Skip to comments.Religious figures seek end to hostilities (call on int'l community to end its silence)
Posted on 08/01/2006 6:04:18 AM PDT by NYer
BEIRUT: Lebanon's top religious figures called on the international community to end its silence over the Israeli hostilities in the country. Vice president of the Higher Shiite Council Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qabalan called Monday for an international investigation into the Qana massacre.
During an emergency meeting of the council Monday, Qabalan called for an immediate end of Israeli hostilities against Lebanon and urged all the Lebanese to unite and support the resistance.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani met Monday with Iranian Ambassador Mahmoud Rida Shibani, who condemned the Qana massacre and the "international silence over the continuous Israeli hostilities."
Earlier in the day, the Higher Islamic Religious Council held an urgent meeting, headed by Qabbani and in the presence of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and former premiers.
A statement issued afterward strongly denounced the massacre and hailed the resistance. The council also expressed its support to the position taken by the Lebanese government regarding the immediate implementation of a cease-fire.
Senior Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah addressed an open letter to the participants to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which will hold an urgent meeting in Istanbul Tuesday for philanthropic and humanitarian institutions to discuss the means to collect donations for the Lebanese and Palestinian people
Fadlallah asked all Arab leaders to "wake up and seek the Arab interests by facing the US-Israeli plans," adding: "The Arab leaders should be up to their responsibilities or submit their resignation and terminate this organization."
Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir reiterated his call for a "comprehensive and radical solution to the current situation."
The prelate met Monday with Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan, who condemned the massacre and emphasized the need for unity and solidarity among the Lebanese.
The Lebanese Orthodox League called upon the states of the world to adopt a clear and united stand to compel "those who hold a solution to the problem" to endorse an immediate, sustainable and unconditional cease-fire, which would allow the sick and wounded to get help and medicine and the displaced to return to their homes, it said.
The Catholic Information Center said the international community's silence over the massacre and UN's failure to reach a decision for a cease-fire are a "mark of disgrace."
The Maronite League said Monday "the condemnations of the massacre are not enough; the international community should wake up and work for an immediate end of the Israeli hostilities against the country."
A rescue worker puts the body of a dead girl on a gurney after Israeli air strikes on the southern Lebanese village of Qana. Fifty-two people were killed, many of them sleeping children, when Israeli warplanes blitzed the Lebanese village of Qana, triggering global outrage and warnings of retribution for a "war crime" as a ceasefire appeared more remote than ever.(AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)
Funny how when a islamic terrorist group kidnaps soldiers/civilians, send suicide bombers in pizza parlors and fires hundreds of rockets randomly into population centers - that is not being "hostile" ...
It is a "mark of disgrace" that Israel defends itself? I don't buy it. As far as I'm concerned the Catholic Information Center can bury its head back into the sand.
Hand their butt to them Israel, "Peace through Victory". The only Peace which ever lasts any length of time.
The Christian Maronite community is led by the cowardly Emile Lahoud who long ago traded his allegiance to France for the protection of the Alawite Assad. Thus, there is little wonder that the Christian (dhimmi) community -- either as a political or fighting force -- isn't worth much.
They can dish it out (from behind women and children) but they sure can't take it.
Can the reason for this silence from the world is because after seeing the terrorism attacks having take place in places such as New York, Washington D.C., Spain, Bali, and India, the non-Muslims are saying "enough" to Islamofacist terrorism?
I guess "international silence" is defined as "statements that don't agree that we should kill all the Israelis with impunity".
and urged all the Lebanese to unite and support the resistance.
Sounds fair to me...