July 30, 2006

Day 19: Qana Massacre 2

Everything that I had been planning to write about over the past few days about what is going on in Lebanon has simply become insignificant at this moment. I am watching live images from Aljazeera and Alarabiya from the 2nd massacre of the Lebanese town of Qana. A shelter which families used to hide from Israel's killing machine has now been directly hit by the Israeli Occupying Forces. There are not as many shelters in Lebanon as there are in Israel of course, but even the few that do exist have now become targets of Israeli forces. The death toll is horrifying. Nearly 58 people are dead under the rubble, 21 of them are children, the rest are women and old men. The 1st Qana massacre occurred in April 1996 when a "Fijian UNIFIL compound in the village was shelled by Israeli artillery. Around 800 Lebanese civilians had taken refuge there to escape the fighting, of whom 106 were killed and around 116 others injured."

Members of the rescue team are working with their bare hands. They do not have the necessary equipment to save lives. They are emotionally distraught. When they speak to the reporters, these men are crying. They are reporting another massacre by Israel. One of them said it is "utterly indescribable." Reporters are incessantly asking them if the people they are removing from the rubble are Hizbollah fighters. The answer is consistent: the victims of this massacre are children and women and a few old men, none of whom are Hizbollah fighters. There are no rocket launchers here. There is a shelter here. A shelter which is protected by international law against targeting during wars. Shelters that Hizbollah did not attack in Israel because even this non-state power recognized that such an act is a crime against humanity.

Forget the New Middle East. Forget Condi's failed visit. Forget the failure of the Rome conference. Forget the news about Israel targeting UN observers. Forget about the US's rejection of a Security Council resolution condemning Israel's attack on UN offices and the murder of four observers. Forget the shameful position of Arab puppet leaders.

They are talking about diplomacy. We're talking about human life. We're talking about an apartheid rogue state that knows no bounds. A racist "democracy" controlled by a murderous military.

The news now is that the rescue efforts have been paused because there is a risk that the rest of the building may collapse on them and whoever else might be still breathing under the rubble. The rescue teams are carrying the bodies of children and their mothers. The rescue team is now reporting that a possible gaseous substance is causing nausea among those working on the scene. An eyewitness has just said that this town was bracing for this as the Israeli forces shelled them all night. The attack on this shelter apparently occurred around 1 AM Lebanon time, and the reporters were only able to bring this footage starting at 9AM.

I cannot record a video of this at the moment because it will be too hard to upload it. Here are some of the pictures I just took of the life footage mostly from Aljazeera and some from Almanar. Either Blogger is not working or its my slow dial-up Internet that is not allowing me to post any of the photos I took. I'll try to add them later.

Update: Condolezza Rice has canceled her visit to Beirut this morning. Lebanese PM Fouad Senioura in a live press conference has called for an immediate unconditional ceasefire.

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At 2:37 AM, Anonymous jameed said...

the pictures are horrible. i had to switch the channel. unbearable. inhuman.

At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Linda said...

Everyone knows that Hizb Allah hasn't shot rockets at night since the begining of the war, because Israel uses thermal-imaging. The poor people in Qana were hit between 1 and 3 AM. How is Israel getting away with saying that they bobmed Qana because they knew katyusha's were coming from there?

At 4:49 AM, Anonymous Khaled said...

killers, child killers, women killers. they know what they bomb, they want to pressure the civilians so they pressure Hizballah. systematic terrorism. to hell with the UN and the international community and the USA and the Arab corrupt leaders

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A shelter which is protected by international law against targeting during wars. Shelters that Hizbollah did not attack in Israel because even this non-state power recognized that such an act is a crime against humanity."
Powerful quote, and may Allah grant them patience.

At 11:31 AM, Blogger kilamxx said...

The Zionist butchers will keep on killing the innocent as long as they know that the Jewish controlled US government is backing them.

"Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial."

-- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 25 March, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Andy said...

Return the soldiers and see our bombers no more. If not, well, everyone chooses his own fate.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Samir said...

By your logic Andy, the soldiers chose their fate.

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're talking about an apartheid rogue state that knows no bounds. A racist "democracy" controlled by a murderous military.

You weaken your case when you go too far.

Israel is a democracy. It is controlled by civilians, not the military. That doesn't make Qana any less of a tragedy/atrocity.

But if you don't recognize that Israel is a state in which, inter alia, Arabs have the right to vote, then the trustworthiness of your entire analysis suffers a direct hit.

Just because Israel is a democracy doesn't mean that Qana wasn't a disaster.

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous rahooba said...

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At 3:44 AM, Blogger Muslim Unity said...

Dear sisters and brothers,

What is going on in the world is very sad, but also I see hope. Billions of people on earth want peace and to live as one. I know that together we can bring peace to Earth. Let us all pray for peace together.

At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Express your views said...

Comments are invited about the proposed solution to the Arab-Isreali crisis.

Is a “Two State” solution the best way forward?

Does this address the “root cause” of the problem?

Any suggestions or proposal on what will work?

Please contribute!!!!


At 3:48 PM, Blogger Klinger said...

The Innocent Lebanese Civilians were killed at Qana by using MK-84 Laser Guided Bombs (LGB) with BSU-37/B (Bomb Stabilization Units). These Bombs are Precision-Guided Munition (PGM) and were manufactured by the U.S. Company Raytheon for the U.S. Navy and Air Force.
The MK-84 LGB, which weights 2000 lbs (907 kg) and has 948 lbs (430 kg) explosive power, features accuracy, reliability and cost-effectiveness previously unobtainable in conventional weapons.

Qana Massacre #2:

Qana Massacre #1:

The Difference between Lebanese and "israel" Children

Made by USA, "Israel" & Co.

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah


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