November 9, 2000
Subject: Miscellaneous Subjects #38: The mystical meaning of 11:11 + Some feedbacks + More on Voting Irregularities + DEMAND A NEW VOTE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY + Recount Appeal + Vote fraud Investigation + MICHAEL MOORE Reveals candidate BUSH SECRETS + Fear vote/CIA and drug dealing + Liberals and Nader + Child Martyrs From Arafat's School
It is getting more and more clear that a major electoral fraud has been happening in Florida - and perhaps in other states although this has not been reported yet. The outcome of this situation might truly determine the future of democracy in America... and many other things as well. But all is not hopeless.
The voice of the people and indeed the inner call for a New World may still be heard...
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
From: "The Light Bearers" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FWD: Mystical Meaning of 11:11
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000
The mystical meaning of 11:11 beginning at 11 am
Picture the future as a magical sheet of paper.
Now, imagine that you write down your thoughts for a New World, created with the awareness of Oneness and a consciousness of love -
A world devoid of authoritarian power structures and the institutions that such power created
A world in which each human is provided with their basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing
A world in which all resources are shared equally, insuring that all have the basic necessities
A world in which all financial transactions are viable, thus eliminating the opportunity to lie, cheat or steal
A world in which each child is taught to think of him/herself as a living Soul in Human form, here to create the grandest idea of who and what they are
A world in which freedom comes with responsibility
A world in which the respect of each for each allows differences to be celebrated and embraced
A world in which the respect for each to each is as a matter of right thinking
A world in which health is the norm and peace the accepted way of life.
All of this and more is available on this day of magical opportunity. Know full well that whatever you hold in your conscious, subconscious, and super-consciousness on 11:11, beginning at 11 am, you will birth.
On November 11th beginning at 11 am, a group, led by John Davis, will be engaged in planetary birthing ceremonies at the Holy of Holies at the Isis Temple complex in Egypt. The group will link the energy of the ancient promise made to Noah of a Golden Age of world peace and healing, fulfilling the prophecy of the Aquarian Age.
The day is also represented by the symbol of the Ark of the Covenant. On this date your conscious mind aligns with your subconscious mind, giving you access to the Universal Super-Conscious - the mind of the Creator.
Your period of fasting and prayer is to begin at 11 am and continue until you see the full moon in the evening sky. It is hoped that you will express your sexuality sometime during the day. With the appearance of the full moon you are to begin the celebration of thanks. For, what you picture on this date, will be created, first, in your heart and then in the hearts and minds of every person on Earth.
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000
From: Brett Elliott <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Miscellaneous Subjects #35
I am an Australian recently moved to Hong Kong. Just wanted to remind you that there are a vast number of international members of this network, and I am sure plenty of locals didn't sign on to a political sounding board.
As a politician might say, "let's stick to the real issues." I appreciate peoples emotional involvement in this process, and do not in any way attempt to undermine it's importance - but appeal for STEADY MIND - who ever wins this election, will not affect YOU - though they may affect the conditions around you.
Warm Blessings for Steady Mind,
AND MY REPLY WAS:
I'm keenly aware that US political issues do not necessarily appeal to everyone on this list but felt that I could not avoid covering this election for a number of reasons;
- A fairly large percentage of people on the ERN list are from the US.
- Whatever happens there is sure to have a global impact sooner or later.
- The corporate and elite forces at play there are also very influential all around the world.
Aside from that I also include info on other subjects as well.
And once this is all over, we will move on to other matters. So this is just a temporary inconvenience if you really do not like this topic.
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 1
From: Mark Graffis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: More on Voting Irregularities
From: consortiumnews.com <email@example.com>
consortiumnews.com - http://www.consortiumnews.com
Please forward far and wide:
According to news reports this night, there are apparently as many as
24,000 votes in question now in Florida. In addition to the 3,407 votes
cast for Buchanan in Palm Beach County, it has now been reported by the
Associated Press that about 19,000 votes in PB County were voided because
they were punched with two holes for the presidential selection.
Obviously, some of these COULD be attributed to accidents. But 19,000
votes is a lot of votes.
Only speculation can answer the obvious questions at this time, but these
irregularities are mounting.
