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January 13, 2009

As Gaza Fights Israel, Lebanon Also Sees Problems Ahead

Lebanon, Israel’s northern neighbor, is no stranger to violent conflict. The country went thorough a 15-year civil war that ended in 1990 and fought a month-long war with Israel in 2006.

As Israel invades the nearby Gaza Strip, people on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon are reacting angrily to the conflict.

NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown sends this report from Lebanon, where he interviews citizens, journalists, and politicians about the past and present political situation there and the reaction to the war in Gaza.

A major component of the piece is Hezbollah, an important political party and social force popular in Lebanon and the Middle East that is also classified as terrorist organization by the United States.

Quotes

“You cannot help but cry when you see what is happening. Israel is killing women and children.” – Hossan Salem, Lebanese citizen

“The average person is caught between two options that are not always very attractive. At the one hand, you have these Islamist nationalist resistance movements that are militant, that are tough, that are fighting back, but that don’t necessarily offer a model of the world that everybody wants to join.” – Rami Khouri, Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Relations

“When the aggression and the massacring and the slaughter is there, and there are people, resistance fighters, who are fighting against this occupation, and governments are crippled just looking, and not being able to condemn or even to give humanitarian aid, then this is going to deepen the gap between the people and their government.” – Ibrahim Mousawi, Editor, Al Intiqad Weekly

Warm Up Questions

1. Where is Lebanon?

2. What is Hezbollah?

3. What is going on between Gaza and Israel?

Discussion Questions

1. What are some differences and similarities between Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon?

2. Why do those organizations exist?

3. Why has Lebanon been an unstable nation? What is Israel’s influence?

4. In the video a journalist describes “parallel governments or parallel states” how are parallel governments like Hamas and Hezbollah possible?

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