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WAWA Blog March 14, 2008: Four dead in Bethlehem, USA EQUIPT soldiers IN CIVILIAN DRESS! I hear the drummin', Four dead in Bethlehem, Gotta WAKE UP to it, IOF Soldiers are cutting them down, Should have been done long ago, What if you knew them and Found them dead on the ground? Four dead in Bethlehem, Four dead in Bethlehem, Four dead in Bethlehem, Four dead in Bethlehem


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Kristen Ess - A heavy round of firing began just after 6:15 pm, Wednesday evening in Bethlehem. Israeli Special Forces had invaded the city. Within moments the sirens of ambulances were wailing through the streets as the shooting continued. Cars began honking in order to quickly get out of harms way. Israeli forces had just assassinated four members of the armed resistance, among them being an Islamic Jihad leader, Mohammad Shehada, whom the Israelis had at the top of their "wanted" list.

Reports from witnesses indicate that the four men were in a car in central Bethlehem when Israeli Special Forces stormed the area in a Ford van, wearing civilian attire, and opened fire.

In addition to killing Mohammad Shehada, Israeli forces killed Issa Marzouq, another prominent figure from Islamic Jihad in Bethlehem. Emad Kamal is also from Saraya Al Quds, the armed resistance wing of Islamic Jihad. The fourth man killed was Ahmed Balboul of Fateh's Al Aqsa Brigades.

The hit was immediate, there was no exchange of fire, just a steady stream of bullets from the Israeli Special Forces. The scene is a bloody mess, with dozens of people rushing into the streets to view the damage to the bullet-riddled car and to try to follow the corpses to Al Hussein, Beit Jala, Government Hospital.

Shehada had been living "under ground" on and off for months, as his arrest or assassination was impening, but made periodic public appearances. For his part, Marzouq remained in public much of that time, according to a source in the Palestinian security.

Just days ago Israeli forces spent hours invading Bethlehem, destroying Shehada's home and that of his father, while also arresting his brother.

Later this evening Israeli forces invaded eastern Bethlehem's Tekua' Village and opened fire as young people threw stones.

Israeli aircraft continued to periodically fly overhead for hours during and after the assassination.


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Kristen Ess – Thousands of people are praying in Manger Square, between the mosque and the church. It is a sunny day in Bethlehem, and one of the saddest that the city has felt in years.

The bodies of the four men killed, their lives and deaths, are being honored Thursday. There is a comprehensive strike throughout the governorate, called for by the Bethlehem Governor, Dr. Victor Batarsa. A three-day mourning period is underway for the members of the "political resistance" as the victims are being described. Some 20,000 Palestinians are participating in the funerals.

The Sheikhs are out of the mosques, delivering sermons among the people. The bodies are wrapped, with faces still stained from the wounds that could not be entirely cleaned showing bits of blood and bruising.

Flags of Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Fateh, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and those of Palestine, are waving in the breeze.

After this morning’s procession from the Beit Jala Hospital to Manger Square, and when noon prayers had finished, the bodies were carried, slowly despite the chaos, down the winding hills to the cemetery.

Women, small children, men, friends and family are all present. As the throngs pour down the hill from Manger Square, the young men shout that god is great. The women shout out the names of the victims.

One woman says, “16 orphans in a single day.” Another says of one of those killed, “Four boys and two girls.” Everyone says that they are afraid for their own children, and that is the idea of Israeli “peace.”

Forty-eight year old leader within the Islamic Jihad movement, Mohammad Shehada, was imprisoned and released during a prisoner exchange in the 1980s. He was at the top of the Israeli "wanted" list, although had not engaged in armed resistance for years, as mourners said.

Thirty-six year old Issa Mazouq was a graduate of Bethlehem University, a reporter in the past for the Lebanese television station, Al Manar, and also a member of Islamic Jihad.

Thirty-five year old Emad Kamal Hassan was described as "always having a smile on his face." He too was a member of Islamic Jihad.

Forty-eight year old Ahmed Balboul of Fateh's Al Aqsa Brigades ran for the local Legislative Council elections. He was political, as were all of those killed in Bethlehem yesterday. He spent 10 years in Israeli prison. None among them had not been imprisoned at one time or another.

As the crowds continue to stream into the cemetery, the chanting continues, some for a collective nationalism, some for freedom for Palestine, and some shouting that their deaths will not go unpunished.




Press Release, March 13,  2008:

Gush Shalom: Assassinations in Bethlehem and Tulkarm - grave
provocation

The government does not want a ceasefire, but a new flareup

Those who sent the assassins to carry out "liquidations" today, in Tulkarmand Bethlehem, knew what they were doing - a grave act of provocation which might blow up the serious chance which had opened up, to reach ceasefire and calm. This is a wanton, completely irresponsible act, which might return the inhabitants of Sderot, Ashkelon and Gaza back into the hell from which they momentarily escaped.

 

The lethal propaganda perpetrated today is the latest in a whole week of provocations:

 1. the Prime Minister approving settlement construction, spitting in the face of the entire world;

2. the incitement in the Knesset,  even by the Speaker, to the vengeful destruction of a family house for a crime of which none of the people
 living there is guilty;

3. the rabbis who openly and insolently encourage their disciples to commit indiscriminate killings;

4. and also the small-minded boycott declared against the Al-Jazeera TV, whose only sin was to expose to the world's gaze horrors which the Government of Israel wanted to hide.

 Contact: Adam Keller, +972-3-5565805 or +972-506-709603 
www.gush-shalom.org

   
 
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