Israel’s Jewish-Only Right of Return Displaces Palestinians for 2nd Time


The Biblical Land: Given By God But Not Without Conditions

Posted on August 27, 2017

The presenter in the video above makes a good point. While according to the Old Testament, God issued a land grant to Abraham and his descendants, the biblical texts also tell us that the gift did not come without conditions. It was a contractbasically. And the Israelites failed to live up to it. This is what’s recorded in the biblical narrative. Sadly, many Christians today seem oblivious to the fact that the modern day state of Israel is following the same blind path. Hopefully the above video can make things a little clearer for them.

Back in June of this year, Palestinian Christians published an open letter to the World Council of Churches (WCC) asking that it recognize Israel as an apartheid state. I put up a post about it at the time, commenting that while the document makes no specific reference to Christian Zionism, it does nonetheless assert that Palestinians are suffering “because of one political declaration from a Western empire, based on a twisted theological premise.” And as I also remarked in the same post, the phrase “twisted theological premise” is an apt way of describing Christian Zionism. At any rate, I thought now would be a good time to re-post the open letter to the WCC, and so that’s what I have done below.

You’ll notice that among the signatories to the letter–the one at the very top of the list in fact–is the Arab Catholic Scouts Group. A bit earlier this month a group of Catholic Scouts were on a camp out near the West Bank village of Jibya when they found their campsite under attack by Israeli forces. Here is what a Catholic website reported at the time:

Israeli occupation forces yesterday raided a Catholic children’s scout camp, near the village of Jibya, organised by the Palestinian Holy Family Group from the Latin Monastery of Ramallah. They destroyed the tents and threw sound and gas bombs before they left.

Fortunately, the children were away from the camp attending a class in a hall close to the campsite. No one was injured, but the organisers say the children were very frightened.

The scout leader Samir Habash, said: “We practice our scouting right within the Palestinian natural environment, which is guaranteed by international and local scouting laws, but it appears that this right is forbidden to us because of oppressive occupation measures.”

He appealed to local and international scouting organisations around the world to publicise this barbaric attack, especially because it was targeting children.

The Scouts of the Palestinian Holy Family (for boy and girl scouts) were founded in 1996 and have about 180 members.

If you follow the link to the article you will see a picture of the destroyed tents.

Yes, the belief that “God gave the land to the Jews” has indeed contributed to a lot of suffering. This has been going on for a long time, and as the letter below points out, “the situation is still deteriorating.”

By the way, the letter makes reference to two other documents, one of them being the Amaan Call, issued by the WCC ten years ago following a meeting held in Amaan, Jordan. The other document mentioned is the Kairos Palestinedocument, a letter signed by Palestinian Christians and published in 2009. This latest letter urges Christians of conscience not to “hide behind the cover of political neutrality,” and also calls upon the WCC to support the BDS movement.

In June of this year, the WCC did in fact release a “Statement on 50 Years of Occupation.” The statement notes that “half a century after the 1967 war, there is still no peace and no justice among the inhabitants of the land of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection.” It also asserts that Israel’s “matrix of control – in particular through the ever growing web of illegal Israeli settlements – is increasing rather than diminishing” hopes for peace.

Sadly, however, the statement does not include the word “apartheid,” nor does it endorse the BDS movement.


Letter from Palestinian Christians to the World Council of Churches

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. (Isa. 1:17)


As we meet this month in Bethlehem in occupied Palestine, we are still suffering from 100 years of injustice and oppression that were inflicted on the Palestinian people beginning with the unjust and unlawful Balfour declaration. The injustice was intensified through the Nakba and the influx of refugees, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem and Gaza, the fragmentation of our people and land through policies of isolation and confiscation of property, and the building of Jewish-only settlements and the apartheid wall.

We are still suffering because of one political declaration from a Western empire, based on a twisted theological premise. Even some churches and Christian leaders supported the establishment of the colonial state in our land, and totally ignored—even dehumanized—the nation, our people who had already existed here for centuries and paid the price for atrocities committed in Europe.

Hundred years later, with thousands of lives lost, towns and villages razed from the face of the earth (though not our memory), millions of refugees, thousands of homes demolished, and continued incarceration of prisoners, our Nakba continues.

A hundred years later and there is still no justice in our land! Discrimination and inequality, military occupation and systematic oppression are the rule. Today, we stand in front of an impasse and we have reached a deadlock. Despite all the promises, endless summits, UN resolutions, religious and lay leaders’ callings, Palestinians are still yearning for their freedom and independence, and seeking justice and equality. Humanly speaking, we have reached the “moment of impossible,” as Emeritus Latin Patriarch Sabbah said recently.

Could it be that we have reached this “impossible moment” because things were built from the very beginning—a hundred years ago—on an unjust premise? Should we expect that such an unjust declaration will create anything but strife and destruction?

