PEACE ACTIVIST JUDITH LEBLANC GIVES EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF TRIP TO LEBANON10/24/06
Four women peace activists returned to the United States recently, having completed a citizensÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ diplomacy mission to the Middle East. The women met with Iraqi parliamentarians in Jordan, and spent five days in Beirut, witnessing the impact of the war and contributing to the humanitarian aid effort. The women are Medea Benjamin of San Francisco, co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange and the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s peace group CodePink; Judith LeBlanc of New York co-chair of the national anti-war coalition United for Peace and Justice; Gael Murphy of Washington, DC, co-founder of CodePink; and Diane Wilson of Texas, a fisherwoman, peace and justice activist, and the author of An Unreasonable Woman. WMNF's Rob Lorei spoke with Judith LeBlanc in this segment about the trip and how the U.S. is viewed in that part of the world. LeBlanc said that the U.S. and Israel had created more support for Hezbollah in Lebanon as a result of the damage the Israelis inflicted on Lebanese civilians and infrastructure during the invasion.