Solomonia posts Rockets in the Garden, with video showing Hizballah rocket launchers that hide in a residential home after firing. You won’t see anything like that in last evening’s France2 newscast (in French; available until approx. 2PM EDT), showing the building where reportedly 60 people died from the Israeli bombing. Four minutes into the program, the reporters are taken into the house next door to the building by one of the former residents of the bombed building, who explains that he’s not with Hezbollah but has a beard because he hasn’t been able to shave for 2 weeks.
The house next door is intact after the bombing. The owner (See Update 4 below) claims that he’s not with Hezbollah, but there are many photos of Nazrallah on display, including the daughter’s certificate from Hezbollah’s school. The homeowner very calmly claims that his family had taken shelter in the building that was bombed and they all died. The reporter, Loic de la Mornais, concluded the segment by saying that this area had become radicalized after the Israeli occupation.
There is no mention of any attacks on Israel
On Sunday, a total of 140 rockets – the highest number in a single day since the beginning of hostilities on July 12 – rained down on northern cities, including Nahariya, Kiryat Shmona, and Acre.
Air Force Chief of Staff Brig.-Gen. Amir Eshel said Sunday night that the three-story building had been struck by the missiles a little after midnight and that it only collapsed seven hours later, at close to 7 a.m.
“It could be that there was something in the building that caused the explosion,” Eshel said.
I’ve been watching France2 for several years, and if their reporting is any indication, one can safely state that nothing Israel does can satisfy France, much less when it comes to Lebanon (via Pajamas Media). French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy:
“It was clear that we could never accept a destabilization of Lebanon, which could lead to a destabilization of the region,” Douste-Blazy said in Beirut.
“In the region there is of course a country such as Iran – a great country, a great people and a great civilization which is respected and which plays a stabilizing role in the region”
And, of course he wants a diplomatic solution.
Update 2 Milking it?
Update 3, EU Referendum wants to know, Who is this man? Who is this ubiquitous fellow wearing the green helmet?
Update 4: I don’t know who the guy in the green helmet is, but the man in the white t-shirt
has turned up not only in yesterday’s France 2 evening news, but also at
where apparently he’s quoted as “Khalil Bourji, a 54-year-old neighbour” (and he made no mention of his family),
the front page of the Times,
and the front page of The Independent
, complete with Robert Fisk article.
Update, August 1
Stephen Pollard asks, Was Qana staged?
L’Ombre de l’Olivier looks at Qana-llywood, and Roger’s wondering, Is Qana another Jenin?
A nurse posting at France Echos (in French) notices that several of the dead children appear to have severe disabilities. At the bottom of the page, a commenter told the blogger that Euronews had said that “the building was occupied by handicapped children”, while the official version says that only the children of two families were involved.
The Weaponization of Children
The “Green Helmet” mystery continues
Anti-Syrian elements in Lebanon openly point finger at Hizbullah as guilty of killing of dozens of civilians in order to curtail plans for disarming group. ‘Hizbullah has placed rocket launcher on building’s roof and brought invalid children inside in bid to provoke Israeli response,’ they write.
This is absolutely monstruous: The Lebanese website is Libanoscopie (in French) states (my translation, emphasis added),
Hezbollah . . . put in place a Machiavelian plan by creating an event that would cancel the [deployment of the Lebanese army to South Lebananon, which would disarm the militia of the party of God]. Knowing very well that Israel will not have a state of heart to bombard civil targets, Hezbollan militants of Hezbollah installed rocket launchers on the roof of a building in Cana and brought in crippled children with the firm intention of creating a new situation, using the massacre of these innocents to take again the initiative of the negotiations.
I have no words to express my revulsion.