反戰爭求和平委員會 Committee For Peace Not War  http://notwar.org

The Committee for Peace Not War http://notwar.org is going to hold a protest
against Israel's declaration of war against Palestinians.

以巴局勢急轉直下,以色列已向巴人宣戰。
我們要及時作出呼籲,立即停戰,恢復和談。

請參加下列行動,為和平盡一分力:

向以色列駐港總領事館(地址:香港金鐘海富中心二期七零一室)
遞信,抗議向巴人宣戰。

日期:2002年4月3日(星期三)
集合時間:下午一時正
集合地點:金鐘地鐵站恆生銀行

聯絡人:馮智活  (9323 9693, fungchiwood@priest.com)、
                劉山青  (9684 5164, sanching@notwar)


                       Date:  3rd April, 2002, Wednesday
   Time of Gathering:  1:00 p.m.
Venue  of Gathering:  Hang Seng Bank, inside the Admiralty MTR Station

We shall go to the Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong (Room 701,
Admiralty
Centre, Tower 2, Hong Kong) to hand our protest letter.

Contact Persons:
FUNG Chi Wood (9323 9693, fungchiwood@priest.com), 
LAU San Ching    (9684 5164, sanching@notwar)

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BBC中文網
2002年04月01日 格林尼治標準時間11:58北京時間19:58發表
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/chinese/news/newsid_1905000/19053002.stm

........  交戰

沙龍在星期天的電視講話中說,以色列已經"交戰"了,他把巴勒斯坦領導人阿拉法特說成是指揮攻擊以色列公民的"恐怖聯盟"的頭子。

他說,以色列將對巴勒斯坦激進分子進行無情的還擊。沙龍說只有到那個時候才有可能停火。

阿拉法特目前仍被以色列軍隊圍困在拉姆安拉的總部。

譴責

正在馬來西亞舉行會議的伊斯蘭國家外長警告說以色列針對巴勒斯坦的軍事行動將把中東地區拖進全面戰爭。

伊斯蘭組織大會說:"以色列的恐怖行動和逼人的做法,對國際和平和安全構成了威
脅,將把該地區拖入全面戰爭,聯合國安理會有必要立即採取行動。"

以色列戰爭內閣在沙龍發表全國電視講話前開會,據報會議中通過了將拉姆安拉的軍事攻擊擴大到其他的西岸城鎮的決定。

以色列可能是因為早些時候發生的兩起自殺式炸彈攻擊事件,而決定擴大西岸的軍事行動。

在以色列濱海城市海法發生自殺式炸彈攻擊中,包括自殺式炸彈攻擊者在內,有16人喪生。

另外在西岸一個猶太人定居點,一名自殺式炸彈攻擊者對猶太人定居點進行襲擊,炸死自己,並炸傷多人。
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CNN.com  April 1, 2002 Posted: 10:44 AM EST (1544 GMT)
http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/meast/04/01/mideast/index.html

Israeli military on the move in West Bank

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli military operations intensified Monday in the
West Bank, with tanks and troops on the move in three villages as Israel
continued its effort to uproot terror following six attacks in five days.

The operation came after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his nation
Israel was "at war against terror" and vowed to tear out terrorists "by the
roots."

"Citizens of Israel, the state of Israel is in a war -- a war against
terrorism," Sharon said in a nationally televised address Sunday. "It's a
war that has been imposed upon us. It is not one that we have chosen to
undertake. It is a war for our home." ............


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CNN.com  April 1, 2002 Posted: 9:35 AM EST (1435 GMT)
http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/meast/03/31/mideast.sharon/index.html

Sharon: Israel at war, Arafat to blame

JERUSALEM (CNN) ?Israel is engaged in "a war against terrorism" in a cycle
of violence for which Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is to blame, Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Sunday.

"This terrorism is being directed, promoted, initiated by one person, Yasser
Arafat," Sharon said in a nationally televised address. "Yasser Arafat is
the head of a coalition of terrorism. He operates an infrastructure of
terrorism.

"Yasser Arafat is the enemy of Israel and the enemy of the free world."
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Palestinians Kill 11 Collaborators; Tanks on Move

Reuters.com  April 01, 2002 09:16 AM ET

http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=worldnews&StoryID=761141

................POPE'S SORROW

In the Vatican, Pope John Paul spoke of the "sad and worrying news" from the
Middle East. "I invite you to pray today in particular for the inhabitants
of Bethlehem, the birth town of Jesus, which is going through difficult
hours and is in grave peril," the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's
Square.

The latest Israeli incursions into Palestinian-ruled towns followed a
televised speech to the nation by Sharon, who promised an "uncompromising
war to uproot these savages" and crush what he called a terror campaign
directed by Arafat.

Sharon's tough message followed a day of violence in which a suicide bombing
killed 15 people in the Israeli port city of Haifa and Arafat's guards
battled besieging Israeli troops.

