01 August 2006

For the Murdered Children of Qana

In a three-story coffin,
hope spills
from black wounds
in the front wall.


And tiny souls slip
through the floorboards, escaping
the rub

of chalk and ash.

20 comments:

Jaimie said...

That is absolutely beautiful.
I was so shocked and horrified when the bombing of Lebanon began, I actually burst into tears. Imagining that I was one of those mothers and my own babes hurt or killed.....

Catnapping said...

I read now that Israel's trying to claim that the murder of those children was staged.

(...and naturally, GW's koolaid krowd is passing on the lies.)

Anonymous said...

Hezballah lies & Lebanese children die. Too many things don't add up here ... why should I accept the word of terrorists who hide behind women's skirts. People of Lebanon should ask themselves the hard questions ... If Hezballah lies down their guns, this shit is over. If Israel lays down her guns, she is dead. Figure it out, Israelis want peace, Hezballah, Islamic Jihad, PLO & most Arab dictatorships want to destroy Israel. Hasn't happened despite Arab's best tries & won't happen now. Israel will free Lebanon - if you don't get it, that's your problem.

Catnapping said...

If Israel wanted peace, they'd quit invading other countries, and murdering their children.

miragee said...

Fabulous! This is an excellent piece!

Mauricio said...

Congratulations!!!!!

Very expressive illustration, very true all words.

best regards

Ian T. said...

Yes, I'm afraid those images of rescuers digging the bodies of dead children from the rubble brought back memories of the Oklahoma City bombing to me (although attitudes toward this one have unfortunately differed for far too many people) :(.

A brave image and statement - thankyou.

Borut said...

Powerful statement.Those who murder the children of god may have been chosen to do so, but are they the Chosen!? A few words on the present situation can also be found on my Alchemy of Happiness – in a comment to a haiku entitled Stretching.

ValGalArt said...

a beautiful tribute!

Aurora said...

Nice to see antisemitism is alive and well here. Bigot.

Catnapping said...

ROFL. To mourn the deaths of innocent children makes me a bigot? In what reality?

Israel is a terrorist state. I don't give a damn what faith its inhabitants practice. Murder is murder, and to deliberately target innocent children is a war crime, and an act of TERRORISM.

To say so outloud does not make me a bigot. For you to call me one, says something about your values, though.

Aurora said...

Take a good look at these names. These are Lebanese people who are risking their lives to get the word out that Israel is innocent. But hey, if it disturbs your little hatefest, maybe you can do another bad Photoshop job of bigotry and label it "art". You make me sick.

HEZBOLLAH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MASSACRE

WORLD COUNCIL OF THE CEDARS REVOLUTION

www.cedarsrevolution.org

email: cedarsrevolution@gmails.com

Press Release

New York, July 30, 2006

The World Council of the Cedars Revolution, after having observed the security developments in the last 48 hours and the horrific deaths caused by warfare between Hezbollah and Israel on Lebanese territories, and in the area of Qana in particular; and after having reviewed the causes of the civilian casualties, including children and women who were located in a shelter, the Council declares the following:

Its total dismay at the sight of innocent civilians who were killed during an exchange of long range fire between Hezbollah and Israeli forces. These civilians were put in a defenseless posture between the two warring parties, against all laws of war, and were killed and maimed as a result of irresponsible acts of war.
Their deaths and the injuries caused by the shelling calls for an immediate investigation by the international community as to the causes of the fight and the particular military acts that lead to the massacre.
The Council calls on the United Nations to dispatch a team to the region to investigate this and other incidents where civilians are caught in the firefight, and establishes the reasons for their victimization.
The Council, in view of the history of this conflict, which started by an irresponsible War launched by Hezbollah, without authorization by the Lebanese Government, and triggered harsh Israeli responses causing damages to the people and infrastructure of Lebanon, blames Hezbollah, its leadership and the Syrian and Iranian regimes for dragging Lebanon into the horrors of a suicidal War.
The WCCR accuses Hezbollah and its regional allies of intentionally forcing the civil society of Lebanon, and in particularly the communities under the control of Hezbollah's militias, to become a shield for Hezbollah's military operations.
By doing so, Hezbollah is breaching international law and must respond to international responsibility.
Any military force, which is in control of the security of a civilian population in geographical areas, is responsible for their security.
By maintaining that control over south Lebanon and the Bekaa valley, Hezbollah, even as a Terrorist organization is responsible for the safety and security of all civilians it has under its control.

