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July/October 2006 special edition
WAR AGAINST LEBANON & PALESTINE

AGAINST THE PEACE, WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
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NEWS & FRONTLINE REPORTS


(3 Sep) Some 100 deputies take part in protest; parliament speaker Berri calls on Arab states to break Israeli siege.

(3 Sep) "The public perceived the enemy leader against whom we fought as having those characteristics, and waited impatiently for his speeches."


(31 Aug 06) Massive crowds greet Venezuelan president in Syria. "Venezuela and Syria are two courageous nations; we are not afraid to tell it like it is."

(31 Aug) "What's shocking and completely immoral is that 90 per cent of the cluster bomb strikes occurred in the last 72 hours of the conflict, when we knew there would be a resolution and an end of this," a top UN official says.


(30 Aug) "A daily report from Unifil that Mr. Annan gave to Israel's defense minister showed that Hezbollah had violated the cease-fire four times, while Israel had done so nearly 70 times. NY TIMES


(29 Aug) We want to build a new Middle East without US tampering.

(29 Aug) Interview with Mohsen Bilal, Minister of Information of the Arab Republic of Syria. ELSON CONCEPCION PEREZ


(28 Aug 06) Lebanese resistance isn't just pro-God, they're anti-environment.

(28 Aug 06) Nasrallah vows to rebuild no less than 15,000 homes demolished by the Israeli military juggernaut and house hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by the war.

(28 Aug 06) Israeli troops took Mahmoud Musleh, an elected Hamas legislator at the Palestinian Legislative Council, prisoner after breaking into his home.


(25 Aug 06) Tens of thousands of Lebanese families defied orders from Israeli commanders, took to the roads, and returned to their villages in southern Lebanon. Their courageous action stifled any hope the Israeli government may have had for accomplishing its grand vision for southern Lebanon. JAMES MARC LEAS

(25 Aug 06) "Israel criticizes HitlerŠ But they have done something similar or, perhaps worse, who knows, than what the Nazis did," Venezuelan president states as internal Israeli crisis deepens.


(24 Aug 06) Diplomacy has replaced mass destruction as the preferred weapon to eliminate the Lebanese resistance, writes SERENE ASSIR from Beirut.


(22 Aug 06) - LEBANON's 15-year economic and social recovery from civil war was wiped out in the recent Israeli offensive against Hezbollah, the UN development agency has said.

(22 Aug 06) The news from Israel, with introductory comment.

(22 Aug 06) Israeli arrest of wives, mothers and sisters of wanted Palestinian activists as "immoral extortion and scurvy act"

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(22 Aug) Northern Arabs are not being compensated for wartime losses as are Jews [in Israel.]" ARYEH DAYAN, Haaretz

(21 Aug 06) AFP reports Israelis old nine villages week after UN "ceasefire", assault villagers, bar farmers from fields.

(20 Aug 06) Review and analysis of the weekend's troubling news, as Israel declares it is preparing for the "next round" of war. The Ba'albak raid: a covert exercise in black propaganda and disinformation by Israeli SAS. TONY SEED

(20 Aug 06) Report from the Bekaa Valley. "The report made even those who are against Hizbullah here laugh. It just takes a little knowledge of geography for someone to debunk this lie." MAYSSOUN SUKARIEH

(20 Aug) "Some 160 infantry reserve soldiers are accusing their commanders of preventing them from participating in a demonstration against the war in Lebanon, which they called a 'debacle.' The soldiers said they had been used as 'sitting ducks.'"


(20 Aug) "British mine clearance experts have accused Israel of 'carpeting' Lebanese border villages with deadly cluster bombs, claiming that more appeared to have been used than in the American-led invasion of Iraq." SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

(20 Aug) "I hope all the international media will transmit this picture to every person in the world so that it shows this criminal act, this crime against humanity that Israel has committed in this area and every region of Lebanon."

