Qana massacre I & II – State terrorism

Qana massacre II

More than 54 civilians, at least 34 of them children, have been killed in a town in south Lebanon in the deadliest Israeli strike of the conflict so far.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday the situation could not continue and that all hostilities ought to cease once a UN resolution is adopted. [why wont Blair call for an immediate ceasefire like the rest of the world except for USA & Israel?]
Sunday’s strike, the bloodiest since Israel’s showdown with Lebanon’s Shia group Hezbollah began on July 12, prompted the Lebanese government to cancel a visit by the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice.

Lebanon’s premier, Fouad Sinioria, said: “There is no place on this sad morning for any discussion other than an immediate and unconditional ceasefire as well as an international investigation into the Israeli massacres in Lebanon now.”

“The massacre committed by Israel in Qana this morning shows the barbarity of this aggressive entity. It constitutes state terrorism committed in front of the eyes and ears of the world,” al-Assad

Robert Fisk

Dahr Jamail

Norman Finkelstein

Al Jazeera


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Angry Arab Blog


Qana massacre I

About 2,000 children have marched through the streets of Beirut on Thursday in memory of the Israeli bombing of a UN base in Qana in southern Lebanon on April 18, 1996, that killed 105 people.

Lebanese civilians had taken refugee at the UN base in Qana during Israel’s “Grapes of Wrath” offensive aimed at wiping out the Shia Hezbollah movement and stopping strikes on its  territory.

Israel said the bombing was a mistake but a UN report concluded it was probably deliberate.

Excerpt from Al Jazeera article Beirut march marks Qana bombing

it was because of this bombing of a UN base harbouring Lebanese civilians that the UN now has a policy of not protecting civilians.  This led to a massacre near the beginning of the conflict where a convoy was turned away from a base only to be bombed.

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