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(en) Just to share with you news from occupied south Lebanon.

From spider@tao.ca
Date Sat, 12 Feb 2000 14:08:39 -0500


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           Just to share with you news from
           Lebanon. You may have different
           opinions, but it will be my pleasure to
           discuss them with you..... After Israeli
           army lost 5 soldiers last week in the
           occupied south Lebanon due to
           Lebanese resistance attacks, Israel retaliated early
           this morning by bombarding civilian targets all over
           Lebanese territories. For the second time in 7 months,
           electricity power stations were attacked and the 4
           million inhabitants of Lebanon will live once again in
           darkness for a few months.

           Resistance in South Lebanon is a result of the
           continuing Israeli military occupation since 1978.
           Occupation violates Human Rights and the
           International Humanitarian Law in addition to violating
           the UN resolution 425 calling for immediate Israeli
           withdraw from Lebanese territories (March 1978).
           Since 1978, Israeli attacks caused 34 000 Lebanese
           civilians killed and 90000 wounded. Occupation has
           obliged 200 000 to leave their villages and cities in the
           Southern part of the country and live as refugees in
           Beirut and its suburbs, creating social and economic
           tensions.




          The Lebanese resistance (carried first by leftists,
          nationalists, and then since 1989 by Islamists and
          independent guerrilla groups) is targeting Israeli soldiers
          inside the Lebanese occupied territories. On the other
          side, Israeli retaliation is always targeting civilians and
          infrastructure outside the military zones.

          Unfortunately, media coverage in the west is very poor
          and biased. It alwaysnarrates events from the Israeli
          point of view, due to the active pro-Israeli lobbies and to
          the guilty feeling of the Europeans (because of the
          Holocaust) that remains a major element when it comes
          to their position towards Israel... Following is an article
          by the British Journalist Nicholas Blandford (Reuters,
          dailystar). It doesn't give any analysis, but at least
          doesn't take any position...

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          Israeli aircraft knocked out three power stations in
          Lebanon. Two large bangs were heard across the
          capital as Beirut plunged into darkness. Three hours
          earlier the Israeli planes destroyed electrical distribution
          stations in Jamhour. Lebanese Army anti-aircraft
          batteries reportedly fired at the planes. Earlier raids on
          the Baalbeck power station in the East of the country
          resulted in at least 16 people being wounded, in eastern
          Lebanon, Lebanese security sources said.

          At least 12 civilians were admitted to hospital for
          treatment, the sources said. In the north of Lebanon
          Israeli jets struck a power plant in Deir Nabouh, 13
          kilometers north of the port city of Tripoli.

          The final count of civilian casualty is not yet known.
          Lebanese Prime Minister Selim Hoss said on Tuesday
          that Israeli air strikes would not end Lebanese
          determination to end Israeli occupation. Hoss made the
          statement shortly after the Israeli jets conducted the air
          strikes. "If Israel is attacking Lebanese to make them
          accept the occupation then they will be disappointed,"
          Hoss said. He stressed that "Lebanon relies on
          resolutions of the United Nations which are usually
          violated by Israel." On Monday, Prime Minister Hoss
          called on the United States to exert pressure on Israel to
          prevent a retaliatory offensive in Lebanon. . Hoss said
          that the only way of halting the cycle of violence was for
          Israel to withdraw from the south, in accordance with UN
          Resolution 425.

          The resistance hasnever been the cause (of violence),
          he said. The resistance is a result of the occupation.
          Therefore, it is natural for the resistance to continue as
          long as the occupation persists. The clamor in Israel for
          a military response grew on Monday after domestic
          television broadcast graphic footage of casualties being
          evacuated from the Blat outpost.

          Pictures from Hell, screamed the headline in the Maariv
          newspaper. "The Lebanese valley of the dead
          penetrated the living room of Mr. Israel after 18 years of
          avoidance" it said, adding that a comparison with
          television broadcasts during the Vietnam war were
          unavoidable. Barak appears to understand that "Israeli
          public opinion will not tolerate the current situation, even
          if it means hurting the chances for an agreement with
          Syria" he wrote.



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