Breaking War News: U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis

From: NYCLAW <nyclaw@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, Jul 22, 2006 at 1:56 PM
Subject: [NYCLAW] Breaking War News: U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis
To: LaborAgainstWar <laboragainstwar@yahoogroups.com>

1.  U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis
2. They put the 86 corpses into plain wood caskets. Many were just big enough to fit a small child
3. Israeli Tanks and Troops Raid Lebanese Town
4. Thousands March Against Israeli Attacks
5. UFPJ: The Absence of Moral Character

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NYT, July 22, 2006

U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis

WASHINGTON, July 21 — The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday.

The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. Its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others because of the appearance that the United States is actively aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran’s efforts to arm and resupply Hezbollah.

The munitions that the United States is sending to Israel are part of a multimillion-dollar arms sale package approved last year that Israel is able to draw on as needed, the officials said. But Israel’s request for expedited delivery of the satellite and laser-guided bombs was described as unusual by some military officers, and as an indication that Israel still had a long list of targets in Lebanon to strike.

[Full text: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/22/world/middleeast/22military.html]

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Guardian, July 22, 2006

They put the 86 corpses into plain wood caskets. Many were just big enough to fit a small child

Dozens of dead buried in temporary mass grave until fighting ends

In the driveway of Tyre’s Government hospital yesterday the sour smell of rotting flesh mingled with spray paint as the chief coroner wrote the names of the dead on their coffins.

Empty wood caskets, which had been neatly stacked by a large white freezer truck – one of two being used to store the bodies of many of those killed during Israel’s bombardment of south Lebanon – were now being filled; 86 of the 150 corpses in the truck were to be buried in the afternoon.

[Full text: http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1826504,00.html]

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NYT, July 22, 2006, 12:35 p.m. ET

Israeli Tanks and Troops Raid Lebanese Town

ON THE ISRAEL-LEBANON BORDER (AP) — Israeli tanks and hundreds of troops moved in and out of Lebanon on Saturday, taking over a village and battling Hezbollah militants by land, sea and air as part of a limited ground campaign.

[Full text:  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Lebanon-Israel.html]

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NYT, July 22, 2006

Thousands March Against Israeli Attacks

LONDON (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators marched through London and hundreds more gathered in Amsterdam on Saturday to protest against Israeli attacks in Lebanon and the refusal of the U.S. and British governments to condemn them.

[Full text: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-mideast-protests.html ]

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UFPJ: The Absence of Moral Character

Free Palestine Alliance – July 20, 2006

UFPJ’s statements join the US-proxy regimes of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt, in holding the popular resistance movement responsible for the savagery of Zionist colonial conquest – a textbook example of blaming the victim.

Given that the vast majority of the Arab masses support popular Arab resistance movements, condemning this movement from the vantage point of a privileged people is very troubling.  However, when such a practice becomes habitual, with reckless disregard to the concerns of the victims, the practice amounts to bigotry.

This outlook from UFPJ is no surprise.  UFPJ has consistently and vehemently opposed the inclusion of Palestine in the anti-war movement (and continues to do so every time it has a chance), and demanded the removal of Palestinian flags from the New York stage on March 20, 2004, because, according to UFPJ leadership, these flags invoked images of “terror”.  UFPJ’s current leadership rejected opposition to the invasion of Lebanon in June 1982 during a major anti-nuke mobilization in New York’s Central Park while the invasion was taking place.  The UFPJ leadership also raised the slogan “sanctions not war” during the first Gulf War, later back-peddling from what is now best known as a policy of infanticide against Iraqi children.  And, of course, UFPJ continues to reject the Palestinian right of return to their original homes and property  all while always claiming to know what is best for the Arab people, and always charging that the Palestinians just have to wait their turn.

[Full text: http://groups.google.com/group/misc.activism.progressive/browse_thread/thread/52ae405f224dd56b/dfe2fd2d5805bb2a?lnk=st&q=&rnum=1#dfe2fd2d5805bb2a]
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