Al-Quds Is Arab At 5PM!

Mohammad Abu al-Failat

When the Maqdisi [Jerusalemite] weapon is his body, the battle from start to finish becomes a battle of will. The dominant faith of the people of Al-Quds is challenging the armed “Israeli” soldiers and police unarmed. That is what the residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip say. The mere lifting of the Palestinian flag signals the start of a battle in which more than twenty soldiers gather around one person to take the flag away. This is a small scene of the Intifada memoirs in Al-Quds.

AlAqsa Mosque

At 5PM Al-Quds time, the youths will chant: “From border to border, every inch of you will return.” Then the voices will rise louder and louder: “Unity, national unity, all of AlQuds is Arab.” This is what the scene has become in Bab Al-Amoud during the evenings these days. But it does not stay the same for long. Suddenly young people take out the Palestinian flags, which infuriate the “Israeli” police. The Maqdisis always decide to highlight what unites them and affirms the Arabism of their city. They dream that the temporal and spatial expansion of Arabs and Muslims in the city will prevail. This is how they regard the Palestinian flag; it is one with the gate of Al-Quds and its Ottoman wall, as if “Israel” had nothing here.

At this moment, the [“Israeli”] soldiers are amassing and frowning – they try to make their faces look like a knife that can cut anything. The soldiers take turn watching the protesters who are holding their country’s flag while the others look at their commander, who orders them to move and practice the “hobby” of oppressing the Mdqdisis. The orders are given to put down this dreaded flag, and if possible have it torn-up and stepped on. The most important thing is not to leave it raised.

This is how the battle for the Palestinian flag begins. One of the enemy’s soldiers attacks to snatch the flag from the hand of the one lifting it. His heavy, large hand falls on the flag, trying with all his might to strip it from its owner. But he is surprised that this is not an easy process, and his military training did not teach him how to snatch the flag. The young men are doing their utmost to preserve what has become a symbol for their home, land, and Al-Quds.

Another soldier joins the battle to wrest the flag and help his friend win. Then, the soldiers multiply, forming a large mass around one Palestinian. The sight of this hybrid human mass of several nationalities is horrifying. Only weapons scattered on the backs of the soldiers and their legs can be seen. As for their hands and feet, they are hitting and kicking the Palestinian, who lost his strength and is on the ground, on his head, back and feet.

While the young man’s body fuses with the land of Al-Quds, the soldiers tie his hands behind his back, take the flag from him, and drag him to the interrogation center and then to a prison cell. Despite that the unarmed protesters try to free him from the hands of the soldiers, but the military rings that surround him and gradually expand prevent them from doing so. At this moment, another Palestinian flag flies again. The scene is repeated, more arrests until the demonstrators are attacked.

Near Bab al-Amoud, which has become the most important and symbolic place for demonstrations, is Sultan Sulaiman Street that borders it to the north. There, dispersing the demonstrators is not only limited to suppressing and threatening them with arrest, the cavalry squad of the “Israeli” police also take part. The black horses have prominent muscles and a height of some two and a half meters. When they approach, one no longer feels that they are the gentle animals raised and domesticated by humans. They stalk the demonstrators with a level of hate equivalent to that of the “Israelis.” Not only do they intimidate and attack them, but they also drown them with their manure, perhaps to add to their psychological pain.

All of the above has become a daily sight in the occupied city since US President Donald Trump stood on his platform on December 6 and delivered his speech in which he said: “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of “Israel”.” The streets of Al-Quds rose as a result especially during the first Friday following Trump’s declaration.

That Friday has a story in Al-Quds. Palestinians coming from the West Bank, Al-Quds and the other cities gather after performing Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Their chants takeover the mosque’s courtyards as the worshippers decide to march towards Bab Al-Amoud. A human flood almost sweeps away all that comes in its way. They march towards Bab Al-Nasser, one of the gates of Al-Aqsa, at a uniform pace. Facing them are dozens of soldiers, trembling and gathering at the corner of the gate not trying to intercept the demonstrators.

The lucky one was the one at the front of the march. He feels as if he posses super powers as thousands of Palestinians and Muslims of other nationalities march behind him. They empower him as he approaches the military checkpoint and the dozens of soldiers who closed the road connecting Bab al-Amoud and al-Aqsa to pierce the barrier at all costs.

On the other side, the occupation soldiers amass more and more as the demonstration approaches. The way in which they stand makes you think that an ant cannot get through them. But soon this belief falls apart when the distance between the demonstrators and the soldiers narrows. The fight begins. It does not discourage the demonstrators from reaching Bab Al-Amoud. The scene of amassing, chanting, arrests and the crazy oppression begins. The only difference from one day to the next, during the daily Maqdisi scene, is that the old faces who came out the day before are replaced with new ones who are also arrested. Meanwhile, the occupation increases the number of its soldiers and barricades as much as it can.

