Yahya Sinwar Elected Hamas’ Gaza Chief

February 13, 2017

Hamas leader Yahia Sinwar attending a rally in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip January 7, 2016.

Yahya Sinwar Elected Hamas’ Gaza Chief

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas elected a member of its armed wing as its new Gaza head Monday, Hamas officials said.

“Yahya Sinwar was elected to head the Hamas political office in the Gaza Strip”, the officials said.

He will succeed Ismail Haniya, who is seen by many observers as the most likely successor to Hamas’s current exiled leader Khaled Meshaal.

In September 2015, Sinwar was added to the US terrorism blacklist alongside two other members of Hamas’s military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

A graduate in Arabic language, he was born in the Khan Younis refugee camp in southern Gaza and founded “Majd,” one of Hamas’s intelligence services.

Arrested by Israeli occupation authorities in 1988 for “terrorist activity,” Sinwar was sentenced to four life sentences before being released in October 2011 under an agreement to exchange more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured five years earlier.

Hamas has been conducting internal elections for several months.

Source: AFP

«العسكر» على رأس قيادة «حماس» في غزة

مضت حتى الآن مرحلتان مهمتان قبيل انتخابات المكتب السياسي لحركة «حماس» التي تلعب فيها التزكية دوراً مهما. فبعد التجديد لمحمد عرمان في «الهيئة القيادية العليا لأسرى حماس»، أتمت الحركة أمس، انتخاب قيادتها في غزة

 انتخب القيادي والأسير المحرر يحيى السنوار، المحسوب على «كتائب القسام»، الجناح العسكري لـ«حركة المقاومة الإسلامية ــ حماس» وأحد مؤسسيه، رئيساً للمكتب السياسي للحركة في قطاع غزة خلفاً لإسماعيل هنية، الذي تؤكد غالبية التقديرات انتخابه قريباً لرئاسة المكتب السياسي في الخارج، علماً بأنّ هذه الانتخابات الداخلية تجري منذ شهور عدة.

وعلمت «الأخبار» من مصادر في غزة أن خليل الحية انتخب نائباً للسنوار، فيما يشمل المكتب في غزة ضمن تشكيلته المكوّنة من 15 عضواً كلّاً من صلاح البردويل ومروان عيسى وروحي مشتهى وسهيل الهندي وفتحي حماد وياسر حرب ومحمود الزهار وأبو عبيدة الجماصي وإسماعيل برهوم وجواد أبو شمالة وأحمد الكرد وعطا الله أبو السبح وناصر السراج، وثُلث هؤلاء على الأقل من ذوي خلفيات عسكرية أو يتقلدون مناصب ومهمات في «القسام»، فضلاً عن المقربين من الذراع العسكرية.

المصادر نفسها ذكرت أنه جرى اختيار مازن هنية رئيساً لـ«مجلس الشورى في قطاع غزة»، التابع للحركة، فيما جرى التوافق على خالد مشعل رئيساً لـ«مجلس الشورى في الداخل والخارج»، وبذلك يكون مشعل الذي يرأس الحركة فعلياً منذ عام 2004 بعد اغتيال مؤسسها الشيخ أحمد ياسين ثم خليفته عبد العزيز الرنتيسي، على وشك أن يختم 13 عاماً في منصبه. وكان لافتاً أنّ عماد العلمي ونزار عوض الله لم ينجحا في الوصول إلى المكتب السياسي الجديد، علماً بأنّ صعود إسماعيل هنية إلى المكتب السياسي جرى بالتزكية، على اعتبار أنه كان رئيساً للمكتب في غزة في خلال الولاية السابقة، فيما من المقدر أن تعلن نتائج انتخابات المكتب السياسي مطلع نيسان المقبل.

جراء ذلك، تصدّر الإعلام الإسرائيلي والدولي ردود فعل كبيرة حول اختيار شخص السنوار وتداعيات ذلك على توجهات «حماس» في المرحلة المقبلة، خاصة مع الحديث عن نذر اقتراب مواجهة جديدة بين العدو والمقاومة في غزة.

والسنوار اعتقل للمرة الأولى عام 1982 ثم في 1985، إلى أن جاء الاعتقال الأكبر عام 1988، الذي حُكم فيه عليه بالسجن أربعة مؤبدات إلى أن أفرج عنه في «صفقة جلعاد شاليط» عام 2011.

