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They say precognition is “a glimpse of a possible future that is based upon present conditions” (wikipedia). Let’s see an abstract from Ha’aretz of January 24, 2007, in order to get an example of present conditions: “…Major General (Res.) Doron Almog on Tuesday presented to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee his findings in the inquiry into the abduction of Israel Defense Forces soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. Almog uncovered a chain of failures at all levels of command. Almog told the committee that had the soldiers been briefed on the morning before the abduction, Regev and Goldwasser would not have been kidnapped and their three fellow soldiers would not have been killed. Almog added that had the chief of staff acted responsibly and taken an active role in terms of preparing for the option of abduction, the soldiers would not have been abducted”. So someone claims now that the soldiers patrolling the border should have been prepared for the “option of abduction” before it actually happened. Why? I do not have a clue about that, but we must assume either that precognition is among IDF duties or that the abduction was likely to happen. (See below We are history and That’s just old news)

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January 24, 2007 at 11:21 am

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We are history

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«Hezbollah captures two Israeli soldiers – Indo-Asian News Service – Beirut, July 12, 2006 – The Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement announced on Wednesday that its guerrillas have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon. “Implementing our promise to free Arab prisoners in Israeli jails, our strugglers have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon,” a statement by Hezbollah said. “The two soldiers have already been moved to a safe place,” it added. The Lebanese police said that the two soldiers were captured as they “infiltrated” into the town of Aitaa al-Chaab inside the Lebanese border. Israeli aircraft were active in the air over southern Lebanon, the police said, with jets bombing roads leading to the market town of Nabatiyeh, 60 kms south of Beirut. Lebanese security sources said the planes were bombarding roads, which might be used by Hezbollah guerrillas. There was no immediate confirmation of the Hezbollah claims from any official Israeli source. An Israeli army spokeswoman, however, said there was “concern” over the fate of the two soldiers. Israeli reports also say four people were wounded by projectiles fired from Lebanon. In Beirut’s southern suburbs, Hezbollah followers were on the streets celebrating the news of the two soldiers’ capture, chanting “God is great … our prisoners will be out soon.” There are still three Lebanese prisoners held in Israeli jails, among them the longest held Lebanese prisoner Samir Kantar, who was captured in 1979 after killing an Israeli scientist and his daughter during an attack on a northern Israeli coastal area. Kantar’s brother Bassam said: “We are now counting on Hezbollah to strike a deal to get my brother and other prisoners released”».
http://www.hindustantimes.com/2006/Jul/12/181_1742306,00050004.htm

«Beirut, July. 12 (BNA) The Lebanese Hezbollah movement announced Wednesday the arrest of two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon. Lebanese police said that the two soldiers were arrested as they entered the town of Aitaa al-Chaab inside the Lebanese border. Israeli aircraft were active in the air over southern Lebanon, police said, with jets bombing roads leading to the market town of Nabatiyeh, 60 kilometers south of Beirut».
http://english.bna.bh/?ID=47348

«JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, July 12 (Xinhua) — Israeli forces and Lebanon’s Hizbollah militia clashed along the border area on Wednesday and Hizbollah claimed kidnapping two Israeli soldiers. The fierce border confrontation came after at least two rockets hit northern Israel from southern Lebanon, wounding four Israeli civilians in the Shlomi community. Magen David Adom, Israel’s medical service, said that the four wounded were evacuated to hospital for medical treatment and that three of them sustained light injuries while a fourth was in moderate condition. Shortly after the rocket firing, the Israeli army pounded the Lebanese villages of Aita el-Shaab, Ramieh and Yaroun in southern Lebanon, stronghold of Hizbollah, and exchanged fire with Hizbollah militants over the Israel-Lebanon border. Residents in northern Israel were reportedly hearing massive sounds of gunfire and explosions and were ordered to enter bomb shelters. In addition, Israeli warplanes struck bridges and a power plant in southern Lebanon. Meanwhile, Hizbollah claimed via its television channel al-Manar that its militants had captured two Israeli soldiers in the border area during the clashes. The captured soldiers had been sent to a safe place, the report added, without revealing further details».
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-07/12/content_4822913.htm

