October 29, 2006
Geneva Switzerland – 30 October 2006
Ref.: PROPAGANDA FILM For Terrorists >>>>>>>>>
As well to be seen on this link:
and here: http://ajm.ch/wordpress/?p=308
and there: http://ajm.ch/wordpress/?p=307
As A Swiss citizen I feel strongly disgusted and repulsed by the fact that a Swiss TV Channel (TSR) will glorify A terrorist Organization such as Hizbullah as we normally would only expect to see on Arab Islamic Jihad website Videos, and channels as such as Al Jazeera. Freedom of Expression ends then when it encroaches onto the legal rights of others in a democracy, and there when the truth and facts are intentionally distorted and documented in a misleading none factual fashion, that as in this very case, in detail intentionally ends up and supports terrorists.
My 4 concerns below
You present Hizbullah as simply a friendly Resistance Group Yet: European legislators branded the radical Lebanese Hizbullah group a “terrorist” organization. Hizbullah (Arabic for “Party of God”) is an umbrella organization of various radical Islamic Shi’ite groups and organizations which receives substantial financial and philosophical support from Iran, as well as from Syria.The name Hizbullah comes from a Koranic verse promising triumph to those who join the Party of God. Hizbullah was founded in 1982 in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley by Shia clergyman educated in Iran.
In the early 1980s, Hizbullah popularized suicide bombings as an effective terrorist tactic. In April 1983, Hizbullah allegedly blew up a van filled with explosives in front of the U.S. embassy in Beirut killing 58 Americans and Lebanese.
Then in October 1983, Hizbullah was responsible for a truck bomb that detonated in the U.S. Marine barracks killing 241 American peacekeepers, and a simultaneous truck bombing at the French barracks that killed 58 French soldiers.
Hizbullah also carried out a number of kidnappings of Westerners in Lebanon during the mid 1980s, in which they executed the hostages or traded them for money or weapons. In addition to Lebanon, Hizbullah’s security apparatus operates in Europe, North and South America, East Asia, and other parts of the Middle East, and it is believed to be responsible for a number of other high profile terrorist attacks.
In 1985 Hizbullah members hijacked TWA flight 847 and held the 39 Americans on board hostage for weeks. In addition, the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Argentina and the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires are attributed to Hizbullah. Furthermore, in June 1996, Hizbullah allegedly attacked the Khobar Towers housing complex in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 U.S servicemen and wounding hundreds of others.
Current Hizbullah Goals:
Hezbullah’s stated objectives include the establishment of a Shiite theocracy in Lebanon, the destruction of Israel, and the elimination of Western influences from the Middle East. Over the last 20 plus years, Hizbullah has not only professionalized its military capabilities but also joined Lebanon’s political process and enmeshed itself into the social fabric of Lebanese society.
Facts you ignored:
The intentional constant attacks against Israel – and the none compliance with UN Resolutions in the past and now !
Lebanon/Hizbullah performed an act of war against the Sovereign State of Israel ! It was/is not as You make it look in Your video, AN Israeli Aggression – Nor the want to occupy Lebanon . None of the Kind.
On the morning of July 12, 2006, Hizbullah terrorists crossed the blue line border from Lebanon to Israel and attacked an Israeli army patrol, killing 3 and capturing Ehud Goldwasser, 31, from Nahariya, and Eldad Regev, 26, from Kiryat Motzkin. An additional soldier died the following day and several were killed when a tank hit a mine, while pursuing the captors. At the very same time, Hizbullah began a series of rocket attacks on northern Israel. This incident was apparently timed to coincide with the meeting of the G-8, which was to examine the issue of the Iranian nuclear development program.
Facts you ignored:
Lebanon Forces are obliged since years to implement Security Council Resolution 1559 and 1680 …. which would have prevented any further clashes and the last war that was intended and started by Hizbullah
Hizbullah and the Lebanese government are to return the kidnapped soldiers and to disarm the Hizbullah as Israel had demanded, and as required by UN Security Council Resolution 1559 and 1680.
