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    San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center http://www.indybay.org/news/2004/09/1696976.php Pro-Palestinian Activists Beaten with Baseball Bats by
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      San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center
      http://www.indybay.org/news/2004/09/1696976.php

      Pro-Palestinian Activists Beaten with Baseball Bats by Pro-Israeli
      Settlers

      by Allison Weir Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2004 at 7:38 PM

      Israeli settlers frequently attack the nonviolent Christian
      Peacemaker members, throwing them to the ground, kicking them,
      cursing them, using obscenities against their religion etc., while
      Israeli soldiers look on. This incident, however, is the most brutal
      to date.

      Chris Brown, an Oakland activist who was active in the anti-Apartheid
      movement against south Africa, was bludgeoned early this morning by
      Israeli settlers wielding baseball bats and chains.

      Brown had been escorting Palestinian children to school in the West
      Bank town of Hebron, to protect them from attacks by Israelis. With
      Brown and also brutally attacked was Kim Lamberty, of Washington DC.

      Brown sustained broken ribs, one of which punctured his lung. He has
      undergone a surgical procedure to fix his collapsed lung. Brown also
      suffered a contusion on his head at his temple, but does not appear
      to have any brain injury. He will be recovering in the hospital for
      an unspecified amount of time.

      Lamberty suffered a broken arm and knee. She has now been released
      from the hospital and is recovering in Jerusalem.

      In a phone interview Liberty said: "We were attacked by settler men
      who came from the Ma'on outpost. They were dressed in black with
      black scarves across their faces. They threw us down to the ground
      and kicked us. Chris was also beaten with chains and a bat."

      The Israeli settlers stole Lamberty's money, passport and cell phone.

      Israeli settlers frequently attack the nonviolent Christian
      Peacemaker members, throwing them to the ground, kicking them,
      cursing them, using obscenities against their religion etc., while
      Israeli soldiers look on. This incident, however, is the most
      brutal to date.

      Laberty and Brown are with the Christian Peacemaker Teams.Christian
      Peacemaker members plan to accompany Palestinian school children
      again tomorrow. The children who, witnessed this incident, are
      terrified about returning to school. The Americans planning to
      accompany them are terrified, as well.

      Christian Peacemaker teams are present in the area of the attack at
      the request of Palestinians, who are the target of repeated
      harassment from Israeli settlers while Israeli authorities have
      failed to intervene.

      So far, AP has refused to cover this incident.

      Christian Peacemaker Teams places small ecumenical teams trained in
      nonviolent intervention in war zones, for violence reduction.

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      Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical initiative to support
      violence reduction efforts around the world. To learn more about
      CPT's peacemaking work, please visit our website at:
      http://www.cpt.org Photos of our
      projects may be viewed at: http://www.cpt.org/gallery

      Alison Weir
      Executive Director
      If Americans Knew
      http://www.ifamericansknew.org

      www.cpt.org

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