Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Final Act

Robert Fisk writes:

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.

(Top) A band plays music in front of coffins of nearly 200 Lebanese and Palestinian fighters as they are displayed south of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 17, 2008 - (AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil). (Middle) Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Eldad Regev, one of the two soldiers returned in a prisoner exchange with Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas to his grave during his funeral at a military cemetery in Haifa, northern Israel, Thursday, July 17, 2008 - AP Photo/Ariel Schalit. (Bottom) Hezbollah members carry the coffins of fighters covered with the party's yellow flags during their funeral procession in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon, Friday, July 18, 2008 - AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil.

[images and commentary courtesy of Yahoo!News]

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