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Political Repression- Amnesty International s Report

February 13,1982 off an internal crisis, by grabbing more land and natural resources and expanding its markets. The recent Israeli takeover of the al-Wazzani spring in South Lebanon along with villages lying adjacent to it is seen by observers as the precedent to an eventual takeover of the Litani. Particularly revealing of Israel's expansionist aims is the Koten project, calling for the diversion of 400 mn cubic metres of Litani waters to Lake Tiberias in order to reduce its salt content and provide for irrigation projects in the area, Israel's systematic attacks on the economy of South Lebanon aims at subordinating it to her own by forcing its inhabitants to abandon their tobacco fields, olive groves and subsistence agriculture. These, are all constant targets of Israeli bombing and shelling in which the Israelis use phosphorous bombs. Bombing not only destroys crops but has taken the lives of hundreds of farmers working on their fields, At the same time, Israel is also flooding the markets with its own manufactured and agricultural products. This has seriously undermined the viability of the local economy. The militia of Saad Hadaad is playing the role of a middleman in promoting and introducing Israeli goods and preventing local Lebanese products from entering the market. Many residents are as a result forced to buy Israeli goods. The most common Israeli products in the South are fish, eggs, vegetables, honey, onions, olive oil and plastic goods.

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