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As Cycle of Mideast Violence Intensifies,Israeli Peace Movement Finds Its Voice

Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Louis Roth, assistant executive director with Americans for Peace Now, who assesses the strength of Israel's peace movement after 17 months of escalating conflict
As Cycle of Mideast Violence Intensifies, Israeli Peace Movement Finds Its Voice

Interview by Between the Lines' Scott Harris.

Seventeen months of escalating bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians continues to claim lives. Recent events have included Palestinian movement rocket launches, Israeli fighter jet assaults, Palestinian suicide bombings, and assassinations carried out by the Israeli army.

The Palestinian death toll has now reached more than 1,000, 248 of whom are children -- while 262 Israelis have lost their lives in this latest Intifada or rebellion. But for all the focus on blood and war, Israel's peace movement is still alive. Over 20,000 Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv, recently calling for their nation's withdrawal from the occupied territories and a resumption of peace talks. Some 230 Israeli Army reservists also affirmed their rejection of the status quo by signing a petition declaring they would "not continue to fight beyond Israel's 1967 borders in order to dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people."

Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Louis Roth, assistant executive director with Americans for Peace Now, who assesses the strength of Israel's peace movement after 17 months of escalating conflict (A RealAudio Version of this interview may be found At www.btlonline.org).


Contact Americans for Peace Now by calling (202) 728-1893 or visit their Web site at www.peacenow.
 
 

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