The army, which has turned Ramallah into a closed military zone while it
hunts for Palestinian militants, said it had rounded up more than 500 men
for interrogation.

At least 1,130 Palestinians and 398 Israelis have been killed since the
Palestinian revolt against Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
Strip began in September 2000.
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Israel Under Fire as Islamic Nations Define Terror

April 01, 2002 08:13 AM ET
 http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml?type=worldnews&StoryID=760881

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Reuters) - Islamic nations denounced Israel's
crackdown in the Palestinian territories as state terrorism on Monday and
accused the Jewish state of dragging the Middle East toward all-out war.

Foreign Ministers from the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC),
meeting in Malaysia to discuss the root causes of global terrorism as Israel
sent fresh tanks to the West Bank, urged the U.N. to give Palestinians
international protection.

"The Conference considered this assault a violation of all international
norms and laws and culmination of state terrorism as practised by Israel,"
the ministers said in a statement issued shortly after the start of the
three-day meeting.

"Israel's terrorist actions and aggressive practices, posing a threat to
international peace and security, and dragging the region toward an all-out
war necessitate immediate action by the United Nations Security Council,"
the statement added.

Earlier, Malaysia's prime minister and summit host, Mahathir Mohamad,
branded both Palestinian suicide bombers and Israeli soldiers as terrorists
and accused the United States of failing to exert restraint over Israel.

Mahathir praised the United States for rallying the world to fight terrorism
in the wake of the bloody September 11 suicide hijackings there.

"I think the whole world supports (this), but unfortunately the U.S. has
supported the action by the Israeli government which amounts to terrorism,"
he said.

Ministers from several countries, both friends and foes of the United
States, have criticized Washington for not doing enough to rein in Israel's
hardline Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has declared "an uncompromising
war" to end suicide bombings which he blames on Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat.

The OIC called its conference in Malaysia to dispel perceptions equating
Islam with terrorism in the wake of the September 11 attacks by Muslim
radical airline hijackers who killed almost 3,000 people in the United
States.

Ministers or their representatives from most of the OIC's 57 members -- who
range from Albania in Europe to Indonesia in Asia, Guyana in South America
and Mozambique in Africa -- attended.

But Saudi Arabia, which has floated a Middle East peace plan, and frontline
states Egypt, Jordan and Syria did not send foreign ministers to Malaysia's
capital Kuala Lumpur for this week's meeting and were represented by
lower-level delegations.

A Palestinian delegate said many ministers pulled out at the last minute
after a Libyan call for an emergency Arab Summit.

He said Arab leaders were unlikely to meet so soon after last week's Beirut
summit, which endorsed the Saudi peace plan, but their foreign ministers
could meet in Cairo later this week.

CALL FOR NEUTRAL U.N. FORCE

More than 1,100 Palestinians and almost 400 Israelis have been killed in
violence between the two sides since September 2000, the start of a fresh
Palestinian revolt against Israel's 34-year occupation of the West Bank and
Gaza Strip.

The OIC foreign ministers urged the U.N. Security Council and the United
States and Russia, who are co-sponsors of the Middle East peace process,
plus the European Union to halt Israeli aggression and to ensure a
withdrawal of Israeli troops from all occupied Arab and Palestinian
territories.

"The Conference strongly condemned the recent Israeli storming of
Palestinian cities and villages, as well as the headquarters of the
Palestinian Presidency endangering the life of President Arafat and of the
members of the Palestinian leadership," their statement said.

It urged deployment of a neutral U.N. force to stand between the Israelis
and the Palestinians.

The OIC ministers urged the Security Council to invoke the Chapter VII of
the U.N. Charter covering the use of military force against a government
which refuses to implement U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The same measures were taken against Iraq following the 1990 invasion of
Kuwait.

The conference praised Arafat and the Palestinians and paid tribute to their
"valiant resistance" and intifada uprising.

Malaysia's Mahathir branded both Palestinian suicide bombers and Israeli
soldiers as terrorists in his opening speech, saying violence in the Middle
East will only breed more violence.

He proposed a definition for terrorism encompassing all violence targeted at
civilians, which he said included the September 11 attacks, Palestinian and
Tamil suicide bombers as well as assaults by Israel in Palestinian
territories.

"I would like to suggest here that armed attacks or other forms of attacks
against civilians must be regarded as acts of terror and the perpetrators
regarded as terrorists," he said.

In the same speech, he recalled the lessons of the Nazi holocaust against
the Jews during World War Two. "The holocaust did not defeat the Jews. A
second holocaust with Arabs for victims will not defeat the Arabs either,"
he said.

Palestinian delegation head Farouq al-Kaddoumi said Israel's capture of his
people's land fueled suicide bombings.

"The occupation is the highest and the worst kind of terrorism and (for) the
human being, when he intends to lose his life and to sacrifice his life,
there should be a reason," al-Kaddoumi, head of the Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) political office, added. "The reason is state terrorism."