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper, Translated by website team

18-12-2017 | 07:55

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Break the Children’s Bones: How israel Tortures, Maims and Kills Palestinians

Break the Children’s Bones: How Israel Tortures, Maims and Kills Palestinians

Lasha Darkmoon — Darkmoon Dec 16, 2017

“Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” — Israeli General Moshe Dayan

“Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.”
Moshe Dayan, Israeli general

So what is President Donald Trump doing to put a stop to the appalling cruelties in Occupied Palestine that form the subject matter of the video we are about to see? 
The answer is — nothing.
What makes matters worse is that we now have a president who has come out openly in support of torture.
When asked what he felt about torturing people, President Trump  said: “I have spoken with people at the highest level of intelligence and I asked them the question ‘Does it work?’ and the answer was ‘Yes, absolutely’.” With that simpering, self-satisfied smile of his, he was to add complacently: “I want to do everything within the bounds of what you’re allowed to do legally, but do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works!
If Trump believes that torture actually “works”, he is mistaken. Torture only works if the suspect is guilty. If he possesses dangerous knowledge that he is concealing. But it doesn’t work if the suspect is innocent, as is mostly the case, and has nothing of importance to reveal. It’s well known that people will confess to anything under torture.  Just to get the torture to stop. Information extracted under these circumstances is worthless. Everyone knows that.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in a single month. Why so often?  If torture “works”, why didn’t Khalid “sing” after the first waterboarding? Or after the second? Why did they have to drown him (almost) 183 times in one  month?
That’s six times a day!
The reason they needed to torture Khalid six times a day for 30 consecutive days was clearly because torture wasn’t working! And yet we have the President telling us: “Absolutely, I feel it works!”
According to official reports, there are 73 types of “interrogation” and 200 different torture methods used in Israeli prisons, to which President Trump turns a blind eye. Or endorses. Abby Martin reveals in the shocking video posted below that Israel has a deliberate policy in regard to the Palestinians called “SHOOT TO CRIPPLE”.  IDF soldiers are instructed to aim directly at the penises and vaginas of their victims. More wheelchairs are consequently found in Occupied Palestine than anywhere else in the world.
All this President Trump knows, yet he does nothing to stop it, singing the praises of the Jewish state whenever he opens his mouth. (Click on link for 25-second video). 

