From the occupied Palestinian territories
Deheishe camp - a day under curfew
woke up late.
h 6.30 the israeli tanks are arriving, they are at 1 km from the camp.
It's not even seven o'clock when they call me to tell me that they are arriving, that they are at Kader, near the Hamami hospital, at more or less one kilometer from the camp. I wake up, even if I'd gone to sleep not long ago, and go down to take the keys of the place where we are and a telephone to communicate.
The houses of the camp are still sleeping. The street is completely desert, silent. From far away we can hear a slight rumble of the tanks that are geting closer, nearly imperceptible. The minutes go by and the first old man comes out on the street, he has the look of who is accustom to this desolating panorama. Then 2 women that walk fast.Then nothing, nobody, the sun on one side that raises from the hill, and black clouds that approach from the opposite end, from where, very slowly, the israeli tanks approach. Usually at this time there are allready dozens of vehicles, people and carts that sell falafels around, they smoke, blow the horns producing every kind of sound that announces the beggining of the day, of the everyday life.
...now nothing, only the imperceptible sound that makes you think of something horrible that is approaching.
It's the occupation.
By now it's decided, all palestinian territories in the last hours have been taken, occupied yet again by Israel, leaving in the ground innocent victims, sacked cities, domolished houses. Sharon has decided, he has to be strong against terrorism. This time the arabs have to leave, the palestinian authority has to be destroyed. Nobody has to interfere, nobody...but we are here, awaiting their arrival, along with thousands of palestinians that for the hundredth time have to suffer the occupation of their land but also of their life.
We don't know yet how the occupation is, for this reason, until they don't arrive we don't have much else to say, but to express an infinite sadness.
The international solidarity groups in Palestine to stop the occupation and to protect the palestinian people have marched this afternoon in the streets of Deheisheh, to say no to the escalation of violence that in the last hours is precipitating in the occupyied territories and in Israel.
The israeli military occupation of Ramallah today has caused until now 10 victims, of which 2 foreign journalists, and a hundred wounded.
The European Union has asked Israel to recall its troups and tanks from general Yasser Arafat's head quarters in Ramallah.
There are 2 victims and 22 wounded instead in Jerusalem for the explosion of a 16 year old girl coming from the Deheisheh camp near Bethlem .
The population of the Deheisheh camp has announced that they will not oppone any type of resistence, they ask nevertheless the end of the israeli violence to stop also the palestinian one.
Ariel Sharon's government and his forces continue anyhow to sorround the territories. After Ramallah, Tulkarem, then Nablus and Bethlem where we expect an immediate attac.
The italian committe coordination in solidarity with the intifada, some activists of indymedia Italy, New York and San Francisco, will remain in the Deheisheh camp and along with the other italian and international delegations that are at Bethlem and Jerusalem will continue to do non-violent actions to manifest their solidarity with the palestinian people and to ask the immediate abbandon of the occupation troups.
5 tanks are now in Beitjalla with troups, the international solidarity groups expect that they will enter Deheisheh arround 1.30 am. They have been told to not go out the building where they are, not to be near windows and so on. They can by now listen to the shooting going on. If the troupes should penetrate the building where they are, they will oppone passive resistance.