Today is also an opportunity to remember the 10-year-old Amman Call. We are thankful to those who stood with us back then in costly solidarity—those who stood for truth and justice. We are also concerned that 10 years later the situation is still deteriorating. Like other initiatives advocating end of occupation, the Amman Call did not achieve its goals in building and achieving just peace. We must ask ourselves today why that is.

We are also concerned by Israel’s systemic assault on Palestinian creative resistance, and on our partners worldwide who use this method to pressure Israel to end the occupation. Many new laws were issued in Israel and around the world to oppose this creative non-violent resistance unlawfully, and to stop all effort toward peace. Not only is this an attack on the freedom of conscience and speech but it is also an assault on our right and duty to resist evil with good. Israel is even now trying to prevent pilgrims from visiting Bethlehem, the city of Emmanuel!

While we are grateful for the ‘costly solidarity’ articulated in the Amman Call and exercised by many churches around the world, we are concerned that some churches have weakened their positions in the last 10 years as a result of Israeli pressure. Many still hide behind the cover of political neutrality, not wishing to offend their partners in religious dialogue.

Finally, we meet in an environment of religious wars and persecution in our region. Religious extremism is on the rise, and religious minorities have paid a painful price. We thank you for your efforts toward the refugees and toward ending the conflicts in our region. We also thank you for your support of persecuted Christians in places like Iraq and Syria.

Our Call

“God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness (Justice), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”. (Matthew 5:10-11)

As we stand in front of this “impossible moment,” it gives us no pleasure to say that “we told you so” eight years ago when we declared the moment as a Kairos moment! We stand facing the impossible, but we have not lost hope, since as followers of the Risen One, we are the people of hope. However, we need you and we need you now more than ever. We need your costly solidarity. We need brave women and men who are willing to stand in the forefront. This is no time for shallow diplomacy Christians. We urge you to hear our call and adopt the following:

1. That you call things as they are: recognize Israel as an apartheid state in terms of international law and in agreement of what a person like Desmond Tutu said and as the UN ESCWA report said: “Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people.. We are disturbed by the fact that states and churches are dealing with Israel as if the situation were normal, ignoring the reality of occupation, discrimination, and daily death in the land. Just as churches united to end apartheid in South Africa and whereby the WCC played a courageous and pivotal prophetic and leadership role, we expect you to do the same!

2. That you unequivocally condemn the Balfour declaration as unjust, and that you demand from the UK that it asks forgiveness from the Palestinian people and compensates for the losses. We ask that churches and Christians support the Palestinians in their request for justice.

3. That you take the strongest theological stand against any theology or Christian group that justifies the occupation and privileges one nation over the other based on ethnicity or a covenant. We ask that you adopt and live the theology suggested by Kairos Palestine and that you organize conferences to bring awareness toward this end.

4. That you take a stand against religious extremism and against any attempt to create a religious state in our land or region. We ask that you support us in combating the foundations of extremism and that you seek our council when acting against religious extremism so that you do not jeopardize and harm our standing here.

5. That you revisit and challenge your religious dialogue partners, and that you are willing to even withdraw from the partnership if needed, if the occupation and injustices in Palestine and Israel are not challenged.

6. That you lead campaigns for church leaders and pilgrims to visit Bethlehem and other Palestinian cities on this side of the wall in cooperation with Palestinian tourist and pilgrimage agencies, in response to recent attempts by Israel. We ask that you publicly challenge any attempt by Israel or other Christians that discourage pilgrims from visiting Palestinian places.

7. That you defend our right and duty to resist the occupation creatively and non-violently. We ask that you speak in support of economic measures that pressure Israel to stop the occupation and that you support atheltic, cultural, and academic measures against Israel until it complies with international law and UN resolutions urging the ending of its occupation, apartheid, and discrimination, and accepts refugees to return to their homeland. This is our last peaceful resort. In response to Israel’s war on BDS, we ask that you intensify that measure.

8. That you create lobby groups in defense of Palestinian Christians. We ask that you publicly and legally challenge Christian organizations that discredit our work and legitimacy.

9. We therefore propose as a matter of the greatest urgency that you create a strategic program within WCC similar to the program “To Combat Racism” to lead efforts to lobby, advocate, and develop active programs toward justice and peace in Palestine and Israel and maintain the presence of the Palestinian Christians through supporting their organizations, church work, and peaceful efforts.

As faithful witnesses, we acknowledge, affirm, and continue the long-standing prophetic tradition, especially the one started by the Amman Call and articulated in the Kairos Palestine document. We fully grasp the pressure church leaders are facing here and abroad not to speak the truth, and it is because of this that we are raising this call.

