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[Update on Islamic persecution, massacre of Christians in Lebanon] Christians Killed in Lebanon blast

December 12, 2007

[Update on Islamic persecution, massacre of Christians in Lebanon] Killed in Lebanon blast

 

Lebanon bomb kills senior army officer, 4 others
Reuters Canada, Canada –
By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) – A suspected car bomb in a Lebanese Christian town east of Beirut killed a senior army officer and at least four other
http://ca.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2007-12-12T064513Z_01_L12540081_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-LEBANON-EXPLOSION-COL.XML

Army general killed in Lebanon blast AFP – The standoff between pro- and anti-Syrian camps marks the country’s worst political crisis since the end of Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g3m6swZF24n1EFhBo0Zs7iBl83Ew

Explosion kills four, including senior officer in Christian suburb The Canadian Press

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5h8GJr7a8uXZ7vN7bqFlkOufDw75w

 

Gen al-Hajj was chief of operations when Lebanon’s army fought Islamic militants from Fatah al-Islam in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp earlier this year.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/click/rss/1.0/-/2/hi/middle_east/7139809.stm

Beirut blast kills a leading army officer and at least two deputies
Los Angeles Times, CA –
Lebanon’s Christian community, from which the country’s president is traditionally drawn, is also sharply divided, with some supporting the March 14 group …
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-beirut12dec12,1,1808825.story?coll=la-headlines-world

 

CHRONOLOGY: Events in Lebanon since Hariri’s killing
Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:03am EST

(Reuters) – A suspected car bomb near Beirut killed a senior military officer on Wednesday who was a leading contender to take over as army chief after the present commander becomes president.

Here is a chronology of some of the main events in Lebanon since former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was killed, along with 22 other people, on February 14, 2005.

February 28 – Pro-Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karami resigns.

October 20 – U.N. investigators say high-ranking Syrian officials and their Lebanese allies were involved in Hariri’s killing, in report to U.N. Security Council. Syria denies it.

December 12 – Gebran Tueni, anti-Syrian member of parliament and Lebanese newspaper magnate, is killed by a car bomb near Beirut.

July 12, 2006 – Hezbollah captures two Israeli soldiers in cross-border raid, setting off 34-day war in which about 1,200 Lebanese are killed.

November 11 – Five pro-Syrian Shi’ite Muslim ministers from Hezbollah and its ally, the Amal movement, resign after collapse of all-party talks on their demand for more say in government.

November 21 – Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel is killed by gunmen. U.N. Security Council approves plans for tribunal to try suspects in assassination of Hariri and subsequent attacks.

December 1 – Hezbollah, Amal and supporters of Christian leader Michel Aoun camp outside Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s office in central Beirut in open-ended campaign to topple government.

January 25, 2007 – Aid conference in Paris pledges more than $7.6 billion to help Lebanon recover from the war.

February 13 – Three people are killed in two bomb blasts near a Christian village northeast of Beirut.

June 13 – Anti-Syrian parliamentarian Walid Eido and five other people killed by a car bomb near a Beirut beach club

September 2 – Lebanese troops seize complete control of Nahr al-Bared camp after months of fighting with Fatah al-Islam militants. More than 420 people, including 168 soldiers, have been killed in the worst internal violence since the civil war.

September 19 – Car bomb in Beirut kills seven people, including anti-Syrian Christian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem.

September 25 – Parliament postpones a presidential election for the first of eight times in a bid to break a deadlock over a consensus candidate and end the political crisis. France leads mediation efforts for a deal on a presidential candidate.

November 23 – President Emile Lahoud leaves presidential palace

at the end of his term, without a successor.

November 24 – Siniora says his cabinet is assuming executive powers in the absence of a president.

Dec 5 – Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says rival Lebanese leaders have agreed on General Michel Suleiman as president.

Dec 11 – Berri postpones parliament session to elect Suleiman to December 17 to give rivals more time to reach broad political agreement.

Dec 12 – Car bomb kills Brigadier General Francois al-Hajj, the army’s head of operations, and a number of bodyguards in a Christian town east of Beirut.

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)

March 5 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad tells his parliament Syrian troops will start phased pullout from Lebanon.

April 26 – Last Syrian soldiers leave Lebanon.

June 2 – Samir Kassir, journalist opposed to Syria’s role in Lebanon, is killed in Beirut by a bomb in his car.

June 16 – U.N. investigation into Hariri’s killing starts.

June 19 – Lebanese parliamentary elections end in victory for anti-Syrian alliance led by Hariri’s son Saad al-Hariri.

June 21 – Former Communist Party leader and critic of Syria George Hawi is killed in Beirut by a bomb in his car.

October 20 – U.N. investigators say high-ranking Syrian officials and their Lebanese allies were involved in Hariri’s killing, in report to U.N. Security Council. Syria denies it.

