Friday, August 04, 2006

Faut-il raser le Liban ?

Par Mohamed KACIMI
QUOTIDIEN LIBERATION - FRANCE : Mardi 1er août 2006
Par Mohamed Kacimi écrivain.

Certes, Israël a «le droit de se défendre», mais au nom de quelle loi
a-t-il la liberté de saccager la vie et l'avenir de tout un pays ?
Aujourd'hui, il faut être d'une naïveté américaine pour croire que la
nouvelle guerre contre le Liban a été déclenchée à cause de
l'enlèvement de deux soldats israéliens (au demeurant druzes).
Connaissant le rôle que concède l'armée israélienne aux soldats issus
de cette communauté, il est étonnant de voir Israël lever une armée
de 100 000 hommes pour voler au secours de deux de ses supplétifs.

Dans les colonnes de Libération, l'un des stratèges israéliens
reconnaissait, aux premiers jours de la guerre, que l'invasion du
Liban était programmée de longue date. Dans cet Orient, imprévisible,
instable et parfois incompréhensible, il y a très peu de place pour
l'improvisation et surtout quand il s'agit d'orchestrer avec autant
de minutie la mise en coupe réglée de tout un pays. A voir l'ampleur
des dégâts et la puissance démentielle de feu utilisée par Israël, on
se demande si la véritable cible est bien le Hezbollah et non le
Liban. Depuis près de trois semaines, les missiles et les bombes ont
rasé les usines, les écoles, les aéroports, les écoles, des cinémas,
des champs d'oliviers et jeté sur les routes plus de 600 000
personnes. Le Liban coule, mais les roquettes du Hezbollah tombent
toujours sur la Galilée et rien, bien sûr, ne peut justifier ces
actes criminels qui visent des civils.

Depuis la fin de la guerre civile, le Liban, Sisyphe d'Orient, s'est
reconstruit d'une façon miraculeuse. Une nouvelle ville est née à
Beyrouth, peu importent les moyens déployés pour sa renaissance. Une
nouvelle génération née durant la guerre est venue au monde qui
voulait fermer définitivement la page des guerres et des conflits.
Durant un an, toute la société civile s'est mobilisée pour chasser
l'armée d'occupation, si ce n'est de colonisation syrienne, et se
battait pour chasser de la tête de l'Etat un président inféodé à
Damas. Israël intervient pour réduire en poussière tout ce chemin
parcouru. Car la principale victime, c'est bien le Liban dont les
infrastructures mais surtout la confiance en soi sont aujourd'hui
réduites à néant. Quant au Hezbollah, quelle que soit l'issue de ce
conflit, il sortira vainqueur de cette épreuve. L'adversité a
toujours été une bénédiction pour les mouvements religieux.
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Au moment où l'Amérique de Bush rêve d'inculquer ou d'inoculer la
démocratie aux pays d'Orient, il serait bon de rappeler que le Liban
est aujourd'hui l'unique et seul pays du monde arabe où il existe une
presse libre, des télévisions libres, des élections libres. Un pays
où l'on peut prier en arabe, en syriaque ou en grec dans des églises
orthodoxes ou catholiques sans être lynché comme à Alexandrie où
décapité comme à Alger. Un pays où les femmes libres, comme nulle
part ailleurs, peuvent s'afficher en plein ramadan avec leur verre de
vin ou leur cigarette sans être vitriolées. Un pays où il existe,
malgré l'indigence des pouvoirs publics, un cinéma, une presse digne
de ce nom et une tradition théâtrale unique en son genre qui fait
qu'il y a un mois une troupe de jeunes filles jouait à Beyrouth les
Monologues du vagin en arabe. Un pays où tout un peuple peut
descendre dans la rue pour réclamer la vérité à son gouvernement,
sans être fauché par les balles des mitrailleuses, comme à Damas ou
finir dans les geôles, comme dans le Goulag de la Tunisie. Ce n'est
pas le Hezbollah qu'on casse, c'est l'ultime et unique espace de
liberté, de création et de subversion arabe qu'on détruit.
En fait, Israël réalise pour la deuxième fois le rêve secret de tous
les Etats arabes de la région, détruire cette cité paillarde,
frondeuse et insensée. Beyrouth, c'est Sodome pour les wahhabites
d'Arabie, Beyrouth, c'est Carthage pour les Alaouites de Syrie.
Damas, Aman, Riyad, Bagdad, La Mecque, l'ont rêvé, Tsahal l'a fait.
La preuve : les premiers à applaudir cette «intervention» furent les
Saoudiens, non par peur des Chiites, comme on veut le faire croire,
mais par haine de cette terre singulière du Liban où, malgré quinze
siècles de guerres et de persécutions, la voix des muezzins n'a pas
fait taire les cloches des églises. Ce n'est pas un fruit du hasard
si les missiles américains au laser qui se déversent sur le Liban
passent par les bases des Emirats arabes.

J'ai toujours pensé que toute concession faite aux islamistes est un
renoncement à la liberté, mais le Hezbollah n'est ni la nébuleuse
terroriste d'Al-Qaeda ni l'inculte et barbare GIA algérien. Au-delà
de sa milice ­ mais que pèse-t-elle face à l'armée israélienne ? ­
c'est un parti qui siège au gouvernement et qui joue pleinement le
jeu démocratique. Il encadre, scolarise, et soigne la communauté la
plus importante du pays. Vouloir l'extirper du Liban comme l'OLP est
une grave erreur. Le Hezbollah n'est pas un corps étranger : il est
l'émanation, la respiration et la pensée de toute une communauté
pauvre et démunie. Depuis Kaboul, on sait que le désarroi des gens
n'est pas soluble dans le napalm. Quand j'entends «Condi» Rice parler
de cette guerre comme de la naissance d'un autre bébé-Orient, je
tremble pour le Liban. On sait les beaux bébés de démocratie faits
par les Américains en Somalie, en Afghanistan et en Irak. C'est
devenu un théorème physique : toute société plongée dans un plan
américain reçoit une poussée de haut en bas égale au nombre de
marines et de GI déplacés. Je parie même que si, un jour, les troupes
américaines occupaient le Vatican, on verrait au bout d'une semaine
le pape crier depuis le balcon de la place Saint-Pierre : Allah
Akbar !

