--- Beit Sahour Municipality <bsmuni@P-OL.COM>
wrote:

The Fear of Re-occupation of Our City
January 22, 2002

RE:
THE PERSECUTION AND FEARS OF THE
CHRISTIANS  OF BETHLEHEM And ITS
SUBURB OF BEIT SAHOUR ( SHEPHERD'S
FIELD:

What more is the world waiting for, why isnít
anyone doing anything? Do you all not care any
more about us Palestinians? These and many
other questions go through our minds. Those of
you who had the chance to visit the Palestinian
cities and refugee camps, did you not see the
pit of desperation that we are falling into?

  Arafat can arrest all Palestinians that are so
called "wanted" by the Israeli government, but
we know that Sharon has no intention of sitting
at the same table with Arafat to proceed with
peace talks. We know in our hearts that Sharon
does not want to give the Palestinians the
right to have their own state called Palestine.

Prime Minister Ariel  Sharon has broken every
agreement that was  reached, such as Oslo 1 and
2, yet he blames  Arafat at every turn. What
right do the Israeli military tanks, apaches, F
16
jets   and bulldozers have to  invade areas A,
Palestinian National  Authority controlled areas
under Oslo 1 and 2?

What right do the Israelis have to destroy our
homes, property and our land and to kill our
people?

FEARS:

  We do not feel secure in our own homes, so the
only solution is maybe to emigrate like so many
have already done. Our homes can then more easily
be taken over by Israeli soldiers as a
location from which to shoot their targets.

  We in Beit Sahour of BETHLEHEM   fear night
after night the  return of Israeli helicopters.
We can hear them buzzing in the sky. Each time we
hear a loud noise, we think it is the Israeli
tanks coming back into our town. Our children are
very fearful, too.

We need your immediate support. Sharon has gone
way beyond belief with his inhuman acts and WAR
CRIMES against our people throughout the Occupied
Territories.  His excuse is he will "bite" when
necessary,  but all that he bites he poisons to
death.

We are terrified for our childrens' future.
What is left for them in their childhood to
remember except terror and fear? We implore the
world to stand up for the human rights of
Palestinians now more than ever. How much more of
this Israeli terror can we bear? Our  patience is
running out, as is the hope that  the
international community will stand up to  Sharon
and tell him to stop, stop, stop, and to force
both sides to sit back at the negotiation  table
to proceed with peace process.

The Palestinians want peace, despite the ugly
propaganda of the Israeli government and media
to the contrary. We do not want war, but with
these acts Sharon is pulling us further and
further into bloody conflict. We reiterate our
plea to the international community to help us
and intervene, before it is too late.
 

MAYOR FUAD KOKALY'S ADDRESS
Beit Sahour Municipality
P. O. Box 1
 Beit Sahour
 Palestine
 Tel: +972-2-277-3666/7
 Fax: +972-2-277-3520
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 Suzan Sahori
 Beit Sahour Municipality
 P. O. Box 1
 Beit Sahour
 Palestine
 Tel: +972-2-277-3666/7
 Fax: +972-2-277-3520