The Palestinian context will rule the region, so be patient السياق الفلسطيني سيحكم المنطقة فانتظروا

 The Palestinian context will rule the region, so be patient

مايو 18, 2018

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Those who expect that the confrontation ignited by the Palestinian people is meaningless and that the generous sacrifices are for free do not pay attention to the spiritual fact illustrated in the past two days that America and Israel are worried despite the Arab humiliated mobilization support, and that the complicated issues dominate on the entire region, while the Palestinian people are mobilizing as if they are on the first day of confrontation not in its seventieth year.

The radical deviation of the American administration was planned for a long time, but it was conditioned for the moment of the American-Israeli-Gulf victory in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Iran in a lost dismantled situation where the promoting for the deal of the century is the best possible. But the resorting to it was after the despair from changing the equations and in order to reveal the hidden, therefore there is no way for negotiation and the opportunities of compromises. And thus, despite the apparent tyranny and oppression, the Arabs of America who seek to protect their threatened thrones are brought to announce their loyalty to Israel. Practically this means the fall of the negotiation option which disabled the resistance choice for decades due to the illusion of the supposed compromise which is no longer available today. So after the fall of the negotiation option Palestine returns to the confrontation option ending what America, Israel, and Gulf thought that they are the achievements of the last decade as the sectarian fragmentation and manipulating with identity. Therefore the classification now becomes under the title of who is with Palestine and who is with Israel?

The target was the Arabs whom the rulers of the Gulf supported by America and Israel think that the attempt of turning them into sectarian ideological blocs that forget Palestine since the Arab Spring succeeded. But the scrutiny in reading the elections in Lebanon leads to a reverse result. The sectarianism which affected the Arab Sunnis ended. The symbol of extremism in Lebanon fails to reserve its personal seat after it got two years ago all the seats of Tripoli municipality, and those who left Al Mustaqbal Movement did not go to extremism but they returned to the Arab national option which allies with the resistance and Syria, from Saida represented by Osama Saad to the Western Bekaa represented by Abdul Rahim Morad to Tripoli represented by Faisal Karami and Jihad Al Samad, and to Beirut represented by the Islamic Projects Association.

Before talking about the moment of turning into confrontation and then into a full uprising of all Palestine and before talking about the joining of the armed resistance to it, the Palestinian Diaspora will be present strongly at the popular confrontation line. We will witness in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt Arab Islamic crowds that meet the Palestinians, and we will witness from behind the seas crowds in the sea taking the ships of return holding a sit-in the waters of Palestine facing the gas bombs along with the freemen of the world and the free media. The governmental position in numbers of European countries is a good evidence of this transformation of Palestine in the Western public option contrary to the desire of America and Israel.

Despite the American and the Gulf support Israel is afraid of launching a war on Gaza, so how if its borders with Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and then Egypt become confronting lines where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and non-Palestinians gather and become more ready for the confrontation day after day, so what should it do knowing that the course of war is disabled by the constant growing deterrence balances?

The Israeli-American- Gulf impasse is that the conflict in Palestine and around it will overwhelm over the region and the world and the coexistence with its entitlements means the erosion of this black triangle, and where the war means disaster, while in the resistance axis the confrontation is growing in its current form and where a war may become a reality.

This is the meaning of the words of the Secretary-General of Hezbollah Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah few months ago. The wars in the region have almost finished and we will return to the priority which we have never abandoned “Palestine”.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

السياق الفلسطيني 
سيحكم المنطقة فانتظروا

مايو 16, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– الذين يتوقعون أنّ المواجهة التي افتتحها الشعب الفلسطيني بلا أفق وأنّ التضحيات السخية التي يقدّمها مجانية لا ينتبه إلى الحقيقة التي تقولها روحية اليومين الماضيين بقوة، وهي أنّ الأميركي والإسرائيلي يصلان منهكين عابسين قلقين بلا أفق مفتوح أمامهما، رغم الحشد العربي الذليل المصطفّ خلفهما والملفات المعقدة تسدّ طريقهما على كلّ مساحة المنطقة، بينما يحشد الشعب الفلسطيني كلّ حيويته كأنه في اليوم الأول للمواجهة وليس في عامها السبعين.

