Venezuela Withdraws Israel Ambassador
- Venezuela withdraws Ambassador from Zionist Israel
August 4, 2006
La Voz de Aztlan
The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez Frias, has
recalled his country's Ambassador to Israel to show his
"indignation" over the military offensive in Lebanon.
In a televised speech on Thursday, he called the Israeli
He said: "It really causes indignation to see how the state
of Israel continues bombing, killing ... with all of the power
they have, with the support of the United States."
Chavez has repeatedly criticised the Israeli offensive.
He said: "It's hard to explain to oneself how nobody does
anything to stop this horror."
During a recent visit to Iran, Chavez called Israeli attacks
on Lebanon a "fascist outrage".
Hugo Chavez criticised Israeli Zionists because they
repeatedly condemn Adolf Hitler's actions against the
Jews when they themselves are doing the same against
the Palestinian people.
VENEZUELA WITHDRAWS AMBASSADOR TO ZIONIST-OCCUPIED PALESTINE
CARACAS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday, August 3,
ordered the withdrawal of Venezuela's ambassador in Israel in protest
against the Israeli offensives in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.
"I have ordered the withdrawal of our ambassador in Israel," Chavez
said during a speech in the northwestern state of Falcon, Agence
France-Presse (AFP) reported.
"It's really outrageous to watch Israel as it continues to abuse, bomb
and massacre innocent people with its yankee planes," added the
Up to 900 Lebanese civilians, third of whom were children, since
Israel has launched a 24-day-long blitz in Lebanon on the claim of
seeking the release of two soldiers taken prisoner by the Lebanese
resistance group Hizbullah.
The sepulchral silence and hoary-old cliches of Arab and Muslim rulers
at the non-stop Israeli massacres have left their peoples boiling.
Turkey was among the few Muslim countries if not the only =97 to have
take a firm action of protest.
Some 70 Turkish MPs have resigned from Turkey-Israel
Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group.
Egypt and Jordan, Mauritania the only Arab countries having
diplomatic ties with Israel have rejected calls to withdraw
ambassadors from Tel Aviv or expel the Israeli envoys.
Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia have rather blamed Hizbullah for
triggering the conflict.
Pundits believe that some Arab rulers hoped that Hizbullah would be
defeated by Israel, fearing that a victory by the resistance group
would serve as a catalyst for reformists to push forward with their
Chavez also hit out at the excessive Israeli force.
"It really causes indignation to see how the state of Israel continues
bombing, killing ... with all of the power they have, with the support
of the United States," he added.
Israel on Friday, August 4, continued its destruction of the Lebanese
infrastructure, destroying three highway bridges north of Beirut.
Up to 23 Lebanese were killed Friday in Israeli air strikes on
Israel also stepped up its offensive against the Gaza Strip on Friday,
killing four Palestinians in Rafah, taking to 12 the number of people
killed in the area in less than 24 hours.
At least 164 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed since
Israel launched an open-ended military offensive on Gaza on claims of
recovering a soldier taken prisoner by Palestinian groups to swap for
95 women and 313 children who are among almost 10,000 Arabs in Israeli
Chavez also denounced the world indifference to the Israeli massacres
against the Lebanese and Palestinian people.
"You can't understand why the world looks on with nonchalance. You
can't understand why nobody does anything to stop this horror," he
said, blaming the United States for failing to stop the Israeli onslaught.
"The United States has prevented the (UN) Security Council from taking
any action to stop Israel's genocide against the people of Palestine
Washington has resisted mounting calls for an immediate ceasefire of
the Israeli offensive in Lebanon.
Washington also drew rebuke across the Arab and Muslim world for
shipping arms and leaser-guided bombs to Israel to be used during its
attacks in Lebanon.
"That's one of the reasons behind the United States' blatant, frank
and immoral drive to bar us from joining the UN Security Council,"
said Chavez, referring to Venezuela's efforts to seek a permanent seat
on the council.
Venezuela is the world's No. 5 oil exporter and a key supplier of oil
to the United States.
UK airport used to fly bombs to Israel
By Thomas Harding Defence Correspondent and Anil Dawar
26th July 2006
Britain has been used as a staging post for major shipments of
bunker-busting bombs from America to Israel. The Israelis want the
5,000lb smart bombs to attack the bunkers being used by Hizbollah
leaders in Lebanon.
Two chartered Airbus A310 cargo planes filled with GBU 28 laser-guided
bombs landed at Prestwick airport, near Glasgow, for refuelling and
crew rests after flying across the Atlantic at the weekend, defence
sources confirmed. The airport has also been used by the CIA for
rendition flights carrying terrorist suspects.
The Government's agreement to the bomb flights was criticised last
night by the Liberal Democrats.
"In light of disproportionate military attacks, the Government should
take steps to suspend all arms transfers to Israel, whether directly
from or through the UK," said Michael Moore, the party's foreign
President George W Bush appeared uncomfortable when he was asked if he
regarded the simultaneous American provision of military support and
humanitarian aid to Israel as contradictory. He said that America was
honouring commitments to Israel made before the current crisis flared up.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are looking at our approach to
It has been reported that efforts to crush Hizbollah have been
hindered by a lack of bombs capable of penetrating their command bunkers.
U.N. AGENCIES SAY AID DOOR TO LEBANON CLOSED
By Robert Evans
GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations humanitarian agencies said on
Tuesday they were still largely blocked from bringing relief supplies
into Lebanon and from getting injured and chronically sick people to
The agencies spoke just before Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
said his government would allow aid airlifts through its air and sea
blockade to its northern neighbour.
