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(en) Israel-Palestine, Tel-Aviv, Alt. Media, "Talk - don't bomb!" - hundreds protest in front of the War ministry compound

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Date Wed, 6 Oct 2004 08:22:09 +0200 (CEST)


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Once again, the drairy parking lot opposite the Defence Ministry in Tel-
Aviv, the place where we find ourselves when horrors fill the TV screens.
Some three hundred people, representing a variety of groups, came there
today to once more express shock, anger and disgust.

"We have come here because civilians are being killed by the dozen every
day, houses demolished in multitude, trees and whole orchards made into
desert, in a feat of primitive vengefulness which is immoral, dangerous
and achieves the opposite of the declared government aims" said Uri
Avnery to the Associated Press camera. On the opposite side, police and
security operatives were massing as to defend the ministry gate from a
rush of furious demonstrators.

It was Gush Shalom which took the initiative to organize a protest, in
spite of a feeling of futility "but, still this is the least we can do,
and we have to do it", and gradually the others came to join. Courage to
Refuse was conspicuous with their "It won't end, if we don't refuse"
banners. The Anarchists arrived directly from their confrontation with
the wall-builders at Beit-Awa where they had been subjected to police
clubs and teargas.
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From Jaffa came a large group of Arabs, many of them with relatives at Jabaliya
Refugee camp, the focus of the army rampage. Among all this, the Gush
Shalom two-flag emblems were held aloft together with the text: "Sderot
and Jabaliya - both victims of the occupation." - A pregnant woman with a
sign "Mom, what is your boy doing in Gaza?" Alex Maor, father of the
recently released CO Adam Maor asked "Dad" the same question. At his
side, a big cartoon of Sharon riding a tank, with the caption "Death and
destruction in the service of the occupation."

The veteran Latif Dori held a sign in Hebrew and Arabic "Sharon, you have
murdered the peace dove!" At his side, youths were waving the European
Rainbow peace flag. Meanwhile, the Gush spokesperson Adam Keller, just
back from a coast-to-coast US tour and hardly recovered from jet-lag, ran
around between journalists dragging with him the sign "Tayas Amitz Lo
Maftzitz!" (a daring pilot doesn't bomb).

Upon the arrival of a whole bunch of youngsters the chanting started.
"Peace - Yes! Occupation - No!", "Stop Killing - Start Talking!",
"Soldier Listen - You Can Refuse!", "All the Ministers, War Criminals!",
"Soldier Stop! War Crime!", "Pilot Stop! War Crime!" ("A pilot can't stop
in mid-air" shouted somebody, whereupon the slogan was amended to "Pilot,
Turn Back!"). Meanwhile, organizers from different groups discussed the
idea of a follow-up action for the coming Saturday (October 9).

On the way to the bus, a blaring TV news broadcast from a nearby cafe:
"Army forces at Rafah mistakenly shot to death a 13-year old girl on the
way from school." The poor girl had been thought to have explosives in
her schoolbag. "It's the first time this week, that they didn't say they
killed one more terrorist" remarked an activist.

[photos soon at http://www.gush-shalom.org/english/index.html]
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