Dulles NOW activists marched against the disastrous Vietnam and Gulf wars, opposed the vicious bombing of Kosovo and called for an end to the bombing of Afghanistan. We organized against apartheid in South Africa. Today, we join forces with those around the world who demand the end of 35 years of the brutal and dehumanizing colonization of Palestine. They include hundreds of Israeli officers who refuse to serve in the West Bank and Gaza, unwilling to do the " occupying, deporting, destroying, blockading, killing and starving of an entire people" and thousands of Israelis repulsed by the Sharon-Peres blood-soaked policies of death, mutilation and terror.
All are calling for the immediate withdrawal of the areas Israel captured in the 1967 war, the complete evacuation of all the settlements and the creation of a Palestinian state. So do we.
More than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the past seventeen months, 250 of them children of all ages. 20,000 have been wounded, many maimed for life, thousands of them also children. Teen-age boys are shot in the eyes. IDF soldiers shoot pregnant women dead or leave them dying in childbirth at military check-points. A UN school for blind children, the only such establishment, was bombed. Medical personnel and ambulances are equally targeted.
Tanks crush water mains and electricity grids, crashing their way through house walls and occupants, a carnage even worse than the 1982 crimes savagely committed in the Sabra and Shatila camps. More than 400 houses have been intentionally demolished. Orchards and olive groves, sources of food and meager revenues, are razed. 60% are unemployed. In Israel, over 300 people have died in retaliatory acts, 50 of them children. Hundreds lay wounded.
Mr. Sharon is now ordering F-16's, Apache helicopters, gunboats, machine guns and missiles to rain daily fire on the defenseless and crowded refugee camps because they need to be "badly beaten" he explained, blaming the victims.
Menahem Begin believed that Ariel Sharon was a person unable to control himself. Many Israelis view him now as a "primitive man of power", prisoner of his own fixations, whose only aim is the collective punishment and senseless slaughter of a people defending their stolen land, an undisputed right recognized by international rules. He has become "last year's man" wrote Israeli analyst Yoel Esteron, and "there is no need to count another 1,000 dead Israelis and Palestinians to reach the conclusion".