يُشار إلى أن الولايات المتحدة كانت قد أدرجت في أيلول 2015 اسم السنوار على لائحتها السوداء «للإرهابيين الدوليين» إلى جانب قياديين اثنين آخرين من «حماس» هما فتحي حماد وروحي مشتهى، والأخير ومعه السنوار تتهمهما واشنطن بأنهما «يواصلان الدعوة إلى خطف جنود إسرائيليين لمبادلة أسرى فلسطينيين بهما». كذلك يُنسَب إلى السنوار تأسيس وقيادة الجهاز الأمني للحركة، الذي كان يعرف باسم «مجد»، وكان له دور كبير في التنسيق بين المستويين السياسي والعسكري في الحركة في خلال الحرب الأخيرة في غزة.

أيضاً، كانت «حماس» قد عينت السنوار في تموز 2015 مسؤولاً عن «ملف الأسرى الإسرائيليين» لديها وقيادة أي مفاوضات تتعلق بشأنهم مع الاحتلال، وكان اختياره قد جاء بطلب من قيادة القسام لكونه معروفاً بـ«صلابته وشدته»، وفق المصادر في غزة. في المقابل، نقل موقع «المصدر الإسرائيلي» تقديرات جهات استخباراتية إسرائيلية تقول إن السنوار بصفته «نجح في تخطي كلا المسؤولَين الآخرَين في قيادة الجناح، محمد الضيف ومروان عيسى بفضل نفوذه ومكانته… (كما أن) اختياره في منصب رئيس حماس في غزة يعزز التقديرات بأنّ تأثير الجناح العسكري آخذ في الازدياد، ويتفوق على السياسي». ونقل «المصدر» عناوين رئيسية في صحف إسرائيلية منها «معاريف» التي جاء فيها: «يخاف نشطاء حماس من السنوار أيضاً». وذهبت صحيفة «هآرتس» أبعد من ذلك ورصدت بعض ردود فعل الداخلية، قائلة إن «فلسطينيين التقوا السنوار يعتبرونه متطرّفاً حتى بموجب مفاهيم الحركة، وهو يتحدث بمصطلحات مروّعة عن حرب أبدية ضدّ إسرائيل».

أما رئيس «لجنة الخارجية والأمن» في الكنيست الإسرائيلي، آفي ديختر، فقال مساء أمس، إن على «إسرائيل تعزيز قدراتها لتدمير البنية التحتية لحماس بعد تعيين يحيى السنوار رئيساً جديداً للحركة في غزة… من اليوم صار زعيم حماس في غزة هو شيخ القتلة».

إلى ذلك، أعلنت «كتائب القسام» في بيان أمس، أنها «تزفّ المجاهد أحمد البريم (22 عاماً) من خان يونس الذي ارتقى إثر انهيار نفق للمقاومة»، ضمن ما يسمى «شهداء الإعداد».

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السنوار مسؤولاً لحماس في غزة

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فاز يحيى السنوار، أحد مؤسسي الجهاز الأمني لـ«حماس» برئاسة المكتب السياسي للحركة في غزة خلال انتخابات داخلية جرت أمس. ونقلت وكالة «معا» عن مصادر مقربة من «حماس» أن الانتخابات الداخلية لحركة حماس في ساحة غزة قد انتهت، وأفضت إلى انتخاب يحيى السنوار رئيساً للمكتب السياسي للحركة في غزة، وخليل الحية نائباً له، وذلك في إطار الانتخابات الداخلية التي تجريها الحركة بعيداً عن الإعلام والتي يرجّح أن تنتهي بانتخاب اسماعيل هنية رئيساً لمكتبها السياسي خلفاً لخالد مشعل.

ويوصف السنوار «العدوّ الأول» لـ«إسرائيل» في غزة.. بل إن البعض في الكيان الصهيوني يذهب إلى حد اعتباره «الرجل الأقوى في حماس».

واسم السنوار كان يتردّد خلال الفترة الماضية كأحد الأسماء المرشحة لخلافة هنية في غزة أو حتى مشعل في المكتب السياسي. في كل الأحوال فإن انتخابه مسؤولاً للحركة في غزة لا شكّ في أنه يحمل الكثير من الدلالات، خصوصاً ما هو مرتبط بالمواجهة مع الاحتلال الصهيوني. إذ يعدّ السنوار من الشخصيات الرئيسية البعيدة من دائرة الضوء المحسوبة على الجناح العسكري، وإن بدأ يظهر أكثر في العامين الماضيين. وكانت تقارير صحافية تحدثت عن تسجيل الذراع العسكرية للحركة إنجازات في الانتخابات الداخلية التي بدأت نهاية الأسبوع.

