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E-mail Campaign Against Microsoft Support for Israeli Army

Via NY Transfer News * All the News That Doesn't Fit

GUSH SHALOM - pob 3322, Tel-Aviv 61033 - http://www.gush-shalom.org/

[The following letter by Adam keller to Bill Gates speaks for
itself. See below how you can help make it into a campaign.]

To Mr. Bill Gates Chairman and Chief Software Architect c/o Microsoft

Dear Sir

Two days ago, Israelis travelling on the main highways in the
Tel-Aviv area were treated to enormous billboards bearing the
Microsoft logo under the text "From the depth of our heart -
thanks to The Israeli Defence Forces" on the background of the
Israeli national flag.

Microsoft is a major worldwide and world-famous corporation,
whose activities overstep national boundaries and which is committed
to promote global community, increasing trade, and stronger economic
relationships and cultural interaction; which takes pride in
promoting extensive community activities of various kinds, and
declares on its website "We're serious about making the world
a better place"; and which maintains offices and conducts active
sales campaigns in Israel as well as at Egypt, Morocco, Dubai,
Indonesia, Malaysia and other Arab and Islamic countires.

In view of the above, better could have been expected of Microsoft
than disseminating crude nationalistic and militaristic propaganda
at the Israeli population centers, and effectively lend its public
support to the destructive war recently launched by the Sharon
Government - a war sharply censured by the international community
and controversial among the citizens of Israel itself. We urge
you to take care that this activity is terminated forthwith,
and that the estimated tens of thousands of dollars invested
in the abovementioned billboards be used instead to activities
aimed at stopping the bloodshed and promotoing and equitable
Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Sincerely Yours

Adam Keller, Spokesperson Gush Shalom (The Israeli Peace Bloc)
POB 2542, Holon 58125, Israel
Phone +972-3-5565804
Email  [log in to unmask]

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You can endorse the above letter, or compose a text of your own,
and write to Bill Gates via the following Microsoft addresses:

per email:

Microsoft Corporation <[log in to unmask]>
Mr Waggener Edstrom - Microsoft Public Relations <[log in to unmask]>;
ph: 503-443-7070

on the site:

Microsoft feedback http://www.microsoft.com/enable/feedback.htm

per fax:

Microsoft Technology Center - Silicon Valley Fax Number: (650)693-8557

A full list of Microsoft offices around the world is available
via http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/

and more of its public relations officials can be located via

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/contactpr.asp

NB: "The Wounded Lion" (The Other Israel's editorial overview
by Adam Keller evaluating one year of Sharon rule) is now online:

http://other_israel.tripod.com/ed.html
---- Full transcript of the war crimes panel available on the
Gush site For Hebrew
http://www.gush-shalom.org/archives/forum.html For English
http://www.gush-shalom.org/archives/forum_eng.html French available
at request

Also on the site:

photo's - of action or otherwise informative the weekly Gush
Shalom ad - in Hebrew and English the columns of Uri Avnery -
in Hebrew, Arab and English (and a lot more) http://www.gush-shalom.org


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