Israel Plunders Lebanon While Corporate Media Sleeps
On the one hand, we are told Israel plans to pull its troops out of south Lebanon “by the weekend,” according to the Minister of Offense and Ethnic Cleansing, Amir Peretz, while on the other hand Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, the chief of staff of Israeli Occupation Forces, tells us no deal, the troops will stay put, at least through the weekend.
“Israel said it would pull out its troops from southern Lebanon once the number of Lebanese soldiers and international troops in the region was large enough to enforce the cease-fire that ended 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants last month.”
Of course, as usual, people who defend their country against invasion are “militants,” probably the same way the Continental Army consisted of “militants” who attacked defenseless Brits over the Pennsylvania Line.
Meanwhile, the corporate media does not bother to report what Israeli troops are doing in Lebanon. “Israeli bulldozers started to level the soil and cut down olive trees in Yarin in the Tyre region on Monday, spoiling several cultivated fields and preventing farmers from inspecting their lands,” reports the Daily Star. “Israeli troops set up a fence last week in a Marjayoun field, leveled soil and created a large trench despite the presence of UNIFIL forces.”
Of course, this is predictable behavior, as any Palestinian or resident of southern Lebanon will tell you. In 1982, Israel not only killed over 20,000 people by way of saturation bombing, but they also targeted Lebanon’s economy and agricultural infrastructure. Prior to Hezbollah defeating Israeli occupation forces in 2000, the Israelis went so far as to scoop up Lebanon’s rich agricultural topsoil and cart it back over the border.
You’d think the fact Israel is preparing to steal Lebanon’s water would be newsworthy. A few of us predicted this, realizing Israel is a creature of criminal habit, repeating the same behavior over and over, if only because the rest of the world turns away, lest they be called “antisemitic” and “Holocaust deniers.” From the same Daily Star article, linked above:
“[A]n Israeli bulldozer carried out digging work on Tuesday before laying water pipes in the Wazzani River in Marjayoun in a bid to funnel water to the town of Ghajar, the National News Agency (NNA) reported this week. Five Israeli tanks were seen in Tallat Mahames inside the eastern sector in the South, the NNA added.” Ghajar is situated on the border of Lebanon and the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. No doubt there are a few settler swimming pools in the Golan in need of water illegally siphoned from Lebanon.
A Google News Search returns no mention of the above criminal behavior. Obviously, it is only a concern for the Lebanese, who are suffering in silence now that the world’s attention is focused elsewhere, for instance upon the Iranian-born U.S. entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari, who dropped $20 million to ride a Soyuz TMA-9 space capsule.
“Despite significant humanitarian needs, Baalbek and south Beirut have both received limited international assistance to date,” reports ReliefWeb. “The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reports that the destruction of water distribution pipes—currently inaccessible under piles of rubble—remains the most significant challenge to water supply restoration. Although all water pumping stations remain intact, ICRC reports damage to transformers, generators, reservoirs, and pumps. Fuel and electricity shortages are also hindering pumping capacity.”
Some people, of course, are more innocent and in need of water than other people, especially fanatical settlers perched upon stolen land.
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