Call for Action

From Suada Marisenoj-Khalaf (a/k/a Suzy)
http://www.lebanonsolidarity.org/
the following call:

August 7th, 2006

‘Lebanon: An Open Country for Civil Resistance’
Civilian Resistance: Call For Action & Solidarity For Lebanon

Download Arabic version (.pdf, 46kb)
Spanish version below
Media: read the official Press Release here
We, the people of Lebanon, call upon the local and international community to join a campaign of civil resistance to Israel’s war against our country and our people. We declare Lebanon an open country for civil resistance.
In the face of Israel’s systematic killing of our people, the indiscriminate bombing of our towns, the scorching of our villages, and the attempted destruction of our civil infrastructure, we say NO!
In the face of the forced expulsion of a quarter of our population from their homes throughout Lebanon, and the complicity of governments and international bodies, we re-affirm the acts of civil resistance that began from the first day of the Israeli assault, and we stress and add the urgent need TO ACT!
We urge you to join us in defying Israel’s aggression against our country and in defending the rights of the inhabitants throughout Lebanon, and particularly in the South, to live on their land. When the United Nations, created to preserve peace and security in the world, is paralyzed; when governments become complicit in war crimes, then people must show their strength and rise up. When justice and human rights are scorned, those who care must unite in their defense.
Building on our belief in our country, the efforts of the civil resistance, and on the arrival of the internationals coming to Lebanon for solidarity, we declare that Lebanon is an open country for civil resistance, starting from August 12.
On August 12 at 7 am, we will gather in Martyrs’ Square to form a civilian convoy to the south of Lebanon. Hundreds of Lebanese and international civilians will carry relief as an expression of solidarity for the inhabitants of the heavily destroyed south who have been bravely withstanding the assault of the Israeli military.
After August 12th, the campaign will continue with a series of civil actions for which your presence and participation is needed. Working together in solidarity we will overcome the complacency, inaction, and complicity of the international community and we will deny Israel its goal of removing Lebanese from their land and destroying the fabric of our country.
To sign up to join the convoy, send us an email through our contact page or contact one of the following:
Rasha Salti
email: convois.citoyens.sud.liban@gmail.com
phone: 03 970855
Rania Masri
email: rania.masri@balamand.edu.lb
phone: 03 135279
phone: 06 930250 x 5683 or x 3933
En castellano (In Spain)
Alberto Arce
email: nonviolenceproject@gmail.com
phone: 0034655650048
phone: 096170974462
Please check the website of this campaign after midnight tonight: www.lebanonsolidarity.org
This campaign is thus far endorsed by more than 200 organizations, including:
The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Cultural Center for Southern Lebanon, Norwegian People’s Aid, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections, Frontiers, Kafa, Nahwa al-Muwatiniya, Spring Hints, Hayya Bina, Lebanese Transparency Association, Amam05, Lebanese Center for Civic Education, Let’s Build Trust, CRTD-A, Solida, National Association for Vocational Training and Social Services, Lebanese Development Pioneers, Nadi Li Koul Alnas, and Lecorvaw.

14 comments

  1. I love Munich · · Reply

    It breaks my heart I can’t physically participate! I’d so much love to … that THE WAY to act!! Ghandi was a GREAT example … and look what he achieved!STAY SAFE – WE LOVE YOU ALL!!

  2. RoxieAmerica · · Reply

    JERUSALEM – Israel will hold back a new ground offensive in Lebanon until the weekend to give cease-fire efforts another chance, senior government officials said Thursday, a day after Israel’s Security Cabinet approved a major expansion of the month-long war. It appears there is still time to reach a peace agreement.

  3. Anonymous · · Reply

    You can also send this directly to Hezbollah, and ask them about switching to non-violence.It takes at least two to have a fight.

  4. Sophia · · Reply

    Anonymous,You are wrong for two reasons:-It does not always take two to have a fight in a pathological situation when you are dealing with a mentally disturbed person and i think Israel is a pathologically violent nation. You can’t be non violent in this situation because you die ! Non violence works only when there is reason on the other side.-We are not here in a situation where we are witnessing and living a fight, we are witnessing and experiencing agression, occupation and suffering Israel has been inflincting on the people of the region since its terrorist ‘birth’.These are serious matters that cannot be watered down to a ‘fight’.

  5. RoxieAmerica · · Reply

    It appears there may be workable UN Resolution draft ready for a vote on Friday. This is positive sign. Perhaps the guns will go silent soon.

  6. Nutmeg5 · · Reply

    I live in the USA and wish I could be there…I am SO SORRY for what my country is enabling Israel to do to your beautiful country!!!I hope someday you can forgive us for it. Godspeed to you and I pray this carnage ends soon!!!!!!