«The militant group Hezbollah said it captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes across the border in southern Lebanon on Wednesday. Israeli military officials could not immediately confirm whether the soldiers had been captured, but said they were taking Hezbollah’s claim seriously. Hezbollah announced the claim on Al-Manar, its television station in Lebanon, after Israeli aircraft struck guerrilla positions in southern Lebanon in response to rocket attacks on northern Israeli communities. Medics in Israel said four people were wounded in the attacks. Al-Manar reported that Israeli artillery pounded the outskirts of the villages of Aita el-Shaab, Ramieh and Yaroun in the hills east of the coastal border port of Naqoura. Israeli troops and Hezbollah guerrillas occasionally clash along the border in southern Lebanon. It was not immediately clear what prompted the latest flare-up, which came as Israel continued its two-week-old offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip to try to win the release of another captured Israeli soldier. Israel’s air force dropped a quarter-ton bomb on a residential building in Gaza earlier Wednesday, killing at least six people, including two children. The target of the airstrike had been top Hamas militants meeting in the building, but Hamas said its top fugitive got away». (July 12, 2006)
http://en.chinabroadcast.cn/2947/2006/07/12/191@113428.htm

«AITA AL-CHAAB (AFP) – Le Hezbollah libanais a capturé mercredi deux soldats israéliens et sept autres ont été tués à la suite d’une opération destinée selon son chef à obtenir la libération de détenus libanais en Israël, qui a riposté par une série de raids contre le sud du Liban. […] Selon la police libanaise, les deux soldats ont été capturés en territoire libanais, dans la région de Aïta al-Chaab près de la frontière, alors que la télévision israélienne a indiqué qu’ils avaient été capturés en territoire israélien». (July 12, 2006)
http://fr.news.yahoo.com/12072006/202/liban-le-hezbollah-capture-deux-soldats-israeliens-sept-autres-tues.html

«Selon la police libanaise, les deux hommes ont été capturés en territoire libanais, dans la région de Aïta al-Chaab près de la frontière israélienne où une unité israélienne avait pénétré. Mais la télévision israélienne a indiqué qu’ils avaient été capturés près du moshav (ferme collective) Zarit en territoire israélien. Trois soldats israéliens ont été tués dans cette même attaque du Hezbollah. Et quatre autres ont péri dans l’explosion d’un char en territoire libanais, lors des recherches menées par l’armée au Liban sud pour retrouver les deux militaires enlevés». (July 12, 2006)
http://www.armees.com/L-enlevement-de-deux-soldats-israeliens-embrase,4753.html

«It all started on July 12 when Israel troops were ambushed on Lebanon’s side of the border with Israel. Hezbollah, which commands the Lebanese south, immediately seized on their crossing. They arrested two Israeli soldiers, killed eight Israelis and wounded over 20 in attacks inside Israeli territor»y. (July 15, 2006)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HG15Ak02.html

«Voici les faits: le Hezbollah exige depuis de longues années la libération de prisonniers détenus par Israël, tel que Samir el Kantar, emprisonné depuis 1978, Nassim Nisr et Yahia Skaff qui est incarcéré depuis 1982. Dans de nombreuses occasion, il a fait savoir qu’il ne manquerait pas de faire prisonnier à son tour des soldats israéliens -si ci-ceux-ci venaient à s’introduire au Liban-, et de les utiliser comme monnaire d’échange. De manière délibérée, Tsahal a envoyé un commando dans l’arrière-pays libanais à Aïta al Chaab. Il a été attaqué par le Hezbollah, faisant deux prisonniers. Israël a alors feint d’être agressé et a attaqué le Liban. Le Hezbollah, qui se préparait à faire face à une agression israélienne que chacun savait imminente depuis le retrait syrien, a tiré des missiles de moyenne portée sur Israël». (July 18, 2006)
http://www.voltairenet.org/article142056.html