Il reste une idée, si ce n'est un fantasme, à laquelle il faudrait un
jour ou l'autre tordre le coup, c'est «la menace arabe sur
Israël», «Ils veulent raser Israël». Ce fantasme est parfois à la
limite du risible. Chacun sait pourtant la nature totalitaire des
régimes de la région et du monde arabe, un chapelet de dictatures qui
s'égrène de Rabat à Bagdad, leur corruption, leur arriération, leur
sous-développement en tout, le sous-équipement de leurs armées. Je ne
sais quel dirigeant aurait demain le projet de s'attaquer à Israël, à
commencer par la Syrie qui, malgré l'occupation du Golan, n'a jamais
toléré le moindre jet de pierre depuis son territoire sur le sol
israélien. Non, les régimes arabes ne rêvent de raser qu'une seule
chose : leurs peuples. Comme le dit si bien ce proverbe
palestinien : «Le dirigeant juif a le cul sur le trône et les yeux
sur son peuple alors que le dirigeant arabe a les yeux sur le trône
et le cul sur le peuple.»

Israël n'a pas d'autre ennemi que lui-même, cette folie de
destruction de l'autre, que ce soit à Gaza ou à Beyrouth, ne lui
épargnera jamais la nécessité de voir la réalité en face, d'accepter
l'indépendance des Palestiniens, de reconnaître la souveraineté du
Liban. Les faits sont têtus, il faudra qu'un jour ou l'autre Israël
accepte le fait de ne pas être implanté en Floride et ce ne sont
surtout pas les bombes à fragmentation qui transformeront en un
siècle ou en mille les habitants de Damas, de Naplouse ou de Tyr en
Séfarades inconditionnels du Likoud.

Cette guerre fait d'autres dégâts qu'on ne soupçonne guère, car si du
côté français on veille, tous médias confondus, à la reléguer bien
loin derrière Zidane et la canicule et à n'en donner que les images
les plus soft, du côté des chaînes arabes, c'est une boucherie que
des millions de foyers vivent en direct avec les envoyés spéciaux
d'Al-Jezira et d'Al-Arabiya. Rien n'est épargné aux spectateurs, ni
les ambulances pulvérisées ni les corps fumants des enfants qui se
déversent par centaines dans les morgues du pays. Voilà les images,
les seules que les enfants du monde arabe ont d'Israël. Si Israël
réclame à chaque fois, et à juste titre, une condamnation de
l'antisémitisme qui se propage dans les communautés maghrébines et
arabes, il faudra qu'il donne une autre image que celle des drones et
des F16.

Nous sommes de plus en plus rares à défendre l'idée insensée mais
inéluctable d'une reconnaissance mutuelle entre Palestiniens et
Israéliens, rares à croire, envers et contre tous, en un avenir
possible et partagé pour les deux peuples, seule condition pour une
paix au Moyen-Orient. La paix d'Israël ne passera que par la liberté
du Liban. Et si cette vision paraît idéaliste, il est temps de se
souvenir de l'un des préceptes de mon cher Rabbi Nahman de
Braslav : «Si la paix se sauve, cours vite la rattraper.»

Dernier ouvrage paru : « Terre Sainte » , éd. l'Avant-scène -

Thursday, August 03, 2006



What a more Lebanese way to go on with our daily lives under fire.

The famous Beirut theater, Masrah Al Madina, is producing a show "Laughter under the Bombs" (literal translation).

This is a comedy based on improvisation and audience participation.

If you're in Beirut please try to be there; it's taking place on Thursday and Friday 6th and 7th of this month at 7.30 pm.

Free Entrance.

Ex-Press Middle East



Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Call for Artistic protests




This is not a call for burning flags or demonizing the guilty ones and blindfoldly fighting on the side of the righteous ones. Of course the "conflict in the Middle East" has a long history and there are many perspectives on its causes and responsibilities. Although a genuine debate on these issues is an urgent and necessary need the first and foremost step should now be the immediate halt of innocent loss of life. Our main aim is to respond to the disproportionate use of force by Israel and to the irresponsible exposure of innocent civilians to violence and death.
This is a general appeal, calling on everyone to contribute short statements in the form of texts (500 words), short video clips or other materializations of protest. A compilation of statements will be presented to major newspapers, the clips will be shown during the Biennale des Cinémas Arabes in Paris next week and other media. This appeal is initiated by Joana Hadjithomas, Adila Laidi, Alia Rayyan, and Fouad Asfour.

There is no deadline for contributions, we will try our best to screen/publish each of the submitted statements. We will notify you beforehand about the place and time of publication/screening of your text/video clip.

photo courtesy: "We do not leave Hamra" -Walid Sadek 2000 (Ashkal Alwan project)

Joana Hadjithomas, Adila Laidi, Alia Rayyan, and Fouad Asfour

Email to:
1001prod@cyberia.net.lb
texte@gmx.net

Mail to:
Hoda Kerbage C/O Mahmoud Harb 12 rue de quatre fages 75005 Paris
Roy Arida 56-58 rue de Bercy 75012 Paris

Preserving Lebanese culture


[Taken from www.Babelmed.net website,The Mediterranean Cultures Site]

The critical circumstances that currently prevail in Lebanon, a country that has been for many years an ideal arena for liberal cultural practices based on tolerance and the acceptance of creative cultural diversity, poses an ethical responsibility on the world’s intellectuals and artists.

This responsibility can not be limited to attempting to put an end to the catastrophe that befalls the Lebanese people. It must extend to include new initiatives to refute the excuses and allegations used to justify the Israeli attack on Lebanon, and to turning a blind eye to it. It is an aggression that is threatening the lives of thousands of civilians, and forcing hundreds of thousands into compulsory displacement. In addition to the deliberate destruction of the civilian infrastructure, the Israeli onslaught is threatening tens of historical and archeological monuments in Baalbek and Tyre.

Monuments that stood for ages to ascertain the cultural characteristics of this ancient country. Similar attacks by the Israeli Army had previously destroyed important archeological sites in Nablus in Palestine.

Culture Resource calls upon the world’s cultural associations, artists and intellectuals to carry their moral responsibility in supporting and adopting all initiatives calling for:

- First and foremost, an immediate cease fire, and the provision of all forms of urgent humanitarian support to the civilian victims of the bombardment.

- Call upon cultural associations in the world to urge the parties to the conflict to abide by the UNESCO agreements for the protection of international cultural heritage during armed conflicts. Also to put an end to the Israeli aggression jeopardizing historical sites listed on the International Heritage List.

- Rebuild the infrastructure that was destroyed by Israeli bombardment, and reconstruct Lebanon, in order that it may regain its role as one of the active arenas of cultural expression and communication.

Culture Resource calls upon all the world’s cultural associations, artists and intellectuals to write, to that effect, to the offices of the UNESCO, and the UN and EU delegations in their countries.

