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Friday, June 8, 2007

Another Victim Dies Today is Lebanon From Israeli Cluster Bombs

Today another Lebanese citizen died as a result of an Israeli cluster bomb, one of more than a million dropped by Israel last summer. These cluster bombs had been provided to Israel by the US and were dropped on Lebanon en masse in the last few days of Israel's massive campaign against Lebanon which ended in Resolution 1701.

Jan Egeland spoke on August 30, 2006:

“What’s shocking and I would say to me, completely immoral, is that 90 per cent of the cluster bomb strikes occurred in the last 72 hours of the conflict when we knew there would be a resolution, when we really knew there would be an end of this,” he told reporters in New York.

Israel, in Ha'artz declared in October 2006:

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel has provided maps of minefields it had laid in southern Lebanon, a move that falls in line with the United Nations cease-fire resolution that ended the Israel-Hezbollah fighting, a UN statement said yesterday.

Yet in December 2006, Amnesty International writes the following:

Israel has yet to respond adequately to UN requests to hand over maps detailing
the areas it targeted with cluster bombs. The maps are needed to assist bomb
clearance and so reduce the potential for further civilian casualties.
According to the UN MACC, Israel had provided only some maps which are
inadequate, as they refer only to areas "likely to contain unexploded
ordnance," and do not indicate whether they are cluster bombs or other
unexploded ordnance. Although the Israeli army reportedly provided UNIFIL with
maps on 9 October 2006, these covered only minefields it laid during its
occupation of south Lebanon from 1978 until 2000. According to UNIFIL, the
Israeli army gave them "maps of minefields in south Lebanon as of June 2000
after their withdrawal." The maps, in turn, were given to UN MACC.
In a meeting with Amnesty International’s Secretary General on 7 December,
Israel’s Deputy Defence Minister Ephraim Sneh told Amnesty International that,
as far as he was aware, the Israeli army did not possess maps showing in detail
the locations in Lebanon in which Israeli forces used cluster munitions. If
this is correct, and Israel does not possess maps of the areas into which its
forces fired cluster bombs, this would be a further indication that Israeli
forces used these weapons indiscriminately and without taking due precautions
to protect civilians who could be placed at risk by their use.

The latest update of the American Task Force in Lebanon states:

18 April 2007: At the subcommittee hearing on the subject of the U.S. review of Israel's use of cluster munitions, Welch said: "...we take the understandings that we have with the Israeli government very seriously and believe that our equipment should be used in accordance with our [US] laws and regulations. We briefed committee staff, including this committee, sir, on this issue as recently as late January. We have reported to Congress pursuant to the laws. We are still awaiting further information from the government of Israel, and as we obtain that, we shall continue our briefing of Congress." Welch noted that the cluster bomb issue was also important as it related to "the safety of people and Lebanese army personnel and UNIFIL personnel in the area" Mr. Issa added "and the AID workers in the South", Mr. Welch agreed "yes, our employees."
22 April 2007: In Jerusalem, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflicts, asked Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to hand over the detailed electronic records - which are automatically computer generated when munitions are fired--of Israel's cluster bomb strikes on southern Lebanon last summer 2006. Coomaraswamy said this will help munitions-clearing teams identify where the cluster munitions are located. Livni said she would look into the matter. (Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).
03 May 2007: In the Daily Star (Lebanon) Italian Ambassador Gabriel Checchia to Lebanon offered $2.7 million to support the de-mining process in South Lebanon. Ambassador Checchia also said that "we have tried several get maps of mines and cluster bombs in Israel, but in vain."

Today ANOTHER victim died in Lebanon as the result of cluster bombs laid INDISCRIMINATELY by Israel . It is HIGH time, that Israel, who has the fourth largest military in the world as well as one of the most sophisticated, HAND OVER THE MAPS so that they may aid in the clearing of these mines. They have handed over detailed maps of cluster bombing from YEARS ago, but yet we are supposed to believe Ehraim Sneh that they don't have these kinds of maps from last summer's war on Lebanon? GIVE ME A BREAK.

For F-15 (Israel's version is called Thunder) capabilities, link here.

"An inertial navigation system uses a laser gyroscope to continuously monitor the aircraft's position and provide information to the central computer and other systems, including a digital moving map in both cockpits.

The APG-70 radar system allows air crews to detect ground targets from longer ranges. One feature of this system is that after a sweep of a target area, the crew freezes the air-to-ground map then goes back into air-to-air mode to clear for air threats. During the air-to-surface weapon delivery, the pilot is capable of detecting, targeting and engaging air-to-air targets while the WSO designates the ground target."


American Task Force in Lebanon to Stop the Cluster Bomb (petition available to sign)

Cluster bombs from Israel War claim another victim in Lebanon Friday, 8 June, 2007 @ 4:51 PM

A cluster bomb left over from last summer's war between Israel and the militant Hezbollah group exploded Friday, killing a Lebanese man.

cluster%20bomb.jpgJamal Jafal, 40, was seriously wounded when the cluster bomb exploded near his house in the southern village of Bazouriyeh, the agency said. He was rushed to a hospital in the port city of Tyre where he later died, the Lebanese National News Agency said.

Jafal's death, brings to at least 29 the number of people who have been killed by cluster bombs and land mine explosions in Lebanon since the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas ended in a U.N.-brokered cease-fire on Aug. 14.

cluster%20bomb%20victim.jpgThe United Nations and human rights groups charge Israel dropped about 4 million cluster bomblets during the summer fighting. U.N. ordinance clearing experts say that up to 1 million failed to explode.

Source: AP


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