Imam Khamenei: Palestine should be the Pivot of Unity for all Islamic Countries

February 21, 2017

Imam Ali Khamenei speaking at the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei says all Muslim countries have a responsibility to support Palestinian resistance, which should be a source of unity in the Islamic world.

In an opening speech to the 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada (Uprising) in Tehran on Tuesday, Imam Khamenei said that despite the differences that exist among Islamic countries — some of these differences are natural, some originate from the enemy’s plot and the rest are because of negligence — “the issue of Palestine can and should be the pivot of unity for all Islamic countries,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the top priority of the Islamic world and all those fighting for freedom across the world is the Palestinian cause and unity to support that cause.

“One of the achievements of this valuable conference is announcing the first priority of the world of Islam and freedom fighters all over the world, which is the issue of Palestine and the creation of an atmosphere of harmony and unanimity with the purpose of achieving the lofty goal of supporting the people of Palestine and their truthful and justice-oriented fight,” the Leader said.

‘Third intifada to inflict another defeat on Israel’

Palestine has been the site of increased tensions since last August, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinians into the al-Aqsa Mosque’s compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Protests against the restrictions have been met with a deadly Israeli crackdown, which has in turn prompted strengthened Palestinian resistance, known as the third Palestinian intifada.

In his Tuesday address, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the third intifada, while being subject to more severe suppression by the Israeli regime than the previous two, will “begin a very important chapter” in the history of resistance.

“The intifada that has begun for the third time in the occupied lands… is still moving forward in a bright and hopeful manner. And by Allah’s permission, we will see that this intifada will begin a very important chapter in the history of fighting and that it will inflict another defeat on that usurping regime (Israel),” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

‘Phased cure needed for the cancerous tumor of occupation’

The Leader pointed to the phased development of the Israeli occupation and said the cure for the disaster should also come in stages.

“From the beginning, this cancerous tumor has been developing in several phases until it turned into the current disaster. The cure for this tumor should be developed in phases as well,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“Until today, several intifadas and a constant and continuous resistance have managed to achieve very important phased goals. The Palestinian intifada continues to gallop forward in a thunderous manner so that it can achieve its other goals until the complete liberation of Palestine,” the Leader said.

‘War of attrition on enemy has been the source of success’

The Leader emphasized that as long as the name and memory of Palestine and resistance are preserved, it will be impossible for the Israeli regime to strengthen its foundations.

Ayatollah Khamenei also said that resistance’s success has lain in “imposing a war of attrition on the enemy. In other words, it has managed to defeat the main plot of the Zionist regime, namely dominating the whole region.”

The Leader also said the “dangers originating from the presence of the Zionist regime should never be ignored,” neither should the needs of resistance in the West Bank, “because the West Bank shoulders the main burden” of intifada.

“Supporting the resistance is the responsibility of all of us,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding, “No one has the right to have special expectations of them in return for assistance.”

Around 700 foreign guests and representatives of pro-Palestinian organizations are taking part in the conference in Tehran.

Before Ayatollah Khamenei officially started the conference with the speech, Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani, who is the chairman of the conference, gave a brief opening address.

Source: Press TV

 

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99 عاماً.. نزيف وعد بلفور!

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تسعة وتسعون عاماً على الوعد المشؤوم، بعد قرنٍ على «سايكس بيكو» الذي «أعطى فيه مَن لا يملك، لمَن لا يستحق»، وحيث وضعت فلسطين رهينة استعمار استيطاني، وحيث تهافت الجراد اليهودي من كل دول العالم إلى أرضنا المقدسة.

هل نلوم أجدادنا وآباءنا، رغم أننا ندرك ما كانت حالهم، حين وضع مصطلح «المسألة الفلسطينية» قيد التداول.. وحيث كانت الغيبوية التاريخية، والحضارية، تطبق علينا بعد خمسمئة عام في «الثلاجة» العثمانية؟ وحيث ظل المصطلح يتفاعل زهاء قرن إلى أن فعل ما فعله الثنائي «سايكس – بيكو» في إعادة ترتيب عظامنا.. أجل عظامنا التي لا تزال تعمل قبلياً – حتى الآن! غريب أن يتعاطى بعض شعبنا في سورية الطبيعية بكل تلك اللامبالاة، بل وبكل ذلك التواطؤ، مع الذكرى المشؤومة التي وضعتنا، شئنا أم أبينا، في بطن الكارثة!

منذ نحو قرن زرعوا قنبلة «وعد بلفور» لاستنزافنا بل ولتحطيمنا. كل ما يمكن تصوّره، فعله ذلك الوعد فينا، وبدا، كما رأينا بالعين المجردة، كما لو أن الغروب الكبير للقرن هو الغروب الكبير للأمة.

تذكرون دافيد بن غوريون، وهو النبي المسلّح، كيف بدا وقد تلاشى قائلاً: «أذهب وفي ذاكرتي كل ذلك الدم». فيما قال عزرا وايزمان «تلك الأحذية التي تقود أرواحنا»، ومن دون أن ننسى مناحيم بيغن وقد التفّ ببطانية الصوف خوفاً من كل تلك القبور التي تلاحقه. مات أيضاً داخل بطانية الصوف.. كلهم ارتطموا، أخيراً، بدمنا وتناثروا!

بعد مئة عام على وجود هذا السرطان في جسم أمتنا، وهو يتغلغل، ولكنه سرطان شظايا. أجل وكيان شظايا. الجميع ضد الجميع. حزب العمل قد ترهّل وتناثر، الليكود يتهاوى. إنها الحرب الحامية الوطيس. مَن ضد مَن؟… وفي نهاية المطاف، يتبارون: كيف نقتل الفلسطينيين بصورة أفضل؟

الأيام الأخيرة أثبتت كم أن الفلسطينيين الذين، لهذا السبب أو ذاك، وما أكثر الأسباب، عاشوا بين التشتت والشتات، بحاجة إلى أن يصبحوا ساعداً واحداً، أجل نقولها بالفم الملآن، لأن هناك مَن عمل، وعلى ذلك النحو المنهجي اللامرئي، على تحويل الفلسطينيين «شعوباً» معَدّة للتقاتل في ما بينها. ولكن التقاتل حول ماذا؟ هل تريدون أن نستفيد من تجربة هوشي منه وكيف وحّد ثلاثة عشر فصيلاً فيتنامياً تحت مظلة الفيتكونغ! كانت المسافات كبيرة بين الرجال، لكن القضية كانت كبيرة، تمثلاً باللحظة الفيتنامية الكبرى، لماذا لا تكون اللحظة الفلسطينية الكبرى؟

هذه أيام دقيقة وصعبة، بل وخطيرة، مادامت الذئاب تقف على كل المفترقات، من العراق وسورية ولبنان والأردن وفلسطين.. بل تقف على كتفي سوريانا لتغتال ما تبقى من مقاومة في هذه الأمة. هذه لحظة فلسطين.. فلسطيننا، فمَن يلتقطها؟

يقول الزعيم أنطون سعاده: «نحن أمام الطامعين والمعتدين في موقف تترتّب عليه إحدى نتيجتين أساسيتين هما الحياة أو الموت».