Things are beyond urgent. We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse. The current status quo is unsustainable. This could be our last chance to achieve a just peace. As a Palestinian Christian community, this could be our last opportunity to save the Christian presence in this land. Our only hope as Christians comes from the fact that in Jerusalem, the city of God, and our city, there is an empty tomb, and Jesus Christ who triumphed over death and sin brought to us and to all humanity, new life.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Cor. 4:8-9)

12 June 2017

Signed By:

Arab Catholic Scouts Group
Arab Orthodox Society, Jerusalem
Caritas, Jerusalem
Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees—Middle East Council of Churches
Greek Catholic Sayedat AlBishara Association
International Christian Committee
Laity Committee in the Holy Land
National Christian Association
Pontifical Mission Palestine
Sabeel—Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
Seeds of Better life
Union of Arab Orthodox Club, Jerusalem
Young Men’s Christian Association—YMCA
Young Women’s Christian Association—YWCA


NECC office


Bethlehem (NCOB) Network of Christian Organizations in Bethlehem
The East Jerusalem YMCA—Beit Sahour Branch
The Arab Educational Institute
Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem
Wi’am Center, Bethlehem
Saint Afram Assyrian Society
Holy Land Christians Ecumenical Foundation, Bethlehem
Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI)
Arab Orthodox Club, Beit Sahour
Arab Orthodox Club, Beit Jala
Arab Orthodox Club, Bethlehem
The Arab Orthodox Charitable Society, Beit Sahour
Bethlehem Bible College
Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies
Alternative Tourism Group, ATG, Beit Sahour
Senior Citizen Charitable Society
Environmental educational Center, Beit Jala
Saint Vincent Charitable Society, Beit Jala
Shepherds’ Children Society, Beit Sahour
Kairos Palestine

نائب الأمين العام للجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين أكّد أنّ «حماس» تُجري مراجعة لموقفها من سورية

أبو أحمد فؤاد: نرفض عقد المجلس الوطني الفلسطيني تحت حراب الاحتلال الصهيوني 

دمشق نعيم إبراهيم

أغسطس 18, 2017

أكّد نائب الأمين العام للجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين أبو أحمد فؤاد، رفض الجبهة محاولات عقد مجلس وطنيّ فلسطينيّ بمدينة رام الله في هذه الفترة، وقال إنّ الترتيبات الجارية لذلك تحمل في طيّاتها مآخذ عديدة من قِبلنا، ونحن نرى أنّ الأولويّة راهناً هي لاستعادة الوحدة الوطنيّة الفلسطينيّة، وليس لتكريس الانقسام. ودعا إلى إجراء انتخابات للمجلس في الداخل والخارج.

وتساءل أبو أحمد فؤاد في حديث لـ«البناء» من دمشق، كيف يمكن أن يُعقد مجلس وطنيّ فلسطينيّ في مدينة رام الله تحت حراب الاحتلال، وأكثر من ذلك حصل تطوّر لم نكن نتوقّعه، لأنّه في اللجنة التحضيريّة التي عُقدت في بيروت اتّفق على عقد مجلس وطنيّ توحيديّ على قاعدة اتفاقات القاهرة، وعلى قاعدة إمكانيّة عقد المجلس خارج الوطن حتى يشارك الجميع، إضافةً إلى أنّه لا يمكن لبرلمان في أيّ حركة تحرّر أن يُعقد تحت الاحتلال، خصوصاً في مرحلة التحرّر الوطني.

وأوضح نائب الأمين العام للجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين، أنّ عقد المجلس في هذه الظروف الفلسطينيّة المعقّدة والانقسام القائم، يمكن أن يؤدّي إلى زيادة المشاكل، لأنّ المحاولات التي تسعى لاستعادة الوحدة الوطنيّة مستقبلاً يمكن أن تتكلّل بالنجاح.

وسأل: كيف ستكون الأمور إذا عقدت القيادة المتنفّذة المجلس الوطنيّ في رام الله وفكّر آخرون بعقد مجلس في مكان آخر؟ إنّ هذا يعني أننا دمّرنا هذه المؤسّسة، وبشكل أو بآخر يكون البعض قد ساهم بتدمير منظّمة التحرير كخيمة وكجامع وكمرجعيّة لكلّ الشعب الفلسطيني، وممثل شرعيّ وحيد لهذا الشعب، ولكنّ هذه المنظمة تحتاج إلى إعادة بناء أو إلى إصلاحات أو إلى انتخابات، بمعنى أنّ مؤسّساتها تجب إعادة بنائها على أُسس ديمقراطية كما اتّفقنا في القاهرة، وعلى أساس برنامج وطنّي سُمّي «برنامج الوفاق الوطني» أو «برنامج الأسرى».

وعن المبادرات الفلسطينيّة والعربيّة التي قُدّمت قبل عدّة أيام لإعادة تفعيل الحوار الوطنيّ الفلسطينيّ، رأى أبو أحمد فؤاد أنّها لن ترى النور، وكلّها تُرمى على الطاولة، ولكن لا أحد يناقشها، لأنّ المبادرات يجب أن تُقدّم إلى هيئات أو لحوار وطنيّ شامل، ونحن ندعو لمثل هذا الحوار، علماً أنّ هناك اتفاقات لو التزم بها الجميع لكنّا الآن أمام وضع مختلف تماماً، سواء بالموضوع السياسيّ أو بالموضوع التنظيميّ.

