October 9, 2003

Miscellaneous Subjects #195: Keeping Track of Some of the Latest

Hello everyone

Here is my only compilation for this week. Following the election of Arnolf in California you'll find several related article excerpts in the "see also" section. Likewise, several more expose the desperate situation of the American invaders in Iraq and the resulting dip in support for Bush - even billionaire philanthropist George Soros is calling for an end to the Bush administration. Make sure to read the astounding "Economist tallies swelling cost of Israel to US" below and the next related article.

Feel free to share and/or send a feedback ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

P.S. Check for the new Meditation Focus coming your way early Sunday morning, as usual.

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"Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in 'mission creep,' and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under those circumstances, there was no viable 'exit strategy' we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different--and perhaps barren--outcome."

- George Herbert Walker Bush in a 1998 book entitled A World Transformed.

"All we need to do is become aware of the qualities of the human spirit that do matter for us to shift our consciousness and align our actions in a way of being that will take us through this initiation into our place in the cosmos and a fuller realization of our true nature and destiny. The ability to love, the capacity to feel, compassion, kindness, sacrifice, endurance, perseverance, the willingness to forgive and heal, the devotion, the passion, the exuberance, the reverence, the care for others, all of these and more that the human spirit is capable of, are the qualities we want to nurture and see prevail just as in the garden you want the flowers to bloom and the vegetables to grow without being choked by weeds. The weeds have taken over our garden and we need to get to work and pull them out by the roots. We need to make our democracy work! And that means taking responsibility for what is going on instead of gleefully, mournfully or bitterly (as our natures dictate), denouncing the totalitarian regime presently in power. It's time to move on from sitting in judgment to move into our responsibility to take action to build what we want to happen instead. We need to build bridges between people more than anything. We need to cultivate the good qualities of the human spirit and grow them well."

- Ariel Ky> (Excerpted from a recent email)


At the moment of the total lunar eclipse on November 8/9, 2003, the planets in our solar system will align into the sacred geometric pattern of two inverted triangles known as a perfect 'Star of David' -- a configuration of significant balance. Based on his extensive research, Astrologer John Mirehiel states that this alignment, which he has named the Harmonic Concordance, signifies a 'Shift' in the vibrational harmonics that affect the course and manifestation of reality as we experience it here on our planet, Earth. According to Mirehiel, "Like its spiritual ancestor, the Harmonic Convergence of 1987, The Harmonic Concordance of 2003 also is a call to the Spirit of Humankind to awaken. It speaks of the descent of God-Consciousness upon this plane and offers a moment in time when humankind can make a concerted effort to rise up to meet it. "I have been a practicing astrologer and spiritual seeker for more than 30 years. As the discoverer of the chart, I have identified many individual astrological details that are in play at the moment of the Concordance Eclipse. My experience tells me that those factors, when taken all together, confirm a promise of hope, joy, unity, and transformation. "Nor am I alone in this astrological assessment of the Harmonic Concordance chart. Astrologers of all rank, from the world famous to novice, have seen, been inspired by, written of, and spoken about its enormous potential. The spiritually inclined, in particular, are invariably impressed by the power and purpose expressed in the chart. "Like other previously announced, spiritually significant times (most notably the Harmonic Convergence), the Harmonic Concordance of 2003 will pull a great many people into a prayerful alignment, at one moment, with a focused intent of a higher spiritual purpose. In this case, the larger purpose is the Ascension of Mother Earth and her awakened inhabitants." Recommended to our attention by Antares> who also mentioned a free on-line chat next October 16, with John Mirehiel, to learn more about the Harmonic Concordance. To register:


The Harmonic Concordance Chart (and more!)

The Harmonic Concordance Crop Circle

Momentum Builds For Oct. 25 National March On Washington

Code Pink October 25 March

An Introductory Guide to Meditation

Still art · psychic art · interactive art · multimedia art


1. Feedback Re: The Gaian Consciousness Files #1
2. One Million Citizens - One Goal: Stop Global Warming
3. Popular author John Kaminski receives daily death threats from Zionists
4. Praying and meditating for peace in the Middle East and Colombia
6. A private viewing of Mel Gibson's "The Passion"
7. World oil and gas 'running out'
8. Economist tallies swelling cost of Israel to US
9. Israel accused of starving West Bank

See also:

In GOP Calif. coup, Schwarzenegger next governor
Oct. 7 -- Gov. Gray Davis defeated in bid to rebuff GOP California coup ['recall'] Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Austrian-born policeman’s son-turned-actor who began his quest to be governor of California on a TV talk show, won the office late Tuesday, as projected by NBC News based on exit polling. Voters apparently rejected the embattled Gov. Gray Davis in a closely watched, at times bizarre campaign, calling for change in the direction of the nation’s most populous state and its battered economy, the world’s fifth-largest. (CLIP)

Californians recall Davis in GOP coup d'etat (Oct 7)
Californians banished Gray Davis on Tuesday, capping an extraordinary political melodrama [coup] by recalling the governor just 11 months after they re-elected him. Exit polls indicated Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was leading the field of candidates to replace him.

Put past to rest, Hatch says of Arnold (Oct 7)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin Hatch says Arnold Schwarzenegger should not be judged on past improper advances towards women but as the devoted husband he is today, adding that the foreign-born GOP candidate for California governor also should have the opportunity to run for president under a constitutional amendment Hatch is pushing.

Caesar, Charlemagne, Napoleon ... Arnie (October 9)
The farm boy from Austria, who started off pumping iron, now sees himself walking in the footsteps of greatness. Joe Mathews reports. Californians have never known more about their governor. They've seen him naked on screen. They know about the Nazi father, the celebrity journalist wife, the bodybuilding titles, and the crude behaviour toward women. They have seen him in theatres and imitated his accent. Californians have never known less about a governor. They've never seen him hold office. They don't know what programs he'll cut, how he'll balance the budget, how he'll negotiate with recalcitrant legislators, or how he'll manage the state's bureaucracy. Before Schwarzenegger ever picked up a barbell, he had an outsized view of himself. "By the time I was 13, team sports no longer satisfied me," he wrote in his autobiography. "I disliked it when we won a game and I didn't get personal recognition." He dreamed of becoming a powerful man. "I'd always been impressed by stories of greatness. Caesar, Charlemagne, Napoleon were names I knew and remembered." He didn't care for Austria. "I kept thinking, 'It's not big enough, it's stifling'," he wrote. "Even people's ideas were small." ... In 1977, six years before he became a US citizen, he told a German magazine: "When one has money, one day it becomes less interesting. And when one is also the best in film, what can be more interesting? Perhaps power. Then one moves into politics and becomes governor or president or something." ... "I think that we can't live without authority," he said during interviews for Pumping Iron, "because I feel there is a certain amount of people who are meant to be leaders and to control, and another larger amount - like 95 per cent of the people - followers, who we have to tell what to do."

