Resized in boxes
Rearranged in sheets
Stuffed little smiles
Rolled little bodies
Reduced to gray clay
37 little hearts
stopped beating at once
and the Arabic hearts
with the silence
with the bitter taste of guilt
with the ugly face of truth
shatter the silence
give them names
And everyday another Qana
Stop the traffic
Wipe off your stupid smile
Can’t you see?
Don’t you hear?
They smile at you from heaven
With their innocent souls
Not knowing that you killed them
Stop your alarm clock
Choke your laugh
Don’t you know?
That the world is dead
That your conscience will suffer
A sea of blood
The rage of mothers
The fury of a nation
Stop the world from turning
Bring out the coffins
Mourn the death of innocence
Maybe they’ll forgive us
Maybe you’ll forgive yourself…
They are dead
And so are we.
"Israel still insists the 1996 shelling was an accident and that its forces had a legitimate militant target - a Hezbollah military unit that had fired mortars and rockets from near the Qana base.
Then, as now, Israel accused Hezbollah of using the civilian population as human shields when they launched their attacks.
However, a UN investigation reported in May 1996 that the deaths at the Qana base were unlikely to have been the result of an accident as claimed by the Israelis.
The UN report cited the repeated use of airburst shells over the small UN compound, which sent down a deadly torrent of shrapnel that caused terrible injuries among the unprotected civilians.
The UN also noted the presence of Israeli helicopters and a drone in the skies over Qana which must have witnessed the bloodbath."
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And why should they stop the world's diversion from Gaza as they carry on with their ethnic cleansing.
"The Fourth Geneva Convention (1949) is a cornerstone of international humanitarian law that ensures minimum protections for civilians in armed conflict and occupation. It forbids, among other things: the construction of settlements on occupied land1, unilateral annexation2, willful killing of civilians3, collective punishment4, torture5, and the destruction of property without a compelling military reason6. It also requires judicial accountability for those who commit war crimes (defined as “grave breaches” listed in Article 147 of the Convention). The Convention fully takes into account military necessity and cannot be violated for “security” reasons."
In Gaza, Israel is in violation of all of the above laws, in Lebanon 2-6.
But then again Zionism is based on terror:
"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."
Israel Koenig, "The Koenig Memorandum
From the Independent:
"The Cabinet revolt against Tony Blair intensified last night as Jack Straw broke ranks to condemn Israel for causing "death and misery to innocent civilians".
As the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, arrived in Israel for talks, her former British counterpart, Mr Straw, bitterly condemned Israeli military tactics, saying they risked destroying the Lebanese government.
Mr Straw, now Leader of the House, said that he grieved for innocent Israelis but also the "10 times as many innocent Lebanese men, women and children who have been killed by Israeli fire", adding: "It's very difficult to understand the kind of military tactics used by Israel. These are not surgical strikes but have caused death and misery to many innocent civilians."
And from the Daily Mail:
Hundreds of anti-Israel protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square today to demonstrate at the ongoing violence in Lebanon.
Waving Lebanese and Hezbollah flags, they cheered as a series of speakers decried the escalating conflict.
Actors including Four Weddings And A Funeral star Simon Callow, comedian Alexei Sayle and stage performer Corin Redgrave read out poems, elegies and first-hand experiences from Lebanon.
Veteran speaker and former Labour MP Tony Benn said Parliament must be recalled to debate the issue.
He said: "As we talk, women and children are being killed in the Lebanon by bombs sold and given by the US and passed through British airports with the support of the British government.
"What we are witnessing is a war crime committed by Israel with the support of the American and the British governments - that is the truth." Mr Benn said the US and Israel had been planning the attack on Lebanon for "months if not years".
He said it was part of a long-term strategy to rebuild the Middle East on their terms.
Mr Benn said he was reminded of the Suez Crisis 50 years ago which eventually saw the downfall of Prime Minister Anthony Eden.
He said it was time now for Tony Blair to step down: "Blair must go because he does not represent anybody."
His words were greeted with cheers and applause. The protest was peaceful aside from one minor scuffle between two protesters.
Betty Hunter, the general secretary of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which organised today's event, urged them to calm down.
"I know feeling is running extremely high," she said. "But we are all on the same side so please calm down."
A small group of Hassidic Jews added their support at today's rally.
Air strikes 'outrageous'
Rabbi Jacob Weisz, holding a placard which read: "Zionism and Judaism are extreme opposites", described the Israeli air strikes as "outrageous".
He said that Jews and Muslims were happy to live together but Zionist terrorists had divided a peaceful community.
He said: "The war is being ignored by the international community, it is totally unacceptable. The international community must call for a ceasefire.
"It is outrageous that the Israeli government were too proud to negotiate the release of two of their soldiers and instead started a bombing campaign."
As he spoke, Lebanese and Palestinians came up and thanked him for taking part.
Earlier, comedian Alexei Sayle described Israel as a "psychotic, bullying child" and said its "tattooed parents" were President Bush and Mr Blair.
"While Israel has all the privileges of a state, it behaves worse than a terrorist organisation," he added.
A number of other speakers from the Muslim Council of Britain, the London Assembly, and the British Muslim Initiative stood up to join the calls for a ceasefire.
Mohammed Khozbar, 40, a Lebanese man who has lived in Edgware, north London, since 1990, said the 30,000 Lebanese people in Britain were angry at Mr Blair and the Government.
He said he felt the Government had failed them. "We feel our Government is doing nothing to stop this war and this carnage.
"We want Tony Blair to call for an immediate ceasefire - it is a real war with real tragedy."