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|Action Alert for Israel to relase prisoners!|
|05/17/02 at 03:40:09|
|Because of the prisoners being on hunger strike and very weak, it is important |
that action be taken asap. Also we have to consider that the Israeli govt. will close
tomorrow for holiday, as well as Saturday and the US embassy is closed Sunday, so we lose
So please try to send asap. thank you all.
The action alert is below and also as an attachment.
May 16, 2002
ISRAEL SHOULD FREE THE SIX AMERICAN PRISONERS
This action alert contains:
* Action requested
* Talking points
* Sample letter
* Additional information
* For more information, please visit…
Six Americans are being held prisoner by the Israeli government. Trevor Baumgartner
(Seattle, WA), Nathan Mauger (Spokane WA), Nathan Musselman (Ronoke, VA), Thomas Koutsoukos
(IL) and Kristen Schurr (Seattle, WA) were detained with other members of the
International Solidarity Movement for delivering food to starving and besieged Palestinians inside
the Church of the Nativity. Dr. Riad Abdelkarim (US) is Chair of Kinder USA, a non-profit
charitable organization. Dr. Abdelkarim went to Palestine on a humanitarian mission to
deliver food packages to needy Palestinians in refugee camps around the West Bank and
Gaza. The prisoners have held hunger strikes for over a week, and their health situation is
poor. One of the prisoners is being threatened with "interrogation".
1. Politely urge the US Consulate in Israel, Ed McKean, to assist ALL the detainees in
using their own ticket (all of them have their own ticket already) to fly home IMMEDIATELY
AND TOGETHER. Urge them to assist the detainees whose tickets need to be changed so they
can leave immediately. Ask that they help the detainees get from the prison to the
* U.S. Consulate in Israel: Ed McKean
Phone:(011) 972 3 519 7551
(011) 972 3 519 7575
Fax: (011) +972 (0) 2 624 9462 (Consulate).
(11) +972 (0) 3 517 3227 (Embassy)
If you don't have access to a fax, please email email@example.com with the text
you want faxed.
2. Fax and email the Israeli Minister of the Interior, Eli Yishai, and demand that these
U.S. citizens be released IMMEDIATELY, TOGETHER. Ask why they are being detained without
charges, and urge that they be allowed to leave Israel by Friday morning.
* Interior Minister Eli Yishai
Fax: 011 972 2629 4755
3. Phone Senators Murray and Cantwell and Congressman McDermott to put pressure on the
Israeli government to bring Trevor Baumgartner (Seattle), Kristin Schurr (Seattle), Nathan
Mauger (Spokane) AND ALL THE DETAINEES home IMMEDIATELY and TOGETHER. Ask them to
inquire with the Israeli government as to why these Americans are being detained without
charges. Ask them to make this a priority, so the prisoners can return home **before** the
Israeli government and the embassy shut down for the weekend.
* Senator Patty Murray 206-553-5545
Senator Maria Cantwell 206-220-6400
Congressman Jim McDermott 206-553-7170
* Please blind copy (BCC) for our records: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Please blind copy (BCC) to Gabriel Sayegh: email@example.com
* The prisoners would like to leave, yet they are still being held in prison. The
Israeli government and the US state department are falsely stating that the detainees are
allowed to leave but have chosen to stay.
* The Israeli government and the US state department assured the families that the
detainees would be released May 13. They are all still in prison, and now they have been
separated from each other.
* The prisoners have been told by Israeli authorities that Nathan Mussleman is to be
kept for interrogation by Israel's interior security force, the Shabak. It is well
documented by human rights organizations and the U.N. that when Israel arrests or detains
people for 'interrogation', what they actually mean is torture.
* The state department, the US embassy in Israel, the Israeli government, and
congressional representatives are all giving conflicting and contradictory (mis)information,
which is causing a great deal of confusion for friends, family, and others who are
concerned with Trevor and the other detainees.
* The situation is urgent. The Israeli government will shut down tomorrow afternoon
in observance of Friday's Jewish holiday of Shavuot; Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath; and
Sunday, the US embassy is closed.
* Kristin Schurr of Seattle, WA and New York, NY has been willing to leave since her
'arrest' five days ago. She reports being beaten during her 'arrest' and "poked, prodded,
screamed at, and strip searched several times" (her words) in detention.
SAMPLE LETTER 1:
FAX TO: 011 972 2 624 9462
May 16th, 2002
Dear Mr. McKean,
I would like to make an urgent request to you to assist the six Americans who are being
held prisoner by the Israeli government to fly home immediately and together. Please help
them as much as you can to do whatever is required so that they can leave immediately.
You would be doing a great service to them and to their families to help then change
tickets, provide safe transport from the prison to the airport, whatever is required that they
leave quickly and safely.
