Dimitri Lascaris: “Israel is a menace to peace in the Middle East”

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Dimitri Lascaris

Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, pro-Palestinian activist and a counsel to the al-Quds Toronto Committee that organizes the annual Al-Quds Day Rally.

On August 26, 2019 Dimitri Lascaris posted:

In the past three days, the rogue state of Israel has launched attacks in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Israel is a menace to peace in the Middle East, yet no Western leader seems remotely interested in restraining its aggression and acts of war.

In this context Dimitri Lascaris shared Haaretz article “Israel Broke the Rules of the Game With Hezbollah, and Now the Ball Is in Nasrallah’s Court.” Here are excerpts from the article:

At about midnight Saturday night [August 24, 2019], the Israel Defense Forces announced that it had thwarted an Iranian plan that included launching attack drones at military targets and civilian infrastructure in northern Israel. The first attempt by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force was thwarted on Thursday [August 22, 2019], when the Iranians, accompanied by Shi’ite militiamen, approached the Israeli border in the Golan Heights. The IDF hasn’t elaborated on how this plan was thwarted, but it did publish photos that showed the operatives near the border.

Yet the Iranians evidently didn’t give up. Saturday night [August 24, 2019], Israel’s air force struck a building in Aqraba, southeast of Damascus, from which the drone attack was slated to be launched, apparently a few hours later. The IDF says the building served the Quds Force and Shi’ite militiamen and housed drones and explosives that had been sent from Iran via the Damascus airport.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi accused the Quds Force commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, of having financed and planned the operation. Syrian reports said two Hezbollah members were killed in the Israeli strike…

Nasrallah said in his speech that residents of Dahiyyeh, Beirut’s Shi’ite quarter, spotted [August 24, 2019] Israeli drones flying above the neighborhood at low altitude. One was downed by youths throwing stones, he said. Another apparently hit a Hezbollah office in the neighborhood, causing minor damage…

The third incident took place Sunday afternoon [August 25, 2019], near the Abu Kamal border crossing between Iraq and Syria. A drone reportedly struck a convoy on the Iraqi side of the border that included Shi’ite militia commanders. Iraqi reports said nine people were killed, including a relatively senior local commander.