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                              7 Woman and Children Massacred by U.S. Troops

MID-EAST REALITIES - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 31 March 2003:
Just this morning MER warned that just this kind of thing was going to
happen because of the new Pentagon 'Rules of Engagement'.  It took just a
few hours for this 'incident' to happen; and it is being repeated in various
ways in various places throughout Iraq now; the American Army adopting
similar tactics to those used by the Israelis against the Palestinians and
not long ago against the Lebanese, George Bush and Ariel Sharon are now
siamese twins joined at the hip as they pursue the 'new world order' of
American-Israeli subjugation and domination throughout the historic Middle
East region.

                                 U.S. TROOPS KILL SEVEN AT IRAQI CHECKPOINT

[Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2003; 4:47 PM]:   U.S. troops killed
seven Iraqi women and children at a checkpoint Monday when the Iraqis' van
would not stop as ordered, a military official said.  Two other civilians
were wounded in the incident at a U.S. Army checkpoint on a highway near
Najaf in southern Iraq, the official said. The military is investigating, he
said.   The dead and wounded were among 13 women and children in a van that
approached the checkpoint but did not stop, the official said. Soldiers
fired warning shots and then shots into the vehicle's engine, neither of
which stopped it, he said.  Four Army soldiers were killed at a checkpoint
near Najaf Saturday by a car bomb detonated by an Iraqi soldier dressed as a

]This Morning from MER - Monday, March 21, 2003: 8:30 AM] - "WE SHOOT WOMEN
AND CHILDREN TOO - WE JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND"     "The American people just
don't quite get it.  It's not that they don't know; they just can't put it
all in historical, or moral, or political context.  That in the end,
regardless of their unprecedented firepower and technological superiority,
is likely to be their undoing.  Right there on the ABC World News last
evening the American public was given the factual information; but as usual
with the American media rarely either the context or perspective needed to
really understand.   'The Rules of Engagement" have been changed the nation
was told by an 'embedded' 'journalist'.  Now if anyone is approaching and
doesn't stop (remember of course they don't speak English, especially with a
southern or redneck drawl!) they can be shot, no questions asked.  'Even
Women and Children' the reporter calmly noted.    The American 'Red'
Indians, and in more modern times the Vietnamese, Laotians, and
Cambodians -- not to mention today's Palestinians -- know very well what it
is like to be 'liberated' by the Americans.  How super historically ironic
that the Iraqis are being decimated by 'Apaches' and 'Tomahawks'."

                         By Greg Myre

[IHT, Paris - 27 March 2003]:
BETHLEHEM, West Bank Israeli troops are a common sight on
Palestinian streets, and George Saadeh, a Palestinian school
principal, felt it prudent to slow down but sensed no imminent
danger as he drove his family past two army jeeps parked on the
side of a road near his home.

He had no way of knowing his timing was so bad it seemed to defy
the laws of probability. Moments earlier, Israeli troops had waged a
shootout that killed three Palestinian men traveling in a beige
Peugeot 305 sedan, including two members the militant group
Hamas, Palestinians said.

The Hamas men, Nader Jarawish, 35, and Ala Ayad, 24, were
wanted by Israel. In many similar cases, soldiers have acted after
receiving intelligence on the type of car a suspect is using, though
Captain Jacob Dallal, an Israeli Army spokesman, said he did not
know if this was the case in the Tuesday night shooting.

Saadeh, his wife and two daughters, were also in a beige Peugeot
305 sedan, and as they headed to the supermarket on a wet and
windy night, the soldiers apparently thought the car presented a
threat. The troops cut loose with automatic rifles, putting at least 30
rounds into the car, killing 12-year-old Christine Saadeh and
wounding the three other family members.

"We were stunned - we couldn't believe they were shooting at us,"
said Saadeh, 41, who was recovering Wednesday at Hadassah
Hospital in Jerusalem with gunshot wounds in his abdomen and
back. "I screamed that we were civilians. I looked behind me, and I
saw Christine had fallen to the floor."

Saadeh's wife, Najwa, suffered only scratches, and their 15-year-old
daughter, Marian, was hit in the knee.

Dallal said the first Palestinian car opened fire on the soldiers,
prompting the troops to shoot back. Saadeh's family then drove into
a gun battle and were hit unintentionally. "We do everything to avoid
having a firefight in the center of a city, but we came under attack,"
Dallal said.

But the Saadehs and Palestinian residents on Jamal Abdel Nasser
street, where the two cars came to a stop only 10 meters apart,
offered sharply different accounts.

The Saadehs, in separate interviews, said that they heard no
shooting as they approached the army vehicles and that no other
cars were immediately visible. The shooting erupted as the
Saadehs' car passed in front of the troops and then began turning a

Saadeh, 41, graduated from the University of Southern California in
1983 with a degree in aerospace engineering and then returned
home to teach. Last year he became the principal at the Shepherd's
School, a private, Greek Orthodox school with over 500 students,
kindergarten through high school.

When asked about the conflict, he did not speak with bitterness or
call for revenge, as victims of the violence sometimes do. He spoke
softly and with sadness about the inability of the two sides to live

He has Israeli friends in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, he said, but the
violence and travel restrictions now made visiting impossible. Still,
he sought to impart a message of coexistence at school.

"We teach our kids peace and love, and about democracy," he said.
"But people are just getting crazy nowadays. It's really a shame
what's going on."

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