of Support of the Lebanese
In Enforced Exile in Israel,
THE WAR AGAINST
“South Lebanon- south lebanese army”
From 1975 to 2005, Lebanon lost definitely its Prosperity, Stability, Sovereignty, Independence and Freedom.
the pattern of harassment, kidnappings and assassinations by PLO
operatives and Syrians in Palestinian uniforms had been ongoing since the mid-1960, when the PLO was founded, long
before the events of 1968-1969 and 1975.
Prior to the founding of the PLO, Syria's rejection of Lebanon's right to exist made it interfere in Lebanese affairs whenever it could: On September 12, 1957 and May 3-8, 1958, when a contingent of Internal Security Forces (ISF) was attacked and its members killed in Deir El Ashayer; when 200 Syrian soldiers attacked and occupied the village of Kfarchouba, in south Lebanon, killing the villagers and an officer; and when 5 customs officers were assassinated in cold blood at Masnaa, the crossing point at the Lebanese-Syrian borders.
From June to December 1958 the Lebanese army lost 35 soldiers.
Since that period, Palestinians/Syrians/ and later Syrian/Iranian agents kidnapped, tortured, massacred, assassinated, slaughtered, raped and booby-trapped hundreds of Innocent civilians, members of clergy, and Lebanese Army soldiers in the South, like in all the areas of Lebanon.
In the South they attacked the villages of Jezzine, Kfarfalouss, Naqura, Bint Jbeil, Marjaayoun, Qoleiaa, Hasbaya, Debil, Deir Mimass, Ain El Mir, Roum, Anan, Shuwaya, Labaa, Rmeish, Kfarhouna, Aramta, Rihane, Ain Ebel, Beit Lif, Tebnine, Bkassine, Aytoula, El Taybeh, Sabbah, Houla and other regions of the South. They burned down and razed to the ground houses, churches, schools, the only two available hospitals, and entire villages to occupy the remaining (8%) Lebanese territory that was still in 2000 free from the Syrian/Palestinian/Iranian occupation, in order to undermine the state of lull between Lebanon and Israel, forcing Lebanon to remain until this day, the only active war front against Israel, under their unique control (From Fattah Land to Hezbo Land).
An Officer of the South Lebanon Army reported to the media that between 1978 and 2000, 621 soldiers and 200 civilians were killed and assassinated, while 230 soldiers and 80 civilians were maimed. It was later confirmed that the overall number reached up to 1630 victims.
Lebanese Army units that were officially dispatched to the South in
1976, known as the SLA (South Lebanon Army), were composed as a start
of a nucleus of 600 regular Lebanese Army soldiers. In 1978, they
were cut off from the central government of Beirut by the PLO and by
renegade units of the Lebanese Army called "The Arab Army of
Lebanon" under the command of the deserter Lieutenant Ahmed Al
Khatib, but the South Lebanese Army remained on the payroll of the
Lebanese Army of Yarzé and the government until May 2000.
When the Syrian completed the takeover of the country in 1990, they remained loyal to the pledge of defending their country for decades, even after their own government that was under Syrian control branded them as the enemy.
The Commanding officers were officially designated by the Beirut Government and included over the years Saad Haddad, Sami Chidiac, and Antoine Lahad.
number of soldiers reached 3000 and up to 5000 at the peak of their
The inhabitants of the region joined the South Lebanon Army to defend their regions against Syro/Palestino/Iranian invasions; the same way as the “ANSARS” did when they joined Prime Minister, General Michel Aoun in Baabda for the war of Liberation in 1989.
1976, the South Lebanese Army was also known by its first name as
« The Army of the
Free Lebanon” (Jeych Lebnaan el Horr).
Command of the Lebanese Army in Yarzé by its Army Commander
General Hanna Said and the Ministry of Defense issued and signed a
military communiqué in 1976, assigning Major Saad Haddad to
the Command of the South Lebanon Army.
