Thursday, April 11, 2002

  • Massacre in Jenin; Israel Steps Up Palestinian Arrests

    The killing is continuing in Jenin. The Israeli army has blocked all reporters from the area and prevented ambulances from entering. But Palestinian medical sources and witnesses say Israeli troops Israeli Apache helicopters fired several missiles at a house in the town of Jenin, killing two, and Army bulldozers are continuing to destroy houses. Troops also attacked the nearby village of Arabeh and killed at least seven, among them a family of three.

  • Civil Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart Is Indicted for "Supporting Terrorism" By Attorney General John Ashcroft

    Yesterday on Democracy Now! we began a discussion with the noted civil rights attorney, Lynne Stewart, 24 hours after she was indicted on charges of supporting terrorism. On Tuesday afternoon, Attorney General John Ashcroft accused Stewart along with her translator and two others of helping her client Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman deliver messages from his Minnesota prison cell to his followers in Egypt. Abdel Rahman is the man who was accused of leading the plot to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison for plotting to attack the UN and the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels. Two years later, he was barred from sending or receiving written or recorded messages of any kind from his prison cell. If his lawyers wanted to meet with him, they had to pledge to discuss only legal matters.

  • The Few Reports Seeping Out of Jenin Refugee Camp Describe a Scene of Carnage; the International Red Cross Says Israeli Authorities Are Refusing to Allow Ambulances to Treat the Wounded All Over the W

    The few reports seeping out of Jenin refugee camp describe a scene of terrible carnage. According to the London Independent, survivors from the camp in the nearby village of Ramani say that bodies are being taken out of Jenin camp in trucks. Abdullah Washai told reporter Justin Huggler that he watched his 17-year-old brother slowly bleed to death in the camp, after a hole had been ripped in his shoulder by a round from an Israeli helicopter. When the boy’s mother ran into the street screaming for help, Washai says, Israeli soldiers shot her dead. His claims are typical of those who have managed to escape the scene of the worst fighting of Israel’s onslaught in the West Bank.

  • As Colin Powell Travels to Jerusalem, Rabbi Michael Lerner and African-American Scholar and Activist Cornell West Lead a Demonstration in Front of the U.S. State Department

    Secretary of State Colin Powell arrives in Jerusalem tonight, where he will push to arrange a cease-fire between the Israelis and Palestinians and steer them into negotiations that he hopes will lead to a Palestinian state. Powell says he will try to persuade Sharon to withdraw his troops from the West Bank as soon as possible.