Also to clearly voice their support to this statement, and their adoption of the ideas it promotes, through various mass media.

Culture Resource

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Regional Office: 43 El Mequyass St., Rodha, Cairo, Egypt,
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Fax: (202) 3626748 – Tel:(202) 3625057.

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For the Lebanese to return to war is to return to one's senses
Firas Zbib
Beirut, 21/07/06
(Translated from Arabic by Robin Moger)


When a woman is waiting to give birth she packs a bag full of clothes ready for the moment when she'll have to make a dash for the hospital and deliver her baby. In the same way, my mother packed for flight. Methodically arranging her possessions she was neither calm nor afraid, taking her time and carefully considering everything we'd need if we had to leave our house and flee. Not that danger was imminent or she knew for sure we'd have to go: it was just if we were forced to move, it would happen too fast for us to gather our things.
It wasn't fear that made her rummage around for the small torch which she'd mislaid through lack of use. Neither was it fear that made our neighbor the widow fill every bottle she could find with water before opening every window in her flat and going to bed.

The Lebanese have come to understand war more than they fear it. Unlike the foreign tourists who left when this latest war began, they have nowhere to go. They remain behind and become a war people: a nation returning to the instincts, mentality and reactions of conflict.
It's not fear that makes us adapt so quickly to wartime routines but rather an inner instinct, something we carry with us and are powerless to resist. It wells up inside us and changes the way we speak and think, as if the habits of the old civil war had never left us.
War and its customs come back to the Lebanese like a man who hasn't set foot in the sea for years, but the instant he plunges in, he discovers he still knows how to swim.
Some of us returned to wartime habits before the war had even begun. Beirutis flooded the petrol stations and drained them of fuel. One young pump attendant was astonished: "What's up with people?" he asked, "They can't bring themselves to believe that there's no shortage of fuel."

In a few short hours people's attention had swung from the finer things in life to its absolute necessities: candles, water and food. When the power went down for the first day, kids throughout the city sat down to play cards. These were the same kids who had done nothing but watch television all their lives, right up until the moment when the lights went out.
The doorman of Beirut's residential buildings went down to the bomb shelters to do a spot of spring cleaning and sprucing in anticipation of the residents' imminent arrival. They swept out the clutter of peacetime, killing the rats and crushing the cockroaches. They were cleaning the shelters for ordinary citizens, but the shelters continued to stand empty.

The war hadn't reached it yet, but the Beirut has become a city at war: the shops are closed, the streets are empty, the hospitals are gearing up and people everywhere are waiting.
It is almost as if the Lebanese are carrying on the old war, not starting a new one. The war has returned as if reassuming its rightful place; the onlooker feels that he has returned to his senses. If you want a break from the endless images of war and destruction it's no longer enough to turn off your television; the scenes play on around you.
The Lebanese are scrambling to buy electricity generators, radios and torches. The man who has left his brothers and sisters behind him in the South begins to think of them again and makes endless calls to check that they're alright.
War draws people together: it makes perfect strangers greet each other in the street and ask about the future. In wartime future is a personal thing: to each his future. Only in peacetime, when life is as it should be, is future one dream, shared by all.

In place of Haifa Wahbi and Nancy Ajram's pop hits, the TV stations have started to air patriotic anthems during program breaks. The voices of Julia Boutros, Marcel Khalifa and Fairuz have returned, singing of love for one's country to the patter of hand drums. Old songs from an old war and older revolution. The Lebanese have arrived at this, their latest war, on the ruins and memories of the previous conflict. Just as these bygone anthems are deeply familiar to the Lebanese today, so is this latest war welcomed like an old friend.

The young man, who was a happy heedless child during the last war, is listening to the news broadcasts. He's asking himself how he'll feel when the war and its thunder reach Beirut. Will he be afraid, or will it remind him of lost childhood? Will he long for it?

What next for the Children of the War

'You go a bit crazy when you see little body after little body coming up out of the ground' Huge numbers of children are being killed, injured or displaced in south Lebanon. Why are so many suffering in this conflict?
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports Wednesday August 2, 2006
The Guardian

A man screams for help as he carries the body of a young girl after Israeli air strikes on the southern Lebanese village of Qana.
Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images




Three days ago, next to the gutted and destroyed house in Qana, seven bodies lay covered with bedsheets, a blanket and a prayer mat. One small arm stretched out from under the sheets; thin, the arm of a little girl, a piece of cloth like a bracelet wrapped around the wrist. As bodies were loaded on the stretcher, I saw another dead girl; she was dressed in a black shirt with a coloured scarf wrapped loosely around her head. Her face was swollen.

In some ways I was relieved. The rumour we had heard in the hotel in Tyre was that at least 40 people, half of them children, had been in the house in Qana when it was bombed by Israeli planes, and here I was an hour later, with Red Cross workers and others running up and down, and all I could see was the bodies of two girls and five adults.
It's weird, the things that make you feel better in the south of Lebanon, but seven dead instead of 40 gave me a sense of relief.

But even as I stood there registering that emotion, hellish scenes were unfolding. Four medics carried a little boy by on an orange stretcher: he was perhaps 12 years old, dressed in black shorts and a white T-shirt with a coloured motorcycle on it. His arms were stretched behind his head, but apart from the bruises on his face and the swollen lips, he looked OK. For half a second I told myself, as I tell myself every time I see death, that he was just sleeping, and that he would be fine. But he was dead.

Then came two more boys in the arms of the rescuers. One of them, the younger, around eight years old, had his arms close to his chest, his nose and mouth covered with blood. The elder, around 10, had dirt and debris in his mouth. Their slight bodies were put on a blanket, the head of the younger boy left resting on the shoulder of the elder, then four men carried the blanket off, stopping twice to rest as they took them away. The bodies of the boys were piled with other corpses in the back of an ambulance.

Two more small dead boys followed them. The medics were running out of stretchers, so they piled the corpses of the boys on one orange stretcher. One of the kids was slightly chubby; he was wearing a red T-shirt and shorts. His head rested on the lap of the younger, who was about six years old; both had the same exploding lips, covered with blood and dirt. It was obvious to everyone that these boys were not sleeping.

Then another child was pulled from under the rubble, and another followed, and then another. You go a little crazy when you see little body after little body coming up out of the ground. I looked around me and all I could see in the house was the detritus of their short lives - big plastic bags filled with clothes, milk cans, plastic toys and a baby carriage.

