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by Joan Robins Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2006 at 8:29 AM

ARAB JEWISH PEACE ALLIANCE TO HOLD 5TH WEEKLY VIGIL TO PROTEST WAR ON LEBANON AND GAZA AND TO ASK ELECTED OFFICIALS TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. Over 100 people are expected to attend the fifth weekly vigil on Friday, August 4 from 6:30 –8:00 pm., on Central Avenue and Wellesley.

August 2, 2006 Arab-Jewish Peace Alliance

Contact: Joan Robins 341-2306 or

Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh 323-1629; cell 480-9008



Where: Friday, Central and Wellesley

When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Contact: Joan Robins or Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh

Over 100 people are expected to attend the fifth weekly vigil on Friday, August 4 from 6:30 –8:00 pm., on Central Avenue and Wellesley. The vigil is being sponsored by the Arab-Jewish Peace Alliance to demand that the US government support an immediate cease fire to the violence in the Middle East. The New Mexico congressional delegation or their representatives have been invited to the vigil to engage in a public dialogue and explain their positions. All four NM representatives voted to support Israel’s war against Lebanon.

The Arab-Jewish Peace Alliance supports an immediate and unconditional cease fire and urges negotiations now to resolve all disputes, including the release of prisoners on all sides, with the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region based on the implementation of international law.

Rev. Barbara Dua, a Presbyterian minister and AJPA member, stated: "Over 750 Lebanese have been killed by Israel using US supplied weapons, and one third of them are children; and over 800,000 people have been made refugees. This is a clear violation of international law, and will only serve the cause of more violence, not peace. Our elected representatives must stand firmly on the side of peace building, not war- making."

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by WTF Thursday, Aug. 03, 2006 at 3:29 AM

Funny that the article fails to mention the country/ies of origin of Hezbolah's weapons.

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Funny that you would consider it relevant
by Me Thursday, Aug. 03, 2006 at 8:05 AM

The Hezbollah arose as a grassroots militia resisting the FIRST Israeli invasion and occupation of their land, and they are now again resisting Israeli efforts to invade, to seize their land and natural resources, to make south Lebanon a part of "Greater Israel." I don't care where Hezbollah is getting their arms- I just wish they were getting more of them, and better.

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by WTF Thursday, Aug. 03, 2006 at 9:49 PM

"Grass Roots Militia" what a quaint name for terrorists. Try the name with some Christian Lebanese. They were there before those scumbags. This "militia" treats Christians nicely by seizing their land, place rockets in amongst their neighborhoods.

"Grass Roots Militia", what a load of shit.

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The Facts
by Eyeball Thursday, Aug. 03, 2006 at 11:48 PM

From A recent Christian Science Monitor report-

According to a poll released by the Beirut Center for Research and Information, 87 percent of Lebanese support Hizbullah's fight with Israel, a rise of 29 percent on a similar poll conducted in February. More striking, however, is the level of support for Hizbullah's resistance from non-Shiite communities. Eighty percent of Christians polled supported Hizbullah along with 80 percent of Druze and 89 percent of Sunnis.

I expect if I tried the name "grassroots militia" with some Lebanese Christians, it would meet with acceptance.

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by WTF Friday, Aug. 04, 2006 at 2:20 AM

Try that poll with the 12 Christian Lebanese shot dead by Hezbolah for allegedly giving info to the Israel Air Force.

Oh, you can't their dead, but I'm sure they had a "fair" trial.(reported by German aid workers)

The acceptance you would get would be with a gun to their back.

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WTF's Dubious Logic
by Everybody Friday, Aug. 04, 2006 at 5:48 AM

WTF reports that 12 collaborators caught and shot dead by Hezbollah happened to have been Christian. According to WTF's logic, we can draw only one conclusion - Lebanese Christians must not support Hezbollah. It's clear as mud. Presumably, had they been Shi'ites, WTF would conclude that Shi'ites do not support Hezbollah.

By anybody else's logic, those caught collaborating with the enemy in time of war, regardless of religious affiliation, can count themselves lucky if their death is swift and clean. And there the story ends.

Congrats, "WTF," you just won a lifetime boarding pass for the short bus.

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by WTF Sunday, Aug. 06, 2006 at 10:42 PM

Clear as mud? 'Everybody' is so silly.