بانتخاب السنوار سيترقّب العدو مسار المفاوضات غير المباشرة مع حركة حماس من أجل استعادة جنودها إذ تنظر «تل أبيب» إلى السنوار على أنه من الأكثر تشدّداً في مفاوضات تبادل الأسرى. ويعدّ السنوار الذي يبلغ من العمر 55 عاماً من أوائل الناشطين في كتائب القسام مع بداية الانتفاضة الأولى. ترعرع في مخيم خانيونس للاجئين. اعتقله الاحتلال عام 1989 وحكم عليه بالمؤبد.

أما نائب السنوار خليل الحيّة فهو أكثر ظهوراً إعلامياً ويعدّ من الشخصيات البارزة في الحركة. استشهدت زوجته واثنان من أبنائه خلال العدوان على قطاع غزة عام 2014.

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Hezbollah: Bishop Capucci Great Struggler, Supporter of Palestinians’ Legitimate Rights

 


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Hezbollah considered on Monday that Palestine and the entire Arab Umma (nation) lost a great struggler who had supported the Palestinians and their legitimate rights over decades, Bishop Hilarion Capucci.

In a statement, Hezbollah stressed that Bishop Capucci had always worked to liberate the sanctities, obliterate the Zionist occupation, unite the Umma efforts and attended the resistance positions.

Hezbollah offered condolence to the bishop’s family, the Palestinians and the whole Umma on the loss of the struggler who fought for the sake of the national rights till he died at the age of 94.

Source: Hezbollah Media Relations

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«Israel’s» Next War in Lebanon Is a Matter of Time!

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The question remains: Is “Israel” prepared for a third war with Hizbullah and its growing power in the region?

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Five years on the “Israeli” aggression on Lebanon and the “Israelis” still feel threatened by Hizbullah whose military capabilities are growing stronger by the day.

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According to a report by the “Israeli” daily Haaretz, the Second Lebanon War failed disastrously, as the “Israeli” entity’s security cabinet admitted that it had conducted the military attacks sloppily and that the army acted clumsily.

The entity’s army gave in to the fact that an ingenious Lebanese organization managed to extort a draw from a regional power armed with superior technology.

The report mentioned that the war had one major achievement: it delayed the outbreak of a third Lebanon war by more than a decade.

Still, even if it takes its time – and it will – the third Lebanon war is on its way, the report added.

The “Israeli” daily revealed that after the Syrian army’s collapse, the Iraqi army’s evaporation and the Egyptian army’s turning into a friend – Hizbullah today remains the sole conventional factor that poses a significant threat to “Israel”.

And since the Second Lebanon War was conducted the way it was – this threat has intensified sharply in the past decade. Every year of quiet on the northern border has been a year of increased strength north of the border.

To this extent, the “Israeli” apartheid entity is preparing its capabilities as not to be surprised by Hizbullah. Its tens of thousands of combatants and its tens of thousands of rockets could astound the satiated, sleepy and complacent “Israeli” public.

The report went on to say that in the next confrontation,

Hizbullah will totally disrupt “Israel’s” routine life, nationwide. It will damage infrastructure, deal a blow to the economy and cause profound trauma.

For this reason,

“Israel” is working day and night to prepare for this scenario. The “Israeli” chiefs of staff who followed Dan Halutz internalized the failure, learned its lessons and built an optimal answer to the northern threat.

Haaretz indicated that without a strong public, there is no security and without a powerful public system there’s no military power; that it, when hundreds of thousands of “Israelis” fled from their homes in the Second Lebanon War and the regime’s helplessness made masses of people feel abandoned to their fate.

The question remains: Is “Israel” prepared for a third war with Hizbullah and its growing power in the region?

Source: Haaretz, Edited by website team 

15-07-2016 | 15:49

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TODAY WE CELEBRATE 54 YEARS OF ALGERIAN LIBERATION; TOMORROW WE WILL CELEBRATE FOR PALESTINE

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by Jonathan Azaziah

LONG LIVE ALGERIA!

