Subject: ON THE PATH TO
WORLD WAR THREE ?
25 July 2006
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The totally irresponsible and illegitimate leadership of the United
States is suffering from dangerous delusions which put all of us at
great risk. This is the assessment of millions of Americans who have
joined with Europeans and the nations of the Middle East to appeal for
peace. It is incumbent on every sane person to study the current
dangers rationally and to act locally to promote peace within the
communities and institutions where they live and work.
In the present situation, writes Howard Zinn : Indifference =
Criminal Collaboration !
Below, we offer our readers six articles we recently received which
describe the ever increasing dangers our generation now faces
throughout the world.
Item A. is a warning from author William
Rivers Pitt on the signs of an approaching World War, unlike any
other we have seen.
Item B. is Robert Fisk's
historical perspective on the western nations' Lebanon evacuation,
which is now underway.
Item C. by Gilbert Achcar
is an analysis of the U.S.-Israeli attack on Lebanon.
Item D. is Dahr Jamail's eye-witness
account of life in Beirut under Israeli missiles.
Item E. is an announcement
forwarded to us by Dr. Catherine Shamas on a new international
call for an Israel Boycott.
Item F. is a call for tomorrow's
protest demonstration organized by
the Council for National Interest Foundation in front of the Israeli Embassy in
Israeli aggressions in Lebanon and Palestine.
We preface these six articles with the very informative newsletter
sent to us by William Blum, author of Killing Hope, and
with an important photo study by The March For Justice focusing
on U.S. atrocities in Iraq.
Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Research
Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3
from TruthOut :
23 July 2006
There is no way to tell exactly how this
Middle East upheaval is going to unfold, and making any sort of
prediction is a dangerous game," writes William Rivers Pitt. "There
are, however, a number of disparate factors threaded through this
situation that, if allowed to coalesce, will create an unspeakably
dangerous convulsion that will be felt all across the globe.
from Robert Fisk :
21 July 2006
This is not Dunkirk. This is
How brave our warships looked at dawn.
Spread over the pale blue Mediterranean, bristling with cannons and
machine guns and missiles, it was an armada led by the destroyer HMS
Gloucester and the USS Nashville and York and the sleek French
anti-submarine frigate Jean-de- Vienne. They represented Us, those
ships upon which the Lebanese stared with such intensity yesterday.
They represented our Western power, the military strength of our
billion-dollar economies. Who would dare challenge this naval might?
by Robert Fisk
It was, our journalists told us, to be the greatest evacuation since
Dunkirk. There it was again, the Second World War. And it was another
cruel lie which the Lebanese spotted at once. For these mighty craft
had not arrived to save Lebanon, to protect a nation now being
destroyed by America's ally, Israel, Lebanon whose newly flourishing
democracy was hailed by our leaders last year as a rose amid the
dictatorships of the Arab world. No, they were creeping through the
dawn after asking Israel's permission to help their citizens to flee.
These great warships had been sent here by Western leaders (Jacques
Chirac excepted) too craven, too gutless, too immoral, to utter a
single word of compassion for Lebanon's suffering.
Even Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara could only condemn Hizbollah for
attacking the Israelis last week - yes, of course, Lord Blair, they did
indeed "start this", as our Foreign Secretary never ceases to say -
without mentioning Israel's savage killing of more than 300 Lebanese
civilians. No, those ships I watched steaming into Beirut port
yesterday did not represent Dunkirk. They represented Munich.
Even the newspaper and television stories managed to avoid the reality.
As our Jolly Tars helped the elderly on board and US Marines landed
very briefly - or "stormed the beach", to quote the Associated Press's
imperishable report - to protect their ship, television crews hunted
through the crowds of refugees for suitable pictures. Their problem, of
course, was that almost the entire evacuation is of Lebanese who happen
to hold dual citizenship. Cameras moved inexorably towards the very few
blue-eyed men and blonde ladies of the "kith and kin" variety, anyone
in fact who didn't look remotely like most of the rest of the refugees.
It was pathetic. Even while we are betraying the Lebanese, we tried not
to film the lucky few who could escape on our ships.
