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Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Wed May 24 14:08:34 MDT 2000


Women's Coalition for International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament

May 26, 2000

In the midst of the state of Israel there is a Nuclear Reactor which has
manufactured, up to the present day, hundreds of atomic bombs. If a failure
occurs, unestimatable damage will be done to the surrounding population,
and if this failure is a grave one, the damage could spread over the entire
area between the Jordan river and the sea..

The nuclear weapons, which are in the hands of Israel, encourage nuclear
weapon competition in the region . This will lead to a reality where the
majority of countries in the Middle East will have nuclear weapons - in
other words- a reality of a nuclear balance of horror. If an atomic bomb is
dropped over Tel Aviv the whole area from Hulon to Ramat Aviv and from
Givatayim to the sea-will evaporate. People, houses, cars will not turn to
dust ; they will turn into gas. About half a million will die and the
number of the wounded will be twice as many. The entire area will radiate
cancer long after the bombing is over and it will be impossible for people
to live there.

Many experts say that the Nuclear Reactor in Demona is very old. Reactors
of a similar type and age have long been closed down in other countries.

Moreover, from the little information that the public received recently, we
learned that the active radio waste, which is a very dangerous by-product
of the reactor, is being buried close to it Esteemed experts of
Environmental Protection warn us against this manner of burying the waste.
Geologists remind us that Dimona is located in an area of a geological
rift, and nobody can guarantee that the buried waste will stay buried.

The only way to prevent the disaster that is liable to happen in our area
is to make sure that no country in the region possesses weapons of mass
destruction. The U.N. and the government of the United States support this
stand, but all Israeli governments continue to oppose it.

During the last few years we have witnessed an ever-growing international
activity, which calls for the disarmament of nuclear weapons. The
international Court of Justice in Hague, in 1997, ruled that atomic weapons
are illegal. The realization that after the use of nuclear weapons no
winning side will remain, is penetrating the consciousness of the entire

Women representing various organization throughout Israel, are organizing a
day of protest and study opposite the Nuclear Reactor. The studies will
deal with the following issues :

-The right of citizens to obtain information regarding the nuclear
capabilities of Israel-

-Health and environmental damages-

-Israel's nuclear policy and the ramifications of a nuclear balance on the
political reality of the Middle East.-

-The contribution of women to the struggle-

We call upon both men and women to join us in the protest and study tent,
near the Reactor in Demona on Friday, 26. 5. 2000

The Coalition of Women for International Women Day for Peace and
Disarmament of Nuclear Weapons

For details-please call Hagar 02-563147, Tikva 02-6241159

JERUSALEM - from Gan Hapa'amon
TEL AVIV - from Rakevet Tzafon..

Louis Proyect

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