(19 AUG 06) Interview with MOHAMMED SAFA, Secretary General of the Khiam Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture, upon the trip of the KRC Team from South Lebanon.


(18 Aug) They were leading a normal and peaceful life with their families but as soon as they heard of the Israeli onslaught on their homeland, they were quick to join the Lebanese resistance to fight the occupation forces. IMAM El-LEITHY & MUJAHID SHARARA El-Leithy




(15 Aug 06) Israeli aggression aimed to bring the organization and the nation to its knees. Instead, it gave Hezbollah a chance to display its prowess in caring for civilians. MELANI CAMMETT


If there was to be a military option against Iran, it had to get rid of the weapons Hizbullah could use in a potential retaliation against Israel, Hersh writes.

(12 Aug 06) Israeli aircraft fire into convoy from historic Christian town, containing more than 1000 Lebanese villagers. NEW YORK TIMES
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(11 Aug) By the Mediterranean coast, through the winding mountain roads, Sami Meslemane walked for dozens of kilometres barefoot to reach his children and grandchildren left destitute after they fled southern Lebanon.




(9 Aug 06) On possibly the eve of a UN Security Council vote on a resolution on Lebanon, Siniora pushed his seven-point plan to end the war.






(2 Aug 06) "The ones who are buried alive are usually safe from the dogs." LARA MARLOWE







(3 Aug) This grassroots support among the Lebanese people, coupled with the successful guerrilla resistance.. JOHN BROWN


"it is not a difficult choice between a democratic state [Israel] that was attacked by terrorists and cold-blooded killers" Peter MacKey

(28 July) War is washing over Tyre again, and if the fishermen put to sea they will immediately be fired on.

US Congress "recognizes Israel's longstanding commitment to minimizing civilian loss and welcomes Israel's continued efforts to prevent civilian casualties."

Qana: Second Israeli slaughter of civilians in 10 years

(1 Aug) Four letters. Easy to spell and pronounce. A sweet, simple word forever transformed into a name of horror. RICARDO ALARCÓN DE QUESADA




"all those in south Lebanon are terrorists who are related in some way to Hezbollah."

(25 July) Israel warns of more collective punishment of civilians. DAHR JAMAIL

(25 July) DAHR JAMAIL

(25 July) "Apparently deliberate targeting" in "coordinated artillery and air attack". UN NEWS
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(23 July) At hospitals in Tyre, cries go up among wounded for slain loved ones. WASHINGTON POST

(21 July) "A senior Israeli army officer began giving PowerPoint presentations, on an off-the-record basis, to U.S. and other diplomats, journalists and think tanks, setting out the plan for the current operation in revealing detail." MATTHEW KALMAN, SF Chronicle

(15-21 July) "There is no option but to resist and stay strong". ZEINA M.B. ZAATARI, PhD

(20-21 July) SPENCER OSBERG reports from Beirut.


(20 July) An infinitesimal example of what is being carried out by the Israeli military apparatus against the civilian population of Lebanon on an hourly basis.

(20 July) The devastation in Beirut is beginning to show in another capital. DAHR JAMAIL

(19 July) "Israel is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Lebanon". Dr. LAURA MARKS

(17 July) It is not mentioned that those (Israeli) soldiers were part of a covert Israeli military action inside Lebanese territory.

(16 July) SPENCER OSBERG reports from Beirut.

(14 July 06 ) Lebanese stand their ground under duress. Interview with women in southern Lebanon. TML DAILY



COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

(22 Aug 06) Former justice minister Irwin Cotler challenged the idea that Canada should not take sides in order to be "even-handed" in international conflicts, particularly the Middle East. Cotler argued that the "cornerstone of Canadian foreign policy in the Middle East is respect for the security, well-being and legitimacy of Israel." Arab Canadians beg to disagree, EHAB LOTAYEF writes.