Of course, there are various kinds of escape, and one of the most adept
of political Houdinis is His Excellency Mr Jeffrey Feldman, the US
ambassador to Lebanon. In the past few hours, he had to listen - in
person - as the Lebanese Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, desperately
appealed for a ceasefire to end the destruction of Lebanon by the
Israeli air force. "Is the value of human life in Lebanon less than
that of the citizens of other countries?" Mr Siniora asked. "Can the
international community stand by while such callous retribution by
Israel is inflicted on us?" Answer: yes.
Now all this presented Mr Feldman with a little problem. This was the
same Mr Feldman, remember, who was heaping laurels on Mr Siniora and
his democratically elected government last year for its "cedar
revolution", for throwing the Syrian army out. But if he were to praise
Mr Siniora's speech condemning Israel, Mr Feldman would, no doubt, be
summoned back to the State Department in Washington and dispatched to
the US embassy in Ulan Bator. So what was he to say when asked for a
comment on Mr Siniora's speech? It was, Mr Feldman said, "articulate
and touching". Articulate - as in
"he-knows-how-to-string-the-words-together" - and touching, as in "sad".
Now to the Department of Home Truths. Mr Siniora did not mention the
Hizbollah. He did not say he had been powerless to stop its reckless
attack on Israel last week. He didn't want to criticise this powerful
guerrilla army in his midst which had proved that Syria still controls
events in this beautiful, damaged country. And he did not dare
criticise Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah's leader, whom Israel tried
to assassinate a few hours later by dropping a massive bomb on what it
called a "bunker" in Beirut's southern suburbs, an explosion which
physically shook the entire city. Untrue, cried the Hizbollah. It was
the building site for a new mosque.
Ho hum. One has to say that it was indeed a building site that was hit
and a few of the unfinished walls appeared to be of Islamic design. But
on closer inspection, it did also have a very big basement. A very big
basement indeed. "Well," as one colleague put it to me, "I suppose even
mosques have basements, but..."
Quite so. For no one takes anything at face value these days. And that
applied to President Bush's promise to ask Israel to stop destroying
any more of Lebanon's infrastructure. It was an eloquent gesture. And
no doubt touching. But there isn't much of Lebanon's infrastructure
left to destroy.
from Gilbert Achcar :
21 July 2006
'Israel is holding a whole population hostage'
Q. THE U.S. media
place the blame for Israel's attack on Hezbollah, for "starting" the
violence? Is that how you view the situation?
Achcar. WHATEVER ONE thinks
about Hezbollah or the operation mounted by Hezbollah--and I do have my
own reservations about its appropriateness with regard to its
foreseeable consequences--this cannot by any logic justify what Israel
The killing of the seven Israeli soldiers and the kidnapping of two
soldiers was an act of war, and Lebanon and Israel are two countries
that are still at war.
Israel regularly encroaches on Lebanon's sovereignty: it has attacked
the country innumerable times, especially after 1967 (the first Israeli
devastating attack on Beirut's airport took place in 1968); it invaded
a small piece of Lebanese territory in 1967 (the Shebaa farms), a big
chunk of southern Lebanon in 1978, half of Lebanon in 1982; it then
occupied a big part of the country until 1985, its southern part until
2000, and it still holds the stretch of Lebanese territory that it
seized in 1967.
Since 2000, there has been an ongoing low-intensity war between
Hezbollah and Israel: cross-border skirmishes, covert Israeli action in
Lebanon, including assassination of Hezbollah leaders, etc.
But what Israel is carrying out now in Lebanon is massive retaliation
against a whole population. It is holding a whole population and
country hostage and trying to impose its conditions.
This brutality is most cowardly, because whatever military means
Hezbollah--or the whole of the Lebanese state, for that matter--possess
are dwarfed by the military power of the state of Israel.
This isn't some kind of an equal fight, despite the fact that
Hezbollah is retaliating with some rockets. One of the world's
mightiest military powers is committing a naked aggression against one
of the weakest states in the Middle East, and murdering scores of
They have already killed over 200 people in less than one week,
and the number keeps growing day after day. The overwhelming majority,
more than 90 percent, of Israel's victims are uninvolved civilians.
