Bleeding and Resisting and Crying: Never again … Resistance till Liberation…Full Liberation


مجزرة صهيونية في الشجاعية بغزة 

 

مشهَد مروّع مِن مجزرة حي الشجاعية في غزّة بِقصف مدفعي اسرائيلي

فيديو صادم من حي الشجاعية ـ غزّة لانتشال جثث الشهداء والجرحى من الشوارع 

مؤثّر جدا مجزرة عائلة زويدي في بيت حانون بغزة..خبز مغمّس بالدم

Zwaidi Family to Qassam, Jihad, Abu Ali  Brigades: Keep  fighting..No to truce

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ONCE AGAIN, ISRAEL IS DEFEATED

iron-domeBy Gilad Atzmon

As the Israeli Cabinet announced earlier today that it accepted the Egyptian cease-fire offer, Palestinian freedom fighters in Gaza continued firing rockets targeting the whole of Israel. 

The situation is clear.  Israel is desperate for a break in the violence. In spite of its endless ‘bravado,’ and military might, Israel lacks the military capacity and the courage to encounter Palestinian resistance on the ground. The Israeli elite recognizes that the military can’t resolve the problem, if anything, its extensive use would diminish Israeli manoeuvrability on the international front.

Resistance, on the other hand, has won its biggest military, political and ideological victory to date – it has managed to deliver some elementary messages to all of Israeli society:

You are living on our Palestinian stolen land, our Right to Return is elementary and is not negotiable. You Israelis do not belong here, you never did, and you had better consider your options immediately.

Resistance has also managed to dismantle the BDS / Jewish Lefty’s desperate and blatantly deceitful attempt to present the conflict as an issue over the ‘1967 occupation.’  The range and targets of Palestinian missiles deliver a clear message to both Israelis and their controlled opposition agents within the Left.

Palestine is a stretch of land between the river and the sea. In other words, no more empty talk on ‘conflict resolutions.’ It is either Israel or Palestine. And today it seems Palestine it will be. 

Resistance’ strategy in the last week has displayed a rare genius in the method it used to capitalise on Israel’s superior technology and the Iron Dome in particular.  What could be smarter or more ethical than putting Israel under a constant barrage of rockets, delivering your essential message with missiles, yet knowing that no one will be hurt?

In the past week Resistance has managed to utilise Israeli technology and to integrate Israeli engineering into its operational tactics. This is a unique significant tactical achievement that proves that the Palestinian leadership in Gaza is significantly more sophisticated than their counterparts in Jerusalem

This is a repetition of a familiar Jewish historical and cultural pattern.  By the time the Jewish elite is convinced that its domination is established, a disaster is immanent. As Israel came to believe that it had bought itself the final and ultimate technological answer to Palestinian ballistic resistance, it has been devastated to discover that it has lost the war on every possible front: militarily, technologically, politically and ethically.

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The Palestinian Resistance also engaging in psychological warfare

A general view of the eastern part of the Gaza Strip from Gaza City, on July 10, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Thomas Coex)
Published Friday, July 11, 2014
At the start of the confrontation between the Resistance and Israel, the latter had absolute supremacy in using psychological warfare against the Palestinians. But the armed Palestinian Resistance factions have since worked to improve their capabilities in information and propaganda, creating a counter-deterrent using the Internet and the language of the other side.
Gaza – In conjunction with the physical warfare between Palestinian Resistance factions and Israel, the two sides are also engaged in psychological warfare, with a view to weaken and overwhelm the home front of the other side. No doubt, the two sides often hit and often miss, but in general, the Resistance’s communicators have sent out effective messages this time, even outdoing Israel, which has only rehashed its old propaganda seen in every previous round of conflict so far.
Military psychology experts say that the new development in this context is that the Palestinians are no longer afraid of the leaflets dropped by Israeli warplanes in order to turn the civilian population against the Resistance or force civilians to evacuate their homes, especially along the border areas.
The Resistance has launched a strong assault targeting the morale of the Israeli public, broadcasting videos in Hebrew focusing on its military capabilities, including its medium-range rocket arsenal and amphibious commandos. The Resistance has also called on Israelis to evacuate their homes, and hacked websites to display its messages. Recall that during the last conflict in Gaza, the Resistance had leaked the names and numbers of thousands of Israeli army officers.