He was appointed Commander of the Division of Al Qoleiaa (Qaed Qatibet al Qoleiaa) and the villages of Qoleiaa, Bourj El Moulouq, Qawqaba, Rmeich, Debil, Ain Ebel and Jdeidet Marjaayoun. The Missions assigned to that command included the command functions of
regrouping the soldiers who fled after the fall of their barracks under the Palestinian Organization and Allies’ attacks;
Major Saad Haddad was also assigned to represent the Government in the South for all diplomatic contacts with the United Nations’ envoys.
1979 and 1982, the Syrians pressured and forced President Elias Sarkis to charge Major
Saad Haddad and its Army of high treason, starting by cutting off
The pressure became more intense when the Syrians’ conspiracy to send to the South a Lebanese Army division, called Qawqaba, in order to attack and replace the South Lebanon Army, failed. The refusal of Major Saad Haddad to collaborate with the Syrians by correspondence or direct contacts only worsened the situation and increased the Syrians’ menace.
Kurt Valdheim and Larskin from the UNIFIL, who were called to keep official contacts ongoing with Major Saad Haddad, unveiled and publicly criticized the Lebanese Government for using a double and confusing position towards Saad Haddad and the United Nations..
After General Hanna Said’s departure, the Army Commander General Victor Khoury, signed and addressed an official military communiqué (Muzzaqaret El Khedme El Rasmiyeh) to Major Saad Haddad in order to validate the continuity of his functions in the South. All official correspondence that occurred between them, were being addressed as, “From the Army Commander General Victor Khoury to Commander of Al Sharqi Division, Major Saad Haddad…”
After the death of Major Saad Haddad in January 1984, the Command of the Army along with President Camille Chamoun’s support appointed retired General, Antoine Lahad, as Commander of the South Lebanese Army.
Command of the Army has been paying salaries since 1976 and up until
the year 2000, with the exception of a few years dating from 1979 to
Moreover, whenever the roads between Marjaayoun and Beirut were shut down and other means of transportation were quite impossible for the disposition of salaries, the officer in charge, assigned by the Command of the Army of Yarzé, was entering Marjaayoun by sea through the port of Haifa in Israel.
the Presidential instruction, the South Lebanese Army opened the road
to Israel for the sole purpose of survival and humanitarian reasons
(lack of hospitals, starvation, illnesses….) and in no case as
a means of collaboration.
President Sleiman Franjiyeh gave the instruction and the right to use the only opened door to Israel. He had no other alternatives than, either to leave the Southerners die and give in to diseases, injuries, starvation…or to save them, allowing them to access Israel’s borders. President Franjieh based his choice uniquely on a conscientious perspective.
President Camille Chamoun encouraged and congratulated publicly the bravery of the South Lebanese Army through its Commander, “Thank to Major Saad Haddad and his Army, the South will not face the same destiny as other regions like Damour, Jiyyeh, Saaidiyet did… the Genocide and the total Exodus”…
BRIEF CHRONOLOGY OF THE SOUTH:
|1. Mansour Khalil||7. Abdel Hassan S. Hassan||13. Awada Wafic|
|2. Akanen Ali||8. Fakih Mohammad||14. Abbass Adel|
|3. Alik Samih||9. Hijazy Fouad||15. Shour Salah|
|4. Droubi Hassan||10. Kassem Ali Hussein||16. Farhat Hussein|
5. Marmar Ali
|11. Taoube Bahige||17. Assayed Mohammad Mustafa|
|6. Mustafa Yasser||12. Mawwassi Abed|
Today, the rest of them in Enforced Exile have to pay the price of their acts, acts of loyalty, honor, dignity and patriotism.
they are called to stand before the “Justice”!
What kind of Justice is that? What kind of Justice dares to persecute, arrest, trial or even face for one second those who fought like Heroes, like Patriots?
Do we also have to thank them for not labeling them any longer as “Traitors” and consider it as an act of Mercy???