By three in the afternoon, when the corpse of a one-year-old boy was pulled from the rubble, he looked more like a mud statue than a child. The medics held him high above their heads, clear of the rubble. The faces of the rescue workers said everything that needed to be said.
What is obvious to everyone covering this conflict is that children are bearing the brunt of it. The few official figures collated so far seem to support this. Unicef says that 37 of the 60 dead in Qana on Sunday were children, and everywhere you go, it seems that it is the children who are being killed, injured and displaced. Yesterday the Lebanese government said that of the 828 of its civilians killed in the conflict so far, around 35% have been children - that's around 290. Unicef also estimates that about a third of the dead have been children, although it bases that figure on the fact that an estimated 30% of Lebanon's population are children, rather than any actual count of the dead. There are no official figures yet for the number of wounded children, but they will certainly exceed the number killed; as for those displaced, Unicef says that 45% of the estimated 900,000 Lebanese to have fled their homes are children.

Aid agencies believe that the reason children are suffering so much in this conflict is because of the big families that are traditional in south Lebanon. "You are not talking about nuclear families, you are talking about families huddling together with four, five or six children. Inevitably, a high percentage of children are killed," says Anis Salem, a Unicef spokesman. "We estimate that before Qana, 30% of the deaths were children, but it is a very fluid situation and that figure can quickly become redundant."

It is not just a matter of many children huddled together, of course: with numbers come all sorts of problems. If an air raid is coming, and you are running, how many children can you pick up and carry with you? How many do you have to leave behind?
Children often suffer most in wars like this - wars in which civilians suffer heavy casualties. They are weaker, they may be too small to run or walk, they may suffer more on long journeys by foot. And as Amelia Bookstein, head of humanitarian policy at Save the Children, points out: "Children who are wounded, separated from their families, or traumatised, may be too frightened or unable to flee their homes."

There are the official statistics, and then there are the children, who seem to be everywhere in the heart of this conflict, all with their own, painful, awful stories. A week ago I met Abbas Sha'ito, a chubby 12-year-old boy in a bright orange T-shirt who was sitting on the side of a road south of Tyre, blood covering his face, his T-shirt torn by the bomb that had hit the minivan he had been in. He and 17 others had been inside; his mother, brother and aunt were all injured, moaning and in agony a few feet away. Inside the minivan remained the headless corpse of his uncle, and the bodies of his grandmother and another man who had been fleeing with them.
Abbas was weeping, and had an arm round his mother, who seemed to be fading fast: she was injured in the chest and head, and one of her arms was almost severed at the bicep.

"Don't leave me, mother," the boy wept. "Don't go, don't go."
It was clear that his mother believed herself to be close to death. "Take care of your brothers and sisters," she said to Abbas.
"Don't leave me," Abbas kept saying.
"My purse is under me. There is money, take care of it," his mother said; as she did, her head began drooping, and Abbas screamed, and a medic rushed in: "Don't cry, don't cry, she will be OK. Just keep talking to her," the medic said.
As it is, Abbas's mother is still alive, although still in intensive care, but Abbas was not to know this then. He buried his face in his hands and wept, while his brother Ali stood nearby, one hand bandaged and his eyes on the horizon.

Last Wednesday, in a hospital in Tyre, I met Samah Shihab, a seven-year-old girl with beautiful long eyelashes from the hamlet of Mlooka near Tyre. She was in the yard of her house with her two brothers, aged four and nine, and her 14-year-old sister, when a shell fell. "I was playing with my sister and brothers when the rocket came," said Samah. "They started screaming and crying. There was pressure in my ears and my hands and legs were all in blood. I was scared. My brother was screaming and I was scared." According to her doctors, Samah, who was badly burned and needs skin grafts on her legs, is unlikely to walk again.

On Monday I met Ali (he didn't give me a second name), who is nine and had been hiding in the basement of his house, along with his aunts, his grandmother and an uncle with learning difficulties, for 20 days in the village of Bint Jbeil. While the family hid below, war raged above: the village has suffered the heaviest shelling of anywhere in the south of Lebanon, as well as intense street battles between Israeli soldiers and Hizbullah fighters. When Ali emerged from the basement on Monday, during a brief halt to the aerial bombardment, he was visibly frightened and shocked, and seemed unable to recognise his surroundings.
As he made his first steps on the big chunks of rubble and concrete strewn everywhere, clutching a bottle of water in one arm and a blue bag in the other, he began shaking and crying. His grandfather, who was leading him through the rubble, collapsed in the shade of a doorway, and Ali and other family members continued their walk to the Red Cross vehicles - parked a kilometre away, at the edge of the village, beyond the edge of the vast and almost impassable rubble field - without him. I walked with them.

As we walked, jumping from one boulder to the other, Ali said: "My father and mother went with my other brothers and sisters to another town. They said they will come and get me when the bombs stop."
In the scorching sunshine above, Israeli jets were flying, their sound mixed with that of the drones. Suddenly a thud came from the hills and Ali froze. "They are going to bomb again!" He started to cry. "Why are the Israelis hitting us? Do they hate us? My cousin Mahmoud called me on the phone and he told me that the nuclear bombs are really big. Are they as big as these rockets?" It's hard to convey quite how shocked, perhaps quite literally shell-shocked - this little boy was. He was almost delusional.

We reached the town square. There was a large, deep crater on one side of it, and a half-destroyed petrol station on the other. Burnt-out cars lay flipped over on to their sides. A few hundred metres later we had to stop for a rest. Ali opened his blue bag and got out a small green bottle of mineral water. It had only a few centimetres left, but he sipped some and passed it to me. I was about to throw the bottle away when he said, "No, no, this is my charm - it's green, the colour of Imam Hussein." (Imam Hussein was the grandson of the prophet Muhammad; he is central to the Shia faith, and a great symbol of martyrdom.)

A few hundred metres further on we reached the Red Cross ambulances. Ali squeezed in with his aunts and other women and children; they were to be taken to the displacement centres in Sidon and Beirut. Ali, it turned out, was fortunate. As I left town, I saw, all along the road, children and their families who had been forced to walk to safety. One father was pushing a wheelbarrow with four young children inside.

In another hospital in Tyre, which has seen 120 injured and 35 dead so far, I meet the young son of the head of the hospital. Muhammad Najem, 11, spends his days inside where it's safe, because a week ago a car was hit by a missile on the road directly outside the hospital. Muhammad draws on a computer: his latest drawing is of Hizbullah fighter. Next to the fighter is a star of David stabbed with a dagger - blood drips down into a vat full of blood marked "Hell".
His elder brother Ali Najem, a fourth-year medical student in his 20s, is rueful. "The Israelis are planting very bad hatred in the children against Israel," he says. Ali has spent the past three weeks documenting the stories of the children who have passed injured or with their injured families through his father's hospital. He particularly remembers one boy, aged about seven, who was caught in a convoy that was hit in the first days of the bombing. This boy described to him, quite calmly, "as if it were a cartoon", how a baby from the car in front of them was ejected out of the window when the vehicle was hit. The boy's father had been killed at the scene.

