Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Straight out of Lebanon

Got this from a friend, from a friend in Lebanon. These folks ain't playin...

'Lebanon: An Open Country for Civil Resistance' Civilian Resistance: Call For Action & SolidarityFor Lebanon

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.

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 civilin frastructure, 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!

We urge you to join us in defying Israel's aggression against our country and in defending the rights of the inhabitants throughout Lebanon, and particularly in the South, to live on their land. When the United Nations, created to preserve peace and security in the world, is paralyzed; when governments become complicit in war crimes, then people must show their strength and rise up. When justice and human rights are scorned, those who care must unite in their defense.

Building on our belief in our country, the efforts ofthe civil resistance, and on the arrival of the internationals coming to Lebanon for solidarity, wedeclare that Lebanon is an open country for civilresistance, starting from August 12.

On August 12 at 7 am, we will gather in Martyrs' Square to form a civilian convoy to the south of Lebanon. Hundreds of Lebanese and international civilians will carry relief as an expression of solidarity for the inhabitants of the heavily destroyed south who have been bravely withstanding the assault of the Israeli military.

After August 12th, the campaign will continue with a series of civil actions for which your presence and participation is needed. 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.

To sign up to join the convoy, contact either:Rasha Salti http://us.f517.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=rasalti@aol.com&YY=69470&order=down&sort=date&pos=0&view=a&head=b 03 970855Rania Masri http://us.f517.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=rania.masri@balamand.edu.lb&YY=69470&order=down&sort=date&pos=0&view=a&head=b 03 135279 06930250 x 5683 or x 3933"

If you are from outside Lebanon and you are interested in joining either the convoy or in joining an international civilian presence in Lebanon after August 12th, please contact Adam Shapiroat http://us.f517.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=adamsop@hotmail.com&YY=69470&order=down&sort=date&pos=0&view=a&head=b. You will then receive instructions regarding visas, transportation and accommodations, as well as training and orientation. You will need to secure your own funding to get toLebanon and for costs on the ground."

Please check the website of this campaign for updates:www.lebanonsolidarity.org

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 BuildTrust, CRTD-A, Solida, National Association forVocational Training and Social Services, LebaneseDevelopment Pioneers, Nadi Li Koul Alnas, andLecorvaw.

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