Abu Samira, a 70-year-old man, and 65-year Ramez Boulos, from Qoleiaa, both died under torture and from ill-treatment, in the year 2000 after they surrendered. Abu Samira died in Oberly’s Jail; Ramez Boulos succumbed home after they departed him agonizing from ill-treatment, in Roumieh’s prison;
Hundred of Southerners, civilians, soldiers and entire Families
HAVE BEEN ABANDONED OR FORGOTTEN...
is true that their fate is in God’s hands but it is also in
Do not keep silent, let the truth explode…Let them rest in peace…
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I sincerely regret not having listed all the victims and martyrs’ names. All the names appearing in this compilation were obtained from newspaper reports, archives, witness accounts, friends or families sources and Lebanese in Israel website, “http://www.lebaneseinisrael.com/
Akl Hashem (Officer - Debil, January 1, 2000).
Akiki (PVT - Debil, January 31, 2000).
Fawzi El Saghir (PVT - September 28, 1999).
Milia Naaman Rashed (72 years old - Jezzine).
Maroun Neehme Neehme (67 years old Qoleiaa).
Salima Neehme (60 years old - Qoleiaa).
Youssef Massoud Rizk (Jezzine - August 20, 1976).
Tanios El Tenn (Rmeish - September 1976).
Hanne Michael El Haddad (Ain Ebel - July 1976)
Michael El Haddad (Ain Ebel - July 1976).
Joseph El Haddad (Ain Ebel - July 1976).
Mona Youssef Chbat (Ain Ebel - September 1975).
Youssef Tanios Salloum (Ain Ebel - June 1977).
Youssef Gerges Nassif (Debil - February 1977).
Boutros Michael El Akh (Ain Ebel - September 1975).
George Gerges (Jezzine, April 1998).
Tony Kfoury (Rashaya - March 6, 1985).
Mustafa Khalil (Zoghdraya-Sidon - June 6, 1985).
Abdel Raouf El Hajj (Sidon - June 30, 1985).
Mahmoud Hafouda (Sidon - June 30, 1985).
Sleiman El Asmar (Sidon - August 30, 1985).
Maroun Matar (January 22, 1986).
Wadih Moussa (Jabal Safi - February 14, 1986).
Philip Moussa (Jabal Safi - February 14, 1986).
Khalil Trabulsi (Ayneta - February 17, 1986).
Jihad Saykali (Rihane - June 20, 1986).
Antoine Abu Ghannam (Yater Road - June 15, 1986).
Assaad Moussa (Labaa-Kfarfalouss-Ain El Mir - June 19, 1986).
Edgard Hakim (Darb El Sim - June 20, 1986).
Dani Najm (Sabbah-Jezzine - July 5, 1986).
Lucien Estephan (Tallet Sejod - August 10, 1986).
Khalil El Jellad (Tallet Sejod - September 18, 1986).
Joseph Youssef (Tallet Sejod - September 18, 1986).
Elie Youssef (Anan Kfarfalouss - June 1986).
Charbel Kassouf (Jabal Safi - April 1987).
Jad Morkos (Anan-Kfarfalouss - September 1987).
Youssef Matta (Jabal Safi - October 1991).
Tony Hourani (Ain Majdalain-Jezzine - May 1992).
Tony Bakhos (Kroum el Arz-Jezzine - October 1995).
Assaad Nammour (Sabbah-Bkassine - September 1996).
Hussein El Fkih (Sabbah-Bkassine - September 1996).
Selim Risha (Roum-Bessry - December 1996).
Samir Youssef Roumiyeh (Kfarhouna - March 1997).
George Gerges (Jezzine- April 1998).
Roukoz Roukoz (Ain Majdalain-Jezzine - September 1998).
Joseph Chamoun (Ain Majdalain-Jezzine - September 1998).
Two students (Anan-Roum Road - 1988).
Two students (Kfarhouna-Jezzine - 1997).
Ezzat Elias Julien, his mother, wife and three (3) children (Qoleiaa).
Keyrouz Barakat (Officer).