Arnold Unplugged - It's Hasta la vista to $9 Billion if the Governator is Selected (Oct 3)
It's not what Arnold Schwarzenegger did to the girls a decade back that should raise an eyebrow. According to a series of memoranda our office obtained today, it's his dalliance with the boys in a hotel room just two years ago that's the real scandal. The wannabe governor has yet to deny that on May 17, 2001, at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles, he had consensual political intercourse with Enron chieftain Kenneth Lay. Also frolicking with Arnold and Ken was convicted stock swindler Mike Milken.

Governor Gang Bang
Only if you are a Republican can you get away with being known as "Governor Gang Bang." After all, what if Gray Davis bragged that he had participated in a gang bang? What if full frontal nude photos of Hillary or Bill Clinton were posted on the Internet? What if accusations and rumors swirled about Cruz Bustamante being a recent groper and humiliator of women? We know the answer would be a right wing lynch mob, with unending 24/7 attacks and cries of moral unfitness for office. But we haven't heard a peep of condemnation from the Republican White House Amen-choir-media-shills about Arnold Schwarzenegger's past misdeeds (both distant AND recent), have we?

The Wall Street Journal Seduced by Sleazy Schwarzenegger
What can The Wall Street Journal be thinking? On Friday, Oct. 3, The Journal's editorial page applauded Arnold Schwarzenegger for his "candor" in admitting some truth to the accusations by several women that he had touched them sexually without their consent.

More women claim Schwarzenegger harassed them
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. --Women's groups and religious leaders worked feverishly Friday to galvanize opposition to Arnold Schwarzenegger after he acknowledged treating women badly and was accused of telling an interviewer he admired Adolf Hitler.

Counting the Bodies (Sept 3)
(...) Al-Obaidi told Wanniski that "hundreds of our party's cadre" spent five weeks interviewing undertakers, hospital officials, and ordinary citizens in all of Iraq (except for what's controlled by the Kurds) and came up with a total figure of 37,137 civilians killed since the beginning of the invasion, 6,103 of them in Baghdad. Those figures, according to al-Obaidi, do not include members of unofficial militias, paramilitary groups, or Saddam's Fedayeen units.

AWOL State Of Mind: Calls From Soldiers Desperate To Leave Iraq Flood Hotline
October 5, 2003 Morale among some war-weary GIs in Iraq is so low that a growing number of soldiers - including some now home on R&R - are researching the consequences of going AWOL, according to a leading support group. The GI Rights Hotline, a national soldiers' support service, has logged a 75 percent increase in calls in the last 12 weeks, with more than 100 of those calls from soldiers, or people on their behalf, asking about the penalties associated with going AWOL - "absent without leave" - according to volunteers and staffers who man the service. Many of the calls have come from soldiers who are among those now on the first wave of 15-day authorized leaves that began almost two weeks ago. Some hotline callers have indicated they may not return, staffers said. "What would happen if I just don't go back" to Iraq, one soldier asked a worker at a GI support-line center. "I'm going to shoot myself in the foot," said another, referring to his solution for getting home. Some soldiers are so desperate that they have called directly from the war zone, contacting the hotline when they can get satellite-phone access or after waiting in line for hours in the desert for a military phone. So worried is military brass about the prospect of desertion that many soldiers say they have been encouraged to take their leaves in Germany - a stopover - to avoid temptation stateside. "The military is aware of how low troop morale is," said Teresa Panepinto, program coordinator of The GI Rights Hotline, a service that dates back to the Korean War. "They're concerned these people are going to come home and not go back."

Iraqi guerrilla gives U.S. a dire warning (October 7),1,339285.story?coll=la-headlines-world
Thousands are ready to die to evict Americans and return Hussein.

Drug crisis grips Baghdad (October 4)
A drugs epidemic and accompanying crime wave is sweeping Baghdad. A boom in supply of hallucinogenic tablets has been coupled with the release of tens of thousands of criminals from prison before the US-led invasion to create a huge problem for the fledgling Iraqi police force. As well as the tablets, drugs like Valium and sleeping pills - in common use in Iraqi jails - are being used. The euphoria and lack of fear provided by the drugs, the police say, is giving desperate criminals the courage to carry out more crimes.

Mystery blood clots felling U.S. troops
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Unexplained blood clots are among the reasons a number of U.S. soldiers in Operation Iraqi Freedom have died from sudden illnesses, an investigation by United Press International has found. In addition to NBC News Correspondent David Bloom, who died in April of a blood clot in his lung after collapsing south of Baghdad, the Pentagon has told families that blood clots caused two soldiers to collapse and die. At least eight other soldiers have also collapsed and died from what the military has described as non-combat-related causes. A disturbing parallel has also surfaced: soldiers becoming ill or dying from similar ailments in the United States. In some cases, the soldiers, their families and civilian doctors blame vaccines given to them by the military, particularly the anthrax or smallpox shots. Some of the soldiers who died suddenly had complained about symptoms suffered by Bloom -- including pain in the legs that could indicate problems with blood clots. "If there is a significant number of deaths of this type, it would make you wonder what was going on," said Rose Hobby, whose brother-in-law, Army Spc. William Jeffries, died of a massive lung blood clot and swelling of his pancreas on March 31 after being evacuated from Kuwait. "How many others are out there?"

Revelation casts doubt on Iraq find (October 7),2763,1057558,00.html
The test tube of botulinum presented by Washington and London as evidence that Saddam Hussein had been developing and concealing weapons of mass destruction, was found in an Iraqi scientist's home refrigerator, where it had been sitting for 10 years, it emerged yesterday.

