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(en) Interview with anarchist militants in Lebanon

Date Thu, 24 Aug 2006 09:09:52 +0300


From interview introduction:
"7 Lebanese youth working with the R.A.S.H., the antifascist Red
Anarchist Skinhead collective in Europe decided to return to Lebanon
to help with relief work as the death toll in their country mounted.
Within a few days they were risking their lives walking through southern
Lebanon with 80lbs of food and water on their backs to arrive at
villages near the Israeli border that humanitarian organizations had
deemed unreachable. With Israeli missiles falling all around them, they
supplied food to starving people unable to evacuate their villages.
21 year old Hassam is a part of the group who on their own in
spontaneous acts of mutual aid continued to provide aid in the most
dangerous regions of Lebanon."

In the interview Hasam states aspects that motivated their
collective’s effort,

“There were people who weren’t able to leave (the southern
villages). And those were the people with the most need… We
choose to do this on a volunteer basis to show the people who we
were helping that we are not expecting from them anything, were
doing this really to help. It’s not like if we are doing this for
political conditions like it’s happening in Beirut…we wanted
people to see that there was still hope… there are people who are
accepting to take risks, accepting to sacrifice their life…”

“It’s about standing up and doing something. Everyone can
do something… people in the USA can do something, they can
make a stand…to show that they wont support Israel or send
military stuff… all our lives we are having jobs we hate to buy stuff
we don’t need, there’s people dying everyday there are
tragedies all around the world…”

More on R.A.S.H.: http://contre.propagande.org/pravda/index.php
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