Contacts: Ms. Huwaida Arraf, US citizen - Michigan, living in Jerusalem,
Sam Bahour, US citizen - Ohio, living in Al-Bireh, 970-59-378-278
(Ramallah, September 12, 2001) - One cannot express enough horror and disbelief
at the events that we have been witnessing over the past 24 hours. Our prayers
are with the victims, their families and our fellow Americans during these
most difficult and trying times.
We applaud today¹s statement of Secretary of State Colin Powell who
made very clear that this act of terrorism is just that, terrorism, and cannot
be associated with any country, people or religion without a proper investigation
of the facts.
This tank has been repeatedly bombed with depleted uranium bullets. It is right next to where all the protesters sleep. This place has the highest
detected radiation levels in Vieques. Vieques, Puerto Rico
In full agreement with Secretary of State Powell, we would like to emphasize
the negative repercussions of irresponsible journalism during this unfolding
tragedy. Speculative reporting on the fact that some individuals have
been celebrating the attacks on the US is not, by the furthest stretch of
the imagination, representative of the reaction of the mass majority of Palestinians.
On the contrary, these attempts to stereotype an entire people in light
of such a horrendous event are very dangerous and counterproductive. Placing
blame on an entire people or religion will only fuel a backlash and promote
unfounded attacks that Arab Americans have already begun facing across the
Palestinians living under occupation are glued to their television sets
like the rest of the world. The images of a few misled Palestinians
in the streets were isolated incidents and those are the images that some
US media have chosen to focus on. Victimized as they are, Palestinians as
a community as well as their leaders, would never find joy in seeing this
tragedy unfold and we deplore these individual incidents of celebrations as
well as the media fallacy that Palestinians are jubilant at innocent death
All of us, American citizens and our friends here in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories, have been receiving numerous phone calls from Palestinians concerned
about our families and friends living in the US. Everyone is expressing their
outright shock, condemnation and condolences at yesterday¹s events.
Again, our prayers are with the victims, their families and all our fellow