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Rafah, April 9, 2005

 
BACKGROUND: On April 9, 2005, the Israeli army killed three Palestinian teenagers—Khaled Fu'ad Ghannam, 17, hit by a live bullet to the neck, Ashraf Sameer Mousa, 15, hit by a live bullet to the chest, and Hassan Ahmed Abu Zaid, hit by a live bullet to the head—who were playing soccer in Block J of the Rafah refugee camp in the occupied Gaza Strip.  Eyewitnesses said that the teenagers were killed by heavy machine-gun fire from an armored vehicle.
 
Two of the three Palestinian teenagers killed, Rafah morgue, April 9, 2005.  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra).
 
In 2004, the US State Department licensed to Israel $35.3 million of ammunition, $45.7 million of armored personnel carriers, and $67,000 of machine guns.  These weapons are licensed under the Arms Export Control Act (Public Law 90-829), which limits their use to “internal security” and “legitimate self-defense” and prevents their use against civilians. 
 
Despite Israel’s repeated use of US weapons to commit human rights violations against Palestinians in an illegal and offensive military occupation, the United States continues to turn a blind eye toward Israel’s violations of the Arms Export Control Act. 
 
Join the US Campaign in a year-long effort to gather 100,000 petition signatures calling on Members of Congress and the President to investigate Israel’s violations of the Arms Export Control Act and to halt arms transfers to Israel until it complies with human rights standards and international law.
 
TAKE ACTION:
 
1) Sign the US Campaign’s on-line “Weapons Watch” petition at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/petition.php?pid=7
 
2) Sign up to become a “Weapons Watch Volunteer” with the US Campaign and collect hard-copy petition signatures at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/modinput4.php?modin=79

3) Download and distribute a PDF version of the petition at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/downloads/wwpetition1-14-05.pdf

4) Download and distribute an accompanying PDF flyer of this action alert at: 
http://www.endtheoccupation.org/downloads/rafah_4_9_05.pdf
  
5) Contact your Members of Congress, the White House, and the State Department and ask them to investigate the killing of Palestinian youth in Rafah as a possible violation of the Arms Export Control Act.   
 
Contact information for your Members of Congress can be found at the US Campaign’s Congressional Report Card at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=89
 
Contact the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs at the State Department at nea-ipa@state.gov or 202-647-3672.  
 
Contact the White House by phone at 202-456-111, by fax at 202-456-2461 or by email at president@whitehouse.gov
 
6) View previous “Weapons Watch” action alerts at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=150
 
7) Receive future “Weapons Watch” action alerts and other information from the US Campaign by signing up at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/email.php
 
8) Support the US Campaign by purchasing merchandise at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=142 or by making a tax-deductible contribution at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=149