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BTL Int'l Solidarity Movement Activists Protect Palestinian Civilians as...
11 Apr 2002
Between The Lines' Scott Harris reached Shapiro in Ramallah by cell phone and asked him about the work of the International Solidarity Movement and what he has witnessed during the current Israeli military assault on West Bank cities.
International Solidarity Movement Activists Protect Palestinian Civilians as Israeli Troops Attack West Bank Cities

Interview with U.S. activist Adam Shapiro describes scene at Arafat's headquarters

Interview by Between The Lines' Scott Harris

Adam Shapiro, a 30-year-old American activist, found himself in the media spotlight after he accompanied an ambulance to Yassir Arafat's besieged Ramallah headquarters on Easter weekend, soon after Israel launched a large scale military attack against West Bank cities. Shapiro, who has lived in the occupied territories for 2 1/2 years, is among hundreds of non-violent International Solidarity Movement volunteers who have put their lives on the line to offer protection and humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians caught in the crossfire there.

The young man from Brooklyn, N.Y., was forced to stay overnight in Arafat's compound after he convinced Israeli officers to permit an ambulance safe passage to evacuate the wounded from the Palestinian leader's headquarters. The next morning, he had breakfast with Arafat and eventually Israeli forces which had surrounded the area with tanks and troops allowed him to leave. Shapiro's experience was widely reported in the U.S. and international press, provoking death threats against his parents living in New York from those who charge Shapiro with being a traitor and supporting terrorism.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris reached Shapiro in Ramallah by cell phone and asked him about the work of the International Solidarity Movement and what he has witnessed during the current Israeli military assault on West Bank cities(A RealAudio Version of this interview may be found at http://www.btlonline.org).

Visit the International Solidarity Movement's Web site at www.palsolidarity.org

Related links:
Palestine Independent Media Center www.Jerusalem.indymedia.org
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