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Occupation of South Lebanon
1978 - 2000

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by Omayya Joha


For many years, the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon had been viewed in the context of the security of the Zionist entity's northern border. This claim, which was adopted by Israel's allies and mimicked by most of the world media channels, illustrates the magnitude of the Zionists influence in shaping the world’s opinion regarding the struggle in the Middle East in general and particularly in Lebanon.

The Zionists interests in Lebanon date back to the beginning of their colonization project in late 19th century. In the process of drawing the maps of their alleged entity, the Zionists aimed at a northern border that runs along the Litani river in Lebanon. (Read more about this!)

It comes as no surprise, thus, that the first stage of their occupation of the South, in March 1978, was named “The Litani Operation.”

The Litani river is one of the few major rivers in the middle east that runs entirely within one country. It’s 100% Lebanese. Yet, the Lebanese governments, for more than three decades, failed to find an international organization that agreed on financing the utilization of the river for irrigation and power generation. Directly and indirectly, the Zionists sabotaged the development of the “Litani Project” only because their eyes were never off its water. (Read "Water Issues in the Arab-Israeli Conflict")

Furthermore, turning Lebanon into a commercial hub and market for the Israeli products has also been one of the most sought after Zionists goals ("The Real Israeli Interest in Lebanon" by Israel Shahak)

And now, contrary to its claim that it had withdrawn its occupying army from the South, Israel still occupies many parts of the Lebanese territories. One of these areas includes part of the Wazzani river, a small river that runs along the border, from which the Zionists are openly pumping the water toward their colonies south of the border. Other Lebanese areas still occupied by the Israelis are the Shebaa Farms, in which they have planned to build a settlement for the Ethiopian Jews, called Falasha Moro.

While Israel admits that the Shebaa Farms had been "stolen/captured" by force since 1967, it argues that they belong to Syria. Syrian government informed the United Nations on many occasions that these farms are Lebanese. Yet, the "New World Order", instead of ordering the thief to surrender what it admits it stole, blatantly supports the theft! (Arabic - "Occupied Shebaa Farms between international laws and politics") 

Moreover, the Zionists, throughout their occupation, had kidnapped 19 Lebanese citizens, transferred them to prisons inside the Zionist entity, tortured them, and kept them as hostages in violation to all international laws. Some of those hostages have been in detention for more than 15 years. (Read an Israeli opinion)

For the sake of our people's freedom, we will do everything we could. We Promise!

It is utter naivety to expect that, even if the Israeli occupation is completed tomorrow and our prisoners are back to their families, the strategic threat that this pariah state imposes on Lebanon, as well as on the entire Arab World, no longer exists. After more than 30,000 dead, 120,000 injured and disabled, a destruction that needs generations to overcome and rebuild, and over half a million Lebanese who permanently immigrated due to this occupation (more than 42,000 from Bint Jbeil alone!), are we to lay down the arms and embrace the killers as if nothing happened???

We are not war lovers. Our goals are very simple and common to every man in this world: Freedom, Dignity, Justice, and Peace. For this we will fight, and this what we will get !


  UN Resolutions

Click Here for a list of all the UN Resolutions regarding the Israeli aggression against Lebanon for over 30 years.




Disclaimer: The data, information, analysis, and/or assessments in all these documents represent the authors only. opinions regarding any or all of the issues discussed are not presented here, they are rather expressed elsewhere.


Did Israel Wittingly Shell A U.N. Base In Qana? A Disturbing Investigation Is Hotly Disputed.

James Walsh, Time International
20 May 1996
No Israeli--politician, soldier or civilian--publicly doubted that Qana was an error. Still, in the newspaper Ha'aretz, columnist Arieh Shavit expressed the qualms undoubtedly gnawing at many Israelis. "How easily we killed them [in Qana] without shedding a tear," he wrote. "We did not denounce the crime, did not arrange for a legal clarification, because this time we tried to deny the abominable horror and move on."....
*  Early Zionist Intrest In Lebanon?
A Chapter from "My Enemy´s Enemy"

   By Laura Zittrain Eisenberg
Encouraged by the nebulous border in the Galilee region, early Zionist strategists considered Lebanon, especially the southern portion, an arena for potential Zionist settlement...
  Military Balance in the Middle East
Chapters from a 1998 Washington-based CSIS M.E. Military Assessment