Hence the WCCR, representing the aspirations of millions of Lebanese inside the country and in its Diaspora, urges the United Nations to take immediate action by dispatching international troops to protect the civilian populations of Lebanon from the effects of the ongoing war on Lebanese territories.
The Council, after reviewing reports from South Lebanon, strongly condemns the deployment by Hezbollah of artillery and rockets in the vicinity of civilian population centers. This tactic, which puts civilians at risk of death and destruction, is a war crime to be sanctioned by international law.
The Council attributes the responsibility of the deaths of Lebanese citizens by Israeli fire, to Hezbollah's leadership and to its Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah.
For installing guns and launchers just next to a civilian shelter and firing from it, during a military confrontation that already started two weeks ago, is a calculated decision to cause retaliation and deaths, which are being used in the media to further the image of Hezbollah.
This tactic, while using the pro-Jihadi media in the region, and abusing the horrific images of corpses of Lebanese citizens, won't change the reality of Hezbollah's responsibility and won't be used to shield Nasrallah from the international community or from the popular majority of the Lebanese people.
The Council calls for an investigation of this war crime by questioning Hassan Nasrallah and the Hezbollah militiamen who were deployed at the location of the massacre. The Cedars Revolution is not going to allow Terrorists to use the blood and flesh of Lebanese citizens to shield their organization from disarmament.
It won't accept that an entire Lebanese community is taken into hostage by a Pro-Iranian, pro-Syrian organization which aim is to obstruct democracy in Lebanon and reverse the Cedars Revolution.

As expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the massacre's victims, the Council calls on the Lebanese masses to resist the tactics of Terrorism and to upraise against Hezbollah's control of civilian centers.
Let M. Nasrallah and his supporters chose another land to wage their personal wars with whomever they want.
Lebanon is not their private property to use and abuse. The Council calls on the Lebanese people to mobilize in order to end this suicidal war, even if it is going to take another revolution.


The World Council of the Cedars Revolution

Joe Baini, President, Australia

Tom Harb, Secretary General for UNSCR 1559, USA

Dr Anis Karam, President World Lebanese Cultural Union

Fady Bark, Secretary General, World Lebanese Cultural Union

Attorney John Hajjar, North American director, USA

Attorney Joanne Fakhre, Director Caribbean Region

Toni Nissi, Coordinator Committee 1559, Lebanon

Sami Khoury, Chairman, Hispanic America

George Chaya, Media Chairman, Latin America

Iskandar Riachi, Secretary, Cedars Revolution, Brazil

Roni Doumit, Secretary General, WCCR, Europe

Kamal El-Batal, Human-rights, WCCR

catnapping said...

Hatefest?? OMFG.

Hezb'Allah wouldn't even exist if it weren't for decades of Israeli incursions into Lebanon. Please!

Israel is just as guilty as any country around her of committing atrocities. Dozens and dozens of times, the UN has tried to pass resolutions against her, but the USA has vetoed every damned one of them.

This is not a political board. Keep your muslim hate away from here. If you post to me again, I will delete every damn thing you write.

You have a mental problem. Take care of it. And then I'll think about having an adult conversation with you.

Sandy said...

Looks to me like Aurora Antonovic needs to be educated. Here are some UN Resolutions condemning Israel.

Yeah, that Israel is just a real upstanding country, so worthy of your defense.

By your own words you condemn yourself as being an anti-semite. Try looking up the word, semite and see what you get? I'd do it for you but I've already wasted more time on you than you deserve.

Nice picture Aurora, very true to life I'm sure.