1,200 Inspectors + 90 Days + $300m Result = 0 (Oct 3)
Five months after the end of the war in Iraq, a CIA adviser has admitted that his 1,200-strong team of inspectors has discovered none of Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction.

President Bush's ratings in the US opinion polls are at an all-time low (Sept 29),3604,1051544,00.html
(...) A USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll finds that only 50% now approve of the overall job Bush is doing - down from this year's high of 71% in April. That's the president's lowest rating since he took office. Match him against a Democratic challenger without a name or a face - just Mr Watch-this-space - on the Zogby poll and he loses 45% to 41%. Fox News (Rupert's finest) produces a poll split 39% to 39% if an election were held today. June set those figures at 51% to 30%. NBC and Wall Street Journal pollsters currently find only 49% backing George - another all-time low on that index. And if you prefer to investigate individual state results, the evidence seems chilling enough. An Arizona Republic poll reports that a mere 34% of deep west voters are backing the Texas cowboy for re-election in a state which he won easily by six points in 2000.The rot is wide and the rot is deep.

The New Inquisition, By Walter Cronkite (Sept 21),1413,36~29003~1640999,00.html
President Bush's televised answer to the growing concerns of many - including some Republicans - about the powers granted to him in the USA Patriot Act was to ask for even stronger measures, particularly the expanded use of "nonjudicial subpoenas." That means a federal agency such as the FBI can write its own subpoenas to conduct a search - no judges needed.

Bush Bashing Boosts Books To Best Seller
PR WATCH - Bookstore display tables give the distinct impression there is a lot of lying going on in America these days, with President George W. Bush and his top advisers portrayed as the main culprits. Bestsellers include The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception, by David Corn; Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth, by Joe Conason; Bushwhacked, by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose; Thieves in High Places, by Jim Hightower; The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, by Greg Palast; Paul Krugman's The Great Unraveling; Michael Moore's Dude, Where's My Country?; and, of course, Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. Oh, yeah ... almost forgot one: Weapons of Mass Deception, by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber [of PR Watch]

Mad in the USA (September 8)
More than 1,000 people attended a rally a few weeks ago in Connecticut to demand fair trade and denounce the sweatshop buying habits of big retailers like Wal-Mart. The speakers were passionate, the crowd pumped. But this rally differed from the usual fair trade gatherings in one key respect: It was not organized by labor, student, or environmental groups. It was organized by an alliance of small and mid-sized manufacturers. "The major retailers and big manufacturers are doing us in," explained rally-organizer Fred Tedesco, owner of Pa-Ted Spring Co. in Bristol. "They're destroying small- and medium-sized businesses. They're destroying jobs. They're destroying the middle class. . . That's the dirty secret of this whole thing."

Dirty Secrets
No president has gone after the nation's environmental laws with the same fury as George W. Bush -- and none has been so adept at staying under the radar.

The Ungreening of America
How the Bush Administration is rolling back 30 years of environmental progress
Tons of additional air pollutants permitted to be released by 2020 under Bush's "Clear Skies" plan: 42 MILLION
Estimated number of premature deaths that will result: 100,000
Estimated amount that Clear Skies-related health problems will cost taxpayers, per year: $115 BILLION
Days after Bush took office that he reneged on his campaign promise to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants: 53 

Behind the Curtain
Bush's environmental bureaucracy is populated by political appointees with strong ties to the industries they are supposed to regulate.

Bush Administration Sides With Pesticides Makers Against Farmers

Lawyer Says Guantanamo Detainees Tortured (October 8)
The U.S. military has tortured terrorist suspects held without charge at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, an Australian lawyer representing some of the suspects claimed Wednesday. U.S.-based Richard Bourke, who has been working for almost two years on behalf of dozens of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, said American military officials were using old-fashioned torture techniques to force confessions out of prisoners.

Soros calls for 'regime change' in US (Sept 30)
Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has called for an end to the Bush administration ahead of next year's presidential elections. Mr Soros - whose Foundations Network has given $1bn around the world to various causes to help tackle poverty and disease - told BBC Radio 4's United Nations Or Not? programme that the US would only stop pursuing "extremist" policies if there was a change at the White House. "It is only possible if you have a regime change in the United States - in other words if President Bush is voted out of power. "I am very hopeful that people will wake up and realise that they have been led down the garden path, that actually 11 September has been hijacked by a bunch of extremists to put into effect policies that they were advocating before such as the invasion of Iraq." Imposing power Mr Soros added that there was a "false ideology" behind the policies of the Bush administration. "There is a group of - I would call them extremists - who have the following belief: that international relations are relations of power, not of law, that international law will always follow what power has achieved," he said. "And therefore [they believe] the United States being the most powerful nation on earth should impose its power, impose its will and its interests on the world and it should do it looking after itself. "I think this is a very dangerous ideology. It is very dangerous because America is in fact very powerful." CLIP

Ozone Hole More Persistent Than Usual, Heightening Concern About Harmful UV Radiation Reaching Earth (October 03, 2003)
GENEVA - The ozone hole over the South Pole, already as large as it has ever been, is also lasting longer this year, heightening concern about harmful UV radiation reaching the Earth, the United Nations' weather organization said Friday. Compounding matters, the thinnest area is the largest ever measured, roughly two-thirds of the hole's total size, the World Meteorological Organization said.

Police expert claims Bigfoot 'proof' (Oct 2)
A forensic expert in the US believes he has some of the strongest evidence yet that the Bigfoot, or sasquatch, creature exists. The creatures are real enough to those who say they have spotted them - but most scientists remain sceptical about their existence. Investigator Jimmy Chilcutt of the Conroe Police Department in Texas, who specialises in finger and footprints, has said he believes he is certain around six footprints found - claimed to have been made by Bigfoot - are genuine. He added that one 42 cm (18-inch) print found in Washington in 1987 has convinced him. "The unique thing about this cast is that it has dermal ridges - and the flow and texture matches the ridge flow texture of one from California," Mr Chilcutt told BBC World Service's Discovery programme. "The ridges are about twice as thick as in a human being." CLIP

Stormy Weather Spells Disaster For Millions (October 1, 2003)
WORLD WATCH - In 2002, the world experienced about 700 natural disasters - nearly 600 of which were weather-related events. Economic losses from weather disasters worldwide approached $53 billion, a 93 percent increase over 2001. The year also set numerous local and regional records for windstorms, rain intensities, floods, droughts, and temperatures. Poorer nations are the most vulnerable to climate change. While the average number of deaths per weather event has declined, the total number of people affected is on the rise. Over the past two decades, floods and other weather-related disasters were among factors prompting some 10 million people to migrate from Bangladesh to India. In 2002, rains in Kenya displaced more than 150,000 people, while more than 800,000 Chinese were affected by the most severe drought in over a century. Erratic weather patterns are the primary cause of famine for about 18 million Africans.

