The war on Lebanon
Source: Global Policy Forum
In this report to the UN Security Council, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says that Israel continues to violate Resolution 1701, which ended hostilities between Lebanon and Israel in 2006. June 2008 (pdf). [see more]
 
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Hezbollah’s capture of two soldiers in a raid across the border between Israel and Lebanon were considered by Israel as "unspeakable provocations". The immediate Israeli military "reaction" involved an intense bombing campaign, targeting civilian infrastructure and the innocent population.

The 34 days of war –from 12 July to 14 August 2006- killed over 1,500 people, mostly Lebanese civilians, severely damaged Lebanese infrastructure, and displaced about 900,000 Lebanese and 300,000 Israelis. Even after the ceasefire, 256,000 Lebanese remained internally displaced, and much of South Lebanon remained uninhabitable due to unexploded cluster bombs.

During the campaign, Israel's Air Force flew more than 12,000 combat missions. The Navy fired 2,500 shells, and the Army fired over 100,000 shells, destroying large parts of the Lebanese civilian infrastructure. 400 miles of roads, 73 bridges and 31 targets such as Beirut International Airport, ports, water and sewage treatment plants, electrical facilities, 25 fuel stations, 900 commercial structures, up to 350 schools and two hospitals were destroyed, as well as some 15,000 homes. Some 130,000 more homes were damaged.

During the campaign, Hezbollah fired between 3,970 and 4,228 rockets, which landed in all major cities of northern Israel, including Haifa, Nazareth, and Tiberias.

However, the number of civilian deaths in each side of the conflict are to be considered: 1,187 Lebanese, one third of whom were children under 13 years of age, and 44 Israelis.

On 11 August 2006 the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved UN Resolution 1701 in an effort to end the hostilities. The resolution, which was approved by both Lebanese and Israeli governments the following days, also called for the disarming of Hezbollah, for Israel to withdraw, and for the deployment of Lebanese soldiers and an enlarged United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) force in southern Lebanon.

This special coverage offers commentaries, analysis, human rights information, campaigns, and voices from civil society in Lebanon and the Middle East.

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CounterCurrents

UN News Centre

Inter Press Service (IPS)

Electronic Lebanon

Arab NGO Network for Development

United Nations Security Council

Lebanon articles and sites round-up (International Solidarity Movement)

Inside the Middle East humanitarian crisis (The Oakland Institute)

Israel & the Middle East (Guardian Unlimited)

Israel - Lebanon Conflict - Human Rights Watch reports (Human Rights Watch)

Aljazeera - Crisis in Lebanon

Full coverage of the war on Lebanon (Ya Libnan)

Indymedia Beirut (Indymedia)

Updates from Lebanon

Information on economic losses and environmental and health hazards (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 12-08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 13-08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 11/08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 10/08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 9/08 (2) (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 8-08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 9/08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 5/08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 6/08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 7/08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 2/08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 3/08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 1/08 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 19/07 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 20/07 (ANND)

Update from a Lebanon under unjustified Israeli war rage - 21/07 (ANND)

Update from Lebanon under injustified Israeli war rage - 26/07 (ANND)

Update from Lebanon under injustified Israeli war rage - 27/07 (ANND)

Update from Lebanon under injustified Israeli war rage - 28/07 (ANND)

Update from Lebanon under injustified Israeli war rage - 30/07 (Arab NGO Network for Development - ANND)

Update from Lebanon under injustified Israeli war rage - 31/07 (ANND)

Evidence of war crimes

Civilians in danger (Arab Association for Human Rights)

Human rights groups call for action on "war crimes" (IPS)

Cluster bombs: a war's perilous aftermath (The Christian Science Monitor)

Lebanon: aggression and resistance (Focus on the Global South)

Israel/Lebanon: Hizbullah's deliberate attacks on Israeli civilians (Amnesty International)

Israel targeted farms and homes (Counter Currents)

Israel responsible for Qana attack (Human Rights Watch)

Lebanon/Israel: 48 hours not enough as war crimes continue (Amnesty International)

Fatal strikes: Israel's indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Lebanon (Human Rights Watch)

Israel: IDF inquiry into Qana a whitewash (Amnesty International)

UN rights council condemns 'Israeli violations' in Lebanon; sends team to investigate (UN News Centre)

Lebanon: Destruction of civilian infrastructure (Amnesty International)

Statements

Statement on the cessation of hostilities in Lebanon (Focus on the Global South)

Declaration by La Via Campesina on its participation in the Lebanese solidarity mission (Via Campesina)

Statement of NGO Gathering for Life to the Human Rights Council Special Session on Lebanon (ANND)

Letter from the Lebanese CSO Gathering for Life to the Secretary General of the United Nations (Gathering for Life)

Statement on the situation in Lebanon (Feminist Task Force – GCAP)

OMCT Statement at the 2nd Special Session of the Human Rights Council (World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT))

An Open Letter

IFJ condemns Israeli "secret war" tactic after threat to media (International Federation of Journalists)

Lebanon/Israel: Urgent need for ceasefire and investigation of war crimes (Amnesty International)

IGTN statement against the Israeli attacks on Lebanon (International Gender and Trade Network)

How many children will die before the parties agree to stop hostilities? (SRSG Children and Armed Conflict)

STOPoverty declaration (STOPoverty! Neqirdu l-Faqar! Campaign)

LCHR's call to the international society: People in Palestinian and Lebanon deserve life, freedom and safety (Land Center for Human Rights - Egypt)