1955-1992:
* Resolution 106: " . . . 'condemns' Israel for Gaza raid".
* Resolution 111: " . . . 'condemns' Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people".
* Resolution 127: " . . . 'recommends' Israel suspends it's 'no-man's zone' in Jerusalem".
* Resolution 162: " . . . 'urges' Israel to comply with UN decisions".
* Resolution 171: " . . . determines flagrant violations' by Israel in its attack on Syria".
* Resolution 228: " . . . 'censures' Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control".
* Resolution 237: " . . . 'urges' Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees".
* Resolution 248: " . . . 'condemns' Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan".
* Resolution 250: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem".
* Resolution 251: " . . . 'deeply deplores' Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250".
* Resolution 252: " . . . 'declares invalid' Israel's acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital".
* Resolution 256: " . . . 'condemns' Israeli raids on Jordan as 'flagrant violation".
* Resolution 259: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation".
* Resolution 262: " . . . 'condemns' Israel for attack on Beirut airport".
* Resolution 265: " . . . 'condemns' Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan".
* Resolution 267: " . . . 'censures' Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem".
*Resolution 270: " . . . 'condemns' Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon".
* Resolution 271: " . . . 'condemns' Israel's failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem".
* Resolution 279: " . . . 'demands' withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon".
* Resolution 280: " . . . 'condemns' Israeli's attacks against Lebanon".
* Resolution 285: " . . . 'demands' immediate Israeli withdrawal form Lebanon".
* Resolution 298: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's changing of the status of Jerusalem".
* Resolution 313: " . . . 'demands' that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon".
* Resolution 316: " . . . 'condemns' Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon".
* Resolution 317: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's refusal to release Arabs abducted in Lebanon".
* Resolution 332: " . . . 'condemns' Israel's repeated attacks against Lebanon".
* Resolution 337: " . . . 'condemns' Israel for violating Lebanon's sovereignty".
* Resolution 347: " . . . 'condemns' Israeli attacks on Lebanon".
* Resolution 425: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon".
* Resolution 427: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon.
* Resolution 444: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces".
* Resolution 446: " . . . 'determines' that Israeli settlements are a 'serious
obstruction' to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention".
* Resolution 450: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to stop attacking Lebanon".
* Resolution 452: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories".
* Resolution 465: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's settlements and asks all member
states not to assist Israel's settlements program".
* Resolution 467: " . . . 'strongly deplores' Israel's military intervention in Lebanon".
* Resolution 468: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of
two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return".
* Resolution 469: " . . . 'strongly deplores' Israel's failure to observe the
council's order not to deport Palestinians".
* Resolution 471: " . . . 'expresses deep concern' at Israel's failure to abide
by the Fourth Geneva Convention".
* Resolution 476: " . . . 'reiterates' that Israel's claim to Jerusalem are 'null and void'".
* Resolution 478: " . . . 'censures (Israel) in the strongest terms' for its
claim to Jerusalem in its 'Basic Law'".
* Resolution 484: " . . . 'declares it imperative' that Israel re-admit two deported
Palestinian mayors".
* Resolution 487: " . . . 'strongly condemns' Israel for its attack on Iraq's
nuclear facility".
* Resolution 497: " . . . 'decides' that Israel's annexation of Syria's Golan
Heights is 'null and void' and demands that Israel rescinds its decision forthwith".
* Resolution 498: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to withdraw from Lebanon".
* Resolution 501: " . . . 'calls' on Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops".
* Resolution 509: " . . . 'demands' that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon".
* Resolution 515: " . . . 'demands' that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and
allow food supplies to be brought in".
* Resolution 517: " . . . 'censures' Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions
and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon".
* Resolution 518: " . . . 'demands' that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon".
* Resolution 520: " . . . 'condemns' Israel's attack into West Beirut".
* Resolution 573: " . . . 'condemns' Israel 'vigorously' for bombing Tunisia
in attack on PLO headquarters.
* Resolution 587: " . . . 'takes note' of previous calls on Israel to withdraw
its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw".
* Resolution 592: " . . . 'strongly deplores' the killing of Palestinian students
at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops".
* Resolution 605: " . . . 'strongly deplores' Israel's policies and practices
denying the human rights of Palestinians.
* Resolution 607: " . . . 'calls' on Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly
requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention.
* Resolution 608: " . . . 'deeply regrets' that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians".
* Resolution 636: " . . . 'deeply regrets' Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians.
* Resolution 641: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's continuing deportation of Palestinians.
* Resolution 672: " . . . 'condemns' Israel for violence against Palestinians
at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.
* Resolution 673: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's refusal to cooperate with the United
Nations.
* Resolution 681: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's resumption of the deportation of
Palestinians.
* Resolution 694: " . . . 'deplores' Israel's deportation of Palestinians and
calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return.
* Resolution 726: " . . . 'strongly condemns' Israel's deportation of Palestinians.
* Resolution 799: ". . . 'strongly condemns' Israel's deportation of 413 Palestinians
and calls for their immediate return.

catnapping said...

Thank you, Sandy, for posting that information.

The ICRC, the Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International have also condemned Israel for their war crimes.

I have never posted anything anti-semitic. I have no idea who this crazy woman is. But she is obviously a racist.