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LET’S go over to Israel now and see how nice these people are.
You want to study cruelty? To write a doctoral study on sado-masochism under a democratic system? Well then, hop on a plane to Tel Aviv and you can start sharpening your pencils as soon as you get to Ben-Gurion Airport.
A few years ago, there was an article in Haaretz called “Parallel Lives”. It was a detailed study by Dalia Karpel of the psychology of Israeli torturers in Palestine. I can no longer access the article on my computer. For some reason,  all I get when I click on the link is this enigmatic sentence: “An error occurred while processing your request. Reference #30.6d52655f.1512602150.17d4c28a.” Yeah, sure.
Fortunately, I saved my notes.
The Dalia Karpel report is dated 4 October, 2007. Allow me to copy and paste some of the quotes from this scary article:
The study by Israeli doctoral student and clinical psychologist Nufar Yishai-Karin included interviews with 18 soldiers and three officers who served with her in two armored infantry units. She knew most of them from her military service. She interviewed each of them personally in his home for a few hours and recorded the interviews; she still has the tapes. Her prior acquaintance with the soldiers led them to trust her implicitly, and they opened up fully, readily telling her about crimes they themselves had committed: murder and killing, BREAKING THE BONES OF LITTLE CHILDREN, inflicting humiliation, destroying property, stealing…
The article describes the brutalization of some of the soldiers. Among the brutalized group was the impulsive type of soldier, who used the opportunity to let off steam, sometimes enthusiastically.
Testimony: “I went out on my first patrol. Others on the patrol were just shooting like crazies. I also started shooting like all the others. Look, I WON’T TELL YOU IT WASN’T COOL! … Suddenly you are responsible for what you are doing. You take the gun. You shoot. You do what you want.”
(‘Parallel Lives’ , Dalia Karpel, article in Haaretz. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/909589.html).
One of the study’s most shocking findings is that the soldiers enjoyed the intoxication of power no less than the kick they got from the violence.
At one point or another of their service, the majority of the interviewees enjoyed violence,” Yishai-Karin observes in her thesis. “They enjoyed the violence because it broke the routine and they liked the destruction and the chaos. They also enjoyed the feeling of power and the sense of danger.”
Testimony of IDF soldier: “When there is chaos, I like it! That’s when I enjoy it! It’s like a drug. If I don’t go into Rafah, and if there isn’t some kind of riot once in some week, I GO NUTS!”
Another soldier: “The most important thing is that it removes the burden of the law from you. You ARE the law! You are the one who decides. The moment you leave the place that is called Eretz Yisrael and go through the Erez checkpoint into the Gaza Strip, YOU ARE THE LAW! YOU ARE GOD!”
(Dalia Karpel, Ibid.)
The callousness of some of the soldiers produced extreme indifference to the Arabs’ suffering. There were some tough soldiers who developed an ideology holding that even minor events necessitated a brutal response.
“With women I have no problem,” one soldier said. A woman threw a clog at me and I kicked her here [pointing to crotch area]. I broke everything there. She can’t have children. Next time she won’t throw clogs at me. When one of them [a woman] spat at me, I GAVE HER A RIFLE BUTT IN THE FACE. SHE DOESN’T HAVE WHAT TO SPIT WITH ANY MORE.”
Some junior commanders encouraged the brutality and even endorsed it:
“After two months in Rafah a new commanding officer arrived. So we do a first patrol with him. It’s 6am. Rafah is under curfew, there isn’t so much as a dog in the streets. Only a little boy of four playing in the sand. He is building a castle in his yard. He [the officer] suddenly starts running and we all run with him . . . He grabbed the boy. I am a degenerate if I am not telling you the truth: HE BROKE HIS HAND AT THE WRIST . . . BROKE HIS LEG . . . AND STARTED TO STOMP ON HIS STOMACH!
We are all there, jaws dropping, looking at him in shock.
The next day I go out with him on another patrol, and the soldiers are ALREADY STARTING TO DO THE SAME THING.”
(Dalia Karpel, Ibid.). 
The sad truth is that the level of cruelty practiced by these people — see picture — is nothing new. Israeli human rights abuses are fully supported by the American government and always have been. The Israelis, you will be pleased to hear, are no more wicked or cruel than their ancestors were. Psychologically, they at the same level of cruelty as they were in 1948 during the infamous Deir Yassin massacre, but technologically they are now in a position to inflict far more horrendous pains on a subjugated population, as they do in Gaza at regular intervals when they feel the need for orgasmic paroxysms and extracting pleasure from pain:
Israeli woman enjoys watching Palestian children die
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YES, they’ve been at it a long time, but I doubt they are any more wicked or cruel than they ever were. They are just as bad. Here they are, their charming ancestors, over 70 years ago:
“The Jews ordered us to line up against the wall and started shooting. All were killed: my father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, uncles, aunts and some of their children. Halim Eid saw a man shoot a bullet into the neck of my [pregnant] sister. THEN HE CUT HER STOMACH OPEN WITH A BUTCHER’S KNIFE.
(Fahimi Zidan, a Palestinian child survivor of the infamous Deir Yassin massacre of 1948).
“It was decided and carried out,” Israeli Prime Minister Ben-Gurion noted a year later in 1949.  “They washed her, cut her hair, raped her and killed her.”
I’m not sure who Ben-Gurion was talking about, but you can bet this sort of thing happened far more to Palestinian women than to Jewish ones.  “There is no doubt that many sexual atrocities were committed by the attacking Jews,” Richard Catling, a British army officer, noted shortly after the 1948 Deir Yassin massacre. “Many young school girls were raped and later slaughtered. Many infants were also butchered and killed. I also saw one old woman who had been severely beaten about the head with rifle butts.”
Israeli General Rafael Eitan remarked frankly in 1980: “We have to do everything to MAKE THE PALESTINIANS SO MISERABLE that they will leave.”
Well, they’ve tried every trick in the book and the Palestinians are still with them. They refuse to leave. Maybe they have nowhere else to go. Or maybe they prefer dying in their own land than in someone else’s.
Here is Jacques de Reynier, representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross, writing a memo about the Deir Yassin massacre:
Amid disemboweled furniture I found some bodies. The “cleaning up” had been done with machine-guns, hand grenades, and finished off with knives. I turned over the bodies, and found a little girl mutilated by a hand grenade. Everywhere it was the same horrible sight.
This gang was admirably disciplined and only acted under orders. The gang were young men and women, armed to the teeth with cutlasses in their hands, most of them still blood-stained.
A beautiful young [Jewish] girl WITH CRIMINAL EYES showed me hers …  [severed head] …  DRIPPING WITH BLOOD. SHE DISPLAYED IT LIKE A TROPHY.
Here again is Rafael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the IDF, writing in the New York Times on 14 April 1983:
“We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel. Force is all they understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours. When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to SCURRY AROUND LIKE DRUGGED COCKROACHES IN A BOTTLE.”
A charming people, these, who have somehow managed to convince 70 million Christian Zionists to give them their full support and finance them in their follies.
One final titbit to show you the mutilated face of Palestine:
—  “Whoever [i.e. Arab at checkpoint] does not act nicely gets beaten. We have clubs for that. Sometimes I might just not like his face. And then he gets one too. JUST A WAY OF PASSING THE TIME.”
(Israeli policewoman, quoted in Haaretz, 16 January 2004).
—  “I ran toward them and PUNCHED THE ARAB RIGHT IN THE FACE, never before did I do such a thing, he collapsed on the road. I dragged him over behind the jeep, pushed him in. We sat in the back seat. Our Arab lay down there and just wept quietly to himself. He bled and made a puddle of blood and saliva, which angered and disgusted me, so I grabbed him by the hair and twisted his head to the side. He cried out loud. He didn’t stop crying and someone said his hands hurt from the handcuffs. One of the soldiers approached him and punched him in the stomach.
THE ARAB SUFFERED FROM PAIN AND GRUNTED, WE ALL GIGGLED, IT WAS FUNNY. I KICKED HIM REAL HARD on the bottom and he whirled inside, just as I planned.
They shouted that I am crazy and laughed – AND I FELT GREAT!
(Liran Ron-Forer, December 2003) 
Watch this video and weep.

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Ibrahim Abu Thuraya: The Man Who Taught Lessons in Courage

December 16, 2017

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Israeli occupation soldiers shot dead a wheelchair-bound man with no legs during Friday protests in Gaza against US decision to recognize Al-Quds as Israeli capital.

Disabled Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, 29, was taken to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after being shot by occupation troops but was later pronounced dead.

Abu Thurayeh, who had previously lost both his legs during the 2014 Israeli war on the besieged enclave, local media reported.

