PrsRls: Greens Demand Israel Cease Hypocritical War on Palestinians

Hugh Esco gpga-news@greens.org
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THE GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
MEDIA RELEASE

For immediate release:
Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Contacts:
Nancy Allen, Media Coordinator, 207-326-4576, nallen@acadia.net
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, scottmclarty@yahoo.com

GREENS DEMAND THAT ISRAEL CEASE ITS HYPOCRITICAL
'WAR ON TERRORISM' AGAINST PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Activists in the Green Party of the United States are 
asking the U.S. to hold the government of Israel accountable for the latest 
wave of bloodshed, and insist that Israel seek negotiation instead of the 
"War on Terrorism" against the Palestinian people that Israel's own policy 
of assassination recently ignited. Greens condemn the current escalation of 
violence committed by both sides and call for an international peace force 
to enforce a ceasefire, and support the demand by United Nations Human 
Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson that Israel stop bombing the West Bank 
and Gaza Strip, assaults which Ms. Robinson said are "terrorising and 
terrifying the civilian population".

"Israel's continued occupation -- with heavy military supervision and 
imposed economic deprivation -- of the Palestinian territories continues in 
violation of international law and in the face of the U.N.'s condemnation," 
said Anita Rios, an Ohio Green organizer and member of the party's national 
steering committee.

"Greens condemn the suicide bombings that have killed Israeli citizens, and 
see such tactics as counterproductive in the movement to liberate 
Palestinians. But the Israeli government instigated the current wave of 
violence, with the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, at a 
time when Ariel Sharon demanded a week's cessation of violence by 
Palestinians before negotiations would begin."

"Assassinations are not 'self-defense' but an illegal attack on civilians," 
added Ben Manski, also a steering committee member of the Green Party of 
the United States, a Jewish American who grew up in Jerusalem and whose 
family left Israel at the time of the invasion of Lebanon.

"The Sharon government seems determined to destroy any chance of ending 
Israel's half century oppression of Palestinians, and has declared the 
Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat to be the enemy in a 
hypocritically declared 'war on terrorism' against an already subjugated 
people. Both Israeli and Palestinian civilians will continue to suffer - 
especially Palestinians, who have already suffered loss of their human 
rights, homes, livelihoods, and the lives of children."

Green Party 2

Bulent Ecevit, the Prime Minister of Turkey, Israel's closest ally in the 
Middle East, recently revealed that Sharon has told him Israel wants to "be 
rid of" Arafat. Israel and the U.S. both boycotted the Fourth Geneva 
Convention in Switzerland on December 4 and 5, at which Israel was 
reprimanded by 114 states, including Britain and other European Union 
nations, for indiscriminate and disproportionate violence against 
Palestinian civilians and breaches of the Geneva Conventions.

"We are ashamed of the silence of the U.S. about Sharon's responsibility, 
as the leader of a wealthy and heavily armed state, for lighting the fuse 
that set off the recent attacks," said Annie Goeke, a Pennsylvania Green 
activist and chair of the party's International Committee. "Palestinian 
civilians are being murdered with American weapons and with the Bush 
Administration's approval."

The Green Party of the United States continues to demand that Israel -- and 
the United States, the power behind Israel -- adhere to international law 
and the decisions of the U.N., that it begin negotiations and the process 
of granting self-determination to the Palestinian people, and that it 
respect the right of exiled Palestinians to return home.
Greens are also concerned that Israel's new 'war' and the Bush 
Administration's threat to expand the military assaults against Afghanistan 
to other Muslim nations, especially Iraq and Somalia, will destroy the 
fragile alliance with some Muslim nations and lead to a long and bloody war 
across the Middle East and central Asia - as well as violent attacks 
against civilians in the U.S. and our allies.

