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Vigil Against the Assaults on Rafah
Thursday, May 20th 2004 5:30 PM
Seattle, Washington


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please forward widely

EMERGENCY VIGIL AGAINST THE ASSAULTS ON RAFAH
THURSDAY MAY 20
5:30 PM
Westlake Plaza 4th and Pine Seattle

A silent vigil. Wear black. We will have masks and kufiyehs, plus a ground
display of massacre silhouettes updated to include the escalating numbers from
Rafah.

information: (206) 633-1086 // palestinejustice@aol.com


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" . . . the apaches are shelling us right now, many many fragments and parts of injured people everywhere in the area, i wasn't able to identify the body of my relative who got killed, they brought him to the hospital as parts and fragments, why did they shell him with a group of children . . . . so many parts of bodies are under the rubble of the houses . . . . the ambulances can't reach the area . . . . please please and for the sake of those children tell the people about what is going on here . . . ."


SINCE SATURDAY IN RAFAH:

at least 54 Palestinians killed, including women and children -- more each day
* 116 homes destroyed
* 1,160 people made homeless

"Altogether since the beginning of 2004, the IDF has demolished 284 homes in Rafah, leaving 2,185 Palestinians homeless. Over the past three and a half years, the IDF as demolished some 1,800 homes in the Rafah Refugee Camp. Such massive destructions of civilian property are illegal under international humanitarian law. The death of IDF soldiers cannot justify the severe harm to civilians, who were not involved in the hostilities. "
-- Israeli human rights group Bt'Selem


"At least 15 Palestinians, many of them said to be school students, were killed and dozens were wounded Wednesday afternoon when Israel Defense Forces helicopter gunships and tanks fired missiles and shells into a crowd of protestors in Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. "
-- Israeli journalist Amira Hass:

Contact the White House today
and tell them to demand that Ariel Sharon
cease his rampage in Gaza.

George W. Bush: president@whitehouse.gov
Colin Powell: secretary@state.gov


palestine solidarity committee
www.palestineinformation.org // palestinejustice@aol.com



Location: 
Westlake Plaza 4th & Pine Seattle Washington  

Contact:
ed mast
edwardmast@aol.com
206.633.1086

Sponsored By:
Palestine Solidarity Committee/ISM-Seattle Voices of Palestine http://www.palestineinformation.org


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