 

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ليس استعراضاً ولا افتعالاً… بل بعضُ حرب

– القولُ بأنّ فلسطين هي البوصلة وأنّ القدس تحتلّ اليوم في ظلّ المخطط الأميركي «الإسرائيلي» السعودي لتضييعها، لأنه عندما تهون القدس يهون سواها، ولأنّ مَن يتجرأ على القدس يتجرّأ على كلّ ما عداها، يعني بالسياسة، أن تتصرّف الأحزاب وأن يتصرّف المثقفون، وأن تتصرّف وسائل الإعلام، التي تشهر هذا التعريف وتلتقي على هذا التوصيف، بما يتناسب معه، وأن تستنفر ما لديها وما حولها وما بين يديها، لترجمة هذا الموقف، وأن تسعى لنقله كسلوك إلى أوسع دائرة تمتلك قدرة التأثير فيها وعليها، ومسؤولية الأحزاب والنخب والإعلام في القضايا الكبرى، تبدأ من هنا، كيفية تحويل الأولويات التي تفرض حضورها كقضايا، إلى أولويات في وعي الناس، لأنّ سائر أشكال المواجهة، بما فيها المقاومة كفعل يصل حدّ الاستشهاد، يبدأ من هذا الوعي، ويشكّل ترجمة له، وكلما اتسعت دائرة الإيمان بهذه المعادلة وتجذّر تأثيرها في الوجدان الجمعي للناس صارت قضية، وصارت هي القضية.

– السوريون القوميون الاجتماعيون، لا يحتاجون لإثبات ثلاثٍ من خصالهم، أنهم جدّيون بكلّ ما يتصل بالعقيدة، والقدس وفلسطين بعضٌ جوهري وأساسيٌّ من عقيدتهم، وأنهم لا يؤمنون بالأفعال الاستعراضية في قتالهم وممارسة مسؤولياتهم، ولا يفتعلون المناسبات لمنحها مرتبة ليست لها في أولويات النضال القومي. ومن وحي هذه الثلاث، أحيا القوميون، كقوميين وكسوريين وكاجتماعيين، للقدس أسبوعاً ممتداً على مساحة تأثيرهم وانتشارهم، فالمقاومة جوهر مسؤوليتهم القومية، وهذه قضيتها وهؤلاء هم ناسها، والقدس عاصمة سورياهم، وهذه حربها، والمجتمع هو النسيج المعني الأوّل بإعلان الاشتباك، تجمّعاً وتظاهراً وانتفاضاً وصولاً لحدّ المقاومة الشاملة، لتنطلق من تعبئة طاقات القوميين وناسهم ومدى تأثيرهم، الحملة التي سيتولّونها حيث يتوسّع المدى ويمتدّ المزيد من التأثير، أفقياً، ولتتركّز خطط العمل الأعمق بينهم للأشكال الأشدّ حسماً وتأثيراً بوحي هذه التعبئة، فتُستنهض الهمم والقامات التي يخرج منها المقاومون والاستشهاديون، ويتعمّق ويتجذّر الفعل عمودياً.

– القوميون بعضٌ فاعل من أمّة ومن مجتمع، يستهدفهما الخطر فيستشعرونه بقوة ويحضرون، والجاري حرب كاملة، وما يقومون به هو بعضُ هذه الحرب المعاكسة، وهذه رسالتهم وواجبهم ومسؤوليتهم، لكنّها رسالة أيضاً لسواهم من الأحزاب التي تؤمن بما يؤمنون من مكانة لفلسطين والقدس والمقاومة، ليفعل كلّ منهم وفق خصوصية إيمانه، وتميّز أدواته ما يلزم. فالمجتمعات عندما تُستَهْدف ولا تجد حكوماتها، أو تجدها وتفتقد لديها المقدرات اللازمة، أو تسشعر حجم المعركة واتساع الحاجة لشراكة المجتمع فيها، ليسند الحكومات أو يصوّب مسارها، أو يزيد من مقدّراتها، لا يصدق الحديث عن استنفارها من دون أن تنهض أحزابها وتتقدّم الصفوف، فهي السيوف التي تمتشقها المجتمعات والأمم في الملمّات، ولا يتأخّر القوميون عن تلبية النداء، وهذه رابعة خصالهم وها هم قد بدأوا.

 

الناشف: لا خيار غير القوة لانتزاع حقنا القومي في كل أرضنا في فلسطين ولا يصنع النصر إلا 

احتفال حاشد لـ «القومي» في جلّ الديب تحت شعار: «من أجل القدس وكل فلسطين.. غضب ومقاومة»

اعتدال صادق شومان

«لم يتسلّط اليهود على جنوب بلادنا إلا بفضل يهودنا الحقيرين في ماديتهم، الحقيرين في عيشهم، الذليلين في عظمة الباطل» وهم «أعظم من بلائنا من يهود العالم» سعاده .

وها هو الخطر اليهودي يستفحل مجدداً.

والتاريخ يعيد نفسه دوماً. فيروي لفلسطين الكنعانية حكاية، ولقدسها حكاية، حكاية استكملها «ترامب» مستكملاً مسيرة أسلافه المرابين فـ»يمنح القدس» ويشرّع اغتصابها، و«على عينك يا عرب»!..

