On July 12th, 2006 Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers. The resistance’s military action was used as a pretext to immediately launch a massive, premeditated military aggression against Lebanon. Lebanon’s infrastructure was targeted and hundreds of Lebanese civilians were massacred. Over 700,000 civilians [20% of Lebanon’s population] were forced to find refuge in Beirut and the North. Israel has imposed a sea, air and land blockade on Lebanon, preventing all vital supplies from reaching the people. Relief efforts are being deliberately targeted therefore preventing them from reaching distressed civilians in the areas under attack.
These deliberate Israeli actions are in clear violation of International Humanitarian Law and rise to the level of war crimes according to the Geneva Convention and their additional Protocols, as well as the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
In addition, Israel is using internationally banned weapons prohibited by the United Nations Charter and other international conventions (mainly the Geneva Convention and the Hague Convention).
In an abhorring spin, while killing, maiming and uprooting civilians, destroying towns, villages, houses, schools, roads, bridges, hospitals, airports, and seaports, and aiming at causing a humanitarian catastrophe in Lebanon, Israel is claiming that its military action aims at implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559. Needless to say, under no circumstances should Israel be allowed to implement it.
Israel has continuously refused for more than fifty years to abide by any UN Resolutions on Palestine, including General Assembly Resolution 194 and UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338. THE SITUATION IS CATASTROPHIC AND YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED
Act now for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire.
Act now for the immediate and unconditional lift of the Israeli embargo.
Act now to help the displaced population.
Act now to spread the word. Call your representative. Talk to the media.
If you want to volunteer, visit us in our main office facing the southern entrance of the Sanayeh Garden, or contact us by phone or email.
If you wish to make a financial contribution to Mowatinun’s relief effort, please transfer funds to the following bank account:
NAME:Karim Kobeissi and Nayla Geagea (Mowatinun)
NUMBER:Account num. (USD): 022004362036181016
Account num. (LBP): 022001362036181014
Societe Generale de Banque au Liban (SGBL) –
A daily progress report accounting for funds and goods in kind received and rations distributed will be posted so you closely follow our actions.