I am sure you are aware of their names, but just in case, I am referring to Trevor
Baumgartner, Nathan Mauger, Nathan Musselman, Thomas Koutsoukos, Kristen Schurr and Dr. Riad
Thank you for reading my letter and listening to my concerns. I look forward to hearing
from you soon.
SAMPLE LETTER 2:
FAX TO: 011 972 2629 4755
Minister of the Interior
State of Israel
Mr. Eli Yishai
The Israeli government is currently holding six American citizens in prison. Their names
are Trevor Baumgartner, Nathan Mauger, Nathan Musselman, Thomas Koutsoukos, Kristen
Schurr and Dr. Riad Abdelkarim.
Why are they are being detained? There are no charges against them. The Israeli
government has assured the families that the detainees would be released three days ago and yet
they are still in prison, separated from each other.
Statement from American Hostages:
By now everyone reading this knows how the four of us came to be incarcerated in Ramle
prison. We feel, however, that we should clarify why we consider our detention and pending
departure to be illegitimate. The State of Israel claims, in addition to entering a
closed military zone", is that we "collaborated with the enemy" by bringing food to the
starving people in the Church of the Nativity. From a legal standpoint these accusations are
baseless as Bethlehem is not Israel, and as it is in Area A under the Oslo Accords even
Israel has acknowledged it has no authority there. From a moral standpoint Israel's claim of
collaboration can only lead us to conclude that Israel counts humanity as its enemy. We
remain in prison because the Ministry of Interior, after making an
agreement then breaking it, has been seeking to manipulate our parents and ourselves into
purchasing new flight tickets, rather than letting us use our own as our fellow
internationals have, or purchasing them themselves, as is their legal obligation. Toward this
end, Nathan Mauger and Nathan Musselman have been separated from us and each other, despite
repeated assurances that this would not happen. This morning we were informed that when
we leave Nathan Musselman is to remain behind for interrogation by Shabak (Israeli
internal security). We find this wholly unacceptable. We cannot express how grateful we are for
all of you who have written, called and protested for us. You are our strength.
Trevor Baumgartner and Thomas Koutsoukos
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
|Re: Action Alert for Israel to relase prisoners!|
|05/17/02 at 18:45:06|
----- Original Message -----
From: American Muslims for Jerusalem
To: AMJ list
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 1:51 PM
Subject: ACT QUICKLY TO HELP FREE DR. RIAD ABDELKARIM
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
AMERICAN MUSLIMS FOR JERUSALEM
ACT QUICKLY TO HELP FREE DR. RIAD ABDELKARIM!
It has been nearly two weeks since Dr. Riad Abdelkarim, an American physician on a
humanitarian mission to the West Bank, was arrested by Israeli authorities. Since then
he has been held without charge in an Israeli jail. Dr. Abdelkarim is a prominent
humanitarian activist who has written and spoken extensively about the devastating
effects of Israeli occupation on Palestinian life. He traveled to Palestine most recently
as part of a medical relief mission with the Los Angeles-based International Medical
Another humanitarian worker, Ms. Dallel Mohmed, was arrested on the same day as
Abdelkarim. She heads a new American charity, KinderUSA, which seeks to provide
critical aid to Palestinian children and families. Ms. Mohmed was released this week.
She has since reported that her eight-day detention was an "excruciating experience."
She was held in a rat-infested cell and shackled during long interrogations." In a press
conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, she accused the U.S. government of supporting
Israel in a crackdown on humanitarian aid workers. (Associated Press)
Since the arrests on May 5, our government has been largely silent and has claimed that
it cannot exert the pressure necessary to force Israel to release Dr. Abdelkarim. This is
a clear double standard. When two American missionaries were arrested in Afghanistan,
the government was not silent and did not claim that its hands were tied. When a Chinese
professor living as a permanent resident in America was arrested in China, our
government did not remain silent.
Please act now to demand that the U.S. government act with the same
urgency to free Dr. Riad Abdelkarim from Israeli jail.
1) Call Under-Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs William Burns
at (202) 647-5150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Call your Representative and Senators and urge them to call or write
Secretary of State Powell to demand that the U.S. government act to free
an American citizen held without charge in Israel.
To find your Representative call the House Switchboard at (202) 225-2131 or visit
www.congress.org and enter your zip code.
To find your Senators call the Senate Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or visit
www.congress.org and enter your zip code.
3) Please also call and write Dr. Abdelkarim's Representative and
Senators and urge them to do more for their constituent.
Senator Dianne Fienstein
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Los Angeles Office:
Chief of Staff James Peterson at (310) 914-7300.
Congressman Christopher Cox (R-CA)
Phone: (202) 225-5611
Fax: (202) 225-9177
2402 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0547
Main District Office:
Phone: (949) 756-2244
Fax: (949) 251-9309
One Newport Place, # 420
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
501 I Street, Suite 7-600
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 448-2563 fax
email Senator Boxer: http://www.senate.gov/~boxer/contact/webform.html
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