فمَن يصرخ: أيها الفلسطينيون استيقظوا. قبل الدولة، قبل الايديولوجيا، قبل خرائط الطريق وما أكثرها وقد تحوّلت إلى خريطة… قطع أوصال الفلسطينيين ، اجلسوا حول طاولة مستديرة، إذا لم يكن باستطاعتكم الجلوس إلى طاولة مستطيلة، ولا تخرجوا من المكان قبل أن تحرّروا – أو توحّدوا – فلسطين في داخلكم. حينذاك تصبح لكم خريطة طريقكم، وهي غير التي تطبخ في الأقبية!

وأيضاً للزعيم سعاده: «لو وجد في سورية رجل فدائي يضحّي بنفسه في سبيل وطنه ويقتل بلفور، لكانت تغيرت القضية السورية من الوجهة الصهيونية تغيّراً مدهشاً».

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في ذكرى وعد بلفور المشؤوم

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نتيجة بحث الصور عن الكاتب راسم عبيداتأكثر من مقالة كتبت حول ضرورة مطالبة بريطانيا بتحمّل مسؤولياتها التاريخية والسياسية والأخلاقية تجاه ما لحق بشعبنا من نكبات ومظالم مستمرة حتى يومنا هذا، فبريطانيا هذه الدولة الإستعمارية المارقة، هي المسؤول الأول والمباشر عن زرع دولة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي على أرض شعبنا وفي خاصرة أمتنا، ونتيجة لذلك لم يتعرّض شعبنا لنكبة واحدة باحتلال أرضه وإحلال المستوطنين الصهاينة مكانهم بعد طردهم وتهجيرهم قسراً عن ديارهم عام 1948، بل ما زالت نكباتنا مستمرة ومتواصلة، وما زالت بريطانيا الاستعمارية تدعم دولة الاحتلال الصهيوني، فاليهود عندما تعرّضوا لـ«الهولوكست» على يد النازية، ما زالت ألمانيا تتحمّل تبعات ذلك حتى اليوم وتدفع لهم التعويضات المالية وتقدّم المساعدات بشتى أنواعها المدنية والعسكرية لدولة الاحتلال.

أما نحن الفلسطينيون، فما زالت بريطانيا، ترفض تحمّل مسؤولياتها التاريخية والسياسية والأخلاقية عما حلّ بشعبنا الفلسطيني، نتيجة ماPicture سمّي بوعد وزير خارجيتهم بلفور لرجل الاقتصاد والمال اليهودي روتشيلد، بمنحهم فلسطين أرضنا كـ«وطن قومي» لهم، ولذلك نحن كشعب فلسطيني علينا في ذكرى هذا الوعد المشؤوم، القيام بإطلاق حملة واسعة تمتدّ من 2/11/2016 وحتى 2/11/2017 وتشمل فعاليات متنوّعة تستمرّ على امتداد عام كامل لوضع المجتمع الدولي، وخاصة بريطانيا أمام مسؤولياتها التاريخية ودعوتها للتكفير عن الجريمة الكبرى التي ارتكبتها، ورفع الظلم التاريخي الذي لحق بالشعب الفلسطيني. ورفع قضايا عليها تلزمها بدفع تعويضات لمئة عام مقبلة عما لحق بشعبنا من ظلم واضطهاد، وهذا لن يتأتى إلا من خلال استنفار كلّ طاقات وإمكانيات شعبنا الفلسطيني في الداخل والخارج بقواه السياسية ومكوناته المجتمعية والمؤسساتية والشعبية والجماهيرية، عبر فعاليات متعدّدة ومتنوّعة يتكاتف ويتقاطع فيها الجهد الشعبي والرسمي، من أجل محاكمة بريطانيا وإلزامها ليس فقط بدفع التعويضات، بل تصحيح هذا الخطأ التاريخي والعمل على تمكين شعبنا الفلسطيني من تحقيق حلمه وحقه في دولة مستقلة على أرضه التي طرد وهجر منها.

وعد بلفور هو في الجوهر مشروع استعماري ألبس غطاء دينياً وأسطورياً زائفاً بهدف تحقيق المطامع الاستعمارية لبريطانيا وربيبتها الحركة الصهيونية، والتي لا تزال حتى الآن من خلال مشروعها الكولونيالي دولة إسرائيل مرتبطة بمصالح الرأسمالية المتعولمة المتوحشة وزعيمتها الحالية الولايات المتحدة الأميركية.

في ذكرى هذا الوعد المشؤوم، نجد بأنّ بريطانيا ما زالت من أكثر الدول عداء لشعبنا وتنكراً لحقوقه الوطنية المشروعة، ونحن نتذكر جيداً كيف عملت بريطانيا على تعديل قوانينها وتشريعاتها القضائية، من اجل منع اعتقال ومحاكمة قادة الاحتلال العسكريين والسياسيين وضباطه وجنوده ومستوطنيه المتهمين بارتكاب جرائم حرب بحق شعبنا، على الأراضي البريطانية، وكذلك هي من هدّدت نشطاء المقاطعة بالاعتقال، واعتبرت مقاطعة دولة الاحتلال اقتصادياً واكاديمياً وثقافياً وتجارياً إلخ… شكلاً من أشكال اللاسامية.

ودائماً وقفت الى جانب أميركا برفض ممارسة أية ضغوط او عقوبات على «إسرائيل»، نتيجة لخرقها القانون الدولي واستمرار احتلالها لأرضنا، وتكثيفها للإستيطان بشكل جنوني في القدس والضفة الغربية، وبما يلغي أيّ إمكانية عملية لتحقيق ما يسمى بـ»حلّ الدولتين».

