Israel wants to turn southern Lebanon into an area similar to the Gaza Strip, which it can raid whenever it likes to quash the resistance.
But this would be a disaster for the Lebanese people, just as it has been a disaster for the Palestinians living in Gaza.
Israel has laid siege to Gaza since one of its soldiers was captured by the Palestinian resistance at the end of June.
Amjad Shawa, the Palestinian NGO Network coordinator for Gaza, spoke to Socialist Worker.
“Israel continues its aggression, psychologically as well as militarily,” he said. “Many Gazans have received phone calls from the Israeli army telling us they are about to bomb our area and we should get out. They’re trying to trick us and spread terror.
“But at the same time hundreds of children are going out into the streets to protest in big demonstrations. Despite the suffering, we want to break the silence.
“It is very good when we see demonstrations on TV like the one in London last weekend. We feel like we are in prison and are waiting for a message from the outside world - seeing people supporting us is like receiving that message.”