27 May 2004 Edition

God is crying for us

27 May 2004

Between 13 and 19 May, 52 Palestinians, 41 of them civilians, including nine children, were killed by Israeli forces in the Occupied Territories. Forty-five of the victims were killed in Rafah, eight when Israeli helicopter gunships and tanks attacked a peaceful civilian demonstration. In Rafah, by the time the Israelis pulled out temporarily this Tuesday, 180 houses were destroyed and hundreds of Palestinian civilians made homeless. In his second report from Rafah, Irish human rights worker EOIN MURRAY gives an eyewitness account of the devastation and despair in the refugee camp. Free article

Sinn Féin TDs urge protest at Bush visit to Ireland

27 May 2004

The five Sinn Féin TDs have demanded that the 26-County Government immediately suspend overflight and landing privileges for US troops. They are calling on the Irish people to come out and register their opposition to the forthcoming visit of US President George W Bush. Free article


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'They could all be dead'

27 May 2004

"They could all be dead," screamed the tabloid headlines of a popular British newspaper. Was this a reference to the Iraqi prisoners of Abu Ghraib, beaten and abused by their American captors? Was it a reference to the Israeli Army's bulldozer and helicopter gunship onslaught against the Palestinian refugees of Gaza? Or was it some comment on the Coalition bombers' night time assault on homes in the remote Iraqi village of Mukaradeeb? Free article

"This Referendum is about the rights of children": Gerry Adams - Human Rights Commission slams government referendum

27 May 2004

The Citizenship referendum "is about the rights of Children," said Gerry Adams at Monday's launch of the party's European election campaign. "If this is passed," he said, "two children born in the same ward on the same day could be deemed to have different constitutional rights." Free article

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Loyalist feud escalates

27 May 2004

The renewed feud involving the unionist paramilitary gangs the UVF and the LVF has intensified over the past number of days, with five bombings and a number of shootings in loyalist areas of East Belfast and Holywood in County Down. Free article

Donaldson urged to speak out

27 May 2004

Sectarian harassment and attacks on nationalist residents in Lagan Valley are on the increase, Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Butler has told An Phoblacht. Butler was speaking after an attack on a Catholic couple in Stoneyford in the early hours of Wednesday 26 May. Free article

Sectarian attackers jailed

27 May 2004

Three Antrim teenagers were jailed last week for a sectarian hatchet attack which left 15-year-old Catholic Michael Craig permanently brain damaged and paralysed in one hand. Free article

Threats and attacks on prominent nationalists

27 May 2004

A death threat for an anti-collusion campaigner, the houses of an Ormeau Residents spokesperson and an SDLP politician attacked and a concrete slab thrown through the front window of a Sinn Féin councillor. Free article

Taxi driver attacked in Waterside

27 May 2004

Sinn Féin Councillor for the Waterside area of Derry, Lynn Fleming, is calling on unionist politicians and community workers to work to prevent attacks on taxis "before someone is seriously injured or even killed". Fleming was speaking after a taxi driver from a firm based in Derry's Cityside was stoned on Saturday 22 May as he drove a passenger to the Waterside area of the city. Free article

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