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excerpted from Abunimah News - 28 July 2006
1) Israel murders woman aged 75, four others in occupied Gaza (R) 2) Israel army "ethicist": killing civilians, flattening towns "moral" (JP) 3) Evidence enemy is using chemical arms in occupied Gaza (AFP) 4) Lebanon village struggles as food, medicine grow scarce (AFP) 5) 87 percent of Lebanese support Hizbullah resistance (CSM) 6) Invader will not allow UN to probe killing of observers in Lebanon (Ha) 7) Spineless Kofi Annan backs down as usual (Wash Times) 8) Israel reactivates collaborator radio, steps up black propaganda (BBC)
The Jordan Times - 28 July 2006 http://jordantimes.com/fri/news/news4.htm
GAZA (Reuters) -- Israeli soldiers killed four civilians in Gaza on Thursday, Palestinian medical workers said, while police at a checkpoint in south Jerusalem killed a Palestinian who shot at them.
Israel's offensive into the Gaza Strip to recover a captured soldier and end cross-border rocket attacks has largely been overshadowed by fighting against Hizbollah fighters in Lebanon, but shows no sign of slackening.
Those who died on Thursday included a 75-year-old woman, whose house was hit by a missile or shell. Medical workers said another two civilians, aged 16 and 23, were killed in an air strike. A male civilian died from his wounds from a tank shell.
The army said the air strikes targeted groups of fighters, including some who fired an anti-tank missile at troops.
A spokeswoman said the military did not fire at civilians intentionally and was constantly warning them to evacuate areas where fighters were present.
Meanwhile in south Jerusalem, Israeli border police killed a Palestinian gunman who shot at them at a checkpoint. Two Israeli officers were taken to hospital.
At least 149 Palestinians, around half of them fighters, have been killed in the monthlong assault on Gaza.
Wednesday's death toll of 24 was the highest since Israeli troops returned to the territory in late June, less than a year after they had withdrawn following a 38-year occupation.
Tanks and troops pushed into northeastern Gaza, a stronghold of fighters firing rockets into Israel, early on Wednesday and have remained. At least 12 of the 24 killed on Wednesday were fighters.
Fighters have kept up attacks with homemade rockets despite the Israeli offensive.
Israel has rejected demands for a prisoner exchange by the fighters who captured Corporal Gilad Shalit in a border raid on June 25. Some of the fighters came from the armed wing of the governing Hamas Islamist group.
The Hamas armed wing dismissed comments from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, during a visit to Rome on Thursday, suggesting a solution could be imminent to the case of the captured soldier.
"Nothing has changed in the case of the Israeli soldier," said Abu Ubaida, spokesman for the Izz Deen Qassam Brigades.
"The file remains in the hands of the resistance factions and not in the hands of any politician even if that politician is Abu Mazen," Abu Ubaida said, using Abbas's nickname.
Abbas had spoken to reporters in Rome after talks with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi.
"I told the prime minister that as far as the question of the abducted Israeli soldier is concerned efforts are undergoing continuously that lead us to believe that the solution will be imminent," he said through an interpreter.
"I hope the soldier is in good health and that he can soon return to his family. I would like to remind you that there are 10,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails and we hope that they too can return to their families," he said.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Abbas' remarks had been misinterpreted.
"I do not think that the president meant to say that the release was imminent," Erekat told CNN television. "Efforts are being exerted but I wouldn't jump to any premature conclusions at this stage."
The offensive has put pressure on the Hamas-led government, which was already struggling under a crippling US-led aid embargo, designed to force the group to recognise Israel's right to exist, renounce violence and accept past peace deals.
(2) 'IDF may be morally justified in flattening terror strongholds'
By NATHANIEL ROSEN
The Jerusalem Post - 28 July 2006 http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1153292016092&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
The man who wrote the IDF code of ethics, Professor Asa Kasher, has indicated that in the current circumstances in southern Lebanon, provided the appropriate precautions are taken, it may be "morally justified" to obliterate areas with high concentrations of terrorists, even if civilian casualties result.
"I don't know what the truth is about the circumstances," Kasher stressed. "But assuming that we warned the civilians and gave them enough time to leave, and that the civilians who remained chose, themselves, not to leave, then there is no reason to jeopardize the lives of the troops," he told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
Kasher's statements followed the deaths of nine soldiers on Wednesday, eight of whom were ambushed at Bint Jbail. Israel has been reluctant to use sufficient weaponry to flatten the Hizbullah "terrorist capital" of Bint Jbail, a policy that many have criticized as being overly sensitive toward the enemy and its civilians.
Moshe Keynan, the father of a soldier killed in another conflict, said he was angry with the IDF for jeopardizing soldiers' safety to protect civilians.