– الانعطاف المتطرّف للإدارة الأميركية كان مقرّراً منذ زمن، لكنه مشروط بلحظة انتصار أميركي إسرائيلي خليجي في لبنان وسورية واليمن والعراق وإيران ووضع مفكّك وضائع ومكسور يصير فيه تسويق صفقة القرن كأفضل الممكن، ولكن الاتجاه إليها الآن يجري يأساً من تغيير المعادلات واضطراراً لكشف المستور فتسقط لغة التفاوض وتسقط معها فرص التسويات، ويصير جلب عرب أميركا إلى بيت الطاعة الإسرائيلي بقوة بحثهم عن حماية عروشهم المهدّدة رغم ظاهر البطش والاستبداد وما يوحي به من القوة. وهذا يعني عملياً سقوط خيار التفاوض الذي جمّد خيار المقاومة لعقود بوهم التسوية المفترضة التي ما عادت مطروحة على جدول الأعمال اليوم. ومع هذا السقوط تعود فلسطين لخيار المواجهة، لتسقط أهمّ ما يظنّ الأميركي والإسرائيلي والخليجي أنها إنجازات العقد الأخير، لجهة التفتيت المذهبي والتلاعب بالهوية، لتصير الاصطفافات مجدداً تحت عنوان مَن مع فلسطين ومَن مع «إسرائيل»؟

– المستهدَف كان جمهور العرب الذي يظنّ حكام الخليج ومِن خلفهم أميركا و«إسرائيل» والكتبة المستلحقون بهم، أنّ عملية غسل الدماغ التي تمّت له قد أدّت نتائجها بتحويله كتلاً مذهبية عصبية نسيت فلسطين، منذ الربيع العربي، لكنهم يستعجلون، فالتأني بالقراءة لما قالته الانتخابات في لبنان، يوصل لنتيجة معاكسة. لقد زالت الغيمة السوداء التي عبثت بمزاج السنّة العرب تحت عنوان المذهبية، وها هو رمز التطرّف فيها لبنانياً يفشل بحجز مقعده الشخصي بعدما حصد قبل عامين كلّ مقاعد بلدية طرابلس، ومَن غادروا خيار تيار المستقبل، لم يذهبوا للتطرف بل عادوا للخيار القومي العربي المتحالف مع المقاومة وسورية من صيدا وما يمثل أسامة سعد إلى البقاع الغربي وما يمثل عبد الرحيم مراد وصولاً إلى طرابلس وما يمثل فيصل كرامي وجهاد الصمد وانتهاء ببيروت وما تمثل جمعية المشاريع الإسلامية.

– قبل الحديث عن لحظة تحوّل مقبلة ولو بعد حين للمواجهة إلى انتفاضة شاملة لكلّ فلسطين أو عن دخول المقاومة المسلحة على خطها سيحضر الشتات الفلسطيني وبقوة على خط المواجهة الشعبية، وسنشهد من لبنان والأردن وسورية ومصر حشوداً عربية إسلامية تلاقي الفلسطينيين، وسنشهد من خلف البحار حشوداً في البحر تركب سفن العودة وتعتصم في مياه فلسطين تواجه قنابل الغاز والرصاص ومعها أحرار من العالم وإعلام حر يواكبها، والموقف الحكومي في عدد من بلدان أوروبا خير شاهد على التحوّل الذي تحدثه فلسطين في الرأي العام الغربي، بعكس ما ترغب أميركا و«إسرائيل».

– «إسرائيل» رغم الدعم الأميركي والخليجي تتهيّب حرباً على غزة، فكيف عندما تصير حدودها مع لبنان وسورية والأردن ولاحقاً مصر خطوط مواجهة يحتشد عليها عشرات ومئات الآلاف من الفلسطينيين وغير الفلسطينيين يزداد عديدهم وترتقي نوعية مواجهتهم يوماً بعد يوم؟ وماذا عساها تفعل وهي تعلم أنّ طريق الحرب مقفلة بقوة موازين الردع الثابتة والمتعاظمة؟

– المأزق الإسرائيلي الأميركي الخليجي هو أنّ الصراع في فلسطين وحولها سيطغى على ما عداه في المنطقة والعالم، وأنّ التعايش مع استحقاقاته يعني التآكل في قوة هذا المثلث الأسود، وحيث الذهاب للحرب يعني الكارثة، بينما معسكر المقاومة مدد للمواجهة في صيغتها الحالية المتنامية وجهوزية لحرب قد تصير استحقاقاً مقبلاً.

