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In this picture taken in Beirut in 2000, Kofi Annan thanks Nasrallah, head of the terror group Hizbullah for Maintaining law and order in the south of Lebanon. In 2000 Annan acknowledged that the terror group was responsible for maintaining law and order in southern Lebanon, but Annan now maintains that it is now Israel that is undermining the country's sovereignty. Source: Al-Ahram, Weekly On-line, Issue 487, 22-18 June 2000

Rocket Barrages Continue to Rake the North

By & Ha'aretz

More than 20 rockets were fired in a mid-afternoon barrage on Sunday that sent residents in the north racing for shelters and safe rooms across the Galilee.

Sirens continued to blare in northern communities from the Mediterranean Coast to the interior as Hizbullah terrorists fired rockets at numerous areas south of the Lebanese border, specifically targeting Akko, Tzfat, Tiberias and Kiryat Shemona.

In Akko one person was seriously injured in the Katyusha attack and another was treated for shock. Both were taken to Nahariya Hospital. A rocket fell between two houses in Kiryat Shemona, lightly injuring one person there.

Two rockets fell in open areas near Rosh Pina. No one was injured and no damage was reported. Two rockets also fell in Tiberius and several more in Tzfat. No injuries or damage was reported.

At least two people were killed and tens more injured in attacks in the Haifa area. In the morning and 12 were injured, one critically, in a massive Hizbullah terrorist attack on the area. Five separate areas were targeted in the attack, including Haifa, the Krayiot suburbs and Carmiel. Ten explosions were heard in the area one minute after the air raid siren sounded.

The attack began just minutes after French Foreign Minister Phillipe Douste-Blazy left the area. Douste-Blazy was in Haifa for talks with the mayor and other city officials before meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Jerusalem.

Police said one rocket struck a car and hurled it into the opposite lane, killing the driver with severe ball-bearing shrapnel wounds to his upper body and injuring two passengers. A second person was killed when he was hit by a missile while running to the shelter at the Kiryat Ata carpentry shop where he worked. His three co-workers made it to safety.

Other missiles hit Carmiel, with a child lightly injured in the attack. Rosh Pina also suffered a barrage of rockets in the early morning, with no reports of injuries or damage from the city.

For the first time, sirens also blared in Zichron Yaakov and Binyamina, but rockets did not land in either of the towns.

The IDF believes that unless the pace of the army's anti-Hizbullah operations in Lebanon is quickened, the Shi'ite group will maintain the capability to lob Katyushas into northern Israel continuously for one month.

Earlier Sunday, Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Hizbullah operatives have launched close to 2,200 rockets, half of which have struck Israeli towns in the north. The IDF's chief of military intelligence, Amos Yadlin, told reporters that a similar number of rockets have been destroyed as a result of IDF raids.

Prior to the outbreak of hostilities, Israeli estimates placed the number of rockets and missiles in Hizbullah's arsenal at between 10,000 and 12,000.

IDF Conquers Hizbullah Strongholds, Continues Onward


IDF forces conquered Hizbullah strongholds, destroyed missiles batteries and located missile caches inside a mosque over the weekend and early Sunday.

IDF forces took a ridge overlooking the Hizbullah stronghold of Bint J'bail Sunday. The village is northwest of Maroun A-Ras, the site of heavy battles, which was conquered over the Sabbath.

Maroun A-Ras was taken by IDF ground troops Saturday after days of fierce battles in the area. The Hizbullah bunkers in, around and below the village have all been raided and the IDF has now stationed troops in the village. Security forces in the area report they found scores of Katyusha shells, missile storage rooms and missile-launchers concealed in the village's mosque.

In addition to all residents of Lebanon living south of the Litani Rover, members of ten additional villages from which rockets have been fired were warned to evacuate their homes by 7 p.m. Saturday, ahead of IAF air strikes.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to arrive on Monday and will meet on Tuesday with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on the situation in the north.

Iran's Ahmadinejad: Israel's Destruction at Hand


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Sunday that Israel has begun the process of its annihilation at the hands of the Islamic nation. Both Hamas and Hizbullah take orders from the regime.

"Israel has pushed the button of its own destruction," said the Iranian president, who pulls the strings of its terrorist proxies on both of Israel's fronts. "The Zionists made their worst decision and triggered their extinction by attacking Lebanon."

Ahmadinejad, addressing the 23rd Iranian Islamic Republic's nationwide meeting of the heads of educational bureaus, advised Jewish Israelis "to pack up and move out of the region before being caught in the fire they have started in Lebanon."

Last week, Ahmadinejad was shown on Iranian television saying Israelis "should know that the volcano of rage of the peoples of the region is boiling…I'm telling you…If this volcano erupts - and we are on the brink of eruption... and if this ocean rages, its waves will not be limited to the region.

Ahmadinejad, seemingly responding to the first two planeloads of American Jews making Aliyah (immigrating to Israel) this summer, accused Israel of deceiving the olim. "They are even lying to the misfortunate people whom they have imported into occupied Palestine," he said. "They are using them as a shield to achieve their own goals."

