Israeli suppression of Palestinians under cover of Iraqi war
Under the cover of a war against Iraq the Israeli Government is preparing drastic measures against the Palestinian people in an outrageous act of suppression which, if they are implemented, could only be compared to the measures taken by the Nazis against the people of Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and other countries during WW 2. Palestinian NGOs are appealing to the world for their support and solidarity. Appeal to World Public Opinion from Palestinians under siege World attention is focused on Iraq and the effect of the US-led attack on regional stability. Millions of people all over the world demonstrate their opposition to the war and attempt to avert it. However, the message we, the Palestinian civilian population, are receiving from Israeli officials is threatening us with dangerous consequences. Statements made over the last two months by both Israeli officials and media indicate what they are planning and preparing to execute in the Palestinian occupied territories in case of war against Iraq. Such statements could be meant as intimidation, deterrent or real threat. In view of our experience, we, the Palestinians, tend to see them as a threat endangering our very existence in this land of ours. The threats published just recently by the Israeli media include, among many others: * Imposing a total curfew on the Palestinian people and land. * Declaring the Palestinian territories closed military areas, thus preventing foreign and local journalists from operating in the territories. Such measures are clearly intended to prevent the public exposure of the possible Israeli actions against the Palestinians. * Continuing the Israeli practice of mass detention of Palestinian activists without charges, and the destruction of Palestinian homes and infrastructure. * Possible mass transfer of Palestinian civilian population from certain locations adjacent to the proposed Israeli security wall. These areas belong to the occupied West Bank. * Possible efforts to transfer Palestinians from the occupied territories to neighbouring countries. * Possible elimination of the elected president of the Palestinian Authority, Mr Yasser Arafat, or his deportation to a remote area. The Palestinian Emergency Committees (PEC) were established in the Palestinian territories to organise the community during the possible war on Iraq, and to highlight the need for Palestinian readiness for possible drastic Israeli measures. PEC is a coalition of NGOs, national organisations, charitable societies, professional unions, political parties, ministries and public figures, operating through a co-ordinating office in Ramallah with national outreach and representation. We ask you to form an International Committee for the Protection of the Palestinian People, and to take immediate steps to prevent the Israeli Government from taking advantage of the situation created by a war on Iraq. Your support is very much needed and could help to prevent further suffering and pain and the death of innocent Palestinians.
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