They are neither fighters, nor even militants; just ordinary civilians,
families and a considerable number of children appallingly torn to
pieces by Israeli bombs.
Israel is destroying the infrastructure of the country. It is also
destroying the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people. Lebanon
is a country where the summer season is very important to thousands and
thousands of people--the large proportion of the population that get
seasonal jobs in the tourism sector and depend on these earnings for
their living for the whole year. And now these people are being fired
by the tens of thousands because everybody understands that there won't
be any "summer season" in Lebanon.
If you take all this into consideration and compare it to whatever
border operation Hezbollah executed, it is absolutely clear that this
has become just a pretext--seized on by Israel, backed by the United
States and other countries, to try to impose what they have been
attempting to force since 2004.
That year, they had the UN Security Council adopt a resolution
calling not only for the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, but
also for the disarmament of armed groups in the country--meaning, above
all, Hezbollah, and secondarily, the Palestinians in their refugee
THE DOUBLE standard of Western media presentations of the situation and
the hypocrisy of Israel's statements are so glaring that they
constitute by themselves a moral aggression--for example, the capture
of one soldier by the Palestinians becomes Israel's justification for a
murderous and destructive assault on Gaza, while Israel holds close to
10,000 Palestinian prisoners in its jails, most of whom are civilians
abducted by Israel in the territory that it occupies since 1967 in
total violation of international law.
We know this double standard well. Noam Chomsky has made it one of his
specialties for so many years to denounce the permanent double
standards and hypocrisy in the imperial countries and in their media.
We are now witnessing an appalling new case of that same double
And the fact is that if this hypocrisy can go unnoticed for an average
audience in Western countries, you can be sure that in the overwhelming
majority of Third World countries--and, of course, in Muslim countries,
and, even more so, in Arab countries--the double standard is
conspicuously and outrageously obvious.
That's why people don't give any credit to the utterances of Western
leaders--to the Bush administration's talk about democracy and other
Instead, what we are seeing right now is that the hatred toward not
only Israel but the United States, and all the other Western countries
backing Israel and allying with the United States, is reaching heights
which are far beyond what existed before September 11, 2001.
In other words, the United States and the state of Israel are preparing
for the rest of the world, including their own populations, nightmarish
events, compared to which 9/11, I'm afraid, will be only a foretaste.
People in the West, especially in the United States, have to become
aware of the hypocrisy of their government, and of this total lack of
justice and even humanitarian commiseration in dealing with the Arab
populations of the Middle East.
They have to become aware of the fact that, for very good reason, the
Arab and Muslim peoples are coming to perceive that they are considered
as sub-human beings, and that their lives have no value in the eyes of
Israel, the United States and their allies.
Therefore, they become receptive to the kind of discourse that comes
from the likes of Osama bin Laden--that if our civilian lives have no
value to them, then their civilian lives should have no value to us. So
we are reaching a completely infernal situation because of the criminal
reactionary policies of the U.S. administration and the Israeli
Q. WHAT ARE Israel's goals in carrying out this assault?
Achcar. STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING, both Israel and the
United States consider their main enemy in the Middle East to be not
bin Laden or al-Qaeda--these are only minor nuisances in their eyes, if
conveniently useful nuisances--but Iran.
There is what they call the Shiite axis or crescent, which has its
source in Iran, and goes through the pro-Iranian Shiite forces in Iraq,
through the Syrian government, which is allied to Iran, and reaches
Hezbollah in Lebanon.
This is why they consider Hezbollah a very important enemy--because
with their kind of conception of the world, they see everything through
their obsession with what they consider to be their main enemy state.
At the time of the Cold War, they used to see everything worldwide in
terms of a confrontation with the former Soviet Union. Now, they see
everything in the Middle East in terms of a confrontation with Iran.
Besides that, Israel has its own specific reasons for wanting to get
rid of Hezbollah, as the organization that played the major role in
forcing Israel to withdraw from Lebanon, in 2000. This is an
organization that is permanently defying Israel by its very existence,
its very presence.
Ever since Israel left Lebanon, there's been a determination to take
revenge on Hezbollah, and we're now witnessing Israel in the midst of
carrying this out, using the pretext of the border clashes.