Chipmaker sees solar cell revolution (Oct 2)
Process lowers efficiency but slashes production cost - AMSTERDAM — Promising a revolution in solar cells, Europe’s largest semiconductor maker says it has discovered ways to generate electricity twenty times cheaper than today’s solar panels. French-Italian chip maker STMicroelectronics said it expects to have the first stable prototypes by the end of 2004. MOST OF today’s solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity, are produced with expensive silicon, the same material used in most semiconductors. ST expects cheaper organic materials such as plastics to bring down the price of producing energy. Over a typical 20-year life span of a solar cell, a single produced watt should cost as little as $0.20, compared with the current $4. The new solar cells would even be able to compete with electricity generated by burning fossil fuels such as oil and gas, which costs about $0.40 per watt, said Salvo Coffa, who heads ST’s solar research group. “This would revolutionize the field of solar energy generation,” he said.

Hybrids Can Be Cheap to Make, Toyota Says (October 3)
TOYOTA CITY, Japan - Toyota Motor Corp showed off the production site of its gasoline-electric hybrid cars to journalists for the first time yesterday with a powerful message: they don't have to be expensive to make.

State of denial: World's other forests feed state's appetite for timber (Oct 5)
Thick as a phone book, a new state report on the environment cites a little-recognized danger to global forests: California. By consuming "vast amounts of ... wood products" while increasingly protecting our own forests from logging, Californians are sharpening the pace of cutting elsewhere, including Canada, says a draft of the report "The Changing California, Forest and Range 2003 Assessment," obtained by The Bee. (...) The Bee's April series reported that in Canada, up to 90 percent of timber is logged through clear-cutting, in which entire stands of forest are harvested. And cutting is expanding in the boreal -- a vast northern forest that plays an important role in helping protect the planet from global warming. During the 1990s, Canadian lumber imports to the United States rose by 6.2 billion board feet, while the harvest of wood from federal forests in California, Oregon and Washington dropped 4.8 billion board feet.

Testing people for pollutants (Oct 6),1,1246713.story
A study looking for environmental toxins in breast-milk samples puts California at the forefront of the biomonitoring movement. (...) More than 85,000 synthetic chemicals have been introduced in the last 50 years for industrial, farming and other uses, yet more than 90% of them have not been tested for their effects on human health. However, studies have linked 46 chemicals to mammary tumors in animals, according to the National Toxicology Program. Previous breast-milk biomonitoring studies, performed mostly in Europe, have detected more than 200 toxic substances in breast milk, including dioxins (industrial byproducts), DDT (a pesticide) and PCBs (chemicals used to make an array of products). Two recent breast-milk biomonitoring studies showed high amounts of flame-retardant chemicals — called polybrominated diphenyl ethers — in U.S. women. CLIP


Date: 2 Oct 2003
Subject: Feedback Re: The Gaian Consciousness Files #1 (PART 2): Helping ...

Just a note of gratitude and admiration for Dr. Michael J. Cohen who is a pioneer in both Ecopsychology and Distant Learning.He truly loves Earth and Nature.

Joyce Kovelman

NOTE FROM JEAN: Here is a relevant comment sent last Sept 28 by Michael Cohen>

Thanks for your interest Jean. I'll keep you posted and will wait to see if there is an interest in Rainbow Network folks to make genuine contact with authentic natural system attractions of Webstrings as part of the meditation process. Aren't we in denial to believe that by finding what's left of Earth in our psyche after we have been so extremely disconnected from Earth, that we are not making conscious contact with our true planet mother in meditation, but only the small remaining part that does not hurt when it comes into consciousness through meditation? Shouldn't we start a thoughtful Organic Psychology Revolution in Meditation (and most other areas) to bring the wholeness of the web of life into our consciousness and thinking so it may help us relate in co-creative balance with Earth?

See and for more on this, but I think you get the picture. T'aint easy.


Date: 02 Oct 2003
Subject: One Million Citizens - One Goal: Stop Global Warming

Have you heard about the Climate Stewardship Act? It's a bipartisan bill in Congress to stop global warming. This is a landmark bill, and your help is needed to get it passed.

Environmental Defense is calling for 1 million people to sign an online petition in support of this bill. Over 140,000 people have signed so far. Please, do as I did and sign the Petition today. It's easy to do, just use the link below:


Date: 8 Oct 2003
From: Celestial Shamanka>
Subject: Popular Author John Kaminski receives daily death threats from Zionists

----- Original Message -----

From: "John Kaminski"
Sent: October 08, 2003
Subject: Jewish phone calls

Just thought you'd all like to know that I've been getting anonymous threatening phone calls from several people who accuse me of hating Jews. Since I have a cellphone, no one should have access to my number, but Israel controls most of the phones in the U.S. These people never tell me their names. These phone calls are characterized by the foulest language and an unwillingness to dialogue. I've been expecting them, and they're here. This is the way Jews wish to debate, by smearing and silencing all opposition to their criminal endeavors. Just the way they treat the rest of the world, as dumb cattle who it's OK to rob and murder. Just a reminder of what happened to me when they find me with six .22 slugs in the back of my head. Jewish justice, a threat to everyone in the whole world.



Date: 08 Oct 2003
From: RedLUZ/LUXWeb>
Subject: Praying and meditating for peace in the Middle East and Colombia

Dearest Sisters and Brothers of the Planetary Awakening Network,

We're all praying and meditating 10 minutes everyday at noon, local time wherever we are, until peace comes true in the Middle East and Colombia, in South America. Thanks for joining this planetary intentions with your own traditions and practices!

Sundays at noon, always, we have an artistic ritual plenty of joy of half hour, wherever we live...