فليس قرار ترامب «الاعتراف رسمياً بالقدس عاصمة لإسرائيل» إلا النتيجة الحتمية لمسيرة الذل والهوان تلك. فالقرار لم يأتِ من عدم، بل من لواحق وعد بلفور لو أنه قُتل ليطوّق به رقاب ووجوه مَن تبقى من قادة «أمّة العرب» يلوذون بصمتهم المتواطِئ صمٌّ بكمٌ لا يبصرون، وقلوب مُغلقة دون المأساة عن القدس «عروس عروبتهم»، تستصرخهم فالعدوان مبين على مدينة المآذن والمدائن ودرب من مرّوا إلى السماء، هي القدس تنادي، أليس من مغيث منتصر يرفع الضيم عنها؟ أين شهامتكم؟ إن كنتم عرباً، سوِّدت وجوهُكم من عرب، ومن.. قمم.

فليذهبوا.. فليذهب ملوك العرب بسيوفهم الصدئة، التي باتت لا تُشهر الا للرقص بها، فليرقصوا كيفما شاؤوا من الجذل. وفيا ذلّ قومٍ لا يعرفون ما هو الشرف وما هو العار.

غير أن للقدس عشاقاً أحراراً تسكن في مهبّ أرواحهم، تراهم العين حيث تديرها، و ما سجدوا الا لاسمها رغم الدمع واللهب، لبّوا نداء قدسهم، ينتصرون لها فخرجوا غضباّ ومقاومة..

مقولتهم: إنهم «أصحاب الحق الطبيعي والشرعي في فلسطين وإنه لنا وليس لغيرنا أن يقول الكلمة الأولى والأخيرة في مصيرها»، وقد أعلنوها حرباّ من أجل فلسطين.

وإن «محق الدولة الجديدة المصطنعة» هو «عملية يعرفون مداها» قالوا… وما زالوا يقولون لا خلاص لنا إلا بالقوة المنظمة.

برغم أن لا سلاح للقوميين، قالها لهم الذين حملوا أسلحة تُطلق إلى «الخلف»، فأضلوا وجهة العدو، وأضاعوا الطلقات هدراً، كما فلسطين. ولم يبقَ باليد سلاح ولا حيلة، وبدلاً من إزالة الكيان الصهيوني من الوجود وإعلان تحرير فلسطين، حُرّرت اتفاقيات الهدنة بين «العرب» و«العصابات» التي صار إسمها «اسرائيل»، لتتوالى النكبات وقد أسموها نكسات، وصار الهّم «إزالة آثار العدوان» هو المطلب والمرتجى، وليس «كيد العدا».

غير أن ثوار الحزب السوري القومي الاجتماعي، لم يذعنوا لأمر الاستبعاد، فتنكّبوا أسلحتهم وولّوا عيونهم شطرَ جنوبهم السوري، وعلى خطى «حطّين» لم يخطئوا بوصلة الشرف ذوداً عن حقهم بأرضهم، فخرجوا للقدس مناصرين، منهم القائد سعيد العاص وحسين البنا ومحمد زغيب وعبد القادر يعقوب وفتحي الأتاسي وعزيز حوّاط ومحمد قناعة… إلى آخر لائحة شهداء الشرف العريضة للسوريين القوميين في جبهة المقاومة المسلحة، يطوّعون الوسائل الممكنة وغير الممكنة.

إنّ إنقاذ فلسطين.. هو عندهم «أمر لبناني في الصميم، كما هو أمر شاميّ في الصميم، كما هو أمر فلسطينيّ في الصميم»، ولأنه كذلك كان يوم التداعي إلى «يوم الغضب القومي من أجل القدس وكل فلسطين». ودعماً لانتفاضتها المجيدة، فخرجوا يعبّرون عن ثورتهم وغضبهم في أكثر من مدينة على مدى تراب الوطن السوري، كما في المغتربات، بالتزامن مع التحرّكات الشعبية والتظاهرات الغاضبة في كثير من دول العالم العربي والإسلامي والدولي، تنديداً بالقرار الوعد الجديد.

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Trump’s Al-Quds Decision, an Opportunity?

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 December 13, 2017

President Trump’s Al-Quds announcement represents a great threat that might change into a realistic opportunity.

US President Donald Trump unilateral recognition of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Zionist entity is a real crime. Trump shattered seventy years of international consensus, in violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions. His decision shows his alignment to “Israel” and gross disregard for the rights of Palestinians, it also threatens the stability and safety of the whole region.

The protest by the aggrieved in the Arab and Muslim World and their calls for justice will not bring any result, as the Arab rulers are more concerned in securing their thrones.

Most of them have bought into the fraudulent US and Saudi-created “threat” that Iran poses, relegating the just cause of the Palestinians to total irrelevance. The grand plan now is to form this grand alliance against the resistance movements and Iran, the only bulwark against their hegemony.

Jerusalem, which houses the al-Aqsa compound, belonged to the international community under the administration of the UN. It was granted this special status for its importance to the three Abrahamic religions.

The Zionists have distorted and misrepresented the history of the region established by Islam over the past 1300 years. They have overturned the demography of Palestine, controlling and Judaizing the Old City and East Jerusalem as a whole.