However, the Lebanese army has never and will not now collect Hizbullah arms or remove Hizbullah from southern Lebanon nor assure proper return of the Two Soldiers that were kidnapped. Neither do Lebanese now respect Council Resolution 1701 in letter nor spirit.
Your glorification of Soha Bechara who is in fact not A Resistance member, but a confirmed criminal, who was ready to perform a Suicide Attack against a Lebanese General – which is what one calls an intentional act of terrorism.
Come to think of it:
Soha Bechara’s book Resistante appears to be banned in Switzerland but is sold freely in Paris in Arab Islamist circles as a terrorist manual propaganda. – Yet you, Temps Present TSR, takes it upon herself to glorify Soha Bechara with exactly what she says in her book? How does A criminal, an assassin, a person believing in terror acts, NOT as stated an Ex-Freedom fighter, get a permit to stay in Switzerland?
Souha Fawaz Bechara (born 1967), commonly known as Souha Bechara or Soha Bechara, is a Lebanese woman who, at the age of twenty one, attempted to assassinate General Antoine Lahad of the SLA. Lahad survived the assassination Whereas Bechara was quickly arrested by the Lebanese army. Soha Bechara, as we can see on the video from the TSR, does NOT regret her suicide attack attempt against Lahad and her criminal terror activities one bit …. but is still right here in Switzerland active in her Radical views and believes.
((i)) ch.indymedia.org/fr | Report from the anti war demonstration …
There, speeches including speeches by Soha Bechara, …
Soha Bechara and your film were trying to claim her innocent belonging only to the Communist Party in Lebanon: But the truth of this so called innocent Communist party was intentionally avoided in your propaganda film – yet proper research from Your Team … would have brought different results.
The Syrian use of the Lebanese communist party for terrorism.
Asad relies on three types of organizations: Palestinian Organizations. After being pushed out of Lebanon in 1982, many factions of the PLO took refuge in Syria, where Asad brought them under the banner of the Palestine National Salvation Front (PNSF).
The PNSF includes As-Sa’iqa, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (run by George Habash), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (Ahmad Jibril), the Democratic Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (Na’if Hawatma), and Abu Musa’s Fatah dissidents.
Other groups include the Arab Organization of the 15th of May for the Liberation of Palestine (Naji ‘Alush) and Fatah – Revolutionary Command (Abu Nidal).
The Syrians wooed Abu Nidal from his Iraqi patrons at the end of 1979 or early 1980, since which time he has been one of Asad’s most active agents, conducting operations in almost every country of West Europe and many in the Middle East. He seems to have moved on to Libya in early 1987.
Arab Organizations. The Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), founded in 1932, enthusiastically approves of Asad because his goals coincide with its own plans to establish a single Syrian state covering the present territories of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. Syrian backing permits the SSNP to control a portion of Lebanese territory to the south of Tripoli.
Together with the Ba’th Party of Lebanon and the Lebanese Communist Party, it carried out nearly all of the fifteen suicide attacks against Israeli and South Lebanon Army troops that occurred in 1985.
Other groups include the (Druze) Progressive Socialist Party, the (Shi’i) Amal, the (Sunni) Nasirites, the Lebanese Revolutionary Brigades, the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Fraction (FARL), Arab Egypt, the Committee for the Defense of Democratic Liberties in Jordan the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Somalia, the Eritrean Liberation Front, and Polisario.
Iraqi media have portrayed the Islamic Jihad Organization in Lebanon as a “cover for [Syria’s] political crimes,” and this is at least partially true.
Some details about the Syrian-sponsored suicides became known in August 1987 when an Egyptian, ‘Ali ‘Abd ar-Rahman Wahhaba, gave himself up to the South Lebanon Army, an Israeli-backed force.
Wahhaba told the following story: he went to Lebanon in the early 1980s looking for work; under repeated torture, he was compelled in 1984 to join a mukhabarat-backed group, Arab Egypt. In 1986 he underwent a two-week training course in weapons and explosives at a camp run by the chief sergeant major of Syrian intelligence in the Biqa’ Valley.