– هذا معنى قول الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله قبل شهور، تكاد الحروب تنتهي في المنطقة، وسنعود إلى الأولوية التي لم نغادرها يوماً، والأولوية دائماً هي فلسطين.

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Gaza: Crime Without Punishment

19-05-2018 | 10:36

Just imagine if the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad had killed 62 unarmed protesters and injured thousands of others.

Palestinian protesters

Surely, the American response would be fierce. At the very least, the US would unleash a thousand cruise missiles – the number currently within range of Syria.

Better yet, imagine if Lebanon’s Hezbollah killed 62 Jewish settlers living on occupied Palestinian territory.

Within days, another US-led coalition would be on hand to provide unconditional support for “Israel”, as it indiscriminately obliterates civilian targets.

Of course, it wasn’t Bashar al-Assad that killed 62 unarmed protesters and it wasn’t Hezbollah that killed Jewish settlers this week. It was the “Israeli” military that fired into thousands of Palestinian demonstrators as they marked the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for ‘catastrophe’/’disaster’), signifying the Palestinian exodus from their own land in 1948.

For such an appalling crime, “Israel” is not only spared condemnation from Washington – it is applauded.

Support, justifications, and even praise for “Israel’s” actions, were key components of the US strategy when it came to dealing with the latest carnage in the besieged Gaza Strip.

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley shamelessly commended the “Israelis” for acting with “restraint” in handling the protests. A few hours later, Haley walked out of a UN Security Council meeting when the Palestinian envoy began to speak.

But even though officials in Washington love to boast about how Russia, Iran, and Syria are isolated, no country on earth is as lonely as the US in its defense of “Israel”.

During Tuesday’s Security Council meeting, even Washington’s closest allies criticized Tel Aviv’s response to the protests, which happened to coincide with the opening of the new US embassy in occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Although most of Haley’s statements about the “Israeli”-Palestinian conflict can be described as hypocritical, few are as outrageous as the one claiming that this week’s protests in Gaza had nothing to do with the relocation of the American foreign mission from Tel Aviv to al-Quds.

Richard Becker with the ANSWER Coalition described Haley’s claim as a “bad joke”.

“It had everything to do with it,” Becker said. “I think that [Nazi Minister of Propaganda] Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of Niki Haley’s performance. He would have said ‘that’s the way to go; turn everything upside down and just keep repeating the lie. Make it a big lie.'”

But even the big lies failed to hide the lack of international support for the embassy move. Testifying to just how isolated Tel Aviv and Washington had become is the fact that less than half of the 86 foreign dignitaries invited to attend the celebration in Jerusalem actually bothered showing up.

The joint US/”Israeli” effort to put lipstick on a pig also failed to disguise the fact that last December’s decision by the Trump administration to recognize al-Quds as the “Israeli” capital sparked the latest chapter in the “Israeli”-Palestinian conflict.

The bloodiest day of that chapter – and indeed since the 2014 “Israeli” onslaught on Gaza – overlapped with the inauguration of the new embassy.

“Israel” defined by one massacre after another

While some 750,000 people were originally forcibly expelled from historical Palestine, many became internal refugees.
About 70% of the Gaza Strip’s population of two million are descendants of Palestinians who became refugees in 1948.

They live under a decade-long land, sea and air blockade and cannot leave the Gaza Strip without hard-to-obtain permits from the Israeli military.

Over the course of the last seven weeks, Gaza’s residents staged rallies dubbed the Great March of Return.

The “Israeli” military responded by killing 111 Palestinians, including an eight-month-old baby girl, who succumbed to tear gas suffocation. More than 12,000 have been wounded.