The Trump declaration recognizing Al-Quds as the capital of the Zionist entity shatters the illusion of the USA as an “honest broker” interested in a just resolution of the struggle.

The world reaction so far has been a categorical refusal for the US decision. This is a good position to be built upon and to invest in the world diplomacy and politics to exercise more pressure on the American administration to take back its decision.

The Zionist Project has taken a step forward in entrenching ‘Israel’ as the forward base for Western powers intent on dominating the Islamic world. Therefore, the Islamic world should adopt a different position and steps its efforts to meet the challenges and thwarts the American attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause. However, the main response should start from Palestine, and it should be met by genuine strong support from the Arab and Islamic governments and people.

A third intifada (uprising) against the oppressors in Occupied Palestine is a must. If it happens, it will represent the beginning of a real confrontation that carries the hope of sabotaging the US Israeli plots, and it might open the way for a real liberation of the land and people.

Source: Al-Manar Website

 

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إعادة البوصلة نحو فلسطين وإشعال الانتفاضة وعزل أميركا

 

ديسمبر 16, 2017

حسن حردان

قرار الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب العدواني على القدس بالاعتراف بها عاصمة للدولة الصهيونية العنصرية الاستيطانية المغتصبة لأرض فلسطين العربية منذ عام 1948 كان بمثابة الزلزال الذي هزّ المجتمعات العربية والإسلامية والدولية وأدّى إلى تداعيات ونتائج غاية في الأهمية:

أولاً: كشف الوجه الحقيقي للولايات المتحدة الأميركية بأنها لا تقلّ عداء للحقوق العربية في فلسطين ودعماً وانحيازاً لكيان الاحتلال في فلسطين، وأنّ أميركا ليست على الحياد أو وسيطاً، كما حاول المراهنون على المفاوضات أن يوهموا أنفسهم ويقنعوا به الرأي العام لتبرير السير في المفاوضات. فأميركا تثبت من خلال هذا الإعلان، بأنها كانت تخدع هؤلاء المراهنين على التسوية وأنّ سياستها كانت ولا زالت تقوم على دعم كيان الاحتلال وتمكينه من تحقيق أهدافه عبر توفير كلّ المناخات المواتية لفرض مخططاته ومشاريعه. وهذا الإعلان يتوّج الدعم الأميركي غير المحدود للكيان الصهيوني عسكرياً ومالياً وسياسياً ودبلوماسياً.

ثانياً: توجيه ضربة قاصمة لحلّ الدولتين، والتأكيد مجدّداً لمن راهن على أوسلو لإقامة دولة فلسطينية في الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة وعاصمتها القدس، أنّ أوسلو كان شركاً أميركياً «إسرائيلياً» استدرجت إليه منظمة التحرير، وكانت نتيجته إلهاء الفلسطينيين بمفاوضات عقيمة مجرّد ملهاة على مدى 25 عاماً تمكّن خلالها الكيان الصهيوني من الحصول على اعتراف منظمة التحرير بشرعية احتلاله لأرض فلسطين التي احتلت عام 48 وإبقاء الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة والقدس مناطق متنازع عليها خاضعة للتفاوض. فيما نجح هذا الكيان بالاستفادة من المفاوضات والتنسيق الأمني بين السلطة الفلسطينية والاحتلال بموجب أوسلو، وقام ببناء عشرات آلاف المستعمرات في الضفة والقدس وجلب مئات آلاف المستوطنين إلى فلسطين المحتلة.

ثالثاً: تأكّد بشكل لا شكّ فيه أن لا سبيل أمام الفلسطينيين سوى المقاومة المسلحة والانتفاضة الشعبية الحاضنة للمقاومة، اللغة الوحيدة التي يفهمها المحتل والمستعمر، وأنّ خيار المقاومة أثبت أنه هو الأكثر واقعية والأقصر لتحرير الأرض واستعادة الحقوق. ولهذا فقد أدّى إعلان ترامب إلى إشعال الانتفاضة الفلسطينية الثالثة التي كانت أصلاً ناراً تحت الرماد وتنتظر حدثاً لتتفجر. وبسرعة منقطعة النظر اتسعت رقعة الانتفاضة لتشمل كلّ أرض فلسطين التاريخية وتوحّد من جديد نضال وكفاءة الفلسطينيين للتأكد أنّ الوحدة الحقيقية إنما تتحقق في ميدان التصدّي للاحتلال.

رابعاً: أسهم إعلان ترامب في كيّ الوعي العربي فاستفاق الشارع العربي بكلّ فئاته وتلاوينه واضعاً حداً للنتائج السلبية التي تمخّضت عن سنوات الحرب الإرهابية التكفيرية الأميركية الصهيونية التي أدخلت العرب في حروب استنزفت قدراتهم ودمّرت مقدّراتهم وأبعدتهم عن قضية فلسطين، وكان كيان العدو يراهن عليها، وبدعم أميركي، من أجل التمكن من تصفية القضية وتطويب كامل فلسطين للصهاينة وتحويل القدس عاصمة أبدية للكيان الصهيوني وجعل الدولة الصهيونية «دولة طبيعية» في المنطقة.

