With Israel, everybody loses
LISBON (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he was worried about the possibility of a direct confrontation between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement. “The worst nightmare would be if there is a direct confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah…the level of destruction in Lebanon would be absolutely devastating, so there are major points of concern around this situation.” *
Before this happens, let’s review the history of Israel and Hezbollah.
Hezbollah was formed in the 1980s as a resistance movement against Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon. It is legal and legitimate resistance.
2006: Israel/Lebanon: Israeli Indiscriminate Attacks Killed Most Civilians. According to new research, the conflict resulted in at least 1,109 Lebanese deaths, the vast majority of whom were civilians, 4,399 injured, and an estimated 1 million displaced.
A peace offer was vetoed just prior to the US / Israeli war on Lebanon.1 Since the war started, there has been much discussion concerning the use of (US) cluster bombs, bunker-busting bombs and chemical weapons – all illegal – presently being used in Lebanon. Some have also said illegal bombs are also being used in Palestine.- 2006
In order to manufacture a pretext, small teams of soldiers were sent into Lebanon on “infiltration exercises” until two soldiers were arrested by Lebanese forces. The Zionist media then spun the incident into a tale about a “cross-border raid” by lucky Hezbollah fighters. Bizarrely, there appears to be two kinds of lucky Gentiles: those who provide Zionists with an excuse to slaughter them, and those who are on the Zionist payroll.
Israel’s army chief, Dan Halutz, sold $26,000 worth of shares at noon on July 12, three hours after the alleged “cross-border raid”. The next day, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange index plummeted by 8.3%. Halutz claimed that he did not think there would be a war when he sold the shares, implying that the timing was just a lucky coincidence.
Israel then proceeded to carpet Lebanon with 1.2 million cluster bomblets, even though these were known to be highly inaccurate, bestowing a lethal legacy of hundreds of thousands of unexploded bomblets that would go on to kill and maim civilians, one-third of whom were children. Most of the cluster rockets were fired in the final few days of the war leading up to the ceasefire, as Israel was determined to get in just as much ethnic cleansing as it possibly could. Israel deployed phosphorous bombs, since these were known to increase mortality due to organ failure resulting from chemicals absorbed into the body after the bombs had burnt the skin away to the bone.
That is, if the victim had not already been reduced to a lump of charred meat. At first, Israel tried to claim that phosphorus was only used to “mark targets”; it was then forced to concede that it had in fact used phosphorous shells against “military targets”. Unfortunately, these “military targets” included 8-year-old boys and young Lebanese girls. Israel was also believed to have targeted Lebanon with thermobaric or vacuum bombs.
Israel caused an environmental disaster by bombing Lebanon’s Jiyeh power plant, spilling 15,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil into the Mediterranean, poisoning the water and killing marine life. As part of Israel’s long-term ethnic cleansing program, Lebanon was dumped with uranium dust. US planes were stopping at UK airports en route to Israel, carrying laser-guided bombs with depleted uranium-tipped warheads destined for the Israeli Air Force. The Zionist war criminals’ terror campaign also included firing at the very center of the crosses on Red Cross ambulances, bombing UN observers after giving assurances that UN positions would not be targeted, and killing 33 farm workers and wounding 20 others as they were picking peaches.Israel then fabricated a cock and bull story about “buildings being used to store weapons”, in an attempt to justify the murder of peaceful, unarmed agricultural workers. By the time world opinion had compelled Israel into accepting a ceasefire (which it reneged on), the conflict had killed well over 1,000 Lebanese and over 100 Israelis. Lebanese casualties were mostly civilians whereas Israel’s dead were mostly IDF forces. Israel’s Gaza initiative killed hundreds of Palestinians; the number of Palestinian dead in 2006 was about 400 higher than the 2005 toll. As for the three abducted soldiers who were the casus belli for Israel’s aggression, not one of them had been sighted by the end of 2006.