ولم تتورّع بريطانيا عن وصف نضال شعبنا بـ»الإرهاب»، حتى في ظلّ الحرب العدوانية الأخيرة على شعبنا في قطاع غزة تموز 2014 «الجرف الصامد»، وجدنا قاتل أطفال العراق والمبعوث الخاص السابق للرباعية الدولية في المنطقة، توني بلير، ذهب لكي يتضامن مع مستوطني غلاف قطاع غزة ضدّ «الإرهاب» الفلسطيني في نصرة ودعم للجلاد على الضحية، ولذلك علينا الا نألو جهداً مع كلّ اصدقائنا في العالم، من أجل خلق رأي عام ضاغط على بريطانيا، حتى في بريطانيا نفسها، لحملها على تصحيح خطئها التاريخي، وإلغاء هذا الوعد المشؤوم، وتحمّل مسؤولياتها التاريخية والسياسية والأخلاقية، فهذا الوعد المشؤوم، لم ينتج عنه نكبة واحدة لشعبنا، بل استتبعتها نكبات كثيرة، فشعبنا في الخارج حتى في مخيمات اللجوء، لم يسلم من القتل والتشريد، وشعبنا في قطاع غزة يعيش في أوضاع شبيهة بالقرو وسطية، حيث البنى التحتية المدمّرة والطاقة والكهرباء المقننة، والحصار المستمر، وعجلة الإعمار الدائرة ببطء شديد، وأكثر من 70 ألف مواطن ممن دمّرت الحرب العدوانية الأخيرة منازلهم، ما زالوا في مراكز الإيواء، والنقص في الأدوية والخدمات الطبية والصحية، والبطالة والفقر بلغت أرقاماً قياسية، أكثر من 70 من أهلنا هناك يعيشون على الإغاثة والإعانات، وتمارَس بحقهم ليس فقط عقوبات جماعية، بل يتعرّضون لسياسة تطهير عرقي من أجل إحداث تغيير كبير في الواقع الديمغرافي لصالح المستوطنين، والضفة الغربية تغرق بالمستوطنين، لكي يكونوا دولة داخل دولة، والداخل الفلسطيني 48 لم يسلم من مشاريع التهويد، حيث مشروع «برافر» التهويدي للنقب، والنكبة استولدت نكبات متوالية، ما زال شعبنا يدفع ثمنها دماً وتضحيات ولجوءاً وتشرّداً وبعداً عن أرضه التي ولد فيها وترعرع عليها، ما زالت بريطانيا والمجتمع الدولي الظالم يتنكرون لحق شعبنا في الحرية والإستقلال، والعيش بحرية وكرامة في وطن مستقلّ، علينا ملاحقة بريطانيا في كلّ المحافل الدولية وتأليب الرأي العام عليها في بريطانيا وأوروبا والعالم الغربي والعربي والإسلامي، ليس لكي تصدر اعتذاراً، بل وعداً مضاداً يؤكد حق شعبنا وحق لاجئينا بالعودة الى أرضهم التي شرّدوا منها.

وفي ذكرى هذا الوعد المشؤوم لتكن شعاراتنا المرفوعة وحملتنا ونشاطاتنا مكثفة ومركزة على «نعم لمحاكمة بريطانيا الإستعمارية»، و«لتتحمّل بريطانيا الإستعمارية مسؤولياتها التاريخية والسياسية والأخلاقية عن نكبات شعبنا ومآسيه»، «بريطانيا ملزمة بدفع تعويضات لشعبنا لمئة عام مقبلة» و«بريطانيا ملزمة بتصحيح خطئها التاريخي وتمكين شعبنا من استعادة أرضه المغتصبة».

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The Kafr Qasem Massacre–60th Anniversary

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[ Ed. note – It happened on October 29, 1956. The killing started in the late afternoon as Palestinian residents of the village of Kafr Qasem were returning home following a day of work in their nearby fields and olive groves. Israeli border police, under the command of an Israeli Army officer, began arbitrarily murdering the villagers as they arrived and attempted to enter their village. The victims included men, women, and children. By the end of the night, nearly 50 people lay dead. It has come to be known as the Kafr Qasem massacre. Today is it’s 60th anniversary. Below is a post I put up back in 2014 detailing the events of that day and also including commentaries from a couple of different sources–two women–one Palestinian, the other Jewish.

Before you get to that, however, let me mention, as something of an aside, the post I put up yesterday–on the Israeli court which dismissed charges against the two Israeli border police officers who had been implicated in the the deaths 23-year-old Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail and her 16-year-old brother, Ibrahim Taha. Maram and Ibrahim, you may recall, were killed at the Qalandia military checkpoint on April 27, 2016. If you read my post, you know that witnesses at the time said they had posed no threat to security forces. The article I posted yesterday, from Ma’an News, discusses the dropping of all criminal charges against the border officers by an Israeli court. Longtime observers will of course recognize a pattern here, but what some may be unaware of is that the pattern goes back at least 60 years–for something similar happened to those charged in the Kafr Qasem massacre as well.

Colonel Issachar Shadmi was an Israeli Army officer in charge of the border police unit which carried out the 1956 massacre. He and others were charged, but were let off with light sentences–ridiculously light in Shadmi’s case. The court which heard his case imposed a fine of 10 prutas. A pruta was an aluminum coin formerly used by Israel. Ten prutas were basically the equivalent of one cent. ]

By Richard Edmondson

(Originally published January 22, 2014)

This afternoon I logged onto the Internet and began perusing through some of the blogs I regularly follow, at which point I came upon a fairly fascinating post at Aletho News—it was an article by an artist who has done a series of drawings of the Kafr Qasem massacre and who plans to publish them in book form.

I say it is fascinating and here’s why: I don’t know if the artist intended it as such, but her article and drawings (which I reproduce below) brought home for me in a very visual and compelling manner why the state of Israel needs to be peacefully dismantled as quickly and as rapidly as possible and its nuclear weapons secured.

Most people have heard of the Deir Yassin massacre, carried out by Jewish terror gangs in 1948 as the state of Israel was being established. The much less-known massacre at the Palestinian village of Kafr Qasem took place in 1956, eight years into the state’s existence, and though the death toll was not as high as Deir Yassin’s, in some respects it was every bit as horrific. Perhaps even more so. I say that because the people killed that evening were innocents—they were tired workers returning home from a day of work—and they were fully recognized as such by the Israeli border police who slayed them. Many were women and children. There was no possible threat to the Israeli state from any of them. Why did the Israelis do it? Was there any logic to it? Or was the Kafr Qasem massacre merely the inevitable byproduct of a nation founded and operating upon the principles of the Old Testament?

Those same principles, we see, have been in effect, through one war after another, all though the 66 years of the Jewish state’s existence, and were on display again as recently as yesterday when the Israeli prime minister threatened more violence upon besieged Gaza.

On December 20 Israeli soldiers shot and killed Oudeh Hamad, a Palestinian man collecting scrap metal near the Gaza border fence. Hamad’s brother, who accompanied him at the time, was injured. (See video below). On December 22, Israeli soldiers shot and wounded another man in Gaza. Two days later, on December 24, a sniper in Gaza fired upon and killed an Israeli contractor doing maintenance work on the border fence. Israel responded by ordering missile strikes on six locations across Gaza, wounding ten more people and killing three-year-old Hala Abu Sbeikha.

For years now Israeli leaders have talked openly of maintaining a policy of “disproportionate response” in imposing its occupation. This is what we see in the recent violence in Gaza: Israel commits an act of aggression against Palestinians—Palestinians answer back in some way—and then Israel responds “disproportionately,” inflicting an augmented level of punishment with vengeance. It is a pattern, one deployed over and over through the years, and it is straight out of the Old Testament, found in such passages as Deuteronomy 20: 16-18 or I Samuel 15:3. What does this mean for the future of the planet? And what does it imply in terms of a possible future faced by the Jewish people themselves? There seems to be a growing animus towards Jews in general. You can see it in reader comments posted at this website and countless others. The existence of the state of Israel has long been viewed by many Jews, even by those who don’t live there, as a factor helping to ensure their safety in the event of some presumed future outbreak of anti-Semitism. But is it possible the reverse is true—that Israel, with its mounting aggressions, its perpetual wars, hostilities and attacks upon other countries, rather than being the “safe haven” they believe it to be, is in fact their greatest peril?

