Talking Points for the UN Security Council draft resolution
Dear US Campaign members
As you plan actions this week to demand an emergency ceasefire there are likely to be many questions about the draft resolution at the UN Security Council. As it stands today, the draft will bring neither justice nor peace. Indeed, it will prove impossible to implement. We need to keep calling for an immediate, unconditional ceasefire. The talking points below can be used to explain why:
1. The resolution requires Hezballah to "cease all
2. The resolution does not call for Israeli withdrawal from
Lebanese territory. It ignores the 7-point program presented by the Lebanese
government, which is backed by a national consensus, including Hezballah. That
would include an immediate ceasefire,
3. The resolution reinforces the claim that the "root
cause" of the violence was the capture by Hezballah of Israeli soldiers on
12 July 2006. In fact, there have been
countless violations of the blue line established on the Lebanese-Israeli
4. The language equates deaths and destruction of civilian
infrastructure "on both sides." It ignores the disproportionate
civilian deaths and destruction of infrastructure caused by Israeli bombings.
Well over 90% of all civilian deaths, combined with nearly a million Lebanese
displaced are all a result of Israeli attacks.
Whole neighborhoods, roads, the airport and ports, bridges, power
plants, milk factories, and grain silos have all been decimated. Deliberate
attacks on civilians and civilian targets on this scale are crimes against
humanity. See Human Rights Watch recent
50 page report: "Fatal Strikes:
5. The resolution calls for the unconditional release of the two Israeli soldiers, only "encouraging" the release of the Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails.
6. The resolution provides for international forces only on the Lebanese side of the border, whereas Israel has invaded Lebanon repeatedly in the past, most notably in 1978 and 1982, and has continued to violate its territory and airspace, with some estimates placing Israeli over-flights at as many as 11,000 since 2000.
7. Finally, the resolution makes no mention of the real root causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict: the continued occupation by Israel of the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem and its siege of Gaza, the continued Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights, and the denial of the right of Palestinian refugees to return and compensation, rights upheld by international law.