Tag Archive | "Lebanon"

Israel attack on Hezbollah and Lebanon may be imminent, King of Jordan

One congressional source told me that the word the King used was ‘imminent‘ with regard to the potential outbreak of war.

Anon tipster at Zero Hedge says Israel will attack Iran, possibly by summer, with ok of US.

I am also hearing that Israel will not attack w/o the OK of the US. Israel needs to fly over Iraq to reach Iran, and it can’t do this w/o US attack codes.

Posted in News

End the Israeli occupation of Washington D.C.

Text of a speech by Bill Paparian at an antiwar rally in L.A. on Aug. 12, 2006 during the Lebanon invasion.

Paparian, a former Mayor of Pasadena, CA., is running for Congress (CA-29) as a Green against incumbent Democrat, Adam “I Love Wars” Schiff.

“We have all watched this past summer in silent, numbing horror at the televised images of the moonscape rubble of once-lovely Lebanese villages. A million desperate people trying to survive Israeli aerial attacks as they carry their children down cratered roads. The limp bodies of children pulled from the dusty basements of crushed buildings.

In systematically failing to distinguish between Hezbollah fighters and the civilian population in its military campaign in Lebanon, Israel has committed war crimes. There is no military objective significant enough to justify attacks that risks civilian life. In many cases, there was no identifiable military target. In still other cases Israeli forces appear to have deliberately targeted civilians. By consistently failing to distinguish between combatants and civilians, Israel has violated one of the most fundamental tenets of the laws of war: the duty to carry out attacks on only military targets. The pattern of attacks during the Israeli offensive in Lebanon suggests that the failures cannot be explained or dismissed as mere accidents; the extent of the pattern and the seriousness of the consequences indicate the commission of war crimes.

As U.S. taxpayers we have the right to demand that our government not supply weapons to any foreign government that would use such weapons in attacks on innocent civilians. The attacks on innocent Lebanese and Palestinian civilians is a clear violation of the Geneva Convention and also the U.S. Arms Export Control Act. The Israeli military fly’s only fighter planes manufactured in the United States. We must demand that our government uphold the law and insist that weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers are not used by Israel to attack innocent civilians. And we must demand that the Israeli government be held accountable for the death and destruction it has inflicted on innocent civilians in Lebanon and Gaza.

America’s foreign policy has been held hostage for too long by the pro-Israel lobby. It has distorted American policy and operated against American interests. It has organized the funneling of more billions of dollars to Israel and has a stranglehold on the U.S. Congress. Its ability to raise large campaign funds gives it vast influence over both Republican and Democratic administrations, while its role in Washington think tanks on the Middle East dominates the policy debate. The Israeli lobby works ruthlessly to suppress questioning of its role, to blacken the reputation of its critics and to crush serious debate about the wisdom of supporting Israel. Skeptics are silenced by organizing blacklists and boycotts – or by suggesting that critics are anti-Semitic.

One example of how the Israeli lobby has exerted control over the U.S. Congress can be found in the incumbent representative for the 29th Congressional District, Adam Schiff, who has received over $35,000 in Israeli lobby money. Mr. Schiff had this to say about the Israeli lobby in the House of Representatives on September 15, 2004: “I have worked with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee throughout my tenure in Congress and I have found its members to be dedicated, patriotic Americans who deeply believe that the security of the United States and the security of Israel are mutually dependent.”

Some of these “dedicated, patriotic Americans” have been indicted on charges of violating the Espionage Act and are now awaiting trial in a federal court in Alexandria Virginia. Lawrence Franklin, the former Iran desk officer in for the Secretary of Defense has already pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for passing secrets to Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, high ranking employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. These two “dedicated, patriotic Americans” have been charged with conspiring to communicate the national defense information supplied to them by Franklin to the Israeli government.

Just two weeks prior to Adam Schiff’s speech on the floor of Congress praising their patriotism, the FBI raided the offices of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and seized computer hard drives on August 27, 2004. CBS News broke the story that same day that the FBI was investigating a possible spy in the Department of Defense working for Israel. By the time Mr. Schiff made his speech, the involvement of the American Israel Public Relations Committee in spying for Israel against the national interests of the United States was already publicly known.

