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The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the
Environment (LAW) Special Report on the First Year of the Palestinian Intifada



678 Palestinians Killed

10,596 Palestinians Injured

384 Palestinian Homes Demolished

5103.7 Acres of Palestinian Agricultural Land Destroyed



Introduction



Today, the ongoing Palestinian Intifada has entered its second year. A
year ago, on Friday September 29, 2000, Israeli troops stormed the Nobel
Sanctuary (Al Haram Al Sharif) and opened fire on Palestinian worshipers,
killing four and wounding more than 200. Consequently, clashes broke out
between Palestinians and Israeli occupation forces and a fifth
Palestinian was killed. On the following day, violent clashes broke out
between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers and spread to all
main Palestinian cities. 11 Palestinians were killed. On the third day,
ten more Palestinians were shot to death by Israeli troops. On the forth
day, Palestinians living inside the Green Line clashed with Israeli
police and border guards and 16 Palestinians were killed, including seven
from within the Green Line. The Intifada intensified and more
Palestinians fell victim to the Israeli excessive and disproportionate
use of force.


iraradio.com, the web site which archives all Radio Free Eireann
broadcasts, has been taken down because the web service provider was
threatened with seizure of their assets if they continued to host
"terrorist" radio programs. Travis E. Towle, the Founder and CEO of Cosmic
Entertainment Company, which put up IRARADIO.COM, was told by their internet
service provider, Hypervine, that they had been "strongly advised" to take
the web site down.



A Hypervine representative read Mr. Towle a statement that, under an
Executive Order recently signed by President Bush, the newly created Office
of Homeland Security can seize all assets "without any notice and/or any
real un-reasonable evidence of any company or person that helps, supports,
or does anything that can be called or labeled terrorism or is found to be
connected to terrorism in any way or means possible." Hypervine is a
subsidiary of the New York based Skynet.



These threats have also caused Cosmic Entertainment to close the web
sites archiving two other WBAI radio programs, "Our Americas" and "Grandpa
Al Lewis Live." "Our Americas," hosted by Mario Murillo, is an acclaimed
news magazine covering Latin America. "Grandpa Al Lewis Live" features
commentary by the actor and political activist who starred in "The Munsters"
and "Car 54 Where Are You."



Radio Free Eireann, which broadcasts Saturday afternoons at 1:30
p.m. on WBAI 99.5 FM has covered the conflict in Northern Ireland for over
twenty years. Guests have included Bernadette Sands, the sister of IRA
hunger striker Bobby Sands; Rauri O'Bradaigh, the President of Republican
Sinn Fein; Sinn Fein chief negotiator Martin McGuinness and Irish Prime
Minister Bertie Ahern.


update: it seems that this (mostly) is not a hoax. www.iraradio.org and www.allewislive.com have been taken down, although www.ouramericas.org is still running with no notice of this event.

Producers at National Radio Network Banned from Discussing the
World Trade Center Tragedy over New York Airwaves



New National Program Director Utrice Leid Issues Edict



Two-hour Daily Specials Broadcast from Ground Zero Blocked



NEW YORK (Sept. 27) -- The new Director of National Programming at the Pacifica Radio Network banned discussion of the attack on the World Trade Center and its aftermath from the airwaves of New York station WBAI.



National Program Director Utrice Leid, on the eve of her departure as interim station manager at Pacifica station WBAI (99.5 FM) in New York City, instructed local public affairs producers this past weekend that they were to refrain from broadcasting the programs they had prepared and instead play music and poetry.

Yoshie Furuhashi writes: "A number of superb anti-war posters that you can begin using right
away are available from http://reclaimthestreetsnyc.tao.ca/posters/>."

Autonomedia writes: "http://www.pacifica.org/info/releases/npg_gm_0917. html



Executive Director Bessie M. Wash today announced
that Utrice Leid has been named Pacifica's new Director
of National Programming."

Anonymous Comrade writes: "The following statement from the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) was forwarded to me in an e-mail:"

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
RAWA statement on the terrorist attacks in the US

The people of Afghanistan have nothing to do with Osama and his accomplices

On September 11, 2001 the world was stunned with the horrific terrorist
attacks on the United States. RAWA stands with the rest of the world in
expressing our sorrow and condemnation for this barbaric act of violence and
terror. RAWA had already warned that the United States should not support
the most treacherous, most criminal, most anti-democracy and anti-women
Islamic fundamentalist parties because after both the Jehadi and the Taliban
have committed every possible type of heinous crimes against our people,
they would feel no shame in committing such crimes against the American
people whom they consider "infidel". In order to gain and maintain their
power, these barbaric criminals are ready to turn easily to any criminal
force.

Marc Cooper writes: "Several individuals have attributed to me certain statements on
the issue of the situation known as the "Pacifica Crisis." As I am quite
capable of speaking for myself without easy-chair interpretations, I have
decided to make this public comment.

Anonymous Comrade writes: "a new website was launched today for the Long Island radical activist and diy community: longislandrevolt.org, it includes a temporary site for the Long Island IMC, a site for the Freespace infoshop & community center, space for the modern times collective, and a soon to be subsite for the 5 food not bombs chapters on the Island.

Today a new website has been launched for the radical activist and DIY community on Long Island, NY.


www.longislandrevolt.org


Its purpose is to connect like-minded people together, keep the community informed about the activities of the many organizations using the site, and to serve as a organizing site for the Long Island Free Space, Inc; a diy community center & infoshop, alternative book / zine shop, social movement library, media center, artist & activist resource center, free school, etc. here on Long Island in 2002.


the following organizations have space on the site:

- Freespace

- Modern Times Collective

- Food Not Bombs (to be up shortly)

- Long Island Indymedia Center (still a few bugs to be worked out)

The Progressive has a good story by Thomas Nagy


The Secret Behind the Sanctions:

How the U.S. Intentionally Destroyed Iraq's Water


"Over the last two years, I've discovered documents of
the Defense Intelligence Agency proving beyond a doubt
that, contrary to the Geneva Convention, the U.S.
government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to
degrade the country's water supply after the Gulf War.
The United States knew the cost that civilian Iraqis,
mostly children, would pay, and it went ahead anyway."

Lyn Gerry writes: "Yesterday a post from the goodlight.net message board which was
forwarded onto several lists claimed that Amy Goodman had been
hospitalized for an emotional breakdown.



THIS WAS DELIBERATE DISINFO AND IS COMPLETELY AND
UTTERLY FALSE.



Amy was seen by her frends last night and is expected at WBAI
shortly, where she will greet picketers who have come out in
support of Democracy Now, the banned and fired, and the freeing of
WBAI and Pacifica.



I would caution everybody to take material published on
goodlight.net with a grain of salt. There is no fact checking and
furthermore as posts are anonymous there is frequently
disinformation posted there. Web forums in general suffer from this
frailty and are a pretty unreliable source of news.



Pacifica management has a history of use of disinfo in this struggle
and I advise activists to beware. When I say "disinfo" I am not
talking about the routine lies and spin control contained in official
press statements.

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