confirmed."
 
But he added: "It sounds very much like this is being carried out by men who are militarily trained."
 
Chater described the attack as "highly sophisticated".
 
http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1130577,00.html

A minute of silence to remember those massacred in Rwanda at the UN in Geneva, April 7th 2004.




The biggest and saddest April Fool of 2004

BBC accused of bias against Israel
Report on would-be suicide bomber labelled anti-semitic
Chris McGreal in JerusalemThursday April 1, 2004

The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1183300,00.html
The Israeli government has written to the
BBC accusing its Middle East correspondent, OrlaGuerin, of anti-semitism and "total identification with the goals and methods of the Palestinian terror groups" over a report on a 16-year-old would-be suicide bomber last week.Natan Sharansky, Israel's minister for diaspora affairs, complained that Guerin had portrayed the army's handling of the arrest of Hussam Abdu, who was captured with explosives strapped to his chest, as "cynical manipulation of a Palestinian youngster for propaganda purposes". He said this revealed "a deep-seated bias against Israel".In her report on Hussam Abdu last week, Guerin noted Israel's desire to gain a public relations advantage from the arrest. She described how the army "paraded the child in front of the international media"The BBC said it was looking into the complaint....The Israeli minister also protested at Guerin's conclusion, as the youth was forced to stand forlornly alone at the checkpoint solely for the photographers, that "this is a picture that Israel wants the world to see"..........But the letter comes as several foreign news organisations complain of increasing government pressure to curtail critical coverage or to report stories Israel believes help identify the Palestinian conflict with global Islamist terrorism. The Tel Aviv press has called for the expulsion of correspondents from Sky, the Times and several French papers for failing to cover a story the government mobilised embassies worldwide to get into the media last month.

Guardian Unlimited İ
www.apm-ram.org


.United Nations stop food supply to Gaza

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced Thursday it stopped distributing emergency food aid to some 600,000 refugees in the Gaza Strip.
UNRWA said in a statement that the suspension followed restrictions introduced by Israel on the sole commercial crossing into Gaza through which it is able to bring in humanitarian assistance. The agency said it had now completely run out of stocks of rice, flour, cooking oil and other essential products.
"Under normal circumstances, UNRWA delivers some 250 tons of food aid per day in Gaza alone as part of a wider program of emergency assistance to refugees, initiated shortly after the outbreak of strife in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in September 2000," the statement said. Almost two out of three households in Gaza live below the poverty line and more than half its workforce is unemployed.

UNRWA said it urged Israel to loosen its restrictions in Gaza in a joint statement with other UN agencies on March, but thus far without success.
GusShalom info.


higgs boson - the particle that god had ?

Dr Renton cites indirect evidence taken from observations of the behaviour of other particles in colliders that agrees with the figure of 115 gigaelectronvolts for the mass of the Higgs boson. "It's controversial. The data is possibly indicative, but it needs confirmation," said Bryan Webber, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge. "Its mass is right at the maximum energy they could run the [LEP] at. But the indirect indications are that the Higgs boson should be close to that value."
Mass giver Physicists have observed 16 particles that make up all matter under the Standard Model of fundamental particles and interactions. But the sums do not quite add up for the Standard Model to be true if these particles are considered alone. If only 16 particles existed, they would have no mass - contradicting what we know to be true in nature. Another particle has to give them this mass. Enter the Higgs boson, first proposed by University of Edinburgh physicist Peter Higgs and colleagues in the late 1960s. Their theory was that all particles acquire their mass through interactions with an all-pervading field, called the Higgs field, which is carried by the Higgs boson.
The Higgs' importance to the Standard Model has led some to dub it the "God particle".


U.S.A. AND ISRAEL
The United States will assure Israel that it will not have to withdraw to the Green Line in a future permanent settlement with the Palestinians.The promise appears in a letter of guarantees drafted by the American administration in exchange for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement
plan........................The American draft also says the Palestinian refugees will be able to return to a future Palestinian state, which will be established in keeping with President George Bush's vision. This wording will partially meet Israel's demand that the U.S. declare its objection to the right of return, which the Palestinians insist on.Two principles guided the administration in drafting the letter of guarantees to Israel - support for the disengagement plan and providing answers for Sharon's political needs, and refraining from taking political or legal undertakings which could tie the U.S.'s hands in the future and hinder its contacts with its friends in the Arab world and Europe. The Americans do not want Egypt and other countries to pressure them to give counter guarantees to the Palestinians.

Israel is also asking for public American recognition of the separation fence route, after it agreed to put off building the problematic section of the fence near Ariel and putting up an intermittent fence in the "enclaves" opposite Ben-Gurion Airport and along Road 443............................Sharon said that in exchange for the disengagement, the U.S. will state in writing that it is against any plan that endangers Israel, that "does not condition progress on eliminating terror."Sharon said the withdrawal from Gaza would "deprive the Palestinians of the historic excuse that the Israeli presence is preventing them from acting against terror."

.FRIENDS OF THE AFRO-AMERICAN RACES , PLEASE HELP THIS FUNDING, J.BRADDELL, EDITOR....
Cc:
ALARKAM@webtv.net
Subject: MR. SILIS MUHAMMAD'S LETTER TO THE GRASSROOTS (March 2004)
Sun, 28 Mar 2004 09:18:45 -0500 (EST)
  I have just returned from the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. With the help of some human rights experts, we have been uniting with our Brothers and Sisters in Latin America and forging the way to Reparations for all of us who have come up from slavery.

