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Cofounder Medea Benjamin with Lebanese
children at a refugee camp, August 2006.
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FAST Peace Delegates traveled to Lebanon while the fighting was still
raging. After a harrowing ride from Syria over freshly bombed roads and
bridges, we were greeted in Beirut to the booms of Israeli bombardments.
We visited the devastated neighborhoods of Southern Beirut. We provided
aid to traumatized children in improvised refugee camps. We heard from
angry Lebanese residents who condemned the Bush administration for providing
Israel with the green light -- and the weapons -- to kill over 1,000 civilians
and destroy their airport, ports, bridges, roads, factories, and worst
of all, entire towns and residential neighborhoods.
Cofounders Gael Murphy and Medea
Benjamin viewing the destruction in South Beirut, August 2006.
Now that there is a ceasefire, hundreds of thousands of displaced Lebanese
need help returning home. While our government has given Israel billions
for bombs and guns that have killed and maimed over 1,000 Lebanese, it
has pledged a mere $50 million for rebuilding.
We -- US Citizens -- should push our government
to provide more funds. Now more than ever we should show the
Lebanese people that we care about peace not only by continuing to oppose
our military policies in the Middle East but also by supporting and joining
their peace efforts. With your help we can send
delegations of US women peace activists to Lebanon, we can help fund a
peace walk to the Lebanese-Israeli border and we can support efforts to
clear unexploded cluster bombs in southern Lebanon. We have
made wonderful new friends among the Lebanese peace groups. Let's show
them we want peace as badly as they do. Click
here to donate now!
Fasters protesting the bombing
of Lebanon outside the White House, July 2006.
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people here feel helpless to stop the fighting, and they feel the world
community has abandoned them. They are particularly angry at the United
States, who they feel is providing Israel with the weapons and the international
cover to keep up the attacks. One US aid group,
when they entered a village that had been attacked, was chased away by
angry local people who refused their donations. In fact, some UN
people advised us to say we were Canadian or European, not American."
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