Q. THE U.S. government denounces Hezbollah as a band of terrorists.
What is the actual role that it plays in Lebanon?
Achcar. THROUGHOUT THE years, Lebanese politics have had a communal
dynamic, so you have some kind of identification of communities with
this or that political organization. Hezbollah managed to become the
main force in the Shiite community, which is the largest minority in
Lebanon, where no religious community constitutes a majority.
Hezbollah came to play this role for a variety of reasons. The major
one is the role that Hezbollah played in liberating southern Lebanon,
where the Shiite community is concentrated, from the Israeli invasion.
But there are other factors. Generally speaking, the rise of
Hezbollah's influence fits into a framework that we've seen at the
regional level for the last 30 years, where the failure of the left and
the bankruptcy of nationalist leaderships create a void in the
leadership of the mass movement that has been filled by organizations
of an Islamic fundamentalist character.
This was very much propelled by the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The
shock wave of the revolution was tremendous in the area--especially, of
course, among the Shiites, since Iran is a Shiite country.
The birth of Hezbollah was the result of the conjunction of this shock
wave with the conditions created by the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in
1982. It was born after the invasion, and its rise was associated with
its success in the fight against the occupation.
Another factor is the way that Hezbollah managed to build its social
base. Hezbollah was very much backed by Iran from its founding. Tehran
trains and funds Hezbollah, and the organization has made clever use of
the funds that it gets. It organizes several kinds of social services
and a social network, which helps huge numbers of Shiite families.
It also managed to translate the clout built through the resistance in
political terms, when it entered the elections. Hezbollah has an
important fraction in the Lebanese parliament and there are even
Hezbollah ministers in the Lebanese government.
So it's not a "terrorist" organization, as Washington's and Israel's
terrorist governments call it. It is a mass party fully involved in the
legal political life in Lebanon.
No one in Lebanon, except for a tiny minority of ultra reactionaries,
considers what Hezbollah does in confronting Israel to be "terrorism."
The Lebanese government itself considers it as national resistance.
Q. CAN YOU talk about how Israel's assault on Lebanon is connected
to the intensified war on Palestinians since Hamas won control of the
Achcar. THERE ARE several connections. To be sure, there are
connections of a kind that fit into Washington's conspiracy theory.
Hamas and Hezbollah are both organizations in the same regional
alliance. Part of Hamas's leadership live in exile in Syria, and it has
very good relations with Iran. Tehran backs Hamas: when the new
Palestinian government was elected, and there was a boycott organized
by the Western powers and Israel, Iran was the first country to pledge
support for the Palestinians to compensate for that boycott.
The other connection is the result of how Israel's onslaught on Gaza
has been so traumatizing for the whole region.
Whatever the original motivation for Hezbollah's operation that
captured the Israelis--I'm saying this, because Hezbollah's chief
Hassan Nasrallah said that it had been months in the planning--when it
took place, it was seen across the whole Middle East as a legitimate
and necessary gesture of solidarity with the people of Gaza who are
being crushed by Israel. That's why there was a lot of sympathy for it.
Like in Lebanon now, Israel used the pretext of the abduction of one of
its soldiers in Gaza to hold the whole population hostage and begin a
frenzy of destruction and murder that falls into the canons of state
mass terrorism of the worst sort known in history.
Q. HOW DOES the war on Lebanon fit with the other wars that the U.S.
and Israel are carrying out in the Middle East?
Achcar. FOR ISRAEL and the U.S., the main enemy, as I said, is the
whole alliance, with Iran as the most central part of the alliance. The
main target is the Iranian regime, which they want to get rid of, in
one way or another.
The Syrian regime is more of a secondary enemy. I don't believe that
there is a real drive toward overthrowing that regime. Israeli
officials explain that they don't wish to see a new Iraq unfolding at
their border, because they know that if the Syrian regime were to
collapse, that's what you would get: a chaotic situation that could
very much threaten the security of Israel.
Of course, they would like to get the Syrian government to break with
Iran. And they want to compel Tehran, too, to abide by their rules. But
because they don't have any confidence in the Iranian regime, they wish
that they could overthrow it in one way or another. That's their basic
goal: what they call in Washingtonese "regime change."
