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- URGENT APPEAL: Stop impending massacre in Gaza
  At least 30 dead as Sharon re-engages Gaza, October 1, 2004
  The Palestine Monitor calls upon the international community to take
  urgent action, to speak out against the Israeli massacre of a civilian
  population and to demand that Israel is held to international law. We
  urge all individuals and organizations to act immediately and contact
  the following US, UN, UK, and European Union representatives.

- Israeli tanks start to reoccupy northern Gaza
  Netanyahu roept op tot oorlogsmisdaden
  "... army should smash Gaza's power and water infrastructure ..."
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The Palestine Monitor
A PNGO Information Clearinghouse

 - Stop impending massacre in Gaza
At least 30 dead as Sharon re-engages Gaza
Friday, October 1, 2004

The Palestine Monitor urgently appeals to the international community to
intervene in the carnage being wrought on the civilian populations of
Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahiya and the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern
Gaza Strip.

More than 30 Palestinians, including several children, have been killed
and more than 130 wounded in army operations in Gaza over the last two
days and the Israeli offensive is almost certain to double this death
toll if immediate action is not taken to intercede.

The refugee camps in Gaza are the most densely populated areas in the
world. Jabaliya is the biggest and most densely populated Palestinian
camp with 90.000 people living in an area of 3 km2. Such large scale and
comprehensive military operations employing heavy, imprecise weaponry
such as tank shells and missiles launched from overhead apache
helicopters can only have catastrophic outcomes on the huge civilian

Already on Thursday an Israeli tank shell reportedly killed seven
Palestinians near a school in Jabaliya, as Israeli forces thrust deep
into the densely populated camp. Palestinian witnesses said the dead
from the tank shell blast were all teenagers with no involvement in the
fighting. Another 6 people were killed during a wake when the house of
those returning from a funeral was shelled.

The operations taking place now are reminiscent of the devastating 2002
invasions of the West Bank. The re-occupation campaigns witnessed then
are once again clearly visible in Gaza rendering abundantly clear the
lie behind Sharon's so called disengagement.

As Ariel Sharon has promised to widen operations in this open ended
offensive there are fears that an entire northern section of the Gaza
Strip could be wiped out. Last night the Israeli security cabinet was
said to have approved a plan for the IDF to take control of a
nine-kilometer swathe of northern Gaza up to the outskirts of Jabaliya
demolishing the houses in their path. All evidence on the ground would
suggest Sharon is planning a complete re-occupation.

For the several hundred thousand Palestinian unarmed, defenseless
civilians trembling in their homes awaiting their fate in such an
onslaught these fears were made real this morning as some 200 tanks,
armored personnel carriers and bulldozers were reportedly assembled
along the northern and eastern borders of the Gaza Strip.

The international community must act now to defend this civilian
population which stands no chance of defending itself against the might
of the Israeli army. The international community must speak up for those
that do not have a voice, that do not have an army or international
protection, those that have been  imprisoned in sections of Gaza and
have no where to run from what awaits them.

The Palestine Monitor calls upon the international community to take
urgent action, to speak out against the Israeli massacre of a civilian
population and to demand that Israel is held to international law. We
urge all individuals and organizations to act immediately and contact
the following US, UN, UK, and European Union representatives.

United States Representatives
- President George Bush Jr.
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC 20500
Tel. 202-456-1414

- Your member of Congress -- Call the Capitol switchboard toll-free on
1-800-839-5276 and ask to be connected to your member of Congress.

United Nations
- General Telephone: (212) 963-1234; Fax for Kofi Annan's office: (212)
963-7055; E-mail:

- Permanent Missions to the United Nations

European Union Representatives

- EU Presidency, E-mail:

- High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
for the European Union Javier Solana -- Tel: +32 (0)2-285-6467 or +32
(0)476-93-6426; E-mail:

UK Representatives
- UK Prime Minister Tony Blair -- E-mail or Fax via Downing Street

Letters of protest should be sent to:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,
Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan Street, P O Box 187
Jerusalem 91919, Israel
Telegram: Prime Minister, Jerusalem, Israel
Fax: +972 2 6705475
Telex: 25279 MPRES IL

For more information contact: The Palestine Monitor
+972 (0)2 298 5372 or +972 (0) 59254218


Israeli tanks start to reoccupy northern Gaza

Chris McGreal in Gaza City
Saturday October 2, 2004
The Guardian

Israeli tanks and troops yesterday began the largest reoccupation of
northern Gaza since the start of the Palestinian uprising four years ago.

Ariel Sharon ordered the tanks in to prevent Hamas from scuppering his plan
to withdraw Jewish settlers from the territory and impose an emasculated
state on the Palestinians.

The Israeli offensive follows a Hamas rocket attack that killed two small
children in the Israeli town of Sderot. Israel radio quoted Mr Sharon as
telling his cabinet: "What can we do? The Jews, too, have a right to live.
If this entails difficulties for the Palestinians, that is part of the price."

Hundreds of soldiers backed by about 200 tanks, armoured vehicles and
helicopters reoccupied the towns of Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanoun and took
control of a 9km-wide area along the border.

The army also strengthened its force in Jabaliya refugee camp, where
soldiers faced stiff resistance when they entered the Hamas and Islamic
Jihad stronghold on Thursday that left nearly 30 people dead in some of the
bloodiest fighting of the intifada.

At least five Palestinians were killed in Israeli rocket strikes on
Jabaliya yesterday. An Israeli missile killed two Hamas fighters on a
motorbike. A second rocket left three people dead, apparently all
civilians, near a school.

The Palestinian prime minister, Ahmed Qureia, called the Israeli offensive
"state terror" and called for international intervention.

The Israeli military says its troops will focus on hunting down Hamas and
Islamic Jihad fighters, searching for rocket-manufacturing workshops and
demolishing houses which provide cover for the missiles to be fired.

But a dozen previous such operations have failed to stop the rockets,
including the army's five-week occupation of Beit Hanoun in the summer.

Hamas demonstrated the continued difficulty in ending the attacks by firing
another rocket into Sderot yesterday without causing injury.

Several cabinet ministers proposed putting additional pressure on the
civilian population.

Israel's hardline defence minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, told the security
cabinet meeting that the army should smash Gaza's power and water
infrastructure to pressure ordinary Palestinians to oppose the Hamas rocket

Mr Sharon is under pressure from critics within his own party who say his
pledge to pull Jewish settlers out of the Gaza Strip has emboldened Hamas
and other resistance groups.

Yuval Steinitz, chairman of the Israeli parliament's defence committee,
said he intended to press Mr Sharon to launch an assault to seize the
entire Gaza Strip modelled on the army's reoccupation of the West Bank two
years ago in Operation Defensive Shield.

"Israel should wage Operation Defensive Shield number two in Gaza, take
control of the entire strip in a widespread operation over a period of a
few weeks to gather information, destroy the terrorist organisations'
infrastructure and wipe out any slicks of arms as well as the foundations
for manufacturing Qassam rockets," he said.

Mr Netanyahu said that the prime minister might have to cancel the
withdrawal plan if the attacks continued.

But the escalation of the conflict in Gaza also fed pressure to speed up
the withdrawal of Jewish settlers and military bases.

An opposition Labour MP, Ophir Pines-Paz, said that Mr Sharon risked
embroiling Israel in a drawn-out war of attrition in Gaza.

"The pullout from Gaza must be determined and quick, not according to the
hesitant planning that invites an unending war of attrition."

Hamas has said it will cease attacks on Israeli communities once the
settlers go.


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