This possibility, of Israel’s aggressive actions posing a danger to Jews around the world, was even addressed in a column in Haaretz:

Israel was founded, first and foremost, to be a safe haven for all Jews. In that respect, actions that are meant to contribute to Israel’s security should in fact contribute to the security of Jews living outside Israel. Except those Jews are at once exposed to grave physical danger in the form of reprisals for Israel’s said actions.

Of course it isn’t only the Jewish state’s treatment of the Palestinians or its military aggressions against its neighbors; there are also the activities of Jewish lobbies in Western countries that seem intent upon instigating new wars and involving their host countries in them. This too is creating anger, particularly in America. Does this pose an actual physical danger to American Jews? Probably not at this point. But if Israel’s bad behaviors aren’t reined in at some point that could begin to change. At any rate—something to keep in mind as you browse through the material below.

Here is what you’re going to see in order: first the article by artist Samia Halaby, along with some of her drawings of the Kafr Qasem massacre. Halaby is a Palestinian artist whose family was expelled from Palestine in 1948. She presently lives in America. Beneath Halaby’s article I present an account of the massacre by a Jewish writer, Roberta Feuerlicht, from her work, The Fate of the Jews, a book which was met with hostility from her fellow Jews upon its publication in 1983. When you read the passages below, you’ll see why. Beneath the two passages from the book, you’ll see a short article by Feuerlicht herself, published in 1985, describing how the book was received, or more precisely not received.

Below that you will see a video of Raddad Hamad, the brother of Oudeh Hamad, giving an account of his brother’s murder by Israeli soldiers on December 20, this followed by some closing comments of my own.

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Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre: An Introduction to the Ongoing Project

By Samia Halaby | Jadaliyya | Aletho News

When I first accepted the challenge of drawing the Kafr Qasem massacre, I wanted to represent its events as though I were a camera on site. Documentary drawings, I thought, could recreate what photography might have given us if done on a historical basis. I would learn all I could and present the specific individuals and the documented events. I worked on the project in three major periods, each occupying most of a year or several years. I began work in 1999 and continued into 2000. In 2006, on the occasion of the fiftieth memorial of the massacre, I created both a web page and an exhibition of the drawings. In 2012, I returned to the project with the intention of finalizing it by making large-scale drawings and developing a book.

The story of the Kafr Qasem massacre is compelling. At first hidden from the world, it was members of the Communist Party who broke the military and information blockade in order to call attention to the horrific massacre; a detailed press release was finally published by party member Tawfiq Toubi twenty-six days after the massacre on 23 November, 1956 in Arabic, English, and Hebrew. His comrade, the distinguished Palestinian writer, Emile Habibi covered the massacre in issues of the CP organ, Al Ittihad, and in 1976 published a booklet on the subject. In one chapter, Habibi recounted the events and provided a structure whereby the chronology of events were numbered and termed “waves” of killing.

Israel’s military campaign against Egypt and the Suez started at 3pm on 29 October, 1956. One and a half hours later, at 4:30pm, the mukhtar (mayor) of Kafr Qasem was informed of an imminent curfew to begin at 5pm. Twenty-five minutes after this sudden warning, at 4:55, soldiers of the Israeli Border Police began killing anyone they found outside their home—be they man or woman, child or elder. Many were workers unaware of the curfew, as they were just then returning home. At the end of the night, forty-nine civilians lay dead on the roadways. Although each event of the massacre was nightmarish, the last one seemed to shock the villagers most of all, as fourteen women who had been olive picking were forced off a truck and shot at continuously from close range until they all fell dead over each other. The sole survivor of this wave of killing was a fifteen-year-old girl, who, when heavily wounded, lost consciousness, and lay under the corpses of the other women for most of the night. To add terror to brutal injury, the Israelis buried their bodies while their relatives were imprisoned in their homes on pain of death through the use of a twenty-four hour curfew.

A massacre is like a hammer blow that shatters a hard mass to smithereens. At first the pieces, the individuals who suffer this blow, do not all see who wields the hammer nor are they able to attack it. Anger and blame are bottled up. Painful energy flies in all directions. The town receiving the blow is shattered, broken to pieces, and as the pieces settle, loss, recrimination, shock, disbelief, and desperation emerge. Added to all this, as in the case of the Kafr Qasem massacre, is the poverty and depression resulting from a brutal military occupation.

What does a father tell his wife when he returns home alive but their eight-year old child whom she sent to warn him dies in the massacre? Why is a small girl unable to tell her mother that her father lies dead or wounded in the street except to say that dinner need not be prepared for him? Why do men and women, unable to believe their own experience, return to the scenes of the massacre to confirm its reality with those who shared it only to find death instead of fellowship? Why was the only survivor of one of the events of the massacre insensitively asked why she was the only one to survive? Why does a wounded man who had escaped, return on seeing the Israeli soldiers killing fourteen women only to be shot dead himself? Why did some whisper that the pregnant woman in her final month dropped the baby in the agony of her death?

When I first met Aishy Amer of Kafr Qasem, the beautiful scent of revolution permeated her words and manners. We had met through the internet and from her first visit to my loft she began to persuade me that, as an artist, I must do drawings of the massacre. Aishy and I eventually visited Kafr Qasem together, where she introduced me to her large family and friends and opened the way for me into a tightly knit village society made up of only five extended families. Following this first visit, she would assign her friends to help me. After interviewing some individuals several times over a period of thirteen years, they came to trust me as a friend. In fact in 2012, during my last visit to attend the annual memorial march, I found myself receiving extended interviews while members of the press were disregarded.

Along with my interviews, I conducted extensive research for historical materials and found a gold mine in the locally published magazine, Al-Shorok, each October issue of which is dedicated to the massacre. In it are countless long interviews conducted by Majd Sarsour, editor and principal of one of the town’s high schools. In general, the outside press did not match this valuable source of detailed information. It was rare to find newspaper articles that contained more than small bits of quoted information. Yet Al-Shorok allowed each individual to fully tell his or her story. Al-Shorok also insisted on detailing not only the names of victims and their ages, but also those of their children, the gender of the children, and their ages at the time of the parents’ death. In one particular article, the magazine detailed the ages of over four thousand offspring of the victims who had already given birth. An intense need to replenish the village overtook the survivors.

I came to truly respect the village, now grown into a town, regardless of its various types and admire the combination of earthy nobility, innocence, and wisdom they possessed. I learnt of the depth of pain they experienced, causing many to be unwilling to tell their stories. I learnt to value their trust and grew to understand that documentation should respectfully memorialize, avoiding sensation and spectacle.