Mr. Schiff’s speech was an obscene example of the power the Israeli lobby wields in Washington. Adam Schiff is a former federal prosecutor best known for convicting a FBI agent for espionage. It was no accident that as part of the Israeli lobby’s damage control when publicly exposed as a nest of spies for Israel, Mr. Schiff was tasked to stand up on the floor of Congress to sing their patriotic praises. What’s now clear is that there is nothing “American” about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The upcoming trial of this case will expose the Israeli lobby for what it really is: the eyes and ears of the Israeli intelligence agency the Mossad in Washington. As we have demanded that end of the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon and Gaza, we also must demand the end of the Israeli occupation of Washington, DC.”

Paparian for Congress

Posted in Anti-war

European nations ban Israeli arms flight stopovers

Planes from the US to Israel filled with weapons and munitions are not being allowed to land or refuel in several European countries, including Britain, Germany, and Italy.

The head of the El-Al pilots union complained about this, calling it a “a substantial blow to state defense”, sure glad he’s so focused on the well-being on the pilots and not playing politics for the generals.

Posted in Uncategorized

Podcasts: Lebanon – history and now

Two informative podcasts from 8/25/06.

Forum: People’s Victory in Lebanon
Imperialism and the “New Middle East”

Nader Abuljebain
, Palestinian author and historian, National Council of Arab Americans.
History and political development of Lebanon.
mp3 (40:36, 13.4mb)

Muna Coobtee, Free Palestine Alliance, Steering Committee ANSWER LA.
Current developments in Lebanon.
mp3 (27:31, 8.91 mb)

[tags]Lebanon,Nader Abuljebain,Muna Coobtee[/tags]

Posted in Podcasts

Blowback for Israel

63% of Israelis want Olmert gone

But few of them get it. They used 3rd generation warfare tactics against a 4th generation warfare non-state entity, and wonder why they failed.

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L.A. Times: “Israeli raid strains cease-fire”

Strains”? A more accurate word is “violates.”

P.S. Google News currently has this story second-ranked with 872 related links while JonBenet is first-ranked with 4,977 links. Sigh.

Posted in Uncategorized

AngryArab: Nasrallah interview fake

The AngryArab says the CounterPunch interview with Nasrallah, which they may have gotten from the MarxMail list, is fake.

This “interview” with Nasrallah that is posted on Counterpunch is fake. I declare it to be a hoax, OK? I mean, it is so obvious. The guy does not sound like Nasrallah from the first sentence. Wait. It is possible that this is Hasan Dib Nasrallah, the Lebanese grocer kidnapped by Israel in a “daring commando raid?”

From the comments to the post:

The interview text comes across more like a rant from the local communist bookstore owner in a Northern California town than statements from a Shi’ite Lebanese guerrilla leader and Islamic fundamentalist.

His statements did not make reference to “God willing” or the Islamic faith in general, I think, once. His statements were all secular and devoid of religious invocations, which, I suspect, would be very unusual for him.

Lastly, the text of his supposed statements also makes reference to “Israel”, not “Occupied Palestine” or similar.

I’m scarcely in a position to judge, but the lack of “God willing” does seem odd.

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Not to decide is to decide

The Nation Magazine and Human Rights Watch are both pleased that the Israeli war is over. They just didn’t want to take a stand.

Which is precisely what many liberals and progressives have done – tried to ignore and evade having to deal with the Lebanon invasion, except for the cynical ploy of using it to make Republicans look bad. I’m sure Lebanese returning to their bombed-out villages will feel buoyed by this progressive show of support and understanding.

This echoes quite precisely the reaction of many liberals and progressives at the start of the Iraq invasion. Their reaction was tepid at best. “Let the sanctions work”, they squealed, even while those same sanctions had caused the deaths of thousands of Iraqis. In the early days of that war, saying you were anti-war and that the invasion was based on lies got you incredulous stares. Now it’s a commonplace belief.

It wasn’t the “moderates” who organized the anti-war movement, it was the hard left, like the ANSWER Coalition who mobilized while too many liberals and progressives were silent and did little or nothing.

Now liberals and progressives are snoozing again. Ignoring the Lebanon war. Hoping they won’t have to deal with it. Well, it won’t go away and they will have to deal it. Whether they want to or not.

Posted in Anti-war

“The US and Israel stand alone”

“I don’t think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon. What happened is that Israel is holding almost 10,000 prisoners, so when the militants in Lebanon or in Gaza take one or two soldiers, Israel looks upon this as a justification for an attack on the civilian population of Lebanon and Gaza. I do not think that’s justified, no.”

— Jimmy Carter

Posted in Anti-war

Why oh why do they hate us?

Beirut - Made in USA

The Angry Arab posted this photo “from the southern suburbs of Beirut yesterday.” His blog is always worth a read, check it out.

Posted in Anti-war


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