   By Anthony H. Cordesman
Hezbollah is now winning against Israel. More Israeli soldiers are being killed than Hezbollah fighters; Israeli retaliatory air strikes and raids are aiding Hezbollah by alienating Lebanese....
  The Litani River Basin
The Politics and Economics of Water

   By H.A. Amery and A.A. Kubursi
Aware of water scarcity and its economic value, the Zionist leaders in Europe actively lobbied the French and the British governments to adjust the northern and northeastern borders of Palestine to include the whole catchments of the Jordan River and a large part of the Litani River
  Aspect of Shii Thought From the South of Lebanon
Muhammad Jawad Mughnieh, Muhammad Mahdi Shamsddine, and Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah

   By Chibli Mallat
The intellectual production of the Lebanese South has deep roots, and it antedates by centuries the current political turmoil
War By Other Means In The Contemporary Middle East

   By Gary C. Gambill
... Such an undertaking has been severely impeded by "terrorism experts" who continue invariably to attribute the prevalence of terrorism in the Middle East to specific ideological, religious, or ethnic groups.....
  Falcon’s Against the Jihad
Israeli Airpower and Coercive Diplomacy in Southern Lebanon

   By Kenneth C. Schow jr, Lt Col, USAF
... With no air force, no navy, and no mobile armor to support them, Palestinian and Lebanese fighters were successful in forcing one of the world’s largest military powers to bend to their will...Technology and size does not guarantee "coercive" victories......
  Water Issues In The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Israeli designs on Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Tras-Jordan

   By David Paul, Documents Librarian, Harvard College
... "The whole economic future of Palestine is dependent upon its water supply for irrigation and for electric power, and the water supply must mainly be derived from the slopes of Mount Hermon, from the headwaters of the Jordan and from the Litany [sic] river [of Lebanon]... "  Chaim Weizman
  Confronting the Bible’s Ethnic Cleansing In Palestine  

   By Rev. Michael Prior, C.M, Professor of Biblical Studies in the University of Surrey, England, and visiting professor in Bethlehem University, Palestine.
Is Yahweh the Great Ethnic-Cleanser?  Did He not instruct the Israelites to rid "their Promised Land" of its indigenous people? Few biblical scholars want to wrestle with these questions.  Rev. Michael Prior needs to wrestle with them.  He’s been to today’s Holy Land and has seen today’s variation on biblically sanctioned genocide....
  The Jews of Iraq  
How and why the Jews of Iraq, a 2,600 years old community-600 years before Christianity, and 1,200 years before Islam, was uprooted to settle in the "Promised Land"?

   By Naeim Giladi, "born in Iraq, my culture still Iraqi Arabic, my religion Jewish, my citizenship American."
... "I write this article for the same reason I wrote my book: to tell the American people, and especially American Jews, that Jews from Islamic lands did not emigrate willingly to Israel; that, to force them to leave, Jews killed Jews; and that, to buy time to confiscate ever more Arab lands, Jews on numerous occasions rejected genuine peace initiatives from their Arab neighbors. I write about what the first prime minister of Israel called "cruel Zionism." I write about it because I was part of it." 
Naeim Giladi
  The Laws Against Non-Jews

   By Professor Israel Shahak. This is Chapter 5 of "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years"
... When our forces come across civilians during a war or in hot pursuit or in a raid, so long as there is no certainty that those civilians are incapable of harming our forces, then according to the Halakhah they may and even should be killed ...
  The Real Israeli Interests in Lebanon

   By Professor Israel Shahak. Published in the "Washington Report on Middle East Affairs"; July 1996, pgs. 19, 111
... When facing atrocities like those caused by the “Grapes of Wrath” operation, it is more important than ever not to lose sight of the real reasons the atrocities are committed. It means asking ourselves what are the real Israeli interests in Lebanon ...

