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crimes against the armistice:
Since its withdrawal of occupation forces from southern Lebanon in May 2000, Israel has violated the United Nations-monitored "blue line" on an almost daily basis, according to UN reports. Hizbullah's military doctrine, articulated in the early 1990s, states that it will fire Katyusha rockets into Israel only in response to Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilians or Hizbullah's leadership; this indeed has been the pattern.
In the process of its violations, Israel has terrorized the general population, destroyed private property, and killed numerous civilians. This past February, for instance, 15-year-old shepherd Yusuf Rahil was killed by unprovoked Israeli cross-border fire as he tended his flock in southern Lebanon. Israel has assassinated its enemies in the streets of Lebanese cities and continues to occupy Lebanon's Shebaa Farms area, while refusing to hand over the maps of mine fields that continue to kill and cripple civilians in southern Lebanon more than six years after the war supposedly ended. What peace did Hizbullah shatter?
You can check those UNIFIL reports for yourself. They confirm the incident in February, which lead to skirmishes through May. It also reports Palestinian groups associated with Islamic Jihad firing rockets into Israel from Lebanon in retaliation for alleged Israeli carbombings in late May, then Israeli retaliation to that, among other events. Also, in just about every report from the past three years I've read there's a paragraph like:
Persistent and provocative Israeli air incursions, occasionally reaching deep
into Lebanese airspace and generating sonic booms over populated areas, remained
a matter of serious concern. The pattern identified in my previous reports continued,
whereby the aircraft would sometimes fly out to sea and enter Lebanese airspace
north of the UNIFIL area of operation, thus avoiding direct observation and
verification by UNIFIL. The air incursions violate Lebanon's sovereignty and
territorial integrity, elevate tension and disrupt the fragile calm along the Blue Line.
There were no instances of Hizbollah anti-aircraft fire across the Blue Line
during the reporting period.
And then the terribly provacative shepherd incursions:
UNIFIL recorded a number of Lebanese ground violations of the Blue Line,
primarily by shepherds. Such violations had become an almost daily routine, often
involving the same local shepherds.
I've heard stories about Hezbollah rocket attacks supposedly occurring this year, but UNIFIL reports none at all, except along a narrow area of the occupied Golan Heights area claimed by Lebanon.
:: posted by buermann @ 2006-08-03 16:48:51 CST |