Hey! Judah! Leave them trees alone!

These are some suggested new lyrics for the Lebanon-Israel border version of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, following what could be considered to be the first eco-shooting in the Middle East.

Reports suggest some Israeli soldiers, (who insist they remained on their own side of the border with Lebanon) entered the buffer zone to cut down a tree that obscured their view of the village of Adaysseh on the Lebanese side.  Lebanese troops on the other side of the border apparently warned the Israelis not to uproot the tree, before opening fire, wounding at least two IDF troops.  The Israelis apparently responded with artillery on those who opened fire, killing up to four people.  It’s clear that cutting down a tree was no threat to the Lebanese soldiers, so one has to wonder why they felt the need to engage.

The situation is confused.  Lebanon claims the tree was on their side of the border and thus the Israeli work was an incursion.  They also say the Israelis opened fire first, although it was the Lebanese issuing warnings.  Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, condemned Israel’s “aggression” and said Lebanese sovereignty had been violated. 

It’s hard to imagine that uprooting a tree is an act of aggression, unless of course the tree belongs to the Na’vi from the film Avatar.  It certainly sparked a serious military exchange and again underlined the feeble level of response by the United Nations.  The whole thing appears to be a massive over reaction by some men with very itchy trigger fingers.  It could have been a lot worse.  Imagine if instead of a tree it had been an entire row of Leylandii being cut down!

Update: It has since been claimed that the Israelis gave the United Nations notice of their intention to carry out work within their borders, but between the fences.  If true, were the Lebanese told?  Time for answers from the UN, if they can pull themselves away from their spectator sport of watching Hezbollah restock their weapons in breach of UN Resolution 1701.

6 Responses to “Hey! Judah! Leave them trees alone!”

  1. 1 AgainsTTheWall 03/08/2010 at 4:22 pm

    The ‘buffer zone’ is on Lebanese territory. The tree also. The Israeli soldiers therefore invaded Lebanon and provoked the incident.

  2. 2 Autonomous Mind 03/08/2010 at 6:31 pm

    The Israelis were on Israeli territory.

  3. 3 Gareth 04/08/2010 at 1:25 pm

    Shades of the this incident in the Korean DMZ.

  4. 4 TW 05/08/2010 at 2:15 pm

    Strange that the first shots fired was not aimed at the men cutting down the trees, but instead at officers standing some distance from the actual site, observing. The highest ranking officer was shoot clean in the head – think it was planned or what? The fact that Reauters had no less than five journalists/cameramen on site and that a Al-Akhbar, or “Hezbullah Daily” if you wish, journalist died on the spot toghether with three LAF men seems to imply that it was indeed a preplanned attack – and that the lebanese wanted maximum media coverage of the events.

    By the way, the UNIFIL issued a statement saying that the treas were indeed on israeli soil, and that they had been fully briefed in advance of the operation, even scouting the area together with the IDF.

    So, a clear case of “Israel is right”. Now let’s just sit back and enjoy the show – how will the media spin this episode? I think it will be a little game of “tit-for-tat”…

  5. 5 JohnRS 05/08/2010 at 2:16 pm

    The UN also agrees with the IDF claims that their troops did not enter Lebanese territory. A press release has been published by them confirming the Israeli position.

    The usual MSM misrepresentation of the truth continues however.

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