"We need to worry that our kids return to their parents and we need to worry about our family and sons and wives, not how we look on BBC," said Keynan.
Meir Indor, director-general of the Terror Victims Association, seconded Keynan's concerns.
"There is an argument which is dealing with the subject of how much danger soldiers can be exposed to in order to save civilians. I think the world already decided that you don't sacrifice your soldiers in order to save enemy civilians," said Indor, whose organization is lobbying the military and the government against putting soldiers in unnecessarily dangerous situations.
The IDF denied the claim that its measures to prevent civilian casualties puts its soldiers at unnecessary risk.
"We are taking precautions to protect civilians but we will not do so at the expense of our own soldiers' and civilians' lives," said a military source.
Joining the debate, Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter was quoted by The New York Times on Thursday as saying that Israel was unwilling to bomb villages without warning and invade with massive amounts of ground troops because "you'll kill a lot more innocent people and suffer a lot more casualties."
Kasher admitted that the decision to bomb a house or town was quite complicated, especially if there are citizens who wanted to leave but were prohibited from doing so by Hizbullah.
"We should take into consideration that people want to leave and aren't allowed to leave, and that changes the situation, but not on a grand scale," he said. "There you can justify certain infantry attacks... but only if it doesn't dramatically increase the jeopardy of our troops. Something which is a slightly higher level of risk is acceptable, but something drastically higher is not acceptable."
Kasher told the Post that the IDF acts according to two sets of moral considerations. The first is the IDF's code of ethics, The Spirit of the IDF, which was written by Kasher and a committee of generals in the early 1990's. The guidelines enumerate such values as sanctity of human life, human dignity, and purity of arms. Additionally, the IDF takes international law into consideration, although Kasher noted that international law is directed more toward two countries fighting each other rather than a country fighting a guerrilla or terrorist group.
"There is an ingredient of international law that is well developed concerning classical wars to draw a distinction between combatants and civilians... However, in cases of acting against terror or guerrillas it is simply inapplicable, because the people on the other side are not combatants of a military organization. The whole idea of drawing a distinction evaporates," said Kasher.
Agence France-Presse - 28 July 2006 http://jordantimes.com/fri/news/news9.htm
GAZA CITY -- "When the bomb exploded from the plane. I felt I was in hell. Real hell," shouts 31-year-old Ghassan stabbing the air with his finger and straining over the side of his grubby hospital bed.
Professing allegiance to Palestinian national security but parroting ideology atune to armed factions, Ghassan went to Gaza's Maghazi refugee camp last week to fight the Israelis during a particularly bloody incursion.
"I feel chemicals. I feel high heat, I feel high pain," he elaborates in English, both legs heavily bandaged, as patients and visitors brush past in a crowded corridor of Gaza's Shifa Hospital. "They found shrapnel with 'test' written on it," he shouts.
Accusations abound that the Israelis, pressing a nearly five-week offensive in which 130 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, are using a new weapon.
Doctors say they have never before seen such specific burn injuries, concentrated so much on the lower body and causing such a high propensity of amputations. The health ministry has already called for an independent inquiry.
A French humanitarian group reported unusually severe injuries.
One of its doctors reportedly raised the possibility that Israel used cluster bombs.
In response to a query about use of a new type of weapon possibly containing chemicals, the army said only that "specific claims are being checked".
"The IDF [Israel Defence Force] use of weapon and ammunition conforms with international law," it said in a statement.
But the Palestinian health ministry spokesman told AFP that "we are sure that the occupation forces are using bombs that are forbidden under international law." At the Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Balah, Habes Wehedi, a softly spoken senior surgeon, said medical staff were "amazed" by injuries of more than 30 per cent of the wounded admitted from Maghazi.
"There were amputations of limbs. Most patients were afflicted below the waist. They had burns all over their lower limb," he said.
Others were afflicted by what he described as "translucent shrapnel not shown by X-ray" that caused burns.
Wehedi studied in Romania and throughout his 20 years in emergency medicine in Gaza and Jerusalem says this is the first time he's seen such wounds.
A piece of plastic with the word "test" written on it had been found. "I think it was in one of the patient's wounds or something like that. One of the nurses came to me. I saw it myself and touched it with my hand." Admitting there are no analysis laboratories in the poorly equipped hospital, he confesses he has no concrete proof only "suspicion" that the Israelis shelled something other than the usual tank and plane fodder.
"As far as we are concerned, this is a new weapon for us. This could be phosphorus, chemicals or a mix, but until we find out and conduct an analysis we can't say what type exactly," he told AFP.
