On Feb. 26th, 1991, after Iraq had already begun the unconditional withdrawal of all its forces in Kuwait, tens of thousands of retreating Iraqi troops, and fleeing civilians, were pounded mercilessly, along a sixty mile stretch of road, for hours by U.S. planes while offering little defense. This massacre of withdrawing Iraqi troops violated the Geneva Conventions of 1949, Common Article III, which outlaws the killing of soldiers who are "out of combat". The Highway of Death also proved to be a testing ground for a multitude of U.S. weapons, both old and new, including: Napalm, cluster bombs, and Apache attack helicopters which, until then, were untested in combat. This incident was slowly revealed after the Gulf War. General Schwartzkopf compared it to a football game.
Please join us on the commemoration of the Highway of Death massacre for a forum on the effects of the ongoing sanctions and bombings against Iraq.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2000, 6:00 PM
ALL SOULS CHURCH AT 16TH AND HARVARD STREETS, NW (ENTRANCE ON HARVARD ST.)
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS (CLOSE TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS METRO STATION)
Speakers will be:
· Muthanna al-Hanooti - an Iraqi-American who has worked with
LIFE for Relief and Development, a humanitarian organization which has
brought relief to Iraq
· Erik Gustafson - a Gulf War veteran and Executive Director of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center
· Hussein Ibish - Communications Director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
· Sarah Flounders - Leader of the Iraq Sanctions Challenge, a 50-member delegation that took relief supplies to Iraq in January
· Paul Magno - Co-Founder of the Peter Maurin Center, and former Plowshares prisoner
Audience questions and comments will follow the speakers' presentations. Middle Eastern food and music will also be featured at the beginning of the presentation.
Sponsored by the D.C. Coalition to Stop the War Against Iraq. Information, 202-452-7454.
Please note that one of the speakers is Paul Magno, who is coordinating the Monday, Feb. 28th national civil disobedience action at the U.S. Supreme Court. This demonstration will demand a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the death row activist-journalist whose coverage of police brutality in Philadelphia earned him the hostility of the city government and subsequently a frame-up arrest and trial for allegedly killing a police officer in 1982. The Feb. 28 action is initiated by the New York Coalition to Free Mumia. For local Feb. 28 support work or info, call 202-722-4783.
To participate in ongoing Mumia support work in the D.C. metro region, please call the local chapter of the International Family and Friends of Muma Abu-Jamal at 202-973-2177.