>Israeli Defense Forces Executing Detained
>"La Jornada " newspaper of Mexico City reported
>today that the Israeli Army in Ramallah has been
>executing Palestinian men they have detained. The
>newspaper says that according to human rights and
>press sources, the bodies of five Palestinians where
>found today with execution style shots to the head.
>The bodies were all found in a pile and were wearing
>Palestinian National Guard uniforms. La Jornada says
>that the IDF has denied that they executed the men.
>Below is the short Spanish language note that was
>published today in one of the largest dailies of
>"Los cad�veres de cinco hombres con el uniforme de la
>Guardia Nacional Palestina fueron hallados en
>Ramallah y de acuerdo con socorristas y medios de
>prensa, todos ten�an el tiro de gracia, pero el
>ej�rcito a las �rdenes de Ariel Sharon neg� las
>ejecuciones y asegur� que los sujetos murieron en
>combate cuerpo a cuerpo."
>Israeli killings: Troops stormed Arafat's men's base -
>and Palestinians believe that what followed was an
>Peter Beaumont in Ramallah
>Sunday March 31, 2002
>The ambulance men were carrying the first body out of
>the Cairo-Amman bank in the centre of Ramallah when I
>came across them. His knees were doubled up in rigor
>mortis. One of the legs of his green parachute
>jumpsuit had been burnt through to the skin by a round
>fired at such close quarters that the muzzle flash had
>ignited the fabric. A gaping wound was visible in his
>chest - also, apparently, from a burst of fire from
>close range. What killed him, however, was the gunshot
>to his temple.
>A few minutes later, the paramedics brought the second
>body, that of a young man, also in Yasser Arafat's
>elite guard unit, Force 17.
>Someone had taken off his boots, revealing his blue
>socks. The wounds that he had obviously been clutching
>when he died were also to his upper body. But what
>must have killed him, like his colleague, was a shot
>fired at close range to his temple that had demolished
>the back of his head.
>The third body was of an older man, perhaps in his
>forties, grey-haired and with a full moustache.
>Someone had pulled his parachute suit up above his
>head to hide the wound. But when the stretcher-bearers
>put him down, the covering was pulled back. The wound
>was also to the head.
>What happened on the third floor of the Cairo-Amman
>bank at midnight on Friday during Israel's occupation
>of the Palestinian city of Ramallah can only be
>surmised. But in the few minutes after Israeli
>soldiers stormed the Palestinian position, five men
>were wounded and five men were put to death by the
>Israelis, each with a single coup de grace to the head
>Maher Shalabi, bureau chief of Abu Dhabi television in
>Ramallah, was in his office in the same building when
>he heard several bursts of heavy shooting on the
>floors below. 'I heard heavy shooting; maybe it was an
>exchange of fire. But I believe this was an execution.
>This is what I understand.'
>Hassan Asfour, a senior Palestinian negotiator, added:
>'They were executed in cold blood. This is a clear
>example of the collective execution policy adopted by
>the Israeli government against the Palestinian people.'
>According to local residents, the dead men were part
>of a large group of Palestinian policemen who had
>taken shelter in the building, which also houses the
>offices of the British Council, when the Israeli army
>entered their area of Ramallah.
>The men had taken shelter in the foyer area on the
>third floor next to a dentist's surgery. Yesterday
>bullet holes spattered the walls and the floor was
>flecked with blood. On one wall were large splashes of
>blood. Several bloody trails had been marked along the
>floor where someone had pulled the bodies towards the
>An Israeli army spokesman said soldiers entered the
>building after Palestinians opened fire from inside
>and threw a grenade at the force outside.
>The coups de grace administered for these five men is
>a metaphor for what the Israeli incursion is hoping to
>achieve inside Ramallah. By isolating Arafat within
>his headquarters, Sharon hopes to decapitate the
>Yesterday, inside Arafat's compound, it was clear that,
>for all the claims of Ariel Sharon, Arafat was neither
>under threat nor under arrest. Arafat, simply, was
>surrounded by the Israelis.
>As we approached the compound we could see the tanks
>and armoured personnel carriers ringing his sprawl of
>offices and barracks. On every side soldiers were
>taking positions and aiming their weapons.
>Here and there was evidence of the desperate fighting
>that had taken place as Israeli forces stormed the
>wall and then the buildings. External walls were
>pocked with gunfire, while scorch marks were visible
>at third-floor windows.
>Approaching closer, the Israeli army tried to prevent
>us following a delegation from the Palestinian
>solidarity movement into the compound, led by Jos�
>Bov�, the French farmers leader and anti-globalisation
>In a surreal touch Bov� and his colleagues had marched
>through the ruins of the town, even as fighting
>continued in some parts. With their hands above their
>heads, and some carrying palm fronds as Easter symbols
>of peace, they approached Arafat's compound with two
>columns of heavily armed Israeli infantry jogging the
>last few hundred metres behind them.
>Seeing Bov�, who had marched through the town with a
>small group of fellow protestors bearing a tray of
>medicines for those injured inside Arafat's compound,
>the soldiers relented and let us enter with him and
>approach the offices where Arafat was holed up.
>Crossing a large car park we could see a three-storey
>block, its walls splattered with tank fire, two
>windows blackened by fire with sheets hanging where
>the occupants had tried to escape the flames.
>I followed Bov� to the entrance to the offices where
>Arafat was hiding but was grabbed from behind by an
>Israeli soldier and pulled away. Arafat may not be a
>prisoner but it is the Israelis who choose who goes to
>see the Palestinian chairman.
>On every corner yesterday stood Israeli tanks. The
>devastation that these tanks have wrought inside the
>Palestinians' most attractive city has to be seen to
>be believed. Roads have been dynamited or torn up.
>Buildings are burnt and shattered. Everywhere there is
>rubble, spent ammunition and broken glass.
>A little later, I met Hossam Sharkawi and Mohamed Awad,
>two senior officials in the Palestinian Red Crescent
>whom I had met before.
>Standing by a convoy of ambulances the clearly
>exhausted Sharkawi, a co-ordinator for emergency
>services, told me the Israelis had arrested five of
>'They have them blindfolded and handcuffed. I cannot
>understand what the Israelis are thinking. They also
>used one of our ambulances today as a human shield.
>They sandwiched it inside a convoy.'
>Sharkawi and his colleagues were able to reveal
>something of life inside Arafat's compound. 'We know
>there are injured inside,' he said. 'But they have
>been blocking ambulances entering to give treatment.
>'All that we hear is that there may be between 50 and
>100 people trapped with Arafat inside the building,
>without food, or water or any electricity and no
>telephone communication.' He shook his head and walked
>La Voz de Aztlan
NEWS AND OPINIONS DISTRIBUTED HERE ARE THE AUTHOR'S RESPONSIBILITY
To subscribe to WORLD VIEW, email nrr3mnsn@...
with "subscribe" in
the subject heading.
To unsubscribe from WORLD VIEW, email nrr3mnsn@...
"unsubscribe" in the subject heading.
Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp.