Friday, July 21, 2006

From: The Arab NGO Network for Development

(originally posted by touwais on Relief Center - Sanayeh July 18th at 4:38 pm)

Dear colleagues and friends over the world,

We have sent you yesterday our call from bombarded and shattered Beirut to SAY STOP TO ISRAELI WAR ON LEBANON (please find attached the call if you have not received it beforehand)

We are appealing to you today, as activists and loud voices in your county and the world alike, to take action within the capacities and resources available to you, to say NO and STOP to what is proving to be one of the most brutal, violent, and inhuman act of aggression and murder by Israel on Lebanon and its people.

Upon the sixth day of war attack by Israel on Lebanon, over 180 civilians, including children and elderly, have been killed. More than 26,000 of the Lebanese have been displaced and forced to leave their homes under the threats of Israeli aggression. Still the situation is continuously deteriorating, the military attacks escalating, and the death toll increasing.

Under these circumstances, we call upon you, in your capacities as activists and in the capacity of your organization as an active entity, to take action and refuse what we all agree is a direct violation of our right to life, protection, and security.

In Beirut and its surroundings, Lebanese civil society organizations, including non-governmental organizations and individual activists, are directing all their efforts to answer to the direct needs of displaced people. But also, we are working to spread the word about the reality of the severe situation on the grounds. A media center has been organized by several civil society organizations and is currently producing updated information about the situation in Lebanon under attack.

We at ANND have taken upon ourselves to disseminate this information to all our partners, colleagues, and friends around the world trusting that you will get the word out and spread the information. We suggest, if possible, that you take upon your self some of the following activities, which need not take much of your daily time, to help us stand up in refusal of this brutal attack on Lebanon, for the sake of all what we have been working on worldwide towards the enhancement of our rights as humans.

We suggest:

- Disseminating the information and possibly pictures you receive from us to your media agencies and to alternative media groups available at the local level.

- Put the information you receive on your website, and dedicate a small section of your or your organization’s website to continuously post and update this information

- Call people in your community or even your organization, through your website or other means, to self-organize in small or big mobilizations against the unexplained war attack on Lebanon.

- Write to your government officials, parliamentarians, and United Nations Secretary General

- Suggest any other tool or idea that is feasible for you to implement in refusal of the current Israeli aggression against Lebanon. We would highly appreciate your feedback and will work on disseminating it to other colleagues.

THIS WAR IS NOT AGAINST THE LEBANESE PEOPLE ONLY; IT IS AGAINAST ALL WHAT WE BELIEVE IN OF HUMAN RIGHTS, INCLUDING OUR RIGHT TO LIFE, PROTECTION, AND SECURITY.

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