I began drawing immediately after the first visit and continued to do so in separate periods of intense focus. As I worked and my knowledge grew, many of my initial aesthetic decisions matured. I determined that I would avoid simply showing piles of dead bodies. I would show people in their dignity at the last moments of their life. There would be no blood. I determined that the individual victims should face out towards the viewer, be in control of the aesthetic situation if not the original situation, which brought their violent end.

I began drawing in an illusionist way in the traditions of Renaissance art, but as the project progressed, I often questioned whether I perhaps should use an expressionist method. I admired Diego Rivera and thought that working in that manner, which many of the Palestinian artists of the Intifada were influenced by, might be a more modern path. However, after a lot of thought, I decided that the expressionism and semi-cubist style of Rivera did not suite the ambition of presenting people as specific individuals in documented events.

There is a paucity of visual information on the massacre, leaving written material as the basic source. Transforming verbal description and researched information into visual images presented serious problems. Words can focus on one subject and describe it accurately but not wholly. Pictures describe a scene wholly (from one point of view) but cannot show what happened just before or after. Pictures lack the specificity of time while words lack the specificity of space.

Truthful witness statements can hold up in a court of law but they lack the type of information pictures need regarding the appearance of a whole scene, information about color, light, background, relative positions of parts, and a host of other scenic details. This forced me into a certain amount of invention, which seriously conditioned my ambition to be a camera.

One of my initial inquiries was how to represent the killers, the soldiers of the Israeli Border Police who had executed the massacre. Based on things that I have seen in Palestine combined with my loathing, I made several horrifying renditions. In the end, I decided that the story was not about them and eliminated them from the drawings. However, in the final set done in 2012, I included fragments of them in outlined silhouette although I rendered their weapons carefully. By then I had researched the weapons and noted that they were semi-automatic weapons and that some of them were British made, reminding me of the part British colonialism had in arming and organizing the Zionist terrorists.

I asked for a great deal of criticism from residents of Kafr Qasem and from friends, and their opinions helped me greatly. I was not on a research mission to discover new formal languages but rather on a mission to tell a piece of Palestinian history in comprehensible visual form. I received a rating of seventy over one hundred on my drawing of the sixth wave of killing. I was flattered to have such a high grade for the man grading me, Omar Ahmad Hamdan Amer, known as Abu Naser, was the town’s historian, a man who lived his entire life immersed in the history of the massacre.

Did I meet my own challenge? An inner voice says: do it all over again and do it better. But another voice says: another way to fail is to disregard time. For now, I will be happy when my planned publication of drawings on the subject of the massacre is complete. The book will be called “Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre.” It will include a detailed history, a timeline, numerous witness statements, the drawings with my commentary, a roster of victims, and essays by scholars.

Below is a selection of drawings from the series with the artist’s captions:

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Killing inside the village–the Essa family

During less than two hours on 29 October, 1956, Israeli Border Police killed forty-nine people in the Palestinian village of Kafr Qasem. They were mostly workers and children returning home in the evening. Most were killed on the western entrance, while inside the village it began when eight-year-old Talal Easa went out to retrieve a goat after the suddenly announced curfew. Talal’s father, Shaker, heard the shots and dashed out to his son. He was also shot. Talal’s mother, Rasmiyya, and, right after, Talal’s teenage sister, Noor, ran to their bleeding family and suffered the same fate. They remained where they fell, bleeding until morning when they were hauled off by truck to a hospital. Talal died. The grandfather, Abdallah Isaa, then ninety years old, was left alone and saw the massacre of his family. The following morning, Abdallah was found dead.

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Killing in the northern fields

In the northern fields of the village, three shepherd boys were out watering the family’s flock of sheep not knowing that Israel had launched a surprise attack on Egypt just hours before, nor did they know of the curfew imposed on their village. The oldest boy, Abdallah Easa was sixteen and the youngest, Abed Easa, was nine years old. Ibraheem Easa, their uncle who was thirty-five years of age, had learnt of the curfew and left the safety of his home to bring them back. They returned immediately with Ibraheem leading. Abed and Abdallah were just behind him while the third boy, Sami Mustafa, was watching the rear of the herd. The boys were met by Israeli soldiers of the Border Police, who immediately shot and killed Ibraheem, Abed, and Abdallah. Sami saw them being shot and fell to the ground, played dead and survived.

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The first wave of killing

Five minutes before the curfew, and unaware of it, four quarry workers were returning home to Kafr Qasem on bicycles. When confronted by Israeli soldiers, with whose harassment they were familiar, they reached for their identity cards. Instead, an order to “harvest them” was given. Two, Ahmad Freij, age thirty-five, and Ali Tah, age thirty, died. Both were fathers of young children. Two others, Mahmoud Freij and Abdallah Badair, managed to escape. Mahmoud was wounded in the thigh and managed to crawl to an olive tree and hide until morning.

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The third wave of killing–child Fathi

The twelve-year-old shepherd boy, Fathi Easa, was leading his family’s herd of black goats home after pasture. His father was driving the herd from the rear having heard of the curfew and had come to hurry his son home. There were three weapons in the hands of the Israeli Border Police all aimed at the boy, an Uzi, a Bren, and a rifle. All were fired, and the boy collapsed and died.

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The sixth wave of killing

Evening was darkening as the Israeli Border Police ordered thirteen or more workers to lineup on one side of the road. They had arrived on bicycles and a mule wagon. One of the workers, seventeen-year old Saleh Easa, had arrived with his two cousins. They had heard about the curfew and only feared a beating. When the execution style shooting began six fell dead. Saleh, wounded, playing dead, was dragged to the pile of bodies. He remained quiet, gritting his teeth in spite of extreme pain. He witnessed the rest of the massacre and later crawled to safety.

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The ninth wave of killing–Implosion

Night had fallen when the truck arrived at the location of the massacre. Among the victims of the ninth wave were two men in the cab of the truck and fourteen women with two boys in the back. The driver, seeing the scattered dead, tried to escape at high speed. This interrupted the singing women, who unwittingly began to scream, thus alerting the recumbent soldiers resting at the school’s well. The soldiers ran after the truck, shot its tires and gas tank, and stopped it. Safa Sarsour, having just seen her sixteen-year-old son, Jum’a, dead on the side of the road, now witnessed her second son, fourteen-year-old Abdallah, being killed with the men. The women, some pregnant, elders and girls, pleaded for their lives. The only survivor was Hana’ Amer, fifteen years of age, who said that the women clung to each other for protection, even the two girls who had managed to escape returned to the circle. As they were being shot, they turned in a big group and one by one they fell. The soldiers continued shooting into their heads to insure their death. How does it measure western civilization when soldiers of the Israeli border police line up defenseless women—some pregnant, tired, returning home from work—and kill them with cold deliberation?

*All images copyright the artist. 

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The following is an excerpt from the book The Fate of the Jews, by Roberta Feuerlicht, published in 1983. The account of the massacre differs from Halaby’s in certain small details, such as total number of victims, but otherwise is substantively the same. Likely Feuerlicht relied principally upon media accounts, whereas Halaby spoke directly to village residents—this would perhaps explain the minor discrepancies.

