Because the Lebanese Dare to Resist
Israeli Occupation of their Land
Israelis Bomb Civilian Targets in Lebanon
Lebanese Prime Minister Selim Hoss declared that the Israeli bombings would not curtail Lebanese determination to end Israeli occupation. "If Israel is attacking Lebanon to make us accept the occupation then they will be disappointed," Hoss said. "The resistance has never been the cause (of violence), the resistance is a result of the occupation...it is natural for the resistance to continue as long as the occupation persists."
(This letter in Swedish)
Letter to Göran Persson
9 Arab writers have addressed the following open letter
to Göran Persson, the Prime Minister of Sweden:
To Prime minister Göran Persson
The Government Office, Stockholm
Stockholm, February 15, 2000
As is well known, Israeli air forces have bombarded and destroyed vital civilian targets in Lebanon, among them three electric power stations. In the meantime the Israeli foreign minister has threatened to burn down every single inch of Lebanon, if the Lebanese pursue their resistance against the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon since 1978. This in spite of the fact that Israel in the UN Security Council resolution number 425 urged to withdraw its forces immediately and unconditionally from Lebanon.
The action of Israel against Lebanon reminds us of the scorched earth policy conducted by the earlier colonial powers and of the policy of ethnic cleansing and mass expulsion practised by the Zionist gangs and the Israeli government during the last century against the indigenous population in Palestine. A policy that produced well documented massacres, demolition of hundreds of villages and expulsion of millions of Palestinians in order to establish a monocultural Israeli state in the land they had robbed.
Contrary to all international law Israel has for 22 years occupied large parts of Lebanon, a small country that has never made war with Israel during the whole period of the Arab-Israeli conflict. We call upon the Swedish government to clearly and emphatically deplore the war crimes committed against Lebanon and the threats of the Israeli foreign minister of new such crimes against the civilian population. A dissociation from the Israeli war crimes would be well in line with the Swedish government's declared principles about peace, democracy and human rights!
With kind regards.
- Mohamad Khalifa: author, journalist, tel 08 - 760 58 38
- Ibrahim Ahmed: author, tel 0522 -14 514
- Moaid Abdalsatar: author, tel 040 - 21 21 36
- Dalor Miqri: author, poet, tel 018 - 40 19 54
- Adnan Alssaiegh: author, poet, tel 040 - 94 90 89
- Yahya Abuzakaria: author tel 018 - 30 18 96
- Ali Nasser Kanani: author, poet, tel 08 - 28 69 18
- Ahmed Rami: author, journalist, tel 070 - 8 12 12 40
- Sabri Yossef: author, poet, tel 08 - 621 18 48
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