Ali also talks about the impact on women delivering babies in the midst of conflict. In the first week of the war one of them named her new son Intisar, which means victory. In the past week, two new names have been given to newborns at this hospital: "Wahid, which means 'the lonely', and Dayaa, which means 'the lost'." The woman who gave birth to Dayaa did so alone, having been separated from her husband somewhere in the Bekaa Valley. Ali says that she became disturbed, and called out to her husband: "If you don't come and take me out of this place, I will put myself under these bombs and kill myself and the baby."

For newborns, as well as for the older children, the scars of this war are going to take a long time to fade.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

ACTION PAR SMS

A tous ceux qui habitent en France, la Croix-Rouge
francaise lance l'Opération « un SMS pour le Proche-Orient » :

Site web de l'opération:
http://www.croix-rouge.fr/goto/actualites/liban/liban-cp6.asp

Comuniqué de presse:

Pour récolter les fonds nécessaires au financement de ses actions
humanitaires engagées au Proche-Orient, et en relais de l'appel à don
de 6,4 millions d'euros du CICR, la Croix-Rouge française lance
l'opération « un SMS pour le Proche-Orient ».

Le principe est simple. Il suffit d'envoyer le mot « Liban » au 83 002.
75 centimes d'euros seront reversés directement à la Croix-Rouge
française pour financer ses actions sur le terrain (coût total du sms
surtaxé, 1,5 euros, hors prix du sms).

Cette opération est lancée en partenariat et avec le
soutien de M6, Radio Orient et JETMULTIMEDIA.
48 heures.
Ecrit par Nagy Sourati
Beyrouth,
le 31/07/06


48 heures d'accalmie.
48 heures pour se préparer psychologiquement audéluge.
48 heures pour permettre à certains d'aller vérifier s'il reste quelque chose à sauver dans ce qui fût un jour leurmaison, leurquartier, leur village...
Ainsi ceux-là perdront à jamais le sens del'orientation et la notiond'espace...
ils ne retrouverons ni leurs maisons, ni leur quartier, ni les ruelles,et parfois même pas le village...
48 heures pour noyer ce qui reste de la notion dutemps...
ici, on ne sait plus quel jour de la semaine on est,
on ne se retrouve plus avec les dates: aujourd'hui c'est le jour 20.
Aujourd'hui quand on m'a appelé pour me dire qu'on avait besoin de lait pour un enfant qui n'a que 25 jours, je me suis dit: il avait 5 jours quand ça a commencé.

48 heures pour faire de sorte à ce que le monde oublice qui s'estpassé hier à Cana.
48heures pour que ceux qui avaient décidé de rester mourir dans leur jardin au Sud, prennent la route vers le Nord...
le jardin n'est plus là pour qu'ils y meurent.
Ils ont marché dans la poussière, dans les décombres,laissant derrière eux leur vie...
et des cadavres...
Ils ont marché, terrorisés d'être bombardés comme beaucoup d'autres avant eux...
certains avaient des enfants dans les bras...
j'ai bien regardé pour m'assurer qu'ils étaient vivants cesenfants...
parcequ'ils ne bougeaient pas...
Ils ont beaucoup marché, mais ce soir ils étaient assis sur le bord de la route ne sachant où aller...
plus de place dansles écoles etles lieux publics...

48 heures qui ont aussi permis à la croix rouge d'arriver à certains villages du trés Sud Liban... non, pas tous les villages, certains comme Blila où on sait que 300 personnes sont bloquées sans vivresrestent inaccessibles...
Mais Bint Jbeil, ils ont pu y arriver... à pieds certes...
Le paysage n'est pas seulement apocalyptique,
il est surréel!
La déstruction est indéscriptible.
Pour trouver les survivants, il fallait crier etattendre pourlocaliser les sons, les voix, puis procéder audéterrement...
La plupart de ceux qui étaient resté sont vieux, trés vieux.
certains ne se souviennent plus de leurs âges,certains ne se souviennent plus de leurs noms!
Ils ne savent plus non plus depuis quand ils se sontcachés dans les abris où ils étaient désormais prisonniers.
Ainata, la Croix Rouge y a accédé aussi...
à Ainata, les chiens mangeaient les cadavres...
les secouristes ont ramassé des morceaux decadavres...
des pieds...
A Srifa, la Croix Rouge a pu retirer les 26 cadavres des victimes dubombardement du 19 juillet (jour 8).

48 heures pour que dans le silence relatif l'arméeIsraélienneprocède à des enlèvements dans les villages où ses soldats arrivent à s'infiltrer comme à Maroun al Rass.
48 heures d'accalmie qui finalement n'étaient pas sicalme que ça...
les affrontements dûs aux infiltrations étaientnombreuxaujourd'hui...
Même Tyr à été bombardée aujourd'hui:un poste del'armée Libanaise.

Tout ça, je ne sais pas si les médias internationnaux en ont parlé...
Je ne regarde plus les infos sur les chaînes internationales...
DEAD ARE MY PEOPLE
by Gibran Khalil Gibran
(1883 - 1931)
Written in exile during the famine Syria [and Lebanon] in World War I

My people died on the cross....

They died while their hands

stretched toward the East and West

While the remnants of their eyes

Stared at the blackness of the

Firmament...They died silently

For humanity had closed its ears

To their cry. They died because

They died because

They placed trust in all humanity.

They died because they did not

Oppress the oppressors. They died

Because they were the crushed


Flowers, and not the crushing feet.

They died because they were peace

Makers. They perished from hunger

In a land rich with milk and honey.

They died because monsters of

Hell arose and destroyed all that

Their fields grew, and devoured the

Last provisions in their bins....

They died because the vipers and

Sons of vipers spat out poison into

The space where the Holy Cedars and

The roses and the jasmine breathe

Their fragrance.

LONDON EVENT

Dear Friends,
I am writing to invite you to a special Fund Raiser for Lebanon this Thursday 3rd of August from 6pm onwards at Darbucka – "the vision of Musician Ahmad Mohammad." Our goal is to collect funds to purchase urgently needed medicines in Lebanon.