Richard Becker believes that “it’s very appropriate that a massacre was carried out” on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba.

“‘Israel’ only came into being because of massacre after massacre that drove out the Palestinian population,” Becker adds.

Although international humanitarian law prohibits soldiers to use live ammunition in situations that do not constitute an imminent threat to life, “Israeli” snipers, safely ensconced hundreds of feet away, picked off one Palestinian at a time.

Perhaps the heavily armed “Israelis” felt it was a proportional response to the slingshots used by some of the protesters.

If so, “Israel’s” benefactors in the west seem to agree.

After all, Tel Aviv can be told politely that the slaughter of unarmed women and children in full view of the global media is not a ‘nice’ thing to do. So don’t expect any real pressure from western capitals, let alone another Anglo-Saxon ‘humanitarian intervention’.

Source: al-Ahed News

I Live In Gaza. I Want You To Know Why We’re Protesting.

Intimaa Alsdudi

19-05-2018 | 11:27

Zaheyya, 70 years old and tired after a long walk from Saladin Road to the “no-go” zone, looked among the huge crowd of protesters for a place to rest as she carried a Palestinian flag and her embroidered bag over her shoulder.

Palestinian protester

When I approached Zaheyya on Monday and asked if I could interview her to find out why she is participating in the Great Return March in spite of her age and sickness, she replied, “Shame on you, for asking me this question! I will come every day until UN Resolution 194 is implemented.”

The resolution Zaheyya recalled was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, and it called for the return of all Palestinian refugees to their lands. It was never adopted by the UN Security Council, and so it was never enforced. But Palestinians have not forgotten.

“I am a refugee from Huliqat village that was ethnically cleansed in 1948 by the hands of the Haganah [the Zionist paramilitary organization] and I have the right to go back,” said Zaheyya. “This is our day to show ‘Israel’ that the old will die, but the young will never forget… Yes, I will join my people and shout with all my strength, move on people, go back to your homeland, the land is waiting for you.”

It was inspiring, but then Zaheyya started shouting something else. “Tear gas, gas, gas! Run people, run!”

Tear gas cans began rolling between us and the crowds. Everyone ran from the area, while “Israeli” snipers on top of the hills and watchtowers started shooting randomly at the people protesting. At one point, I lost sight of my mom. I could not see her, because there was dark smoke everywhere. Do you know what that feels like? To not know if your mother is okay as snipers are shooting at you and everyone around you?

It took me half an hour to find her again – when the air cleared out from the tear gas bombs. After we did, my mom, as always, hugged me. “Calm down. I am okay,” she said. We started laughing and cursing the snipers.

Monday was hard, and it was heartbreaking. After a long day, I found out that my brother Mustafa, who is 29 years old, was shot. He was lucky, the bullet that penetrated his leg was not explosive.

At least 62 people were killed that day, and nearly 3,200 wounded, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza. Those injured included journalists, medics, and dozens of women.

Since then, all of the victims have been painted in the international media as martyrs for Hamas. All the protesters – me, my family, Zaheyya, thousands of others like us – have had our demands warped and our voices silenced by others for political purposes.

So let me be clear with you. Gaza is the biggest open-air prison on earth. Nearly two million people are denied the basic freedom of movement. Ninety-seven percent of the water here is undrinkable. The unemployment rate is 44 percent.

We have said over and over again that the right of return is the solution to all of our miserable problems. That is why we protested on Monday. That is why we have been protesting since March 30. Two-thirds of Palestinians in Gaza are refugees from lands stolen by “Israel” in 1948.

Palestinian boy

The Great Return March is the first time in my life that I have seen a huge number of people uniting and calling for right of return. It is the decision of ordinary Palestinians in Gaza, and it is the call for everyone who is concerned about humanity. There is only one flag that has been rising up in the marches, carried by kids, the elderly, journalists, nurses, doctors, and teachers. It is Palestine’s.

Issam, a 15 year-old boy from Khan-Younis, was injured with a tear gas canister that was dropped on his head on Monday. He rejoined the march the next day, while his head was still bandaged.

