AGITPROP NEWS: Rachel Corrie Mural Threatened

Alewitz, Mike (Dept. of Art) ALEWITZM at
Sat Aug 23 02:30:54 MDT 2003

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1.  Rachel Corrie Mural Threatened


1.  Rachel Corrie Mural Threatened

Dear Friends,

The Labor Art and Mural Project's delegation to Palestine/Israel is facing
a grave challenge: This morning, four cars of Israeli authorities- the
IDF, the Civil Administration, and the police department- arrived at the
work camp in East Jerusalem where LaMP activists are helping to construct
a peace center in memory of Rachel Corrie. The authorities issued a 'stop
work' order and confiscated building materials.  They also announced that
the building and mural- both scheduled for completion on Thursday- would
shortly be demolished.

Israeli and Palestinian activists are massing to spend the night in the
building, or arranging to be at the site at 4:30 tomorrow morning in an
attempt to stall or prevent the demolition. Some activists will carry out
civil disobedience. Your messages of protest are crucial as well.

The building, called the Beit Arabia Peace Center, is the project of the
Israeli Committee against House Demolitions. As an act of resistance to
the occupation, ICAHD is holding a work camp to rebuild on the site of the
home of Arabia and Salim Shawamreh of Anata. The Israeli authorities have
demolished the Shawamreh home four times. In addition to memorializing
Rachel Corrie, the center will memorialize the death of Nuha Makadma
Sweidan, a pregnant Palestinian woman killed in Gaza in March 2003 when an
Israeli bulldozer demolished her home on top of her.  The center will
house a permanent exhibit of the ongoing tragedy of house demolitions, and
will also serve as a center for educational activities, study tours,
activist events and peace-building between Palestinians and Israelis. It
is poignantly located across a valley from a new Israeli police and
interrogation center.

The mural being painted by U.S. labor muralist Mike Alewitz is anchored by
an image of broken  bulldozers and war equipment. In the sky float images
of Corrie and Sweidan. A railroad track runs to the horizon, reminding
viewers of the collective dreams of radical Jewish and Arab unionists in
the mandate period who fought for joint organizing of the Haifa rail
workshops. It is this kind of vision- of Jews and Arabs fighting for
socialist future where the interests of working people will be central-
that the Israeli authorities hope to bury in their escalating demolitions
of rebuilt houses and structures.

Please protest this outrage by contacting the officials listed below.

Chritine Gauvreau
Director, LaMP 
Palestine/Israel 8.19.03

U.S. State Department, your representatives in the Senate and Congress

U.S. Consulate General, Jerusalem, at 18 Agron Road, Jerusalem 94190 / 27
Nablus Road, Jerusalem 94190; PHONE: 972-2-6227230 / 972-2-6253288; FAX:

The following Israeli authorities should hear your protest as well:

Coordinator of Activities in Judea and Samaria

General Yaakov Orr

Ministry of Defense
Ha-Kirya Tel Aviv, Israel
Phone: 972-3-697-5351
Fax: 972-3-697-6306;

Mr. Shlomo Dror
Mobile: 972 2 50-398-652

Civil Administration

Beit El Israel
Tel: 972 2 9977071
Fax: 972 2 9977326


Mr. Shlomo Politis
Legal Advisor to the Civil Administration
P.O. Box 10482, Beit El, Israel
Tel: 972-2-997-7071
Mobile: 972 2 50-511782
Fax: 972-2-997-7326


Mr. Shlomo Moskovitch
The Office of the Executive Planning Council; Civil Administration
P.O. Box 16; Beit El


Mr. Yossi Hasson
Coordinator, Planning Committee: Civil Administration
P.O. Box 16, Beit El, Israel
Tel: 972-2-997-7307
Fax: 972-2-997-7344


Captain Peter Lerner Spokesperson Civil Administration: Beit El, West
Bank, Israel, Tel: 972-2-997-7398; Fax: 02-9977018


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