Gaddafi has survived assaults of various types from US Presidents’ Ford, Carter, Reagan, George Bush 1, Clinton, George Bush 2, and Obama. Vegas book makers are giving odds he’ll be the leader of Libya’s Fatah Revolution after the voters retire Obama, whose broken promises included telling them that the US would be involved in Libya for days, not months.
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Whatever becomes of the truly pathetic “Pastor” Terry Jones and his plans to appear later this month at the largest Mosque in Michigan to condemn Islam and to generate some media attention while provoking all decent Americans and people of good will everywhere with his hate speech, will not be of much lasting import to Muslim and American relations.
Lebanese opponents of civil rights for Palestinian refugees often use less objective and more crude wording to define “tawtin” (“settlement”) than is normally employed in civil society discussions.
If there were to be an Arab League meeting this week attended by all the Arab Heads to State, an honest participant might suggest to the assembled potentates to look to their right and then look to their left and realize that in perhaps 24 months close one third may not be attending subsequent Arab League summits.
Hezbollah has the most direct control over the government of Lebanon including the Parliament, the next 30 seat Cabinet, and the government bureaucracy. Contrary to US-Israel claims the party is not thrilled with having the chance to run the government. Hezbollah sees itself as a resistance movement first, last, and always and many in the party do not relish its “pure mandate” being sullied or getting sidetracked by running Lebanon’s really complicated government.
As the Palestine Civil Rights Movement launches ‘Round Two’ of the struggle to secure civil rights for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, international community involvement is essential, beginning with education among the European Union countries of the squalid conditions in Lebanon’s camps and EU solidarity with encouraging Lebanon’s parliament to fulfill its obligations and avoid a growing demand for international sanctions against Lebanon. Among actions being organized is the pending lawsuit in Washington DC to cut off all US aid to Lebanon as required under the 1961 US Foreign Assistance Act to countries, such as Lebanon, who engage in a pattern of denying civil rights to refugees.
US support for Israel could shatter like Humpty Dumpty– and it could get ugly. Growing American revulsion at the increasing incidents of verbal assaults on Arabs and Muslims, and racist hate speech graffiti by the Israeli public , internet defamation by elements of the US Israel lobby, and seeming encouragement by Israeli officials and some Rabbis ensconced among the more than 100 illegal colonies in occupied Palestine.
Virtually the whole waterfall of Hasbara studies, many handsomely paid for by various Israel lobby funders, conclude that the next Hezbollah Israel war will be nothing like the 2006 July War. Hezbollah believes Israel will indeed attack Lebanon and that the Zionist battle plan will include the use of the following Israeli units which Hezbollah has been carefully studying and preparing to confront. Some analysts believe that once the Israeli attack date is imminent, northern Sunni militia being clustered around Tripoli and Akkar and other locations will attack Shia targets diverting Hezbollah units and weakening its southern and eastern (Bekaa) resistance.
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The untreated psychic wounds are still open. Accountability, justice and basic civil rights for the survivors are still denied. Scores of horror testimonies have been shared over the past nearly three decades by survivors of the September 1982 Sabra- Shatila massacre. More come to light only through [...]
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “Palestinian guests in Lebanon are working with total freedom. First of all we do not refer to them as “refugees”. They are our brothers who are suffering and in a very difficult situation that they did not cause and they have lost their country. They sought our [...]
Are US-Israel intelligence agencies blocking Palestinian civil rights to weaken Hezbollah? – by Franklin Lamb
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (NIR) is part of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s panoply of 16 agencies, which comprise the US Intelligence Community (IC). According to Congressional sources consulted below, NIR and Israel have been working longer hours than most members of Lebanon’s Parliament, [...]
Will Hezbollah leash ‘NABI’ ? By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz For months as Lebanon’s historic debate over basic civil rights for Palestinian refugees has unfolded, the Obama administration has watched idly along the sidelines. As hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees cough and slow-bake while inhaling rancid camp air in Lebanon’s sweltering [...]
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “Throughout my life, I have always supported the human being in his humanism and I have supported the oppressed. I think it is the person’s right to live his freedom and it is her and his right to face the injustice imposed on each by revolting against [...]
By Franklin Lamb* (Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, Beirut) | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “These are humanitarian, social and ethical duties, and the Lebanese state must assume the responsibility of providing them to our Palestinian brothers and sisters. Lebanon will not dodge these duties, which must be crystal-clear, and not be subject to any misinterpretation. The [...]
Local political pressures are mounting on the Party of God Part IV of a series concerning the international campaign to legislate civil rights for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon By Franklin Lamb* (Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, Beirut) | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The current relationship between the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Hezbollah is not as [...]
