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Monday, Oct. 29: Protest Israel's latest attacks against Palestinians!

Palestinians look at the rubble of homes destroyed yesterday in the West Bank village of Beit Reema north of Ramallah October 25, 2001. REUTERS /Natalie Behring

Emergency Demonstration: SAY NO TO OCCUPATION

Stop Israel's Attacks Against Palestinian Cities and Towns!

Justice for Palestinians Now!

When: Monday, October 29, 4:00 PM

Where: Israeli Consulate, 111 E. Wacker Drive. (SE. corner of Wacker and Michigan.)

Please bring signs, banners, flags, and bullhorns. Tell everyone you know!

This emergency action is being initiated by the Palestine Aid Society and the Committee for a Democratic Palestine. Endorsers list now in formation. Organizations or groups who wish to endorse may list their endorsers in the "comments" section below.

- Sharon Attacks Palestinian Cities-

For over a week, Israeli occupation forces, equipped with heavy tanks, armored personel carriers, and helicopter gunships have attacked six major Palestinian cities and towns in the West Bank, killing over 50 Palestinians, and leaving hundreds wounded, in what appears to be an all out effort to crush the Palestinian Uprising.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, Israeli tanks, infantry, and special forces units stormed into the West Bank village of Beit Rima in the early morning hours, killing at least 9 people, injuring dozens more, and arresting 50 villagers. Palestinian emergency medical teams, journalists and human rights activists were banned by Israeli troops from entering the village, despite earlier demands from the US administration for an immediate Israeli withdrawal.

The latest attacks came in the wake of the death of Israeli right wing politician, Minister of Tourism and proponent of ethnic cleansing, Rehavam Ze'evi, who was shot on Oct 17th in retaliation for the Israeli assassination of of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's General Secretary, href="">Abu Ali Mustafa on August 27th.

At least 57 Palestinian activists have been the victims of extra-judicial assassination at the hands of Israeli security forces since the beginning of the Intifada.

According to the Israeli daily Ha'aretz, IDF troops withdrew from the West Bank village of Beit Rima later Thursday morning after completing operations there, but Palestinian sources said the IDF had entered Palestinian-controlled areas in the city of Tul Karem. Meanwhile the BBC reports that Israeli troops killed two more Palestinians in Bethlehem, one a police officer and one a 40-year-old resident of Aida refugee camp. A third Palestinian was killed on the outskirts of Bethlehem, according to AFP.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society reports that the number of Palestinian deaths in the West Bank and Gaza since Sept.29, 2000 has topped 766, with injuries soaring to over 16,460. (Figures inclusive to Midnight, October 24, 2001.) According to the Health, Development, Information and Policy Institute (HDIP) of Ramallah, the current unemployment rate for Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has soared to 48%. Over 1.3 million Palestinians now live in abject poverty..earning less than $2 /day.




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