خامساً: سقوط الرهان الصهيوني الأميركي على يأس الشارع الفلسطيني والعربي والإسلامي، وأنّه لن يتحرّك في أعقاب قرار ترامب، وكان يتصوّر البعض في دوائر صنع القرار في واشنطن أنّ ردة الفعل العربية والإسلامية ستكون ضعيفة وكذلك كان تقدير المعلقين الصهاينة، لكنهم فوجئوا بردّة الفعل العارمة. لم يتوقعوا أن يحصل هذا التضامن العارم في العواصم والمدن العربية والإسلامية كلها. كما سقط الرهان على جعل شعوب العالم تنسى فلسطين وقضيتها العادلة فاندلعت تظاهرات عارمة في العواصم العالمية لا سيما في دول أميركا اللاتينية، فيما لم تبقَ دولة في العالم إلا وأعلنت رفضها ومعارضتها لقرار ترامب ودعت إلى التراجع عنه، ووجدت الولايات المتحدة نفسها في حالة من العزلة الدولية الشاملة، والتي عبّر عنها بوقوف جميع أعضاء مجلس الأمن الدولي الـ 14 ضدّ القرار الأميركي.

يجب أن يؤدّي ما حصل إلى إنتاج مرحلة جديدة تكون بمستوى انتفاضة الشارع العربي في فلسطين والدول العربية وانخفاض العالم الإسلامي والدولي، تؤسّس لإعادة توحيد الموقف حول خيار المقاومة وإسقاط الخيارات السابقة التي راهنت على حلّ الدولتين والمفاوضات.

مَن تابع ردود الفعل يلحظ أننا أمام انتفاضة شعبية عربية انتفاضة شعبية في كلّ الدول العربية، مسلمين ومسيحيين، وتظاهرات في كلّ العواصم والمدن العربية، إجماع شعبي عربي يعانق الانتفاضة الثالثة التي اشتعلت في فلسطين ويزيد من زخمها، الأمر الذي جاء مخالفاً لتوقعات ترامب ومستشاريه، وأيضاً جاء مخالفاً لتوقعات الصهاينة.

والواضح أنّ شروط تفجر واستمرار الانتفاضة الثالثة باتت متوافرة، وهي ليست مجرد احتجاج أو ردّ فعل مؤقت سينتهي بعد يومين أو ثلاثة أو أسبوع، لكن ما هو مطلوب أن تكون هناك مقاربة سياسية فلسطينية جديدة تقوم على بلورة مشروع وطني تحرّري يشكل قطيعة مع المسار السابق لصالح خيار الانتفاضة والمقاومة، لا سيما أنّ خيار التفاوض ثبت فشله وبات الاستمرار فيه يعني الاستسلام لقرار ترامب الذي لم يترك للشعب العربي إلا خيار المقاومة لردّ العدوان وحماية عروبة القدس وتحرير فلسطين.

المشروع السياسي التسووي أسقطه ترامب بقراره، والمشروع البديل هو مشروع المقاومة والانتفاضة، وكلّ كلمة تقال يجب أن تصبّ في خدمة تعزيز وتزخيم ودعم والانتفاضة والمقاومة وتوحيد الصف، والتركيز على إيجابيات ما حصل من نهوض شعبي منقطع النظير لم يسبق له مثيل في تاريخ الصراع مع كيان العدو الصهيوني والتضامن مع نضال وكفاح الشعب العربي في فلسطين.

من هنا يمكن القول إنّ القدس أعادت البوصلة نحو فلسطين واستنهاض الأمة وشعوب العالم، وأشعلت الانتفاضة، ووجّهت ضربة قوية للاحتلال الذي أُصيب بصدمة لم يتوقّعها، كما لم يتوقّع الأميركي أن يجد نفسه وحيداً، في مجلس الأمن والعالم أجمع لتُمنى السياسة الأميركية بهزيمة هي الأولى لناحية أثرها وتداعياتها على مكانة وهيبة الولايات المتحدة في العالم. في وقت مُنيت حربها الإرهابية في سورية والعراق بهزيمة مدوّية، وانتصر محور المقاومة وحليفه الروسي وإسقاط أحلام أميركا وكيان الاحتلال الصهيوني بإسقاط سورية وإقامة نظام تابع لأميركا والقضاء على المقاومة وعزل الجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية وروسيا والصين وإعادة تعويم مشروع الهيمنة الأميركي على العالم وتمكين الكيان الصهيوني من تصفية القضية الفلسطينية والإعلان عن الدولة الصهيونية العنصرية وعاصمتها القدس. ولهذا فإنّ قرار ترامب جاء بنتائج عكسية لما كانت تسعى إليه كل من واشنطن وتل أبيب. لا سيما أنه أعلن في أجواء انتصارات محور المقاومة التي أسهمت في تغيير موازين القوى في المنطقة والعالم في مصلحة تعزيز خيار المقاومة والانتفاضة في فلسطين واستنهاض الأمة للدفاع عن عروبة فلسطين التي تشكّل قلب الأمة وعنوان نضالها التحرري وحماية وحدتها وعروبتها.

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Why Washington’s Support For Israel Remains Unconditional

Why Washington’s Support For Israel Remains Unconditional

BRIAN CLOUGHLEY | 17.12.2017 | OPINION

Why Washington’s Support For Israel Remains Unconditional

On December 8 the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tweeted that Washington “will not be lectured to by countries that lack any credibility when it comes to treating both Israelis and Palestinians fairly” which was an insulting rejection of international reaction to Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. She did not mention the unpalatable fact, reported by the New York Times, that the UN Security Council “has adopted a number of resolutions, dating back 50 years, aimed in part at preventing Israel from claiming sovereignty over all of the holy city.”