Ahmad El daaboul
Ayoub El haddad
Ashraf El qader
Afif El chuffi
AbdEl Rahim Abu Eid
Abdel wahab Daher
Ali Abu Qassem
Assaf El fhayli
Abed Abu samra
Ange El hajj
Chabib El naddaf
Charbel El chaar
Dany Al sheikh
Fares Abu samra
Fouad Abu zeid
Fares N. Fares
Fady El zaybak
Farid Abu diab
Fayez Abu hamadi
|Fahed El harfouch
FAWZI EL sajir
Joseph Abu arraj
George El hajj
Jamal El sayyed
George T. Abboud
Jihad Abu samra
George El haddad
Joseh El sheikh
Jean El hajj
George Saad `
|George Abu mrad
Ghassan Abu mrad
George Abu elia
Gaby Abu farhat
Geryis Abu kheir
Ghassan Al oud
Geryis El Hourani
|Hussen Abdel nabi
Haydar El haddad
Hassan El s. hassan
Hanna El naddaf
Hanna El khoury
Halim El hourany
|Ibrahim El haddad
Ibrahim El akdouch
|Issam Ali sami
Ibrahim Abu kheir
Ibrahim El hayek
|Khalil El hourani
Khodr El hendi
Khaled El naddaf
Khalil El jalad
Kamel El shartouni
Kassem El daaboul
Khodr Al tawil
Khadiji Nour el din
Khalil El rajraj
|Maroun El alam
Mustafa Al sayyed
Maroun Al karout
Mohammad Abd el Meneem
Mosbah El attrash
Moussa Abu elias
MIKHAIL El hajj
Maroun El hajj
Mufdi Abu sari
Mahmoud El yann
MARGUERITE El khoury
Mikhael El haddad
Mikhael El zaybak
Mouhib El ghazel
Miled El hassbani
Mohammad Ghaleb El abdallah
Morkos M. Rizk
Mohammad El anz
Mustafa Al shufi
Mohammad El kaderi
Mustafa El khawli
Nasri El hourani
Nabil Al joundi
Nasri Abu elias
Nazih El miligi
Nassib El hamra
Nohad El hajj
Nader El chufi
Nabih Abed el hay
|Ossama Yassin||Pierre Attieh||Pierre Bowab|
Raef El keserwani
Rafik Abu el ali
Ramy El choufi
|Rafik Abu hamad
Raymond el khoury
Said El alam
Samih El eik
Sami El nashash
Salam El saadi
Salim El Chuffi
Said El naddaf
Sami Abu samra
Said El khoumesi
Tanios Abu hamad
Tanos Abu zeid
Tony Majid Nammour
Youssef M. Al raai
Yasser El jamal
Youssef k. Nassif
Youssef J. El raai
Youssef El naddaf
Youssef El sayed
|Yaacoub El hajj
Youssef Charaf el din
|Ziad Ridan||Ziad Abu dehen||Zaynab Monder|
(Translation of the Official Document)
of National Defense – Army Command – Yarzé”
Number: 3860 /1 T
Resolution: 22/ 3/ 1976
Issue: Creation of a military regrouping section
Distributed and Implemented: 14/ 8/ 1976
Signed: « General Hanna Saiid, Army Commander »
1- THE STATUS:
After the dissolution of the section established in the South and the distribution of the soldiers in their villages or their refuge to safer regions, a number of soldiers joined the District of Bent Jbeil or few villages for security matters.
2- THE RESOLUTION:
21 – Create a regrouping quarter in the District of Bent Jbeil.
The Affiliation: Will be affiliated to the assembly of Qoleiaa
The Location: Town of Rmeish
Person in charge: Sergeant Commando, Samir el Hajj assisted by
Sergeant Hanna El Hajj.
The Members: The Soldiers present in Bent Jbeil District, the neighboring Districts
and those who did not join any assembly quarter yet.
- The soldiers from other quarters who wish to join it.
22 – The Administrative Control Directorate undertakes to facilitate the salary phase and food provision similar to those soldiers under Qoleiaa regrouping command.
3- The Implementation :
Will take effect at the publication of this communiqué.
Al Yarzé, 14 / 8 / 1976
General Hanna Said, Army Commander.
Barracks and Regrouping Quarters;
All Services located in the building of the Army Command;
(Unreadable) ??: “3”.