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*** [1] Brutality!!!

*** [2] Update: Missiles Hit West Bank Towns..

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[1] Brutality!!!

Logos Services Centre <logosc@yahoo.com>
Beit Jala, Nov 16 10:53:09 2000

Dear everyone on earth,
 
The brutality of the Israeli army have proofed itself  yesterday.
They shelled Beit  Jala  non-stop  for  more  than  eight  hours.
Causing electricity cut off. Killing  a  German  Doctor  who  has
lived in Beit Jala for years. Harry Fisher, the doctor  tried  to
save  his  neighbors  who  had  fire  in  their  house  from  the
missiles. The ambulance could not get to the  injured,  they also
tried to walk on foot, but they could not. So Harry decided to go
himself to his neighbors. Immediately as he walked out he was hit
by a missile, that cut him into pieces.

The bombardment continued using tank missiles and then helicopter
missiles, which were the most scary. I still do not know how many
people were injured or how many houses were destroyed? I know for
sure that the horror we  went  through  is  nothing  compared  to
families who lived down town of Beit Jala.

I cannot write more now, I am tired, outraged and  extremely  sad
for the loss of Harry, whose nobility killed him.................

Marina Barham

[InfoPal comment: The killing of Mr. Fischer is confirmed in  the
Reuters story below]

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[2] Missiles Hit West Bank Towns, Barak Sees Long Fight

By Ramit Plushnik-Masti, November 16 2:56 AM ET

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel launched overnight  missile  strikes
on five West Bank towns, killing a  German  resident,  and  Prime
Minister Ehud Barak (news - web sites) told Israelis on  Thursday
to prepare for a long fight with the Palestinians.

He poured cold water on prospects for a  three-way  meeting  with
Palestinian  President  Yasser  Arafat  (news  -web  sites)   and
President Clinton (news - web sites) to try to halt violence that
has killed at least 228 people, nearly 90 percent of them  Arabs,
in seven weeks.

Israeli troops killed eight Palestinians on Wednesday as protests
flared on the 12th anniversary of Arafat's  symbolic  declaration
of an independent state from exile in 1988.

A Fatah official said Palestinians had  launched  a  struggle  to
expel Israeli settlers and soldiers from occupied lands.

``We are not close,'' Barak told Israel's Army radio  when  asked
about chances that meetings he and Arafat held  with  Clinton  in
the past few days would lead to a peace summit.

The Israeli army said its helicopters fired missiles  at  offices
of  Palestinian  President  Yasser  Arafat's   mainstream   Fatah
movement in Jericho, Hebron, Tulkarm and Salfit, as  well  as  on
targets in Beit Jala on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

The army said it attacked Beit Jala, in which a  German  resident
was killed, in response to Palestinian  gunfire  aimed  across  a
valley at the Jewish settlement of Gilo.

Harry Fischer, a 68-year-old  German  married  to  a  Palestinian
woman from Beit Jala was  hit  by  shrapnel,  his  brother-in-law
said. Hospital sources said eight Palestinians were wounded.

In the Gaza Strip, hospital officials said 12-year-old Jehad  Abu
Shahma died early on Thursday of wounds sustained the day  before
in clashes with Israeli soldiers in Khan Younis.

The Israeli army said one or two roadside bombs had exploded near
an Israeli convoy on the Karni-Netzarim road in Gaza on Thursday,
causing no casualties. A gunbattle erupted afterwards.

The army said its troops had also traded fire with gunmen in Gaza
overnight,  inflicting  casualties.  But   Palestinian   hospital
officials said no wounded had been admitted.

Protracted Struggle

Barak took to the  airwaves  as  day  broke  to  defend  military
policies which some Israelis view as too restrained and tell  his
people that the conflict could not  be  cut  short  by  a  bloody
demonstration of Israel's military might.

``If we thought that instead of 200 dead there, that  2,000  dead
would end this whole issue and that at once everything would end,
then we would use much  more  force.  But  in  our  opinion...the
situation is the opposite,'' he told Israel Radio.

``We are in for a long battle that will really decide our  future
in this country and it is a complex battle,'' he declared.

Arafat's adviser Nabil Abu Rdainah said  Barak's  remarks  showed
Israel was not serious about peace. ``This proves  the  intention
by the Israeli government to continue its aggression against  our
people,'' he told Reuters.

Barak  broke  off  already  deadlocked  peace  talks   with   the
Palestinians last month and said he would not  renew  them  until
Arafat halted protests against Israeli occupation.

``There are no  negotiations.  There  are  no  discussions  about
renewing negotiations and first of  all  we  have  demanded  that
first there must be a dramatic change...in the violence.''

``In the current situation of violence  there  is  no  chance  to
negotiate seriously, and we are serious people,'' he added.

U.S. Mediation

Barak met U.S. Middle East envoy Dennis Ross on  Wednesday  night
in what a senior Israeli political source said was an  effort  to
``calm the violence, bring about a cease-fire and set  the  stage
for the renewal of the peace process.''

Ross, in Israel for Wednesday's funeral of Leah  Rabin,  wife  of
assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak  Rabin,  was  due  to
meet Arafat at 10:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) in the Gaza Strip.

Abu Rdainah also dismissed talk of a three-way peace summit. ''It
is too early to talk about such meetings before a  complete  halt
for Israel's aggression against our people and before the end  of
Israel closure on Palestinian cities.''

In televised condolences for  Leah  Rabin,  Arafat  said  he  was
committed to peace. ``In these  sad  moments,  I  say  there  are
prospects of light and hope at the end of the dark tunnel.''

But hope is in short supply  on  both  sides  after  a  spasm  of
bloodletting that has all  but  extinguished  the  peace  process
launched by Rabin and Arafat in seven years ago.

Anger has resonated across  the  Arab  world,  prompting  several
states to cut ties with Israel, though Egypt and Jordan, the only
two with peace treaties, have not renounced them.

Arab countries have told Europe to come  off  the  fence  in  the
conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in  blunt  exchanges
at a meeting of EU and Mediterranean states.

``You cannot  be  neutral  vis-a-vis  an  aggression  against  an
occupied population by the occupier,'' Egyptian Foreign  Minister
AMr. Moussa said after a dinner that lasted late into Wednesday.

``The Europeans have heard the unanimous  position  of  the  Arab
countries, those present and those  absent,  about  the  European
role,'' he told reporters at the meeting in Marseilles  that  was
boycotted by Syria and Lebanon.

Palestinian Planning Minister Nabil Shaath  said  neutrality  was
not only unacceptable but ``immoral.''

Barak's security cabinet met for several hours  on  Wednesday  to
discuss options  to  deal  with  the  crisis.  A  senior  Israeli
diplomatic source said the cabinet had taken decisions  on  ``how
to respond militarily to developments in the coming days.''

He added that there would be ``no substantive change'' in what he
called Israel's policy of restraint.

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