Re: UN collaborated with Hezbollah
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- Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 01:35:07 +0000 (UTC)
On 5-Sep-2006, "Ephraim" <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Haim Avraham: UN collaborated with Hezbollah over abduction in 2000.
By Yoav Stern and Eli Ashkenazi, Haaretz Correspondents
The father of one of the three Israel Defense Forces soldier kidnapped
in October 2000 by Hezbollah on Tuesday accused the United Nations of
cooperating in the abduction.
"The film makes it clear that the United Nations cooperated," said Haim
Avraham on Tuesday after viewing new footage of the attack on the
Israel-Lebanon border that led to the abduction of his son, Benny,
along with Adi Avitan and Omar Souad.
"We have said this to Kofi Annan but he preferred to lie," Avraham
Ya'akov Avitan, father of Adi Avitan, believes that a UNIFIL soldier
shot the video, and that it is possible that he sold the footage to
Avitan added "all that talk that they went on a trip or that they were
not supposed to be there (at the location where the abduction took
place), are dispelled by the footage."
He added that the film indicates that, "the boys were alive when they
were kidnapped... they murdered our boys in cold blood after the
The kidnap began by blasting a large explosive device by Hezbollah
militants, which was not filmed. The abduction itself lasted less than
The bodies of the three soldiers were returned to Israel in January
2004 as part of a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah.
The footage of the abduction was aired Tuesday night by Lebanese
television network LBC, during the first part of a two-part documentary
that also includes previously unseen footage of missing Israeli
navigator Ron Arad. The second part will be broadcast on LBC at the
same time Wednesday.
The footage was also broadcast simultaneously Tuesday Channel 10, after
the Israeli network bought the rights to air it on Monday.
On Tuesday morning, Army Radio aired a short segment of the footage's
soundtrack, in which Arad is heard stating his name and the names of
his parents, Dov and Batya.
A statement by LBC said that the network does not know the source of
the Ron Arad images. However, they are generally thought to be old
photos dating from the late 1980s, when Arad was held by Mustafa Dirani
and the Amal organization, and are thus not expected to shed light on
his subsequent fate.
The documentary also includes an interview with Israeli Elhanan
Tenenbaum while in Hezbollah captivity. Tenenbaum was returned to
Israel as part of the prisoner exchange in 2004.
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