Visiting two patients bearing the hallmarks of such injuries who have not yet been discharged or sent for referral, Wehedi gently points out the injuries on 16 and 17-year-old boys.
Ismail el-Sawaferi's lower legs, torso and face are splattered everywhere with flecks of burn. His thighs and abdomen are heavily bandaged. The 17-year-old said he was standing in a group attacked from the air.
"I saw a light shinning in my face. I couldn't hear anything. I was deaf. I lost my clothes and after that I woke up in the emergency room," he said.
Wehedi's suspicions are backed up by fellow Deir Balah Hospital doctor Ismail Bashir, 40, who has been working in emergency medicine since the first Palestinian uprising broke out in 1987.
Stuart Shepherd from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said "some kind of inquiry" was needed, confirming that the Palestinian health ministry had already requested an independent commission of inquiry.
French group Medecins du Monde said its emergency doctor, Regis Garrigues, who has travelled regularly to Gaza "noted the particular gravity and severity of injuries" from the latest conflict.
Garrigues was quoted as telling French newspaper Liberation that "this resembles the effects of cluster bombs", particularly dangerous because they have a high level of duds that can explode much later after the attack.
The US-based rights group, Human Rights Watch, also accused Israel of using artillery-fired cluster munitions in Lebanon.
(4) Lebanon village struggles as food, medicine grow scarce
By Beatrice Khadige
Agence France-Presse - 28 July 2006 http://jordantimes.com/fri/news/news6.htm
RMEISH -- Cut off from the rest of the country but still relatively unscathed, the border village of Rmeish in southern Lebanon is reeling under a wave of refugees as food, fuel and medicine grow scarce.
A largely Christian community in a territory dominated by Shiite Muslims, the village feels it is caught in the middle of the war between the Shiite Hizbollah and Israel, and its inhabitants curse both sides.
The most pressing concerns, though, is the lack of basics and fears that diseases such as cholera may soon take hold.
"There has been no water for two weeks, no more bread, no more fuel, no more medicine," the mayor, Khalil Hage, told AFP.
The few humanitarian aid convoys that are cautiously venturing into the south have not arrived.
"Now we are forced to fill baby bottles with the scum-filled water from the pond," Hage says, pointing to a stagnant pool of water in the middle of the village, surrounded by charmless grey concrete buildings.
With only four deaths from Israeli attacks, Rmeish is considered a relative sanctuary for residents from worse-hit areas nearby, many of which have suffered more than twice the number of casualties. As a result, refugees have streamed in, believing that Israel will spare the place because of its Christian roots.
The population, previously around 8,000, has swelled to more than 30,000 with the influx, and homeless families fill the streets or squeeze into locals' homes.
"The children have lice because they can't wash themselves and they're packed in like sardines -- 60 people living in apartments with just three bedrooms," says one woman, Samia.
She shows a reporter her father's house which is accommodating around 100 refugees from Ait-Shaab, a neighbouring village that has been gutted by Israeli firepower. "Once again, Israel has destroyed Lebanon," says an old woman who does not give her name. She comes from another nearby village, Ein Ebel.
"The Jews won't leave us alone. Isn't it enough what they've done to the Palestinians?" she cries.
"The only thing we can do is flee to Israel," says another woman, afraid that Rmeish will soon be caught up in the bloody battle between Hizbollah and the Israeli army. Some are scathing about the Lebanese group and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, "who never should have abducted those two soldiers" taken on the Israeli side of the border on July 12.
"Lebanon has been brought down by an idiot, a crazy man," says a young man. "I've been crying for days. This is all so absurd," he says, identifying himself only by the nickname Corteve.
"If he wants to give Lebanon back its dignity, Nasrallah should commit suicide," butts in another young man who declines to give any name.
Hizbullah support tops 80 percent among Lebanese factions.
By Nicholas Blanford
Christian Science Monitor - 28 July 2006 http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0728/p06s01-wome.html
TYRE, LEBANON - The ferocity of Israel's onslaught in southern Lebanon and Hizbullah's stubborn battles against Israeli ground forces may be working in the militant group's favor. "They want to shatter the myth of Israeli invincibility," says Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, a leading Lebanese expert on Hizbullah. "Being victorious means not allowing Israel to achieve their aims, and so far that is the case."
Still, the intensity of the Israeli bombing campaign appears to have taken Hizbullah aback. Mahmoud Komati, the deputy head of Hizbullah's politburo told the Associated Press, "the truth is - let me say this clearly - we didn't even expect [this] response ... that [Israel] would exploit this operation for this big war against us."
When Hizbullah guerrillas snatched two Israeli soldiers from across the border, it appeared to be a serious miscalculation. In the days that followed the July 12 capture, Israel unleashed its biggest offensive against Lebanon since its 1982 invasion, smashing the country's infrastructure, creating 500,000 refugees, and so far killing more than 400 civilians.
