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    British Suicide Bombers Official ISM Statement on British Suicide Bombers by ISM 9:21am Fri May 2 03 (Modified on 2:27am Mon May 5 03) There have been media
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      British Suicide Bombers

      Official ISM Statement on British Suicide Bombers
      by ISM 9:21am Fri May 2 '03 (Modified on 2:27am Mon May 5 '03)


      There have been media reports trying to connect these two men to ISM.
      There is no connection. They never tried to infiltrate ISM. They
      never contacted the ISM. They could have attended a memorial service
      for Rachel Corrie in Rafah that was open to anybody. As far as we
      know, the reports of them attending a demonstration sponsored by ISM
      are wrong. However, that too would have been open to the public.

      ISM Statement on British Suicide Bombers
      Bethlehem
      Tom
      2 May 03

      [ISM Media Office Bethlehem, Palestine]

      The International Solidarity Movement supports non-violent resistance
      to the illegal and brutal occupation of Palestine. Palestinians have
      long been at risk of death, imprisonment and torture when they engage
      in acts of peaceful resistance. When internationals are present, that
      risk is somewhat reduced. But now the Israeli army is targeting
      international peace activists as well, violating international law
      and attempting to suppress all means of protest in the occupied
      territories.

      On April 30, 2003 a suicide bomber and an accomplice tried to
      enter "Mike's Place" bar in Tel Aviv. One murdered three people in
      addition to killing himself. The other escaped. They both held
      British passports. These activities are in complete contradiction to
      the purpose and commitment of ISM to non-violent resistance.

      There have been media reports trying to connect these two men to ISM.
      There is no connection. They never tried to infiltrate ISM. They
      never contacted the ISM. They could have attended a memorial service
      for Rachel Corrie in Rafah that was open to anybody. As far as we
      know, the reports of them attending a demonstration sponsored by ISM
      are wrong. However, that too would have been open to the public.

      As a policy, ISM requires two days of training for all of its
      activists. This functions as a screening in addition to training in
      non-violent peaceful resistance and orientation to the ISM
      guidelines. All of our groups function by consensus. This process
      discourages any individuals from acting impulsively. We know our
      activists, and none have engaged in or have been accused of engaging
      in, any aggressive, confrontational, or illegal activity.

      General Yaalon of the Israeli Army gave an order on the eve of the
      Jewish festival of Passover to remove ISM from the West Bank and
      Gaza. This order long preceded the bombing in Tel Aviv. The Israeli
      army wants us to leave because we are providing witness to the
      atrocities committed by the Israeli army. Israel and the United
      States have gone to great Lengths to ensure that no International
      Observers would be sent to Palestine by The United Nations or any
      other objective International Organization. ISM activists have come
      to provide witness to the cruelty, the brutality and the truth about
      this occupation and its' purpose.

      Tom Wallace
      ISM Media Coordinator
      Beit Sahour, Occupied Palestine
      ism-alert@...
      +972 -2-277-4602
      +972-(0)52-360-241
      +972-(0)67-862-439

      Huwaida Arraf
      +972-(0)67-473-308

      http://nyc.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=58660&group=webcast

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      Israel to bar pro-Palestinian activists from entering country

      By Amos Harel and Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondents and Agencies
      Saturday, May 03, 2003 Iyyar 1, 5763
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/289437.html

      Israel will from now on bar pro-Palestinian activists from entering
      the country and will try to expel at least some of the dozens of
      activists who are already here, according a new plan drafted by the
      Israel Defense Forces and the foreign and defense ministries.

      Most of the activists, who come from Europe, Canada and the United
      States, belong to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

      Their goal is to act as "human shields" for Palestinian individuals
      and houses during IDF incursions into Palestinian towns, and they
      have often been involved in confrontations with IDF soldiers. They
      also try to help Palestinians pass through IDF roadblocks.

      Some two months ago, an American ISM activist, Rachel Corrie, was run
      over and killed by an IDF bulldozer in Gaza. Her colleagues accused
      the bulldozer driver of having run her over deliberately. The IDF
      denies the accusation and decided not to indict the driver. In two
      other recent cases, international activists have been seriously
      injured by IDF gunfire during confrontations in the territories.

      Israel Radio on Friday quoted British news agencies as saying that
      the two men involved in the suicide bombing at Mike's Place in Tel
      Aviv late Tuesday night had entered Israel earlier in the day in a
      cab that passed through the Erez Crossing. The two had taken part in
      actions carried out by peace activists in the Gaza Strip.

      In the first sign of the new crackdown, a member of ISM was detained
      by Israeli troops in the southern Gaza refugee camp Rafah on
      Thursday.

      Military sources said the woman activist was sleeping in a house
      suspected of concealing one of the tunnels used by militants to
      smuggle arms from nearby Egypt, and her case was being handled by the
      Foreign Ministry.

      Foreign Ministry officials were not immediately available for comment
      and the ISM said it would release a statement later in the day on the
      new Israeli measures.

      IDF accuses 'riot inciters'
      The IDF charges that many of the self-proclaimed peace activists
      are "provocateurs" and "riot inciters" who deliberately interfere
      with the IDF's work, with the goal of blackening Israel's image. Army
      sources noted that in one case, they discovered a wanted terrorist
      being hidden by ISM activists in Jenin. The sources said the
      activists received training overseas in how to deceive border control
      officials at Ben-Gurion International Airport in order to be allowed
      into the country.

      Furthermore, both the army and the Foreign Ministry fear that
      additional foreign citizens might be killed or wounded by the IDF if
      the ISM's activities are allowed to continue.

      Wednesday's bombing in Tel Aviv, which was committed by two men who
      entered Israel on British passports, added a new reason to the
      authorities' desire to clamp down on the foreign activists - fear
      that other terrorists from overseas might enter the country under the
      guise of peace activists.

      IDF and Foreign Ministry officials held another meeting on the
      subject this week and decided to instruct border control officials at
      Ben-Gurion and the land crossings with Egypt and Jordan to bar
      foreign activists from entering the country. In addition, IDF
      officers who encounter such activists in closed military areas will
      be ordered to arrest them, after which they will be deported.

      On Thursday, the IDF arrested a foreign activist during its search
      for arms smuggling tunnels in the Gazan town of Rafah. Army sources
      said the woman was inside a house that was slated for demolition. The
      woman was later released and allowed to remain in the country, though
      she was barred from returning to Gaza.


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