Or we pray from our deep heart 20 minutes. Please share this message with all your networks and include us in your mailing list. We're now serving 25,000 lightworkers worldwide! Receive much Love and Peace from Mexico City..

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Date: 08 Oct 2003


Speak out to Congress: Investigate the Lies, End the Occupation of Iraq!



October 10th marks the one year anniversary of the Congressional vote to endorse the Bush Administration's war against Iraq. Join thousands of people as we call and meet with our Senators and House Representatives and tell them what we think about the occupation of Iraq.

Right now Congress is considering the Bush administration's request for another $87 billion for the occupation, in addition to the $79 billion that was already approved. That's more than the federal government's total discretionary spending for education, job training, and employment and social services combined.

At the same time, members of Congress are deciding where they stand on whether to call for a special counsel to investigate the Bush administration's \"outing\" of a CIA undercover operative, apparently in retaliation against her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who questioned the Bush administration's credibility on the issue of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

Meanwhile in Iraq, the war and occupation have already cost the lives of more than 7,300 innocent Iraqis and 320 U.S. soldiers. Millions of Iraqis have been deprived of safety, and reliable, affordable access to electricity, food, and gas. Hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs, and Iraqis are living under a military occupation that gives them no control over their government or resources. U.S. troops in Iraq are facing a dozen guerrilla-style attacks every day, and more than 320 U.S. soldiers have died since the war began.


** Call your Senators and Representatives on October 10 **

The Senate is in recess this week and many of them will be in their home offices. (You can find their numbers in the phone book.) The House is in session so you can call either their Washington, DC office or their home office. The phone number of the Capitol Switchboard is 201-224-3121.
Tell them what you think about:

• The cost of the war and occupation: Should the U.S. government really spend another $87 billion for an unpopular, colonial-style occupation in the Middle East while many communities in the United States are feeling the impact of huge cuts to education, health care, and other social service programs?

• An investigation of possible lies: Tell your Senators and Representatives what you think about the need for a special counsel to investigate who in the Bush administration leaked the name of a CIA operative as retaliation against someone who questioned their Iraq intelligence. Also let them know you think we need a thorough, public investigation into whether the Bush administration misled the public with claims that Iraq was an imminent threat to the U.S. and its neighbors.

• The occupation of Iraq: When is the occupation going to end, when will political power be turned over to Iraqis, and why does the U.S. insist on pressuring the U.N. and other countries to support its illegal occupation?

** Meet with your Senators in their district offices on October 9th **

United for Peace and Justice encourages everyone to join the citizen visits to the home offices of Senators being organized by Win Without War. You can learn more about the visits and sign up for one near you by clicking:

The meetings will take place this Thursday, October 9, at 12:30 p.m. local time. In many cases, your Senators will not be there for your visit, but they will certainly hear about it if there’s a strong citizen presence at his or her office.

The format is pretty simple: Win Without War will send you a picture of a voided blank check to print out and bring with you, and the organizers will call ahead to let the Senate office know you're coming. You print out the check, write your note to your Senator, and gather with other folks at 12:30 pm at the office. Everyone shares who they are and why they're there, and delivers their statement to a staff member or to the Senator. It'll be fun and easy, and it'll send a clear and loud message to the Senate that constituents are concerned.

Find out more and sign up to tell your Senator to reject President Bush’s request for an $87 billion blank check at:

October 9th and 10th National Days of Advocacy sponsored by United for Peace and Justice,


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Date: 03 Oct 2003
From: Stephanie>
Subject: A private viewing of Mel Gibson's "The Passion"

Keith A. Fournier is a constitutional lawyer and a graduate of the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University, Franciscan University and the University of Pittsburgh. He holds degrees in Philosophy, theology and law. He has been a champion of religious liberty and appeared as co-counsel in major cases at the United States Supreme Court. He is the author of seven books and, along with his law practice, serves as the president of both the "Your Catholic Voice Foundation" and "Common Good". Following is his response tothe film, "The Passion."


I really did not know what to expect. I was thrilled to have been invited to a private viewing of Mel Gibson's film "The Passion," but I had also read all the cautious articles and spin. I grew up in a Jewish town and owe much of my own faith journey to that influence. I have a life long, deeply held aversion to anything that might even indirectly encourage any form of anti-Semitic thought, language or actions. I arrived at the private viewing for "The Passion", held in Washington, D.C. and greeted some familiar faces. The environment was typically Washingtonian, with people greeting you with a smile but seeming to look beyond you, having an agenda beyond the words.

The film was very briefly introduced, without fanfare, and then the room darkened. From the gripping opening scene in the Garden of Gethsemane, to the very human and tender portrayal of the earthly ministry of Jesus, through the betrayal, the arrest, the scourging, the way of the cross, the encounter with the thieves, the surrender on the Cross, until the final scene in the empty tomb, this was not simply a movie. It was an encounter, unlike anything I have ever experienced.

In addition to being a masterpiece of film-making and an artistic triumph, "The Passion" evoked more deep reflection, sorrow and emotional reaction within me than anything since my wedding, my ordination or the birth of my children. Frankly, I will never be the same. When the film concluded, this "invitation only" gathering of "movers and shakers" in Washington, D.C. were shaking indeed, but this time from sobbing. I am not sure there was a dry eye in the place. The crowd that had been glad-handing before the film was now eerily silent. No one could speak because words were woefully inadequate. We had experienced a kind of art that is a rarity in life, the kind that makes heaven touch earth.

One scene in the film has now been forever etched in my mind. A brutalized, wounded Jesus was soon to fall again under the weight of the cross. His mother had made her way along the Via Della Rosa. As she ran to him, she flashed back to a memory of Jesus as a child, falling in the dirt road out side of their home. Just as she reached to protect him from the fall, she was now reaching to touch his wounded adult face. Jesus looked at her with intensely probing and passionately loving eyes (and at all of us through the screen) and said "Behold, I make all things new."

These are words taken from the last Book of the New Testament, the Book of Revelations. Suddenly, the purpose of the pain was so clear and the wounds, that earlier in the film had been so difficult to see in His face, His back, indeed all over His body, became intensely beautiful. They had been borne voluntarily for love.