   By Professor Ella Habiba Shohat.
I am an Arab Jew. Or, more specifically, an Iraqi Israeli woman living, writing and teaching in the U.S.
... For Middle Easterners, the operating distinction had always been "Muslim," "Jew," and "Christian," not Arab versus Jew. The assumption was that "Arabness" referred to a common shared culture and language, albeit with religious differences. ...
  Holy War

   By I. F. Stone. A book critique for "Le conflit israélo-arabe" published in Les Temps Modernes, Paris, June, 1967
... Of all the nonsense which marks the Jewish-Arab quarrel none is more nonsensical than the talk from both sides about the Holy Land as a symbol of peace. No bit of territory on earth has been soaked in the blood of more battles ...
  Living With The Holocaust:
The Journey of a Child of Holocaust Survivors

   By Professor Sara Roy.
Senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.
... I stood there too, in stunned disbelief. I immediately thought of the stories my parents had told me of how Jews had been treated by the Nazis in the 1930s... What happened to the old man was absolutely equivalent in principle, intent, and impact: to humiliate and dehumanize. In this instance, there was no difference between the German soldier and the Israeli one ...
  Do not have children if they won't be healthy!

   By Tamara Traubmann. A shocking new study reveals how key figures in the pre-state Zionist establishment proposed castrating the mentally ill, sterilizing the poor and doing everything possible to ensure reproduction only among the `best of people.'
... Castrating the mentally ill, encouraging reproduction among families "numbered among the intelligentsia" and limiting the size of "families of Eastern origin" and "preventing ... lives that are lacking in purpose" - these proposals are not from some program of the Third Reich but rather were brought up by key figures in the Zionist establishment of the Land of Israel during the period of the British Mandate....


stop the occupation!


*  Israeli Troops Kill A Palestinian Ramadan Drummer!
   Washington Post, Thursday, 28 November 2002, by John Ward Anderson 

*  An Honourable Marriage
New Internationalist, Issue of June 2002, by Reem Haddad 

*  "They are turning us into animals"
   Questions & Answers by Israeli soldiers refusing to serve in the occupied territories 

  When Khaled met Niva
   Ha'aretz, Friday, 15 February 2002, by Ori Nir

  In the Land of Christ, Christianity Is Dying
   Grace Halsell, Link, Americans for Middle East Understanding AEMU, 1995

  Zionism and the Future of Palestine
   Robert McGee

 Weapons of the weak
   Ha'aretz, Friday, 11 January 2002, by Salman Natoor 

* Giving birth in the Holy City in spite of shellfire and roadblocks
   Independent, 24 December 2001, by Emma Williams 

* A Gaza Diary
   Harper's Magazine, October 2001 Issue, by Chris Hedges 

* Vigilantes take up arms, vow to expel 'Muslim filth'!
   USA Today, 4 September 2001, by Jack Kelley 

* CNN caves in to Israel over its references to illegal settlements!
   The Independent, 3 September 2001, by Robert Fisk 

* Est-il interdit de critiquer Israël ?
   Le Monde, August 30, 2001, par Pascal Boniface 

* L'engrenage fatal
   Le Monde, August 30, 2001, par Michèle Manceaux 

*  "Refuseniks" - Draft Resistance Grows in Israel
   The Village Voice, Wednesday, August 22, 2001, by Alisa Solomon

*  Pinning their hopes on Hezbollah
   Ha'aretz, Monday, June 11, 2001, by Ori Nir

*  A Letter from Nelson Mandela to Thomas L. Friedman
   28 March 2001

*  Can Crybabies Fight a War?
   Jerusalem Post , February 18, 2000, By Arieh O'Sullivan

*  Quest for Justice
   Kansas City Jewish Chronicle , November 10, 2000, By Judith Stone

*  For Israel, Land OR Peace
   The Washington Post , November 26, 2000, By Jimmy Carter

*  Robert Fisk reports from QANA
   The Independent , April 19-22, 2000, By Robert Fisk

*  List of Articles by Gideon Levy


  English Op-Ed

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  Photos, Videos & Caricatures

*  Justice for Palestine Photo Album
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  Hundreds of photos covering the occupation and liberation.
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*  Caricatures by Omayya Joha, a Palestinian Cartoonist.
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* "NO Comment!".
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*  "The Accused". A June 2001 45-minute BBC video about War Criminal Ariel Sharon and his responsibility for the "Sabra and Shatila Massacre". (Removed!)


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