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Posted: July 26,
2006 - א'
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Copy of fax sent by Maurice Ostroff to Kofi Anan July 26,
To H.E. Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Targeting of UN post in Lebanon
You have been quoted extensively as having expressed shock
and deep distress over what you called the 'apparently deliberate targeting' by
the Israeli Defense Forces of a UN observer post in Lebanon.
During question time at the conference in Rome today, you complained that a
journalist had omitted what you considered the all-important word 'apparently'
Since Webster's dictionary defines 'apparently' as plainly; clearly or
manifestly, it is apparent that even before calling for detailed
reports and before considering the context of this tragic incident, you plainly
and/or clearly decided that Israel was guilty of what would be a heinous
crime if true.
Hasty, irresponsible statements of this nature based on preconceived views, may
be tolerable from demagogues and rabble rousers, but not from personages who
hold high office and whose every word carries enormous weight on the
international scene. By preconceived views I mean views that have been formed
before considering the context and all relevant facts.
Sadly you did not consider for one moment the high probability that the reason
the post was struck in error was its close proximity to a rocket-launching site.
As Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Gillerman pointed out so aptly; sadly
there are incidents where Israeli soldiers have been killed by friendly fire due
to errors, which cannot be avoided in war. Would anyone suggest that such
incidents have been deliberate, he asked.
If, as reported, the greater proportion of casualties in Lebanon are civilians
and Hizbollah's losses are negligible, apparently the Hizbolla
fighters are taking shelter in the extensive underground facilities they built
during the last six years and leaving uninvolved civilians exposed. One may well
ask why the brave fighters do not make their shelters available to the elderly
and children and expose themselves to the line of fire?
May I ask too, whether you will consider expressing shock and deep distress over
the double violation of humanitarian law committed by Hizbollah and the
Palestinians; firstly firing missiles from the midst of civilian populations and
secondly firing thousands of deadly missiles deliberately aimed at civilian
populations in Israel.
I would appreciate your considered response
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