Houstonians for Peace & Justice in the Holy Land
PRESS RELEASE

October 12, 2000

 STOP THE ISRAELI BOMBING & MASSACRES
AGAINST THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

Americans, Palestinians, Muslims, Christians, Arabs, and others in Houston, North America and worldwide are shocked, outraged, and deeply saddened by the Israeli bombing of the occupied Palestinian territories, and the brutal massacre that is taking place against innocent Palestinian civilians.

This latest massacre is only one in a series of crimes against the Palestinian people. Under Israeli occupation, Palestinian basic human and national rights continue to be violated at every level. Israel ignores all international norms, values and conventions in its treatment of the Palestinian people.

We strongly condemn the repressive policy of the Israeli government that encourages its soldiers and settlers to slaughter Palestinian civilians, and we reaffirm our stand that calls for justice and peace in the Middle East based on international laws and UN resolutions.

We demand:

  1. Immediate stop to the Israeli bombing in the occupied Palestinian territories, and an immediate stop to the killing of the Palestinian children, men and women.
  2. Enforcement of the recent Security Council Resolution 1233 which calls upon the Israeli forces to stop the violence against the Palestinian people immediately.
  3. Immediate and firm intervention by the sponsors of the peace process, especially the United States government, the Russian government, the European community, permanent members of the security council, Arab and Islamic countries, and all members of the family of nations to bring an end to the criminal acts committed against the Palestinian people by the Israeli soldiers and settlers.
  4. The creation of an international committee to investigate the criminal acts and bring to international justice those Israeli soldiers and settlers who ordered and participated in the massacre.
  5. Stop all U.S. aid to Israel, which is used to finance the Israeli military machine that is killing Palestinians.
  6. An end to the Israeli occupation, and the implementation of all UN resolutions relevant to the Palestinian cause, especially 194, 242 and 338.

For more information, please call (713) 762-2228, or e-mail info@PalestineAffairsCouncil.org.

Sponsored by:
Palestine Affairs Council
Palestinian American Congress
United Holy Land Fund
Islamic Society of Greater Houston
Jordanian American Association
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Arab American Student Association
Ramallah Federation Club
American Arab Institute/Votersí Coalition
National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce
Arab National TV
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
Pakistan Association of Greater Houston
Palestinian American Christian Coalition