On Saturday, Ahmadinejad compared Israel to Hitler, saying "Just like Hitler, the Zionist regime is just looking for a pretext to launch military attacks." Israel has pointed out that due to the two-front proxy war orchestrated by Iran, the issues of Iran's dash toward nuclear capability has been pushed out of the spotlight, despite the regime's refusal to cooperate with international efforts to find a solution.

The Iranian leader's statements about the Holocaust have made headlines several times over the past year. Last week, he sent a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which German officials said asks her to assist Iran in "dealing with" Zionism.

In May Ahmadinejad wrote President George W. Bush a lengthy letter containing an invitation to become a Muslim and veiled threats regarding continued alliance with Israel.

The Iranian president, whose previous positions included acting as a trainer for child suicide soldiers sent to blow up mines in his country's war against Iraq, issued several statements implying that a battle to annihilate the Jewish State is at hand. "The day of joy for the regional nations is approaching and the world is on the verge of new developments," he said in a speech in northwest Iran Tuesday.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, President Bush and even Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt have blamed Iran explicitly for deploying Hamas and Hizbullah against the Jewish State.

The Iranian government has placed billboards of Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah around the country, with boldface slogans reminding Muslims of their duty to wipe out Israel. Meanwhile, members of the tiny Jewish community of Shiraz were seemingly compelled to attend a rally in the town's square, calling for Israel's destruction and praising Hizbullah.

Meanwhile, Syria has also issued a threat to become directly involved in the war. Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said Sunday, "If Israel invades Lebanon over ground and comes near to us, Syria will not sit tight. She will join the conflict."

During his weekly radio address Saturday, President Bush warned Syria to stay away. "For many years, Syria has been a primary sponsor of Hizbullah and it has helped provide Hizbullah with shipments of Iranian-made weapons,'' he said. "Iran's regime has also repeatedly defied the international community with its ambition for nuclear weapons and aid to terrorist groups. Their actions threaten the entire Middle East and stand in the way of resolving the current crisis and bringing lasting peace to this troubled region."

Tehran's Ties / Hizbullah's supply line

By Ze'ev Schiff (Commentary)

Ever since the fighting began, Iran has been transferring rockets and other ammunition to Hizbullah via Syria. The war materiel moves into Lebanon on trucks from Syria, but much of it is being destroyed by the Israel Defense Forces.

The Iranian resupply effort should not be interpreted as stemming from a serious Hizbullah logistical plight. There are no indications that Hizbullah is running out of rockets, though it may need other equipment. It is possible that the supplies are meant to build up Hizbullah's arsenal in case the war turns into one of attrition.

Iran's embassy in Beirut is coordinating Tehran's involvement in the fighting against Israel. The families of the Iranian advisers have been evacuated, but it is unlikely that Israel will take the extreme step of targeting the Iranian embassy. Iran's Revolutionary Guards also provide constant intelligence and logistical report to Hizbullah s foreign operations unit.

The meaning of Tehran's support is that it is very important to Iran that Hizbullah not be crushed during this confrontation. There are signs suggesting that both Tehran and Damascus are worried that Hizbullah will be worn out by the fighting. Therefore, Iran is pressuring Syria not to acquiesce to diplomatic offers that are meant to pressure or influence Hizbullah and Hamas to hold back on their attacks against Israel.

It is not clear whether Tehran was party to Hizbullah's decision to refrain, for now, from launching rockets capable of striking Tel Aviv and targets further south. The intelligence agencies have not been able to provide a definite answer to this. So far, only debris from a Fajr-3 missile, which has a 45 kilometer range and a relatively small warhead, has been found inside Israel.

Air force attacks have destroyed long-range rockets, including Zelzals 1 and 2, but Hizbullah operatives have not been seen trying to launch such missiles against Israel. The Zelzal 2 has a particularly long range, capable of hitting the outskirts of Be'er Sheva.

Meanwhile, Hizbullah has used Syrian-made 220-millimeter rockets, which hit Haifa and its environs. Hizbullah received several hundred of these rockets, which come in two models.

The View from Here

By Barry Shaw (Commentary)

The first thing that anyone does in Israel, immediately after waking up, is to switch on their radios or TVs. Even before hitting the bathroom, it is vital to know what happened between hearing the midnight news and the morning. What is happening to our northern citizens? How are our soldiers and airmen doing?

Today it is clear that the British media is highlighting the plight of displaced people in Lebanon. Heads of NGOs and charity organizations are lining up to be interviewed by Sky, BBC, CNN. Their reporters follow families, overloaded in vehicles, fleeing to places of safety. Naturally, the guilty party for this humanitarian crisis is portrayed as Israel. After all, who is blowing up Lebanon?

My perspective is to remind the world that there are hundreds of thousands of displaced Israelis who have fled the northern towns and villages for the centre of the country. They are being housing in local hotels and hostels. People have opened their homes and generously welcomed families fleeing the ongoing Katyusha barrage in the north of the country. Places such as Carmiel, Nahariya, Kiryat Shmona have become ghost towns. Businesses face bankruptcy. Work places closed down.