«Depuis le supposé enlèvement des deux soldats israéliens, les libanais ont démenti de telle allégation, tout en soutenant que les deux soldats ont été capturés en leur territoire, dans la région de Aïta al-Chaab, proche de la frontière israélienne, où ils s’étaient introduits par inadvertance. Ils venaient de rejoindre leur unité et ne connaissaient pas encore le terrain – ou, peut-être, délibérément. Les deux hommes auraient donc violé la souveraineté du Liban – comme Tsahal en a d’ailleurs l’habitude, surtout par voies maritime et aérienne – et commis ainsi un acte de guerre . Cet affront appelait une réponse adéquate de la part des Libanais, qui n’a pas tardé. […] Du côté de Tel-Aviv, on soutient que « l’enlèvement » a eu lieu en territoire israélien. Les combattants du Hezbollah auraient utilisé des échelles pour franchir la barrière électrifiée érigée à la frontière, avant de s’introduire quelque deux cents mètres à l’intérieur d’Israël pour attaquer une patrouille de Tsahal et « enlever » les deux soldats restés en vie. […] La censure militaire israélienne, qui a éludé complètement la question, n’a pas eu de mal à imposer sa version des faits, même si elle n’est pas parvenue à étayer ceux-ci par des preuves matérielles irréfutables. La suspicion dans laquelle ces médias tiennent le Hezbollah et l’autocensure habituelle sur tout ce qui se rapporte à Israël ont fait le reste». (August 12, 2006)
http://www.griooworld.com/article.php3?id_article=1475

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October 28, 2006 at 5:29 pm

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Disproportionate memo

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I was addressed to and thus I happened to read the following article on the Washington Post of July 2006: «Israel Is Within Its Rights – By David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey – Wednesday, July 26, 2006; Page A17 – Israel’s operations against Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza have been widely condemned in Europe, the Arab world and at the United Nations as violations of international law. Some of the critics seem to deny that Israel has any legitimate right to use force […] In fact, Israel’s conduct has been fully compliant with the applicable norms of international law […] The legal rights Israel is exercising to defend itself today are the very same legal rights on which the United States must rely in the war on terrorism. Attempts to revise the traditional laws of war — moving toward a law-enforcement paradigm — so that law-abiding states cannot effectively protect their own populations from attack or even defend their territory from armed incursion are not humanitarian advances. They simply make the world safer for those who reject any notion of law in war …». I thought to past here – if you want simply as a (long and) personal memo – some excerpts of my comment about the topic.

I found out the explanation for the Washington Post’s biased position at the bottom of the page. Anyway the very premises of the article are wrong from the first lines, where they talk about the response to Hezbollah’s initial attack. In doing that they must assume that the abduction of the Israeli soldiers happened into Israeli land, and first of all, that seems to be untrue (On July 12, 2006, Israeli soldiers entered the Lebanon border and were captured in the Lebanese town of Ayta ash-Shab by Hezbollah militias that keep control of that land in Southern Lebanon – see Hindustan Times, Bahrain News, Asia Times). So Israel deliberately lied and let the world and the Westerners understand that the soldiers had been kidnapped in Israeli owned land). Second, luckily it’s not up to Washington Post’s journalists to determine if the use of force was disproportionate or not, any argument is up to a hypothetical Court. Third, you cannot have a terrorist threat and a Nations’s threat at the same time, if you state “they are terrorists”, you have no right to bomb Lebanon, but to ask the Government of that Country in order to get collaboration against these so called, terrorists. Otherwise you must assume that Lebanon is at war with Israel, thus you must implement international law, and the bombing of civilian areas doesn’t fit at all with it. As for Geneva convention, we have two Israeli soldiers captured – not kidnapped – by the enemy. They have a right to be kept alive and well, and that is all, till the end of the conflict or till there is a deal for a cease fire. That’s it. Poverty of arguments also emerges when they talk about Lebanese’s failure to control their own territory, as it’s well known the lot of Israeli actions through the border on Lebanese soil. Nonsense at all then talking about Putin’s intervention in Chechnya. what does it mean? If they assume Russians are fit to be tried for those operations, it doesn’t justify any other international crime. But the biased attitude of the writers is well explained when they say: “The legal rights Israel is exercising to defend itself today are the very same legal rights on which the United States must rely in the war on terrorism”. So they keep on telling the world that the enemy is “terrorism”, while they must be well aware of the fact that terrorism is simply a tool and that Neocons’ theory, made to bomb and get rid of the enemies of “their” oil and Project for a New American Century and here for the “New Middle East”, is a fake. About abduction of Israeli soldiers, here are some sources: link, link, link , but there’s a lot on the web. There is also a first link at Hindustan Times of July 12 2006 that unfortunately changes from day to day, so I’ve already posted the picture of its web page in “That’s just old news” of August 8th.