Since the dawn of Rothschild-financed colonialism in the Arab-Islamic world, Algerian Independence undoubtedly stands alone as the greatest of all our victories. After 132 years of French colonial occupation, the Algerian Resistance prevailed on this day in 1962, securing a triumph that now stands as one of modern history’s most important moments. A million and a half martyrs were given in the glorious armed struggle against the arrogant French Imperialists from 1954-1962, and despite every subversive, corrosive, destructive trick employed by Paris, Ahmed Ben Bella and the FLN, backed by the revolutionary godfather of Arab Nationalism Gamal Abdel Nasser, stood their ground, WON, and solidified themselves as paragons of steadfastness and decolonization to be emulated until the end of time.

It is also imperative to note that it was not only France whom Algerians battled against but the ‘Israeli’ monsters as well. Since 1870, when a French Zionist-Freemasonic Jew named Adolphe Crémieux helped pass the Crémieux Decree that facilitated the settlement of over 35,000 French Jews on Algerian soil, French Jews played a prominent role in colonizing the North African giant. And when the liberation struggle kicked into full force, it was the French Jews’ other genocidal project, ‘Israel’, that they turned to for assistance to preserve their presence as hegemons in Algeria.

Aman, the Zionist entity’s military intelligence wing, worked intimately with SDECE (French intelligence) to undermine Algerian freedom fighters and even attempted an assassination on Ahmed Ben Bella through the hijacking of his plane. The notorious pro-colonialist terrorist group, the French Secret Army Organization (OAS), had an exclusively Jewish faction and the upper echelons of its leadership were being advised on the intricacies of clandestine warfare by none other than Irgun, the notorious mass murdering ‘Israeli’ terrorist organ, as well as the Mossad. Thus, Algeria’s victory wasn’t just a victory over European colonialism but International Zionism. And it is because of this that since the decolonization of Algeria and the triumph over the French-Mossad-OAS efforts to reverse Algerian liberation, ‘Israel’ has steadfastly targeted Algiers with a plethora of designs, from car bombings to spying operations, “regime change” plots to Oded Yinon-style destabilization and balkanization via the traitorous Ferhat Mehenni and his separatist group the Mouvement pour l’autonomie de la Kabylie (MAK).

The ‘Israeli’ tumor and its French ZOG want to keep these truths buried and they hopelessly long for the world to forget about this momentous day 54 years ago because Algeria absolutely, certainly, definitely, UNDENIABLY represents the proper model for Palestinian liberation, not this “BDS” nonsense that is based on a Jewish-dominated “movement” in South Africa which ended political apartheid, yes, but strategically ensured that ties with the ‘Israeli’ enemy and economic apartheid, i.e. Jewish and Shabbos “Goy” Afrikaner wealth, power and influence, remained very much intact.

The Algerians rose up against their colonizers with their dignity, their faith, their blood, their knowledge of the land and their will to resist and following a bloody but successful fight, the French packed their bags and left in humiliating defeat after 132 years of illegally squatting on Algerian territory. Just recounting the history in such succinct terms eerily echoes Palestine’s current situation right down to the century and change that the colonization lasted. The fact that the “Palestine Solidarity Movement” NEVER draws these parallels except to warn of impending doom and gloom because some usurping, land-stealing, raping, pillaging, hideous, baby-slaughtering, nuke-holding, terrorist, monstrous, supremacist Yahoudlings will get (rightfully) trampled on in the potential battle shows you that the primary concern of these “activists” isn’t the rights of the indigenous but the well-being of the colonizers.

Building on that very point, it is exceedingly ironic that the atrociously pro-‘Israel’ French “philosopher” Jean-Paul Sartre infamously noted that the people of France, who benefited financially in a large way from the occupation of Algeria, were collectively responsible for the plight of Algerians and this was (and is) considered radical. But when the very same anti-colonialist logic is applied to Jews who make up the “elite” in ALL Western countries and who refuse to call for “Death to ‘Israel’!” (they literally never utter the phrase) and the removal of EVERY Zionist settler because keeping ‘Israel’ alive is important to them AS JEWS, such analysis is deemed “anti-Semitic” by the aforementioned “human rights” campaigners? And these two-faced people are supposed to be our partners in the push to restore Al-Quds? It’s absurd. This also shows you, quite clearly, just how deathly scared Empire Judaica is of this scenario to even be discussed, even just a bit, even in the most toothless of circles.

The Algerian model represents Zionism’s end; the “BDS” model represents Zionism’s preservation. If the Right of Return and freeing Palestine from the River to the Sea are our end goals–and they damn sure are–how is it even a question in which direction we should sail our ship towards?