  During this trip to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, I saw that we cannot just sashay into the U.N. and hope to gain our freedom with just words.  The experts there have been fighting for us since the first time we came to them some twelve years ago.  They have fought for us against the American government and other governments, and they are doing all they can do.  We have won the word battle and now the battle has escalated.  Governments have begun to hold back money because we have gained so much ground.  The experts have made plans for a U.N. seminar for us, the Afrodescendants, in Brazil.  This seminar is what we prayed for the U.N. to do and they are willing to do it, but there is no money to pay for it.  I have pledged $30,000 of the $60,000 it will take to pull off the seminar.

  Men who desire their freedom either fight and bleed and die with a gun or they fight and bleed with money.  The experts are looking at us and saying, "Are you going to battle or not?"  We have to use either a gun or money.  Now it is time for us to put up or shut up.  The U.N. has come to me for help and I have pledged money to the U.N. to pay half of the cost of this seminar.  Will you help me fight this battle?

Silis Muhammad
A Man

Mr. Silis Muhammad is the Chairman of AFRE, All For Reparations And Emancipation (
http://www.AllForReparations.org).  His interventions before diverse U.N. bodies, including the Human Rights Commission, have documented in detail how long-term and current U.S. government policies of ethnocide and forced assimilation against our people blatantly violate U.N. Covenants.  To learn how you can make the upcoming seminar in Brazil a reality, please visit our
website and make a contribution.

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..Tintin exhibition
An exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in London commemorates the 75th anniversary of Tintin's first adventure.


concern that Syria is being targetted:

........Gary Leupp is Professor of History at Tufts University, and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion..............

Let us say Perle's dream comes true and the Israeli air force does attack pro-Hamas Syria. Let's say it does so big-time, Sharon-style, and does major damage. Enough to cause enough disorder for the U.S. to argue that a deteriorating situation requires international intervention. The Iraq attack required months of preparation, but intervention in Syria will happen very quickly, coming like a thief in the night as it did in Haiti. Perle has suggested that there are troops to spare in Iraq that can occupy "weak" Syria in short order. Even if Israeli action provides the context, Israeli forces won't be needed, and U.S. action will be lent some thin international legitimacy if a few hundred "coalition" troops participate. Thus a second Arab nation will become Americanizedly "free," while Palestinians infuriated by these events will commit acts that will justify the "ethnic cleansing" of the West Bank.

I truly hope my imagination has gotten the better of me, that I am a false prophet, and that what I describe will not come to pass.

Hands off Syria!



A sudden concern for the Palestinian child - By Gideon Levy
The hundreds of children who have been killed, the thousands who have been crippled, and the hundreds of thousands who live under conditions of siege and poverty, and are exposed every day to violence and humiliation - all this has failed to move the Israeli public. Just the child with the belt.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/409293.html

Ahmed Yassin
His authority, his senior position in the movement and his influence on its members derived from a combination of his cumulative experience, his personality, the successes of all the social and political projects he initiated, his personal sacrifices, the personal example he gave, the way he dealt with his handicap and his relationship with people.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/409304.html
About 300 physically disabled Sudanese, rolling on wheelchairs or walking with crutches, marched five city blocks Sunday in a demonstration against Israel's assassination of Palestinian leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin.
http://www.sudantribune.com/article.php3?id_article=2251
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JUST IN CASE WE HAVE ANY ILLUSIONS ABOUT JOHN KERR'S DEMOCRATS.....
Representative Gary Ackerman (D-NY) led a group of nineteen Democrats [among them 11 Jews]this week in writing to President Bush to express their dismay at White House criticism of Israel's actions. The Democratic members writeMarch 23, 2004

       The President
       The White House
       Washington, DC

       Dear Mr. President:

       We call on you to immediately repudiate the statement made yesterday by your spokesman, Scott McClellan that "the United States is deeply troubled by this morning's action in Gaza." That your spokesman would condemn Israel bringing to justice a terrorist thug at the same time U.S. forces are in the field hunting down terrorist leaders is incomprehensible.

       Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was a barbaric terrorist leader and has deserved for many years the fate he met yesterday. HAMAS, a terrorist group designated by the State Department, has been an active enemy of United States diplomacy for more than a decade and the demise of its one of its top leaders should certainly not be condemned. HAMAS has actively sought the collapse of the peace process, remains fervently committed to the destruction of the State of Israel, and has proudly declared its responsibility for the deliberate murder of hundreds of Israeli citizens.

       For your spokesman to suggest anything other than full support for Israel's action is simply deplorable. Mr. McClellan's statement is intolerable and should be corrected immediately.

       Sincerely,

       Rep. Gary L. Ackerman
       Rep. Steve Israel
       Rep. Joseph Crowley
       Rep. Robert Matsui
       Rep. Barney Frank
       Rep. Brad Sherman
       Rep. Peter Deutsch
       Rep. Carolyn Maloney
       Rep. Jerrold Nadler
       Rep. Nita Lowey
       Rep. Martin Frost
       Rep. Eliot Engel
       Rep. Carolyn McCarthy
       Rep. Edward Markey
       Rep. Michael McNulty
       Rep. Timothy Bishop
       Rep. Michael Capuano
       Rep. Shelley Berkley
       Rep. Anthony Weiner
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