BUT THE FIRST REACTION WAS THAT THE ISRAELI MOVE DID LITTLE TO SOLVE
THE IMMEDIATE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS.
"It is enormously frustrating to be right on the back doorstep of
Lebanon and ready to move in with hundreds of tonnes of aid, but the
door remains closed," spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis of the refugee
agency UNHCR told a news briefing.
And the World Health Organisation (WHO) said hospitals in the south
were running out of medicines and fuel for the generators that they
have been forced to use since Israeli bombing cut off normal power
The agencies said the situation for civilians was getting worse by the
day in southern Lebanon -- where Israel has been attacking the Islamic
Hizbollah militia for nearly two weeks -- and in temporary shelters
for people who have fled the area.
The UNHCR's Pagonis said supplies for 20,000 packed into parks or
public buildings in and around Beirut "are still blocked in Syria,
waiting a safe route into Lebanon."
Humanitarian officials and reports from the region say Israeli planes
have bombed roads and destroyed bridges on roads from the Syrian
border -- apparently in an effort to stop fresh weapon supplies
reaching the Hizbollah.
MATTER OF HOURS
"We have urgently needed tents, mattresses, blankets and other aid
which would be delivered in only a matter of hours if only we had
access to the country," said Pagonis.
Olmert's announcement of an air lift and a linked offer of a
humanitarian corridor from Israel itself came after talks in Jerusalem
with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Top U.N. officials and independent humanitarian bodies have been
calling on Israel for days to guarantee the security of aid convoys to
heavily bombed areas of the south.
But, asked later for comment on the Israeli move, Pagonis said it did
not appear "to address the immediate situation we are confronted with
right now" -- the absence of safe passage authorisation for the
supplies waiting in Syria.
And another U.N. source said a route through Israel would take much
longer to organise and greatly delay the arrival of urgently needed
food, medical supplies and relief equipment.
In a separate telephone news conference, officials of the World Health
Organisation (WHO) in Geneva and Beirut said they were also having
problems in moving around in Lebanon.
"A big problem is access, to bring first aid and to get supplies to
hospitals," WHO representative in Lebanon Jaouad Mahjour said on a
radio-telephone link from Beirut. "Another big problem is evacuating
Moms search for dead children
Qana - Mothers embraced their dead children in shock on Sunday as
rescue workers tackled the rubble and dust of buildings flattened by
Israeli bombing raids on south Lebanon that killed at least 51 people.
Rescue workers using only their bare hands searched through piles of
debris - all the Israeli raids left behind of the buildings - while
distraught women joined in to retrieve the bodies and take them away.
Among the buildings hit in the two hours of raids on the southern
village of Qana was a shelter where dozens had fled to escape Israeli
bombardment of areas thought to be even more exposed.
"After the bombardment there was dust everywhere. We couldn't see
anything. I succeeded in getting out and everything collapsed.
"I have several members of the family inside and I do not think there
will be any other survivors," said a distraught Ibrahim Shalhoub, 26.
"The bombing was so intense that no-one could move. Rescue efforts
could only start this morning," said the man, one of just five people
believed to have survived the strike on the shelter.
The bodies of 22 children were among those recovered from under the
rubble of dozens of buildings which collapsed after the bombardment,
said Salam Daher, the civil defense chief in the region.
"I retrieved my son and my husband, Sheikh Mohamad, who were wounded.
But when I came back to get my daughter who had stayed in the shelter,
it was too late because the building had crumpled," cried a woman
identified as Rahba.
Terrified mothers held up and then embraced the bodies of their dead
children, still wearing the pyjamas they had gone to sleep in. The
bodies were covered in dust.
In Israel, the military rejected responsibility for civilian deaths in
Qana, saying the Shiite militant Hezbollah was to blame for using the
village as a rocket-launching site.
"The Hezbollah used the village of Qana as a base to launch rockets
and it bears responsibility that this area is a combat zone," army
spokesman Jacob Dalal told AFP.
Qana was the site of an Israeli bombing of a United Nations base on
April 18, 1996 that killed 105 people who had taken refuge there
during Israel's "Grapes of Wrath" offensive - also aimed at wiping out
Ten years later tragedy has returned to Qana.
"There was a first bombardment at 01:00 (22:00 GMT on Saturday)," said
resident Ghazi Aaidibi. "A few people went out of the shelter and
about 10 minutes later a second bombardment destroyed it. There were
63 people inside, from the Shalhub and Hashem families."
Rescue operations had to stop in the morning over fears that the final
storey of the building was about to collapse.
And as the recovery efforts continued, Israeli jets continued to
launch sporadic raids around the outskirts of Qana.
Sunday's blistering air assault on the village came as Israeli forces
made a new ground incursion into Lebanon and were engaged in fierce
battles with Hezbollah guerrillas in the southeastern border area,
Lebanese police said.
Clashes were raging on the outskirts of the village of Taibe, a few
kilometres o the west of Fatima gate, a sealed border crossing into
Israel, they said.
A Hezbollah statement said its guerrillas were engaged in "fierce
confrontations" with Israeli forces who had moved into the Taibe region.
Meanwhile Lebanon's main international border crossing was closed, a
day after Israeli warplanes targeted the road to Syria, further
increasing the country's isolation, an AFP correspondent at the scene
Heavy bombs had gouged out large craters on the road leading to the
Syrian border at Masnaa in eastern Lebanon, he said.
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