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Government orders expulsion of activists

By Eric Ruder | May 2, 2003 | Page 5

FOR MORE than two years, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has used violence and intimidation to crush the Palestinian resistance. Now, Israel wants to make sure that there aren't any witnesses to document the IDF's terror.

In April, IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon ordered the expulsion of activists from the International Solidarity Movement--a group that organizes foreign nationals to act as observers and "human shields" during demolition operations.

"[International human rights activists] create the negative image we have, because it certainly strengthens the Palestinian story," said Ya'alon--as if those who protest the IDF occupation, not the occupation itself, are responsible for the stories of Israeli repression that leak out, far too infrequently, into the media.

In the past two months, the IDF killed one solidarity activist--American Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by a bulldozer--and critically wounded two others.

Drowning the Palestinian resistance in blood isn't enough for the IDF. It also demands a deafening silence around the world. We won't stand for it.

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