In January 1987 Wahhaba “was taken to Syrian television studios in Damascus, where he was given a prepared script. He was filmed saying he is going to commit suicide of his own free will in an attack against the Zionist enemy.” ‘Abdallah Ahmar, second in command in the Syrian Ba’th party, oversaw the filming; later, Gen. Ghazi Kan’an, the head of the mukhabarat in Lebanon, personally sent him off on a mission and blessed his undertaking. In the end, Wahhaba did not explode the 11 kilograms of TNT hidden in his jacket, but gave himself up to the South Lebanon Army.
Lebanese leaders who resist Asad’s wishes find themselves targeted by Asad. Kamal Junblatt, the Druze and leftist chief in Lebanon, was warned to silence his outspoken criticism of the Syrian military presence in Lebanon by the assassination of his sister in May 1976; he did not pay heed, so he too was killed ten months later. Fearful that Bashir Jumayyil would draw the Lebanese government too close to Israel, Damascus had the SSNP kill him in September 1982.
In February 1988 security men found half a kilo of sophisticated explosives on a plane used by Bashir’s brother Amin Jumayyil, the president of Lebanon. Immediately after the discovery, Syrian intelligence officers at the Beirut airport moved in, seized the explosive, and refused to let it go.
Lebanese journalists have also suffered Syrian violence. Salim al-Lawzi, publisher of the important Lebanese magazine Al-Hawadith, had acquired embarrassing information about internal conditions in Syria; in response, Syrian agents tortured and killed him in February 1980. A few months later, Riyad Taha, president of the Lebanese Publishers Association was gunned down from a car.
Rafik Hariri is only the latest victim of Syrian assassination tactics designed to subjugate Lebanon. Syria stationed its commanding supervision at the Ministry of Defense at Yerze, while organizing its ubiquitous security and intelligence apparatus (mukhabarat) under Colonel Ghazi Kana’an who became the personal notorious manifestation of the occupation regime. He was later replaced by Syrian military intelligence headed by General Rostum Ghazala.
In short order the Syrians confirmed that, as Hannah Arendt wrote, “terror is the essence of totalitarian domination Political assassination was its most dreadful form attested by the murders of noted national leaders, like Kamal Junblatt, the Druze head of the Progressive Socialist Party in 1977, Bashir Gemayel, commander of the Lebanese Forces and president-elect of Lebanon in 1982, and Rene Mo’awed, President of Lebanon in 1989. Religious dignitaries, such as Father Philippe Abou-Sleimane in Aley and Sheikh Ahmed Assaf in 1982, and Sheikh Hassan Khaled the Sunni Mufti of Lebanon in 1989, were also disposed of.
Well-known journalists like Selim Al-Lowzi in 1977 and Riyad Taha, president of the Lebanese Press Association, in 1980 became victims of the Syrian security hit squads. Certain sources claim that the assassination of Dany Chamoun, son of former Lebanese president Camille Chamoun, in October 1990 was the work of the Syrians with Lebanese collaboration. The attempted assassinations of Pierre Gemayel, founder of the Kata’ib (Phalange movement) and father of Bashir and Amin, Raymond Edde the National Bloc leader, Camille Chamoun former president and head of the Liberal Party, and the Greek Catholic Patriarch Maximos V. Hakim, should be noted in this context.
You should watch Brigitte Gabriel’s Interview – A Christian Lebanese who lived through it all.
