STOP ISRAELI CRIMES IN LEBANON
6 May 2000

Dear all,

In the past three days, Israel has bombed residental areas and destroyed
civilian infrastructure in Lebanon.  The Israeli bombs have killed at least
two civilians (82-year-old Almaza Muzhir and her 40-year-old daughter Ilham
Tawil), and wounded at least fourteen Lebanese civilians, including five
children. Two electrical power stations (one near Beirut, another near
Tripoli)  and a main road, running through a residential area, were bombed.

Once again, Israel has committed acts of agression contrary to international
law. Since its invasion of Lebanon, Israel has been guilty of aggression
against Lebanon. Such aggression is in violation of the provisions of the
United Nations Charter and other fundamental principles of international
law.

Israel is also in breach of the international obligation to respect the
right of self-determination of the Lebanese people and the rules of law
prohibiting the establishment or maintenance of colonial domination. These
crimes give rise to criminal liability as far as Israel is concerned.
Israel's occupation and aggression against Lebanon are one of the most
serious breaches of international law. Israeli occupation forces have
undertaken acts of violence, death and destruction of enormous proportions.

It is even more egregious to know that recently the European Union helped
Israel join the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the UN. While
Israel persistently violates the principles of the UN Charter and has
systematically refused to "agree to accept and carry out the decisions of
the Security Council" in accordance with Article 25 of the Charter, Israel's
membership in the WEOG at the UN allows it to compete for such posts as
membership in the Security Council.

Israel's recent membership in the WEOG, while it continuously violates
international law, various human rights instruments, and has committed war
crimes and crimes against humanity, is a serious attack on the integrity of
the United Nations and all its member states.

The United States, Europe, and other countries should safeguard the
integrity of the United Nations and all its member states and should prevent
any country from holding international law hostage.

Please take a moment to act immediately. Send a letter to your own
government to condemn the Israeli bombardments of civilians in Lebanon and
ask your government to safeguard its integrity and that of the United
Nations by demanding that Israel, since it has violated its conditions for
admission to the United Nations membership, must be suspended from any
participation throughout the entire United Nations System.

Additionally, call on the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to stop
immediately the bombardments of civilians and civilian infrastructure in
Lebanon, to implement immediately all relevant UN resolutions relating to
its occupation of Lebanon, and inform him that you have requested the
suspension of Israel's membership to the United Nations.

Please CC the Israeli embassy in the country you reside (see for contact
addresses of the Israeli embassy
http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/israel1.htm).

A.*LETTER TO YOUR GOVERNMENT + CC PM EHUD BARAK; AMOS YARON; ISRAELI EMBASSY
B.*LETTER TO PM EHUD BARAK + CC AMOS YARON ; ISRAELI EMBASSY

Please send a blind carbon copy (bcc) to lebanonaction@email.com.
In solidarity,

Ali Abunimah
Arjan El Fassed
Mary Nazzal
Nancy Sami Mahmoud
Rania Masri
Zahi Damuni

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A.*LETTER TO YOUR GOVERNMENT

To: US Secretary of State Madeline Albright <secretary@state.gov>; or
To: European Commission: Mr Romano Prodi <romano.prodi@cec.eu.int>; or
To: Governments contact-addresses [http://www.trytel.com/~aberdeen/#a2]

CC: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak <sar@mod.gov.il>
CC: Israeli embassy [see http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/israel1.htm]

Dear Excellency,

In the past three days, Israel has bombed residental areas and destroyed
civilian infrastructure in Lebanon.  The Israeli bombs have killed at least
two civilians (82-year-old Almaza Muzhir and her 40-year-old daughter Ilham
Tawil), and wounded at least fourteen Lebanese civilians, including five
children. Two electrical power stations (one near Beirut, another near
Tripoli)  and a main road, running through a residential area, were bombed.

Since its invasion of Lebanon, Israel has been guilty of aggression against
Lebanon. Such aggression has taken place contrary to the provisions of the
UN Charter and other fundamental principles of international law.

These crimes give rise to criminal liability as far as Israel is concerned.
Israel's occupation and aggression against Lebanon are one of the most
serious breaches of international law.  Israeli occupation forces have
undertaken acts of violence, death and destruction of enormous proportions.

As a concerned citizen, I urge you to condemn the Israeli bombings of
civilians in Lebanon, and hold Israel accountable for grave breaches of
international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and urge Israel to
immediately and unconditionally withdraw all its forces from Lebanon and pay
reparations for all damage done in Lebanon by violation of international
law. This is the government's responsibility under international law as a
High Contracting Party to the Fourth Geneva Convention (art. 2).

In order to safeguard the integrity of our country and that of the United
Nations, I ask you to demand the suspension of Israel's membership to the
United Nations, until Israel has proven respect for international law.

Yours Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

CC. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak
CC. Mr. Amos Yaron

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B.*LETTER TO PM EHUD BARAK

To: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak <sar@mod.gov.il>

CC: Mr. Amos Yaron <mankal@mod.gov.il>)
CC: Israeli embassy [see http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/israel1.htm]

Dear Prime Minister Barak,

I am writing you to condemn the Israeli aggression against Lebanon, and in
particular, the deliberate and intentional bombardment of Lebanese civilians
and civilian infrastructure during the last three days.

I hereby inform you that I have requested my government to carry out its
legal obligation to hold Israel accountable for grave breaches of
international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. In order to safeguard
the integrity of my country and that of the United Nations, I have requested
my government to demand the suspension of Israel's membership to the United
Nations.

I call on you to immediately withdraw all Israeli armed forces present in
Lebanon, comply with all existing international law, and pay reparations for
all damage done in Lebanon by violation of international law.

By failing to reverse this matter, your government is working against any
hope for a just and sustainable peace in the region.

Yours Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]