At the end of the film, after we had all had a chance to recover, a question and answer period ensued. The unanimous praise for the film, from a rather diverse crowd, was as astounding as the compliments were effusive. The questions included the one question that seems to follow this film, even though it has not yet even been released. "Why is this film considered by some to be 'anti-Semitic?' " Frankly, having now experienced (you do not "view" this film) "the Passion," it is a question that is impossible to answer.

A law professor whom I admire sat in front of me. He raised his hand and responded, "After watching this film, I do not understand how anyone can insinuate that it even remotely presents that the Jews killed Jesus. It doesn't." He continued "It made me realize that my sins killed Jesus." I agree. There is not a scintilla of anti-Semitism to be found anywhere in this powerful film. If there were, I would be among the first to decry it. It faithfully tells the Gospel story in a dramatically beautiful, sensitive and profoundly engaging way. Those who are alleging otherwise have either not seen the film or have another agenda behind their protestations.

This is not a "Christian" film, in the sense that it will appeal only to those who identify themselves as followers of Jesus Christ. It is a deeply human, beautiful story that will deeply touch all men and women. It is a profound work of art. Yes, its producer is a Catholic Christian and thankfully has remained faithful to the Gospel text; if that is no longer acceptable behavior, then we are all in trouble. History demands that we remain faithful to the story and Christians have a right to tell it. After all, we believe that it is the greatest story ever told and that its message is for all men and women.

The greatest right is the right to hear the truth. We would all be well advised to remember that the Gospel narratives to which "The Passion" is so faithful were written by Jewish men who followed a Jewish Rabbi whose life and teaching have forever changed the history of the world. The problem is not the message but those who have distorted it and used it for hate rather than love.

The solution is not to censor the message, but rather to promote the kind of gift of love that is Mel Gibson's filmmaking masterpiece, "The Passion. " It should be seen by as many people as possible. I intend to do everything I can to make sure that is the case. I am passionate about "the Passion." You will be,too. Don't miss it!



World oil and gas 'running out'

By CNN's Graham Jones

Global oil supplies will peak soon after 2010, Swedish scientists say.

LONDON, England -- Global warming will never bring a "doomsday scenario" a team of scientists says -- because oil and gas are running out much faster than thought.

The world's oil reserves are up to 80 percent less than predicted, a team from Sweden's University of Uppsala says. Production levels will peak in about 10 years' time, they say. "Non-fossil fuels must come in much stronger than it had been hoped," Professor Kjell Alekett told CNN.

Oil production levels will hit their maximum soon after 2010 with gas supplies peaking not long afterwards, the Swedish geologists say. At that point prices for petrol and other fuels will reach disastrous levels. Earlier studies have predicted oil supplies will not start falling until 2050.

Alekett said that his team had examined data on oil and gas reserves from all over the world and we were "facing a very critical situation globally." "The thing we are surprised of is that people in general are not aware of the decline in supplies and the extent to which it will affect production. "The decline of oil and gas will affect the world population more than climate change."

According to the Uppsala team, nightmare predictions of melting ice caps and searing temperatures will never come to pass because the reserves of oil and gas just are not big enough to create that much carbon dioxide (CO2). Alekett said that as well as there being inflated estimates, some countries in the Middle East had exaggerated the amount of reserves they had. Coal-burning could easily make up the shortfall. But burning coal would be even worse for the planet, as it would create even more CO2, he said. Predictions of global meltdown by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sparked the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an agreement obliging signatory nations to cut CO2 emissions.

The IPCC examined a range of future scenarios, from profligate burning of fossil-fuels to a fast transition towards greener energy sources. The Uppsala team say the amount of oil and gas left is the equivalent of around 3,500 billion barrels of oil -- the IPCC say between 5,000 and 18,000 billion barrels.

Alekett said his team had now established what they called the "Uppsala Protocol" to initiate discussion on how the problems of declining reserves could be tackled -- protecting the world economy but also addressing the problem of climate change. The conclusions of the Uppsala team were revealed in the magazine New Scientist Thursday, and Nebojsa Nakicenovic, of the University of Vienna who headed the IPCC team said it was standing by its figures. He said they had factored in a much broader and internationally accepted range of oil and gas estimates then the "conservative" Swedes.

A conference in Russia this week heard a warning that global warming kills about 160,000 people through its effects every year. The numbers dying from "side-effects" of climate change, such as malaria and malnutrition, could almost double by 2020, the climate change conference in Moscow was told. "We estimate that climate change may already be causing in the region of 160,000 deaths... a year," Andrew Haines of the UK's London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said.

Most deaths would be in developing nations in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, says Haines. These regions would be worst hit by the spread of malnutrition, diarrhea and malaria as a result of warmer temperatures, droughts and floods.



Economist tallies swelling cost of Israel to US

December 09, 2002

By David R. Francis
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Since 1973, Israel has cost the United States about $1.6 trillion. If divided by today's population, that is more than $5,700 per person.

This is an estimate by Thomas Stauffer, a consulting economist in Washington. For decades, his analyses of the Middle East scene have made him a frequent thorn in the side of the Israel lobby.

For the first time in many years, Mr. Stauffer has tallied the total cost to the US of its backing of Israel in its drawn-out, violent dispute with the Palestinians. So far, he figures, the bill adds up to more than twice the cost of the Vietnam War.

And now Israel wants more. In a meeting at the White House late last month, Israeli officials made a pitch for $4 billion in additional military aid to defray the rising costs of dealing with the intifada and suicide bombings. They also asked for more than $8 billion in loan guarantees to help the country's recession-bound economy.

Considering Israel's deep economic troubles, Stauffer doubts the Israel bonds covered by the loan guarantees will ever be repaid. The bonds are likely to be structured so they don't pay interest until they reach maturity. If Stauffer is right, the US would end up paying both principal and interest, perhaps 10 years out.

Israel's request could be part of a supplemental spending bill that's likely to be passed early next year, perhaps wrapped in with the cost of a war with Iraq.

Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid. It is already due to get $2.04 billion in military assistance and $720 million in economic aid in fiscal 2003. It has been getting $3 billion a year for years.

Adjusting the official aid to 2001 dollars in purchasing power, Israel has been given $240 billion since 1973, Stauffer reckons. In addition, the US has given Egypt $117 billion and Jordan $22 billion in foreign aid in return for signing peace treaties with Israel.