Thursday, Israeli air and artillery strikes continued in southern Lebanon and the International Committee of the Red Cross said bodies were laying in the streets of some Lebanese border villages where fighting has trapped civilians. Also Thursday Al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman Zawahiri, called in a televised video for Muslims to join fighting in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon in a holy war against Israel. While al-Qaeda is a Sunni Muslim group which in general views Shiites, who make up Hizbullah's ranks, with disgust and not even as Muslims, they share a common hatred of Israel and the US.
In a televised address Tuesday, Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbullah's secretary general, said the Israeli onslaught was an attempt by the US and Israel to "impose a new Middle East" in which Lebanon would be under US hegemony.
"Our fate is to confront this plan ... we are waging a war for the liberation of the remaining occupied lands and the liberation of our detainees," Mr. Nasrallah said.
Ms. Saad-Ghorayeb says that Hizbullah's goals have changed, "assuming a wider strategic importance" in which the party is at the forefront of opposition to the Bush administration's agenda of transforming the Middle East into a series of pro-Western democracies.
"Hizbullah is in a unique position to confront the US agenda which if successful will be, by extension, a victory for Syria, Iran and Hamas," she says.
Hizbullah's top guerrilla fighters are mounting a stubborn campaign against the region's most powerful army in and around Bint Jbail, the largest Shiite town in the border district where support for the party runs high.
Hizbullah has had six years - ever since Israel withdrew from south Lebanon - to prepare for this climactic showdown. Instead of storing weapons and ammunition in vulnerable stockpiles, they are scattered throughout the south in natural caves, tunnels, and homes. Hizbullah officials say they have sufficient ammunition and high morale tofight for months.
Hizbullah's frontline fighters are battle-hardened veterans after fighting Israeli forces in the 1990s. They are armed with advanced Russian antitank missiles, which have proved deadly against Israel's vaunted Merkava tanks and use classic hit-and-run guerrilla tactics.
"Hizbullah is doing what it does best, harassing the enemy," says Timur Goksel, who served 24 years with the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon.
Indeed, Nasrallah has announced the launch of the "second phase of our struggle" in which his long-range rockets would "go beyond Haifa," Israel's third-largest city. Israeli officials have been bracing for possible rocket attacks on Tel Aviv, which would mark a major escalation in the conflict.
"If Hizbullah hits Tel Aviv, I think that Israel will totally wipe off the map Bint Jbail, Khiam, Tyre and Nabatieh," says Nizar Abdel-Kader, a columnist for Ad-Diyar newspaper and a retired Lebanese army general.
The stakes are high for Hizbullah, but it seems it can count on an unprecedented swell of public support that cuts across sectarian lines.According to a poll released by the Beirut Center for Research and Information, 87 percent of Lebanese support Hizbullah's fight with Israel, a rise of 29 percent on a similar poll conducted in February. More striking, however, is the level of support for Hizbullah's resistance from non-Shiite communities. Eighty percent of Christians polled supported Hizbullah along with 80 percent of Druze and 89 percent of Sunnis.
Lebanese no longer blame Hizbullah for sparking the war by kidnapping the Israeli soldiers, but Israel and the US instead.
The latest poll by the Beirut Center found that 8 percent of Lebanese feel the US supports Lebanon, down from 38 percent in January.
"This support for Hizbullah is by default. It's due to US and Israeli actions," says Saad-Ghorayeb, whose father, Abdo, conducted the poll.
The most favorable outcome for Hizbullah, analysts say, is to keep harassing Israel until there is a cease-fire agreement that essentially leaves Hizbullah intact. If Israel establishes an occupation zone along the border to police the area, Hizbullah will likely continue fighting, unhindered by a weakened Lebanese government and backed by a radicalized Shiite community. That growing radicalization is palpable in this laid-back coastal town where support for Hizbullah traditionally has been arbitrary.
Ghassan Farran, a doctor and head of a local cultural organization, gazes in disbelief at the pile of smoking ruins which was once his home. Minutes earlier, an Israeli jet dropped two guided missiles into the six-story apartment block in the centre of Tyre.
"Look what America gives us, bombs and missiles," says this educated, middle-class professional. "I was never a political person and never with Hizbullah but now after this I am with Hizbullah."
(6) Israel says UN can't be part of probe of deadly attack on post
Haaretz - 28 July 2006 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/743541.html
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations ruled out Thursday major UN involvement in any potential international force in Lebanon, saying more professional and better-trained troops were needed for such a volatile situation.
