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FW: Moving to Lebanon for 6 months
- From: "Rania Masri" <rania@DELETETHISnc.rr.com>
- Subject: FW: Moving to Lebanon for 6 months
- Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 18:30:32 -0400
Dear friends and colleagues,
First of all, I sincerely apologize for sending a mass e-mail instead of
writing to you separately. Please forgive me -- Time has swept by me
and I do not want to wait any longer before telling you.
I have news, requests, and more news...
News... I will be leaving to Lebanon on
Wednesday August 22 (in 6 days) to be the team leader on a reality-based
documentary TV production about the Israeli Government's acts of
genocide. More specifically, the project will construct a case against
Ariel Sharon and the State of Israel to be presented at the International Court
of Justice in the Hague, indicting Sharon and the Israeli
government of the Sabra and Shatilla massacres in 1982, and
trying the Israeli government for committing genocide against the Palestinian
people. A group of international lawyers have come together to
present such a case condemning the practices of the Zionist state against the
Palestinians, the Arabs, and Humanity. In support of this cause, ZEN TV (Arab
Youth TV) has recruited and hired a team of young Arab researchers to assist in
building and compiling the needed evidence for the case, and they have recruited
me to lead the team.
This project will NOT concentrate solely on Ariel Sharon. Sharon
will not presented as the "bad apple" but the "consequence of a bad seed:
Zionism, occupation, oppression." The history of the Israeli-Palestinians (and,
to some extent, the Israeli-Arab) struggle will be reviewed to highlight the
acts that present a pattern of aggression, of mass killings, of "ethnic
cleansing" -- of genocide.
Requests... I am eager to learn your thoughts,
your feedback, and gain from your insight. The program will have between
13-15 episodes, and, throughout the program (which will be aired via satellite
on Future TV), your comments are encouraged. The program will also have a
parallel website (http://www.zenjustice.com - the website is
still under construction.) More so -- anything you would like to share (from
tips, to contacts, to information, etc) -- please please do. I feel
humbled to work on this issue, especially since many of you have a much larger
and more vast wealth of knowledge and personal information. I ask you as a
friend and as a colleague (and, to some, as a comrade :-).
Another request: I would very much like to write a regular column
(monthly) about our discoveries and the latest legal progress in a magazine in
the West. The Nation would be the first choice (actually Harper's would be
the first choice - but I'm trying to be realistic ;-) - Other choices include
Mother Jones, The Progressive, and other "more mainstream leftist
magazines." If any of you have any media leads or media contacts that
might be helpful, please let me know. I am also open to writing in any
other publication. The objective here is that the discoveries and evidence
we compile also be shared with the "West" and not limited to the Arab
As to the technical sides ...
* If you want to know my phone number and mailing address in Lebanon,
please e-mail me and I will let you know.
As to the activist side ...
* I will continue to co-moderate the
IAC-Discussion List-Serve (The other moderator is Ramsey Kysia
and I will
try to be available as much as possible for anti-sanctions activists. I
want to continue my Anti-Sanctions/Anti-War work on Iraq. (and for those
delegations going to Iraq... perhaps you'll want to stop in Lebanon one of those
The IAC website (http://iraqaction.org) is
undergoing a beautiful transformation, and, somehow, it will be "launched" again
(and, if somehow I manage to have some extra time ;-),
I would love to launch a "diary" of my thoughts while in Lebanon. This
will be the first time that I will have to work in Lebanon, and to stay there
for an extended period of time. .. )
As to the personal side ...
* Please please please
keep in touch!
to tell you about all this with so little notice. I learned of my date of
departure today, and the whole project discussion has occurred very quickly
(from June, basically).
let me hear from you
:-), and let me know if you'll be going "East"
love, solidarity, and
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