Asked whether he is already healed or still in pain he replied, “I am in pain, but I cannot leave my friends alone today, and we will fly our kites. We spent last night preparing it. We wrote on it: ‘Palestine, we are coming back.'” These are the kites that children fly near the buffer zone, the ones that have been deemed strategic threats by “Israel” and used as excuses to shoot children.
Last week, my 11-year-old brother Mohammed decided to take his bird to set him free at the buffer zone. He wanted his bird to cross the fence, even when he couldn’t.

Source: Think Progress, Edited by website team

“We Are All Palestinians Now”

May 16, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon

Introduction by GA: At the moment I am touring the USA. I am having a great time although the country seems rather sad these days. I will be in San Diego tonight, LA on Saturday and Richmond, CA on Monday.  I have been meeting a lot of people who have read and enjoyed  my work. A few, however, are clearly upset by my visit. They stalk me, they harass the organisers of my talks and concerts. They attempt to intimidate some of them. These people aren’t Zionists or Israelis. They  believe themselves to be ‘anti Zionists.’  They are JVP activists and Jewish Antifas and they little but spreading lies and slander.

In Denver last weekend I gave talks in two churches. Then JVP enthusiasts Preston Enright and Lauri Lynnxe Murphy harassed a music venue and pressured its owner in an attempt to prevent my concert on Mother’s Day. Their efforts failed. On Monday I landed in Portland, OR and learned from Minister John Shuck that Preston Enright has been at work trying to prevent the gathering at his Church.

The following moving article was published  by Minister Shuck in response. Minister Shuck supports peace and justice in general and the Palestinians in particular, and was bewildered by the campaign against me by local JVP activists.

I am touched by Minister Shuck’s comments and I am encouraged by his approach to truth and truthfulness.

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“We Are All Palestinians Now”

By Minister John Shuck

https://www.shuckandjive.xyz/2018/05/we-are-all-palestinians-now.html

Anti-Semite

Holocaust Denier

Conspiracy Theorist

People are beginning to awaken to the fact that the name-calling is connected to the violent oppression. The name-calling and the smearing is the weapon the oppressors use to silence the resistance. When someone is labeled as an anti-Semite, Holocaust Denier, Conspiracy Theorist and what have you, then we don’t need to listen to what they have to say.  You don’t need an argument.  Call someone an icky name, then avoid them and tell others to avoid them.

The surprising thing is that the name-calling often comes from the mouths of those in opposition to the oppressors. When pro-Palestinian activists call other pro-Palestinian activists these names, then we know the true power of the oppressor. The oppressor controls the language of the opposition.

When I met with divestment activists in the Presbyterian Church (USA) four years ago, I was surprised when one of them told me that we can now use the word “occupation.” When the divestment movement in the PCUSA had begun over a decade previous, calling what Israel was doing to Palestine “an occupation” was not allowed. I asked, “Who makes those rules?” The answer had to do with strategy and who might be offended and who would support and not support their particular goals and so on and so forth.

The rules are self-made and guided by the oppressors.

The oppressors allow the little victories as long as the truth of what keeps the oppressors in power is not allowed to be revealed. When someone like for instance, Gilad Atzmon, starts talking about the ideology behind the oppressors, then an artificial line that has been drawn by the oppressors is crossed. All forces are then unleashed to smear not only Mr. Atzmon but anyone who might even give him space to defend himself against such attacks.

Meanwhile, mass murder continues while churches in America either cheer it on, satisfy themselves with smaller goals that won’t offend the sensitivities of the oppressors, or, as in most cases, remain deadly silent.

I do think people are beginning to awaken to the fact that the name-calling is connected to the violent oppression and that the name-calling says much more about the name-caller than the name-called. The next step is heart or courage. If we are going to dismantle the oppressor by dismantling their control of the discourse, then we must accept that we, too, will be smeared when we give space to those who cross the oppressors’ line.  This may affect our reputations, our jobs, our livelihoods.

But that is nothing compared to what is happening to our sisters and brothers in Gaza on this 70th anniversary of the ongoing Nakba. As Mr. Atzmon writes, “We are all Palestinians now.”