(20 Aug) "First, there is a new - there's going to be a new power in the south of Lebanon, and that's going to be a Lebanese force with a robust international force to help them seize control of the country, that part of the country." - Goerge W. Bush. JOHN BROWN

(20 Aug 06) What is the logic that will emerge from this war? If Israel can exist only by destroying the neighborhood, then it's time to declare it a failed state. NADIM SHEHADI

The U.S. made "Buster Bumper Bombs" left the heavily populated area as if a powerful eight point zero Richter earthquake hit and devastated it... By ADIB S. KAWAR

(19 aug) The outcome of Israeli military's own inquiry into Qana II was to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International something far from the truth. PUNYAPRIYA DASGUPTA


(16 Aug 06) A week-by-week military assesssment by Egyptian Major General MOHAMED ALI BELAL of the first four weeks.


(6 Aug) In a cruel irony, Turkey, through its military alliance with Israel and the U.S., is a de facto partner in the "terrible global war" alluded to by Prime Minister Erdogan. MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY



(28 Jul 06) Israeli and Palestinian sources concur: Israel made war inevitable. OMEGA INSTITUTE

(26 July 06) Israel is not sacrificing its soldiers and citizens only to please the Bush administration. The "new Middle East" has been a dream of the Israeli ruling military circles since at least 1982, when Sharon led the country to the first Lebanon war with precisely this declared goal. TANYA REINHART

(26 July 06) What exactly is being defended? Is it the citizens of Israel or the nature of the Israeli state? OREN BEN-DOR


"How do you explain that the air force that uses pinpoint and surgical precision manages to kill so many children." Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi

Out of nearly 4,000 Palestinians killed in the last 5 years -- the overwhelming majority have been civilians, many of whom are children. RAMZY BAROUD

UNSC Resolution 1559 and the so-called "greater Middle East"
- What! a new Sykes/Picot Agreement?! The United States supported by France wants to impose this on the Arab states? ADIB S. KAWAR - UN Security Council Resolution 1559. ADIB S. KAWAR

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(27 July) Delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel confirm the real relationship in this U.S./Israeli war. It also exposes the limits of U.S. and Israeli power. SARA FLOUNDERS

Unfortunately, Israel's murderous aggression will continue in its current MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) plan, bringing Israel neither peace nor security. Dr. MOHAMED ELMASRY

(24 July) "Yet, I do not say this because I see Lebanon 'stuck in a war created by the machinations of the Syrian-Iranian axis.'" SAMAH IDRISS

(17 July) TML DAILY

Is it possible that a small border skirmish turn into a regional war? The answer is yes. The reasons behind Israel's invasion of Gaza and Lebanon. DR. ABBAS BAKHTIAR



MEDIA CULPA

(2004) Analyzing the role of the international human rights legal framework in combating the dissemination of false news and the spread of disinformation and propaganda for war. The paper examines the potential space which international law can provide in the quest to end propaganda for war and in holding its propagandists accountable for their actions. MICHAEL KEARNEY

(31 Aug) Israeli leaders deceive as much in "peace" as they do in war, which is why it is worth examining the trickle of disinformation coming from Tel Aviv and reflecting on where it is leading. JONATHAN COOK


(20 Aug 06) Lebanese woman editor writes of war. FIRAS AL-ATRAQCHI

(18 Aug) How many times have we heard or read statements, that although totally false, become fixed in many people's minds due to their constant repetition? There is no doubt that this is where the essence of the media's power lies, when it is used by the powerful and those intent in imposing their dictates. ELSON CONCEPCION PEREZ

(18 Aug 06) Atlantic Institute for Market Studies "think tank" gives US-Israeli state terrorism a free ride. Dr. ISMAIL ZAYID

(16 Aug 06) The recording of basic facts by the media shifted directions. TRISH SCHUH


(09 Aug 06)"I couldn't work in a newspaper whose editor-in-chief wrote he had no problem with killing innocent people in Lebanon," said journalist Faiz Abbas in his first interview after quitting Yedioth Ahronoth.