The Algerians had Nasser; Palestinians have Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Syrian President Dr. Bashar al-Assad and Sayyed Abdul Malik al-Houthi.

The Algerians fought the French ZOG openly and the Jewish Power Matrix by extension; the Palestinians are fighting the Jewish Power Matrix openly and the French ZOG by extension. In an infinite number of ways, the Algerian and Falasteeni struggles are mirror images of one another. Truly, the amount of nexus points is staggering!

So let us embrace the Algeria(-Hizbullah) Option!

To hell with the “solidarity” cowards and other fake friends of the Palestinian cause!

To hell with Jewish sensitivities.

Today, July 5th, 2016, we celebrate the Algerians’ historic liberation.

Tomorrow, insha’ALLAH khair ya Rab, we will celebrate the complete freedom of Palestine when the Zionist Jews depart from the Holy Land as the French did from Algeria 54 years ago.

We love you Algeria! And we love that you have your day! May your God-sent victory continue to light our way.

Soleimani To Al-Khalifa: Ayatollah Qassim Red Line, Violating It Leaves No Choice but Armed Resistance

The senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Qasem Soleimani warned that the sanctuary of Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassim, is a red line whose violation will set fire to Bahrain and the entire region.

The commander of IRGC’s Quds Force, said on Monday that overstepping this redline would “leave the people [of Bahrain] with no other choice but armed resistance.”

This comes as al-Khalifa on Monday revoked the citizenship of Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Ahmed Qassim, claiming that he has been involved in spreading extremism.

“Definitely, al-Khalifah will pay the price for this and it will result in nothing other than the collapse of this bloodthirsty regime,” the IRGC commander said.

Soleimani warned that supporters of Bahrain’s al-Khalifah regime must know that disrespect to Sheikh Qassim and the continuation of excessive crackdown on Bahraini people will “trigger a bloody intifada,” whose consequences would be on those who legitimize the outrageous behavior of Bahrain’s rulers.

The IRGC commander further noted that the al-Khalifah regime is committing more crimes on a daily basis and represses the people of Bahrain while the United Nations, the US and Western countries maintain their “meaningful silence.”

Bahrain’s Interior Ministry claimed in a statement that Sheikh Qassim actively sought the “creation of a sectarian environment” through his connections with foreign powers.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

20-06-2016 | 22:15

Bahrain Regime Revokes Nationality of Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Al-Qassem (Updated)

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Bahraini regime on Monday stripped Ayatollah Sheikh Issa al-Qassem from citizenship in a clear escalation against Shia clerics in Bahrain.Bahraini leading Shia Cleric Ayattollah Sheikh Issa al-Qassem

Bahraini interior ministry said on Monday it was going ahead “to confront all means of extremism and submission to a foreign religious and political reference.”

“… Based on that, so-called Issa Ahmad Qassem was stripped of citizenship,” the interior ministry said, according to Bahraini daily, al-Wasat.

The ministry said Sheikh Qassem’s nationality was revoked over “forming groups that yield to a foreign political and religious reference.”

According to the ministry, Sheikh Qassem “had role in creating an extremist sectarian environment,” as he “worked on diBahrainviding the society on sectarian basis.”

In response, a crowded protest was held spontaneously next to Ayatollah Qassem’s house to denounce the regime’s decision to revoke his nationality.

The protestors wore their shrouds, asserting that they do not want Bahrain to be without Sheikh Qassem.

Sheikh Qassem appeared before the protestors next to his residence and confirmed his firm stance.

Several political parties in Bahrain issued statements to denounce the regime’s action against Sheikh Qassem, calling on the Bahrainis to move against regime action.

Earlier, another prominent Shia cleric, Sayyed Abdullah al-Ghuraifi warned against targeting Sheikh Qassem.

In a statement, Sayyed Ghuraifi said that targeting Sheikh Qassem, the most leading Shia cleric in Bahrain, is aimed at targeting this sect, its religious references, history, present and future.”

Source: Al Manar TV

20-06-2016 – 14:52 Last updated 20-06-2016 – 19:31
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Palestinian Intifada Welcomes Lieberman: Heroic Palestinian Op in Tel Aviv: 4 ’Israelis’ Dead, Dozens Injured


In a new heroic operation, Palestinian Resistance men managed to penetrate to near the apartheid entity’s War Ministry and shoot 4 settlers dead in Tel Aviv.