  1. Hear Gilad Atzmon tonight at 7 pm in Clackamas.
  2. My interview with Waddah Sofan (paralyzed by the IDF when he was 17), Gilad Atzmon, and Dick Toll of Friends of Sabeel North America.
  3. Gilad Atzmon named this year as One of the 100 Peace and Justice Leaders and Models (#5).
  4. Mr. Atzmon honored in Lebanon at the Fourth Global Convention of Solidarity with Palestine (starts 4:45)
  5. Mr. Atzmon featured in Almaydeen’s Nakba Documentary (starts at 3:30).

 Gilad Atzmon at Southminster.  Peace, Love, Justice, and Jazz.

Gilad Atzmon at Southminster.  Peace, Love, Justice, and Jazz.

Great Return March: 52 Palestinians Martyred, 2410 Injured in Gaza Protests

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Great Return March: 52 Palestinians Martyred, 2410 Injured in Gaza Protests

14-05-2018 | 14:47

“Israeli” Occupations Force [IOF] troops had martyred at least 28 Palestinians along the besieged Gaza border Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in al-Quds [Jerusalem].

Palestinian protesters in Gaza

 

It was the highest Palestinian single-day death toll since a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return” began at the border with Israel on March 30 and since a 2014 Gaza war.

The health officials said 900 Palestinians were wounded, about 450 of them by live bullets.

Protests intensified on the 70th anniversary of the “Israeli” entity’s founding, with loudspeakers on Gaza mosques urging Palestinians to join a “Great March of Return”. Black smoke from tires burned by demonstrators rose into the air at the border.

“Today is the big day when we will cross the fence and tell ‘Israel’ and the world we will not accept being occupied forever,” said Gaza science teacher Ali, who declined to give his last name.

“Many may get martyred today, so many, but the world will hear our message. Occupation must end,” he said.

“Israeli” troops martyred 16 Palestinians Monday, including a 14-year-old boy and a man in a wheelchair, and some 500 protesters were injured, at least 200 by live bullets, health officials said. The man in the wheelchair had been pictured on social media using a slingshot.

The latest casualties raised the Palestinian death toll to 70 since the protests began on March 30. No “Israeli” casualties had been reported.

The killings have drawn international criticism, but the United States, which has angered the Palestinians and Arab powers by relocating its embassy to al-Quds [Jerusalem] from Tel Aviv, has echoed the entity in accusing Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement of instigating violence, an allegation it denies.

Later in the day, “Israeli” leaders and a US delegation including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, were due to attend the opening of the embassy.

The entity’s military dropped leaflets into the enclave Monday, warning Palestinians “not to serve as a tool of Hamas” or approach or damage the entity’s frontier fence.

But thousands of Palestinians massed at five locations along the line. Of the 35 people wounded by “Israeli” gunfire, four were journalists, the officials said.

The “Israeli” military alleges its troops are defending the border and firing in accordance with the rules of engagement.

The protests are scheduled to culminate on Tuesday, the day Palestinians mourn as the “Nakba” or “Catastrophe” when, in 1948, hundreds of thousands of them were driven out of their homes or fled the fighting around the entity’s creation.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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Great Return March: Hamas Leader Says Hundreds of Thousands to Storm Occupied Border

 

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Hamas Resistance Movement’s Leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar hinted at the possibility that thousands of Palestinians could storm the occupied border fence with the Zionist entity during next week’s mass protests.
 
Yehya Sinwar

“What’s the problem if hundreds of thousands storm this fence which is not a border of a state? What’s the problem with that?” Sinwar said, adding he did not recognize the border.

Meanwhile, Sinwar repeatedly attacked US President Donald Trump’s moving his country’s embassy to the occupied holy city of al-Quds. The opening of the embassy takes place on Monday, and coincides with the latest protests – which have martyred 40 Palestinian so far since 30 March.

Sinwar repeated his emphasis on the right of return for the descendants of refugee landowners who in 1948 lost their homes during the Nakba Day [the catastrophe], a time which will be commemorated on Tuesday.
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The Abandoned Palestinians

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After seventy years of brutal Israeli occupation, genocide, ethnic cleansing, theft of their land, cold-blooded murders of their children, starving siege and destruction of all aspects of their life, the Palestinian people had given up on any help or support from any international community, who seem to be bullied and intimidated by Zionist agents.