"Consequently, politically, if not administratively, those outlays are part of the total package of support for Israel," argues Stauffer in a lecture on the total costs of US Middle East policy, commissioned by the US Army War College, for a recent conference at the University of Maine.

These foreign-aid costs are well known. Many Americans would probably say it is money well spent to support a beleagured democracy of some strategic interest. But Stauffer wonders if Americans are aware of the full bill for supporting Israel since some costs, if not hidden, are little known.

One huge cost is not secret. It is the higher cost of oil and other economic damage to the US after Israel-Arab wars.

In 1973, for instance, Arab nations attacked Israel in an attempt to win back territories Israel had conquered in the 1967 war. President Nixon resupplied Israel with US arms, triggering the Arab oil embargo against the US.

That shortfall in oil deliveries kicked off a deep recession. The US lost $420 billion (in 2001 dollars) of output as a result, Stauffer calculates. And a boost in oil prices cost another $450 billion.

Afraid that Arab nations might use their oil clout again, the US set up a Strategic Petroleum Reserve. That has since cost, conservatively, $134 billion, Stauffer reckons.

Other US help includes:

• US Jewish charities and organizations have remitted grants or bought Israel bonds worth $50 billion to $60 billion. Though private in origin, the money is "a net drain" on the United States economy, says Stauffer.

• The US has already guaranteed $10 billion in commercial loans to Israel, and $600 million in "housing loans." (See editor's note below.) Stauffer expects the US Treasury to cover these.

• The US has given $2.5 billion to support Israel's Lavi fighter and Arrow missile projects.

• Israel buys discounted, serviceable "excess" US military equipment. Stauffer says these discounts amount to "several billion dollars" over recent years.

• Israel uses roughly 40 percent of its $1.8 billion per year in military aid, ostensibly earmarked for purchase of US weapons, to buy Israeli-made hardware. It also has won the right to require the Defense Department or US defense contractors to buy Israeli-made equipment or subsystems, paying 50 to 60 cents on every defense dollar the US gives to Israel.

US help, financial and technical, has enabled Israel to become a major weapons supplier. Weapons make up almost half of Israel's manufactured exports. US defense contractors often resent the buy-Israel requirements and the extra competition subsidized by US taxpayers.

• US policy and trade sanctions reduce US exports to the Middle East about $5 billion a year, costing 70,000 or so American jobs, Stauffer estimates. Not requiring Israel to use its US aid to buy American goods, as is usual in foreign aid, costs another 125,000 jobs.

• Israel has blocked some major US arms sales, such as F-15 fighter aircraft to Saudi Arabia in the mid-1980s. That cost $40 billion over 10 years, says Stauffer.

Stauffer's list will be controversial. He's been assisted in this research by a number of mostly retired military or diplomatic officials who do not go public for fear of being labeled anti-Semitic if they criticize America's policies toward Israel.

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(...) A senior aide to Israel's Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, said that Israel could launch new attacks on Syria if Damascus continues to shelter "terrorist" organizations. (...) George Jabbour, a member of Syria's parliament, ruled out a military response, saying Syria will have to deal rationally with the attack. "The military option has conditions, among them that it be beneficial" to Syria, said Jabbour. Military responses have not always proved to be of benefit to Syria, he said. Israel has military might, and Syria has a strong legal position, added Jabbour. Meanwhile, Jordan has condemned the Israeli attack in Syria. In a statement issued by Jordan's Foreign Minister, Marwan Moasher, the Israeli strike was described as "an act of aggression against a sisterly Arab country." Furthermore, Jordan warned about a "dangerous escalation of the situation throughout the entire region" and the continuation of the "circle of violence."

Sliding towards chaos (October 6),2763,1056689,00.html
The attack on civilians in Haifa on Saturday by a lone suicide bomber was an act of infamy. However keen an individual's sense of grievance, however great a people's sense of injustice, there is no justifying such pitiless slaughter. Islamic Jihad, which admitted responsibility, has once again done grave disservice to the Palestinian cause. But Israel's response to the attack is equally unjustified. Its air raid deep inside Syrian territory was a reckless act typical of Israel's leader, Ariel Sharon. It will dissipate international sympathy and further entrench Arab hostility. Mr Sharon has a genius for putting Israel in the wrong. It is unlikely that the assault on the alleged Islamic Jihad training camp north of Damascus will curb future terrorist attacks; quite the opposite, in fact. The Maxim restaurant atrocity will meanwhile convince ever more Israelis that a peace settlement is impossible. Between the two of them, Hanadi Jaradat, the Haifa bomber, and Mr Sharon, have in effect conspired to guarantee that there will be more victims and more violence, now perhaps increasingly acted out on a regional scale. That this escalatory cycle of attack and counter-attack is bitterly familiar does not make it any more acceptable or sane. That Mr Sharon is now openly threatening further transnational, anti-terrorist operations against Syria, Lebanon and even Iran is a matter of grave and urgent concern for all responsible nations. Syria's decision to take the matter to the UN security council last night, rather than resort to rash retaliation, provides a small glimmer of common sense in an otherwise anarchic, utterly irrational situation. Israel's action was a clear, contemptuous breach of international law; Haifa was a horrendous affront to all human decency. CLIP

US Accuses Syria on Terror, But Urges Mideast Peace (Oct 10)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States urged restraint by all parties after Israeli warplanes struck in Syria following a Palestinian suicide attack, but accused Damascus of being on the wrong side in the war against terrorism.

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Washington, Oct 6. (PTI): US President George W Bush came close to endorsing the Israeli attack on a purported Islamic Jihad camp deep inside Syria when he telephoned Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon after the air strike.

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Israel accused of starving West Bank

New York - By Charles Laurence and Kim Willsher


A United Nations report which blames Israel for causing starvation in Gaza and the West Bank has prompted a furious diplomatic row with the Israeli government of Ariel Sharon.

The leaked report by Jean Ziegler, a Swiss sociologist and UN special envoy, blames Israel's security policies for "collective punishment" of the Palestinians. Ziegler spent 10 days in the occupied territories in July and was due to present his report to the UN General Assembly in New York on November 18.