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The Fate of the Jews

The Israelis did not work out their subjugation of the Arabs only on paper, and only after Begin was in power. On October 29, 1956, because of the Sinai War, the curfew on Israeli Arab villages near the Jordanian border was moved forward from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. This decision was made after the villagers left for work that day, so they were unaware of it.

That evening, in the village of Kafr Kasem, the first workers to return were four men on bicycles. They were halted by the Israeli border police. When they identified themselves, the Israeli police opened fire. Two died at once; two survived by pretending to be dead.

Soon after, a wagon came with an Arab and his younger daughter, followed by two men and a boy on foot. The children were permitted to pass into the village. One of the men, seeing the bodies of the first Arabs, asked, “Why do you want to shoot us?” He was told to “shut up.” Then the three men were shot.

As others returned to the village, some were arbitrarily permitted to enter unharmed; others were just as arbitrarily murdered. By the end of the evening, forty-three Israeli Arabs were dead, including seven children and ten women. None of this happened in the heat of battle; Israelis simply stood at the entrance to a peaceful village and decided who shall live and who shall did. Some victims were killed while they lay wounded on the ground. One man was shot from behind after he was given permission to enter the village.

Israeli officials tried to keep details of the murders secret. Two weeks after the massacre at Kafr Kasem, the government said that the earlier curfew was declared “in order to protect the lives of the villagers,” and that “several villagers were hurt.” When a member of the Israeli parliament spoke of the massacre, the censor had the speech removed from the public record. For two months, Israeli newspapers were forbidden to print news of what had happened at Kafr Kasem.

But news of the massacre could not be suppressed forever. Israeli officials told the men involved that if they would plead guilty “fast and quietly” they would be given prison sentences of only two years. However, Israeli public opinion and the International Red Cross forced the government to hold a public trial.

At the trial it was revealed that the border police had been given orders to enforce the new curfew in a manner that would impress the inhabitants of all the local Arab villages: Violators were to be shot, not arrested, even though they did not know about the curfew. Several of the defendants testified that the police officer in charge had said that if some Arabs were killed it would make the task of enforcing the curfew that much easier. The officer also said he did not want any wounded, or special treatment for women and children. The police officer said he was obeying the orders of the military officer in charge; the military officer denied this.

Several of the defendants said they were just obeying orders. The Israeli judge, Binyamin Halevi, rejected this defense, saying they should have been able to recognize an “illegal” order. Halevi said that when an order has a “clear criminal character…if the eye is not blind and the heart not corrupted…the soldier is free from his obligation to obey orders and is responsible for the criminal acts.”

Some of the defendants received prison terms ranging from seven to seventeen years, but the military officer was freed with a nominal fine of the smallest Israeli coin. On appeal, all of the prison terms were reduced; one year after sentencing, the defendants were free.

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(Below is an additional passage from The Fate of the Jews—concerning observations on the treatment of Palestinian prisoners by an Israeli human rights lawyer):

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Langer, who often represents Palestinian suspects, has seen the inside of West Bank prisons. She has seen distinguished Palestinians—doctors, editors—thrown into solitary cells to eat off the floor and live in their own filth.

She has described crowded prison conditions, bad food, inadequate medical care. Prisoners are beaten, tortured, often on the genitals. They are given pills that bring on hysteria and hallucinations. They are hung upside down. Noxious, poisonous gases (“Made in the USA”) are thrown into their cells or sprayed into their faces. Cigarettes are stubbed out on their bodies.

Their jailers spit into their mouths and threaten to rape their wives and sisters in front of them. Some are made to stand for days in special boxes too small for them to either sit or lie down. Some are made to stand for a week or more, usually without food or toilet facilities, their heads covered with layers of bags, the hands cuffed behind their backs.

Langer has written, “Prisoners are being put to death…This crime is occurring gradually and is being covered up efficiently.”

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The Fate of Author of “Fate”

By Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht

I am the unknown Jew. Just as there are monuments to the unknown soldier and the unknown political prisoner, there should be a monument to the unknown Jew. We are Jews who oppose Zionism, who deplore Israeli oppression and aggression, who fear that Judaism may not survive Israel. We are probably a majority of Jews, but no one knows this because we have been effectively intimidated and suppressed by the Zionist minority.

The degree of suppression is inconceivable in a democratic society. I wrote a book called The Fate of the Jews, which was published in August, 1983. It argues that Jewish ethics and Israeli power are incompatible; that Jewish obligations to love thy neighbor, do justice and love mercy, oppress not the stranger, are being obliterated by Israel; and that the Israelis are surviving, but not as Jews.

Attempts were made to bury the book even before publication. For example, a liberal magazine expressed interest in publishing an excerpt, the text of which apparently was given to a prominent liberal Jewish journalist. His reaction was vehement; the magazine changed its mind about the excerpt and the journalist wrote a personal letter to my agent trying to kill the book with one mighty blow. “It is a preposterous book,” he said, “easily the worst I’ve looked at in years.”

So much for Jewish liberalism. Shortly thereafter, Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry, offered a very different opinion in its prepublication review. “The book is an outcry right out of Jeremiah.” said the review. “Written with courage and clarity, Feuerlicht’s detailed analysis of what she sees as American Jewry’s embrace of a false god in the state of Israel is certain to place her book in the heart of a raging controversy.”

But I was not fated to be at the heart of a raging controversy, because you cannot hear silence. The publisher did not take out a single advertisement for the book. Many bookstores refused to carry it. In one major chain, where it had been ordered, it was on a list of books not to be reordered.

The least expensive way to promote a book is to put the author on television and radio. For a previous book on the Sacco-Vanzetti trial in the 1920’s, I was on 65 or 70 TV and radio shows in just four cities. For this more timely book on Jews and Israel—a story that is in the headlines almost every day—the publisher found no television and only eight minor radio shows in New York. Of the eight, two were cancelled and two that had been taped were not broadcast, at least not when they were scheduled.

Finally, I hired my own publicity person and though some shows did turn me down, I was booked on major TV and radio programs in Washington, Cleveland, Detroit, Boston, and Houston. I didn’t go any farther because I couldn’t afford to and because appearances cannot sell books that are not in bookstores.

I have written children’s books that received more attention than The Fate of the Jews. As far as I know, only three newspapers reviewed it, The Los Angeles Times, The Pittsburgh Press,and, under prolonged pressure, The Christian Science Monitor. The Washington Post praised the Sacco-Vanzetti book on the front page of its Sunday book review; The Fate of the Jews went unnoticed.

When all else failed, I told my story to several well known iconoclastic journalists. All were suitably indignant, all promised me their support, all were either voluntarily or involuntarily suppressed.

