Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Justice for the Murder of Dov Harari

Dov Harari, 45 years old, husband, father to four children, is dead. Why? He was not slain by terrorist action, by murderers acting outside the rule of law, but by a deliberate, unprovoked attack by the official armed forces of Lebanon. For longer than I can remember, those of us who stand for peace and justice have asserted that there exists a double standard in the system of global relations and the application of international law which brandish Israel an aggressor for defending its sovereignty and protecting the lives of its citizens. A real life test of that assertion is unfolding before our eyes. Were Israel to have murdered a Lebanese soldier in an unprovoked attack across an international border, the global political and public outcry would reverberate for weeks and months. Will Lebanon be judged on the same basis, and held to the same standards? We're about to find out.

An innocent man is dead today. Dov, who stood 300 meters behind the border, on Israeli land, was struck down by a Lebanese Army sniper's bullet. To date, the Lebanese government has not issued an apology for the criminal actions of its armed forces. Nor have foreign governments weighed in to condemn blatant, state-sponsored murder of an innocent human being, conducted in broad daylight and before the cameras across an international border. The United Nations has not issued a call for an investigation into the reckless rules of engagement of the Lebanese forces patrolling the border. International human rights groups have yet to call on Lebanese politicians to account for the criminal acts of their military. No compensation has been paid to the Harari family, their husband and father stolen from them in cold blood.

An innocent man was murdered on August 3rd, 2010. Why? Dov Harari's memory, his family, his country, his people, and all who value human life demand justice for this act of barbarism.

Update: This is disgusting.
A senior IDF officer said last night that intelligence information indicates the ambush was planned and carried out on the orders of a Lebanese company commander. The Lebanese Army's high command, he said,apparently did order the troops to create an incident to impress the various media outlets present, but told them only to fire in the air. The local commander then decided on his own initiative to escalate the incident by targeting the Israeli soldiers directly.
A human being is dead. Who in the Lebanese Army's high command authorized this violation of international law and national sovereignty? Which local commander chose to demonstrate murderous initiative? Who fired the bullet that robbed a family of their husband and father?

Update: A good summary of events from CIF Watch, complete with a high definition photograph of the area in question. (H/T Silke)


  1. Victor
    the Haaretz piece you link to doesn't have the paragraph any longer but google has it still at 2 other sites besides yours

  2. You're right, they've made edits to the story, which do not factually deviate the information presented in the paragraph I originally quoted.

    The Lebanese officer used the UNIFIL information and invited Lebanese media to the area in advance to document the incident, an IDF official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Israel Radio on Wednesday.

    According to information gathered by the IDF, the sniper fire was ordered by a commanding officer within the Lebanese army. The IDF has found no indication that the officer received an order to open fire, and believe that the decision was his alone. However, it is known that the particular officer was influenced by inciting remarks against Israel made by the top commanders of the Lebanese army in the recent past.

  3. my to date best description on how Harari (that's how the IDF spells him) was murdered


  4. Thanks, Silke. I could have sworn it was reported as Hariri at first, including on Israeli sites. I thought it was strange at the time, given the international tribunal into the murder of Rafik Hariri, that they should share a last name.


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