Programme:
- Donations at the door
- Factual poster exhibition by Lebanese designers Alya Karame, Zeina Maasri and Rasha Kahil
- Raffle, posters and badges on sale (all proceeds go to the medical fund)
- Darbucka will provide Lebanese Mezze dishes at £10, £5 to go to the medical fund.
- Live music
- Tribal dancers

A whole evening dedicated to the humanitarian cause.Join us and
forward this email to others.

Location:
Darbucka
http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?lient=public&search_result=&db=pc&lang=&keepicon=true&pc=EC1V4JZ&advanced=&client=public&addr2=&quicksearch=EC1V%204JZ&addr3=&addr1=
St John's Street
London EC1V 4JZ

http://www.darbucka.com

Darbucka Gallery:
http://blogon.saatchi-allery.co.uk/2006/07/natalya_critchley_at_darbucka.php

Temoignage de Maxime

Salut a tous!! Je m'appelle Maxime. Peu importe mon âge ... Bon alors voila, je suis libanais a 100% et je vis au Liban depuis ma tendre enfance. C'est vrai, je n'habite pas à Beyrouth, ni dans la banlieue sud, ni dans une de ces villes du sud de notre pays qui subit sans cesse les bombardements israéliens. En fait je vis à environ 25 km au nord de Beyrouth. Tout ceci fait que l'on n'est pas visé directement par les bombardements, et je ne vais pas m'en plaindre, mais on est quand même directement concernés par tout ce qui se passe (eh oui, c'est quand même notre pays!). Les israéliens s'acharnent sans arrêt sur les ponts, sur les aéroports, sur les routes principales, sur les installations électriques et pétrolières du Liban... Ils détruisent carrément le pays, qui est retourné 10 ans en arrière. Tous nos parents et grands-parents affirment que tous ces bombardements leur rappellent la guerre du Liban, ce qui est très triste. Le Hezbollah, lui, considéré (quand même!!!) comme une organisation terroriste, a pris le Liban en otage, et a dominé la totalité du gouvernement qui n'arrive pas à prendre une décision convenable. Voila, sinon , on attend tous impatiemment la fin du conflit, pour voir comment va être reconstruit ce pays qu'on aime tous et qu'on n'est pas prêt de quitter...

[Ce temoignange a ete pris du blog de Lea http://savelebanon2006.skyblog.com/]

Appel aux plus jeunes


Bonjour,

Je m'appelle Lea Labaki, j'ai quinze ans, et je viens de créer un blog pour les jeunes sur la situation actuelle au Liban. Je voudrais qu'il soit surtout alimenté par des témoignages et des articles de jeunes vivant au Liban ou qui viennent d'en revenir.Est-ce que vous pourriez demander à vos enfants ou à des jeunes que vous connaissez de m'envoyer des textes ou des photos?

L'adresse e-mail est:
save_lebanon_2006@hotmail.com.

L'adresse du blog:
http://savelebanon2006.skyblog.com

Merci d'avance.
Lea
The Relief Centre – Sanayeh is a gathering of a number of groups who were in the field from the beginning of the Israeli attack on Lebanon. The centre is coordinating relief efforts in Beirut and gathering and transmitting information from the field, as well as organizing political activities on the local and international levels to challenge the complicity of the so-called “international community”.The relief work is focusing on 27 schools in the capital, Beirut.

At the last count the schools hold 8,837 internally displaced persons who have fled from Southern Lebanon and the southern suburbs of Beirut.

Among this population a large number are children who are less than five years of age according to our surveys there are:

488 children less than one year of age
721 children between 1 and 2 years
191 children between 2 and 5 years

The relief activities being carried out include provision of basic living needs:

food and water
child care needs
sanitary and hygiene products
medicines
mattresses and blankets

The supplies for this are collected through local and international support campaigns.The statistics that we had as of the 7th day of the attacks show the following needs (we anticipate that these quantities might double in the coming days):

Blankets and mattresses: about 5000

Baby formula/milk: 124 medium tins/day

Diapers: 125 medium packs/day

Women’s sanitary products: 4400 packs/month

Water: 17647Liters/day

Food portions: 1 meal/person/day

Medical care provision in 14 schools in collaboration with the American University of Beirut – Medical Centre / mobile medical units.

Activities for children – psychology/animation team.In addition we are distributing donated clothes and toys.

All of our work is carried out by volunteers. The effort was initiated by a coalition of groups which had organized an action in solidarity with the people of the Gaza strip, which provided the first 65 volunteers who make up the core of our efforts. The number of additional volunteers fluctuates from day to day but typical we have about 230 people engaged in relief work.The vehicles used for our work are those belonging to the volunteers, who are paying for gasoline used. This is not a significant burden presently but we may need to raise money for it in the future.The activities are organized by our committees/teams:

Volunteers Team:
new volunteers are registered and divided into teams to:
Provide food and other supplies to schools
Field surveys of schools to identify additional needs

Supplies team:
Track incoming supplies and supply them to distribution groups.

Medical team:
Survey specific medical needs/supplies
Provide medical assistance in association with AUB-MC and in collaboration with the Lebanese Red Cross
Distribute medical supplies to schools through a mobile clinic (capacity one visit/school every two days).

Fundraising and finance group:
Seek resources for additional funding (international and local donors)
Management of donations and funds

Coordination and communication team:
Manage operations room
Provide permanent communication channels linking the different teams and the media centre.

Media Centre:
Provide information to the international activist community
Prepare publicity and analytical material to support the “Samidoun” campaign (written, audiovisual, and web material)
Coordinate with media outlets in Lebanon and internationally

Child intervention team (a group of animators and psychologists):
Activities to entertain children
Interventions for children in need of specialized psychological care
Provide activities for youth and mothers

Information team:
Receive, exchange, and disseminate information from the our field teams (volunteers, supplies, and fundraising).
Compile a statistical data base.

Finally, the Relief Centre - Sanayeh belongs to the Samidoun Media Center, which transmits information on the relief center to the national and international media.
We have a presence in the following schools:

Madame Beayneh School
Fakhreddine School
Khaliyyeh Saudiyyeh School
Zahya Ayyoub School
Maari School
HIRIJJ Beirut School
Rass el Nabeh School 1st for girls
Koliyyat fonoon (Lebanese University Faculty of Fine Arts)
Mar Sawarios School
BBS – Beirut Baptist School
Reneh Moawad -Ramlel Zareef School
Ibin Roushod School
Al Irshad School
Amlyeh High School
Fakhreddine Nwayri School
Amlyet For girls School
Basta Fawqa School for Boys
Rasselnabeh 2nd moukhtalata School
Maari School 2 (Palace)
Raml el Zaidanieyeh School
Hassan Khaled (hawd el willayah) School
Al Mostaqbal Official/ Al Banat 1 (official) School
Madina Theatre
Sanayie Public Garden
Mazraa school
Sarolla Building
CIS

The network we have established over the 8 days since the beginning of the Israeli aggression and which has carried out all of this work is still evolving. We think that it is a noteworthy and positive example of cooperation among the people of this country, both Lebanese and Palestinian, from all sects and walks of life, belying the image portrayed by the international media of discord and tension amongst the Lebanese. In the present state of siege, only an effort of this kind can prevent critical damage to the Lebanese social fabric. We do not have the resources we need here, and at the same time we cannot wait for a purely international effort. Only by combining the hard work of volunteers in the field with the assistance of our international allies can we deal with this situation.