They also had given up on any help or support from Arab leaders, many of whom had originally accepted the 1948 partition plan and are lately talking about the alleged Jewish rights to live in their alleged god’s Promised Land and are talking overtly about normalizations with the Zionist terrorist state on the expense of Palestinian.

They had also given up on any support from the Moslem world, whose countries are plagued with problems of their own, that were created by Western foreign policies. The Palestinian people; young and old, male and female, decided to take the initiative in their own hands and organized the “Great March of Return” to their own original homes in exercise of UN resolution 194 mandated the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their own cities and villages.

Although their massive marches have been peaceful and under the Palestinian flag only, the Israeli army had met them with massive brutal force with all kinds of weapons. In their sixth week; May 4th, of the March of Return 50 Palestinians including children, women, medics and journalists were shot dead, and 8343 were injured, many of whom had sustained serious injuries including arms and legs amputations. The Israeli soldiers including 100 snipers, who were deployed to Gaza Strip, had used tear gas, rubber coated bullets, live explosive hollow-point bullets and unknown newly developed chemical gases that had inflected serious devastating injuries and fatalities upon the peaceful Palestinian marchers.

Although these killings and injuries are clearly violations of all international laws and articles 27 and 47 of Geneva Conventions and are considered war crimes,  the Israeli military leaders had encouraged and congratulated their murdering soldiers, who were shooting unarmed peaceful Palestinian marchers. “Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.” Israeli military leaders tweeted.

Yet despite these war crimes the Great March of Return is planned to continue until May 15th to commemorate the 70th year of Nakbah; Zionist occupation of Palestine, and in protest of the planned move on May 14th of the American embassy to al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the illegal recognition of the city as the capital of Israel.

On Sunday April 15th the Arab League; 22 Arab states, had their 29th summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia to discuss the security issues of the Arab World. Originally, the meeting was supposed to commence in the United Arab Emirates, but the Saudi king had hijacked the meeting and hosted it in Dhahran; Saudi Arabia, in an attempt to enforce Saudi influence in the region, and to represent his son Mohamad bin Salman (MBS) as the major player among Arab leaders.

The long covert Saudi/Israeli courtship has recently come to light by MBS, who had encouraged Saudi media outlets to portray Israel in a reasonable light while at the same time demonizing Iran. This was clearly demonstrated by Abdul Hamid Hakeem; the General Manager of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Similar to all previous meetings of the League, the Palestinian cause received the usual symbolic but not any tangible support. The meeting was called “Summit for al-Quds (Jerusalem)”, rejected Trump’s recognition of al-Quds as capital of Israel, called for peace negotiations on the bases of the impractical, already dead two-states solution, and called Israel to recognize the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.

The Saudi king announced a $150 million donation for East Jerusalem to support the administration of al-Quds’ Islamic Property, and another $50 million donation to UNRWA in support to Palestinian refugees. These seem to be generous donations until one realizes that the $150 million are to be paid to Salafi clerics and groups to promote Saudi policies in occupied Palestine, and that the $50 million to UNRWA equals to only 10% of the price of the private yacht MBS had recently bought.

The focus of the summit was not the fate of al-Quds or the Palestinian cause as the Saudi king wanted us to believe. The Palestinian cause is not a priority for the Saudi government as noted by MBS, who stated also that the Palestinians should accept Trump’s peace proposal “the deal of the century” or just shut up. MBS stated that Saudi Arabia has much more urgent and important issues to deal with such as Iran and Yemen.

The real focus of the summit, as manipulated by Saudi king, was to divert Arab attention from the real Zionist threat to the alleged Iranian threat in support of terrorist groups in Syria and in Yemen. The documented facts the summit had ignored is that Iran, with Syria and Russia, has been the real fighter of the terrorist militia armies, who were created and financed partly by Saudi Arabia.

