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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Lebanon: "There is no god but God, Nasrallah is the enemy of God,"

Lebanese support for the Hezbollah terrorist organization has backfired on Lebanese society. You can't have your terror and eat it too.

Emotional farewell for victims of kidnap-murder

By Rym Ghazal
Daily Star staff
Saturday, April 28, 2007
BEIRUT: Hundreds of mourners bid Ziad Qabalan and Ziad Ghandour farewell on Friday in a funeral procession awash with tears and strewn with flowers, a day after the bodies of the two kidnapped Sunni youths were recovered in Jadra, south of Beirut. "God is great, God is great" chanted a wave of mourning family and friends following the two coffins through heavily guarded streets to their final resting place at a cemetery in the neighborhood of Qasqas.

Alongside Lebanese flags, members of the procession carried the banners of the pro-government Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) and those of the allied Sunni Future Movement. Qabalan was a member of the PSP, as was Ghandour's father.
The disappearance of Qabalan, 25, and Ghandour, 12, on Monday stirred bitter memories of sectarian kidnappings during Lebanon's 1975-1990 Civil War. Judicial forces said Friday that the killings were an act of revenge for the death of Adnan Shamas, 29, a Shiite Hizbullah supporter, in clashes outside Beirut Arab University on January 25.
Security sources told the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International television station that three suspects "are believed to have fled the country right after they committed the crime."
"Oh my son, I can't believe you are gone," wept Mounir Ghandour, who was hospitalized a day earlier and struggled to keep up with the procession.
Pro-government politicians poured in to pay their condolences to the families of the victims, with a handful of representatives from the opposition camp also appearing.
Mourners chanted the slogans "Our blood is ready for you" and "God, Hariri, Tariq al-Jdideh," as flower petals and rice were thrown from balconies of nearby buildings onto the coffins, which were covered with a Lebanese flag and cloths with religious imprints on them.
At the same time, anti-Hizbullah chants echoed intensely throughout the funeral.
"There is no god but God, Nasrallah is the enemy of God," the crowd chanted, in reference to Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

"Hizbullah decided not to send someone on the first day of the funeral to avoid any awkwardness or escalation," Hizbullah spokesman Ghaleb Abu Zeinab told The Daily Star. "A funeral is a national matter, and so Hizbullah
will send its condolences to the families when things have calmed down."
MPs Abdel-Latif Zein and Yassin Jaber attended the funeral as representatives of the Amal Movement and its leader, Speaker Nabih Berri.
Most of the people interviewed outside the mosque where the funeral was held told The Daily Star that they believed that a member or members of the Shamas family was behind this week's killings.
"It was the Shamas family, and they will pay for it!" said Sawsan Qorfali, 40, who came with her family to the funeral. "When they killed Ghandour, it is like they killed one of my sons," she said, standing next to her son Rabieh, 14.
"Our men will deal with the criminals if the state doesn't get to them soon," Qorfali said.
On Wednesday, before the fate of the victims was known, the Shamas denied responsibility for the youths' disappearance. The family issued a public call for any abductors to release Qabalan and Ghandour.
The Lebanese Army and police were heavily deployed along the streets and outside the mosque, with a particular concentration on roads dividing the predominately Shiite areas of the southern suburbs and the mostly Sunni areas of Tariq al-Jdideh and Qasqas.
Some of the mourners refused to point any fingers.
"We don't know who killed them and we should not jump to any conclusions at such a sensitive time," said Mohammad Mashmousha, one of the mourners at the funeral.
"There is a great push to drag Lebanon into a Sunni-Shiite clash," he added, "and so we must not fall into that trap."

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