Resources from NOLAPS

Resources from NOLAPS

Last weekend, New Orleans Palestine Solidarity (NOLAPS) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of New Orleans hosted a teach-in on Lebanon, Palestine, and the Middle East.

Below are links to most of the resources we used, as well as the text of a timeline we put together (thanks to Brooke from SF) - we thought others might find them useful.

in solidarity, 
NOLAPS

Teach-in Resources

Videos

1) "From Beirut to ... those who love us" - A stunning, beautiful, powerful short video created by an artists collective in Beirut. Don't miss this:
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article5407.shtml
2) A powerful video PSA created by New York-based artists and performers.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article5473.shtml
3) British Member of Parliament George Galloway boldly confronts media bias:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9071731896689197790&pr=goog-sl



 
Articles
1) A great concise history of Hezbollah:
http://www.merip.org/mero/mero073106.html
2) Gabriel Ash, an Israeli journalist, debunks Israeli PR myths about the conflict:
http://dissidentvoice.org/July06/Ash24.htm
3) "Look Who's Been Kidnapped" - written by a former Israeli soldier, this article is another important voice not heard in the US media:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3271505,00.html
4) "What Hamas is seeking" a Washington Post Op-Ed written by a representative from Hamas:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/30/AR2006013001209.html
5) "A Just Peace or No Peace" - again, Hamas' beliefs in their own words, this time written by Palestinian Prime Minister and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1743652,00.html
6) Points of Unity on the issue of Palestine by INCITE! Women Of Color Against Violence:
http://www.incite-national.org/issues/warinfo/palestinepoints.html
7) "What the Struggle Over a Cease-Fire Could Mean for US-Israeli Unilateralism" a policy paper by the Institute for Palestine Studies:
http://palestine-studies.org/final/en/bn/viewbndetails.php?bnid=13
8) Also, we feel it's important to quote extensively from the recent Human Rights Watch report on Israeli Miltary Claims of Hezbollah "hiding in civilian areas."

"The Israeli government claims that it targets only Hezbollah, and that fighters from the group are using civilians as human shields, thereby placing them at risk. Human Rights Watch found no cases in which Hezbollah deliberately used civilians as shields to protect them from retaliatory IDF attack...In none of the cases of civilian deaths documented in this report is there evidence to suggest that Hezbollah forces or weapons were in or near the area that the IDF targeted during or just prior to the attack."

The full report is online at:
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2006/lebanon0806/index.htm
9) Finally, we would like to conclude with a timeline of the roots of the current conflict, featuring many events that the corporate media has ignored. The timeline is printed below.





Brief timeline of Israeli conflicts in Lebanon and Palestine
I. Palestine
1) September of 2000, the second Palestinian Intifada (uprising) begins with mass nonviolent protests in response to Ariel Sharon's visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque with over 100 Israeli soldiers. The Israelis respond with overwhelming force to these nonviolent protests, firing over one million bullets over the following two months. In November of 2000, two months into the second Intifada, and after Israelis killed 140 Palestinians in the previous month, the first suicide bombing of the Al Aqsa intifada was carried out in Israel.


2) The Israeli military has killed almost 4000 Palestinians from September 2000 through June 1, 2006. During that time, 643 Israelis were killed by Palestinians.


3) In February of 2005, the Palestinian party Hamas announces a unilateral ceasefire. During the following sixteen months, until June of 2006, Hamas abides by this ceasefire. During this time, the Israeli military steps up its policy of assassinations and kidnapping of Palestinians, specifically targeting Hamas. This is one of several ceasefire initiatives announced by Hamas over the years - none have been responded to by Israelis.


4) In January of 2006, After the Palestinians elect Hamas to a majority of seats in its parliament, Israelis (with US support) begin a crushing blockade of the Palestinian economy.


5) June 9, 2006. An Israeli gunboat fires seven artillery shells at Palestinian families on a picnic on the beach, wiping out one family -a mother (Ra'eesa Ghaila), a father (Ali Issa Gahlia), and five children (Haitham, Hanadi, Sabreen, Ilham, Alia)-prompting the military wing of Hamas to call off its 16-month-old cease-fire with Israel.


6) On June 13, 2006 an Israeli plane fires missiles into a busy Gaza City street and kills 11 people, including two children and two medics who came to the scene to help.


7) On June 21, Israeli missiles kill a 35-year old pregnant woman, Fatmeh Ahmad and her brother Zachariya Ahmad.