In Lebanon this month, like spring flowers, proposals to give Palestinians the right to work are bursting out all over Part III of a six part series on securing Palestinian Civil Rights in Lebanon By Franklin Lamb* (Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, Beirut) | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz This year, the Merry Month of May in [...]
What are the Odds? By Franklin Lamb* (Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, Beirut) | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz As of mid-April 2010 there are no fewer than six draft laws, half of them ‘embargoed for now’ being circulated and debated in Lebanon, any one of which if adopted by Parliament, would grant Lebanon’s Palestinians, for the [...]
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Is the US Embassy in Lebanon squandering its diplomatic immunity? Tensions are rising in Lebanon between elected representatives in Parliament, ‘Unity’ Cabinet members and the American Embassy, as the 27th anniversary of the attack 1983 attack on the US Embassy approaches and the Embassy issues another warning [...]
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz More than six decades after their expulsion from Palestine, Lebanon’s unwanted refugees justmight be granted some basic civil rights… Part I: Hiba’s Story Granting even the most elementary and normally taken for granted civil rights to Palestinians in Lebanon won’t be easy and it may not be [...]
By Franklin Lamb* (Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, Beirut) | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change or resistance. Small acts, when multiplied by many people, can transform the world” “If we remember those times and places–and there are so many–where people have [...]
Why doesn’t the US Embassy in Beirut ‘get it’? By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz It is being reported in Beirut this morning that at exactly 3 a.m. Beirut time, a supporter of the National Lebanese Resistance led by Hezbollah, on duty above the Mediterranean coastal town of Saadyat, between Damour and Saida [...]
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz John McCain dropped in on Beirut last weekend en route to Israel to join fellow US Senator Joe Lieberman in agreeing with their hosts that, a just as he told them during the 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama was real bad for Israel. McCain, fundraising for his [...]
Lebanon reacts: Would it be simpler just to put the whole world on? By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz However President Obama is judged on various subjects for his first year in office, he has already made history in the way that neither his predecessor nor any other leader has ever managed. On [...]
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Part II: Israel and H.R. 2278 vs. Lebanon’s Al Manar TV et al. (Part I here!) “Al Manar is being singled out by the US Israel lobby precisely because it excels as a responsible TV channel that demands and applies the highest industry standards and because Israeli [...]
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Part I: Targeting Lebanon’s Al Manar “Regarding Al Manar it’s personal for Israel. The reason is that Al Manar did to the Israeli government propaganda machine during and following the July 2006 war what Hezbollah fighters did to Israeli troops. Al Manar kicked butt. That station must [...]
By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Surely we should all have known better. It was just too good to last. It seemed to some Americans in Lebanon that nearly all the Lebanese and their political leaders were ready to try to more or less work together for the good of the country. Many [...]
Checking that list and checking it twice! By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “There is no obstacle to cooperation with any official in the new Lebanese unity government with the exception of Hezbollah,” Nicole Shampaine, the Director of the US Department of State’s Near East Affairs Bureau Office for Egypt and the Levant [...]
Updating Resistance projects By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Dahiyeh, South Beirut – Like many liberation and resistant movement ‘Manifestos’ ‘Charters’ or ‘Declarations’ issued to the public early in its founding – the African National Congress, Palestine Liberation Organization , Hamas, Algerian FLN, and various “Sons of Liberty” groups during the American Revolution, [...]
Lebanon ‘Accepts’ Hezbollah’s Weapons By Franklin Lamb | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “It is the right of the Lebanese people, Army and the (Hezbollah led-ed.) Resistance to liberate the Shebaa Farms, the Kfar Shuba Hills and the northern part of the village of Ghajar as well as to defend Lebanon and its territorial waters in [...]
Who is there to seriously dialogue with? By Franklin Lamb* On November 4, 2009, the 30th anniversary of the student takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khomeini gave a speech which is being much discussed in Washington DC. The source of some of the angst at the While House [...]
Pressure increasing on Syria’s government to retake the Heights by force By Franklin Lamb * Nationals from nearly one-third of the 192 member states of the United Nations met in Damascus last week to discuss the Return/Liberation of the Golan Heights. An estimated 5000 researchers, Lawyers, politicians, activists, victims of Israel’s 42 years of occupation, [...]
By Franklin Lamb, Beirut Time for transparency at Der Spiegel? “We don’t know where the Der Spiegel magazine did get their information from and we don’t know where they brought this story from. No one in the prosecutor’s office has spoken to the German magazine about anything. We have a clear policy of not leaking [...]
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