Israel in Lebanon
The Report of the International
Commission to enquire into reported
violations of International Law by
Israel during its invasion of the Lebanon
The work of the Commission was facilitated in many ways by people too numerous to mention by name, especially those witnesses who gave valuable evidence, oral and written, in the Middle East and Europe. The Report could not have been produced without generous financial support from nany sources. The stature of the Report also benefited from the wide sponsorship that the Commission has received from many concerned ndividuals around the world.
The Commission would be remiss in the extreme if it did not specifically refer to the concrete and substantial contributions of a number of individuals. On both Commission trips to the Middle East it was greatly lelped by Sana Osseiran, whose knowledge of, familiarity with and contacts in the Lebanon were invaluable. We thank her also for providing us with gracious companionship and assistance under difficult circumstances of strain.
The Commission also wish to thank by name the Research Staff and Secretariat whose members worked with great dedication and skill:
Annabel Black Musa Budeiri Michael Hanley
Saroush J avadi Hilary Lim Maria Maguire
Ali Zarbafi Angie Blowman Jane Foxworthy
In countless respects, the Report bears the unsung imprint of their influence by way of documentation and information.
In an even more comprehensive sense the Commission is indebted to the Convening Committee consisting of the following persons:
Ernie Ross, MP, and
Lord Tony Gifford who acted as adviser to the Committee
The Convening Committee struggled hard to meet a great array of requests made by the Commission, mostly large and some small and assured arrangements and facilities that enabled us to carry on with the job of investigating in a manner at once efficient, pleasant and free from all unnecessary pressures.
Despite the anguish of dealing with the terrible human ordeal of the Lebanon War and the delicate and controversial nature of its undertaking, the Commission completed its work in a spirit of mutual respect and warm collegial relations.