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News :: Human Rights
Emergencey Response for Palestine Needed
15 Mar 2006
The IAC joins the demands of the Palestinian organizations that the Israeli forces release all the prisoners and leave the West Bank and Gaza.
Urgent Appeal - Emergencey Response for Palestine Needed

The International Action Center has learned today, March 14, that the Israeli military has illegally and in violation of international treaties assaulted a prison compound in Jericho on the West Bank, opened fire on guards and prisoners.

This illegal act was done in connivance with the British and U.S. forces who were obligated by international agreement to guard the prison compound and are responsible for the well-being of the prisoners. U.S. and British forces left the area just before the Israeli attack.

There are injured prisoners who have not been evacuated. The prisoners are suffocating from the fires and the fumes. Three Palestinians were killed, including at least one guard, Ibrahim Abu al-Amin, and 35 have been injured in the attack. Eight hundred children are confined to their school all day.

Among the prominent Palestinian prisoners seized is Ahmed Saadat, the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Early reports on Al-Jazeera were that
Saadat, though without arms, had taken cover inside the prison and was determined to fight rather than surrendering. As of noon EST the report is that the heavily armed Israeli force succeeded in seizing him.

The IAC joins the demands of the Palestinian organizations that the Israeli forces release all the prisoners and leave the West Bank and Gaza.

The IAC also holds the U.S. and British authorities responsible for the crimes committed at the prison compound in Jericho and responsible also for the safety of the Palestinian prisoners seized by the Israeli forces.

Free Ahmed Saadat and all the Palestinian prisoners!

Free Palestine!

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Demand the safety and immediate release of these political prisoners--prisoners that the U.S. is bound by international agreement to protect.


The White House 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414
The State Department 202-647-4000
The Department of Defense 703-428-0711

Israeli Ministry of Defence:
+972 - (0)3 - 697 5540
+972 - (0)3 -697 5423
+972 - (0)3 -697 5349
Fax: +972 - (0)3 -697 6711
E-mail: p... (at)

US representatives:
American Consulate, Jerusalem
Fax: +972 - (0)2 - 627 7230
E-mail: jerusalem... (at)

US Embassy, Tel Aviv
Telephone: +972 - (0)3 - 519 7575

State Department, Bureau of Near East Affairs, Office of
Public Affairs
Telephone: (+1-) 202 - 647 5150

State Department Bureau of Public Affairs Comment Line:
(+1-) 202 - 647-6575
White House Comment Line: (+1-) 202 - 456 1111

UK representatives:
British Embassy, Tel Aviv
Telephone: +972 - (0)3 - 725 1222
Fax: +972 - (03) - 527 8574

Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Human Rights Department
Telephone: (+44) - (0)207 008 3000

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