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July 22, 2010

Major Media Mute About News of Hezbollah’s Human Shields in Lebanon

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Menachem Jerenberg - jerenberg.blogspot.com

Thus far, major mainstream media entities that heavily cover Israel – such as the New York Times and Washington Post – have been mute about the news in July of Hezbollah’s extensive use of civilians as human shields. On July 8, 2010, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) provided intelligence maps showing how Hezbollah ("party of Allah" in Arabic), the Islamic terrorist organization sponsored by Iran, uses Lebanese civilians as human shields in villages expropriated for Hezbollah military bases. This inhumane behavior is a gross violation of UN Resolution 1701, but the United Nations, like the mainstream media, seems uninterested in the matter.

Among the few newspapers covering the story are Israeli newspapers, here and here, an Irish newspaper and the Wall Street Journal in a July 20 opinion column. The Associated Press also provided the story.

Hezbollah strategizes that it will be able to take advantage of the situation, betting that its foe, Israel, as a nation adhering to Western values, will hesitate to attack military bases embedded among civilians for fear of inflicting civilian casualties. But in the likely event of a future war, Israel will have to choose between, on the one hand, protecting its own civilians, and on the other hand, severely limiting its response in order to spare Lebanese civilians.

Thus, Israel’s purpose for revealing this heretofore classified military information serves to warn the Lebanese civilians, placed in harm's way by Hezbollah, whose lives would be at great risk in any subsequent hostilities initiated by Hezbollah. The information also offers context for any future media coverage in the event of conflict.

Posted by MK at July 22, 2010 10:37 AM

Comments

Israel needs to be clear...

Hezbollah is part and parcel of the Lebanese Government.

By Hezbollah using human shields, LEBANON is in violation of the Geneva Convention. ALL deaths, injury and property damage are the responsibility of Lebanon.

Israel needs to understand that no matter what it does it is blamed as a criminal. So? Don't hold back..

Strike the targets without delay...

Posted by: what is "occupation"? at July 24, 2010 07:40 PM

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