Israel Continues War Against the Palestinian People
The Israeli government of Ariel Sharon continues to wage a savage war against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people.
In the early morning hours of January 21, Israeli troops occupied the city of Tulkarem, where 50,000 Palestinians live. Dozens of tanks rolled into the city, imposed a military curfew, and exchanged fire with Palestinians. Three Palestinians were killed and 23 wounded. The troops took over key buildings, including a local college and the villa of the mayor, sandbagging rooftops and hoisting Israeli flags there. Witnesses said soldiers also took over offices of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian legislative council. Earlier, on Friday January 18, Israeli F-16 warplanes destroyed the Palestinian Authority government complex and a police station, which resulted in the killing of a Palestinian policeman and the injuring of 61 officers and civilians. In Ramallah, the Israeli military and Palestinian gunmen exchanged fire for hours.
This action is the last in a sequence of almost daily attacks that are being waged against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people. These actions include:
- On January 19, Israeli troops seized the official Palestinian television and radio broadcasting building and blew it up. On January 18, two Israeli tanks and an armored personnel carrier parked outside Yasser Arafat's headquarters. Israeli bulldozers also piled earth across one of the four access roads to Arafat's compound, blocking it to traffic. Nearly two dozen tanks took up positions in about half of Ramallah.
- On January 10, Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza. U.N. officials said that 54 homes were destroyed and 511 people left homeless in the incursion. On January 14, nine Palestinian homes were destroyed in East Jerusalem.
The Bush administration continues to give the Israeli government the green light to wage its savage war against the Palestinian people. Last week, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said the Israeli operations were "defensive".