With the prevailing replica of the Cold War imperialist mentality,
Hezbollah is presented as a mere agency of Iran. Now, to be sure, it's
no secret to anyone that Hezbollah is closely linked to both Damascus
and Tehran. And Hezbollah would have been foolish to undertake its July
12 attack without some degree of coordination with its backers.
So what? Unlike those of the Afghan mujahadeen, when they were fighting
against the Soviet occupation of their country, the weapons Hezbollah
is using are, of course, not U.S.-made or U.S.-provided!
It is absolutely normal for forces confronted with much more powerful
enemies to try to find external sources of support. Hezbollah has to
get the means from somewhere to be able to resist.
Or does Washington believe that it is entitled to intervene wherever it
wants by the sole right of its "manifest destiny"--for instance,
backing today the so-called People's Mujahedin of Iran in its
cross-border attacks against Iran from U.S.-occupied Iraq, after having
backed yesterday the far more significant contras against Nicaragua's
government--while Iran has no right to support its correligionists in
Lebanon or Palestine. This chutzpah is only exceeded by U.S. complaints
against Iranian interference in Iraq, a country under U.S. occupation!
The fact that Hezbollah has links to Syria and Iran doesn't mean in the
least that it is not waging a legitimate national resistance
struggle--in the same way that the fact that the Vietnamese were backed
by this or that Communist country didn't mean in the least that they
were not fighting for the liberation of their country.
GILBERT ACHCAR grew up in Lebanon, before moving to France, where
he teaches political science at the University of Paris-VIII. Among his
most recent works are Eastern Cauldron (2004) and The Clash of
Barbarisms (2d ed. 2006); a book of his dialogues with Noam Chomsky on
the Middle East, Perilous
Power, is forthcoming from Paradigm Publishers. He talked to
Socialist Worker's ALAN MAASS.
from Dahr Jamail :
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
Subject: Iraq Dispatches: Lebanese Devastated In All Sorts of Ways
Lebanese Devastated In All
Sorts of Ways
*BEIRUT, Jul 23 (IPS) - Much of Beirut is a devastated city,
infrastructure in many areas lies in a shambles after the Israeli
bombing. But the Lebanese are also just feeling devastated.*
by Dahr Jamail
"Does our country not have the right to move forward like other
democracies," says Nidal Mothman, a 35-year-old taxi driver in downtown
Beirut. "We hate the American government for giving the green light for
the Israelis to bomb us back to the stone age."
Mothman, like so many Lebanese in the capital city, is seething with
anger over what he called "indiscriminate" Israeli aggression towards
"How many Hezbollah have they killed," Mothman said. "Maybe just a few,
while they've killed over 350 Lebanese civilians. What kind of war are
they waging against my country?"
From the street to the leadership, most people seem to talk the same
language. Last Thursday Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora told
reporters that his country has been torn to shreds. "Can the
international community stand by while such callous retribution by the
state of Israel is inflicted on us?"
Siniora also accused Israel of massacring Lebanese civilians and
attempting to destroy everything that allows the country to stay alive.
The facts on the ground add credence to his remarks. The humanitarian
crisis continues to worsen by the hour, with close to a million
Lebanese displaced. Officials say at least 64 bridges have been bombed.
Many roads are cut by the bombing, and this is hindering transportation
of food and aid supplies.
Other Israeli targets have included the country's largest milk factory,
a food factory, two pharmaceutical plants, water treatment centres,
power plants, grain silos, a Greek Orthodox Church, hospitals and an
In certain districts of Beirut life goes on as normal, but southern
Beirut has been hit hard, with entire buildings brought to the ground
by Israeli air raids.
"When do you think this war will end," 22-year-old student at the
American University of Beirut Nishan Ishaqi said. "I lived in southern
Beirut, and everything I know is totally destroyed now. I only want
peace, and a safe place to stay."
Ishaqi, who was preparing to leave for Tripoli (north of Beirut in
Lebanon) to stay with relatives, wept as he said, "Why must they do
this to us? If they want to fight Hezbollah, let them fight them -- but
not the Lebanese civilians."