There is also a batch of 1,600 votes for Gore that were voided because of
an apparent computer glitch. Add to this reports from the NAACP that black
men were harassed at at least one polling place where the sheriff's's
office had officers on the ground asking black men to see their
identification and telling some that they were not eligible to vote
because of convictions.
Julian Bond from the NAACP made this charge on MSNBC tonight. To say that
there were voting irregularities in Florida is now a serious
All the networks called Florida for Gore only moments after the polls
closed there. They apparently based this call on exit polls. But the Bush
campaign questioned this call based on their own exit polls, supposedly.
Question: How were Bush's exit polls so drastically different from the
networks'? And then we find 24,000 votes in question as well as reports of
intimidation against black voters at at least one polling place. And Jeb
Bush is governor there. Something is rotten in the state of Florida. Dare
I say coup d'etat?
What to do? I say we get calls going into Florida news outlets as well as
national outlets expressing our concern and outrage at these reports. I
say we call our Congressional offices to let them know we are paying close
attention. Any ideas on how to get something like this organized?
From: "Kerry Boytzun" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: DEMAND A NEW VOTE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000
PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE, OR WRITE YOUR OWN, SIGN AND SEND TO GOV.
JEB BUSH. PASS IT ON!
Dear Governor Bush:
The integrity of the 2000 Presidential election now rests in your hands.
Please use the full power of your office to call for a re-vote of the
Presidential race in Palm Beach County.
Governor George W. Bush's ability to govern will be greatly hindered if the
presidential race is decided by voting irregularities in Florida, a state
already marred by implications of fraud and impropriety.
Date: Thu, 09 Nov 2000
Subject: Recount Appeal
From: Brian <email@example.com>
Dear 5th World folks,
As our world lurches into its transition to higher things, old ways get
stuck, paralyzed. Right now, an electoral college system that was invented
in the 16th Century has choked to a halt, about to anoint as President-elect
a man whose opponent gathered more votes in the general election. And the
decision to award the electoral votes from Florida, and hence the
presidency, to Bush is about to be made on the basis of 359 votes, when
19,000 people may have been misled by poorly designed ballots, and nine
ballot boxes from Dade County have mysteriously disappeared. All this in a
state governed by the brother of one of the candidates.
Perhaps it is the best thing to let this travesty go forward, as it may
light the fire that will change the system to one that actually uses the
On the other hand, perhaps one should abide by the rules of whatever game
we are playing. If we have an electoral college system, then perhaps we
should let the electoral college system do its thing. After all, this would
be the fourth time that the more popular candidate was not elected by the
On the third hand, perhaps the country would be best served if the
candidate that the most people voted for actually is allowed to win. The
idea has merit. Democracy has a nice ring to it. It worked for the Greeks.
Whatever you think, if you want to express yourself, CNN is running an
online poll about recounting the disputed areas. It's at
http://www.cnn.com. Knock yourself out.
Isn't life in the 4th World fun?
"Always do right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest."
-- Mark Twain.
Brian L. Crissey, Ph.D.
The Granite Publishing Group
POB 1429 Columbus NC 28722
Ph. 828/894-8444 FAX 828/894-8454
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2000
Subject: Fwd: Vote fraud Investigation
From: "Jim Condit Jr." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."
- attributed to Communist Tyrant Josef Stalin
The "Ruling Elite", through their five Big TV Networks, AP wire service,
and two major papers, the New York Times and Washington Post, are making
peaceful change impossible at the ballot box, -- via Vote Fraud, Media
Censorship, and Poll Fraud, and the flood of illegal aliens who are
becoming registered voters . . . President Kennedy talked about this:
"If you make peaceful change impossible..... you make violent revolution
-- President John F Kennedy
Go to www.votefraud.org to hear (or read the text) of the Radio Ads which
are now airing over WLW Radio (which reaches into 38 states at night) and
other stations -- exposing the easily rigged computerized elections which
are about to "elect" the next President, and also exposing the coordinated
news and censorship of the 5 Big TV Networks. Thanks to Ken Lowndes for
Congress, the radio stations MUST air these ads. They're tough. They're
"outrageous" -- and you've never heard anyting like it on TV or Radio.
