Tuesday August 08th 2006, 8:25 pm
It should be obvious by now Israel intends to , all the way up to the Litani River where the
Senior UN officials reacted angrily to the destruction of a temporary causeway over the Litani river overnight. “We must be able to have movement throughout the country to deliver supplies. At this point we can’t do that,” said David Shearer, the humanitarian coordinator for Lebanon.
International aid groups have blamed Israel for not providing security guarantees, thereby paralyzing the delivery of aid to the south. Even when aid reaches Tyre, .
A convoy run from Beirut to Tyre by Médecins sans Frontières yesterday was forced to stop at the ruins of the causeway. Boxes of medicine were carried over a footbridge by hand and loaded up into separate vehicles on the other side.
According to the Red Cross, there are “100,000 Lebanese trapped in the cut-off areas,” that is to say there are 100,000 people Israel will need ethnically cleanse, as all Lebanese are Hezbollah.
Even . The only open to UNHCR is on the northern border at al-Aarida, 100 miles north of the capital, Beirut. The has rocketed to more than £200 a tank, Beirut’s is almost completely unusable and any aid arriving has to get a green light from Israel’s before it is allowed to proceed.
Did I mention that all Lebanese are Hezbollah? As such, only a trickle of humanitarian aid will be allowed to enter the country. Meanwhile, instead of negotiating an end to the “conflict” (invasion and massive violations of international law), Bush is kicking back at his faux cowboy ranch in Texas and Tony Blair is on the beach in Barbados, a former British colony and one-time transit point for African slaves.
Of course, the Israelis would not admit they are deliberately denying vital humanitarian aid to Lebanese babies and grandmothers—or rather those they have not killed with artillery and missiles, courtesy of the United States. No, instead
According to Democracy Now, the “Israeli military is reportedly planning to ramp up its attacks on Lebanon by One military official told the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz ‘It could be that at the end of the story, Lebanon will be dark for a few years’…. Mark Shnellbaecher [a Catholic Relief Services representative]… suggests that Lebanon could run out of fuel within the week, leading to a humanitarian catastrophe that will not be easily solved by ceasefire alone.”
“The missed cease-fire decision basically means that multitudes of civilians go on pouring into the mountains, or to the Syrian and Jordan borders, which is an epic voyage,” Gianni Rufini, associate professor specializing in post-war reconstruction and development at the University of York in Britain told IPS from Amman, according to Frost Illustrated. “Furthermore, water and basic food reserves—whose prices have risen 400 percent in Beirut since the beginning of the crisis—are quickly dwindling, while tonnes of food stand on the frontiers since immunity for the convoys has not been respected so far.”
In other words,
Meanwhile, in Gaza, pushed out of the headlines by Israel’s invasion and crimes against humanity in Lebanon, UNICEF special representative in occupied Palestinian territory Dan Rohrmann said “it is clear that children are living in an environment of extraordinary violence, fear and anxiety,” according to a UN press release. “UNICEF reminds all parties that all children have rights, including those to health, water, education and protection. These rights must be safeguarded irrespective of the environment they happen to live in. Protection of civilians including children, as per the 4th Geneva Convention, is an obligation under international humanitarian law, the press release concluded,” reports IRNA.
Obviously, the bureaucrats at UNICEF are clueless. Killing and traumatizing children is part of the Master Plan for Greater Israel, what Condi calls the New Middle East. Remember, as mass murder apologist Alan Dershowitz told us, some civilians are more innocent than others. Naturally, the children of Gaza, as those of Lebanon, are terrorists, so who can complain if they are bombed, terrorized, subjected to weird chemicals, sonic booms in the middle of the night, the lack of clean water, backed up sewage and garbage piled up in the streets, inviting disease and an inevitable epidemic. Blame Hezbollah and Hamas.
In order to make sure this dire situation moves along smoothly, Israel attacks NGOs attempting to help the Palestinians in Gaza. “As NGOs scale up their humanitarian response, they have assessed the impact of the recent hostilities on their ongoing programs,” reports the Palestine News Agency:
Approximately 100 square meters of the Beit Hanoun Municipality playground, rehabilitated by Save the Children, was severely damaged and 30 meters of the playground’s wall were knocked down.
World Vision’s partner agency the Union of Agricultural Work Committees reports .
Other NGOs report recent damage to project sites, delays in implementation due to lack of access and the freezing of donor funds for certain activities.
Don’t expect the New York Times or Fox News to report these incidents, flagrant crimes against humanity. As for the latter, they are
Obviously, the American public, or those in the audience of “Dayside” at least, are one step down the ladder from the warmongers and ethnic cleansers in Israel.