Middle East Crisis 2006
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad and his
The Ahlul Bayt DILP team strongly condemns the on-going
massacre of Lebanese civilians as well as the indiscriminate destruction of
Lebanese infrastructure perpetrated by the Zionist forces. In this time of
difficulty we pray to Allah for unity in the Muslim community, justice to be
done, and patience to deal with this unfolding tragedy.
We have compiled below a small collection of related links for
those who wish to better understand the conflict and its historic context. In
the interests of objectivity, a variety of views and sources are reflected.
Death and Destruction:Cease
Fire Now! (video)
News, pictures, and
videos showing the massive suffering and human cost of the aggression
Dedicated to the children who have lost their
lives because the US, UK and Israel have willingly stopped a ceasefire resulting
in the deaths of many civilians in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank.
from Lebanon (presentation)
Ahad with images from Lebanon (presentation)
Special Report: Insight into the Middle East - July 26, 2006 (video)
World News from the Middle East - July 28, 2006 (video)
Nablus and Jenin in Palestine (presentation)
Current Political Analysis and
who's been kidnapped! by Arik Diamant (Yedioth Ahronoth) - July 5, 2006
When and why did this conflict start, and why has it
taken its current shape? What's next?
"Hundreds of Palestinian 'suspects' have been kidnapped from their homes
and will never stand trial."
of Interview with Hezbollah Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah by Al-Jazeera
Beirut Bureau Chief Ghassan Bin-Jiddu - July 20, 2006
"Tell me about
a war that was waged against a state because of two soldiers. This has never
happened in history. Nor has Israel done it anytime before. However, what is
happening today is not a reaction to the kidnapping of two soldiers."
Israel responded to an unprovoked attack by Hizbullah, right? Wrong
"new Middle East" by Tanya Reinhart (Media Monitors Network) - July 26, 2006
"Tanya Reinhart is a professor in Tel Aviv University."
Nasrallah's analysis - July 26, 2006 (video)
A clip from an address
by the secretary general of Hizbullah (with English subtitles translated by
Letter from Noam Chomsky - 27
"The latest chapter of the conflict between Israel and
Palestine began when Israeli forces abducted two civilians, a doctor and his
brother, from Gaza. An incident scarcely reported anywhere, except in the
Turkish press. The following day the Palestinians took an Israeli soldier
prisoner - and proposed a negotiated exchange against prisoners taken by the
Israelis - there are approximately 10,000 in Israeli jails."
Vetoed Secret Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement :: Israeli and Palestinian
Sources Concur: Israel Made War Inevitable by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed - July 28,
"Israel simultaneously began conducting covert incursions on to
Lebanese territory, provoking Hizbollah's capture of two IDF soldiers. Credible
sources confirm that the soldiers were not abducted on Israeli territory, but
inside Lebanon." Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is Executive Director of the Institute
for Policy Research & Development, London, United Kingdom.
Is Powerful, Yes. But Not So Invincible. by John Kifner (The New York Times) -
July 30, 2006
Middle East Crisis Isn't Really About Terrorism
be Done in Lebanon by Dr James J. Zogby
Dr. James J. Zogby is
President of Arab American Institute in Washington, DC.
in the Back by Uri Avnery (Media Monitors Network) - August 2, 2006
Uri Avnery is a journalist, peace activist, former member of the
Knesset, and leader of Gush Shalom.
error, then and now by Avi Shlaim (International Herald Tribune) - August 4,
Killing children is wrong. Period. A 'war on terror' cannot be
won by a democratically elected government acting like a terrorist organization.
War is too serious a business to be left to the generals." Avi Shlaim is a
British Academy Research Professor at St Antony's College, Oxford.
Science Monitor: Hizbullah's attacks stem from Israeli incursions By Anders
Strindberg, August 01, 2006
Militia's Patient Loyalists, Confidence and Belief in Victory
Interview with George
Galloway, British Member of Parliament (Sky News) - August 6, 2006 (video)
George Galloway, in his inimitable style, speaks out in support of
Lebanon, saying he believes Hizbollah is justified in defending Lebanon against
Israeli attacks . The Respect MP also lambasted media coverage of the war and
said the UN resolution means nothing.
Nader: U.S. Carries "Inescapable Responsibility" for "Israeli Government's
Escalating War Crimes"
That Sanction Israel's War Crimes by Jonathan Cook
Hizballah: A Primer by Lara Deeb (Middle East Report Online) - July 31, 2006
Lara Deeb, a cultural anthropologist, is assistant professor of women's studies at the University of California-Irvine.
describe Bint Jbail battle as 'hell on earth' by Nir Hasson and Tomer Levi
(Haaretz) - July 27, 2006
Tide of Arab
Opinion Turns to Support for Hezbollah by Neil MacFarquhar (New York Times) -
July 28, 2006
"hiding among civilians" myth By Mitch Prothero
Hizbullah can defend against an Israeli invasionby Jonathan Steele in Beirut
paratroops learn to respect Hezbollah fighters by Michaela Cancela-Kieffer (AFP)
- July 29, 2006
president gives full backing to Hezbollah (CBC News) - July 29, 2006
Militia's Patient Loyalists, Confidence and Belief in Victory by Anthony Shadid
(Washington Post) - August 3, 2006
not exactly the image of 'terror central' by Jim Quilty
tour devastated historic town during lull in Israeli attacks. "A Hizbullah
stronghold," Baalbek is a mixture of Christians and Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims,
thus reflecting the population of the Bekaa generally.
