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    Venezuela withdraws Ambassador from Zionist Israel August 4, 2006 La Voz de Aztlan Website: http://www.aztlan.net The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 4, 2006
      Venezuela withdraws Ambassador from Zionist Israel
      August 4, 2006
      La Voz de Aztlan
      Website: http://www.aztlan.net

      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
      attacks "genocide".

      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.



      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
      leftist leader.

      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
      southern Lebanon.

      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
      and Lebanon."

      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
      affairs spokesman.

      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
      these flights."

      It has been reported that efforts to crush Hizbollah have been
      hindered by a lack of bombs capable of penetrating their command bunkers.


      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.


      "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.


      "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
      the injured."


      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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