Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tell Your Representative That More Must Be Done To Protect Palestinians In Iraq
And all that you have to do is to type in your name, e-mail, and address, and your congressman and Senators will receive this pre-written letter on behalf of the Palestinians currently living under a death threat in Iraq:
Please speak out against the horrifying conditions of Palestinians in Iraq. Most recently a Shiite militia calling itself the "Judgement Day Battalion" is threatening to kill Palestinian refugees living in Iraq if they do not leave immediately, this group has dropped leaflets in Palestinian neighborhoods with the following warning, "We warn you that we will eliminate you all if you don't leave the area for good within 10 days." Many Palestinians have already been kidnapped and killed and others are trying to flee but are trapped at the Iraqi/Jordanian border after the Jordanian government closed the border to prevent them entry. They are now stuck in an extremely dangerous part of Iraq referred to as "no man's land," without water, food, or shelter. A Palestinian diplomat in Baghdad told the press that it is now routine to find several Palestinians a week in the morgue.
As an occupying power, the United States has a responsibility under the Geneva Conventions to protect Palestinian civilians from human rights abuses. I expect you to stop ignoring the plight of refugees in Iraq and occupied Palestine. There are an estimated 34,000 Palestinians in Iraq, of whom 23,000 have been registered by UNHCR in Baghdad. Emmanuel Gignac of UNHCR's Iraq Support Unit in Geneva says that,
"They (Palestinians) are feeling increasingly trapped, and for security reasons many have stopped going to work and have taken their children out of school. We know very well that life for other Iraqis is very difficult as well at the moment. The Palestinians feel,
however, especially vulnerable and targeted as they were perceived to have been treated favorably by the previous regime."
This is an urgent matter and requires your immediate attention