If you live in an area where someone like Hezbolah operates are you going to be the brave one who denounces them? If someone else is holding the gun how brave are you going to be? I don't know about you but if the other guy is holding the gun & if I don't sing their praise, my family & I are going to die, I'm going to be the one who sings their praise the loudest & answer every poll positively. How brave would you be, Everybody, given those circumstances.

With that in mind something like that would tend to scew a poll. Wouldn't matter if they're Christians or Shi'ites.

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Take a quarter, buy a clue
by Everybody Monday, Aug. 07, 2006 at 3:02 AM

You have no evidence suggesting that Hezbollah was privy to the identities of the respondents to the poll or to the nature of their responses. You have no argument. You have no clue.

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by Everybody's looking for a clue Monday, Aug. 07, 2006 at 5:40 AM

Do you first hand evidence as to what was happening during the poll? NO

Do you think Hezbolah has no intelligence network to know what's happening around them? You gotta to be kidding me, they wouldn't last long without it.

If you were to start asking questions of a local gang or organized crime(or terrorist organization)you wouldn't get a straight answer of those living in the immediate area. It just wouldn't be healthy.

For you to think otherwise would be CLUELESS!

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Get Real
by Everybody Monday, Aug. 07, 2006 at 10:31 PM

The burden of proof is not on me. You are disputing a published poll showing strong support from Lebanese Christians for Hezbollah. You are disputing it based on nothing save your cockeyed conspiracy theory under which the respondents all fudged their answers on the poll to avoid the All Seeing Eye of Hezbollah. You need to offer up evidence supporting your idea or STFU.

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by WTF Monday, Aug. 07, 2006 at 11:37 PM

We live in a society that we can say pretty much what we like. We haven't been under an outside occupying force for 30+years which has left a group of well trained, Islamo-fascists in its place.
I am not saying that CSM's poll is a lie. I am saying that the people polled, whether the "all seeing eye" is present or not, are just plain scared. Why tempt fate? I know you're a very brave person & would say what you like, but if you grow-up in an area in which you step on the wrong toes, you might die, you would have a very different opinion. I say this based on the people I grew up with. They were from Lebanon. They are Christians. They saw what was happening. The parents knew what their children would face in Lebanon growing up. They were fortunate & were able to leave, just as the country was sliding into civil war. They heard of various family & freinds left behind who went through a horrible time. You speak of what you don't really know about. I know enough, to know I don't know everything in that sadly, screwed up part of the world. You just charge forward with your opinion & a poll or two & that makes you a genious.

Fear is not a cockeyed theory. It's just that, fear. I hope you don't have to go through what my freinds escaped.

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PLEASE get real
by Everybody Tuesday, Aug. 08, 2006 at 11:35 PM

You are basing your conclusions regarding current perceptions of Hezbollah and the relations of Lebanese Christians and Shi'ites on the anecdotes of several Lebanese Christians you knew who left Lebanon when, in 1975? 1980? 1985?

Are you familiar with the history of the Maronite Christian Phalangists in Lebanon, and how their oppresive right-wing regime plunged the area into civil war about this time? Civil war between a fascist Phalangist ruling minority and a muslim majority struggling for a democratic state? How the Phalangists were essentially a surrogate for Israel? How they cooperated with the Israelis in slaughtering hundreds of Palestinians in refugee camps during this time? Are you aware that this struggle was resolved politically in 1990?

Yes, that was a bad time for Christians and everyone else in Lebanon. But Christian vs Shiite is not the paradigm in Lebanon today. They have a common enemy, Israel.

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by WTF Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2006 at 2:11 AM

Israel does seem to be near by when there is trouble, but they don't hold the monopoly on it. I see that you failed to mention Syria's instigations with the Maronites. Also, the other groups that have had Syria's backing which contributed to chaos in Lebanon.

The whole problem is the outside forces who have screwed over this country for their own benifit & I'll leave it at that.

The whole thing reminds me of a movie I saw about The Troubles, the stand out line was from a Protestant to a Catholic: "remember, there are bastards on both side."

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What they are chanting in Arabic
by Not a Dhimmi No More! Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 at 6:19 AM

At this link you will find three videos of the recent anti-Israel rallies in San Francisco, including last Saturday's.

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