8) On June 24, 2006, Israeli soldiers kidnap two Palestinians to join the nearly 10,000 Palestinians abducted from Palestinian territory whom Israel is holding hostage in Israeli prisons.


9) On June 25, 2006, Palestinians take an Israeli tank soldier prisoner in an attack on a checkpoint in occupied territory. They offer to exchange him for about 400 Palestinian children and 100 women imprisoned in Israeli prisons, most without charges. Between Israelis and Palestinians there have been many prisoner exchanges over the years.


10) On June 27, 2006, the Israelis re-invade Gaza with 5,000 troops and bomb Gaza's only electrical generating station, depriving about a half a million people of electricity. This action also sparks a humanitarian crisis, as electricity is essential to power the water system, sewage treatment, and medical services.


11) On June 28, 2006, Israelis kidnap more than 20 members of the Palestinian elected government and at least 40 other Palestinians.


 


II. Lebanon
1) In March of 1978, Israelis invade Lebanon, killing 2,000 people, destroying 82 villages, displacing 160,000 people, and occupying 10% of Lebanon in response to a PLO killing of 35 Israelis. UN Security Council 425 calls for a cease-fire and withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanese territory - a resolution that Isarel is still in violation of through its occupation of the Shebaa Farms in South Lebanon and its current invasion.


2) On June through September 1982 - the 2nd Israeli Invasion of Lebanon - Israel invades civil-war-torn Lebanon to install an Israeli- friendly government and push foreign armies from Lebanon virtually destroying much of Lebanon and kiling 15,700 people (350 Israelis were killed in the fighting). For 11 months before the invasion, not a single Katyusha rocket (nor a single shot) had been fired towards Israel over the border.


3) September 1982: Sabra and Shatila Massacre - Lebanese Christian Militiamen with the approval and cover of occupying Israeli forces killed 2,000 men, women, and children in two days in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut. An Israeli court finds Israeli general Ariel Sharon indirectly responsible for the massacre.


4) 1983: After U.S. and French planes and warships interfered in support of one faction in the Lebanese Civil War, another faction bombed U.S. military headquarters in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. soldiers and 59 French troops. It is important to note that Hezbollah did not exist at this time, despite attempts by the U.S. media to link them to this bombing.


5) February of 1985: Hezbollah is founded.


6) 1992: Israelis assassinate Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyid 'Abbas al-Musawi, along with his wife and 5-year-old son.


7) April 1996: During Israel's "Grapes of Wrath" offensive in Lebanon, Israel shells and kills 106 Lebanese civillians, mostly women and children, who were taking shelter from the bombing in a UN compound, in addition to targeting other civilians. Human Rights Watch later declared, "The particular tragedy at Qana was that this incident was not unique in its general features. As this report indicates, the Israeli military on previous occasions had violated the laws of war by not taking precautions to spare Lebanese civilians from death and injury prior to launching attacks, and indeed by showing an appalling willingness to conduct military operations in which civilians would bear the brunt of the suffering." The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution (UNGA Res. A/RES/50/22 C) on April 25, 1996 characterizing Israel's actions during the "Grapes of Wrath" offensive as "grave violations of international laws relating to the protection of civilians during war."


8) In 2000, most of Lebanon is liberated from the 18 year Israeli occupation. Hezbollah's defense of South Lebanon is seen by many as the primary factor in Israel's withdrawal.


9) From 2000 through 2006, Israelis continue to occupy the Shebaa Farms, Israeli fighter jets have repeatedly violated Lebanon's airspace, and Israeli military units have infiltrated Lebanon at will. Israel has violated the United Nations-monitored "blue line" on an almost daily basis, according to UN reports. Hizbullah's military doctrine, articulated in the early 1990s, states that it will fire Katyusha rockets into Israel only in response to Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilians or Hizbullah's leadership; this indeed has been the pattern. In the process of its violations, Israel has terrorized the general population, destroyed private property, and killed numerous civilians. Israel has assassinated its enemies in the streets of Lebanese cities and refuses to hand over the maps of mine fields that continue to kill and cripple civilians in southern Lebanon more than six years after the war supposedly ended.


10) In February of 2006, U.N. investigators confirmed that Israeli soldiers shot and killed, in unprovoked Israeli cross-border fire, 15-year-old Lebanese shepherd Yusuf Rahil as he tended his flock in southern Lebanon.


We also encourage anyone seeking more information to check out both http://www.electronicintifada.net/lebanon/ for the latest updates and analysis from Lebanon, and http://www.electronicintifada.net for the latest from Palestine.