The three prongs of Big Media election manipulation are: Massive coverage
of favored Candidates, and Censorship of all other candidates -- including
warped Public Opinion Polls for months before the election; phony exit
polls done by joint effort of the Big TV Networks on Election Day, and
easily rigged computerized vote counting on election day -- which make the
polls and exit polls come true. (On election day, the people are barred
from touching or counting their ballots, the election officials are barred
from knowing what is in the software program that instructs the computers
how to count the votes.)
PJB Endorses Votefraud Investigation, Action to Restore Verifiable
Below is the commentary on PJB's recent Trip to Phoenix with a
Transcript of part of Pat Buchanan's Press Conference on 10-30-00 at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. --- filed by Dan Gutenkauf.
At that point, I (Dan Gutenkauf) stood up and began: "Yeah, Pat, I
wanted to let you know that 4 years ago my brother Dennis and I went to
monitor the vote count at the polls. We had a copy of the law and the
attorney general's opinion that said we had a right to be there. We were
threatened with arrest. And we filed a lawsuit that went all the way to
the Supreme Court. The Judges ignored our case law and our evidence.
They dismissed the case. However, today we are going over to the
Governor's office to present to her documentation, both from Relevance
Magazine and from The New Yorker Magazine about how the computers can be
manipulated seven different ways with the vote count -- and it's
From: "Suzy Ward" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Miscellaneous Subjects #35
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000
Thank you for including my letter in this compilation. Marilyn
Estenes' "spirit" message is right on. l, too, am a telepathic receiver --
I just chose to give my mundane opinion, which isn't based on the
information from my sources but certainly is allied with it. What
magnificent changes could come about if the whole world had access to the
information you share.
From: "Sallie Kjono" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Thank You
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000
I agree with you about Nader and I want to thank you for acknowledging the possibility that he could win. I am tired of hearing everyone say he can't -- anything is possible! And I have friends who have seen him speaking in person with young people weeping to have a leader who represented their point of view.
This is a bit oldish but still relevant if Bush is elected despite all the "irregularities" reported.
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2000
Subject: MICHAEL MOORE Reveals candidate BUSH SECRETS
I don't usually send these things out, in deference to all the clutter in our
lives, but these two open letters to George Bush from Michael Moore ("Roger
and Me") really got under my skin. (I'll choose for now to believe that Moore
really wrote them.)
November 2, 2000
Dear Governor Bush,
Your possible victory on Tuesday is a threat to our national security.
That may seem a bit strong, but I don't make this charge lightly. It has
nothing to do with your positions on the issues (all of which I disagree
with) or your patriotism (I'm sure you love your country).
It has to do with you. I believe, with all due respect, that if you sit
in the Oval Office, this nation of ours, it's security, and in turn, the
security of the world, has the potential to be in great jeopardy.
There are three reasons.
1. It appears you cannot read and write on an adult level. I'm sad to
say it, but you may be a functional illiterate. How can we entrust our
nuclear secrets to you if you can't read them?
As I have pointed out before, all the signs of either dyslexia or
illiteracy are there -- and no one is asking you about it. First, you
lied about your "favorite book" as a child ("A Very Hungry Caterpillar"
you said). That book wasn't even published until a year after you
graduated from college!
Then there is the question of your college transcripts and if, in fact,
they have been doctored. How DID you get into Yale when the prospective
students we uncovered had higher SATs and grades? During this campaign
you have made up answers when asked to name the books you are currently
reading (when quizzed about the books' contents, you didn't know what to
say). Is it any wonder you have not had a press conference in over a
month and a half? Your handlers are scared to death of what might be
asked or what you may say.
One thing is clear to all -- you can't speak the English language in
sentences we can comprehend. At first, the way you mangled words and
sentences was cute and funny. But after a while, it became worrisome.
Now, I'm just scared. If you are Commander-in-Chief, you have to be able
to communicate your orders. What if your subordinates don't understand
you? What kind of chaos could that cause with our national security? No
wonder you want to increase the Pentagon budget. We'll need all the
firepower we can get after you accidentally order the Russians to be
"wiped out" (when you meant to say that the Russians are just "whipped"
Your aides have said that you don't (can't?) read the briefing papers
they give you and that you ask them to read them for you or to you. Your
mother was passionately committed to reading programs as First Lady. I
assume she knew first hand the difficulty of raising a child with a
I say none of this to knock you personally. Forty million adult
Americans cannot read above a 4th grade level and millions are dyslexic.
