Urgent call from Israel. Stop the war!
The Israeli peace organisation, Gush Shalom, in an urgent statement to the world says that "as we issue this call, Israel's state radio is broadcasting patriotic songs and inflammatory texts, in an effort to whip up popular support for all-out war — the war towards which Ariel Sharon has been inching ever since he took power". The statement continued: "But there already visible cracks in the 'national unity.' This afternoon, hundreds of peace activists picketed the Defence Ministry in Tel-Aviv, at the call of Peace Now, joined by Gush Shalom and others, in protest at the unfolding war. Four Israeli soldiers are right now in prison for refusal to take part; among them an officer, Reserve Captain Dan Tamir. Many others — conscripts, reservists and high school pupils facing conscription — declared their determination to follow that same course. Should Sharon persist in his march to all-out war, this protest movement will increase and mushroom as it did in 1982, the previous time when Sharon thought he had the people behind him in embroiling the country in unnecessary war. The United States Government should recognise the great share it bears in responsibility for the grave deterioration and ongoing escalation of the situation — especially the manifestly biased statements issued by President Bush. The US should recognise that a forceful intervention by the international community and the deployment of an international force are needed on the confrontation lines between Israelis and Palestinians, at least as much as in Macedonia. The placing of an international force to stop the most immediate conflagration, should be the prelude to its deployment throughout the Occupied Territories. Such a force should be charged both with enforcing a cease-fire and with monitoring a complete halt to all settlement activities — in accordance with the Mitchell Report, which recognised that the expansion of Israeli settlements at the expense of Palestinian land is the main root cause which led to the outbreak of the present uprising. We ask everybody to use all possible ways in getting this message to those who can act upon it concluded". Write to President George Bush E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202) 456-1414 Fax: (202) 456-2461 Secretary of State Colin Powell" E-mail: email@example.com Phone: (202) 647-4000 (202-647-5150) Bureau of Near East Affairs Fax: (202) 261-8577 Israeli Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres" Fax: +972-2-5303704 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org