Dan Gillerman also said Israel would not allow the United Nations to join in an investigation of an Israeli air strike that demolished a post belonging to the current UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. Four UN observers were killed in the Tuesday strike.
"Israel has never agreed to a joint investigation, and I don't think that if anything happened in this country, or in Britain or in Italy or in France, the government of that country would agree to a joint investigation," Gillerman said.
He apologized for the strike that killed the four UN observers, but said the conflict was a war and that accidents happen.
"This is a war which is going on," he told reporters. "War is an ugly thing and during war, mistakes and tragedies do happen."
Gillerman, who spoke at an event hosted by The Israel Project advocacy group and later inside the United Nations, gave a heated defense of Israel's two-week campaign against Hezbollah militants. He said some diplomats from the Middle East had told him that Israel was doing the right thing in going after Hezbollah.
His refusal to conduct a joint investigation will be a slap to UN officials, who have specifically sought to partner with Israel to investigate the bombing.
Gillerman was highly critical of the current UN peacekeeping force, deployed in a buffer zone between Israel and Lebanon since 1978, saying its facilities had sometimes been used for cover by Hezbollah militants and that it had not done its job.
"It has never been able to prevent any shelling of Israel, any terrorist attack, any kidnappings," he said. "They either didn't see or didn't know or didn't want to see, but they have been hopeless."
Gillerman even mocked the name of the force - the UN Interim Force in Lebanon.
"Interim in UN jargon is 28 years," he said.
The flaws with the UN force make it imperative that any UN force come from somewhere else, though it could have a mandate from the United Nations, he said.
"So obviously it cannot be a United Nations force," Gillerman said. "It will have to be an international force, a professional one, with soldiers from countries who have the training and capabilities to be effective."
Any such force must have two main objectives. It must disarm completely and make sure Hezbollah has lost all its capacity as a terror organization, he said, and it should monitor the border between Syria and Lebanon "to make sure that no additional shipments of arms, rockets, illegal weapons, enter Lebanon."
Despite Israel's opposition to a UN force, Gillerman said Israel was not "excluding anybody," and that "the makeup, the composition and the countries which would supply the soldiers to that force still has to be decided."
Gillerman said Israel would welcome any information from the UN as it conducts its investigation, and will consider any UN requests for information.
UN Council expresses 'shock' over IAF attack on UN post
The UN Security Council adopted a statement on Thursday expressing shock and distress at Israel's bombing of a UN outpost in Lebanon that killed four unarmed UN peacekeepers.
China demanded Thursday morning that Israel apologize for the death of a Chinese UN observer in southern Lebanon on Tuesday. Three other observers - an Austrian, a Canadian, and a Finn - died in the air strike.
The policy statement, which carries less weight than a resolution, was weaker than one proposed by China and other nations, after more than a day of negotiations and objections from the United States, which wanted to make sure Israel was not directly blamed for the attack.
China, expressing frustration at the delay, earlier warned the United States that its opposition to the statement could could jeopardize UN negotiations on a resolution ordering Iran to stop its nuclear enrichment. One of the peacekeepers killed on Tuesday was Chinese. The other three came from Austria, Canada and Finland.
The final draft adopted by the 15-member council eliminated wording "condemning any deliberate attack against UN personnel" as well as a call for a joint Israeli-UN investigation, which UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had asked for.
Instead, it called on Israel "to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into this incident, taking into account any relevant material from United Nations authorities."
It said the Security Council "is deeply shocked an distressed by the firing by the Israel Defense Forces on a United Nations Observer post in southern Lebanon on 25 July, 2006, which caused the death of four U.N. military observers."
Israel has apologized and called the incident a mistake.
UN officials said they asked Israel a dozen times to stop bombing near the post in the hours before it was destroyed.
Jane Lute, an American and an assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping, briefed the Security Council that the outpost came under Israeli fire 21 times, including four direct hits.
After the statement was adopted, China's UN Ambassador Wang Guangya said he was relieved action was taken even if the final draft was watered-down. He had previous said he was frustrated by the U.S. position.
EU official: Israel misinterpreted our declaration at Rome summit Israel has drawn the wrong conclusions from statements made at the summit held in Rome this week on the Middle East crisis, a European Union official said Thursday.
Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tumioja, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, said the Israeli government's interpretation of the summit's declaration as permission to continue its offensive is "their own and wrong interpretation."
The summit's final statement called for a United Nations force to be deployed in southern Lebanon to aid the country in implementing UN decisions on disarming Hezbollah. The statement also called for increased humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
The United States, which fiercely opposed the calls for an immediate cease-fire during the Rome conference Wednesday, has been working on its own proposal for solving the conflict in Lebanon.