MORE INFORMATION

The Green Party of the United States
http://gpus.org

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THE GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES<br>
MEDIA RELEASE <br><br>
For immediate release: <br>
Wednesday, December 12, 2001<br><br>
Contacts: <br>
Nancy Allen, Media Coordinator, 207-326-4576, nallen@acadia.net <br>
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624,
scottmclarty@yahoo.com<br><br>
GREENS DEMAND THAT ISRAEL CEASE ITS HYPOCRITICAL <br>
'WAR ON TERRORISM' AGAINST PALESTINIAN PEOPLE<br><br>
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Activists in the Green Party of the United States are
asking the U.S. to hold the government of Israel accountable for the
latest wave of bloodshed, and insist that Israel seek negotiation instead
of the &quot;War on Terrorism&quot; against the Palestinian people that
Israel's own policy of assassination recently ignited. Greens condemn the
current escalation of violence committed by both sides and call for an
international peace force to enforce a ceasefire, and support the demand
by United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson that Israel
stop bombing the West Bank and Gaza Strip, assaults which Ms. Robinson
said are &quot;terrorising and terrifying the civilian
population&quot;.<br><br>
&quot;Israel's continued occupation -- with heavy military supervision
and imposed economic deprivation -- of the Palestinian territories
continues in violation of international law and in the face of the U.N.'s
condemnation,&quot; said Anita Rios, an Ohio Green organizer and member
of the party's national steering committee. <br><br>
&quot;Greens condemn the suicide bombings that have killed Israeli
citizens, and see such tactics as counterproductive in the movement to
liberate Palestinians. But the Israeli government instigated the current
wave of violence, with the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Abu
Hanoud, at a time when Ariel Sharon demanded a week's cessation of
violence by Palestinians before negotiations would begin.&quot;<br><br>
&quot;Assassinations are not 'self-defense' but an illegal attack on
civilians,&quot; added Ben Manski, also a steering committee member of
the Green Party of the United States, a Jewish American who grew up in
Jerusalem and whose family left Israel at the time of the invasion of
Lebanon. <br><br>
&quot;The Sharon government seems determined to destroy any chance of
ending Israel's half century oppression of Palestinians, and has declared
the Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat to be the enemy in a
hypocritically declared 'war on terrorism' against an already subjugated
people. Both Israeli and Palestinian civilians will continue to suffer -
especially Palestinians, who have already suffered loss of their human
rights, homes, livelihoods, and the lives of children.&quot;<br><br>
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Bulent Ecevit, the Prime Minister of Turkey, Israel's closest ally in the
Middle East, recently revealed that Sharon has told him Israel wants to
&quot;be rid of&quot; Arafat. Israel and the U.S. both boycotted the
Fourth Geneva Convention in Switzerland on December 4 and 5, at which
Israel was reprimanded by 114 states, including Britain and other
European Union nations, for indiscriminate and disproportionate violence
against Palestinian civilians and breaches of the Geneva Conventions.
<br><br>
&quot;We are ashamed of the silence of the U.S. about Sharon's
responsibility, as the leader of a wealthy and heavily armed state, for
lighting the fuse that set off the recent attacks,&quot; said Annie
Goeke, a Pennsylvania Green activist and chair of the party's
International Committee. &quot;Palestinian civilians are being murdered
with American weapons and with the Bush Administration's
approval.&quot;<br><br>
The Green Party of the United States continues to demand that Israel --
and the United States, the power behind Israel -- adhere to international
law and the decisions of the U.N., that it begin negotiations and the
process of granting self-determination to the Palestinian people, and
that it respect the right of exiled Palestinians to return home.<br>
Greens are also concerned that Israel's new 'war' and the Bush
Administration's threat to expand the military assaults against
Afghanistan to other Muslim nations, especially Iraq and Somalia, will
destroy the fragile alliance with some Muslim nations and lead to a long
and bloody war across the Middle East and central Asia - as well as
violent attacks against civilians in the U.S. and our allies.<br><br>
MORE INFORMATION<br><br>
The Green Party of the United States <br>
<font color="#0000FF"><u><a href="http://gpus.org/" eudora="autourl">http://gpus.org<br><br>
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