Reaktion von Gush Schalom
Aus dem Newsletter von Gush Schalom:
"This time we have to ask you to support us -
Gush Shalom - by sending protest letters.
A storm of mostly negative public attention continues to surround the letters
sent by Gush Shalom to individual officers in the Israeli army - with copies to
the Chief-of Staff and Defence Ministry.
What is all the fuss about? The content of the letters was a warning that
specific actions which the addressee had been boasting about in the media may
constitute violations of international law.
Why the army and the government chose this particular moment for giving enormous
publicity to these letters we can only guess. Actually, the letters have been
sent months ago. Since then military personnel who give interviews to the media
no longer give their names - according to new instructions which were explicitly
motivated as a precauttion against officers being charged at the new
international war crimes court...
Maybe we achieved that at least there is a beginning awareness now that one has
to be careful; that even when one gets an order, one has to think for oneself
whether this order could be considered illegal.
We got an enormous lot of mails and telephone calls - a nice number of
supportive ones, some decent but critical, and also a huge number of the most
If you want to support us, please make clear as follows or in your own words
"Gush Shalom, by sending warning letters to officers who have been actually
boasting about acts which are violating the Geneva Conventions, has made use of
its democratic rights, and fulfilled in a way a civilian duty: guarding moral
and legal principles.
A government which starts legal procedures against a peace group for alerting
them, does create the suspicion that it has something to hide - an impression
which already rose by its keeping the press away."
and send it by email AND, if possible, also to the fax or snail mail addresses:
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Spokesperson of the Prime Minister
Defence Minister Benjamin Beneliezer
Spokesperson Defence Ministry
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres,
Copy to: email@example.com
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:
The Office of the Prime Minister,
Kiryat Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem, Israel;
Office ph 972-2-6705555/10
Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres:
HaKirya Romema Jerusalem 91950
ph: 972 2 5303531/3631/530
fx (+972-2) 5303506 /5303896 5303367
Israeli Defense Minister, Benyamin Ben Eliezer:
HaKirya Kaplan Street, Tel-Aviv 64734
ph: 6955476 // 6975220
fx: +972-3-6916940, 6976990"
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