  7. shaden · · Reply

    I WONDER HOW THE MOST CIVILISED PEOPLE ARE BLIND AND IGNORANT… AND I MEAN BY THE CIVILISED PEOPLE THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN THE MOST IMPORTANT CITIES IN THE WORLD AND THEY TALK ABOUT PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS AND ALL PEOPLE ARE EQUAL…THEY TALK ABOUT CHILDREN RIGHTS…YES CHILDREN RIGHTS!..BUT UNFORTUNATLY THOSE PEOPLE ELECTS CRIMINAL LEADERS AND PRESIDENTS WHO CONDUCTS NOW IN LEBANON THE UGLIEST MASACARE IN THIS CENTURY.. THEY ARE DOING IT UNDER THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY , FIGHTING TERRORIST AND SELF DEFENCE IGNORING ALL THE VOICES THAT ARE SCREAMIG AND BEGGING TO STOP THIS SHAME.. THEY DON’T WANT TO BECAUSE IT IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME YET OR THEY WANT TO DO IT BUT THEIR WAY WHICH IS TO STOP ALL KIND OF RESISTANCE AGAINST OCCUPATION AND UNJUSTICE. TO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT REALLY THESE PEOPLE WANT WHICH IS VERY OBVIOUS THAT THEY WANT THE RESISTANCE TO STAY BECAUSE IT IS THEIR CHOICE AGAINST OCCUPATION AND IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HELP THEM !!THEN STOP SUPPORTING THEIR ENNEMY WITH ALL KINDS OF STUPID WEAPONS THAT ONLY KILLS CHILDREN AND CIVILIANS.. MY POINT IS THAT ISRAEL AND THE US GOVERMENT SAYS THAT HIZBULLAH IS A TERRORIST ORGANISATION THAT KIDNAPPED TWO SOLDIERS.. WHAT A SHAME ON HIZUBULLAH DOING SO! BUT ISRAEL IS NOT A STATE OF TERRORIST BY KILLING TILL NOW ONLY OVER 1038 CIVILLIANS 30%OF THEM ARE CHILDREN UNDER 12!!!!!!! ONLY AS A REACTION TO THE KIDNAPPING?!!!!? HELLO WAKE UP WORLD THIS IS A SHAME.. AND IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE ISRAEL AFTER ALL IT HAS DONE AND IS DOING AND AFTER ALL WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN AND ARE SEEING ON TV THEN YOU ARE REALLY BLIND AND IGNORANT… THIS WAR SHOULD BE STOPPED BUT BUSH DOESN’T WANT TO BECAUSE HE IS A BLOODY PERSON.. THIS IS HIS THIRD WAR SINCE HE HAS BEEN ELECTED AND WHAT IS SO WEIRD THAT WHENEVER HE IS IN TROUBLE BECAUSE OF HIS STUPID POLITICS WE HEAR ABOUT TERRORIST THREATS JUST TO KEPP THE ATTENTION OF THE WORLD AWAY FROM WHAT IS GOING ON IN LIBANON AND IRAQ AND GHAZA.. MENTIONING GHAZA YOU ALL HEARD ABOUT THE ARREST OF MR DWEIK THE HEAD OH THE PALESTINIAN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT HAS HAS BEEN ELECTED DEMOCRATLY BY THE PALESTIAN..THEN WHY SHOULDN’T WE CONSIDER THIS KIDNAPPING ACT TO MR DWEIK A TERRORIST ACT JUST AS HIZBULLAH’S KIDNAPPING ACT?..

  8. RoxieAmerica · · Reply

    This is an interesting read:The theory in 1973 was that Egypt wanted to invade but couldn’t cross the Suez Canal and breach the Bar-Lev line. But it did, in a big way, surprising us in the bargain. All the confidence that we could hold them back and defeat them on their side of the canal went up in a puff of smoke. The chief of staff made a similar mistake today, in going to war rather than just retaliating. In hindsight, it appears that this was just the opportunity Hezbollah was waiting for – laying a trap for the Israel Defense Forces that would then provide Hezbollah with an excuse to attack the Israeli home front. In both cases, intelligence fell down on the job, not only with respect to the enemy’s war plans, but in assessing its military capacity. Egypt surprised Israel with Sager missiles, shoulder-launched missiles that wreaked havoc on our tanks, and ground-to-air missiles that downed many of our planes and weakened the air force’s power of deterrence – “the missile that sent planes flying off with their tails between their legs,” as Ezer Weizmann put it. Hezbollah surprised us not only with the quantity and type of its missiles, but with its ability to fire 200 of them at us every day, to reach almost as far as Hadera, and to turn a quarter of a million Israeli citizens into refugees. It also surprised us with anti-tank weapons capable of penetrating the Merkava, and its deployment throughout the length and breadth of Lebanon in the event of a land incursion. In both wars, senior commanders were sacked. Chaim Bar-Lev replaced Shmuel Gorodish in the south, and Moshe Kaplinsky is replacing Udi Adam in the north. Major General Adam, a plodding sort of man, made a mistake to tell the journalist interviewing him that he had lots of options. What he doesn’t seem to be able to do is stop the Katyushas. The difference between then and now is that back in 1973, the IDF finally managed to get its act together, after thousands of soldiers were killed, crossing the canal and surrounding the Third Army. Henry Kissinger persuaded Israel not to demolish the Egyptian force, thereby paving the way for dialogue that ended, three years later, in a peace treaty. That kind of happy end doesn’t look likely on our northern front. Neither a political accord nor a military victory will change the situation as long as Iran is around, controlling the height of the flames. Whole article at: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/749296.html

