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Nablus: Why Is This Story NOT Reported or Reported Correctly?
05 Jan 2004
Contrary to how the media is reporting it January 4, 2004:
4 Killed in Nablus. One hiding behind a taxi (age 19) One standing and
talking (age 26) One throwing rocks (age 15) One carrying the other's body
(age 22) Only one had weapon (rocks) age 15
What is the difference between shooting children and blowing them up? a
Why do we only read or hear about militant Palestinians?
1. Media slant 2. Because non-violent Palestinians are either shot or
"Yesterday 4 boys were killed in nablus, and one more in critical condition
in the hospital.
All within an hour, Rawhi Shuman (19) Amer Arafat (26) and Amjed al-Masri
(15) were shot and killed in the downtown Nablus area. Rawhi was hiding
behind a taxi, waiting for soldiers to pass so that he could continue down
the road. Amer was near a taxi stand, doing business and talking to
Friends of mine talked to him 5 minutes before he was shot, they were
talking about getting a taxi. After the soldiers shot him, they gathered
around the body and demanded to everyone that they show them
the gun. There was no gun, or anything that would look like a gun.
Amjed was with a group of young shebab throwing stones at invading IOF
Two hours later a shahid march went through the city. During shahid march's
people carry the bodies of the deceased to the city center, to the family's
home and mosque, and then to the cemetary. Amjed's cousin,
Mohammad al-Masri (22) was carrying Amjed's body when he was shot directly
in the head. He died shortly after. IOF forces opened fire on the
demonstration, killing Mohammad and seriously injuring three more.
Mohammad's sister was standing next to me during the march - she was crying
but said the grief hadn't completely been realized yet. She lost her cousin
and then her brother during the funeral, in a matter of
Most of this is not reported in the news.
reported that four people were killed in the bloodiest confrontations in
Nablus in months.
They claimed that two of the killed men had pistols, and one had a molotov
cocktail. According to eyewitnesses on the scene, including myself and
other international colleagues, these claims are all complete fabrications.
Haaretz's information is given to them by the IOF.
An AP photo on yahoo news
carries the caption "soldier guards another soldier who aids a palestinian
Again, my friends were present at the scene. They were aiding medics who
were helping the man who was shot, and the same soldiers who shot the man
approached the group. The soldier looked at the body, asked where he was
shot (the chest) and replied "good." He then disrupted the volunteers work
and began threatening and searching everyone.
A fifth person died today - one of men that was shot during the funeral
procession. He was shot in the eye, straight into the head, and died in the
hospital today. I don't have words for what is happening - today
Nablus continues to be under seige. In a half an hour there will be another
shahid march for the two killed during the funeral procession yesterday."
Stop the Cycle of Violence. Demand investigation and accountability
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon webmaster (at) pmo.gov.il
or asharon (at) knesset.gov.il
The Office of the Prime Minister, Kiryat Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem, Israel;
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz sar (at) mod.gov.il (am not sure this works)
Fax: +972 2 649 6545
Shaul Mofaz, Minister of Defense sar (at) mod.gov.il
Sallai Meridor, Chairman of the Executive, World Zionist
Organization/Jewish Agency sallaim (at) jazo.org.il
Josh Schwarcz, Secretary General, The Jewish Agency joshs (at) jazo.org.il
Itzhak Elyashive, Director-General, Jewish National Fund/Keren Kayemeth
LeIsrael info (at) kkl.org.il
Contact Israeli offices around the world and demand an immediate
lift to the siege! For a list of Israeli embassies around the world,
please see: http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/israel1.htm
Call media outlets and ask why they are ignoring the news of Nablus,
Balata and Beit Foreek.
US President George W. Bush president (at) whitehouse.gov
"Secretary of State, Colin Powell"
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