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Appeal from the left in Lebanon

I just read this at  http://socialistworker.org/
Appeal from the left in Lebanon:
Call for action against Israel's war on the Palestine and Lebanon
The Israeli war machine continues with its war for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and Lebanon. Attacks against civilian targets are continuing, resulting in scores of dead and wounded in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon, with the vocal and tacit support of the international community. For the past three days, attacks on Lebanon resulted in the destruction of major civilian roads, cutting off whole areas and hindering relief efforts.

Whole families are being trapped under rubble in South Lebanon. The southern suburbs of Beirut, one of the most densely populated and poorest neighborhoods in the country, are currently witnessing intensive bombardment with the majority of civilians trapped due to the bombing of bridges and roads. Just as in Gaza, Israel is attempting to ethnically cleanse a population under the pretext of replying to the legitimate acts of the resistance.

The issue for us is clear. It is the presence of a fascist and racist regime in Israel. U.S. imperialism, its allies and military power in Israel prove that the issue has nothing to do with democracy or freedom. Their democracy is nothing but murder, destruction of houses, bombardment of electrical and fuel installations, and the indiscriminate targeting of children. The Israeli regime has indicated that they will not stop. In these days, there is no space for compromise. It is either resistance or collaboration.

The international community is fully responsible for the massacres against the people of Lebanon and Palestine. Our reply is a full-scale popular resistance against imperialism and its allies in the Arab regimes and the West. In the past several days, a group of organizations in Beirut initiated an open sit-in in the center of the city to mobilize for actions against Israeli aggression against Gaza and in support for the legitimate acts of the resistance. With the targeting of Lebanon, the sit-in has turned into a meeting point for mobilization of relief and solidarity actions.

We call on all our friends in the world to act in solidarity with the people of Palestine and Lebanon through demonstrations and rallies outside Israeli and U.S. embassies calling for an immediate and unconditional end of the occupation, the release of all prisoners of war in Israel, and the rights of people.

No to Imperialism and Occupation!
No to the Indifference of the "International Community"!
No to Dictatorships!

Signers: Leftist Assembly for Change, ATTAC Lebanon, Ajial Community Center, Lebanese Communist Party Youth, Union of Democratic Youth in Lebanon, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (Youth Section), Fatah (Youth Section), Palestinian Cultural Clubs (American University of Beirut, Lebanese American University, Beirut Arab University, Lebanese University), No Frontiers (AUB), Pablo Neruda Group (LAU), Independent Left Group (LAU, Byblos), AUB Women's Rights Club, Helem LGBT

The Truth of The Middle East 23.Jul.2006 08:01


The Truth of The Middle East

Freedom was born in the Christian Valley, I have ancestors, Aramaic in speech and Jewish in race that migrated (almost can be called an exodus of new Christian Jews) north and mingled with the natives (Arabs) after the comings and going of Christ's Apostles through the region, hence, Orthodox Christian I am. Remember now that Christ was here only 2000 years ago, 2000 years. 20 maybe 25 generations. My grandfather lived to be 104; we recorded many forgotten songs and history that passed with him, most likely the last of his generation. What I am posting here is accounts from family in Syria, Jordon, and Lebanon. Or tradition is different then the common American immigrants, which includes every person that is not 100% Native American, our people keep in touch always. During the early 1900's, many from our village and surrounding villages migrated to the US, Europe, French territory Islands, Brazil and other places upon this planet. EVERYONE keeps in touch! Most Americans can say what origin their grandfather or great grandfather were originally from, or can have some kind of % they say they are this and that. However, we always travel internationally to visit, always stay in touch using the telephone or somehow. I still own land and my fathers home in the region. People
There are places and things there that you COULD not imagine, not just ancient and still used material buildings, but the love, the despair, the sacrifice, the tradition, there are still many villages whom are Aramaic speaking in the region. WE HAVE SPANNED THE WORLD FOR.....MONEY? NO.....FREEDOM? NO, PEOPLE THERE ARE FREE, A TRUE FREEDOM, NOT WHAT WE HAVE HERE IN THE US..... WE LEFT TO CARRY THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST TO THE CORNERS OF THE WORLD!
Now the truth about the middle east, it's not Jew hating rhetoric, its no Arab hating rhetoric, no conspire theories.
There is a reason for the Israeli deaths and anguish, there is a reason FOR Lebanon's grossly nightmarish night's of deaths, there is a reason for the Palestinian flight and loss of their homeland, there is a reason why every country, government, and people in that region suffer so badly every day. That one region. And it is a good thing believe it or not. It effects and has affected the whole world for 2000 years. And sometime when my soul is poised right, I will attempt to put it in words which are understandable to you people, for it is difficult to write about, even though it seems so simple.
I am Syrian, I have hundreds of Lebanese cousins and family, I actually start crying because of my inability to do something more than post here to help them. When my family say's Lebanon, they say La Bnan. They don't just say it, its said in a way that's hard to describe, its said with so much meaning and love, like to sat Christ, or messiah, but it's more like El Maseehe, it is said strait from the heart with so much passion, love, and pain. It is very different than saying Lebanon, or Jesus Christ. It is so hard to explain. I Pray for and love the Lebanese people. May God, I beg of you. Please not make their suffering so great.

I have attached a recording of the way to say Christ in Aramaic, but I do not think it does the justice because you are absent the speaker, which shows how passionately it is said. But you may get a feel to the way Lebanon is said.