Monday, July 17, 2006

No news from lebanon?

Yehia writes - Monday, 17 July 8.10pm:
"dear friends.

I am crying and shaking from head to toe with rage and grief. so forgive me for sending this. But everyone should know what is happening in lebanon. And this will not happen through the mainstream corporate media.
The following message was sent by Hanady Salman, an editor at a local lebanese newspaper As-Safir:

Dear friends and colleagues ,

You will all have to excuse me for sending this. It's pictures of thebodies of babies killed by the israelis in South lebanon. They are all burnt. I need your help. I am almost certain these pictures won't bepublished in the West, although they are associated press pictures. I need your help exposing them if you can. The problem is these are people who were asked to leave their village , Ter Hafra , this morning , within two hours , or else.... So those who were able to flee went to the closer UN base wherethey were asked to leave. I think that after the Qana massacres in 1996 when civilians were bombed after they took shelter in UN headquarters , the UN does not want to be responssible for the lives of civilians.

A FEW MINUTES AGO , the Israeli asked the people of Al Bustan village in the south to evacuate their homes. I am afraid massacares will keep happening as long as Israeli actions are uncheked.

Please help us if you can

Hanady Salman "


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I didn't see that. I was too busy following the lead of the G8 and EU, and looking the other way...

Anonymous said...

From Imad, Indymedia Beirut:

Salam all,

Please circulate as widely as possible!

For more info please visit

We also need people to help translate news, calls and reports. Please
us know on with the subject being




The Israeli offensive against Lebanon is an act of aggression against
the whole Lebanese people. The IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) claims to
attacking an “infrastructure of terror”, but the attacks on bridges,
roads, airports and ships are cutting the country into pieces,
threatening to create a disastrous situation by impeding the
transportation of food
and medicines, and terrorizing everyone. Besides the hundreds killed and
injured, thousands of people are fleeing the country, and thousands of
people are fleeing from the areas where the bombing is heaviest into
central Beirut. Even here in the “safe” parts of the city we can hear
the bombs throughout the day and night, and electrical and water
are tenuous.

Political and civil society organizations here are organizing to help
people deal with the effects of the invasion, but there is only so much
we can do on our own. We are calling on our brothers and sisters in the
rest of the world to do two things to help us.

First we call on you to protest at Israeli embassies and consulates, as
we hear some groups are already doing. The Israeli government must be
accountable for its criminal and terroristic actions here and in
Palestine. We also ask you to send us information about any such
protests you carry out.

Secondly we are asking you to help us with our work with displaced
people here in Beirut. The group we are part of, the Relief Center -
Spears, is
working in 23 schools in the central areas of Beirut, which were housing
more than 5,000 people as of the night of July 15th (we don’t know how
many thousands more are in other areas). People there are sleeping 10 or
15 to a room without enough mattresses, and they are only receiving food
and water irregularly from the government. Many are children or elderly,
and except for trauma centers the only medical care is being provided by
volunteers organized by the Relief Center. These volunteers are lacking
the medicines and other supplies they need to care for people. Media
activists here will shortly be distributing videos documenting the
situation in these schools, which will only get worse if nothing is

Besides the humanitarian aspect of the situation, helping displaced
people is crucial to the reconstruction of Lebanon after this crisis
ends. One
aspect of the Israeli offensive is an attempt to foment tensions between
different cultural groups in Lebanon. This is the only way they can hope
to achieve their goals without an all-out war, but in the end it would
do more damage to Lebanese society than any amount of physical
A broad relief effort is an essential part of avoiding such a disaster.

We urgently need money to buy the supplies we need to help the
internally displaced population here. We ask everyone who can to send
however small, the Relief Committee – Spears in the care of the
following two people by bank transfer.

Please contact your bank to find out how to do this and please send an
email to letting us know about your donation
and amount (we are using the account of Greenline Association as a
care-taker account)!


Greenline Association address:
3rd floor, Yamout building, Spears 174,
Sanayeh, Beirut, Lebanon
Telefax: (+961 1) 746 215 or (+961 1) 752 142

These are difficult days for everyone in Lebanon, but we are confident
that with your support we can overcome this situation as we have others

Sanayeh Relief Center


An Open Letter From Naomi Klein

I urge all who are horrified by the Israeli government's inflicting of
collective punishment on the people of Lebanon to join me in supporting
the Sanayeh Relief Center. It is a remarkable coalition of a grassroots
activists in Beirut who have rapidly joined together to provide
emergency relief to many victims of this human-created disaster. I have
their work and feel confident that all support we send is going to the
urgent task of distributing basic supplies such as food and medicine to
people suffering under the Israeli bombing, including thousands of
internally displaced refugees being housed in 32 displacement centers.

Virtually the only response from western governments to Israel's
sickening decision to wage all out war on the people of Lebanon has been
to send
helicopters and boats to rescue their own citizens. Millions of people
without such precious passports are left behind without aid, trapped by
Israeli bombs that have systematically targeted roads, bridges and the

There is no "international community" that is coming to save the day,
only our own anti-war networks that we have built in our communities and
online. So at the same time as we raise our voices to demand an
immediate end to Israeli aggression, we must also offer our financial
support to
trustworthy, on-the-ground activists like those at the Sanayeh Relief
Center. In a world increasingly governed by brute force and
indifference, the Sanayeh Relief Center is a beacon of humanity and
mutual aid, please
do what you can to increase its strength. It is a concrete act of peace.

Naomi Klein
Wednesday, July 19th