The literature on the Israeli attacks on the civilian population of Lebanon and on Palestinian residents and refugee camps in that country is extensive.
On the 1993 Israeli attack, Shlaim writes that “the ruthless targeting” of the civilian population was designed to induce them to pressure the governments of Lebanon and Syria to end their support of the Hezbollah movement and militias, as well as to give Israel a free hand in southern Lebanon. Shlaim, The Iron Wall, pp. 560–561.
On the 1982 attacks on civilians, see Michael Jansen, The Battle of Beirut: Why Israel Invaded Lebanon (London: Zed, 1982); Jonathan Randal, Going All the Way: Christian Warlords, Israeli Adventurers, and the War in Lebanon (New York: Viking, 1983); and, especially, the devastating account by two leading Israeli centrist journalists, Zeev Schiff and Ehud Yaari, Israel’s Lebanon War (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984).
On the 2006 attack, see Human Rights Watch, “Why They Died: Civilian Ca- sualties in Lebanon during the 2006 War,” Vol. 19, No. 5 (Human Rights Watch, September 2007), ▻http://www.hrw.org/reports/2007/09/05/why-they-died; and Amnesty International, “Leba- non: Deliberate Destruction or ‘Collateral Damage?’ Israeli Attacks on Civilian Infrastructure” (Amnesty International, August 2006), ▻http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE18/007 2006.
Avi Shlaim summed up the evidence on all of the major Israeli attacks on Lebanon: “[T]he massacre of innocent civilians [is] a recurrent feature of Israeli military intervention,” including the 2006 attack, which “involved the deliberate targeting of civilians in flagrant violation of the laws of war.” First quote in Shlaim, “Israel’s Error, Then and Now,” International Herald Tribune, August 4, 2006; and second quote in Shlaim, “The Iron Wall Revisited,” p. 94.
18. John Kifner, “Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of War Crimes,” New York Times, August 24, 2006.