Its initiative calls for Israel's withdrawal from the Shaba Farms and a deployment of NATO forces to guarantee Hezbollah's disarmament.
While the U.S. initiative calls for transferring control of Shaba Farms to Lebanon, it stipulates that the permanent international border will not be determined if Syria continues to refuse to agree on the boundaries of this area. The UN is to be in charge of handing Shaba Farms over to Lebanon.
The American proposal also calls for a 20-kilometer-wide strip of southern Lebanon, starting at the Israeli border, which would be declared a no-go zone for Hezbollah.
An international force headed by NATO commanders, with authority to use both deterrent and offensive force, would be deployed in this strip to monitor and stabilize the situation.
Ninety days after being deployed, this force would become a part of the UN-sponsored force, with the option of incorporating the UNIFIL troops currently serving in southern Lebanon.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES - 27 July 2006 http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20060726-113212-1307r.htm
BEIRUT -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said yesterday that he accepted Israel's apology for the bombing of a United Nations' base in southern Lebanon, but he continued to make clear in public remarks that he does not quite believe that Tuesday's deadly attack was an accident. Mr. Annan said he received a telephone call in which Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert "expressed his deep sorrow at what happened."
"We accept that," the secretary-general told reporters yesterday in Rome. He added that an investigation pledged by Israel should be conducted jointly with the United Nations. Israel Defense Forces shelled the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Tuesday, killing four members and destroying at least one office and residence at the long-established base. Mr. Annan said late Tuesday that the sustained attack was "apparently deliberate" but yesterday softened his position after strong criticism from Washington.
The Security Council convened an emergency meeting yesterday to hear a preliminary U.N. report on the shelling, which apparently lasted most of Tuesday.
For six frantic hours Tuesday night, U.N. officials in New York and southern Lebanon repeatedly asked Israeli political and military contacts to halt shelling in the vicinity of the U.N. observer mission on the Lebanese border, a peacekeeping official said.
Nonetheless, the operations base took 21 strikes from Israeli artillery, Jane Holl Lute, assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, told council members yesterday. The four members of the force who were killed in the attacks were from China, Finland, Canada and Austria. "Firing continued during the rescue operation despite repeated requests to the [Israel Defense Forces] for an abatement," she told the council.
"To our knowledge, unlike in the vicinity of some of our other patrol bases, Hezbollah firing was not taking place within the immediate vicinity of the patrol base," she said.
Ms. Lute noted that despite these urgent calls, Israel continued to fire on U.N. positions into yesterday afternoon, local time. Mr. Annan showed his impatience yesterday during an international conference aimed at finding a political and military solution to the conflict.
"Our general and troops -- people on the ground -- were in touch with the Israeli army, warning them, 'Please be careful. We have positions here. Don't harm our people.' And many calls went out until this happened," he said.
BBC Monitoring - 28 July 2006 http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/5217484.stm
From mass targeting of mobile phones with voice and text messages to old-fashioned radio broadcasts warning of imminent attacks, Israel is deploying a range of old and new technologies in Lebanon as part of the psychological operations ("psyops") campaign supplementing its military attacks.
According to US and UK media outlets, Israel has reactivated a radio station to broadcast messages urging residents of southern Lebanon to evacuate the region. Some reports have named the station as the Voice of the South.
The South Lebanon Army, a Christian militia backed by Israel, operated a radio station called Voice of the South from Kfar Killa in southern Lebanon in the 1980s and 1990s.
The station closed down in May 2000 when Israeli forces withdrew from southern Lebanon.
Cash for tip-offs
The Israeli newspaper Maariv on Sunday reported the appearance of a website called All 4 Lebanon which offered payment for tip-offs from Lebanese citizens "that could help Israel in the fight against Hezbollah".
According to Maariv, the site, with content in Arabic, English and French, had been set up by Israeli intelligence.
"We appeal to everyone who has the ability and the desire to uproot the sore called Hezbollah from your heart and from the heart of Lebanon," the paper quoted the website as saying in Arabic.
On its English-language page, the site says: "Whoever is able and willing to help Lebanon eradicate Hezbollah's evil and get back its independence, freedom and prosperity is hereby invited to contact us."
It adds: "For your own safety, please contact us from places where no-one knows you."
The Arabic wording is identical to that on leaflets which Israeli aircraft have been dropping over Beirut and the south of Lebanon.
The leaflets called on people to "remove the sore known as Hezbollah from the heart of Lebanon".
The rewards "could be a range of things, such as cash or a house", according to an Israel Defence Forces spokeswoman quoted by Reuters news agency.
It was not clear how such items would be delivered or exactly what information Israel wanted, Reuters noted.
