ATFL, Thirty-One Groups Call for Israel to Release Cluster Bomb Data

Jun 13, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Task Force for Lebanon

    WASHINGTON, June 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Task Force
 for Lebanon (ATFL, presented a letter to Secretary
 Condoleezza Rice today, on behalf of 31 organizations, calling for U.S.
 government intercession with Israel to obtain detailed site information on
 Israel's cluster bomb strikes in Lebanon in the summer 2006 war.
     ATFL Executive Director Dr. George Cody said "Our primary concern is to
 expedite remediation of cluster bomb sites and to ensure the safety of the
 brave demining teams in the field, UNIFIL and Lebanese Army personnel, and
 civilians including USAID employees."
     Israel's strikes left an estimated 1 million unexploded cluster
 munitions on the ground in Lebanon, contaminating a total of 380,717,455
 square feet. Only 117,872 of these munitions have been cleared as of 24 May
 2007. The unexploded munitions have resulted in 32 fatalities and 207
 injuries since the 14 August 2006 cease-fire.
     Assistant Secretary of State C. David Welch told the House Subcommittee
 on the Middle East and South Asia on 18 April 2007 that "Israel has not yet
 provided detailed information." The 15 March 2007 U.N. Secretary General's
 report on Security Council Resolution 1701 reported: "Despite repeated
 United Nations efforts...I regret that Israel has not yet provided UNIFIL
 with this data..."
     The 31 groups seek a meeting with Secretary Rice to discuss the
 humanitarian importance of the cluster bomb targeting information and steps
 that can be taken to obtain the data.
     A listing of the 31 participating organizations follows.
     American Task Force for Lebanon (
     American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (
     American Arab Chamber of Commerce (
     American Druze Foundation (
     American Educational Trust (
     American Muslims for Constructive Engagement (
     American Near East Refugee Aid (
     American Task Force on Palestine (
     American University of Beirut (
     Amnesty International USA (
     Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
     Arab American Institute (
     Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
     Council for the National Interest (
     Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Washington Office
     Friends Committee on National Legislation (
     Hariri Foundation (
     Islamic Society of North America (
     Jewish Voice for Peace (
     Lebanese American Association (
     Lebanese American University (
     Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office
     Moawad Foundation (
     Muslim Public Affairs Council (
     National Council of Churches USA (
     National Council on US-Arab Relations (
     National Peace Foundation (
     National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (
     Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association (
     The Episcopal Church (
     US-Arab Economic Forum (

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