ADC-RI National Press Club Event: “Eyewitness Lebanon: One Year Later”

Washington, DC | July 10, 2007 | | As the world marks the one-year anniversary of the 2006 summer tragedy in Lebanon, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Research Institute (ADC-RI) will host a panel discussion featuring Arab Americans who were trapped in Lebanon, what they experienced, and how they eventually fled the country. The discussion will include an analysis of the in-depth report entitled, “Eyewitness Lebanon, July —August 2006: An International Law Inquiry.” This will be held on Wednesday, July 18, at 9:30 AM in the Lisagor Room of the National Press Club building.
The discussion will include Bassem Beaini, a 25-year old Arab-American business-owner who arrived in Beirut for a visit after a six-year absence the day before the Israeli attack. Bassem will tell his story including what he saw and how he was able to eventually flee to safety and return home to the US.
The Report “Eyewitness Lebanon, July-August 2006: An International Law Inquiry,” is based on extensive research from a wide variety of documented sources and includes first-hand interviews and accounts carried out by ADC-RI during a month-long fact finding mission. The mission was conducted by Arab-American attorney Houeida Saad who will discuss her methods of field research, including what she saw and with whom she spoke to obtain the first-hand information included in the report. The framework for the Report’s legal inquiry is international law and international humanitarian law, also known as “the laws of war.”
“Eyewitness Lebanon, July — August 2006: An International Law Inquiry” is the most extensive study to be released to date on the events in Lebanon during July and August 2006. According to Marty Rosenbluth, Country Specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority at Amnesty International USA*, “This new report from ADC-RI is extremely comprehensive, both in its scope and its depth. ADC-RI has done an impressive job in documenting the effect of the war on the civilian population in Lebanon and analyzing it in the context of international humanitarian law. Anyone who wants to look at how the war in Lebanon affected Lebanese civilians should read this report.” Mr. Rosenbluth will also participate in the discussion and give his expert-analysis of the report‘s contents and his own observations of this tragedy; one year later.
ADC-RI has dedicated this landmark report to all innocent civilian victims of the July — August 2006 tragedy.
WHAT: Discussion of ADC-RI Report”Eyewitness Lebanon, July — August 2006: An International Law Inquiry”
WHO: Panel Experts include:
Kareem Shora – ADC National Executive Director
Carol Khawly – ADC Director of Legal Advocacy who was trapped with her children in Lebanon during the Israeli attack
Marty Rosenbluth – Country Specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority at Amnesty International USA
Houeida Saad – Editor and Field Researcher of “Eyewitness Lebanon; July – August 2006, An International Law Inquiry”
Bassem Beaini – 25 year-old Lebanese-American business-owner who was visiting Lebanon after 6 years in the US and arrived to Beirut a day prior to the Israeli attack
WHEN: Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 9:30 AM
WHERE: National Press Club- Lisagor Room 529 14th Street NW | Washington, DC 20045
* Mr. Rosenbluth‘s affiliation is listed for identification purpose only.
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