وأضاف أبو أحمد فؤاد، أنّ الجبهة الشعبيّة لتحرير فلسطين تفضل الآن العودة إلى الحوار الوطنيّ الشامل رغم كلّ شيء، ولتطرح جميع الأفكار والآراء من قِبل كلّ الفصائل والقوى الفلسطينيّة، وأيضاً المبادرات لهذا الحوار من أجل الوصول إلى حلول للمشكلات المستعصية التي نعاني منها. ولكن هناك نصوص في النظام الأساسي يتمّ تجاوزها الآن، فاللجنة التحضيريّة تبدأ عملها لتحضّر لعقد الدورة المقبلة للمجلس الوطنيّ الفلسطينيّ، وهذه اللجنة تشارك فيها كلّ الفصائل وبما في ذلك اللجنة التنفيذية. وقد اجتمعت اللجنة لمرّة واحدة في بيروت، واتّخذت قرارات أهمّها عقد مجلس وطنيّ توحيديّ، وتمّت مناقشة المكان والزمان، وكان لنا ولغيرنا رأي بأن تُعقد هذه الدورة في الخارج مثل مصر أو الأردن أو سورية أو لبنان أو غيرها، وليس تحت حراب الاحتلال الصهيونيّ. ويجب أن تُعطى الفرصة للجميع من أجل الحضور والمشاركة، بينما المطروح الآن عقد مجلس وطني في رام الله و«فيديوكونفرانس» للخارج. فكيف يمكن أن يحصل ذلك؟ وهل المطلوب إلقاء خطابات فقط، وبالتالي لمن سيكون الـ»فيديوكونفرانس»؟ هذا أمر غير مقبول، ولا نريد تكريس قاعدة بمن حضر أو تحقيق النّصاب زائد واحد أو ناقص واحد، بل نريد القول إنّ هذا مجلس وطنيّ يُجمع عليه الشعب الفلسطينيّ، أو إنّه سيؤدّي إلى مزيد من الانقسام والخلافات.

وأوضح أبو أحمد فؤاد، أنّ الجبهة الشعبية ليست مع أيّ تغيير بهيكليّة منظّمة التحرير الفلسطينيّة والمرجعيات كما هو منصوص عليها بالميثاق الفلسطيني وكما هو منصوص بالنظام الأساسي لمنظّمة التحرير، ومن يريد تقديم مثل هذه الأفكار عليه أن يذهب بها إلى المجلس الوطنيّ المنتخب أو المجلس الوطني المتّفق عليه، لأنّه أعلى هيئة وهو الذي يقرّر أيّ تغيير في هذه الهيكليّة.

من هنا نقول، إنّ الموضوع السياسيّ هو الموضوع الرئيسيّ والاتفاق على الموضوع السياسيّ، ثم بعد ذلك كيف يمكن أن نعطي المجال للشعب الفلسطينيّ أن ينتخب مؤسّساته وهيئاته ويصبح البرلمان الفلسطيني برلماناً منتخباً يحاسِب ويحاسَب. أمّا القائم الآن، فهو حالة من الفوضى حيث لا يوجد مجلس وطنيّ ولا مجلس مركزيّ ولا حتى لجنة تنفيذيّة لمنظّمة التحرير الفلسطينيّة، وإنما الموجود هو الرئيس الذي يتصرّف فقط، وهذا لا يقبله أحد على الأقلّ في مرحلة تحرّر وطني، وبعد ذلك لكلّ حادث حديث.

وحول مستقبل الملف السوري، قال أبو أحمد فؤاد، لا شكّ في أنّ سورية تخرج تدريجيّاً من الأزمة وستعود حتماً إلى وضعها الطبيعي واحدة موحّدة، بدعم الأصدقاء والحلفاء، وهذا شيء مهمّ ويصبّ في مصلحة فلسطين، وهي دفعت ثمناً كبيراً على هذا الطريق. ولكن من المهمّ الإشارة هنا إلى أنّه كلّما تقدّمت سورية باتجاه الحلّ، كلّما تسارعت الخطى من قِبل القوى المعادية لإنهاء القضيّة الفلسطينيّة بالطريقة التي تريدها الولايات المتحدة الأميركية، والتي يريدها الكيان الصهيونيّ، في ظلّ انشغال العالم العربي بأزماته الداخليّة وتسريع وتيرة التطبيع من قِبل البعض، وقبل أن يتغيّر الوضع في سورية أو العراق أو مصر أو في دول الطوق ومن بعد ذلك بقيّة الدول العربية.