On Friday, residents of southern Lebanon reported receiving recorded messages on their mobile phones from an unknown caller.
The speaker identified himself as an Israeli and warned people in the area to leave their homes and head north.
Dubai-based news channel al-Arabiya TV reported that the recorded messages also said they "held the Lebanese government responsible for the abduction of the two Israeli soldiers, and called on Lebanon to set them free".
Inquiries by Lebanon's communications ministry revealed that the calls had come from exchanges in Italy and Canada, but had originated in Israel.
According to US magazine Time, Israel has been targeting SMS text messages at local officials in southern Lebanon, urging them to move north of the Litani river before Israeli military operations intensified.
The UK's Guardian newspaper said mobile phone users in Lebanon were regularly receiving messages to their phones which purported to be news updates, attempting to discredit Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah or his party.
Satellite warfare next?
As Israel broadens its psyops activities, it also continues to attack media targets using conventional military means.
Air raids on Saturday hit transmission stations used by Hezbollah's al-Manar TV, Future TV and the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC). A technician working for LBC was reported to have been killed.
The next day, a convoy of journalists from Lebanese and pan-Arab TV channels was attacked by Israeli planes while on a tour of southern Lebanon; no injuries were reported.
According to an unconfirmed report by Egypt's Middle East News Agency, Israel managed on Sunday "to intercept the satellite transmissions of Hezbollah's al-Manar TV channel for the third successive day, replacing it with Israeli transmissions that reportedly showed Hezbollah command sites and rocket launching pads which Israel claimed it has raided".
Replacing a TV station's picture with output you want the audience to see is more difficult to achieve than jamming.
Al-Manar TV has three satellite signals, one on ArabSat 2B at 30.5 degrees east, one on Badr 3 at 26 degrees east and one on NileSat 102 at 7 degrees west.
On Badr 3 and NileSat, al-Manar is broadcast alongside other TV stations in a multiplexed or combined digital signal.
While it would be technically feasible to replace one station's output, all the other stations in the multiplex would be taken off the air too. The technical parameters of the original station would need to be exactly duplicated by the interloper.
David Morgan \MAMS\
2006-07-29 15:04:44 EST
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Stan De SD
2006-07-30 11:37:50 EST
"David Morgan (MAMS)" <mams@NOSPAm-a-m-s.com> wrote in message news:6JNyg.633$ee1.430@trnddc06... > Israeli Atrocity News Roundup - Jul 28, 2006 > > Via NY Transfer News Collective * All the News that Doesn't Fit > > excerpted from Abunimah News - 28 July 2006 > > 1) Israel murders woman aged 75, four others in occupied Gaza (R) > 2) Israel army "ethicist": killing civilians, flattening towns "moral" (JP) > 3) Evidence enemy is using chemical arms in occupied Gaza (AFP) > 4) Lebanon village struggles as food, medicine grow scarce (AFP) > 5) 87 percent of Lebanese support Hizbullah resistance (CSM) > 6) Invader will not allow UN to probe killing of observers in Lebanon (Ha) > 7) Spineless Kofi Annan backs down as usual (Wash Times) > 8) Israel reactivates collaborator radio, steps up black propaganda (BBC)
You have another source other than a known communist sympathizer website?
David Morgan \MAMS\
2006-07-30 15:28:44 EST
"Stan de SD" <standesd_DIGA_NO_A_SPAM@covad.net> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > > "David Morgan (MAMS)" <mams@NOSPAm-a-m-s.com> wrote in message > news:6JNyg.633$ee1.430@trnddc06... > > Israeli Atrocity News Roundup - Jul 28, 2006 > > > > Via NY Transfer News Collective * All the News that Doesn't Fit > > > > excerpted from Abunimah News - 28 July 2006 > > > > 1) Israel murders woman aged 75, four others in occupied Gaza (R) > > 2) Israel army "ethicist": killing civilians, flattening towns "moral" (JP) > > 3) Evidence enemy is using chemical arms in occupied Gaza (AFP) > > 4) Lebanon village struggles as food, medicine grow scarce (AFP) > > 5) 87 percent of Lebanese support Hizbullah resistance (CSM) > > 6) Invader will not allow UN to probe killing of observers in Lebanon (Ha) > > 7) Spineless Kofi Annan backs down as usual (Wash Times) > > 8) Israel reactivates collaborator radio, steps up black propaganda (BBC)
> You have another source other than a known communist sympathizer website?
Not that it really matters, Stan... but do you care to clarify 'communist sympathizer' as it applies to the article's contributors, (BBC), (Wash Times), (AFP), (Reuters) etc.??
