Tormenting as a way of life

On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 in News.

Reports from eyewitnesses say that farmers trying to protect their land are being beaten or shot By Deborah Orr Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hizbollah, is not the only person to have been “surprised” by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s response to the kidnap of the Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Reger. The Israeli army appears to have been caught on the hop as well. In the New Statesman, Gideon Lichfield talks of “horror stories from the war in Lebanon”


Comrades, the party line has changed

On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 in News.

Yoav Stern, Yuval Yoaz and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents The deaths of dozens of civilians in an Israel Air Force attack on the southern Lebanese village of Qana marked a significant diplomatic turning point against Israel, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Tuesday. The foreign minister said that following the events in Qana, Israel’s scope for political maneuvering had been reduced, as was the amount of European support Israel is receiving for its operation in Lebanese soil. Livni said this change


Balanced coverage, American style

On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 in News.

EXCERPT: “When roughly 800 have been killed in Lebanon–mostly civilians–and the civilian death toll in Israel stands at 19, media coverage that focuses on assurances by Israeli officials and pro-war pundits that Israel does not intentionally target civilians gives a false sense of reality. U.S. news outlets need to explain the consequences of Israel’s cluster bombs and other weapons–along with Hezbollah’s ball bearings.” On July 24, Human Rights Watch reported that Israel was using cluster bombs “in populated areas of


Hurray for Sarah Leah Whitson: Courage Under Fire

On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 in News.

For Immediate Release Israel/Lebanon: Qana Death Toll at 28 International Inquiry Needed into Israeli Air Strike 08.02.2006 | Human Rights Watch (Beirut, August 2, 2006) – A preliminary Human Rights Watch investigation into the July 30 Israeli air strike in Qana found that 28 people are confirmed dead thus far, among them 16 children, Human Rights Watch said today. “The deaths in Qana were the predictable result of Israel’s indiscriminate bombing campaign in Lebanon,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, director of


The words behind the deed

On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 in News.

Gabriel Ash For those good souls who woke up suddenly after years of sleep, jolted by the din from the latest Israeli massacre at Qana, and are now wetting their face in the bathroom while mumbling how incomprehensible, how dispiriting it all is, their foreheads furrowed with deep worries as they reassure themselves that the morning coffee would soon bring moral clarity, or at least some damn good excuses, enough to dispel the foggy unease of being so rudely denied


Revelead word of G-d

On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 in News.

By Efrat Weiss The Yesha Rabbinical Council announced in response to an IDF attack in Kfar Qanna that “according to Jewish law, during a time of battle and war, there is no such term as ‘innocents’ of the enemy.” All of the discussions on Christian morality are weakening the spirit of the army and the nation and are costing us in the blood of our soldiers and civilians,” the statement said.


"All the population which is the power base of the Hizbollah in Lebanon was displaced" – Olmert's real aim

On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 in News.

Editor’s note: See also: * New York Times: “Tide of Arab Opinion Turns to Support for Hezbollah” * Agence France Presse : “Hezbollah remains in control but nowhere to be found“ * Salon: “The ‘hiding among civilians’ myth.” Matthew Tostevin; Reuters messaging Aug 2 (Reuters) – Below are edited excerpts from a Reuters interview with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday. Question: How soon do you expect to complete the goals of the current operation in Lebanon? Olmert: Well


U.S. CHURCHES NEED TO SAY IT – ISRAEL & U.S. ACTIONS ARE WRONG.

On Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 in News.

U.S. CHURCHES NEED TO SAY IT – ISRAEL & U.S. ACTIONS ARE WRONG by Mark Lewis Taylor               Yes, Israel and its peoples have a right to live in peace. Yes, Hezbollah should be pressed to cease firing rockets into Israeli civilian communities.   Yes, nearly every site of world conflict today is complex, marked by ambiguities that make the taking of sides simplistic. Denunciations of one side as wrong, the other right, can often only fuel endless cycles


Hezbollah rocket hidden in Qana cookie bin

On Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 in News.

Tom Clonan Hizbullah has fired almost 2,000 missiles into Israel over the last fortnight, killing more than 50 Israelis and forcing almost one million into air raid shelters. Despite this provocation, however, Israel’s response has been sharply criticised as “disproportionate” in many quarters. In the aftermath of the deaths of dozens of innocent Lebanese women and children at Qana yesterday, even the US has urged the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) to modify their responses to Hizbullah’s attacks. IDF spokespeople are


The Real Threat of "The Lobby"?

On Monday, July 31st, 2006 in News.

Editor’s note: Hence, NGF asked people to “TAKE A FEW SECONDS TO VOTE (CNN poll on Israel’s response to Lebanon).” See also, The Lobby: It’s Not Either / Or: “In the current “either-or” debate on whether the Lobby affects U.S. Middle East policy at the elite level, it’s been lost on many of the interlocutors that a crucial dimension of this debate should be the extent to which the Lobby stifles free and open public discussion on the subject. For



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