لكنّنا نؤكّد، أنّ القضيّة الفلسطينية لن تنتهي، مهما حصل من أزمات وانهيارات في الوضع العربي ومن تغيّرات بالوضع الدوليّ، وهذا ثابت من ثوابت الشعوب عبر التاريخ، خاصة في مواجهة الاستعمار.

ولذلك، مطلوب منّا كفلسطينيّين وكفصائل أن نصمد ولا نقدّم أيّ تنازل، وفي نفس الوقت نراهن على المرحلة المقبلة عربياً ودوليّاً، لأنّ مؤامرة الربيع العربي انتهت، وأنا متفائل إزاء هذه المرحلة إذا ما رتّب الفلسطينيّون أوضاعهم الداخليّة واستعادوا الوحدة الوطنيّة وركّزوا على المقاومة ودخلنا كفلسطينيّين كلّنا في محور المقاومة، وليس محور السعودية ومؤتمراتها، ولا محور الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب. ونحن كفلسطينيّين يجب أن نكون هنا.

وحول مستجدّات أزمة مخيم اليرموك، أكّد أبو أحمد فؤاد أنّها شارفت على الانتهاء، من دون معارك ودم أسوة ببعض المناطق السوريّة التي شهدت مصالحات وطنيّة.

وطالب نائب الأمين العام للجبهة الشعبيّة لتحرير فلسطين، حركة حماس بالعودة إلى الاتجاه الذي يخدم القضيّة الفلسطينية، وقال إنّ موقفهم إزاء سورية مؤسف جداً، غير أنّني أعتقد أنّ مراجعة تجري الآن من قِبل بعض قيادات الحركة للعلاقة مع سورية، ولما جرى من قِبلهم بالنسبة للبلد. وهناك محاولات لفتح حوار أو اتصالات، ربما

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Prepare for what is coming in Palestine

Post – Al Nusra and ISIS

يوليو 28, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Whenever the Secretary-General of Hezbollah Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah talked about the battles of the eastern borderline between Lebanon and Syria, his Lebanese opponents recall the name of Arsal as a Lebanese town, which they wanted to employ the identify of its people in order to show it a target of Hezbollah and the resistance under sectarian considerations, and thus to turn it into a background that incubates the fighters who entered it according to old plan. Hezbollah knows as its opponents know that they belong to Al-Qaeda organization and they have no relation neither with the revolution nor with the rebels as was described by the Minister of Justice of Al Mustaqbal Movement the Major. General Ashraf Rifi. It is not hidden to Hezbollah or to its opponents that those “rebels” are themselves whom the Minister of the war of the enemy Moshe Ya’alon said at the same time that they are friends to Israel and that they are entrusted with its security and borders.

None of Hezbollah’s battles in Syria especially the battles of Al-Quseir and Kalamoun were separated from the exposure of Hezbollah to targeting with announced and clear strikes by the occupation army. These strikes have threat messages not to proceed in the choice of determination, Hezbollah’s endeavors to resolve were not separated also from the high chaos internally caused by its opponents who asked it to hand over its weapons in the war of July in 2006, every time under a plea, they were always trying to hinder it from resolving and prevent any serious action by the Lebanese army and the security services that aims to target the groups which Israel announced that it cured three thousands of their wounded for many years. So it is proven that the cause is the seeking to protect these groups despite the certainty of their relation with Israel and ensuring the cover to them under multi-titles, once by linking them with the Syrian refugees and the humanitarian dimension, and once with weapons and the identity of its bearers versus the sectarian identity of Arsal and the warning of sectarianism.

The war of Syria approaches of its end after the fall of the US bets on hampering the forces of the resistance from the lower ceiling which is the protection of Syria from falling, and from the higher ceiling which is the protection of Syria from the division and chaos. The US choices become limited, either to abandon the chaos project and reaching to the point of losing everything and the reaching of the men of resistance accompanied with the Syrian army to every spot of the Syrian geography or to accept the Russian proposal of handing over the areas under the domination of the militants voluntarily to the Syrian army, in this way they can avoid the expansion of Hezbollah’s deployment on one hand, and preserve a political role for the representatives of these groups from the gates of Astana and Geneva. But the concern of Washington and its allies is the security of Israel either by the attempt to link the settlement in Syria with guarantees and arrangements that are related to this security, or by imposing facts that are related to the siege of the resistance.

The timing of the battle of the eastern borderline is Lebanese in order to preserve the security of the capital from the bombers and the suicide bombers, but it is international, regional, and strategic, it is an acceleration of an agenda that precedes the negotiation and removes the pressing papers from the hands of opponents, therefore neither the Syrian-Lebanese borders will be an issue of negotiation, nor the Syrian-Iraqi borders, moreover those who pretend to be clever will not be given the opportunity to have time in order to prepare the circumstances and to talk about deploying international units  there, and linking them with the establishment of unarmed areas under the slogan of sheltering the displaced. Most importantly is to be prepared for what is coming in Palestine, because this may not give the opportunities to America to enjoy the settlements which the Palestinian developments may impose an escalation in tension that takes the region along with the resistance from the Jerusalem gate to another place.

