We need to make as much noise as possible to attract the attention of
the media and US Congress to the tragedy taking place now in Birzeit.
Write to the media and ask them to cover the siege. So far, they have
by and large ignored it. Media addresses are available at:
* You can find all papers in the Unites States by going to:
Write to Congress - find the contact info of your Rep. at:
Please do this as soon as possible. The IDF listens reacts to international
Palestine Media Watch
PRESS RELEASE: MARCH 7TH, 2001
In an apparent escalating aggression against the predominantly civil
Palestinian population, heavily armed Israeli military forces raided this
morning at 1:00 AM, local Palestinian time, the town of Surda, the main
entrance to the city of Birzeit, bullldozing the main road linking Ramallah
with more than 50 villages and towns including the city of Birzeit. As
a result, telephone lines and water pipes were totally destroyed. Further,
due to previous closures imposed on adjacent passageways, this road was
being extensively used by travelers from the northern towns of Nablus and
Jenin to Ramallah. As such, over 70,000 individuals living in these communities
have been totally isolated, and denied access to basic life necessities
including food and health services.
The town of Birzeit has become well known as the host of the leading
Palestinian institute for higher education, Birzeit University. With the
recent developments, more than 6000 students, faculty, and staff are prevented
effectively from reaching the University Campus. In addition, communication
facilities have been totally cut off for the University as well as the
surrounding towns entailing that there is no means of maintaining contact
with the outside world, further isolating the University's community.
According to the eyewitness reports of residents in the area, the damage
has been extensive and would require substantial time and resources to
be repaired. As such, the length of time before the residents of ten villages
and towns will have access to methods of communications, water utilities,
food supplies, and health services is unknown.
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