She took one look at a collage made in mourning of the Lebanese children murdered by Israeli soldiers, and she calls me a bigot??

Oleg was here this evening, and he says that he visited her site, and she deleted his post, calling him bigoted too. He says all he posted was that she was a terrible poet.

So what I think we have here is a woman who cannot accept constructive criticism of her poetry.

The Unknown said...

Wonderful. Really moving. I love this illustration.
love

Catnapping said...

Unlike the racist, Aurora Antonovic, who uses the holocaust to serve her own agenda...

Sara Roy is a holocaust survivor. She writes:

"...in the post-Holocaust world, Jewish memory has faltered--even failed--in one critical respect: it has excluded the reality of Palestinian suffering and Jewish culpability therein. As a people, we have been unable to link the creation of Israel with the displacement of the Palestinians. We have been unwilling to see, let alone remember, that finding our place meant the loss of theirs. Perhaps one reason for the ferocity of the conflict today is that Palestinians are insisting on their voice despite our continued and desperate efforts to subdue it."

Living with the Holocaust

Josh Goldman said...

You might find this website interesting.

Jews United Against Zionism

Gil Marder said...

The Israeli government has not claimed that the children killed in the bombing did not happen. The Israeli government has stated that Hizbullah very purposefully positioned themselves among innocent civilians - including children - and that Hizbullah furthermore prevented people from leaving.

Also, Catnapper, the Israeli invasion as you call it began when Hizbullah crossed Israel's Northern border and killed and kidnapped Israeli soldiers.

I agree with you that Murder is Murder, but it seems that you unfairly apply your judgement to only one side of this multi-sided conflict. Case in point - Hizbullah and Hamas target civilian centers and make it clear in their public statements that their intentions are to kill innocent civilians. Israel has not deliberately targeted civilians no matter how many times you say it, and while it has happened, the Israeli government and its citizenry never take pride (but they do apologize) in killing innocent civilians.

BTW - Israel withdrew from Gaza and has withstood daily rocket attacks from Gaza despite the so-called ceasefire. How do you explain that?

Is there any peaceful way for Israel, in your opinion, to secure safety for Israeli citizens? Not responding to qassam attacks seems to embolden Israel's enemies to continue such activities - can you propose a solution that will not lead to Israel's destruction?

Gil Marder said...

This just happened - What should Israel do about this:

Qassam wounds two 14-year-old boys, one critically
Two boys, both 14, were injured on Tuesday night when a Qassam rocket landed in the street near where they were walking. Both were treated by Magen David Adom paramedics and taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

A total of eight Qassams were fired at Israel Tuesday, the most in a single day since the cease-fire was declared about a month ago.

Late Tuesday night, hospital officials said that Adir Ghasad was in surgery and in critical condition, while Matan Cohen was in moderate to serious condition and in danger of losing his leg.

The hospital's director Dr. Shimon Sherf told Israel Radio on Wednesday morning that Ghasad's condition had stabilized.

"He arrived in very serious condition, in critical condition, [and] was barely able to maintain blood pressure," said Sherf. "He was full of shrapnel from head to toe, and after a lengthy surgery ... we were able to stabilize him. He is currently in recovery and maintaining blood pressure, and I hope he will make it through this trauma."

A Barzilai Hospital official told Israel Radio later Wednesday that Ghasad's life was no longer in any immediate danger, and he would be transferred to the intensive care unit.

"The second boy [Cohen] is stable, he is on a respirator, and he is maintaining blood pressure," said Sherf. "He has shrapnel in soft tissue in various parts of his body. Other than the amputation of four toes ... his condition is relatively stable." Cohen's condition is listed as moderate to serious.

According to the hospital official, Cohen will be transferred to Soroka Medical Center for observation.

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for firing the missiles from the Gaza Strip at the western Negev town.

The incident was the most serious since a cease-fire was put into place, although more than 60 rockets have been fired during this period.

The IDF did not respond to the Qassams, observing the policy of restraint set by Olmert.

Another Sderot resident was slightly injured earlier this week by a Qassam.

One of the Qassams fired at Israel Tuesday landed in the industrial area in south Ashkelon, close to a strategic infrastructure installation. Another rocket landed south of the city. Four Qassams landed in open areas in the vicinity of Sderot, while another landed inside the city. Eight people were treated for shock as a result of that missile, which also damaged buildings and cars.