Heroic Palestinian Op in Tel Aviv: 4 ’Israelis’ Dead, Dozens Injured

According to the information, four “Israelis” have been killed and 16 have been wounded in an operation in one of Tel Aviv’s most secure streets.

“Israeli” police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the shooters, whose names have yet to be confirmed, were two Palestinians from the same family from the town of Yatta, south of the city al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank.

According to Haaretz, two armed men “disguised as Orthodox Jews” opened fire near the Benedict restaurant and then at the nearby Haarbaa Street.

It further mentioned that “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who returned on Wednesday from Moscow, convened a security briefing in Tel Aviv, and announced a meeting scheduled for Thursday, which will be attended by War Minister Avigdor Lieberman, “Shin Bet” chief Yoram Cohen, and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich.

This comes as “Israel” said Thursday it had suspended entry permits for 83,000 Palestinians during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

“All permits for Ramadan, especially permits for family visits to “Israel”, are frozen,” said a statement from COGAT, the unit which manages civilian affairs in the occupied West Bank.

It said that 83,000 Palestinians would be affected, adding that hundreds of residents of the Gaza Strip who had received permits to visit relatives and holy sites during Ramadan would also have access frozen.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

09-06-2016 | 10:12

 
 Listen to Zionist Media of Egypt: The Attack threatens Sisi “Peace” Initiative
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Two Palestinians killed 4 Israelis and injured six others in a shooting near Israeli defense ministry in Tel Aviv.

The two Palestinians opened fire at a popular open-air shopping and restaurant area in two locations in Sarona Market, close to defense ministry and main army HQ.Tel Aviv shooting

Occupation police said the gunmen were from Yatta, a Palestinian village near the West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron). Both are in custody. One is undergoing surgery in hospital, occupation police added.

The attacks happened at around 21:30 (18:30 GMT) as Israelis were relaxing in the market’s restaurants and bars.

Video footage showed crowds running from the scene and ambulances arriving. Pictures showed upturned tables and chairs at one restaurant.

Ichilov hospital said four wounded Israelis brought there had died and at least four others were in a critical condition.

Strict Measures

Following the attack, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, cancelled the easing of some security restrictions that were in place for the holy month of Ramadan.

After an evaluation held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and IOF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Mordechai ordered the freezing of 204 entrance permits for relatives of the attackers.

Additionally, 83,000 permits for Palestinians in the West Bank to visit family members in Gaza have been revoked, and all easing of security measures for Gaza Strip residents during Ramadan, particularly access to al-Aqsa Mosque prayers, have been cancelled.

Source: Agencies

09-06-2016 – 09:35 Last updated 09-06-2016 – 09:35

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Hours in the Company of ’110’

Abbass Fneish

It was not the first time, nor was it the last either; however, it was the longest. It took place during a sad occasion: the martyrdom of Jihad Mughniyeh.

Hours in the Company of ’110’

Four days in the company of “110” – one of his secret names; still he loved best to be called “Sayyed Mustafa”.

He welcomes you as he welcomes everyone he knows. He wears a smile (while) putting his palms on cheeks, then gives a kiss and an embrace. He says a couple of words of love in the coastal colloquial tongue like that of the residents of Ghoubairi which literary stands for: “May you bury me, dear love!”

He was wearing black during these days. His elegance was wrapped by the fragrance dominating the air. He gets you closer to him, strokes with his palm your palm or shoulder. You are now behind the screen separating him from the eyes of the camera. You are next to a person who was in the bosom of death since he was six years old.
Then the doctor announced his death to his mother only to return to life within several minutes.

He says: “I want to blame you for covering events without a shield and a helmet”. He does not give you a chance: “I have enough troubles. You so and so! Get him a shield of mine”.

He asks you about the minute details. He liked these minute details. Though devils haunt him, he was quite good at settling them in his own way. With a look at times, he tries to hide behind eyeglasses that camouflage the blueness of his eyes which move around the hall with an eyebrow-raise and observe everything, even the coffee pot. Legitimate treason betrays him as his eyes lie on an old man from the days of “Ain Delbe” – his most loved place. A hunchbacked man over sixty calls him out. He asks him about the past, the present, and the future.

Minutes later, he returns to you saying: “He was one of the first men who held arms.” I ask him: “Do you still love Ain Delbe?” He answers: “From there we got started. From there, from Borj Barajineh we went to Khalde.” You hesitate in asking him about the Marines and the Multinational troops. He mentions Khalde before any other name. Perhaps the secret is because that place is linked to his injury.

