Lebanon

UN peacekeeper killed in Lebanon

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

An explosion in southern Lebanon has left one person dead and at least three others injured.

Officials said a convoy of UN peacekeeping vehicles was targeted earlier today at the coastal city of Sidon, an hour drive from Beirut and about 40 minutes from Israel's northern border.

More..

On this day: Israel withdraws from southern Lebanon

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

After 22 years of military involvement in the region, Israeli troops left Lebanon and made way for United Nations peacekeepers in armoured cars.

Some 1,000 Israeli soldiers had lost their lives there in the past two decades (the fate of others, like IAF navigator Ron Arad, remains unknown) making the farewell more than a little bittersweet.

More..

Lebanon photo exhibit closed because of anti-Israel 'censors'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Anti-Israel activists in Lebanon forced a prestigious international photography competition to close its exhibition because it included the work of an Israeli journalist.

The organisers of the annual World Press Photo exhibit said they refused to give in to the protesters who wanted Amit Sha'al's work to be removed from the gallery.

More..

Bloody protests on Syria-Israel border

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has pledged that Israel will remain determined to defend its borders and sovereignty after clashes on its northern borders left several Arab protesters dead.

At least two Syrians were believed to have been killed and many more soldiers and protesters left injured on the Syrian border after thousands of demonstrators attempted to push across into Israel's Golan Heights.

More..

Palestinian children to go on theatre tour

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 24, 2011

Jewish children from Liverpool could meet Palestinian children from the Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon as part of a theatrical project.

Twelve Palestinian schoolchildren are to travel to Liverpool in two weeks as part of a scheme help them out of the "squalor" Palestinians are forced to endure in Lebanon.

More..

On this day: Hizbollah publishes its manifesto

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

Some 30 years after it was founded and 26 after it released an “Open Message” from Beirut, Hizbollah remains a constant threat to Israel and an obstacle to peace efforts in the Middle East.

The terrorist group, formed with the backing of the Iranian Islamist revolutionaries the 1980s, began with the aim of pushing Israel out of Lebanon. But its 1985 manifesto also called for a continuous jihad until Israel was destroyed and for the creation of an Islamic republic in Lebanon.

More..

Hague urges Syrian support for Middle East deal

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2011

William Hague has called on Syria to “support efforts towards a comprehensive peace with Israel”.

Mr Hague, who is in Syria for his first official visit as Foreign Secretary, also said that the British government’s position is to oppose settlement building and support Syria’s claim on the Golan Heights, which have been under Israeli control for 44 years.

More..

Are the revolts across the Arab world linked?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 27, 2011

It is tempting to lump the unrest sweeping the Arab world this week into one tidal wave, but the scenario in each country is unique.

More..

Radical cleric Bakri chooses Hizbollah lawyer

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2010

A radical Islamic preacher who was last week sentenced to life behind bars for terrorism charges has selected a Hizbollah leader as his defence lawyer.

Omar Bakri, who was sentenced in absentia but captured by security officials just days later in Libya, has appointed Hizbollah deputy Nawwar Sahili to represent him in a retrial.

No court date has been set yet, but under Lebanese law a retrial is necessary because the Syrian-born cleric failed to attend court.

More..

Omar Bakri arrested after boasting he'd remain free

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010

An extremist preacher who claimed he "would not spend one day” in prison has been arrested just days after he was sentenced to life behind bars in Lebanon for terrorism charges.

Omar Bakri, a Syrian-born cleric who once called for Sir Paul McCartney to be killed for performing in Israel, and said “all Israelis must be destroyed" was sentenced in his absence on Thursday.

A Lebanese military court handed out the sentence for Bakri’s alleged role in training Al Qaeda militants at a camp in Tripoli.

More..