Meanwhile, Israeli military operations continue to pummel southern
Lebanon, including the city of Tyre, while Lebanese in Beirut had a day
of relative calm Sunday.
Foreign war ships are crowding ports as evacuation of foreign nationals
continues. "Yes, we see the priorities of the western countries as they
evacuate their people," 55-year-old clothing merchant in the Hamra
district of Beirut, Ayad Harrar said. "So you see, screw the Lebanese,
they do not matter to us. This is what their governments are saying to
us by these actions."
Harrar said people are shocked that his country was once again plunged
into war, just when they thought they had found peace.
"This afternoon it is calm, but we all know that when they finish
evacuating their people, we will be bombed once more," Harrar said. "It
is not possible to live a life while we live under these conditions;
not knowing when our day to die is coming from more Israeli bombs."
On Saturday, after meeting with members from a United Nations team who
had just returned from the region, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza
Rice told reporters that the situation in Lebanon was part of the
"birth pangs of a new Middle East", and said that Israel should ignore
calls for a ceasefire.
Not many people in Beirut are able to see it that way. Suthir Amalat
carrying her child in one arm as she bought water to take home for
emergencies said she was preparing for everything to worsen.
"We are angry at Hezbollah for starting this catastrophe, but even more
angry at the Israelis for destroying all of Lebanon," she said. "And
America, who we thought was our friend, clearly now supports the
Israeli destruction of our country."
from Catherine Shamas :
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006
Subject: PACBI Update 7--July 23, 2006
If you are interested you can suscribe directly to PACBI
PACBI Update 7: Boycott Israel to stop its crimes in Lebanon and Gaza
BDS press release, calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions,
international solidarity and related articles and anaylsis.
BDS Press Release:
Boycott Israel to Stop its War Crimes in Lebanon and Gaza!
Palestinian Civil Society Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
(BDS) against Israel -- Acting Steering Committee July 18,
for boycott, divestment and sanctions:
1.Formation of SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL COALITION IN SOUTH AFRICA
Press release | | July 21, 2006
The crisis caused by the imperialist-backed Israeli state in their
collective punishment of the Palestinians and the Lebanese people has
demanded an urgent response.
2.Derry protesters demand Israeli goods boycott
Sarah Brett | Belfast Telegraph | July 21, 2006
Anti-war protesters will be on the streets of Londonderry tomorrow
calling for a boycott of Israeli goods.
1.Greens to Bush: Press Israel to Stop the Attacks on Lebanon
Green Party, USA | July 20, 2006
Slaughter of Lebanese and Palestinian civilians is a punishable war
crime; use of U.S. weapons for such purposes violates U.S. laws.
2.Filmmakers Demand Withdrawal of Israeli Government Sponsorship
of Film Festival
| | July 18, 2006
The following intervention by Arab and other filmmakers has
resulted in the Locarno International Film Festival 2006 renouncing
financial support from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3.NADEL CONDEMNS ISRAEL'S FLAGRANT BREACH OF INTERNATIONAL
NADEL | | July 2006
The National Association of Democratic Lawyers of South Africa
condemns the flagrant breaches of international humanitarian law and
the violations of the human rights of Palestinians further exacerbated
by the latest attack by Israel on the residents of Gaza in Palestine.
Related articles and analysis:
1.Analysis: could Israel face war crimes charges?
Michael Herman | TimesOnline | July 20, 2006
A UN warning that Israel’s bombardment of Lebanon may constitute
war crimes has legal legs - but with the issue as much about politics
as law prosecutions are unlikely anytime soon, analysts say.
2.Film festival drops Israel as sponsor to protest attack
Jim Quilty | The Daily Star | July 21, 2006
BEIRUT: The organizers of the 2006 Locarno International Film
Festival have dropped the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a
festival sponsor because of that country's unremitting bombardment of
civilian targets in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
Bruce Dixon | The Black Commentator | July 20, 2006
Imagine, if you will, a modern apartheid state with first, second
and eleventh class citizens, all required to carry identification
specifying their ethnic origin.