Even here he was dragging you unintentionally to what he is skilled in: mixing the sight and the hearing as he wishes, exactly as he did in the military media. Your mind interprets that he was injured in Khalde. Still from the very beginning of the consolation session to the very end, he stands to observe his duty. It is not a story of prejudice. This is how this man is. He is a will that walks with much uproar most of the times. No doubt he loved riding high speed motorcycles.

His will searches for its like. He tells me: “Abu Issa Al Iqleem (who was martyred in the same raid that led to the martyrdom of Jihad Moghniyeh) is the Iqleem. When you talk about the Iqleem and its nature, you would be talking about men. We were together in almost all the military operations in the South. In Syria too we were together since the very first days”. Here I seize the opportunity to ask him a question: “Talking about the South, aren’t you the author of the term ‘The war of Minds’?” His smile is not that of self-esteem; it is more of the smile of someone trying to prepare an answer that includes an event as is his habit.

He says: “There is a long story behind this term.” Still there is something that attracts him here – a turning point that he refers to whenever talking about professional work – Ansaria Operation – 1997. He says: “Listen my dear! If you want to know about the war of minds, go back to Ansaria. May Allah bless His Eminence the Sayyed. He revealed something. But to this day, the whole story was never told. Hajj Imad (May Allah have mercy on him) and I prepared for this operation”.

He becomes silent. He closes his lips. It is no good to try to make him open them again. You recall what is said that he sewed his lips while in prison in Kuwait so that he wouldn’t give out information.

He forces you to go further. The battle between good and evil does not come to an end. He recalls it in everything, even in the “Godfather” movie and in some of its characters. I couldn’t muster my courage to ask him about the conclusion he drew from it. I was about to ask him about the International Tribunal, but that was interrupted by a new group of consolers headed by a senior personality from the March 14 Bloc. He draws a smile on his face but not in his heart. That personality knew him and called him saying: “Our consolations, O Sayyed!” I found out that there is no need to waste these minutes. Still a foreign delegation proceeds. I tried to listen in on the sound English. The Sayyed studied in the American University of Beirut, and he talked English fluently.

Then you will be stuck in a battle between the “Zulfiqar” and the “Badreddine” in him. It’s not sound that they are the same.

To witness the “Zulfiqar” aspect in him, it is enough to see his entrance to the gathering place. Then all sounds were silenced. You pause at his combination of security and military. He adores the latter including power parades, the oath, the beating of drums, equipping the self-(sacrificing) martyrs, the giant posters, the military march, the fully-fledged military costumes…But all of this does not come at the expense of the former in which he was creative to the extent of professionalism.

The “Badreddine” side in him is manifested in “where is so and so?” “How is such and such doing?” At lunch time, he says “Everyone must eat”, starting with the fighters. Here you believe what was said that once he made a tour to several leaderships at the military posts in the South. At Iftar time, he called them for a meal prepared from Tuna and smashed potatoes. “The guards and the fighters had to start first”. This is a habit of his (during his time) in prison in Kuwait, where he was nicknamed “Kilqass”. There he stole the hearts of everyone starting with his jailer.

During the lamentation council, he was overtaken by his tears. He cries with his eyes wide open. His hands are on his cheeks while sitting alone in the corner, he is “Sayyed Mustafa”. In a while he will make an address to thank those who consoled him for his affliction. He recalls a poem for the Egyptian Poet Martyr Hachem Rifai under the title: (The Mother of the Martyr Lullabies her Baby to Bed):

O my baby! Sleep in this cradle guarded by hope

My eyes are sleepless for pains that grow at night

I am singing my sad song, and I am about to cry

But I raise my hands to the skies to mend the pace of the skies

Again the “Zulfiqar” in him overpowers. He answers with a poem of pride for the Libyan poet Amro Khalifa Nami:

In a procession for the callers towards righteousness we follow them

On the path of guidance which we founded

On both its sides is our resting place

And our skulls form its pillars

O mother! Do not have fear, for Allah is the Guard

We are moving on a path we have excelled in

On the funeral of “Sayyed Mustafa”, I asked his pals who attended: Can you describe him in one single word?

Puzzled, they all said: “Zulfiqar… in a word?” The only answer was loud cries from an old man he introduced me to from the days of Ain Delbe.

Source: Al-Akhbar, Translated and Edited by website team

17-05-2016 | 10:40

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