Stories about Lebanon from July, 2008
“The prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hezbollah is a forlorn expression of the failed second Lebanon war and the lack of firm policy in the Israeli government. We follow all the norms of international law while the other side educates to kill,” writes Zvi Mazel [he].
“(W)e must change our government now – and change the way we deal with the issue of our kidnapped soldiers and the terrorists we have in our prisons,” writes Chik-Chat from Jerusalem, in response to the prisoner swap conducted between Israel and Lebanon.
Israeli Carl in Jerusalem criticizes the coverage of the New York Times of Lebanese Samir Kuntar's release. “Wednesday's New York Times included an appalling, sickening article in which the ‘gray lady’ attempted to turn Lebanese mass murderer Samir al-Kuntar – who bashed in the head of 4-year old Einat Haran...
“Yesterday the world was treated to an image of Lebanon that was ugly as can be. […] The Lebanon we saw yesterday simply did not correspond to the kindhearted, friendly Lebanese we have always known,” writes Jewlicious, in response to the festivities which greeted the return of the Lebanese prisoners...
“Too many people are jovial about the return of Samir Al Kuntar, with even Nasrallah informing him that the 2006 war was for him. The question I would like to pose here, regardless of whether or not Kuntar is a child killer , is it worth it?” writes Sandmonkey, from...
Moussa Bashir takes a second look at the posts of Lebanese bloggers and their reactions to the latest prisoner swap with Israel. While some are celebrating - others are warning that the swap is yet another victory of Hezbollah. More reactions to follow soon.
“Israel has been humiliated in Lebanon in the last 2 decades, and its ability to inflict pain on Lebanon and the Lebanese without restraint or punishment (as it has done in 1950s, 1960s, 1970s) has been deterred,” writes The Angry Arab, whose views on the latest prisoner swap between Lebanon and Israel are compiled in this post.
“New York Times and other U.S. newspapers casually publish articles by Israelis and Zionists calling for the bombing of this Arab or that Muslim country. Would the New York Times publish articles by Arabs who call for bombing of Israel?” asks The Angry Arab News Service.
“Syria and Lebanon are to open embassies in each other's capitals for the first time ever,” reports Sasa from Syria.
Peaceful Vanguard has a different perspective on the return of Lebanese prisoner Samir Kuntar.
Wednesday, July 16th, was a day of mourning all across Israel. Hopes for the slight possibility that the approved prisoner exchange deal with Hizbollah will bring the two abducted soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, back home alive were shattered as their coffins were transported across the border. Gilad Lotan brings us reactions from the Israeli blogopshere.
L'Orient-Le Jour posts a photo of a dead sea turtle [Fr] floating off the coast near Halat, Lebanon and urges the government to do something about water pollution.
Today was declared a public holiday in Lebanon, which is giving five of its citizens/fighters a hero’s welcome. These resistance fighters have just been released from Israeli prisons. The release came as a result of a swap deal between Israel and Hezbollah/Lebanon. Here are some of the immediate reactions from Lebanon's bloggers.
Lebanese Beirut Spring posts photographs from the wedding of Lebanese President Sleiman daughter's wedding and notes: “It’s good for a change to see all our politicians celebrating together in a glitzy environment.”
Help Karen Chernick build a list of environmentally friendly blogs in the Middle East. In “Green News from the Blogosphere,”, this Green Prophet author opines: “The truth is that although borders may physically and ideologically separate us, one of the things that we all share is that we are citizens...