2006 victims of Zionist attack on S. Lebanon
The Hezbollah and the Israeli attack
on southern Lebanon
The Qana Massacre
Deliberate Israeli bombing of civilian neighborhoods in Lebanon constitutes a war crime
Press release from Workers World publishers, 17 April 1996. The United States sends $7 million each day to Israel so that it can carry out the Pentagon’s proxy wars against the oppressed people of the Middle East. Use the money for jobs at home, not Israeli aggression against Arab people.
Israel Out Of Lebanon! Stop The Bombing Now! Socialist Workers call for protests
Statement was issued by Socialist Workers Party candidates James Harris, for U.S. president, and Laura Garza, for vice president, 17 April 1996, in The Militant, 29 April 1996. The Socialist Workers campaign places the blame for the destruction and slaughter in Lebanon on those who systematically unleashed the terror, the Zionist masters of the colonial-settler state of Israel and its backers in Washington and other imperialist capitals.
Tel Aviv Launches Terror Campaign
By Brian Taylor, The Militant, 29 April 1996. Israel’s “Operation Grapes of Wrath” is the latest act of aggression (including the massacre at Qana and massive civilian dislocation) and has been the most serious escalation by Israeli forces since 1993 and the first assault on the Lebanese capital, Beirut, since 1982.
Letter to the Editor of the The New York Times,
By Ronald Bleier, [7 May 1996] Israel—backed by the U.S. veto at the Security Council— will determine when to stop its barbarous shelling of Qana and cease forcing half a million people to leave their homes. The latest Israeli-U.S. proposals, calling on Hezbollah to stop its attacks in the Israeli held “security zone” ignore widespread Arab resistance to Israel’s illegal occupation of 440 square miles of Southern Lebanon.
JCOME Press Release
By the Jewish Committee on the Middle East, 9 May 1996. The evidence is now overwhelming that Israel’s unprecedented attack on the U.N. base at Qana in southern Lebanon last month was a deliberate act as the U.N. itself has recently concluded, and that the highest officials in Israel have purposefully tried to deceive the U.N. and lied to the world about what happened at Qana and why.
Massacre in Lebanon: Israelis knew, and U.S. knew they knew
By Hillel Cohen, Workers World, 16 May 1996. An Israeli artillery barrage on April 18 killed 102 Lebanese civilians in the UN “peacekeeping” encampment at Qana. The UN confirms that the attack was a deliberate move by the Israeli army. The UN General Assembly had already condemned Israel for the 16-day offensive in Lebanon, but that received little notice in the U.S. media.
Israel’s Blitzkreig (excerpt)
By Alexander Cockburn, The Nation, 20 May 1996. Israeli onslaught on Lebanon ignored in US controlled press. The Hezbollah was represented as an Iran-backed, Syrian-manipulated terror gang. But in fact merely resisted an illegal Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon (the “security zone”). You would not know from the coverage that Hezbollah is a political party that has elected representatives in the Lebanese Parliament.
Qana massacre coverup successful
Mid-East Realities, 2 July 1996. The premeditated Qana massacre and the U.S./Israeli coverup. The political fall out for Peres. Attached is an article by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 1 June 1996 An Israeli army operation to plant booby-trap bombs inside the United Nations zone in southern Lebanon led to the Qana massacre last month in which well over 100 Lebanese civilians were killed by Israeli shells while sheltering in a UN base.
Documents subsequent to Qana
Smart missile scares Lebanon
By Robert Fisk, The Independent, 7 July 1998. Israel has introduced a new Spike guided anti-personnel rocket in occupied Lebanon. The “Spike” is believed to be made by the Israeli Raphael missile company, which has close technical and financial links with the US Lockheed company in Florida. It was previously used to assassinate political leaders.
The Landscape of Opposition
By Edward Said, [source unknown], [7 March 2001]. Israel’s defeat in south Lebanon, its hasty withdrawal, and the still turbulent situation there requires sober analysis free of the distortions of the US media. Lebanon was never really about the “defence” of Israel’s northern border, but originally to defeat the PLO and then to change Lebanon’s political structure to Israel’s advantage, and finally to pressure Syria into accepting its diktats.