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Americans Intervening for Peace in the Middle East


Muller is a coordinator with the Iraq Peace Team. He was in Iraq recently, and more than 20 members of the group are still there. Muller is in contact with them and information is regularly posted on the above web page. While phone lines are intermittent, after several attempts many callers are able to get through. Among the team members in Iraq: Ret. U.S. Army Captain Charles Liteky; Kathy Kelly; Michael Birmingham.

Arraf is a member of the International Solidarity Movement. Another member of the group, Rachel Corrie, 23, was killed on March 16 when she was run over by an Israeli bulldozer. Corrie was trying to stop the bulldozer from demolishing the home of a Palestinian doctor in the Gaza Strip. The above web page features a picture of Corrie with a bullhorn trying to stop the bulldozer. Arraf said today: “The murder of Rachel Corrie was clearly not an accident. Eyewitnesses report that the bulldozer driver was able to see Rachel, and that they were shouting to the driver to stop. The Israeli government and army continue to blame the victims of violence carried out by the Israeli Army.”
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An organizer with the Sustain Campaign, which works to end U.S. government funding for the Israeli government, Lance said today: “Although Corrie is the first American she is only the latest civilian to be killed with a Caterpillar bulldozer. She joins Palestinian victims who, over the past few months, have ranged in age from infants to senior citizens — killed as Caterpillar bulldozers demolished their homes on top of them.” The Sustain Campaign has been attempting to meet with officials from Caterpillar for many months to no avail; today they are protesting at the company.
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Executive director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at North Park University and coauthor of Peace or Armageddon, Wagner scrutinizes relations between the “Christian right,” Jewish American organizations and pro-Israel lobbies. He also examines and has facilitated ties between Christian communities in the U.S. and the Mideast that work for peace.
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A member of Peaceful Tomorrows, a group of 9-11 victims’ families, Colleen Kelly was in Iraq recently.
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Wells is the Peace Education Coordinator for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Recently back from her third trip to Iraq, she has organized a radio dialogue between American and Iraqi students. She said today: “In a conversation lasting nearly two hours, students at UC Santa Barbara in California and students in Baghdad reached out to promote communication between civilians of the two countries, exchanging questions and concerns about the international crisis in Iraq.” Wells can facilitate interviews with U.S. students who took part in the dialogue and has access to audio of the event.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167