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quote from below: BEIRUT--On August 12, at 7 am, Lebanese from throughout the country and international supporters who have come to Lebanon to express solidarity will gather in Martyr's Square in Beirut to form a civilian convoy to
the south of Lebanon.
Lebanon: An Open Country for Civil Resistance FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


August 8, 2006
Lebanon: An Open Country for Civil Resistance

This is the first press release for the Campaign of Resistance, a
coalition of over 200 Lebanese NGOs and civic organizations. We, the
people of Lebanon, call upon the local and international community to
join a campaign of civil resistance to Israel's war against our country
and our people. We declare Lebanon an open country for civil resistance.
The aim of this campaign is to provide relief for civilians in South
Lebanon, live in solidarity with them, and work for the immediate return
of internally displaced citizens to their homes in the South. If their
homes are no longer standing, then the Lebanese government, United
Nations, Red Cross, and others, should provide assistance to our
citizens on their own land - not scattered across the entire country.

It is our hope that this campaign will not only provide a measure of
justice to displaced and distressed Lebanese citizens, but will also
contribute to an immediate ceasefire, and an end to the continuing
destruction of Lebanon. The first Citizen's Convoy will leave for South
Lebanon on Saturday, August 12.

For interviews and more information, please contact:

Rasha Salti +961 3 970855

Huwaida Arraf +961 70 974452

Samah Idriss +961 3 381349
Wadih Al Asmar +961 70 950780

BEIRUT--On August 12, at 7 am, Lebanese from throughout the country and
international supporters who have come to Lebanon to express solidarity
will gather in Martyr's Square in Beirut to form a civilian convoy to
the south of Lebanon. Hundreds of Lebanese and international civilians
will express their solidarity with the inhabitants of the heavily
destroyed south who have been bravely withstanding the assault of the
Israeli military. This campaign is endorsed by more than 200 Lebanese
and international organizations. This growing coalition of national and
international non-governmental organizations hereby launches a campaign
of civil resistance for the purpose of challenging the cruel and
ruthless use of massive military force by Israel, the regional
superpower, upon the people of Lebanon.

August 12 marks the start of this Campaign of Resistance, declaring
Lebanon an Open Country for Civil Resistance. August 12 also marks both
the international day of protest against the Israeli aggression.

"In the face of Israel's systematic killing of our people, the
indiscriminate bombing of our towns, the scorching of our villages, and
the attempted destruction of our civil infrastructure, we say No! In the
face of the forced expulsion of a quarter of our population from their
homes throughout Lebanon, and the complicity of governments and
international bodies, we re-affirm the acts of civil resistance that
began from the first day of the Israeli assault, and we stress and add
the urgent need to act!," said Rasha Salti, one of the organizers of
this national event.

After August 12, the campaign will continue with a series of civil
actions, leading to an August 19 civilian march to reclaim the South.
"Working together, in solidarity, we will overcome the complacency,
inaction, and complicity of the international community and we will deny
Israel its goal of removing Lebanese from their land and destroying the
fabric of our country," explained Samah Idriss, writer and co-organizer
of this campaign.

"An international civilian presence in Lebanon is not only an act of
solidarity with the Lebanese people in the face of unparalleled Israeli
aggression, it is an act of moral courage to defy the will of those who
would seek to alienate the West from the rest and create a new Middle
East out of the rubble and blood of the region," said Huwaida Arraf,
co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement and campaign
co-organizer. "After having witnessed the wholesale destruction of
villages by Israel's air force and navy and having visited the victims
(so-called displaced) of Israel's policy of cleansing Lebanese civilians
from their homes," continued Arraf, "it is imperative to go south and
reach those who have stayed behind to resist by steadfastly remaining on
their land."

If you are in Lebanon and want to sign up and join the convoy, contact
Rasha Salti
Tel: +961 3 970 855

Rania Masri
Tel: +961 3 135 279 or +961 6 930 250 x5683 / x3933


This campaign is thus far endorsed by more than 200 organizations,
including: The Arab NGOs Network for Development (ANND), International
Solidarity Movement (ISM), Cultural Center for Southern Lebanon,
Norwegian People's Aid, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanese
Association for Democratic Elections, Frontiers, Kafa, Nahwa
al-Muwatiniya, Spring Hints, Hayya Bina, Lebanese Transparency
Association, Amam05, Lebanese Center for Civic Education, Let's Build
Trust, CRTD-A, Solida, National Association for Vocational Training and
Social Services, Lebanese Development Pioneers, Nadi Li Koul Alnas, and

"The mode of being of the intellectual can no longer consist in
eloquence, which is an exterior and momentary mover of feelings and
passions, but in active participation in practical life, as constructor,
organizer, 'permanent persuader' and not just a simple orator" - Gramsci

homepage: homepage: http://www.lebanonsolidarity.org