The long covert Saudi/Israeli courtship has recently come to light by MBS, who had encouraged Saudi media outlets to portray Israel in a reasonable light while at the same time demonizing Iran. This was clearly demonstrated by Abdul Hamid Hakeem; the General Manager of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In his article “An Open Letter from a young Saudi to Prince Mohammad bin Salman” Hakeem resembles Iran to the Nazis aimed to exterminate Jewish people.

He describes Iranian and Nazi regimes as two faces of one coin. He urges the Zionist Israeli state to unite with the Saudis to fight the Iranian menace: “… In today’s political reality, you [the Israelis] and we are in the same trench in opposing the Iranian menace, with the terrorism and fanaticism Tehran spawns and exports around the world.  In fulfilling the destiny of all our ancestors, neither you nor we can afford to be bystanders in confronting this evil. Let us be united and of one voice in order to save our cultures and civilizations from the neo-Nazi threat in its Iranian guise, for the sake of peace.”

The summit was encouraged to blame Syrian Assad’s regime and to demand international investigation of the latest alleged chemical attack, yet there was no condemnation of the day before the summit tripartite US/UK/France attack against Syria even before any investigation or confirmation of any chemical attack.   Saudi Arabia, under the promise of financial and economic aid, had also manipulated the summit to gain approval and support for its fourth-year aggression against Yemen.

In the shadow of the alleged Iranian threat and the war in Yemen, the Palestinian issue weathered away. Yet, Mahmoud Abbas; the Palestinian president, praised the Saudi king for his “generous” donations, accused Trump’s administration of violating international resolutions by announcing al-Quds as capital of Israel, called for the implementation of the two-states solution under the supervision of the International Quartet, and affirmed his efforts for reconciliations with Hamas although he accused Hamas of the attempted assassination of Palestinian Prime Minister; Rami Hamadallah, last March 13th.

On Monday April 13th the lifeless Palestinian National Council (PNC) met in Ramallah, West Bank, with the absence of major Palestinian factions such as Hamas, who has the majority in the Palestinian Parliament, the Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). They, and other Palestinian political figures, requested the postponement of the meeting until better arrangement is made to allow all factions to attend. Having the meeting in Ramallah would threaten any faction members, other than Fateh, of being arrested by Israeli forces.

The National Council is a legislative body that theoretically (not factually) represents all Palestinians at home and abroad. The previous meeting was conducted in Gaza 22 years ago in 1996. It was dominated by Fateh’s representatives while the Palestinian diaspora representations were mostly absent, had been pushed out by the Oslo Accord, and are still absent from any arrangements related to them.

Mahmoud Abbas, whose term had expired on January 8th 2009 and has been administering the Palestinian Authority as a dictatorship, insisted on having the meeting in Ramallah despite the absence of major representatives. This placed serious ambiguity on the legal status of most of the attendees, who filled the meeting hall. This is a reminiscence of Arafat’s old tactic of overflowing meetings with his Fateh representative to gain votes for his favor.

Abbas seems to have done the same in order to gain popularity for his own leadership in preparation for anticipated concessions for the long talked about deal of the century. It was reported that President Trump will announce his Middle East plan after his inauguration of the American embassy in al-Quds on May 14th. The plan is reported to offer Palestinians money to build their own capital somewhere else either in the West Bank or in Sinai desert.

For the last seventy years the Palestinians had suffered the worst ever brutal occupation and genocide by the Zionist Jews, who much worse than the Aryan German Nazis consider themselves to be the elite of all elites, a sacred god’s chosen people, who are above all human races and above all international laws and can use brutal force to enforce their will on all humanity with divine impunity. Abandoned by their delusional selfish Arab leaders, abandoned by their misguided Christian and Moslem communities, and abandoned by the false self-proclaimed international righteous, legal and humanistic organizations, to weather away and die quietly, the Palestinian people, this new generation, decided to be the sacrificial martyrs; the Palestinian holocaust (sacrifice), who would rather die honorably while struggling for the dignity, the freedom, and the rightful return of their own people back to their rightful ancestral homeland. Their sacrifice; their murder by the Israelis, would be a dark stain on the human consciousness.

 

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