Thousands of tourists and non-residents have also left Israel, as they did from Lebanon, but no reporters covered their personal stories of fear and destruction in Israel, as they did with the British and others leaving Beirut. We do not see Sky, BBC, or CNN covering this aspect of the conflict where the guilty party is clearly Hizbullah and Lebanon.

For too long Israel is forced into the dock accused by the British media of causing human suffering when the finger of guilt should point elsewhere. When will they learn to see the situation as it really is in the name of honest reporting?

Israel now finds itself fighting Hizbullah, Hamas, and other deadly Islamic terror groups, at the same time. We are fighting them in the north, in the south, and in the east of our country - and we are fighting them alone! As someone said to me this week, "Thank God we have the sea to our west. Otherwise we would be totally surrounded!"

Our soldiers, sailors, and airmen, are trying so hard to protect us. Our citizens in the north and south are trying so hard to remain firm under horrendous rocket and terror attacks.

Sometimes it is so hard to fight alone. We know we are an "Am Hazak," a strong country. But, sometimes, we feel so alone. Show us your love and your support! Shout it! Scream it! Demonstrate it! Until we can hear you, and believe that you are with us."

Boycott Israel

By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

You possibly heard that a group or two want to economically squeeze Israel in order to end the Middle East conflict.

It is very disturbing to realize that there are many individuals who hold Israel solely responsible for delaying a Middle East peace agreement. These individuals believe by boycotting Israel, Israel will give concessions pleasing, whatever that is, to the Palestinians and the Arab world, and magically resulting in peace. Unfortunately these individuals do not realize that Hamas', the controlling party of the Palestinian government, only desire is to eliminate Israel as is evident by their barrage of hundreds of Kassam rockets fired at Israel towns from Gaza over the past several weeks.

Negatively impacting the economic condition of a country can have disastrous consequences on its well-being. One organization may not be able to cause significant harm. However the combined efforts of enough organizations can take a toll. And there are a considerable number of groups advocating the boycotting of Israel goods.

In July 2004, the delegates of the Presbyterian Church, representing three million members, voted (431 to 62) for selective divestment in Israel. In addition to condemning Israel's occupation of the Palestinian lands they agreed to discontinue contact with companies doing business with Israel Thankfully the Presbyterian Church's 2006, 217th General assembly rescinded the prior decision due to reactions of grass roots members and Jewish organizations.

Did you know that at the request of 60 Palestinian organizations the British Association of University Teachers voted to boycott two Israeli universities in April 2005.They will bar faculty members from Haifa and Bar-Ilan Universities from taking part in academic conferences or research with British colleagues?

Less than a month later, the association voted to overturn the boycott due to a number of advocates, including a group of Nobel laureates, argued "university campuses in Israel enjoyed vigorous political debate. They also argued that Israel Universities were not the appropriate institutions to boycott."

The CBC-CA News reported that at the May 2006 convention of Canada's largest union the "Canadian Union of Public Employees" delegates of Ontario' division voted overwhelmingly to support an international campaign of divestment and sanctions of Israel for their treatment of the Palestinians. Members of this union comprise 500,000 people.

Steven Schulman, Ontario regional director of the Canadian Jewish Congress, called the vote "outrageous." Schulman also stated "The vote, which is completely one-sided and based on mistruths, is shocking,"

On May 14, 2006 The New York Times reported an interesting boycott. Britain's National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education planned to ask its 67,000 membership to consider boycotting Israeli lecturers who do not publicly dissociate themselves from what it called Israel's "apartheid policies."

Israel was fortunate that the British Association of University Teachers, the Episcopal Church of America and the Presbyterian Church rescinded plans to take action against Israel. On the other hand there are still many other groups that have decided to boycott Israel or are in the process of considering taking action against Israel.

Other actions against Israel are by the Church of Scotland's General Assembly, which has called upon the European authorities and the World Council of Churches to take action on products made in Israel's West Bank settlements. The Toronto branch of the United Church of Canada wants to boycott Israeli products and companies doing business with its military.

Following the vote by the Church of England to disinvest from companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the territories, the church's former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Cary, stated he was "ashamed to be an Anglican." Cary further stated that the February 6 divestment vote, which was backed by current Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, was "a most regrettable and one-sided statement."

What might we learn from the above? First there are many individuals and groups who see only the Palestinian side and hold Israel and the Jewish people responsible for the Middle East problems. Second there are representatives of the Palestinians and the Arab world politically active trying to enhance their position while harming Israel and/or the Jewish people.

Also to be learned from the above is to become alert. If you suspect anything that could be detrimental become vocal. As a minimum notify a Jewish pro-active organization. If you do not know where to go notify me and I will try to help.

Ziegler is a Board Member of the New Jewish Congregation in The Villages, Florida, and past president of its Brotherhood. He can be reached at

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