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Britain calls for international intervenion in Israeli occupied Lebanon – Britain declares Shebba as ‘Lebanese’

September 22nd, 2005 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Britain’s Middle East Minister has called for international arbitration to solve the Shebba Farms dispute between Israel and Lebanon.

The small chunk of Lebanese land is the only part not evacuated in 2000 when the Israeli occupation in the rest of the country ended.

“I think this issue should be subject to international arbitration, even if at the United Nations,” said Minister Kim Howells, considered to be one of the Arab World’s friends in the British government.

Howells finally dismissed the notion – which even the UN has come to accept – that Shebba is Syrian and not Lebanese territory: Shebba is “Lebanese territory that the Syrians had rented … and that when the Israelis occupied it, they thought it was Syrian territory,” he said.

And that is a very important point which goes right to the heart of the raison d’etre of Hizbollah. The UN says Shebba is Syrian land. That means all of Lebanon is free from occupation – the Israelis withdrew from all of Lebanon in 2000 and so Hizbollah don’t have any justification for their ‘resistance’.

Syria and Lebanon insist that Shebba is Lebanese. That means part of Lebanon is still occupied and Hizbollah still has a reason to continue its armed struggle against Israel.


5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pan-Arabist // Sep 23, 2005 at 4.40 am

    And just when the Foreign Minster, Jack Straw, apologises to Israel for “discomfiture” in trying to uphold international law!

  • 2 Pan-Arabist // Sep 23, 2005 at 4.46 am


  • 3 Anonymous // Sep 23, 2005 at 6.24 pm

    The plan is to have an outlet and an excuse to return the shabaa farms to Lebanon then ask Lebanon to dismantle Hizballa ,the only Arab resistance to defeat the Israelies Lebanon should chang the reason for hizballa from leberating the shabaa farms to a defence against Israel untill a peace treaty is signed between Israel ,Syria and Lebanon,naim

  • 4 Anonymous // Sep 24, 2005 at 7.33 pm

    Israel should NOT GIVE any land back UNTIL Hizbballah disarms, leaves Lebanon — and then the Lebanese can deal and make peace with Israel, (like Jordan..)

    Hizzballah does NOT speak for Lebanon. They stay here but DO NOT speak for us…..

  • 5 Anonymous // Oct 16, 2005 at 5.45 pm

    shebaa is a gray area, it was alternatively occupied by lebanese and syrian police before the israeli invasion.
    The appartenance of shebaa should be decided by using the land ownership titles.

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