August 9, 2006: Day 29 of the July War • Besieged in Lebanon

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days.

A colleague forwarded this to me, from the IDF web site; it’s quite pathetic:

Prior to the operation the citizens of the village were warned to leave their houses in time. In order to confirm there are no civilians present in one of the structures in the village, the force fired small arms and threw grenades towards buildings. The forces located a large reserve of weapons hidden in a building, and the soldiers were injured from explosions that occurred following the detonation of the weapons.

The game of marketing and public relations catering to a tiny subset of the global population is the dominant marker of those wishing to impose hegemonic control over others. The antidote is to suss out those who counter this hegemony.

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August 8, 2006: Day 28 of the July War • Patience in the Face of Adversity

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days.

Last night was quiet. Although there is something sinister in the silence; I feel like something bigger is going to take place. My friends are doing relief work in the schools trying to help the children; many of them have sores that won’t heal and no one is sure exactly what the Israelis are dropping on us anymore.

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August 7, 2006: Day 27 of the July War • War of Attrition

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days. Mind boggling that 15 years later the search for acknowledgment as human beings still drives so much activism and social media churn.

Ten more bombs slammed the southern suburbs this morning, starting at the call to prayer.

The gas stations are all closed as there is no fuel left; there are tankers offshore but they want assurance they won’t be targeted and the Israeli’s refuse to give it. This is resulting in pleas from the hospital affiliated with AUB:

AUB Medical Center needs help. The fuel in Lebanon is running out and American University of Beirut Medical Center has only enough reserves to last a week. Seeing that electricity is barely available, soon the elderly, new-born, injured and sick—including the St Judes Cancer Children Center—will be in total darkness because of the Israeli blockade on Lebanon.

No electricity means no more life support, no more medical machines, no more ER, no more hospital communication and no more health system in Lebanon’s biggest hospital.

It is everyone’s duty to help by simply clicking on this link (and posting a message on the ABC News blog site) so that ABC Television can feel the story has enough interest in order to do a news report on it.

This news report would in turn be seen by millions around the world which would hopefully allow for fuel to be brought into Lebanon solely for the hospitals.

The more “clicks” and message postings the article gets on ABC’s website, the more leverage it gives to get the story on TV.

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August 5, 2006: Day 25 of the July War • The US as Source

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days. It’s painful the examples I use here, when my sourcing was limited to non-Arabic writers. I do end up drawing the same conclusions, but the sources are all “tainted” if that’s the right word. I leave it as is as a reminder of the effort to “return”, and to de-acculturate….

Last night the Israelis bombed again. And again. And again. And this time it was different than before; my building didn’t just shake, it swayed. Were these the new bombs sped here from Rice via Britain and Qatar (to hell with you, Qatar)? I feel nauseous just remembering.

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August 4, 2006: Day 24 of the July War • “The Day After”

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days. The conflation of this anniversary, that of the port explosion a year ago, Gaza, etc. ad infinitum, is quite overwhelming.

Last night Israel bombed again, and did their sonic boom thing, is now targeting South Beirut, and has effectively cut off the last route to leave the country through the north to Syria; this would also be the de facto humanitarian corridor if Israel were allowing such a thing.

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August 3, 2006: Day 23 of the July War • Rabid Dogs of War

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days.

War criminal Olmert carried through with his threat to bomb Beirut again; and although you might think there could possibly be a limit to a country’s sick twisted hatred for another people such that they might realize that they have already pulverized the entire southern suburbs into white ash with their illegal implosion bombs, you would be wrong, since they came back to push the southern suburbs another few feet underground last night, all night. The drone planes were out as well so no one slept again….

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August 2, 2006: Day 22 of the July War • National Unity

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days. I’m struck by my political naivete which I feel obliged to apologize for.

War crime of the day: No, not the Red Cross vehicle arriving in Sour scarred with shrapnel from an Israeli bomb. No, not the family killed in their home in Louaizeh. Did someone mention the Dar al-Hikmah Hospital in Baalbak? Yes! Set on fire by an Israeli attack.

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August 1, 2006: Day 21 of the July War • Destruction in the South

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days.

They are starting to come in to destroy the south; the goal is to make it a no-man’s-land, up to the Litani River (insert diatribe here about Israel stealing Lebanese water). They have canceled the entire school year for elementary school students since every school in the country is now a de facto refugee shelter. The entire city of Beirut’s electricity was out for most of last night until noon today. Most of my friends have left. Many of my students are transfering to other schools. The country is bled dry.

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July 31, 2006: Day 20 of the July War • The Second Qana Massacre

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days.

The men had left to get bread for their families.

Issa Goraieb, from today’s L’Orient-Le Jour [translation mine]:

Martyrs’ Revenge
It was at this very site, as the Lebanese like to believe, that Christ, attending a wedding, turned water into wine. For the second time in the last 10 years, the martyred town of doomed Qana has been party to bloodshed.

For the second time, Israel, in a criminal fit of madness, has crushed without pity dozens of innocent civilians, most of which were women and children. Blinded by hate, it pretended to punish, to intimidate, to frighten, to terrorize, to break wills, starting with those who stubbornly hang on to their land. Israel hoped above all to divide, with iron and fire to instill the venom of doubt and disunion based on this war that the Lebanese never wanted. But the only thing that such savagery succeeds in accomplishing is, on the contrary, to bring together. To re-unite, to be precise; to quiet any reserve, any objection of or protest concerning the pursuits of the armed Resistance; to associate the Lebanese, all beliefs and political stances together, in the same denunciation of sheer barbarism. In its murderous delirium, might Israel have had in mind to make Hezbollahs out of all Lebanese?

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July 29, 2006: Day 18 of the July War • An Open Letter to CNN

This month marks the 15-year anniversary of the July War on Lebanon. I kept a diary at the time, and will be uploading excerpts from it over the coming 33 days.

When a friend of one of CNN’s anchors—who had been receiving forwarded text messages from me—told me that she might be interested in interviewing me, I was skeptical. This was CNN whose web site headline read: “Israeli Offensive Against Hezbollah” instead of “Israeli War Against Lebanon”; this was CNN whose web site reports were cribbed from official press releases from the Israeli government and not reporters on the ground.

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