4.Nothing but anti-Arab racism can fully explain the behaviour
of the Israelis
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown | The Independent | July 17, 2006
Born in Germany, Hugh was from one of those cultured, intellectual
Jewish Berlin families crushed by Nazism. He escaped to Britain in the
late 1930s to become a world-class scientist. Israel would bring out
the worst in his people, he always said, and I argued with him.
Survivors of the Holocaust, I believed, were on the side of the angels.
"No, my dear," he would respond, "the Jewish state will make us
nationalists, and will one day make us racialists." I am glad he is not
alive to see his prophetic words turned flesh.
5.Boycott Israeli Dance Companies
Paul Ben-Itzak | The Dance Insider | July 2006
PARIS -- I'd love to be able to start this column with the dance
angle, explaining why we should boycott the Israeli companies
performing at this month's Lincoln Center Festival -- including Ohad
Naharin's Batsheva, opening tomorrow -- but unfortunately, in the face
of the dissembling and pandering to the Israel lobby by Senator Hilary
Clinton and others, even as Israeli bombs continue to kill Lebanese
children (the toll at the end of yesterday: 230 Lebanese civilians
killed by Israel, 13 Israeli civilians
killed by Hizbullah), I'm afraid some context is in order.
6.A New Middle East is Born: But not exactly the one Shimon
Peres had in mind
Omar Barghouti | Electronic Lebanon | July 19, 2006
Six long, bloodstained days have passed since Israel launched its
barbaric attack on Lebanon without succeeding in exacting a significant
military toll on the resistance itself. Six days are exactly what it
took Israel to deal a crushing and humiliating military defeat to the
largely inferior armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan in June 1967, and to
subsequently occupy the Palestinian Gaza Strip and West Bank, including
East Jerusalem, the Syrian Golan Heights, and the Egyptian Sinai
7.Peace With Justice Is Only Way Out
Sam Bahour | OhmyNews International | July 18, 2006
In case anyone had any remaining doubts, the flawed Middle East
peace process and the international community's half-hearted efforts
have miserably failed, culminating in Israel's most recent aggression
in Gaza and Lebanon. Following the Palestinian's democratic legislative
elections which brought Hamas to power, Israel announced that its goal
was to topple the Palestinian government at any cost.
8.Ties with Israel open to debate, says Pahad
Boyd Webb | Cape Times | July 17, 2006
Pretoria: While the government is not entertaining thoughts of
cutting diplomatic ties with Israel or imposing sanctions, it is open
to debate on the issue, says Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad.
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
from : Council for the National Interest Foundation
Subject: Protest Israel's Assault on Lebanon and Gaza, Tuesday in DC
STOP ISRAEL’S ATTACK ON LEBANON AND GAZA!
March on the Israeli Embassy and demand an end to
Since July 13, Israeli forces have killed close to 400 Lebanese
civilians in a massive bombing campaign targeting civilian
infrastructure and homes. During the same time, more than 100
Palestinians have been killed in Israeli incursions into the occupied
Gaza Strip and West Bank.
Israel’s assault on Lebanon has injured thousands of civilians and made
more than 700,000 homeless, half of whom are children. Israel has
directly targeted civilians, flattening them in their homes and
apartment buildings or cutting them down in their cars as they try to
flee the fighting. Most of the key roads and bridges have been bombed
along with a milk factory, convoys bringing food and medicine, gas
stations and power plants, creating a humanitarian crisis of major
Tuesday, July 25
@ Van Ness and Connecticut (the Van Ness / UDC Metro Station)
Wear black for a funeral procession carrying coffins draped in
Lebanese and Palestinian flags.
March will begin at 5:30 and proceed north on Connecticut, west on
Brandywine, south on 36th,
ending with a rally at the Israeli Embassy (514
International Dr. NW)
(meet at 3:30 to help assemble coffins and prep march)
Endorsed by: The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (DC
Chapter), Codepink, Partners for Peace, Pax Christi USA, The Council
for the National Interest, The Washington Interfaith Alliance for
Middle East Peace, The Women’s International League for Peace and
Freedom, and more. . .
Council for the National Interest Foundation
1250 4th Street SW, Suite WG-1
Washington, District of Columbia 20024