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Thu Jul 13 2006 (Updated 07/18/06)Israel Goes to War with Lebanon as Violence Spreads
Thu Jul 13 2006 (Updated 07/18/06)First Week Of War In Lebanon
On Wednesday July 12th, Hezbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers on the Israel-Lebanon border. While the Lebanese government claimed it was unaware of the Hezbollah raid, Israel responded with the heaviest bombing of Lebanon in 24 years and the imposition of a naval blockade. In southern Lebanon, at least 22 civilians were reported killed in overnight Israeli attacks, including a family of 12 in the village of Dweir. By Thursday morning the death toll among Lebanese civilians had already reached 52. On Friday Israel Air Force planes struck neighborhoods in Beirut. Air raids also severed the main road between Beirut and Damascus, leaving tourists and civilians stranded with no air service and a limited ability to drive out of the country.
While much of the world reacted in horror to Israel's actions against the people of Lebanon, Bush immediately came to Israel's defense. At the UN, John R. Bolton used the US veto to stop a Security Council resolution on violence in the region. On Saturday July 15th, The United Nations Security Council again rejected pleas that it call for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon after the United States objected. The Bush administration has given Israel a carte blanche to wage war against Lebanon, bombing and killing as it sees fit. American diplomacy in the crisis is concentrated on blocking any move for a ceasefire and concocting a pretext for future military action against Syria and Iran. The Democratic Party in the US has taken a similar stance to that of Bush with Hillary Clinton appearing at a rally in support of Israel July 17th as the civilian death toll in Lebanon increased passed 200 and more than 100,000 people have been forced to flee Lebanon through Syria with many left unable to leave or with no place to go.
The World Health Organization expects the number of Lebanese residents displaced by the assault to reach 900,000 by the end of Tuesday (July 18th).
On Thursday July 13th, a protest against Israel's actions was held in front of the Israeli consulate in San Francisco. Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Video
On July 14th, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Israeli consulate in Chicago. Photos There was also a demonstration in Dearborn, Michigan.
Around the world, thousands of protesters have rallied in Cairo, Amman, Gaza City, and Baghdad, as well as throughout Turkey, to protest massive Israeli attacks on Gaza and Lebanon. Read More | Indonesians protest in solidarity | More than 500 protest in Tel Aviv against IDF raids in Lebanon, Gaza | Montreal Lebanese protest government's stand on attacks | Protesters worldwide condemn Israeli onslaughts | Antiwar protests in Israel | International Action Center statement
Wednesday July 12th
The World Reacts:
G8 powers sanction Israeli aggression in Lebanon | Humanitarian groups rush to Lebanon's aid amid blockade | Protesters worldwide condemn Israeli onslaughts | World moves slowly to defuse crisis | Hillary Clinton: All Americans are standing behind Israel | Iraqi PM, Parliament Condemn Israel | Arab Perspective on the war | The UN must broker peace … the US and Britain have failed | G8 unites to blame 'extremists' and calls for end of violence | Iraq’s divided parliament stands united over Israel | UN rejects Lebanese call to intervene in conflict with Israel | ME Peace Process Is Dead: Moussa | Silence on Palestinian Issue Sends a Loud Message | Global Protests at Indiscriminate Israeli Bombings of Lebanon | Arab Regimes Back Israel's Attacks on Islamist Groups | Arabs rally against Israeli attacks | Lebanon asks Security Council to impose cease-fire with Israel | White House: Bush won't press Israel to halt military operation | Iran warns of 'fierce response' should Israel strike at Syria | Chancellor Merkel joins with Bush in backing Israeli
What Does It All Mean?:
Questions and Answers on Hostilities Between Israel and Hezbollah | Today's war in Lebanon: The latest chapter of the original 1948 conflict | Hizbollah, the United States and the Context Behind Israel's Offensive on Lebanon | Changing the rules of the game | Israel, the US and key Arab regimes are now determined to crush widely popular Hizbullah | Israel's action threatens to reopen moral vacuum of war years | Let's face it, it's WWIII, Gingrich says | The west must recognise that Israel's agenda is in conflict with its own | Tikkun: War and Peace in the Mideast | What Does Israel Want? | A Family in Baghdad: Sadness | Robert Fisk: Is Damascus the Key? | Noam Chomsky On Israel, Palestine and Hezbollah | Israeli attack on Lebanon threatens to engulf entire Middle East in war | Can conflict be contained or will it spread throughout region? | The Beginning of a New War? - Will it Spill over on Iraq? | Is the Arab Spring turning to Dust under Israeli Bombardment? | Racism Plagues Western Media Coverage | Israel Can Win All the Wars, but That Doesn’t Settle Anything | The Army Wants Action: The great fiasco | Gilbert Achcar: Israel's Dual Onslaught On Lebanon And Palestine
Lebanon Reflects On The Last Israeli Invasion:
Today's Mideast crisis not just a replay of past battles | Letter from Beirut: Return to the Dark Ages | Trapped in Beirut | Nervous and angry, Beirut is trapped in the middle | Israeli Terror Bombing Revives Painful Memories | 'If our Prime Minister is crying, what are we to do?'
While the world focuses most of its attention on the new war between Israel and Lebanon, Israel is also at war in Gaza. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft bombed the Palestinian foreign ministry in Gaza and "shortly before dawn, Israeli warplanes fired several missiles at a three-storey building in the densely populated Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood in central Gaza, killing nine members of a single family. Israel said the bombing targeted Mohamed Dheif, one of Hamas's prominent resistance leaders. Dheif was reportedly injured moderately in the bombing. Fatalities include a professor at the Islamic University of Gaza, his wife and their seven children."
On July 16th, Israel Air Force planes bombed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry building in Gaza City, the second attack on the ministry in a week.
Rafah Mosque Rugs Become Beds for Palestinians | IOF Occupy & Isolate Beit Hanoun, and Destroy the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Al-Aqsa claims it abducted Border Policeman in West Bank | Israeli War Crimes Continue in Gaza: 4 Palestinians killed and 10 injured | West Bank: Israeli soldier killed | Israeli tanks enter northern Gaza Strip | 2 Palestinians killed in separate IAF strikes in Gaza Strip | Israel hits another Gaza ministry | Palestinians forcibly open Egypt-Gaza border gate | Israeli shelling kills Palestinian in Gaza | Beirut in solidarity with besieged Gazans | Only sanctions will stop this brutal campaign | Human rights groups to Israeli High Court: Stop the harm to the Gazan civilian population | Ghost World, Palestine aggression