Then we have probably an Israeli aggression and a consequent Israel-Lebanon war. Two sovereign States. Correct? Well, the Geneva Convention (among the others) has then to be fully implemented, without targeting of civilians and, anyway, without a disproportionate use of the force. About it I meant luckily it’s neither up to some biased journalists, nor to you, the decision. Silly is the aim to get peace without justice. Generally speaking, the fact that Israel is illegally occupying other people’s land doesn’t suggest anything to you? E.G. that every Israeli operation against these people is an aggression to mantain an illegal “status quo”, and not self defence? Since Israel occupies Golan and Shebaa Farms (trying to make Litani River its swimming pool) West Bank and East Jerusalem (since 1967), deliberately making Palestinians’ life a hell, there will be no peace for Israel and in the region. While they decide to – honestly and for the first time – put an end to all this, neither Iran, Syria, nor anti-semitism, but demographic “bomb” and its apartheid politics are the real enemies for Israel very existence.

Some say doctrine of proportionality originated with the 1907 Hague Conventions, I’d look also at article 49 in International Law Commission’s Draft about State Responsibility. You can somewhat also refer to the 1977 Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions (e.g. article 57), and generally about illegally causing unnecessary suffering for civilians. Moreover the principle is anyway known as customary international law. Otherwise should we say disproportionality is internationally legal? Lot of water flew luckily under the bridges since Pearl Harbour and Hiroshima. To assert Israeli right to protect itself you must assume Israel was attacked unprovoked and get its legitimate case against Hezbollah. There is not evidence about that. In fact many said (and wrote immediately, on July 12 2006) that Israeli soldiers were abducted while they were (at least) illegally operating into Lebanese soil. Then it is anyway a matter of fact investigating not only on proportionality of the use of force (aimed to rescuing its soldiers), but on targeting of nonmilitary targets, on unnecessary suffering for civilians, on inflicting collective punishment. Doctrine of proportionality has been upheld in a number of disputes and you know very well that if legal bodies have failed to indict Israel, that is a matter of politics and not about law. What about talking (randomly) of the US vetoes? What about “bribing, intimidating and threatening others, including members of Security Council”? And about the politically aborted case against Sharon in Belgium? And about US and Israeli fleeing from the the newly born ICC? And about ICJ Advisory opinion on “the wall”?

Michael Ratner, an attorney, former director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and past president of the National Lawyer’s Guild, dealing with the (first) Gulf War, happened to say: «At Nuremberg, the Nazis were tried for crimes against humanity which included killings of the civilian population and the wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages and devastation not justified by military necessity. These laws are embodied in various treaties, including most importantly the Hague Convention of 1907, the Geneva Conventions of 1949, and Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions. They all reflect a similar set of rules, violations of which are war crimes. They are built around two principles. First, military operations are to be directed at military objectives – the civilian population and civilian objects are not to be targets. So, massive bombing, as was engaged in by the U.S., which kills civilians and destroyed the water supply, is illegal.» About that topic he added that the second limit international law places on the conduct of war is the principle of proportionality.Well, I think that it is not easy to separate the two issues: a) proportionality, b) protection of civilian objects, but there is an interesting provision in Protocol 1, additional to the Geneva Conventions, 1977, chapter III, art. 52, par. 1 e 3. “Civilian objects shall not be the object of attack or of reprisals. Civilian objects are all objects which are not military objectives as defined in paragraph 2 […] “In case of doubt whether an object wich is normally dedicated to civilian purposes, such as a place of worship, a house or other dwelling or a school, is being used to make an effective contribution to military action, it shall be presumed no to be so used”.

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September 8, 2006 at 3:26 pm

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That’s just old news

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«Hezbollah captures two Israeli soldiers – Indo-Asian News Service – Beirut, July 12, 2006 The Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement announced on Wednesday that its guerrillas have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon. “Implementing our promise to free Arab prisoners in Israeli jails, our strugglers have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon,” a statement by Hezbollah said. “The two soldiers have already been moved to a safe place,” it added. The Lebanese police said that the two soldiers were captured as they “infiltrated” into the town of Aitaa al-Chaab inside the Lebanese border. Israeli aircraft were active in the air over southern Lebanon, the police said, with jets bombing roads leading to the market town of Nabatiyeh, 60 kms south of Beirut. Lebanese security sources said the planes were bombarding roads, which might be used by Hezbollah guerrillas. There was no immediate confirmation of the Hezbollah claims from any official Israeli source. An Israeli army spokeswoman, however, said there was “concern” over the fate of the two soldiers. Israeli reports also say four people were wounded by projectiles fired from Lebanon. In Beirut’s southern suburbs, Hezbollah followers were on the streets celebrating the news of the two soldiers’ capture, chanting “God is great … our prisoners will be out soon.” There are still three Lebanese prisoners held in Israeli jails, among them the longest held Lebanese prisoner Samir Kantar, who was captured in 1979 after killing an Israeli scientist and his daughter during an attack on a northern Israeli coastal area. Kantar’s brother Bassam said: “We are now counting on Hezbollah to strike a deal to get my brother and other prisoners released.”» (Hindustan Times, July 12, 2006)