For more information and how you can help: http://sanayehreliefcenter.blogspot.com/

Monday, July 31, 2006

Anonymous Help

[I understand many of you do not want to express their feelings about this war or simply you do not feel familiar with or close enough to any of the parties involved. This message is a call for those who want to help CIVILIANS, innocent human beings, children, women, men, people like you and I (but unfortunaley they are not comfortably sitting in their living rooms watching the events on their screens.) They are waiting in schools, in cinemas, in hospitals for the war to stop to resume their daily life...for many they'll have to start their life from scratch.
For those of you who want to help for a humanitarian reason rather than a political one. Anything is needed really: 1$ is the cost of a loaf of bread enough to feed an entire family for 2-3 days, BPD1 can buy 2 gallons of water, E1 can buy some cheese, milk or a diaper...ANYTHING IS NEEDED for the children who are suffering and their mothers who are helpless.
By the way, if you're wondering how you can help the Israeli civilians and children as well , which is fair enough since they are also victims of this conflict, you can get more information on http://www.beliefnet.com/story/196/story_19637_1.html, every child needs our attention and help.]

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Mercy CorpsDept.
WPO Box 2669Portland, OR, 97208-2669
Tel: 888-256-1900
http://www.mercycorps.org

Since 1979, MercyCorps has worked on unified global programs to address disasters, conflicts and chronic poverty. It is currently distributing food packages to hundreds of displaced Lebanese families and have their staff on the ground to keep track of worsening human conditions and provide any assistance necessary to refugees.

Doctors Without Borders
333 7th Avenue, 2nd FloorNew York, NY, 10001-5004
Tel: 212-679-6800
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate/index.cfm

Doctors without Borders has said it will be shipping 80 tons of nonmedical aid to Lebanon, including tents, blankets, packs of hygiene products and cooking equipment.

American Near East Refugee Aid

1522 K. Street, NW, Suite 600Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202-842-2766
http://www.anera.org/

This organization was founded in 1968 after the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 to help displaced Palestinians, and today ANERA has a number of projects to improve communities in Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza.

International Medical Corps
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 300Santa Monica, CA, 90404
Tel: 800-481-4462
http://www.imcworldwide.org/index.shtml

The International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global humanitarian charity dedicated to saving lives and relieving the suffering of refugees through health care training and relief and development programs. It was established in1984 by volunteer nurses and doctors. The group is working now to create Mobile Health Teams to bring medicine and treatment to Lebanese refugees.

Islamic Relief
P.O. Box 6098Burbank, CA 91510
Tel: 888-479-4968
http://www.irw.org/mideast/

Islamic Relief, founded in 1993, strives to alleviate hunger, illiteracy and disease around the world. Among other projects, it is currently is providing emergency medical, educational and developmental relief to displaced Lebanese and Palestinians in the Middle East.

AmeriCares
88 Hamilton AvenueStamford, CT 06902
Tel: 800-486-4357
http://www.americares.org/

AmeriCares is a disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency medical needs and other assistance to people around the world regardless of race, religion or creed. AmeriCares is providing relief to the Lebanon and Gaza region, and is supporting refugee camps and hospitals in and around Beirut. It is also working with the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) to provide assistance to displaced Lebanese.

[Also to donate online go to:

http://www.unicef.org.uk/emergency/emergency_detail.asp?emergency=28&nodeid=e28&section=3

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/scuk/jsp/resources/details.jsp?id=4281&group=resources§ion=news&subsection=details&gawcam=mec&gawadgrp=mec1]

LOCAL/GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS IN LEBANON

[The following organizations are collecting money to buy basic supplies for the internally displaced populations in Lebanon and provide them with food, water, and medical treatment. We ask everyone who can send donations, however small, to please do so. See below for bank account information and contact your bank to find out how to transfer funds.]

Al Huda Society, Ras Beirut.
Director: Najla Nusseir Bashour-
A/C No: 02 02 43020 047465
Allied Bank, Hamra Branch
UID: CH035040SWIFT: MEDLLBBX-

JP Morgan Chase Bank, New York
A/C No: 544729035-

Bank of New York, New York
A/C No: 8900057343

Relief Center, Sanayeh Garden, Beirut.
http://sanayehreliefcenter.blogspot.com/
c/o Georges Azzi (founding member of 05 Amam: www.05amam.org)
Bank Name: Credit Libanais SAL Beirut – Agence Sassine
Swift Code: CLIBLBBXClient
Name: M. Al Azzi Georges Chaker
Account Number: 043.001.180.0006817.35.6

Update: if unable to send money to the account listed, plz send through the Greenline Association. for more info, check here.

The Lebanese Red Cross working with the International Red Cross
Audi Bank, Bab Idriss
Account No: 841500Swift: AUDBLBBX

Mercy Corps has set up a special fund to donations to Lebanon
http://www.mercycorps.org/topics/middleeastcrisis/1356
You can donate directly on the internet:here
Donate by Phone: 1 (888) 256-1900 (toll-free)
Donate by Mail: Mercy Corps / Dept W / PO Box 2669 / Portland OR 97208

Green Line Association
Bank of Kuwait and the Arab World s.a.l.
Beirut, Lebanon
Beneficiary Name: Green Line Association
Beneficiary Account: 10USD4612006189003
Swift Code: BKAWLBBE

For USD transfers:
The correspondents in USA with their SWIFT BIC codes are:

1. Bank of New York
New York USA
SWIFT code: IRVTUS3N

2. HSBC Bank
New York USA
SWIFT code: MRMDUS33

3. American Express Bank Ltd.
New York USA
SWIFT code: AEIBUS33

For Euro transfers:
The correspondents in France and Germany with their SWIFT codes respectively are:

1. Societe GeneraleParis -
France
SWIFT code: SOGEFRPP

2. Dresdner Bank AG
Frankfurt - Germany
SWIFT code: DRESDEFF

ADVOCACY ASSISTANCE

* For US citizens, please write or call to your state senators or representatives and let them know how you feel about the atrocities in Lebanon. In a Senate vote two days ago, every senator voted in full-support of Israel. Attached are two draft letters, one calls governments to speak up about the worsening humanitarian situation, while the other calls for political action. You can find your Congressional representatives contact information on the following link:- http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt
You can find links to other representatives such as state and local officials, Senators, the Vice-President and the President at:- http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

* Write or Call the American and Israeli Embassies in your respective countries. Let them know exactly what you think about US silence and unquestioned support of Israel’s military actions, let them know your fear that these actions may engender much larger threats to Israel, the US, and the region at large.You can find the link to your respective US embassies, their addresses and telephone numbers at the following link:
http://usembassy.state.gov/

For the Israeli embassies worldwide and their information go to:http://mfa.gov.il/mfm/web/main/default.asp?

