First, I have noticed that the official death toll in the Israel/Lebanon conflict is eeriely mathematical: every single day, there are almost exactly ten Lebanese killed for every Israeli. Today’s count was 330 and 32. Yesterday it was 300 and 29.
The usually reserved Juan Cole has this to say:
So let’s get this straight. The Israelis warn the small town Shiites of the south to flee their own homes and go hundreds of miles away (and live on what? in what?). But then they intensely bombing them, making it impossible for them to flee. The Lebanese have awoken to find themselves cockroaches.
I repeat, this is nothing less than an ethnic cleansing of the Shiites of southern Lebanon, an assault on an entire civilian population’s way of life. Aside from ecology, it is no different from what Saddam Hussein did to the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq, and the Israelis are doing it for exactly the same sorts of reasons that Saddam did.
I don’t have much to offer in the way of actions you can take to try to stop this. I’ll repeat a link to a petition for Israel to stop its violence in Gaza and Lebanon, and you can send emails/letters to your Congresspeople here (although I didn’t like their form letter. You might want to edit/write your own).
You can donate to the Lebanese Red Cross and Red Crescent (as well as many organizations I am unfamiliar with) here. You can also lend support to Relief Center- Sanayeh, a conglomeration of groups in Beirut who are working to support Lebanese refugees.
Finally, Tadamon!, a social justice group out of Montreal, is calling for an “International Day of Action Against Israeli Aggression” for July 22. That’s Saturday, which doesn’t give anyone much time to plan. The list of actions (currently all in Canada) are listed here, although I expect it will be updated.
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