Jews are disturbed about Israel. I believe more of them would have read The Fate of the Jews if they knew it existed. Zionists feared the book because they were judged by Jewish standards and found wanting. They didn’t dare openly criticize or burn it because the noise or the smoke might have attracted attention. In the freest country in the world, with the aid and acquiescence of the freest press in the world, a zealous minority successfully suppressed dissent and stoned me to death with silence. The book is now out of print.

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The above piece was published at Washington Report on Middle East Affairs in 1985. Feuerlicht passed away in 1991. She seems to have been a talented writer, one willing to speak the abhorrent, unpleasant truths that need to be spoken nowadays, although I’d have to say that I do disagree with her on one point when she says that “Israelis are surviving, but not as Jews.” On the contrary, Israelis today, nourished on a myth of themselves as direct descendants of the biblical Jews, see themselves as–and for all intents and purposes are–the quintessentialJews–that is to say the “Israelites,”in the Old Testament sense of the word.

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Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht

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I have a sneaky feeling we’ll get a comment or two telling us that Feuelicht’s writings have been “debunked.” We actually had a comment posted the other day saying that about Shlomo Sand’s history of the Khazars. It seems to be the tack taken when Jewish authors dare speak certain uncomfortable truths about who the Jews are and what they have become.

At any rate here is the video of Oudeh Hamad’s brother:

Israel isn’t the only state in the world that tortures and kills people, of course. The difference is that in other states where this occurs the savageries are not condoned by religious teachings. Judaism is unique among world religions in that it sets apart one group of people who are regarded as “chosen” and who are given license by “God” to rob and plunder and destroy any nation or group of people opposing them. I think many are now waking up to the fact that the UN made a calamitous error when it voted, in 1947, for the creation of a Jewish state. The question now is whether or not it’s possible to undo this, and if so, how to go about it. As I said above, the state of Israel needs to be peacefully dismantled, and its nuclear weapons secured, as quickly as possible. The “fate of the Jews”—indeed all of humanity—depends on it.

Al-Aqsa Intifada Anniversary

14th anniversary of Al-Aqsa Intifada: Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa are under attack

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Handshake with killer in another Killer’s funeral

On the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa remain under threat from occupation forces, said the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The events of late September and early October 2000 remain fresh in the mind of every Palestinian, said the Front, recalling the occupation forces attacking mass marches of Palestinians in occupied Palestine ’48, killing 13 martyrs in cold blood and wounding dozens while arresting hundreds, as they sought to suppress the upsurge of our people for Jerusalem and al-Aqsa in all cities and villages under occupation.

Jerusalem and al-Aqsa mosque continue to be under threat and in danger, said the Front; Jerusalem faces a systematic, rapid and extremely dangerous policy of Judaization, where at the hands of occupation soldiers and settlers, 23 Palestinian homes were confiscated in Silwan, while more Palestinian homes are destroyed each day as mass arrests and administrative detention against Palestinian leaders continue. Furthermore, the storming and invasion of the al-Aqsa grounds by settlers and soldiers takes place on a frequent, at times almost daily, basis.

The escalation of Zionist aggression and Judaization of Jerusalem requires that all national and Islamic forces, and the PLO Executive Committee, give a high priority to the situation facing Jerusalem, and to defend the Palestinian and Arab character of Jerusalem as part of our program of struggle everywhere the Palestinian people are located, and to support the resistance to the repressive, racist, threatening actions of the occupier in Jerusalem at Palestinian, Arab and international levels.

 

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Around the World the Flag of Palestine is Growing Quite Popular!

You can find the Palestinian flag flying in a lot of places these days–some of them thousands of miles away from Occupied Palestine…

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Last week, football fans in St. Etienne, France waved Palestinian flags as their team competed against Beitar Jerusalem, a club from Israel. The incident was widely reported, including by media in Israel. It is said that the Israeli players were confronted with Palestinian flags after their own fans had been prohibited from carrying Israeli flags into the stadium…

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St. Etienne, France

This took place just a week after football fans in Scotland waved Palestinian flags during a match between their own club, the Celtics, and another Israeli team, the Hapoel Be’er Sheva. The Union of European Football Associations, or UEFA, apparently got wind that something was up and issued a stern warning prior to the game–demanding that the Scottish fans refrain from displaying the flag. The fans defied the ban and waved it anyway…

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Glasgow, Scotland

Elsewhere in the UK…

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London

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London

Elsewhere in France…

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Lyon, France

The Palestinian flag is beloved by the young…

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Buenos Aires

As well as the old…

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USA

On Monday of this week, Nickolay Mladenov, a UN envoy to the Middle East,reported to the UN Security Council that Israel continues to ignore international calls to halt its settlement activity on Palestinian lands. Mladenov was referencing a report by the so-called Quartet on the Middle East–comprised of the UN, the US, Russia, and the EU–which was released earlier this year and which called upon Israel to halt its settlement activity and its demolition of Palestinian homes.

“It’s (the report’s) recommendations continue to be ignored, including by a surge in Israeli settlement-related announcements and continuing demolitions,” he said.

In his comments, Mladenov pointed out that rather than curtailing its settlement activity, Israel–in the two months since the report was released–has actually increased it, with the advancement of more than 1,000 new units in occupied East Jerusalem and 735 units in the West Bank, according to a report in Press TV.

“All of these plans would essentially create new illegal settlements, and I call on Israel to cease and reverse these decisions,” Mladenov said.

With the US veto as Israel’s ace in the hole, I doubt we’ll see the Security Council take action, at least any time soon.

But be that as it may, the Palestinian flag continues to fly…

In Australia…

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Australia

In Germany…

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Munich, Germany

At packed concerts in Catalonia…

In Los Angeles…

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Los Angeles

In New York…

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New York

And in India…

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India

One place where the Palestinian flag is flown especially proudly is South Africa…but that’s not surprising given most people there remember their own history under apartheid rule…

We can also see the Palestinian flag flown in Chile…

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Chile

In Barcelona…

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Barcelona

And many other places as well.

What accounts for all this popularity of the Palestinian flag? Is it love for Palestine? Is it detestation of Israel? Is it a little of both perhaps? Perhaps the comments of these people in Italy might help shed some light on the matter…

“We will continue despite the power of the Zionist lobby in our country…”

“They think they can do anything because governments are backing them…”

Well, that says it fairly clearly, but if you’re still not clear on the answer, then ask yourself the following question: Does it help Israel’s cause, or hurt it, when some of the dirtiest, most corrupt politicians…in Italy…in the UK…in the US, and many other countries besides, go about constantly professing their eternal, undying, no-daylight-between-us support for Israel? The daily news provides an unappetizing display of this with each passing day.