(5 Aug) Every night of this 25-day-old conflict, Israeli warplanes have tried to destroy Hezbollah's television station, al-Manar. Every night they have failed. DANIEL McGROR, The Times.


Journalists have been told by Israel for more than a year that a war was coming..

The basic modus operandi of the US media has been well established over the past two-and-a-half weeks. David Walsh, WSWS

"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population." David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff.. Dr. ISMAIL ZAYID

(25 July) The New York Times' article -- or the first in a series -- about "the anguish" of Israeli occupation troops has been released.

(25 July) Each news crew is accompanied by an Israeli police officer, who strictly monitors what the it is broadcasting. GARY ZATZMAN

(22 July) Letter from Dr Ismail Zayid


(18 July) The duty of progressives is to speak out against oppressors and not excorciate the resisting victims. KIM PETERSEN

(12 July) This Associated Press article exposes the disinformation of Israel and the monopoly media regarding the capture of the two Israeli soldiers by the Lebanese resistance.

(4 July) "EVERYTHING must be done to win Gilad Shalit's release," writes Gideon Levy of the captured Israeli fighter in his most recent piece. KIM PETERSEN


ATTACKS UPON THE MEDIA - THE CASE OF AL-MANAR
(25 Aug) Its headquarters was leveled, its antennas pounded, its transmissions jammed and web site hacked. Yet, throughout 34 days of ferocious fighting, Al-Manar TV stayed on the air - mocking Israeli military power from studios in secret bunkers.

(5 Aug) Every night of this 25-day-old conflict, Israeli warplanes have tried to destroy Hezbollah's television station, al-Manar. Every night they have failed. DANIEL McGROR, The Times.

(26 July) Despite repeated Israeli attempts to silence the voice of the Lebanese resistance, Al-Manar TV continues to brave the raining Israeli missiles and the voice of its staff continues to prevail, feeding millions of viewers in and outside Lebanon with updates about the battle against the invading troops. HADI YAHMID

(19 July) After years of asymmetric attacks on the First Amendment - assassinating journalists, surveilling dissent, and censoring the free flow of information - the Democracy Mukhabarat reigns. TRISH SCHUH


CRIMES AGAINST THE PEACE, WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY




VITOR KATTAN, Arab Media Watch

(16 July) CUPE Ontario, the United Church and boycotting Israel. Dr. ISMAIL ZAYID

(15 July) Sheba'a Farms is Lebanese territory illegally occupied by the State of Israel since the June 1967 war. The Zionist occupation has no standing under international law. Commentary by GARY ZATZMAN


ACTIONS AROUND THE WORLD






(25 July) Demonstrations, forums, vigils and other actions were held in countries around the world throughout the week of July 16-22, vigorously supporting the resistance of the Lebanese and Palestinian peoples and demanding Israel immediately stop its murderous assault.



STATEMENTS, LETTERS & APPEALS

(4 Sep 06) Israel issues tenders for 690 new settlement units around occupied East Jerusalem. Meanwhile, the months-long Israeli assault on Gaza continues while the humanitarian crisis there intensifies.

(17 Aug 06) Arab Association for Human Rights, Israel

(3 Aug) It is no longer tenable to claim "I didn't know" about crimes against humanity. The Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation



(4 Aug) Open Letter to members of the Conservative caucus from residents and organisations of Cornwall, Gatineau, Montreal and Ottawa

(5 Aug) Support the just cause of the Lebanese and Palestinian people! CPC (M-L)

3/08/2006, full text. Israel official aid of $2.7 billion per annum, of that total more than $1.6 billion in military hardware

If Israelis attack Beirut, Hizbullah will attack Tel Aviv

Israeli "aggression" ongoing in Gaza, media has shifted its attention to Lebanon

U.S./UK proposal is designed to give more military support but with the illusion of multilateralism -Canadian Peace Alliance


