Monday, July 31, 2006

Qana 2006... Qana 1996... Nothing changed...

Human Rights Watch: The Israeli government initially claimed that the military targeted the house because Hezbollah fighters had fired rockets from the area. Human Rights Watch researchers who visited Qana on July 31, the day after the attack, did not find any destroyed military equipment in or near the home. Similarly, none of the dozens of international journalists, rescue workers and international observers who visited Qana on July 30 and 31 reported seeing any evidence of Hezbollah military presence in or around the home. Rescue workers recovered no bodies of apparent Hezbollah fighters from inside or near the building. continue...

Amnesty International: “The concept of ‘free-fire’ zones is incompatible with international humanitarian law. The attack in Qana is sypmtomatic of the way in which this conflict has been fought to date and indicates either that Israel is failing to take necessary precautions to spare civilians or that it has intentionally launched a disproportionate attack on civilians,” said Irene Khan. continue...

Robert Fisk (The Independant): They wrote the names of the dead children on their plastic shrouds. "Mehdi Hashem, aged seven - Qana," was written in felt pen on the bag in which the little boy's body lay. "Hussein al-Mohamed, aged 12 - Qana',' "Abbas al-Shalhoub, aged one - Qana.''... continue...

Click here for photos from Qana Massacre (30 July 2006)
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What happened in Qana ?
  1. Robert Fisk Reports From Lebanon on the Israeli Bombing of Qana
  2. Qana Again (
  3. The world press reactions


Blogger Trista Hopkins said...

I am an American, but I was in Qana after the massacre in 1996. I will never forget what I saw there. I don't know if it is still there, but there was a memorial with pictures of all the dead. There were also pictures of the UN Relief workers holding up body parts of children.

After I came back to the house in the village I was staying at near Tyre, I wrote this poem:

Today we went to Q'ana -
where Jesus hid and Israel bombs.
I saw a mass grave site
pictures, flowers, momentos topping covered-up death
to the side, a mural of body parts:
A man holding a leg,
A baby as he's put not into a cradle but a body bad.
Old men in body bags.
Women in body bags.
Children in body bags.
I saw myself in a body bag.

Blood burns
a man, black as charcoal,
cried crispy
well over well done.
A small boy with his stomach remaining
bare baby lotion fresh
severed past the belly button.

To the side lies the shell of the Israli bomb
insribed in tiny letters,
clearly, proudly
"Made in the USA".

Trista Hopkins

1:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To our loyal American Brother I want to thank you for your poem that toutched my heart Thank You.
And to let every one know that there are many and many other Americans that feeling what you feel and very desgusted of what happening to Lebanon But there Voices cant reach out with the
Media that you have like CNN
Especially Anderson Couper he sucks
I could only say God Bless you and Bless others like you and open others eyes on the right way that you found.

11:43 PM  

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