There is no shame in this. In fact, there is help. But for you to have
your finger on The Button when you may be disabled in this way is too
great a risk for the country to take. You need help -- not the Oval Office.
Hey, I'm not one to talk -- just look at this letter and all its wacky
syntax! But I ain't runnin' for President. At the very least, the voters
deserve an answer to this question of your illiteracy by Tuesday.
2. Are you an alcoholic? Again, there is no finger being pointed here
and no shame or disrespect intended. Alcoholism is a huge problem and it
affects millions of American citizens, people we all know and love. Many
are able to recover and live normal lives. I greatly admire anyone who
can deal with this addiction. You have told us that you are not able to
drink, and haven't touched a drop since you were 40. Congratulations.
But it has just been revealed tonight on CNN that, in the past, you were
arrested for drunk driving (and that you tried to cover it up). You have
told us that you used to "drink too much" and that you were "more in
love with the liquor" than you were with your own family. That is the
definition of an alcoholic. This does not disqualify you from being
president, but it does require that you answer some questions.
Why won't you use the word "alcoholic?" That is, after all, the first
step to recovery. What support system have you set up to make sure you
don't fall off the wagon? Being president is perhaps the most stressful
job in the world. What have you done to insure you can handle the
pressure and the anxiety associated with being the Leader of the Free
World? How do we know you will not resort to the bottle when faced with
a serious panic? You have never had a job like this. For 20 years, from
what I can tell, you had no job at all. When you stopped "drifting,"
your dad set you up in the oil business with some ventures that failed
and then he helped you get a ball team which required you to sit in a
box seat and watch a lot of baseball games. Now you have served as
governor of Texas, a relatively ceremonial job in that state. How will
you deal with a massive world crisis? Do you have a sponsor you can
call? Is there a meeting you can attend? I know this is very personal,
but the voters have a right to know.
3. Please, tell us the "felony" you committed and anything else of a
similar nature that you have been hiding. When you were asked last year
about your alleged cocaine use, you replied that you have committed "no
felonies in the last 25 years." That implies that you DID commit a
felony before that. What was the felony?
The reason I am asking this is not to seek retribution for what you did.
I am concerned that if there is some deep, dark secret you are afraid
of, it means you are, in effect, providing ammunition for whoever
discovers this secret, be it a foreign enemy (that Bin-Laden guy) or a
domestic enemy (ExxonMobil). If they discover your secret felony, they
will have something over you -- and will be in a position to blackmail
you. That makes you a national security threat.
Trust me, someone will find out what you are hiding, and when they do,
all of us will be at risk. You have made yourself a national security
threat and you have a duty to disclose whatever this felony was that you
committed. To reveal it will nullify its potential use as a weapon
against you or this country should you be elected.
There are enough scary reasons why you should never be President. You
will oversee further destruction of our environment. You will push to
have more people executed. You will make sure your rich buddies make a
killing off the hard work and suffering of those less fortunate than
you. Any of these reasons is enough to stop you on Tuesday.
But, no matter where any of us stand on the political spectrum, liberal
or conservative, Democrat, Republican or Green, all of us have a right
to know the answers to these three critical questions.
And there is more from Michael Moore at http:www.michaelmoore.com/2000_11_02.html
This was also recommended: Open letter to Gore from Michael Moore
An excellent, erudite letter from a Nader activist, worth the read.
From: "Carol Guilford" <Carolg8@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Fw: Fear vote/CIA and drug dealing
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000
Dear Jean,et al
You bet my vote for Al Gore was a fear vote. George Bush Jr. started flirting with evil as an undergraduate at Yale University in the Macchiavellian 'Skull and Bones' secret society. Now he is is backed by oil money/arms manufacturers, supported by right wing Fundamentalists.
Gore and George Bush, Jr. do not just come 'alone'-- They represent the two major American political parties. Corrupt and ineffective as both Republicans and Democrats are, the Democrats have a long Congressional record of letting a weenie piece of the pie slip down to the American people. The Republicans have no such history.
I would like to point out that a government has 2 duties to its people. (Lewis Mumford, "The History Of Cities): To protect the borders and to ensure a safe food supply. The American government has not fulfilled these primary duties for many years. Corporate power is a 'secret' government according to James Turner, a consumer advocate--hence aspartame, flouride, bovine growth hormone, canola oil, plastic bottles, petrol products in medicine (propylene glycol,the Celluloses) MSG.