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August 8, 2006 at 12:29 am

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Cyber-villains

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pipilebanonA virtual machine gun – once was the press, then tv – has been put for decades in the hands of thousands whose only goal was sending lies all over the world. July 2006, thousands of “children” are actually crawling the web in order to spread the same old garbage. You know, that’s Israeli Establishment’s way to try and steal some more credit. Unfortunately the whole world is by now able to see who the villain is.
«While Israel fights Hezbollah with tanks and aircraft, its supporters are campaigning on the internet. Israel’s Government has thrown its weight behind efforts by supporters to counter what it believes to be negative bias and a tide of pro-Arab propaganda. The Foreign Ministry has ordered trainee diplomats to track websites and chatrooms so that networks of US and European groups with hundreds of thousands of Jewish activists can place supportive messages. In the past week nearly 5,000 members of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) have downloaded special “megaphone” software that alerts them to anti-Israeli chatrooms or internet polls to enable them to post contrary viewpoints …» (Read more on The Times on line)

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August 4, 2006 at 8:31 pm

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Cancer

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ayta For decades a coward silence has been the endemic cancer penetrating almost the whole western media when talking about the misdemeanours of the Israeli establishment. Therefore Israel has been turned into a little nation and its people has been tied to misinformation and egoism. Lebanese strike is the last show. On July 12, 2006, Israeli soldiers entered the Lebanon border and were captured in the Lebanese town of Ayta ash-Shab by Hezbollah militias that keep control of that land in Southern Lebanon (Bahrain News, Asia Times). Israel deliberately lies or let the world and the Westerners understand that the soldiers have been kidnapped in Israeli owned land. That’s it, then it’s hell. IDF bombs Lebanon while in Europe some say they are indignate (but they keep silent) and some talk of self defense (and they had better keep silent). After having believed as true, for years, world spread Israeli propaganda, such as the Western world trusted Barak’s unabashed lies (making impossible for his people and neighbours to reach a deal with Syria and killing Camp David and Taba talks), Western nations let US backed Israel blackmail the Middle East with another humanitarian catastrophe. Hundreds of dead and wounded, hundreds of  thousands refugees must weigh over the coward Europe’s conscience, as there is no chance they weighed over the arrogance of the Israeli Military and Government or the dishonest US establishment. But something is moving. Protectors and protegees, in spite of the propaganda that has been spread for decades all over the world by hired information killers, are no longer able to keep people unaware of the facts.

More than 2,500 people on Saturday attended a mass demonstration against the war in Lebanon, marching from Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to a rally at the Cinemateque plaza. The rally was the first of its kind protesting against the IDF’s offensive in Lebanon. Unlike previous anti-war protests in israel, major Arab organizations in Israel – among them Hadash and Balad – participated in the event in large numbers. The rally, which received wide international press coverage, had a theme unfamiliar from previous demonstrations here. Beside the usual calls for the prime minister and defense minister to resign, this was a distinctly anti-American protest. Alongside chants of “We will not kill, we will not die in the name of Zionism” there were chants of “We will not die and will not kill in the service of the United States,” and slogans condemning President George W. Bush. During the event, a counter-demonstration has formed across from the rally, and rightist protesters held up “Traitors, we are fed up with you” signs. Protesters also waved Israel flags and flags of the Golani Brigade. A skirmish broke out between activists from both sides, while some infuriated passersby cursed the leftist protesters and called them, “Hizbullahniks.” Others threw garbage bags at the activists and shouted: “A good Arab is a dead Arab,” and “If only a rocket fell on you.” Large police and SWAT units secured the event and kept opponents away from where the rally was held. Despite the clashes, the organizers of the march said they were pleased with the surprisingly large number of participants, and encouraged by the public’s reaction against the Lebanon operation. (Ha’aretz, YnetNews)

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July 23, 2006 at 4:25 pm

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