Lebanese don’t need fake sympathy from Israel
By Mahmoud El-Yousseph
© ANWAR AMRO/AFP/AFP via Getty Images A wounded man is checked by a fireman near the scene of an explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020.
Following the Beirut blast in August 4 that killed 168 people and injured 6,000 more while rendering 300,000 homeless, many countries around the world rushed humanitarian aid to Lebanon. For some odd reason, Israel asked Lebanon via foreign diplomatic channels as well as through the French President Emmanuel Macron when he visited Lebanon the day after the tragedy.
Even though the answer was “No, thank you,” Israel continues to beg Lebanon since then to provide aid. I wonder why? Israel does it for three reasons: 1) to score a PA point to help enhance its tarnished image, 2) cover up its daily crimes against against Palestinians and its weekly target bombings in Syria, and 3) Israel has a history of exploiting its participation in a humanitarian mission for personal gain.
Case in point, during the 2010 Haiti horrible tragedy that hit the island, Israeli medical teams (mainly soldiers) were exploiting the tragedy there by getting engaged in organ trafficking.
Stephen Lendman wrote about Israeli aid and rescue mission in Haiti on January 26 in the Baltimore Chronicle by stating, “They pay the poor and the hungry to slowly dismantle their bodies or simply take what they want from fresh corpses. Body parts are commodities to be harvested and sold to the rich even though organ sales are prohibited in most countries.”
Alison Weir also wrote an article in 2009 in the Washington Report on Middle East affairs titled, “Israeli Organ Trafficking and Theft” mainly targeting Palestinians. No wonder Lebanon rejected Israel’s unsolicited offer to help and so did other countries in the past.
No wonder not so many countries when hit by tragedies accept Israelis’ offer to help. Following the 2017 earthquake that hit Iran and Iraq, both countries refused Israel’s offer to send humanitarian aid. Turkey also declined aid from Israel after it was hit by the 7.2 earthquake on October 24, 2011. Even when South Africa ran out of water a few years ago, it too refused Israeli’s offer of water aid.
At this juncture, Lebanese need time to heal. Israel should quit harassing Lebanon by frequenting requesting to offer its help to treat Lebanese victims in Cyprus, Europe, North America, and even in Australia. The motive for Israel’s demand to help starts sounding more and more suspicious. In fact, may experts and news annalists believe Israel is the prime suspect behind the Beirut blast and it is guilty until proven otherwise.
Photo credit (Middle East Monitor)
Lebanese people do not need fake sympathy from Israel. Their sentiment can best be describe by Jackie Chan’s infamous phrase, “No, thank you. I would rather shove crayons in my eyes.” If Israel is genuine about being a good neighbor to Lebanon, it can start tomorrow by 1) quit violating the Lebanese airspace on a daily basis, 2) apologize to Lebanon for its past war crimes committed there, and 3) pay Lebanon restitution for all the killing and destruction it inflicted upon Lebanese during the 1978, 1982, and 2006 wars.