December 12 – Gebran Tueni, anti-Syrian member of parliament and Lebanese newspaper magnate, is killed by a car bomb near Beirut.

July 12, 2006 – Hezbollah captures two Israeli soldiers in cross-border raid, setting off 34-day war in which about 1,200 Lebanese are killed.

November 11 – Five pro-Syrian Shi’ite Muslim ministers from Hezbollah and its ally, the Amal movement, resign after collapse of all-party talks on their demand for more say in government.

November 21 – Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel is killed by gunmen. U.N. Security Council approves plans for tribunal to try suspects in assassination of Hariri and subsequent attacks.

December 1 – Hezbollah, Amal and supporters of Christian leader Michel Aoun camp outside Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s office in central Beirut in open-ended campaign to topple government.

January 25, 2007 – Aid conference in Paris pledges more than $7.6 billion to help Lebanon recover from the war.

February 13 – Three people are killed in two bomb blasts near a Christian village northeast of Beirut.

June 13 – Anti-Syrian parliamentarian Walid Eido and five other people killed by a car bomb near a Beirut beach club.

September 2 – Lebanese troops seize complete control of Nahr al-Bared camp after months of fighting with Fatah al-Islam militants. More than 420 people, including 168 soldiers, have been killed in the worst internal violence since the civil war.

September 19 – Car bomb in Beirut kills seven people, including anti-Syrian Christian lawmaker Antoine Ghanem.

September 25 – Parliament postpones a presidential election for the first of eight times in a bid to break a deadlock over a consensus candidate and end the political crisis. France leads mediation efforts for a deal on a presidential candidate.

November 23 – President Emile Lahoud leaves presidential palace

at the end of his term, without a successor.

November 24 – Siniora says his cabinet is assuming executive powers in the absence of a president.

Dec 5 – Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says rival Lebanese leaders have agreed on General Michel Suleiman as president.

Dec 11 – Berri postpones parliament session to elect Suleiman to December 17 to give rivals more time to reach broad political agreement.

Dec 12 – Car bomb kills Brigadier General Francois al-Hajj, the army’s head of operations, and a number of bodyguards in a Christian town east of Beirut.

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL1220177520071212

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Empty Lebanon presidency worries Christians
Reuters – Nov 28, 2007
By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Christians fear a prolonged political vacuum while the post of president is filled will weaken their …
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL28414708

Syria shadow hangs over Lebanon vote, Harb says
Reuters – Dec 10, 2007
The opposition, led by Hezbollah, were seeking to secure “seats in cabinet, the person of the prime minister, who is going to be commander-in-chief of the …
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1013164520071210

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An older background of Islamic massacres on Christians, Lebanon 1976, Damour Massacre (that was the cause for Christian Arabs massacring “Palestinians” in Sabra Shatila in 1982) carried out by “Palestinian” Muslims and Syrian occupation

Damour’s Massacre Slideshow, Damour’s Massacre. Back to Pictures Directory :: Syrian Crimes Slideshow :: War in Ashrafieh Slideshow :: Bashir’s Assasination Slideshow
http://www.truelebanon.bravehost.com/pics/dampics-slideshow.html

Lebanese Forces : Historical Fact: The Massacre and Destruction of …Historical Fact: The Massacre and Destruction of Damour. Damour lay across the Sidon – Beirut highway about 20 km south of Beirut…
http://www.lebaneseforces.com/blastfromthepast002.asp

hobeika_damour – Do you not remember Damour Lebanon. Let me remind you. Arafat and the PLO plunged Lebanon into “massacres, rape, mutilation, rampages of looting and …
http://www.free-lebanon.com/LFPNews/hobeika_damour/hobeika_damour.html

unforgotten massacre damour The Christian-populated towns, Damour and Jiyeh, were massacred after a week of siege and intensive shelling on January 20, 1976 by a combined force of …
http://www.geocities.com/damour1976/index1.html

The MASSACRE at DAMOUR, (Jan 9) 1976 I was unfamiliar with the massacre at Damour so I looked in up. Unquestionably this was a terrible incident but you omitted two important facts: …
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1555079/posts

LebaneseForces.com – Damour Massacre (1976) Damour Massacre (1976) ….
http://www.lfpics.com/other/dammour/

Lebanon – Islamists “Palestinians” massacre of Christians in Damour that brought Christian Arabs killing “Palestinians” in Sabra Shatila
http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/67476

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ISLAMIC “PALESTINIAN” APARTHEID – Expert: ‘Christian groups in PA to disappear’

December 6, 2007

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Expert: ‘Christian groups in PA to disappear’
Etgar Lefkovits , THE JERUSALEM POST Dec. 4, 2007
The ever-dwindling Christian communities living in
Palestinian- run territories in the West Bank and Gaza are likely
to dissipate completely within the next 15 years as a result of
increasing Muslim persecution and maltreatment, an Israeli
scholar said Monday.

