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Emergency Protest on Rafah Terror by Israel
Friday, May 21st 2004 4:00 PM
Chicago, Illinois


Friday, May 21: Emergency Demo to Protest Latest Israeli Massacre of Palestinians in Rafah.

When: Friday, May 21, 4:00 PM
Where: Israeli Consulate. 111 East Wacker Drive - just east of the corners of Michigan Avenue and Wacker.

Logistics: Please signs, banners, posters, Palestinian flags, props, and most importantly as many people as you can reach. Peace and justice organizations can add their endorsement of this action by posting to this list-serve.

- Initiated by the Coalition for Justice in Palestine

What Happened?

At least 11 ( and possibly as many as 20 people) were killed outright when an Israeli Apache helicopter and tank opened fire on a crowd of Palestinian demonstrators who had gathered to protest Israel's efforts to flatten hundreds of Rafah homes to widen an Israeli army-controlled security corridor along the border with Egypt

Earlier Wednesday,Israeli forces ordered all males over 16 in the Rafah refugee camp to gather in one place or risk demolition of family homes. Israel has threatened to carry out a systematic destruction of homes in the impoverished area since the start of the invasion.

The Palestine News Network estimated that some 1,500 people were particpating in the peaceful march in Rafah when the attack began. BBC News reports later put the estimated crowd size at about 3000. The attack happened as protesters marched down the main street of Rafah towards the Tel Al-Sultan area where Israeli raids have been concentrated in the last two days.

Eyewitnesses report that people fled screaming, some dragging bloodied comrades and others carrying wounded children in their arms. "It was horrifying," said Mahmoud Abu Hashem, 35. "There was one person with his intestines coming out. Another had blood covering his face and you couldn't even make out his features". Fatalities are expected to quickly rise, with at least 50 - the majority school children and women - seriously wounded.

Emergency demonstrations are now being organized world wide to protest this latest outrage.

Latest stories from the corporate press:

- BBC: Israelis fire on crowds in Gaza
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3728681.stm

- BBC: Israel seeks Mass Gaza Surrender
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3728495.stm

- Agence France-Presse: Ten dead, 40 wounded as Israeli helicopter targets Rafah protest
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/040519/1/3kedo.html

- Reuters: Israeli Forces Fire on Crowd in Gaza, Killing 10
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
tmpl=story&cid;=574&ncid;=721&e;=1&u;=/nm/20040519/wl_nm/mideast_dc

- Al Jazeera.net (English): Israeli forces massacre protesters in Rafah
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/130B11F6-E96E-4B3B-93CB-55DDC8CE7FCF.htm

Breaking News from Palestine (websites )

- Palestine News Network
http://www.palestinenet.org/english/

- Rafah Today
http://rafahtoday.org/index.htm

- Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza
http://www.pchrgaza.org/

- Electronic Intifada
http://electronicintifada.net/new.shtml

- Gaza Blog
http://gaza.blogspot.com/

Report: Amnesty International:
- Israel and the Occupied Territories: Under the rubble: House demolition and destruction of land and property
http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/engmde150332004

Current endorsers list:

Nicaragua Solidarity Committee
Students for Social Justice
Palestine Solidarity Group
Tri-Taylor Neighbors for Peace
International Solidarity Movement-Chicago chapter
Northwest Suburban SUSTAIN
DePaul Students for Justice in Palestine
Hammerhard MediaWorks
Stop CAT Coalition
International Socialist Organization






Location: 
Israeli Consulate Wacker just East of Michigan Ave. Chicago Illinois  

Contact:
International Solidarity Movement-Chicago
ISMinChicago@aol.com
312-491-1789


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