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29 November 2001
Subject: Appeal from Israeli Peace Organizations

Dear Friends,

The situation continues to be grave in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. As reported by Ha’aretz journalist Gideon Levy, this is the worst Ramadan in many years. Prime Minister Sharon demands “seven days of quiet” before entering into negotiations, while making sure that these seven days never happen. His policies towards Palestinians constitute a string of provocations and brutal oppression.

The undersigned Israeli peace organizations ask you to join us in sending the letter below, or a similar one, to the US President, the US Secretary of State, the EU President, and UN officials, calling upon them to bring the occupation to an end. We regard the occupation as the root cause of both the oppression of Palestinians in the territories and the subsequent violence against Israelis. Contact information follows the letter.

Alternative Information Center
Coalition of Women for a Just Peace (which includes Bat Shalom,
MachsomWatch, NELED, New Profile, Noga Feminist Journal,
TANDI, WILPF-Israel, Women and Mothers for Peace, Women
Engendering Peace, and Women in Black)
Gush Shalom
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Please note: Printing out and faxing your letter (or personally making a phone call), whenever possible, is more effective pressure than e-mail.

President George W. Bush
Fax: (202) 456-2461

Secretary of State Colin Powell
Fax: (202) 261-8577

European Union President Romano Prodi

Mr. Terje Rod Larsen
Personal Representative of the Secretary General to the United Nations in Palestine
Tel: +(972-8) 282 2914
Fax: +(972-8) 282 0966

Ms. Mary Robinson
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Email: webadmin.hchr@unog.chor
Fax: +(41-22) 917-9016

CC to:

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
Fax: +(972-2) 5303704

Israeli Defense Minister Benyamin Ben Eliezer
Fax: +(972-3) 6916940 or +(972-3) 6976990

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Fax: +(972-2) 566-4838 or
+(972-2) 651-3955
+(972-2) 651-2631

You may also consider sending a copy to Republican Senator Christopher Bond:
who recently organized a petition by 88 US Senators to “protect Israeli interests” (“Senators Urge Bush Not to Hamper Israel” November 17, 2001, New York Times; the text of the petition is on

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