In 1968 the world instructed Israel, by UNSC Resolution 252, to annul actions aimed at changing the status of Jerusalem, “including expropriation of land and properties thereon” and to “rescind all such measures already taken and to desist forthwith from taking any further action” in regard to the city. It could not be more clear that Israel’s current actions continue to add to its flagrant illegalities of decades.

Exactly a year ago, the Security Council’s Resolution 2334 unequivocally condemned Israel for building yet more settlements in Jerusalem and other occupied territories because construction “has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution.”

Only a few minutes after this Resolution, President-elect Trump, due to enter the White House a month later, angrily tweeted that “As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.” We had been given fair warning that the new American President would ensure that the Middle East policy of the United States, always pro-Israel, would crash into top gear and destroy all hopes that a peaceful solution could be reached about the appalling situation in Israel’s colonies. Trump would declare Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.

Trump at the Wall in Jerusalem on 22 May 2017

As with so many important matters of international policy, Trump rode roughshod over the hopes and aspirations of yet more millions of people and scornfully ignored the entire world, with the exception of one country. He told Netanyahu in February that “I’d like to see you pull back on settlements for a little bit,” which was an absurd and meaningless statement. He knew perfectly well that Netanyahu and the Zionists would continue their policy of illegal occupation and persecution, and now they’re going to go at full speed.

As noted by the analyst Jonathan Freedland, “The Old City of Jerusalem contains the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest mosque in Islam, to say nothing of its enormous significance to Christians, meaning that even the slightest move there is felt by billions.”

The only people who support Trump’s deliberately disruptive decision are, as described by the Washington Post, “mostly anti-Islam European leaders holding little political power.” They include the president of the Czech Republic and two of Europe’s most rabidly bigoted right-wing extremists, Geert Wilders of the Netherlands and Hans-Christian Strache of Austria’s Freedom Party.

Trump’s malevolent provocation has been condemned most forcefully, including in the United Nations where Britain, France, Sweden, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement outside the council’s chambers condemning their American ally’s change of position, saying it was “not in line with Security Council resolutions and was unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”

Jerusalem December 8, 2017

The strange thing, however, is lack of condemnation within the United States, especially as a Brookings Institution survey released on 1 December found that 63 per cent of Americans are against the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem and only 31 per cent in favour. A handful of legislators criticised Trump, but as reported by Israelʼs Haaretz newspaper, although there some Democrats disagreed, it was apparent that “members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move”. Brookings, moreover, found that only 34 per cent of Americans thought their government should “lean towards Israel” in “mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Which leads to the matter of Israeli influence in the United States. If over 60 per cent of American citizens are opposed to the Trump decision, how can it be that their elected legislators are so much in favour?

The answer lies in the money.

Open Secrets records that “The Republican Jewish Coalition spent $80,000 lobbying in 2016, and J Street [an Israel lobby] spent $400,000. But topping them both was the longtime giant in the arena, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC], which poured more than $3.6 million into lobbying efforts for the year.” The amounts of money donated by pro-Israeli groups and individuals to politicians seeking election are immense. Legislators have been bought by people supporting Israel, and they are not going to raise any questions about Israel’s blatant violations of UN Security Council resolutions. Of equal significance, these pro-Israeli proxies were interfering with the electoral process of the United States.

During presidential and Congressional election campaigns, AIPAC and other agents working on behalf of Israel were attempting to influence candidates at the behest of a foreign power. And they succeeded — as demonstrated by the lack of protest in Washington about Israel’s flagrant violations of international law.

It is therefore not surprising that in January it was reported that “the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan measure that rebukes the United Nations for criticising Israeli settlements.” The House resolution “declares unwavering support for Israel and insists that the United States reject any future UN actions that are similarly ‘one-sided and anti-Israel’.”

But little critical is said in the US mainstream media about reasons for the unconditional support for Israel on the part of the legislators in Washington. And it is not only Congress and Trump who so ardently support Israel, for, as the Jerusalem Post reported on December 12, Vice President Pence was “one of the most enthused advocates of the [Jerusalem decision] — one warmly welcomed by the Israeli government. His trip there [from 20-23 December] will be a triumphant tour and defence of the policy from a true believer who has supported recognition of Jerusalem for many years.” Before becoming vice president, as a Republican representative for Indiana, the true believer Congressman Pence scored $206,192 in donations from pro-Israel sources.

As reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in March 2017, when Vice President Pence spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual convention, attended by 18,000 AIPAC activists, he was lavish in his praise of Israel. Not only that, but he recognised the massive influence that Israel had exercised over the 2016 elections and declared “Thanks to the support of so many in this room, President Trump won a historic victory. . . The United States will no longer allow the United Nations to be used as a forum for invective against Israel.”

America’s mainstream media has been devoting enormous energy and time into examining alleged interference in the 2016 elections by other countries. But it is intriguing that it doesn’t inquire into the impact that Israel has had and continues to have on the democratic processes of the United States. It seems that unconditional support can be purchased.

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