Half the population of the USA has a chronic disease. Everyone is ill and it will get worse from soil depleted of minerals and thousands of chemical pesticides sprayed onto our food. Meanwhile the 'representatives of the people' debate about the price of the medicine created for the symptoms caused by all the poisons in the soil and the food and the drink.
Ralph Nader does not touch the issue of poisons in our food, either.
So I voted (absentee ballot )for Monsanto's man, Al Gore (as in biogenetic engineering of food is good and so is Roundup pesticide). It wasn't easy for me because, in 1987, Al Gore voted with the Republicans in the Senate not to call a moratorium on aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet) or to retest this neurotoxic substance. Now someone told me that Al Gore said on 'Nightline' last week, that he started out the day with a diet Coke. If so, then perhaps he is clueless, a 'user' and not a conspirator---would a poisoner drink his own poison?
Mission Possible International
It is documented in several books that the CIA has been running drugs since right after WW2. There were less than 200 heroin addicts in the US after WW2 because the 'Golden Triangle' where the poppies grow was cut off. Flash forward to the Vietnam War, where a grade 4 Heroin factory was inside what was supposed to be a Pepsi-Cola bottling company. Iran/Contra (arms for drugs) involved Bush Sr., Clinton, OIiver North, Barry Seal (who was murdered). Vincent Foster (No. 3 man in the Clinton administration and the Clinton's personal lawyer) whose murder was called a suicide may have been a money launderer for the CIA drug operation, according to Rodney Stich, in 'Defrauding America.'
A book published in Canada by S.p.i. Books offers part of the account. "Compromised" Clinton, Bush and the CIA. written by Terry Reed and John Cummings.
From: DR_00@webtv.net (Dana Redding)
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2000
Subject: Liberals and Nader
Found it on Z's web site:
Liberals and Nader
By Gary Olson
The long knives are out. I refer to the liberal establishment's
increasingly savage attacks on Ralph Nader. Although couched in "save us
from Bush" rhetoric, it's my sense that these diatribes are motivated by
something quite different.
In the recent past, liberal pundits have been circumspect in their
tactics but the gloves are coming off. For example, in the current issue
of The Nation magazine, regular columnist Eric Alterman goes beyond mere
Supreme Court baiting and fear peddling to declare, "Ralph Nader's
campaign does not deserve a single progressive vote on November 7. Not
one." At least Alterman is honest in that he omits any disingenuous
concern for the 5 percent minimum needed to qualify for public financing
in four years.
What explains this increasingly shrill, even hysterical reaction from
many liberals? For the first time in my memory, liberal "insiders" are
being publicly called out and exposed for what they are -- devout
supporters of the Democrats, one of the twin parties of corporate
America. Liberals like to pose (and may even delude themselves) as
righteous critics from the left. They like to portray themselves as the
legitimate outer limit of progressive politics. Normally they're allowed
to get away with it, but Nader's candidacy throws the limits of their
position -- and commitment -- into sharp relief. It's clear that these
liberal lap dogs of the establishment have a serious investment in the
status quo and in protecting their privelaged position. As John R.
MacArthur, publisher of Harper's magazine writes, the "...well-off,
chattering class liberals are just as fat and happy these days as their
conservative counterparts. Their taste for genuine political argument is
in inverse proportion to their taste for imported cars and wine."
A generous interpretation would be that their very identity is being
threatened by Nader's candidacy. For example, they're rapidly losing the
respect of young people who intuitively grasp that Nader embodies the
spirit of Seattle. The liberal response? Barely concealed contempt,
combined with scapegoating and an all-out campaign to discredit the
messenger -- before more ordinary citizens catch on.
Academic critics can be marginalized and ignored. But owing to a unique
set of circumstances -- and the man himself -- it has become impossible
to ignore Nader's run for the Presidency. And if Nader's structural
critique is acknowledged, these pretend populists will be forced to
defend who they are and what they're actually doing in public life.
Could this be something akin to a liberal identity crisis? Put less
charitably, their complicit and cozy relationship with corporate
capitalism is now transparent. Their cover has been blown. And if that's
the case, this will get even uglier, especially should Gore lose. And
even if he wins, things can never be quite the same. Finally, American
politics is about ordinary working women and men versus the
mega-corporations and their almost indistinguishable two parties. Given
that context, it's always instructive to be reminded that the liberal
establishment is on the other side. (Gary Olson is a member of the
political science faculty at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA.