wages new generation of warfare by Matthew B. Stannard (San Francisco Chronicle)
- August 6, 2006
Just as the world is watching Lebanon, trying to
understand the conflict there, so are experts in modern warfare theory, who see
in the battle between Israel and Hezbollah a living-and dying-test of their
Soldiers Expected Lesser Foe by Tracy Wilkinson (Los Angeles Times) - August 6,
On a break from battle, some express frustration about the
campaign in Lebanon and surprise over the effectiveness of the Hezbollah force.
Eye For an Eye: Inside the
new Hizbullah by Kevin Peraino (Newsweek) - August 14, 2006 issue
"Hizbullah is proving to be something altogether new, an Arab guerrilla
army with sophisticated weaponry and remarkable discipline...'They didn't
retreat,' says Danny Yatom, a former director of the Mossad. 'They continued to
fight until the death.'"
shepherds tend guns by night by Peter Beaumont (Guardian) - August 6, 2006
'They hit and run,' Yahia said scathingly about the Israeli tactics.
'When they meet us they run like rabbits.'
Wins Deep Loyalty for Hezbollah by Sabrina Tavernise (New York Times) - August
religious leader blasts Hizbullah (Jerusalem Post) - August 5,
"A top Saudi Sunni cleric, whose ideas inspired Osama bin
Laden, issued a religious edict Saturday disavowing the Shi'ite guerrilla group
Propaganda and the Promised Land (video)
"As the Arabs see the
Jews" by King Abdullah of Jordan (The American Magazine) - November, 1947
Zionism, its history, supporters
amongst some sections of the Christian community, its immense influence within
the US, and its detractors from within the Jewish tradition.
This essay was written by King Hussein's grandfather King Abdullah and
appeared in the United States six months before the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In
the article, King Abdullah disputes the mistaken view that Arab opposition to
Zionism (and later the state of Israel) is because of longstanding religious or
ethnic hatred. He notes that Jews and Muslims enjoyed a long history of peaceful
coexistence in the Middle East, and that Jews have historically suffered far
more at the hands of Christian Europe... King Abdullah also asks how Jews can
claim a historic right to Palestine, when Arabs have been the overwhelming
majority there for nearly 1300 uninterrupted years?
Israel rejects UN
call for 72-hour halt in fighting (Haaretz) - July 29, 2006
says UN can't be part of probe of deadly attack on post... refusal to conduct a
joint investigation will be a slap to UN officials, who have specifically sought
to partner with Israel to investigate the bombing."
Israel, innocent civilians are fair game by Peter Bouckaert (International
Herald Tribune) - August 4, 2006
Peter Bouckaert is the emergencies
director at Human Rights Watch, and is co-author of the report "Fatal Strikes:
Israel's Indiscriminate Attacks Against Civilians in Lebanon".
Aviv: Thousands rally against war by Attila Somfalvi (Yedioth Ahronoth) - July
Thousands march in Tel Aviv to protest Lebanon fighting,
call on soldiers to refuse taking part in war. Clashes with passersby erupt
during event, activists called 'traitors'.
Petition for U.S.
Jewish Solidarity with Muslim and Arab Peoples of the Middle East
"This statement was drafted by U.S. Jews committed to stopping and
holding accountable Israel for its destructive policies and practices-most
immediately for a halt to the current attacks on Lebanon and Gaza. Our goal is
to then publish this statement in the New York Times and other publications."
Christians plead for Israel BBC, Wednesday, 19 July 2006
America's new Christian Zionists BBC, Tuesday, 7 May, 2002
'Dual Covenant' Christians: Christian
Zionists and the strangest alliance in history by Jon Basil Utley
Hagee Draws Evangelicals By Arguing Jewish State Fulfills Biblical Prophecy 'End
of World as We Know It'
Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
leader Olmert asked a federal judge to give a break to Brooklyn arsonist
Jews United Against Zionism
Jews Not Zionists
There are in fact many Jewish movements, groups and organizations whose ideology regarding Zionism and the so-called "State of Israel" is that of the unadulterated Torah position that any form of Zionism is heresy and that the existence of the so-called "State of Israel" is illegitimate.
Jewish voice for Peace
News Coverage and Blogs:
Updates on the aggression
against Lebanon: Minute by Minute coverage Source: Tayyar, New TV and other
of speeches by Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah
Robert Fisk on the
Middle East Crisis
Updated archive of reports by Robert Fisk, The
Independent's award-winning Middle East correspondent, writing from Beirut.
The Angry Arab News Service
The blog of As'ad Abu Khalil, professor of political science at
California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley.
He is originally from Tyre, Lebanon, and has served as a Scholar-in-Residence at
Middle East Institute in Washington DC as well as a free-lance Middle East
consultant for NBC News and ABC News.
A Blog for analysis of Palestinian politics, as well as the posting of relevant articles.