The issue is not just the presence of Al Nusra and ISIS, but rather it is the post- Al Nusra and ISIS.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

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ما بعد ما بعد النصرة وداعش

الاستعداد لما هو آتٍ في فلسطين

ناصر قنديل

– كلما كان الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله متحدثاً عن معارك السلسلة الشرقية الحدودية بين لبنان وسورية كان خصومه اللبنانيون يستحضرون اسم عرسال كبلدة لبنانية أرادوا توظيف هوية سكانها لتظهيرها هدفاً لحزب الله والمقاومة بسحابات طائفية، وتحويلها بالتالي بيئة تحتضن المقاتلين الذين دخلوها ضمن خطة قديمة، ويعرف حزب الله كما يعرف خصومه أنهم منتمون لتنظيم القاعدة ولا علاقة لهم لا بالثورة ولا بالثوار، كما وصفهم وزير عدل تيار المستقبل يومها اللواء أشرف ريفي. وليس خافياً على حزب الله كما على خصومه أنّ هؤلاء «الثوار» هم أنفسهم الذين قال وزير حرب العدو موشي يعالون في الفترة ذاتها أنهم أصدقاء لـ«إسرائيل» وأنهم مؤتمنون على أمنها و«حدودها».

– لم تنفصل معركة من معارك حزب الله في سورية، وخصوصاً معركتي القصير والقلمون عن قيام جيش الاحتلال باستهداف حزب الله بضربات معلنة وواضحة تحمل رسائل التحذير من الإقدام على خيار الحسم، كما لم تنفصل مساعيه للحسم مرة عن ضجيج مرتفع داخلياً من معارضيه وخصومه الذين وقفوا يطالبونه بتسليم سلاحه في حرب تموز عام 2006، وكلّ مرة بذريعة، لكنهم دائماً كانوا يحاولون إعاقته عن الحسم ويمنعون قيام الجيش اللبناني والأجهزة الأمنية بعمل جدي يستهدف الجماعات التي أعلنت «إسرائيل» أنها عالجت خلال سنوات ثلاثة آلاف من جرحاها، ما يحسم أنّ الخلفية هي السعي لحماية هذه الجماعات رغم إدراك علاقتها بـ«إسرائيل» وتوفير التغطية لها تحت عناوين متعدّدة مرة تربطها بالنازحين السوريين والبعد الإنساني ومرة بالسلاح وهوية حامليه ومقابلهم هوية عرسال الطائفية والتحذير من الفتنة.

– تقترب الحرب على سورية من نهاياتها مع سقوط الرهانات الأميركية على إعاقة قوى محور المقاومة عن سقف أدنى هو حماية سورية من السقوط وسقف أعلى هو حماية سورية من التقسيم والفوضى، وصارت الخيارات الأميركية محدودة وعنوانها، إما التخلّي عن مشروع الفوضى وبلوغ لحظة خسارة كلّ شيء وبلوغ لحظة يصل فيها رجال المقاومة مع الجيش السوري إلى كلّ بقعة من الجغرافيا السورية، أو قبول العرض الروسي بتسليم الجيش السوري طوعاً مناطق سيطرة المسلحين، حيث يمكنهم ذلك تفادياً لتوسع رقعة انتشار حزب الله من جهة، وحفظاً لدور سياسي لممثلي هذه الجماعات من بوابتي أستانة وجنيف، لكن همّ واشنطن وحلفائها يبقى أمن «إسرائيل» سواء بالسعي لربط التسوية في سورية بضمانات وترتيبات تتصل بهذا الأمن، أو بفرض وقائع تتصل بحصار المقاومة.

– توقيت معركة السلسلة الشرقية الحدودية لبناني أولاً لحفظ أمن العاصمة من المفخّخات والانتحاريين. لكنها إقليمية دولية، واستراتيجية. فهي تسريع لروزنامة تستبق التفاوض وتنزع الأوراق من يد الخصوم، فلا تكون الحدود اللبنانية السورية موضوع تفاوض ولا الحدود السورية العراقية غداً، ولا يترك بعض المتربّصين والمتذاكين في لبنان يكسبون الوقت لتهيئة الظروف والتحدّث عن نشر وحدات دولية هناك، وربطها بإقامة مناطق لا مسلحين فيها تحت شعار إيواء النازحين. والأهمّ الاستعداد لما هو آتٍ في فلسطين والذي قد لا يتيح فرص التنعّم الأميركي بتسويات قد تنسفها التطورات الفلسطينية التي قد تفرض تصاعداً في التوتر يأخذ المنطقة ومعها المقاومة من بوابة القدس إلى مكان آخر.

