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>JN May 18, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 86
Red Cross Equates West Bank/Gaza Communities with War Crimes
Addressing a news conference on Thursday, Rene Kosirnik of the
International Committee of the Red Cross stated the Jewish presence
throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza was a war crime under
international law. Kosirnik is the ICRC official representative to
Israel and the PA areas.
Israeli Army Takes Over Area of Gaza Strip
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Israeli army has taken over a Palestinian-controlled area of
the Gaza Strip for what it describes as security reasons.
The army continued bombarding Palestinian targets in the Gaza
Strip, this time shelling the Khan Yunis refugee camp. The army has
established outposts in houses on the edge of Khan Yunis in an area
under Palestinian control.
An army spokesman told VOA soldiers have captured buildings in the
Palestinian-ruled area because they had been used by gunmen to fire
at Israeli troops. He called the action a "temporary" move. The
Israeli military has made repeated incursions into Palestinian
territory in recent weeks, but has always withdrawn quickly.
The Israeli policy of entering Palestinian-controlled areas has
drawn sharp criticism from the international community. Palestinian
officials say the operations violate interim peace agreements. The
move follows a series of attacks by Israeli combat helicopters on
Palestinian targets in Gaza and the West Bank.
Israeli helicopter gun ships blasted a compound used by Palestinian
security forces in Gaza, and buildings in the West Bank town of
Jenin. The military says the offices in Gaza were used to plan
Palestinian attacks, while the structures in Jenin were used to
produce weapons such as mortars.
Israeli Public Security Minister Uzi Landau, speaking in New York,
said the government is escalating its reaction to the Palestinian
uprising and may resort to all out combat to quell the unrest.
"We are also stepping up our activity in order to protect
ourselves. But I believe, eventually, we will have to start and
combat them all out because no way can a civilized society that
believes in freedom let it be intimidated by simply those who are
allies of Saddam Hussein."
Speaking to reporters in Gaza, Palestinian chief Yasir Arafat
accused Israel of escalating military operations against his
people. He said the Israelis are trying to force the Palestinians
to "kneel down," but added that the Palestinians are strong people
and will not "surrender."
UN: Emergency Mideast Meeting Won't Help Now
By Breck Ardery (VOA-United Nations)
The United Nations Security Council has turned down a request from
Arab nations for an emergency meeting on Mideast violence. The
request was made by the head of the Palestine observer mission,
Nasser Al-Kidwa, in his capacity as head of the Group of Arab
States at the United Nations.
He wanted the council to discuss what he characterized as the
"escalation of repressive practices against the Palestinian
population by Israel."
But after about 30 minutes of closed consultations, Council
President James Cunningham of the United States told reporters
there would not be an immediate meeting. The U.S. position is that
it would not be helpful to bring the issue into the council at this
time. But Cunningham said other members of the council were also
against an immediate meeting.
"There was widespread agreement in the council that it was not
appropriate to take a decision at this time, that we did require
more time for consultation and reflection, including, for some
members, consultation with capitals about going forward with a
meeting at this time."
NBC Cited For Martyr-Encouragement Report
NBC has come under fire for a recent report exposing some of the
"encouragement to martyrdom" given Palestinian children by their
"The Palestinians are [now] calling on the youngest to join the
battle," reported Martin Fletcher, who used material provided him by
Palestinian Media Watch, "and [are] using a stunning tactic:
commercials on Palestinian TV asking children, 'Drop your toys.
Pick up rocks.'"
The commercials show one of the most famous "heroes" of the
Palestinian violence - 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura dying in his
father's arms, caught in a hail of ostensibly Israeli bullets.
[Much evidence has since been produced indicating that the bullets
were actually Palestinian.]
The PA television clip then shows Mohammed in paradise, urging
other children to follow him. The violent scene of Mohammed's
killing shifts to an image of the boy running through a sunlit
field in "paradise" where he greets other boys who sit together
in the green grass.
The NBC report then shows a scene of Mohammed's classroom, where
the teacher shouts, "Are you afraid?" and the children shout in
unison, "No!... We ask Allah to destroy the Jews!" Fletcher
concluded his report,
"Already, young boys are learning how to fight. Summer camp teaches
how to resist the Israelis. But now they are being taught not to
fear death [images of young boys in military training, crawling
under barbed wire and other drills, are shown]. The greatest glory,
they are told, is to be a martyr."
The NBC report can be viewed on line at
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