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News Release

For Immediate Release
Vancouver, Friday December 27, 2002

ISM-Vancouver Delegate Arrives in Palestine

Vancouver activist Drew joins direct non-violent resistance to the Israeli Occupation

Drew, 28, a resident of Delta BC, has arrived in Palestine committed to resisting the Israeli Occupation through direct non-violent action.

Pendland is a delegate of the Vancouver chapter of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM-Vancouver). His background in international human rights includes working as a UN Accredited Electoral Observer for the UN Consultation on East Timor in 1999.

"I want to focus on how the fundamental human rights of Palestinians are being violated," Drew stated. "I hope to make a small contribution to their struggle."

Drew will be working with other Canadian and international ISM delegates to support the Palestinian non-violent resistance to the occupation forces and settlers.

The role of ISM delegates is to document and report the humiliation and injustices Palestinians face daily from the Israeli Occupation. Activists engage in a variety of activities including: helping Palestinian families get food and water during 24 hour curfews, accompanying Palestinian people and ambulances through Israeli roadblocks, assisting Palestinian farmers to work their lands safely, and protecting Palestinian homes from demolition.

During the last 26 months of the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation, Israel has killed more than 2000 innocent men, women and children while injuring more than 40,000. Many human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International, have expressed deep concern about Israeli policies of collective punishment, arbitrary arrest and detention without access to basic legal rights, and extra-judicial killings.

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led initiative of Palestinian and International activists who support the Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence. "We utilize nonviolent direct-action methods of resistance to confront and challenge the illegal Israeli occupation forces and policies," said George Rishmawi, ISM Co-founder.

ISM calls for Israel compliance with all UN resolutions pertaining to the end of occupation, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees, as well as for an immediate international intervention to protect the Palestinian people and to ensure Israel's compliance with International Law.

ISM-Vancouver is a local affiliate of ISM. Our mandate is to assist activists from Western Canada who want to join the nonviolent resistance in Palestine.

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Drew is available for interviews by phone and email. Drew's eyewitness reports are available online at valis.indymedia.org/ism-vancouver.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Reem, Coordinator of ISM-Vancouver by email at
info@ism-vancouver.org
.


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