From: "Benjamin Harris/Vrisha Ishaya" <email@example.com>
Subject: Child Martyrs From Arafat's School
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000
This has come across my Inbox. More evidence of the tragic and insane situation in the Middle East. You may want to share this with others, if you haven't already.
Ben Harris New Mexico, USA
Child Martyrs From Arafat's School
By Sam Kiley in the Qalandiya Refugee Camp, West Bank
The Times - London 10-25-00
QALNADIYA REFUGEE CAMP - Stone-throwing children at the centre of riots on the West Bank and Gaza have received weeks of training in guerrilla warfare, including mock kidnappings, from Yassir Arafat's Fatah movement. The children, some as young as 11, took a break yesterday from an often deadly game of cat and mouse with heavily armed Israeli soldiers to boast of their exploits on training camps where they were also indoctrinated with ferocious anti-Israeli sentiments.
Over the past four weeks at least 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis. About a third of them were boys as young as 12, some among the 25,000 youngsters trained in 90 different Fatah camps earlier this year.
Two young Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip and West Bank yesterday. A 16-year-old was shot dead at the Erez Crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel, killed by a bullet in the stomach. A man of 22 died in a confrontation near the West Bank town of Jenin after being shot in the heart.
Israel has repeatedly accused the Palestinian leadership of the "cynical use of children in the front line" for propaganda purposes and has insisted that they often pose a mortal threat to Israeli soldiers. The revelations that thousands of children were given guerrilla training in the months before the explosion of the al-Aqsa intifada reinforces this argument. Human rights groups and the United Nations, however, have condemned Israel for excessive use of force in controlling riots, and for the killing of children in particular.
Asked why they were spending their days darting around the concrete maze of Qalandiya Camp firing catapults and throwing stones at soldiers armed with automatic weapons and rubber bullets, some of the youngsters just shrugged and said: "It is fun".
Hosni Samir Inteir, who turned 12 in September, said: "In France the young don't throw stones, they watch TV and use the Internet because they don't have enemies. Here we have enemies so I throw stones and then work on computers in the evening."
An unusually bright child, he referred to recent complex diplomatic and political developments. Standing out of the rain in the shade of a tin hut he explained that he "read a lot of newspapers".
Such a child should be destined for a bright future, but he says he would be happy never to see his adult years: "I want to die as a martyr. I will be straight to paradise if I do that."
Hosni and his friends had all been to the Fatah camps earlier this year. They were taught how to strip an automatic rifle and had a great time tumbling around assault courses and running through fire. Their camp differed from the sort of course they could have done with British Army cadets only in the hate they were taught to feel and in the ways they were told to express it.
Trapped in the Qalandiya Camp with few employment prospects, they had already grown up on stories of how their ancestors were forced out of their homes by the Jews 52 years ago. In a concrete jungle with no playgrounds, they got their kicks by tormenting Israeli servicemen guarding the Qalandiya airport even before they were recruited by Fatah's youth wing, the Tanzim.
Once there, in the bosom of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the boys were told: "We're going to make you men".
What they learnt in the camps was how to direct their hate for the Israelis. Since then, they have returned to the streets with their stone age weapons to fight the Israeli Goliath.
But the training the boys have received should not provide a reason for Israeli soldiers to kill them, human rights groups said yesterday. They said the Israeli use of snipers firing live rounds, and the use of plastic-coated steel bullets which resemble musket balls, against children who posed no lethal threat, were particularly bad abuses verging on war crimes.
"No matter how irritating they might be or how they have been trained, kids throwing stones should not be shot at all according to the Israeli's own rules, never mind international law", said Carlos Cordone, the leader of an investigation team from Amnesty International in Jerusalem.
Yesterday it was clear that Fatah had prepared its young supporters for conflict but also that they would have rushed to the burning barricades anyway. None of the children said they had been ordered to fight. They admitted they were throwing stones against the express orders of their parents and could expect a hiding if they were found out.
Some told of how they had "passed out" from a camp near Nablus where they had staged a mock kidnapping of a senior Israeli officer and pretended to kill seven of his body guards. _____
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