Furious Israeli officials, however, have denounced the report as "highly political", saying that Ziegler had gone beyond his mandate. With support from American diplomats at the UN, Israel has called for the report to be rejected before it reaches the floor of the Assembly, and asked the UN Human Rights Commission, for whom Ziegler was working as a food rights specialist, to discipline him.

According to newspaper reports in France, Ziegler's report will not now be published until the spring.

Tuvia Israeli, Israel's deputy representative to the UN, said: "Ziegler's behaviour has been a bitter blow to our relations with the UN which were already extremely strained." He said that Ziegler's silence about the rampant corruption at the heart of the Palestinian Authority was unacceptable.

Privately, UN officials in Geneva, where the Human Rights Commission is based, also expressed frustration at having "wasted a golden opportunity" to improve cooperation with the Israeli government. They regretted that Ziegler had been "carried away by his indignation".

Ziegler appeared yesterday ready to lock horns with the UN. "It is a very explosive report about the silent tragedy behind the visible tragedy of the Palestinian territories," he said.

In the 25-page report, a copy of which has been seen by The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Ziegler says 22 per cent of Palestinian children under the age of five suffer severe malnutrition, and most families have only one meal a day.

He describes that as "absurd" in a historically fertile land, blaming the "apartheid" security fence, the seizing and destruction of Palestinian farmland, and roadblocks for preventing food from reaching Palestinian communities.

"The Occupied Palestinian Territories is on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the extremely harsh military measures imposed by the occupying Israeli military forces since the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000," the report warns.

Ziegler became one of the first UN envoys to be allowed to report on conditions in the occupied territories with co-operation and assistance from Israel.

Israel wants the report to be dismissed on technical grounds, claiming that Ziegler breached protocol because the report was leaked to the French newspaper, Liberation, before their government had a chance to lodge a reaction.

Ziegler defended his report yesterday as "the truth" and said the leak had been beyond his control. He said that the draft report had been sent to Israeli agencies that had helped his research at the same time as it was submitted to the Human Rights Commission.


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(...) The Palestinian Health Ministry reported last month that in the past three years, more than 90 people have died in ambulances waiting at checkpoints. Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups have documented cases in which pregnant women gave birth, heart-attack victims died and others bled to death while held up at checkpoints. The International Committee for the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, Doctors of the World, Amnesty International and Physicians for Human Rights all have warned that continued restrictions will worsen the existing crisis, though most acknowledge that continued violence by Palestinian militants limits the solutions available to Israel. CLIP

The Israeli Policy of Assassinating Truth… (October 1, 2003)
Eight Journalists Killed and 304 Wounded During Al-Aqsa Intifada - International Press Center – EXCLUSIVE - Since the outbreak of the Al Aqsa Intifada on September 28, 2000 journalists have played a vital role on the international, regional and local levels, through documenting and uncovering the Israeli crimes- against the Palestinian people- to the whole world. Palestinian journalists have proved, through their professionalism and rare bravery, that they're capable of going above and beyond the call of duty, the thing that irritated the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and made them target those journalists. CLIP

Israel approves new construction on security barrier (Oct 1)
Israel says the barrier will stop Palestinian terrorists. Palestinians call it a land grab. -
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- The Israeli Cabinet voted Wednesday to approve construction of the next phase of a controversial security barrier that leaves some gaps but goes deep inside the West Bank. It settled on a plan that would start the construction of segments of the barrier but would not connect them to the main security barrier on the Israel-West Bank border. Under heavy pressure from the United States, which has declared that the cost of the barrier will be deducted from $9 billion in loan guarantees to Israel, the Cabinet stopped short of authorizing construction of the barrier from the border toward the Jewish settlement of Ariel, in the West Bank. However, the plan authorizes the beginning of construction of barriers east of five Jewish settlement blocks -- Ariel, Beit Arieh-Elkana, Nili-Naaleh, Gush Etzion-Efrat and Yatir-Sussia -- all deep inside the West Bank. Those barriers will not be connected to the main security barrier along the border, at least for now.

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I talked recently with an American who had just returned from more than 20 years in Israel. We did not talk for the record, so I will withhold his name and what he does for a living. But I will say he is somewhat well-known in Israel and that he loves it dearly but he has left, probably permanently, because he cannot take life there any longer. He is a nonstatistic -- a living victim of terrorism.

Citizens for Fair Legislation ALERT: Why Do We Support Israeli Crimes?
Condemning Palestinian suicide attacks while ignoring the cause of such attacks is not helpful and does not promote peace in the region. It is time for this government to stop acting as though Palestinian suicide bombings occur in a vacuum independent of Israeli actions.


*The U.S. government must acknowledge what the rest of the world already has: The suicide bombings, as horrific as they are, are a direct result of the continued murder of Palestinians, the theft of Palestinian land, and the curfew in Palestinian towns that has rendered millions of Palestinians jobless and hungry -- unable to go to work, school or even the hospital.

*10/4/03 Israeli Occupation Forces killed 18-month-old Mostafa Al- Badrasawi with a bullet to the face.

*10/4/03 Israeli Occupation Forces gunned down a Palestinian child in the West Bank town of Tulkarem. The child, Mohammad Barahme, 9, was killed when an Israeli unit entered the refugee camp where he lived and opened fire on three members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

*10/2/03 Israel announced plans to build 660 new settler homes in the West Bank, demolished 25 homes in Rafah to make way for the apartheid wall and demolished one home in the Gaza strip, wounding 10 Palestinian civilians in the process.

*10/1/03 Israel decided to include the Ariel settlement within its apartheid fence, annexing and walling-in a significantly large portion of Palestinian land in the West Bank. Ariel runs 12 miles into Palestinian territory.

*9/27/03 Three-year-old Palestinian toddler Lina Hassan Issa died of a heart attack caused by fright when Israeli Apache helicopters attacked her neighborhood in the middle of the night.

*9/25/03 Israeli Occupation Forces killed five Palestinians in Gaza, including a 3-year-old girl, and raised the Palestinian death toll -- which included two teenagers and a newborn -- to 11 in one week.

Ask your representatives and the Bush administration to demand a halt to both Israeli and Palestinian violence. We cannot put the onus of peace on a people under siege. As American citizens living in a post- 9/11 world, we demand a more responsible U.S. role in the Middle East vis-à-vis the Israel-Palestinian conflict. CLIP

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