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Associated Press News and Photos You May Not See on CNN– UN TURNING AWAY EVACUATED LEBANESE CIVILIANS– A Letter to the World

Little girl, looks to be my youngest's age

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Civilians Evacuated from Tel Afra

Angry Arab posted these photos this morning, received from Hanady Salman, an editor at As-Safir, with this e-mail (excerpted):

You will all have to excuse me for sending this. It’s pictures of the bodies of babies killed by the israelis in South lebanon. They are all burnt. I need your help. I am almost certain these pictures won’t be published in the West, although they are associated press pictures. I need your help exposing them if you can. The problem is these are people who were asked to leave their village , Ter Hafra , this morning , within two hours , or else. … So those who were able to flee went to the closer UN base where they were asked to leave. I think that after the Qana massacres in 1996 when civilians were bombed after they took chelter in UN headquarters , the UN does not want to be responssible for the lives of civilians. A FEW MINUTES AGO , the Israeli asked the people of Al Bustan village in the south to evacuate their homes. I am afraid massacares will keep happening as long as Israeli actions are uncheked. Please help us if you can.

Hanady Salman

Lina Ejeilat, a Jordanian woman living in Amman, writes a letter to us, to the world

Dear World,
I am writing you from Jordan, a small country in the Middle East, the one “between Iraq and a hard place”, the one south of Syria and Lebanon.

…At first, when all this hell broke lose, I was mad. I was so furious at how someone like Nasrallah can decide to drag an entire people into war, and to have them subjected to bombing, shelling, destruction, and death… for one stunt.

But then, I was even madder, not at Nasralla, not at Hamas, not at religious fanatics and extremists… but at YOU; The cowardly, apathetic world, and so-called world leaders, who sit back and allow hundreds of innocent lives to be shattered for “self-defense”. Nasralla knew that his “operation” would instigate such a reaction, and Israel didn’t let him down…

How can you, how dare you, close your eyes to the humanitarian disaster that’s been happening in Gaza those past weeks? How can you sit back and allow the US to veto a UN declaration to condemn the acts of a war-machine? How can you sit back and allow for massive, disproportional, unjust collective punishment??
You claim you want to bring democracy to the Middle East, and then you support the actions that feed the extremism that will come to power if true democracy is implemented.

I live in Jordan, where many people take the stability and peace for granted, where they have political opinions without fully realizing what they entail, and where extremist thought and sentiments are alarmingly finding their way into a segment of young people. People watch Al Arabiyah, Al Jazeera, CNN, Future, and LBC, feel angry and frustrated, curse Israel, curse the US, and then go back to daily business as usual.

…Three days ago I wrote to my friends telling them I’m depressed. Today, I don’t want to be depressed anymore. I am angry.
But what difference would another angry Arab make?!

And in the midst of all [this], I will be watching Al Arabiyah and Al Jazeera, I will be checking toot, and I will sit at the Cafeteria and discuss the whole thing with my wise friend B, one of the most politically and socially-aware people I know. We will wonder, again, what it would take to mobilize people, and to shake us out of our silence. I will sigh, the lump in my throat and the knot in my tummy will grow bigger, and then I will look at my watch, and tell him I have to get back to work.

And that’s probably what you will be doing too, dear world. You will do whatever it is you were doing, or not doing, and the Extremists on both side will have the upper hand.

But you and I have a responsibility to find what it is that’s in our power to do about it, and to do it.

Until then, I will light a candle, and say a prayer for Serina and Khaled to get back to Amman safely, and for my friends in Palestine, Lebanon, and Iraq. I will light a candle for my beloved Jordan too. I will light a candle for hope

Lina Ejeilat

This is Lina Ejeilat, of the blog Into the Wind who wrote the letter to the world.  She is 23, a student and freelance writer.

To read what is happening go to these blogs: The Lebanese Bloggers,  Lebanon Heart Blogs, Toot, From Beirut to the Beltway, Lebanese Political Journal, links courtesy of Aunt Najma of A Star of Mosul.

Here is an image of candles posted on Lina’s site:

for peace

Heart

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Associated Press News and Photos You May Not See on CNN– UN TURNING AWAY EVACUATED LEBANESE CIVILIANS– A Letter to the World

  1. Israel may well be breaking international and US law. The Prime Minister of Lebanon is calling Israel a terrorist country. From the Tuesday headlines at Democracy Now:
    http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/07/18/1442233

    Report: Israel Using Banned Phosphorus Weapons

    Lebanon’s Information Minister Ghazi Aridi has accused Israel of using banned weapons in violation of international law. Reports in the Lebanese media have claimed that Israel has used phosphorus incendiary bombs and vacuum bombs that suck up air and facilitate building collapses. The use of incendiary weapons against civilians has been banned since 1980. The U.S. military used similar phosphorous weapons during the siege of Fallujuah in Iraq.

    Israel Accused Of Breaking U.S. Law By Using U.S. Weapons on Civilians

    Several legal experts in the United States have accused Israel of violating the U.S. Arms Export Control Act by using U.S.-made fighter planes and missiles to kill civilians and to destroy Lebanon’s infrastructure. Defense experts say Israel has over five-hundred F-16 and F-15 fighters planes – all of them supplied by the United States.

    ———–
    Meanwhile Hillary Clinton thinks this is all fine and dandy.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton Vows Support for Israel At Rally

    Meanwhile on Monday thousands of supporters of Israel gathered in New York. Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton addressed the crowd vowing support for Israel.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton: “We will support her efforts to send a message to Hamas, Hezbollah, to the Syrians, to the Iranians, to all who seek death and domination instead of life and freedom that we will not permit this to happen and we will take whatever steps are necessary.”

    Prior to the rally, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch threw a fundraising breakfast for Hillary Clinton in New York.

    ————

    Such an odd comment, Hillary. Who is seeking death and domination here? Both sides, it seems to me.

    Aletha

    Posted by Aletha | July 19, 2006, 6:11 am
  2. The vicious assault on the people of Lebanon and Palestine is beyond words. I have received the pictures by email from a non Arab friend and passed them on to my non Arab friends. I do not like politics, but the children above had no choice and I feel obligated in their honour to help in some way, pathetic as my contribution is. It makes me ill to listen to the excuses made by the US and British leaders. The Israeli governments past and present are criminals and those who defend their barbaric actions are morally corrupt.

    Posted by Lilian | July 25, 2006, 2:14 pm
  3. “Small country” Jordan is more than 4 times the size of Israel.

    Posted by muzjik | August 10, 2006, 5:53 pm

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