“The systematic persecution of Christian Arabs living in
Palestinian areas is being met with nearly total silence by the
international community, human rights activists, the media and
NGOs,” said Justus Reid Weiner, an international human rights
lawyer in an address at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,
where he serves as a scholar in residence.

He cited Muslim harassment and persecution as the main cause of
the “acute human rights crisis” facing Christian Arabs, and
predicted that unless governments or institutions step in to
remedy the situation – such as with job opportunities – there
will be no more Christian communities living in the Palestinians
territories within 15 years, with only a few Western Christians
and top clergymen left in the area.

“Christian leaders are being forced to abandon their followers to
the forces of radical Islam,” Weiner said.

Facing a pernicious mixture of persecution and economic hardships
as a result of years of Palestinian violence and Israeli
counter-terrorism measures, tens of thousands of Christian Arabs
have left the Palestinian territories for a better life in the
West, in a continuing exodus which has led some Christian leaders
to warn that the faith could be virtually extinct in its
birthplace in a matter of decades.

The Palestinian Christian population has dipped to 1.5 percent of
the West Bank and Gaza Strip, down from at least 15% a half
century ago, according to some estimates.

No one city in the Holy Land is more indicative of the great
exodus of Christians than Bethlehem, which fell under full
Palestinian control last decade as part of the Oslo Accords.

The town of 30,000 is now less than 20% Christian, after decades
when Christians were the majority. Elsewhere in the Palestinian
territories, only about 3,000 Christians, mostly Greek Orthodox,
live in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, out of a strongly conservative
Muslim population of 1.4 million.

“In a society where Arab Christians have no voice and no
protection it is no surprise that they are leaving,” he said.

In his address, Weiner pointedly downplayed the effects that
Israeli security measures, such as the security barrier being
built between Israel and the West Bank, have had on the Christian
Arabs living in the West Bank.

The barrier, which is especially conspicuous at the entrance to
Bethlehem where it is a concrete wall, is an issue which many
Palestinian Christian clerics have pointed to, along with the
ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as a central cause of
Christian emigration.

Weiner argued there was a “180 degree difference” between the
public statements coming out of the mainstream Christian
leadership in the Holy Land – who “sing the PA’s tune” and blame
Israel for all the Christian Arabs’ ills – and people’s
experience on the ground.

“The truth is beginning to come out,” he said. “The question is
what is being done with the truth.”

His comments come just months after a prominent Christian
activist, Rami Khader Ayyad, 32, was killed in Gaza.

“For too long the plight of Christian Arabs has been put on the
back-burner or ignored altogether,” said Rev. Malcolm Hedding,
executive director of the International Christian Embassy, a
Jerusalem-based evangelical organization.

The Evangelical leader, who has drawn the wrath of Catholic
leaders in the Holy Land for his strong support for Israel, said
that “power politics” has prevented the major Christian leaders
in the Holy Land from speaking out on this issue.

“There is a one-sided debate in which Israel is responsible for
everything,” he said. “The Christian world needs to stand up and
speak out about this.”

Savage vs the Controlling Terrorist Islamic Lobby CAIR

December 6, 2007

Savage Sues the infamous Pro Terror devious Islamic Lobby CAIR

Radio Host Sues Group That Quoted Him
The Associated Press – Dec 4, 2007
The suit alleges CAIR is not a civil rights group, but a political organization funded by foreigners with ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups.
Radio Host Sues Islamic Civil Liberties Group For Quoting Him AHN
Effort targets supporters of Michael Savage’s talk-radio show WorldNetDaily

‘Proven record of senior officials being indicted, imprisoned
WorldNetDaily, OR – Dec 3, 2007
CAIR denies supporting terrorism and continues to claim to be a “moderate” voice for Muslims in America. The group says its critics are the extremists,

PipeLineNews.org

Clinton Foreign Policy Team Adopts cairs Twisted Ideology
PipeLineNews.org, CA
policy team have now wholly adopted cair’s position on Islamofascism, thus finding common ground with what is widely understood in the counter-terrorism

Congressional Paul Revere Warns Nation About Islamofascist Threat
http://www.aina.org/news/2007112093227.htm
… However, groups such as Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and others have a proven record of senior officials being indicted and either imprisoned or deported from the U.S. Just to name a few: Ghassan Elashi, a founding board member of CAIR, is serving 80 months in prison; Randall “Ismail” Royer, the communications director for CAIR, is serving 20 years in prison; and Bassam Khafagi…

Officials: Hamas forcibly converted Christian woman to Islam

August 6, 2007

Officials: Hamas forcibly converted Christian woman to Islam

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3434253,00.html

Hamas-linked militants kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam a female Christian professor in the Gaza Strip, according to the professor’s family and officials from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization. …