(July 31) Over eighty Canadian health professionals express deep concern over the silence of the Canadian Government and the media about the humanitarian disaster in Gaza

We pledge our conscious support for the Lebanese national resistance as it wages a war in defense of our sovereignty


(26 July) To the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court. DR ISMAIL ZAYID

(24 July) Dr. DOUG ROKKE, PhD., former Director, U.S. Army Depleted Uranium project

(24 July) Open Letter to the Globe & Mail

(22 July) Statement of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)


(22 July) "Let us collectively speak up, act up, and refuse to let international silence in the face of occupation and aggression contribute to the continued injustice of war and occupation!"



(17 July) The Palestine Right to Return Coalition

(16 July) Canada Palestine Association to Harper: "We are shocked to hear of your outrageous statement, condoning and justifying Israeli war crimes in Gaza and Lebanon"

14.07.06, full text: Speech of Salman Abu Sitta to Al-Awda's 4th International Convention

(13 July) The Palestinian Right of Return Newsletter

(5 July) Letter of Canada Palestine Association to Peter MacKay

(30 June) Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition

(29 June) Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

(28 June) London, UK

(18 Feb 2005) To Alexa McDonough, MP (Halifax) and foreign policy spokesperson, New Democratic Party


HISTORICAL BACKGROUND



Samar Assad, The Palestine Center

Setting the Record Straight on Israel's Involvement in Lebanon. Dr. ISMAIL ZAYID

(12/11/03) 55th anniversary of UN Resolution 194. GARY ZATZMAN

Israel is driven out of South Lebanon "in chaos and humiliation" Excerpted from The Dossier on Palestine

(9/11/03) TONY SEED on the significance of an epochal struggle

The world watched in horror as the story of the inhuman massacres in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon first emerged. An entire generation of the Palestinian and Lebanese people has grown up in their shadow. The general at the centre of this butchery became the prime minister of Israel - Ariel Sharon. The scale of the infamy has changed, but not the methods, the perpetrators or their allies. The past is always present. DOSSIER ON PALESTINE
* Birth of a massacre
Israel's strategy to partition Lebanon. DOSSIER ON PALESTINE

A chapter from "My Enemy's Enemy.' LAURA ZITTRAIN EISENBERG

On 9 May 1916 Britain and France secretly agreed to disregard the wishes of the Arab peoples, in the event of Allied victory. DOSSIER ON PALESTINE



RESOLUTIONS AND TEXTS







(25 July) Isaac Herzog, Israeli government

(25 July) Ali Fayyad, Hizbollah


(20 July) Full text of interview with Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah.




(28 June) "Liberation of the prisoners and detainees is a sacred national duty that must be assumed by all Palestinian national and Islamic forces and factions"

5 September 2004

1. Some relevant selections of The Charter of The United Nations
2. Principles of the Nuremberg Tribunal, 1950 Protocol 1
3. Additional to the Geneva Conventions, 1977


MAPS





Map showing Israeli targets in Lebanon, 12-30 July 2006

Map showing Israeli targets in Lebanon, 12-29 July 2006

Map showing Israeli targets in Lebanon, 12-25 July 2006

Map showing Israeli targets in Lebanon, 12-24 July 2006

Strateic rivers, Zionist colonies are highlighted
Source: Dossier on Palestine


On 9 May 1916 Britain and France secretly agreed to disregard the wishes of the Arab peoples, in the event of Allied victory.

Dossier on Palestine

Halifax Symposium on Palestine




SERENDIPITY: SOUTH LEBANON


Serendipity: "'The South is my passion,' the dark, blond Hizbullah fighter said." MARWA ELNAGGAR


NORTH STREET LITERARY REVIEW

Shunpiking books: Fictitious and not so Fictitious books that unriddle history, politics and ..
Mi'kmaq / First Nations History Supplement Shunpiking Dossier on Palestine. A special Edition of Shunpiking Black History Suppliment 2005