* Sign the petitions and polls that are circulating in support of Lebanon. The following is a link to an international petition supporting Lebanon you should sign.
http://julywar.epetitions.net

And here is a link to a CNN poll about whether you think Israeli aggression on Lebanon is justified. Scroll down the article you will see the poll on the right.
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/07/13/mideast/index.html

* Raise Awareness among the people you know. You can start by forwarding this message on to your list of contacts.

Remembering Qana



When I looked up Qana online to find more historic details about this village, that's the description I found:

"Qana 33°12′33″N, 35°17′57″E (in Arabic: قـانـا) is a village located southeast of Tyre in Southern Lebanon. It has been the location of two separate incidents in which the Israeli Defense Forces caused civilian deaths during military operations (Operation Grapes of Wrath and the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict):

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1996 shelling of Qana: On 18 April 1996, amid heavy fighting between the Israeli Defense Forces and Hezbollah during "Operation Grapes of Wrath", a Fijian UNIFIL compound in the village was shelled by Israeli artillery, killing 106 civilians and injuring around 116 others who had taken refuge there to escape the fighting. Four UNIFIL soldiers were also seriously injured.

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2006 Qana airstrike: On 30 July 2006, during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, after claims from Israel that more than 150 missiles had been fired from the village towards civil towns in Israel and two days of warnings had been given to the citizens of Qana to leave the village, a double airstrike on the town killed at least 60 people (including 37 children) and injured many others when an apartment building collapsed. The Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has condemned the attack as a war crime. Some hours later, the Israel Defense Force released footage which it claims shows rockets being fired from Qana, and rocket launchers being hidden in residential areas."

Isn't it regrettable that the village of the Marriage at Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle is to be remembered for its massacres, for its bloodshed, for its future and hope shattered?

After performing his miracle Jesus turned to John and Nathanael and said "you shall see greater things than that". And we saw more wars, more massacres, more hatred, more hainous acts of vengeance...we don't want to see anymore...

Today I turn to Jesus, to God, to all these religious figures, myths, images that we as human beings believe in so strongly to the point of killing for them.
I turn to the churches, the mosques, the temples, the shrines and say "where are you now when we need you? when we need your prayers, your love, your peace?"

When it comes to violence and war God no longer exists, Jesus is watching in silence and his colleagues are hiding. We didn't need you in the first place,
we divided the world because of you,
according to your religions,
your beliefs,
your conquered territories.
Today, we want to live in peace, we want to live as free humans and not as slaves of our religion.

I don't want to kill so my neighbor can become Christian, or Muslim or a Jew.
I don't want to hate someone because he doesn't believe in the same God or prophet.
I don't want to own a land because this is where you performed your miracles.
All I want is to live in a peaceful world, I want my neighbor to live, I want his children to live and share the same schools and gardens than mine. I want the poor Jews, Muslims and Christians to share the same bread, the same shelter, the same book.

This book is not a religious book,
it's not a book about how one prophet was better than the other in conquering the human spirits,
it's not about how one land is more sacred than another...
this book is about us,
about humanity as a whole,
we all live on this planet,
we're in this together,
we deserve to give us, our neighbor and our ennemy a chance to live.

Otherwise, God has miscommunicated his message,
otherwise God has lost his case,
and we, humans on earth, will continue to kill for God.

Le malheur de Cana

La mariée était en noir ce matin à Cana. Sa robe blanche tâchée de sang traînait quelque part entre les corps d’enfant et les mères suppliantes. Elles supplient, on ne sait plus qui, on ne sait plus quoi. Sur cette terre biblique rongée par le malheur des innocents, j’ai encore pensé à cette petite fille. Ce 30 Juillet 2006, elle avait 1 jour et toute la vie devant elle. Mais ce 30 juillet, un avion, un pilote, un viseur, une boule de feu apocalyptique en ont décidé autrement, il fallait qu’elle fût une fois de plus la victime de noces rouges.

Transformer la laideur en beauté, la pauvreté en richesse, l’eau en vin, le malheur en joie…voilà ce que j’ai compris du miracle des noces de Cana. Toi fils de l’homme, as-tu vu ces membres déchiquetés sur l’un des lieux sacrés que compte ce monde. Si tu es là écoute cette prière et prends les enfants de ces femmes éplorées en ton sein, que l’injustice ne soit pas totale, que la cruauté ait une fin.

Je regarde ces morts, mais ma réaction ne sera jamais à la hauteur de l’effroi de cette petite prise entre le bitume et le béton, seule devant la mort, victime de la froideur militaire, victime de la technologie assassine de leurs bombes.

Ces gens étaient pauvres, ces gens étaient démunis, ces gens ne pouvaient pas fuir, ils se sont réfugiés là où il n’auraient pas du être, faut-il les blâmer, faut-il les punir ? Pas un ferry, un peu d’essence aurait suffit à les transporter, un bus, un camion, n’importe quoi. Mais non ! Ce n’importe quoi n’existe même pas pour eux, ils sont pauvres qu’ils en crèvent, ils sont pauvres coupons leurs les ponts, ils sont pauvres bombardons tous ceux d’entre eux qui osent bouger face à l’adversité, face à l’horreur. Les pilotes ont envoyé des tracts, en arabe on remercie leur bonté, mais mauvais calcul, cette petite ne savait pas lire et pour cause ; elle avait un jour, c’est beau une enfant qui a 1 jour, mais c’est beau quand c’est vivant et ça vos bombes douées d’intelligence ne sont pas près de le comprendre.

Marc Kaloustian
Beyrouth, 30 juillet 2006

[For more "impression" in French please check Marc's blog at http://marcka-kaloustiancom.blogspot.com/]