  9. Volumes have been written about the Arab-Israeli conflict which has been ongoing for the last 60 years.The first thing that should be recognized is that the Arabs are not in a fight against the Jews. The Arabs and the Jews are both Semitic people. There has to be a firm distinction made between Jews and Zionists. Israel carefully and jealously calls itself the Jewish state, whereas it is actually a Zionist state. Many Jews don’t identify with this ideology. (Einstein for example disapproved of Zionism.)The Zionist ideology is a racist one. Israel likes to call itself a democracy. But if you look carefully at the makeup of Israeli society, it has encouraged migration of Jews from all Jewish communities from all over the world, from the extreme right to the extreme left. But they have been most careful to encourage migration from those who are mostly Zionists, whether they belong to the right wing Likud or the left wing Labour party. They have been careful to ensure that whatever government is elected it is ruled by Zionists. Israeli democracy is littered with threats to Israeli politicians to “tow the line or else” politics, enforced by American Jews sympathetic to Zionism.Zionism has a stated aim: to claim, by any means, military or otherwise, land that will fit 20+ million Jewish immigrants from all over the world, whether Zionists or otherwise. They realize that the land that they occupy now is not enough to fit all those people. Their doctrine, leading to their ideal solution of solving the problem, is to occupy the land between the Nile and the Euphrates. Their flag is the symbol of that. (The blue lines above and below the Star of David symbolize that.) Their war against Lebanon has a hidden agenda, to grab as much land as they can, and tap into Lebanon’s water resources.The dilemma now is how Israel can do that with an increasingly aware and waking Arab and international public. This is where America comes in.This American administration, although headed by President Bush, is recognized to be actually manipulated by VP Mr. Dick Chenney. Ms. Rice and Mr. Rumsfeld are also part of the neocon administration, but they have lost much of their credibility after the Iraq war which was started by “faulty” intelligence.When commentators state that this is all about oil, don’t dismiss it out of hand. It may not be “all about oil”, but oil has quite a lot to do with it. America, and by proxy, Israel, would love to have a Middle East in turmoil, while America conceives a “New Middle East”. President Bush regularly and with monotonously repetitive utterances denounces Hizballah and their “sponsors” Iran and Syria. America is now the only Superpower in the world. Who is there to denounce Israel’s expansionist policies sponsored by the USA?Make no mistake, Israel is fighting America’s war in the Middle East to induce the “birth pangs of a new Middle East”. America regularly informs us that it has no friends, it has only interests. There will come a time when America will have no use for Israel anymore.

  10. RoxieAmerica · · Reply

    Created by RoxieAmerica:Dear President Bush, Thank you for your great support. I was an obscure islamic fundamentalist before you stole that high American office and became my angel. You have transformed this insignificant soul into a legend. Those who wish to die for my cause has increased one-hundred fold. While you pursued that devil in Iraq whom I have always despised, young men, willing to die for the cause poured into my training camps. Under your foreign policy Hamas became a government in Palestine. Iraq is nearly a Shiite state, and will be so in a short time. Iran has gained the power of the atom. I do not have the words to express the joy you have brought to my life.Osama Bin Laden

  11. RoxieAmerica · · Reply

    Updated: 2 minutes agoJERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ordered the army to expand its ground offensive into Lebanon on Friday, citing a lack of progress in U.N. talks on a truce, political sources said.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14303150/

  12. Anonymous · · Reply

    Appealing to all People for Peace ,please sign this Petition for cease-fire. http://www.ceasefirecampain.orgThanks mad in usa

  13. Anonymous · · Reply

    Please let’s have peace in the world before we destroy ourselves

  14. I hope next century America and americans feel and live the same life Iraqis and Afghanis have lived.

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