I posted about ten articles over the past three days, solely for the purpose of offering an alternative viewpoint to review and consider. Attacking the source or the provider does not dispute the content, if that is your intention.
Stan De SD
2006-07-30 16:27:01 EST
"David Morgan (MAMS)" <mams@NOSPAm-a-m-s.com> wrote in message news:ML7zg.1342$ee1.362@trnddc06... > > "Stan de SD" <standesd_DIGA_NO_A_SPAM@covad.net> wrote in message news:email@example.com... > > > > "David Morgan (MAMS)" <mams@NOSPAm-a-m-s.com> wrote in message > > news:6JNyg.633$ee1.430@trnddc06... > > > Israeli Atrocity News Roundup - Jul 28, 2006 > > > > > > Via NY Transfer News Collective * All the News that Doesn't Fit > > > > > > excerpted from Abunimah News - 28 July 2006 > > > > > > 1) Israel murders woman aged 75, four others in occupied Gaza (R) > > > 2) Israel army "ethicist": killing civilians, flattening towns "moral" (JP) > > > 3) Evidence enemy is using chemical arms in occupied Gaza (AFP) > > > 4) Lebanon village struggles as food, medicine grow scarce (AFP) > > > 5) 87 percent of Lebanese support Hizbullah resistance (CSM) > > > 6) Invader will not allow UN to probe killing of observers in Lebanon (Ha) > > > 7) Spineless Kofi Annan backs down as usual (Wash Times) > > > 8) Israel reactivates collaborator radio, steps up black propaganda (BBC) > > > You have another source other than a known communist sympathizer website? > > Not that it really matters, Stan... but do you care to clarify 'communist > sympathizer' as it applies to the article's contributors, (BBC), (Wash Times), > (AFP), (Reuters) etc.?? > > I posted about ten articles over the past three days, solely for the purpose > of offering an alternative viewpoint to review and consider. Attacking the > source or the provider does not dispute the content, if that is your intention.
Commie interpretation. As far as Israel killing Arab Muslims, I seem to recall Arab Muslims continually professing their will to die in the name of Jihad - so here's their chance.
David Morgan \MAMS\
2006-07-30 18:46:07 EST
"Stan de SD" <standesd_DIGA_NO_A_SPAM@covad.net> wrote in message...
> Commie interpretation.
What is a "commie" in relation to the BBC, Reuters, AP, Washinton Times ???
Sorry Stan... you're not very clear on this.
Stan De SD
2006-07-30 21:22:45 EST
"David Morgan (MAMS)" <mams@NOSPAm-a-m-s.com> wrote in message news:PEazg.1363$ee1.177@trnddc06... > > "Stan de SD" <standesd_DIGA_NO_A_SPAM@covad.net> wrote in message... > > > Commie interpretation. > > What is a "commie" in relation to the BBC, Reuters, AP, Washinton Times ???
The usual left-wing sucking up to Islamopigs.
David Morgan \MAMS\
2006-07-30 22:00:18 EST
"Stan de SD" <standesd_DIGA_NO_A_SPAM@covad.net> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > > "David Morgan (MAMS)" <mams@NOSPAm-a-m-s.com> wrote in message > news:PEazg.1363$ee1.177@trnddc06... > > > > "Stan de SD" <standesd_DIGA_NO_A_SPAM@covad.net> wrote in message... > > > > > Commie interpretation.
> > What is a "commie" in relation to the BBC, Reuters, AP, Washington Times ???
> The usual left-wing sucking up to Islamopigs.
Ah, so you really don't understand communism as a form of government, your own system of government, Islam as a religion, why it takes multiple political parties to have a democracy, and you have no justifiable arguments with the facts in the OP ??
You really haven't made any sense yet, Stan.... you're just calling names.
Stan De SD
2006-07-30 22:12:05 EST
"David Morgan (MAMS)" <mams@NOSPAm-a-m-s.com> wrote in message news:Sudzg.1379$ee1.1271@trnddc06... > > "Stan de SD" <standesd_DIGA_NO_A_SPAM@covad.net> wrote in message news:email@example.com... > > > > "David Morgan (MAMS)" <mams@NOSPAm-a-m-s.com> wrote in message > > news:PEazg.1363$ee1.177@trnddc06... > > > > > > "Stan de SD" <standesd_DIGA_NO_A_SPAM@covad.net> wrote in message... > > > > > > > Commie interpretation. > > > > What is a "commie" in relation to the BBC, Reuters, AP, Washington Times ??? > > > > The usual left-wing sucking up to Islamopigs. > > > Ah, so you really don't understand communism as a form of government,
I sure do - it's a totalitarian system that find scapegoats for it's own failure and kills them, just like Naziism and Islamofascism. What a coincidence...