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For Immediate Release

8am, Saturday 14th February 2009: Nine International Human Rights
Workers will be accompanying Palestinian farmers in Al Faraheen
village, east of Khan Younis. Farmers and international accompaniers
were fired upon by Israeli Forces in the same area on Thursday,
February 12th.

A video from 12 February of the farmers and internationals being fired
upon is available:

International Human Rights Activists will accompany Yusef Abu Shaheen,
a Palestinian farmer, in Abassan Jedida of Al Faraheen village.
Shaheen's land is approximately 500 metres from the 'Green Line' and 5
kilometres south of Kissufim (Al Qarara) Crossing.

"We are accompanying these farmers to harvest their crops because they
have a right to their land. Palestinians who live or have land within
1 kilometre of the Green Line are being driven out by Israeli military
violence. We consider this to be a form of ethnic cleansing. With
international accompaniment, these farmers are able to harvest their
crops with a much greater degree of safety than if they were to come
to these areas alone" Andrew Muncie (Scotland) - International Human
Rights Worker

This action comes after farm worker Anwan was shot and killed by
Israeli forces as he worked his land close to the 'Green Line'.

On Tuesday 27th January 2009, in Al Faraheen, Israeli forces shot at
several farmers, killing one.

27 year old Anwan was working picking parsley and spinach in the
village agricultural lands, approximately 700 m from the Green Line,
when Israeli jeeps opened fire with machine guns from behind the Green
Line - shooting more than 30 bullets in quick succession,
eyewitnesses reported. Many of the seven farmers working in the area
scattered, taking shelter from the shower of bullets. Anwan, however,
was shot in the neck, dying instantly.

Interviews with volunteers are possible.

Please Contact:

Fida Qishta (Palestine) - +972 599 681 669

Eva Bartlett (Canada) +972 598 836 308

Vittorio Arrigoni (Italy) - +972 59 8378945

Tara Jenson (Australia) +972 598 359 607

Jenny Linnel (Britain) +972 598 765 377

Ewa Jasiewicz (Britain/Poland) +972 598 700 497

Andrew Muncie (Britain) +972 598 058 250

For General Information:

ISM media office: +972 22971824 or +972 598503948