– القضية ليست فقط وجود النصرة وداعش، بل هي قضية ما بعد ما بعد النصرة وداعش.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Al-Quds Is Too Sacred to Be Liberated by Traitors, Hypocrites! (To be updated)

Sayyed Nasrallah: Al-Quds Is Too Sacred to Be Liberated by Traitors, Hypocrites!

June 23, 2017 Marwa Haidar

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah lashed out at Saudi Arabia over its relation with the Zionist entity and its stance towards Palestine, stressing that “Al-Quds is too sacred to be liberated by traitors and hypocrites.”

On the occasion of Al-Quds International Day, Sayyed Nasrallah was recalling the words of the spiritual leader of resistance in Lebanon, the disappeared Imam Moussa Sadr who had said that “the honor of Al-Quds disdains any liberation unless it is at the hands of true believers.”

During a ceremony held by Hezbollah on this occasion, which falls on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, Sayyed Nasrallah threatened that in case of any Israeli war on Lebanon or Syria, “our space will be open to hundreds of thousands of fighters from across the Arab and Muslim countries.

Sayyed Nasrallah warned that the aim of unrest taking place in the region is to divert attention from the Palestinian cause. However, the resistance leader stressed that such goal won’t be reached, noting that the axis of resistance is getting stronger nowadays.

“We are heading for the imminent victory thanks to our martyrs’ blood and steadfastness f our people,” his eminence addressed crowds at Sayyed Shuhada Complex, in Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh), via a video link.

Al-Quds Day

Talking about the occasion itself, Sayyed Nasrallah said that following victory of Islamic revolution in Iran, late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam (Rouhullah Mousavi) Khomeini assigned the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as Quds International Day.

In this context, the resistance leader noted that the entire humanity bears responsibility of standing by the Palestinian cause and not only Muslims.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that Al-Quds day coincides this year with the 50th anniversary of occupation of Al-Quds by Zionists.

Sayyed Nasrallah said that the West and especially the United States have exploited the unrest which took place in the recent years in a bid to divert the attention of the people of the Muslim nation from the Palestinian cause. However, he noted that the Arab spring which has ended up being unrest was first a result of popular movements.

“We believe that the Arab spring was first a result of popular movements across many Arab countries; however the West, especially US managed to contain these movements in a bid to wipe out the Palestinian cause.”

“One of the major aims of unrest and wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya is to pave the way for a settlement in favor of the Zionist enemy.”


Sayyed Nasrallah saluted the Palestinian people who are now subjected to all means of Israeli oppression including blockade, electricity shortage, settlements and Judaization plots, and razing homes, in a bid to force them to accept the Israeli conditions of the so-called settlement.

Iran as a major supporter of Palestine and resistance movements in the region is being slapped by economic sanction and politically pressured, Sayyed Nasrallah said.

There are conspiracies to isolate Iran and to change it to an enemy for countries in the region instead of “Israel”, Hezbollah S.G. said, noting that there has been plots to move the battle against Takfiris to Iran.

Reminding of a threat made by Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman to move the battle to Iran, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the “Saudi regime is weaker than being able to launch a war on Iran.”

The Resistance Leader meanwhile, said that Syria is “a central member of the axis of resistance and a major supporter of resistance movements in the region.”

“For that it was targeted by schemes to destroy its army and topple its government to replace it with another regimes that serve the interests of the US and Zionist entity.”

On the other hand, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the resistance movements have been also targeted by war threats, assassination attempts of its figures and accusations of terrorism in a bid to tarnish its image.

“An Iraq, after it demonstrated a clear policy that refuses to be part of the US-Israeli scheme to abandon Palestine, they sent ISIL in a bid to destroy this country,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

In this context, his eminence stressed that ISIL was made by US, funded by Saudi Arabia and its operations were facilitated by Turkey.

Talking about the war on Yemen, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the real reason of this war is a Saudi intention to control this Arab country. Hezbollah S.G. praised the Yemeni people for its legendry steadfastness against the Saudi-led aggression and hailed their firm stance towards Palestine.

“Despite all challenges of airstrikes, blockade, cholera, poverty and destruction, tens of thousands took to streets to voice solidarity with Palestine and Al-Quds.”

“Yemen proved that it will never be part of a scheme to sell Palestine, neither for a throne, nor for Trump and it is still fighting.”

Sayyed Nasrallah meanwhile, cited reports confirming that the Zionist warplanes are taking part in the aggression on Yemen.

Next War

As in his major speeches, Sayyed Nasrallah tacked the military status of the resistance against the Zionist enemy. His eminence quoted remarks by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman who said that the Zionist entity has not won a war since 1967.

“We have no intention to launch a war neither in the summer and nor in the winter, neither in the north and nor in the south,” Sayyed Nasrallah quoting the Israeli DM as saying, noting that such situation is thanks to victories achieved by the resistance against the Zionist entity.

His eminence though warned that in case of any war on Lebanon or Syria “our space will be open to hundreds of thousands of fighters who will join resistance ranks from across Arab and Muslim countries.”

