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Hello, all. I will soon be speaking at a huge rally we in Texas have organized to protest Bush's and Blair's meeting (at Bush's ranch in Crawford, Tx) to plot the war on Iraq. Organizers are estimating that there will be over 1000 people (amazing, considering how big Texas is and that Crawford is not exactly the Paris of Texas -- that would be Paris, Texas). The question of the payments to suicide bombers is now confusing me, and I don't really trust the AP reports, since their fact-checking on these matters, as we know from the issue of Saddam's purported "expulsion" of weapons inspectors and many similar incidents, is abominable. I understand from Colin's post that the original payment, of $10,000, was to the family of any Palestinian who died in the struggle, whether killed by Israelis or by their own suicide bombing -- this accords with all the reporting I have seen until very recently. Now, the payment has been raised to $25,000, and at least one report I've read suggests that there's a two-tier system -- $10,000 if you're just killed, $25,000 if you do a suicide bombing. Most reports just repeat standard White House propaganda that the payment is only for suicide bombers, which we know not to be true. Can anyone shed light on this? Is the raise to $25,000 applicable to everyone or only to suicide bombers? I think the payment is far more defensible -- certainly to the average person on the street -- if it is compensation for a family's loss than if it is, even in part ($15,000), a bounty for trying to kill Israelis. As always, I take such questions to CASI, because they're the best at finding out the real story. In solidarity, Rahul Mahajan _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk