INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
Sunday, June 30, 2002 1330
INTERNATIONAL CIVILIANS WITNESS MASS DETENTION
[RAMALLAH] 20 international civilians are in Amaari Refugee Camp near downtown Ramallah and 15 more are being detained by Occupation forces. They are witnessing Israeli soldiers take men, ages 15 to 50, from their homes. Soldiers are going house to house, marking those they have checked.
The internationals are reporting that over 150 men are being held in a school field under the hot sun. Many of the Palestinian men have been held since the operation began at 0430. The men have been split into three major groups, with some smaller groups being held at gunpoint in other locations. Many of the men are tied and blindfolded. The entire camp has been sealed off by Israeli tanks and APC's.
The soldiers are interfering with witnesses who are trying to insure
that the Palestinian's human rights are not being violated. Occupation
forces are refusing to give their names or numbers to the international
witnesses and have
fired warning shots over their heads. The soldiers are denying entry to one group of internationals and have threatened individuals with arrest.
Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states "No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not committed", and "collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited".
For more information in Amaari contact:
Huwaida Arraf 067 473 308
Tamara Rettino 056 489 346
Megan McKenzie 056 367 148
Amy Laura Cahn 056 383 263