“Palestine is in our conscience and the axis of resistance is getting stronger,” the resistance leader said, calling on Palestinians not to lose hope despite all difficulties.


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Al-Quds Day 2017 –  World Muslims Mark Quds Day with Massive Rallies

Al-Quds Day 2017

 Millions of people are taking to the streets across Iran and other world countries Friday to show their solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israel’s decades-long occupation and atrocities. The rallies are held to mark Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

LIVE: Al-Quds Day rally takes place in Tehran

Iranian protesters are marching on the streets of Tehran on Friday, June 23, on Al-Quds Day, showing solidarity with Palestine. Al-Quds day, which falls on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan, is an annual event firstly introduced in 1979 by late Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, as a day of protest against Zionism and Israel’s control of Jerusalem. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and thousands, including Iranian government officials, take place in the yearly rally.

Rally in Damascus Marking International Quds Day


 DAMASCUS, (ST)- Participants in the rally organized in Damascus marking International Quds Day affirmed the need to unify the nation’s efforts in the confrontation of the Israeli occupation and the United States, stressing that there is no alternative to liberating Palestine, restoring  the holy shrines and return of refugees to their homeland.

The rally began from the entrance of Souk Hamidiyeh and progressed towards the Umayyad Mosque.

In a statement, the participants said that commemorating Quds Day and participating effectively in this occasion aims at mobilizing the nation’s potentials to liberate al-Quds and protect  al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that the Palestinian cause is the central Arab cause and Palestine is the compass of the nation and Quds is its eternal capital.

They warned of the settlement schemes being promoted in the region , because they aim at liquidating the Palestinian cause, fragment the countries supporting the Palestinian cause, finding a suitable environment to make the Zionist entity a friend and an ally to some Arab and Islamic states and creating sedition among the Arabs.

Millions of People Have Taken to Streets in Iran On Quds Day

In Tehran, millions of people have taken to the treets across Iran and other world countries to show their solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israel’s decades-long occupation and atrocities.

The rallies are held to mark Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, press TV reported.

In Tehran and other cities and towns, people from all walks of life gathered for the annual event which usually marks people chanting slogans against Israel and burning the occupying regime’s flags.

The occasion is a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, followed by Muslims in other countries to support the Palestinian struggle against Israel.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani along with other senior Iranian officials took part in the Tehran rally.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Rouhani said “the message of Quds Day is that of hatred towards the occupying and usurping regime as well as support for the oppressed nation” of Palestine.

He underlined the importance of this year’s Quds Day “given the presence of terrorists in the region, who are backed by Israel,” adding people are determined to cleanse the region of Tel Aviv-backed terrorists.

Rouhani said the high turnout in the demonstrations also serves as a response to the United States, which has recently been seeking to pile pressure on Iran by tightening its sanctions.

Hamda Mustafa


 World Muslims Mark Quds Day with Massive Rallies

Local Editor

Millions of Muslims are taking to the streets across the world countries Friday to show their solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn the Zionist decades-long occupation and atrocities.


World Muslims Mark Quds Day with Massive Rallies

The rallies are held to mark International al-Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

In the Iranian capital city, Tehran, and other cities and towns, people from all walks of life are gathering for the annual event which usually marks chanting slogans against ‘Israel’ and burning its flags.

In the early hours of Friday, Bahraini people held anti-‘Israel’ rallies in different areas to commemorate the occasion.


World Muslims Mark Quds Day with Massive Rallies

The demonstrators also pledged unwavering support for the Palestinian cause.

Elsewhere in eastern Saudi Arabia, people braved a military siege on the Shia town of Awamiyah in the Qatif region and held a rally in solidarity with Palestine.

World Muslims Mark Quds Day with Massive Rallies
Hundreds are already out in Nigeria in Kudan LGA in Kaduna state to mark the occasion.
World Muslims Mark Quds Day with Massive Rallies

Additionally, thousands in London united to demand freedom for Palestine.

World Muslims Mark Quds Day with Massive Rallies

The occasion is a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, followed by Muslims in other counries to support the Palestinian struggle against ‘Israel.’

On Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei emphasized the importance of al-Quds Day.

“It is not just that we are defending an oppressed nation that has been driven out of its home. We are actually fighting against an oppressive and arrogant political system,” Imam Khamenei said.

Earlier this month, Palestinians marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, which saw ‘Israel’ occupy the West Bank, East al-Quds, the Gaza Strip and part of Syria’s Golan Heights.

In November that year, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 242, under which ‘Israel’ is required to withdraw from all territories seized in the war.

Tel Aviv withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but has been keeping the coastal enclave under a crippling siege and regular deadly offensives. The apartheid regime has also been expanding settlements across the West Bank and East al-Quds in breach of international laws.

The global protests this year coincide with stepped-up killing of Palestinians, their forced displacement and abusive detention by ‘Israel.’

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

23-06-2017 | 10:44

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