Sanayeh Relief Centre: solidarity with Lebanese society

July 19th, 2006 | Posted in Solidarity, War and Terror

Tadamon! responded to the call for solidarity from the Sanayeh Relief Centre, which provided relief to the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced who sought refuge in Beirut during the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon.

Total sent to Sanayeh from Tadamon!:
$7832.36 CDN.

Original call for solidarity from Samidoun collective (which runs the Sanayeh Relief Centre) 

Relief effort urgently needs funds!

The Israeli offensive against Lebanon is an act of aggression against the whole Lebanese people. The IDF claims to be attacking an “infrastructure of terror”, but the attacks on bridges, roads, airports and ships are cutting the country into pieces, threatening to create a disastrous situation by impeding the transportation of food and medicines, and terrorizing everyone.

Besides the hundreds killed and injured, thousands of people are fleeing the country, and thousands of people are fleeing from the areas where the bombing is heaviest into central Beirut. Even here in the “safe” parts of the city we can hear the bombs throughout the day and night, and electrical and water supplies are tenuous.

Political and civil society organizations here are organizing to help people deal with the effects of the invasion, but there is only so much we can do on our own. We are calling on our brothers and sisters in the rest of the world to do two things to help us.

First we call on you to protest at Israeli embassies and consulates, as we hear some groups are already doing. The Israeli government must be held accountable for its criminal and terroristic actions here and in Palestine. We also ask you to send us information about any such protests you carry out.

Secondly we are asking you to help us with our work with displaced people here in Beirut. The group we are part of, the Relief Center – Sanayeh, is working in 23 schools in the central areas of Beirut, which were housing more than 5,000 people as of the night of July 15th (we don’t know how many thousands more are in other areas). People there are sleeping 10 or 15 to a room without enough mattresses, and they are only receiving food and water irregularly from the government. Many are children or elderly, and except for trauma centers the only medical care is being provided by volunteers organized by the Relief Center. These volunteers are lacking the medicines and other supplies they need to care for people. Media activists here will shortly be distributing videos documenting the situation in these schools, which will only get worse if nothing is done.



Lebanese refugees sleeping in a school



Besides the humanitarian aspect of the situation, helping displaced people is crucial to the reconstruction of Lebanon after this crisis ends. One aspect of the Israeli offensive is an attempt to foment tensions between different cultural groups in Lebanon. This is the only way they can hope to achieve their goals without an all-out war, but in the end it would do more damage to Lebanese society than any amount of physical destruction. A broad relief effort is an essential part of avoiding such a disaster.

These are difficult days for everyone in Lebanon, but we are confident that with your support we can overcome this situation as we have others before.

Initially published by the Beirut Independent Media Center


This aggression against Lebanon is entirely without merit or justification. It is a war against a sovereign nation under false pretences, that being a defensive action against Hezbollah. Just as the US invasion of Iraq was disguised as an attack on terrorists, both are in fact war crimes. Both heads of state are war criminals who must be brought to justice. The means of doing so legally are being undercut by the US at the UN. If justice is made to be illegal, while torture, preemptive war, detention without charge are being made legal, then the law has been made irrelevant by their own hands. So be it. They must, and they will, suffer the fate they seek legal sanction for in their war against humanity.

Comment by Gary Williams — July 18th, 2006 @ 4:15 PM

Contra o terrorismo de estado de Israel – EUA. Assassinos de povos e nações.


Comment by Julio Ramon — July 20th, 2006 @ 11:42 AM

We need to communicate with Montreal people to be able to coordinate and cooperate the efforts to give more to Lebanon. We started here in Toronto arranging some help, but it would be better if we get in touch together, so we can work on ground to gather the supplies and money here in Toronto and in Montreal & other places in Canada and we send it to Lebanon in one package from CANADA.
Thank you
I’ll be waiting for reply to start our coordination

Comment by Mona Abi El Mona — July 21st, 2006 @ 6:56 PM

We will win that war Nshalla.. Becouse God is blessing us…

Comment by faten — July 23rd, 2006 @ 10:27 AM

Are there any Demonstartions going on in Toronto this weekend? Or, is there a link someone can give me that I might find this kind of information? Thank you in advance

please pass on my sincere condolences to the Lebanese people…


Comment by Ken — July 29th, 2006 @ 9:20 AM

I come to your site because it keeps me entertained and aware of new things.

Comment by Maryland — February 27th, 2007 @ 1:46 PM

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