Stop killing - Statement by the Articulación Feminista Marcosur (Articulación Feminista Marcosur)

Israel's military assault on Lebanon continues to violate international humanitarian law (Arab Association for Human Rights - HRA)

Statement on Qana (Arab NGO Network for Development - ANND)

Statement of the Pugwash Council: The Middle East conflict (Pugwash)

The killing must stop now (ICFTU)

Bertrand Russel Tribunal statement

The lack of response and the guilt of the international community (International Federation for Human Rights)

Ensure security for civilians! (International Federation for Human Rights)

Statement on violence in Lebanon (Center of Concern)

UN Security Council must adopt urgent measures to protect civilians in Israel-Lebanon conflict (Amnesty International)

Middle East: UN envoys offer prospects for rapid end to violence (ICFTU)

Attacks qualify as war crimes, officials say (Common Dreams)

Statement by World Association for Christian Communication on hostilities in Lebanon (WACC)

UNICEF and WHO on escalating violence in Lebanon and Israel (Electronic Lebanon)

Annan calls for immediate end to conflict (Electronic Lebanon)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Protection of civilians and accountability (Electronic Lebanon)

Relevant documents

Seventh Report of the UN Secretary General on the Implementation of Resolution 1701 (Global Policy Forum)

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food (United Nations)

UN Human Rights Council: Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Lebanon (UN Human Rights Council)

Articles

World protests against Israeli raids (AlJazeera)

Revisiting the summer war (Electronic Lebanon)

The collateral damage of Lebanese sovereignty (Middle East Report)

Israel: government on ropes after report condemns Olmert and Peretz over Lebanon war (World Socialist Web Site)

Olmert's leaked testimony reveals real goal of summer war (Electronic Lebanon)

Western Middle East policy undermines genuine civil society (Arabic Media Internet Network)

Lebanon destroyed, destabilised, desperate for change (Inter Press Service)

Lebanon: war without a plan (Counter Currents)

Hizballah: a Primer (Middle East Report Online)

The impact of the Lebanon war lives on in poverty, traumatised children (UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency))

Effects of the war on Lebanese agriculture (Via Campesina)

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The Palestinian struggle for self-determination, the massacre of Lebanon and Israel’s expansionist ideology (International Gender and Trade Network)

UN Security Council Resolution 1701: A critical analysis (Alarab Online)

Lebanon death toll hits 1,300 (Counter Currents)

The Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Lebanon war (Bitterlemons)

What can Israel achieve? (Transnational Institute)

The end of Lebanon? (Electronic Lebanon)

Oil-spill clean-up delayed by conflict (Electronic Lebanon)

"Outraged" Muslim nations demand immediate ceasefire (Tehran Times)

Lebanon for beginners (Electronic Lebanon)

The draft UN resolution (Guardian Unlimited)

Annan dismay at UN inertia (AlJazeera)

The "hiding among civilians" myth (Salon)

Israel's cruel offensive (Electronic Lebanon)

Israel's "new Middle East" (Electronic Lebanon)

Letting Lebanon burn (Middle East Report Online)

Little dissent as Israelis support war (BBC News)

Lebanon and Israel: the regional dimension (Bitterlemons)

Context of Israeli wars in Lebanon, Palestine: back to roots (Counter Currents)

Converging upon war (ZNet)

The Gaza/Lebanon crises: escalating occupation & danger of new border fighting (Transnational Institute)

Opinions

The CADTM opposes the false solutions proposed by the Paris Club (CADTM)

Israel/Hizbollah/Lebanon: avoiding renewed conflict (International Crisis Group)

Shooting without a target (Haaretz)

Israel: shaken, not stirred! (MIFTAH)

Lebanon en route to an illegitimate debt (Committee for the Abolition of the Third World Debt)

God's chosen people (Booman Tribune)

A gripping diary of one week in the life and death of Beirut (Counter Currents)

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Israel: letter by Yvonne Deutsch (Paz Ahora)

A collective failure in the Middle East (International Herald Tribune)

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Extraordinary precision: the logic of Israel's war on civilians (Counter Currents)

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Blogs

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War crimes in Qana should be judged by the international court of justice! (Solidarité Liban)

12 August - Global day of action: preliminary list of activities (Stop the Wall Campaign)

Lebanon: An Open Country for Civil Resistance - Call For Action & Solidarity (Civilian Resistance in Lebanon)

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Stop the bloodshed: Ceasefire now (Ceasefire Campaign)

Stop the slaughter in Lebanon, Israel and the Occupied Territories! (Tikkun)

August 12: International day of solidarity and protest

Ceasefire: No more war crimes (Amnesty International)

Cease-fire now! Take emergency action (United for Peace and Justice)

Stop the war coalition

Act now to stop war and end racism - Call to action for August 12 (ANSWER)

Lebanon: Bertrand Russell's Tribunal call to action

Stop the invasion of Lebanon!

Save the Lebanese Civilians Petition

Say STOP to Israeli war on Lebanon (Arab NGO Network for Development)

Support relief efforts due to Israeli war on Lebanon (Arab NGO Network for Development)

Humanitarian Emergency in Lebanon (Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace)

Follow-up

Will a case be raised against Israel or Israeli soldiers in international courts? (ANND)

Lebanon: tempers rise over reconstruction (Inter Press Service (IPS))

Environmentalists urge quicker clean-up as oil-spill again threatens sea (Electronic Lebanon)


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