Middle East in Crisis
Last Updated July 20, 2006
Blogs from Israel
"The internet has also been offering some surreal experiences, like the ability to have a Beirut-Tel Aviv online IM chat in real time while the missiles are falling. That's what happened to me and [another] blogger a few nights ago. We chatted while he was sitting on the roof of his apartment building in Beirut, watching missiles from Israeli planes fall on his city and describing it to me."
"Alright, I'll admit it. I'm scared. About half an hour ago there was a series of nearby explosions without the warning of a siren. So far, this is the most scared I've been. So far, I've counted on the sirens to at least warn us."
"In the last 24 hours, Iíve started hearing the word 'war' more often, applied to the current back-and-forth of missiles and artillery across the Israel/Lebanon border. Is it a 'war'? A 'limited conflict'?"
"We've decided to go out and eat sushi for lunch. I call the restaurant first of all to verify that they are open. They are! Second I check if they have a bomb shelter in the area. We have a protected room, he tells me. Okay. Good."
"I don't believe that we can rely upon any peace treaty or other agreement with an Arab country. I don't believe they will keep them. At least when it comes to Israel."
"We had a siren at 5:30AM, it was a false alarm. Another siren an hour ago, the rocket(s) fell in open spaces, no injuries."
"Unfortunately, we don't live in a pacifist utopian state, even if we close our eyes and pretend real hard. The illusion is ruined by the sounds of the bombs going off and the angry speeches promising death to the you-know-who's."
"My wife ran into a bunch of people today from our village. One lady said she had put the kids outside in a little swimming pool when she heard a missile incoming. She grabbed the kids and ran inside and the boom was so loud she was sure it has hit the house. It had actually hit the neighbor's house."
Blogs from Lebanon
- Lebanese Political Journal
- Group blog
"The United States is currently evacuating citizens, as are the French, British, and Germans. Once the foreigners are out, Israel is expected to escalate its campaign against Lebanon."
- Beirut Notes
- Zadig Voltaire, Beirut
"Last night I got on the HMS Gloucester from the Beirut port, a few minutes later the Israelis started bombing again. I am writing this short note from the British base in Limassol, Cyprus, waiting for a charter plane arranged by the British government."
- Beirut Under Siege
- Hardig (Swedish national), Beirut
"I received another text message from the Swedish foreign ministry last night. It said that one boat would leave today, Thursday, and one tomorrow. Iím not sure if this is my last chance or not, but as I see it, I have no choice but to get on one of those boats."
- The Lebanese Bloggers
- Group blog
"This is the sad reality. Will Lebanon be able to bounce back from all of this? For the past year, Lebanon got for the first time so much 'positive' media coverage during and following the Cedar Revolution."
- Mazen Kerbaj, musician and cartoonist, Beirut
Audio: Starry Night - MP3 (6 min.) of Kerbaj's improvisational music accompanied by explosions.
Cartoon: Family Tree.
- Back to Iraq 3.0
- Christopher Allbritton, U.S. journalist, based in Beirut
"I seem to be the only one walking around, noting the closed stores and subdued traffic and thinking, 'hm, compared to Baghdad, this isnít so bad.'"
- The Beirut Spring
- Mustapha, Beirut
"Imagine a country where trucks are not allowed to move. Rising risk will send transportation costs to stratospheric levels and goods will become forbiddingly expensive in remote areas. Not to mention aid and medicine transportation"
- Timeline of recent events
- UN under fire: What happened at patrol base Khiyam?
- International rescue efforts
- What constitutes a war crime?
- Frontline blogs
- CBC's Adrienne Arsenault interview: Israeli spokesperson Isaac Herzog
- CBC's Nahlah Ayed interview: Lebanon President Emile Lahoud
Canada and Lebanon
Reports from Abroad
- Mideast Dispatches
- CBC's foreign correspondents report from the field
- When is a war a War?
- Robert Sheppard, Reality Check
- Intentionally or not, Harper took sides
- John Gray, Reality Check
- Middle East
- Dual citizenship
- Israel and Lebanon have never signed a peace deal.
- In 1969, Lebanon signed a deal that allowed Palestinian guerrillas access to southern Lebanon.
- In 1978, Israel invaded Lebanon.
- In 1982, Israel invaded again on a wider scale in an attempt to destroy the Palestine Liberation Organization.
- In May 2000, Israel pulled out of Lebanon.