And there was a certain sleight of hand in all this. Mr Nasrallah had promised to retrieve the bodies of Palestinian "martyrs", and they included the remains of 19-year-old Dalal Moghraby, which were supposedly stacked on the first lorry to cross the border yesterday. She was the girl who led 11 Palestinian and Lebanese gunmen in an attack on the Israeli coast road north of Tel Aviv. Cornered by the Israeli [sic] army, she decided to fight it out. Thirty-six people died and a surviving videotape shows an Israeli agent, a certain Ehud Barak – yes, the man who is now Israel's Defence Minister – firing shots into her body and dragging her across a road. Mr Barak was one of the Israeli cabinet members who voted for the return of her corpse yesterday. But the Palestinians, it turned out, did not want their dead returned to Lebanon. Dalal Moghraby's mother Amina Ismail, for example, wished her remains to lie where she was buried in Israel – the land which she and millions of other refugees still regard as part of Palestine. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command said it wanted its dead "martyrs" to remain on "Palestinian land" as they would have wished, and asked Hizbollah to exclude them from the returning corpses. No such luck. For Hizbollah had other ideas and – with the agreement of the Israelis, of course – brought them back to the land of their exile.
... Samaha in fact ran Assad’s media campaign in Paris and .The last paragraph, in the quoted portion above, gives a clear indication as to why this issue is such a scandal.
... “Who is his president? That is the question. These are Syria’s people in Lebanon,” Salam said. “I think it’s some sort of a message that our people are our people, and we are imposing them on the Lebanese.”
... “If indeed [Samaha] comes up in France, that’s very telling in terms of how Syria is telling Sleiman it deals with him,” he said. “It’s very telling that at the time Sleiman goes there in order to discuss sovereign diplomatic relations and border demarcations, i.e., normal state-to-state relations, the way they deal with him is [through] one of their subordinates. Basically [saying], ‘The way we deal with Lebanon is not through state institutions, but through our channels, our select channels, and you fall in line.’”
Nahar Ash-Shabab managed to obtain an official document issued by the Lebanese army’s Intelligence Directorate on ... June 22, 2008, at 5:33 p.m., describing the incident as follows:This incident occurred one week after Hizballah militiamen, operating along the same ridge line, intercepted fellow blogger Liliane and others on an ATV ride through the area.
“Najib Nicolas Tabcharani was driving his Land Rover along with Roukoz Boulos al-Khoury Hanna (head of the Baskinta Kataeb local office) in addition to Salim Fouad Abu Haidar, who was driving a white Mercedes Jeep in the company of Joe Akl (head of the Kataeb Discipline Service) and Michel Fouad Abi Hayla. The five men were touring an area of Mount Sannine (…) located at around a one-hour drive after the Sannine restaurants. As they were on their way, eight unknown and armed masked men riding a camouflaged white Toyota fired in their direction in order to force them to stop. Al-Khoury Hanna emerged from the first car to see what this was all about, and the passengers in the second car were all arrested, whereas al-Tabcharani alone managed to evade them. The armed men claimed to be Hezbollah militants manning an observation position in the area in order to prevent any Israeli airdrop. All [five Kataeb] partisans were released unharmed at 2:00 p.m. after one of them had made a phone call. The abovementioned five men discovered that there was a Hezbollah camp some 10 km away from their location.”
On Sunday 15 June 2008, I had a trip planned for my colleagues at work to go on ATV from Ouyoun el Simen to Zahleh through its deserted mountains, known as Jroud, have lunch in Zahle's Wadi Al Arayesh and come back. On our way ... in the middle of no where we were stopped by armed civil men, carrying AK47s. On the side there was a big white tent.All last month reports emerged of [presumed] Hizballah gunmen taking up positions along the crest of the Mount Lebanon mountain chain, intercepting and kidnapping picnicers and hikers enjoying the mountain, and declaring large swathes of it security zones.
... After they believed that we were only on an adventure trip ... [we] were told never ever to pass by there again because it is a "military" region.
On our way back, we were stopped again, there was more armed men, and we can see them in far behind big rocks with their guns ready for any action. This time they wanted to search all males in the ATV convoy ... After they let us go, they were clear that this is a secure zone, a NO-ATV zone ... and not to pass from there ever again.
We were just trying to have fun.