Dear Senator Warner:
Thank you for your letter of April 14. And thank you for your response to the letters and phone calls which I have been sending to your office.
I wish to offer the following for your further consideration, however. You state in your letter that "I have always been a strong supporter of giving aid to Israel, in an effort to assist Israel in protecting itself from its neighbors. Providing this security is a step toward developing the peace process in this region." I urge you to read the following e-mail which I received recently and to consider whether it is not rather the Palestinians who are in urgent need of protection from their neighbors, the Israelis. >From the e-mail postings which I continue to read day by day directly from the Middle East, I would be prepared to conclude that it is only whn the US begins to take seriously its obligations to the Palestinians vis-a-vis their heavy-handed occupiers, the Israelis, that there will ever be a chance for genuine peace in the Middle East.
Senator Warner, please read this e-mail and ask yourself whether you really believe that US interests--and the cause of Middle East peace--are best served by a policy of supporting the Israeli government in such actions as the ones described below.
Thank you for your thoughtful attention to the attached posting.
Dorothy Jean Weaver
7 Village Square Harrisonburg, VA 22801-5533 (540) 433-3336 (home phone) (540) 432-4276 (office phone)
Subject: Fwd: IDF Brutality Continues in Surif Village
Forwarded by John Worrell
Subj: Isaeli Army Violence in Surif Date: 97-04-19 07:26:24 EDT From: firstname.lastname@example.org (law) To: JnWorrell@aol.com
ISRAELI ARMY BRUTALITY CONTINUES IN SURIF VILLAGE
ONE DEAD, HUNDREDS INJURED AS VILLAGE REELS FROM WEEKS OF CURFEW
19 April, 1997
LAW - The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment PO Box 20873 Jerusalem Tel: (972) (2) 5812364/5824559 Fax: (972) (2) 5811072 email: email@example.com
Surif village, the village of 15,000 that has been the target of Israeli army brutality and collective punishment since the bombing in Tel Aviv, continues to suffer from extreme acts of Israeli army violence. On 21 March the Israeli army first imposed a curfew, which was lifted on 2 April. The curfew was then re-imposed on 10 April, and lifted only on the 18th. The village, however, is still a closed military area. During these two periods the village experienced severe shortages of basic foodstuffs, a particularly difficult burden as Moslems celebrated their largest religious holiday of the year on 17 April.
During the period of curfew and siege, the residents of the village were subjected to deprivation and continuous acts of army violence. In one more serious incident, Khalid Mustafa Arar, 56 years old, suffered a heart attack on 13 April and died while his family tried to get him to hospital during the curfew. He had come from Jordan to visit his family in Surif for the Moslem feast. When his family attempted to bury him on the same day, the Israeli army opened fire on the mourners with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Over the past three days, since the lifting of the curfew and the imposition of the closed military area, soldiers apparently have roamed the streets, firing rubber bullets and tear gas at those who have ventured out of their homes to collect badly needed food supplies. Over 120 have been injured thus far, and over 50 cars and 200 water tanks have been damaged by the gunfire.
Soldiers have also assaulted village residents in the streets of the village.
LAW views this kind of collective punishment and state-sponsored violence against this village a humanitarian crime, and calls on the international community to condemn strongly this daily terrorism of the residents of Surif.