A truth…. that Soha Bechara and Your video totally ignore
regards your film is the none factual interview of Human Rights Watch. Known to be constantly Anti- Israel
These links are self-explanatory and IF the TSR would have been at all factual and would have researched the issue and or at least would have for the sake of Balanced Reporting would have brought experts from ALL sides – the film could have been a more none biased document:
NGO Monitor – Human Rights NGOs – Arab Israeli Conflict
Human Rights Watch is as guilty as the United Nations Human Rights Council in having an anti-Israel agenda,” said Gerald Steinberg, who directs the …
http://www.ngo-monitor.org/archives/infofile.htm <<<< SCROLL DOWN
NGO Monitor – Human Rights NGOs – Arab Israeli Conflict
HRW also ignores systematic anti-Israel incitement to hatred and the … “Report On Human Rights Watch: A Comparative Analysis of Activities in the Middle …
[More results from www.ngo-monitor.org ] Summary Report on Human Rights Watch
ADL Says One-Sided Human Rights Watch Report Rushes to Judge Israel
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today criticized a Human Rights Watch report for its “irrational rush to judgment” against Israel for its military actions …
New York, NY, August 4, 2006
Ithe TSR would have wanted to be accurate and would have done Their Research,
They would have noticed; That in fact the HRW by insisting that: There was NO proof of Human Shields,
Is solely a HRW attempt to whitewash Hizbullah, and NONE factual: The Proof of facts are available to those who in fact search for Truth
In words – pictures – and videos.
Civilian shields in Lebanon Many of the missiles recently fired at Israel were stored and launched from or near private homes, commandeered by Hizbullah terrorists wishing to shield their actions behind civilians in order to thwart Israel’s response.
IDF video clips provide photographic evidence of the location of Hizbullah missiles and weapons:
IDF video clips nos. 8, 9, 10
IDF video clips provide photographic evidence of the location of Hizbullah missiles and weapons:
IDF video 8: Hizbullah launches missiles towards Haifa (Aug 6)
IDF video 9: Hizbullah launches missiles from village of Barashit (Aug 6)
IDF video 10: Hizbullah stations anti-aircraft cannon in residential area
IDF video 8:
IDF video 9:
IDF video 10:
July 30: Incident in Qana – IDF Spokesman video of Hizbullah firing rockets from behind buildings
For additional video clips and photos see Hizbullah’s exploitation of Lebanese population centers and civilians: Photographic evidence – 12 Jul 2006
If the TSR would have wanted to be factual, they would have covered at least some of the back ground facts and Realities The dismal failure of UNIFIL
REMEMBER UNIFIL – in 2000 – and Kofi Annan & Terje Larsen:
The Har Dov kidnap demonstrated that U.N. observers protected and defended Hizbullah terrorists who crossed a U.N.-certified border to kidnap Israeli soldiers on home ground, using cars with U.N. license plates, and under the cover of U.N. flags (October 7th 2000).
Har Dov Kidnapping – United Nations and Israel
Hizbullah Kidnaps Israeli Soldiers in 2000
Entire amazing Lies and story right here
UN and Hezbollah are working together – Photo of Kofi Annan in Beirut June 2000 thanking Nasrallah,
Who undermined Lebanon’s Sovereignty? United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
In the picture (in above link) taken in Beirut in 2000, Kofi Annan is thanking Nasrallah, head of the terror group Hezbollah
for Maintaining law and order in the south of Lebanon. So, in 2000 Kofi Annan acknowledged: that the terror group Hezbollah was responsible for Maintaining law and order in southern Lebanon, but it is now ISRAEL which is undermining the country’s sovereignty????
Source: Al-Ahram, Weekly On-line, Issue 487, 22-18 June 2000
The Federal Law on Radio and Television (RTVG, 1991) describes in greater detail, the obligations and duties of the Media:
Temps Present TSR has shamefully disregarded it’s obligations to the Public and the Swiss Taxpayer who in fact has to pay for such shameful propaganda.
My question is: Would the TSR therefore also glorify, Ali Fallahian who is charged with masterminding the assassination of Kazem Rajavi, a renowned Iranian opposition leader, near Geneva ( in Coppet) in April 1990; In the same nauseating nonfactual mold as Soha Bechara? I would NOT be surprised one bit.
I vividly remember; In the 70’s and 80’s another important task was to prevent the other Swiss viewer organisation, the SFRV, to undermine the SRG with right-oriented policies.The SFRV (Swiss TV and radio association – Schweizer Fernseh-und Radiovereinigung or as the public says “Hoferclub”) accused the SRG to be “Left TV” ……..
The question is …. is it getting actually worse with Swiss TV? It looks like.
Ms. G. Goldwater
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