Obviously support for Palestine is growing, and obviously the Palestinian flag has a special place in the hearts of a lot of people. I’m guessing the reasons for this have as much to do with the occupation that the Palestinians are suffering as with what people are experiencing in their own countries and the sense many have of feeling betrayed by their own leaders. Corruption is the order of the day, particularly in the West. This has resulted in unprecedented wealth inequalities, but just as tides change and the great fall, so do inequalities have a way of rectifying themselves. Palestine will one day be free, and so will the rest of us.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Not to Abandon Palestine and Al-Quds, To Protect Al-Qaa with Our Eyes

 

Sayyed Nasrallah: Not to Abandon Palestine and Al-Quds, To Protect Al-Qaa with Our Eyes

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Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah highlighted the importance of the Palestinian cause, on top of which is al-Quds.

In a televised speech he delivered on al-Quds International Day, Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed that the late Imam Khomeini had announced al-Quds Day on the last Friday of the Month of Ramadan so that Muslims remember that al-Quds is part of their religious duties.

According to his Eminence, “Any person cannot claim to be a true believer in God while turning a blind eye to a Zionist entity that is aggrieving the Palestinian.”

On the occasion, he highlighted that “al-Quds Day is marked for highlighting this great tragedy and cause. It is a day to draw a roadmap and announced responsibilities, away from political and diplomatic courtesies.”

As the Resistance Leader reiterated Hizbullah’s stance in support of the Palestinian cause, His Eminence stressed: “The right thing that should be said on this day is that Palestine, from the sea to the river, is an occupied and usurped land that was stolen from its legitimate people.”

“Muslims will not abandon the Palestinians despite efforts by enemies to undermine the Palestinian cause,” he said, and pointed that “on this day we ask everyone not to abandon the Palestinian cause.”

Sayyed Nasrallah further reminded:

“”Israel” is a usurper and occupier entity and it was created through terrorism.”

However, His Eminence confirmed that “in the worst circumstances, weakness might justify not going to war but it does not justify surrendering to the enemy.”

“Weakness does not justify handing the land to the enemy, normalizing ties, establishing relations or conspiring with this enemy against the aggrieved ones,” he added.

In addition, His Eminence elaborated

“When the resistance axis started achieving victories in this cause on the regional level, other factors were imposed to obstruct its advance using false titles like sectarianism and freedom.”

“The region witnessed a transformation in the past two decades through the rise of the axis of the resistance that includes Iran and Syria and the choice of resistance started making real achievements in Lebanon and Palestine.”

In addition, His Eminence slammed the fact that “as the resistance axis reached the peak, some countries intervened forcefully to besiege this axis.”

“They took the entire region to war and strife under false slogans, on top of which were freedom and democracy,” he explained and pointed out that “the real aim was to strike the resistance movements and the peoples’ resistance culture.”

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say:

“The same ruling regimes and dynasties that allowed the US and Britain to create the “Israel” in return for getting their thrones are still fighting any chance for resistance.”

In this context, he mentioned the incidents that happened in Egypt in the past and are currently taking place in Syria and Iraq. “They are trying to keep their thrones and history is repeating itself.”

According to the Resistance Leader,

“it is not a coincidence that those who are marking al-Quds International Day in Yemen, Bahrain, Syria and Nigeria are suffering the same stabs in the back from the Saudi regime.”

“My message today is that all the tools and servants of must despair over the possibility of abandoning Palestine,” he said.

Commenting on the recent “Israeli” threats about destroying the Lebanese resistance, His Eminence assured that “there is nothing new in these threats, as the two are always engaged in an open war.”

To the “Israelis”, Hizbullah Secretary General sent a clear message:

“There is nothing new in your threats. One thing that is new is that you are talking a lot. You said you will destroy but before you destroyed … It is known that you destroy and kill.”

He also warned the “Israeli” apartheid entity and its settlers that they should be scared of the huge amount of information Hizbullah has accumulated on it.

“What is important is not what you know about us, but what we, the resistance, know about you. It’s the first time in history where we have been able to accumulate this huge quantity of information about you.”

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah undermined the “Israeli” officials’ threats raised during Herzliya conference. “What is new is at the conference is the acknowledgement of this force that is threatening you and that force is Hizbullah,” he viewed.

His Eminence, on this level, denounced the participation of some Arabs in Herzliya conference knowing that it discusses the so-called “Israeli” “national” security and strategic environment.

“Unlike the situation 2011, when “Israel” was in a critical situation, today the apartheid entity enjoys new opportunities especially in Syria. This comes as some Arabs claim to be part of the anti-terrorism efforts while they aid al-Nusra with arms and goods.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah asked why the terrorist group- Daesh- targeted Istanbul airport with the knowledge that Turkey did not attack the opposition in Syria.

“Turkey did not fight the terrorists and did not open a battle against them but adopted them politically, fought the Syrian regime, and opened its borders to insurgents and handed them with arms, ammunition and money,” he added.

Moving to the Lebanese front, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the eight suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the northeastern border town of al-Qaa intentionally targeted the town.

“Suicide attacks in al-Qaa reflect Daesh’s ideology i.e. based on murder and atonement similar to that of Wahhabism,” he added, unveiling that “this is the ideology of ISIS, which is the same ideology of al-Nusra and al-Qaeda, which all are originated from Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia.”

For those who claim that these attacks are a response to the resistance’s intervention in Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah asked:

“Why did the “revolts” do this attack in al-Qaa… The Christian village which has a municipality that doesn’t politically support Hizbullah?”

“Not for Hizbullah’s pre-emptive war in Syria and the efforts of the Lebanese army and security services, Daesh suicide bombers would have attacked all of Lebanon,” His Eminence underscored.

In response, His Eminence called on the Lebanese and the people of the region to put their trust in the capabilities of the Lebanese security forces in maintaining security in the country, saying there is no need for fear and worry.

“The security situation in Lebanon is better than the situation in the third world countries at minimum,” he said, noting that “the security situation in Lebanon is under control and we must trust the security services.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also stated:

“A breach occurred in al-Qaa but nothing can be 100% guaranteed,” urging the Lebanese to look at what happened in Turkey, France, Belgium, the US and Russia.

His Eminence went on to say:

“If Hizbullah and the Lebanese army’s pre-emptive war was completed along the border, al-Qaa attacks wouldn’t have happened. Everyone knows the political situation in Lebanon and how things are being run”

“If it wasn’t for this pre-emptive war, you would witness eight suicide bombers coming across the border every day. You will see tens of car bombings hitting Lebanese towns,” he warned.

He further added:

“Through the ongoing security investigations, I believe that some people will know the identity of the handler who sent the suicide bombers to al-Qaa.”

“All indications suggest that the suicide bombers did not come from the refugee camps surrounding al-Qaa but rather from the posts of Daesh but in the outskirts of Arsal,” he unveiled.

On the same level, Sayyed Nasrallah called for an “official, national anti-terror strategy,” assuring Hizbullah will not allow Daesh to “displace the residents of al-Qaa.”

“Al-Qaa is like Hermel and all of Bekaa’s residents are our people. We are neighbors and we won’t allow that al-Qaa’s residents be displaced. We will protect you ‘with our eyes’ and this is a national, ethical, human and religious commitment,” he pledged.

Source: al-Ahed news

01-07-2016 | 22:34

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