“The psychological makeup of the Resistance is solid… This helps raise its morale, unlike the case of the occupation, which is rattled by the sight of rockets and by protracted fighting.” – Military psychology professor

 

To Ismail Abu Rkab, a professor of military psychology from the Palestine Security College in Gaza, these messages seek to influence the attitudes of the internal front, and subsequently the public’s emotions and behavior, “to weaken the occupation’s morale and among Israelis in general.” Speaking to Al-Akhbar, he said, “Each side in the conflict knows the weaknesses of the other, and tries to focus on them to twist the other’s arm; however, the Palestinians’ weakness, namely the deliberate targeting of their civilians, has not affected the Resistance, as evidenced by the escalation of its operations against the occupation and the endurance of its popularity.”
In this regard, Abu Rkab says, “The psychological makeup of the Resistance is solid, and relies on the religious and spiritual aspect. This helps raise its morale, unlike the case of the occupation, which is rattled by the sight of rockets and by protracted fighting.” “The occupation is trying through its messages to influence citizens and to demoralize the Resistance, practically by targeting homes and public places,” he added.
On the other hand, the military psychology expert believes that the Resistance “has succeeded in conveying its psychological messages, which were developed based on previous experience.” Abu Rkab praised the propaganda war led by the military wing of the Palestinian factions, which he said was built on sound scientific foundations designed to raise the morale of the Palestinian people and do the opposite in the enemy front.
In the same vein, a number of security pundits in Palestine say that Israel’s threatening rhetoric, including against civilians, was due to the lack of solid intelligence among Tel Aviv’s security agencies regarding the location of Resistance fighters and its weapons storage areas. It is important to note here one Israeli army officer’s admission, quoted by Yediot Ahronot, that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have hundreds of rockets that Israel does not know about. The officer said this was different from what happened during Operation Pillar of Cloud, when half of Hamas’ stockpile of long-range rockets was destroyed during the first air strikes.
Abu Rkab commented on this by saying, “He who has information has power. For this reason, Israel is trying to restore its deterrence at the expense of civilians, in light of its lack of solid intelligence.” Abu Rkab also noted that the occupation has been trying to fabricate information for the benefit of its home front, “to manipulate attitudes regarding Israel’s security in general.”

 

The occupation’s lack of information regarding the existing security situation, to security expert Ibrahim Habib, resembles the situation that existed during the 2006 July War in Lebanon. Back then, he said, “The Israeli people would await the speeches of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to learn the latest in the war, in light of the Israeli leadership’s lack of accurate intelligence and the state of confusion it was in.”
In comments to Al-Akhbar, Habib said, “It is clear that the Israeli home front no longer believes its media and leadership, because of the large number of false claims they make. For this reason, the Israeli home front is influenced by the Resistance’s sporadic messages.”
Habib added, “the Resistance has created confusion among the Israelis, with the videos it broadcasted showing its military capabilities.”
The security expert said the Israeli SMS warning messages sent to Palestinians, for example, as well as direct calls to warn them against collaborating with the Resistance or asking them to leave their homes, were an attempt to intimidate the Palestinian people, stressing that this highlighted the state of failure in the Israeli intelligence community.
In the context of psychological warfare, which according to psychologists is a form of non-lethal warfare, technology experts said Israel recently attempted to fabricate video footage relating to a raid by al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military arm, on the Israeli Zikim military base near Ashkelon. The Israelis wanted to show that Hamas’ commandos were killed before they could hit any targets. Habib said the attempt came from the military censor in Israel, to cover up the infiltration of Israeli bases and the strong blow suffered at the hands of a simple group of Resistance commandos.
He said, “It was clear that Israel was hurt as a result of this operation, which was repeated over two consecutive days by two different groups of Palestinian marines. This explains why Israel closed the entire shore to holidaymakers, fearing for their lives.” He then added, “The biggest source of confusion for the occupation at this time is the Resistance’s ability to hide and camouflage itself. This will exhaust the military and push it to make concerted covert efforts to reveal the Resistance’s locations and the location of its rocket stockpiles.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior and National Security in Gaza has called on the Palestinians to ignore Israel’s psychological operations, including the rumors in Israeli media, the leaflets being dropped by Israeli planes, and calls to Palestinians on their phones. The ministry also called on them to “not interact with all those methods meant to weaken our home front, in light of the great resilience of our people in the face of aggression,” saying that what the occupation is doing reflects its intelligence failures in Gaza.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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“As Yarmouk goes, so goes Damascus. As Damascus goes, so goes Syria”

 

Photo: “Homemade” weapon fragments from Yarmouk Camp in Ahmed Jebril’s office
Rebel controlled Yarmouk Palestinian Camp empties pending a government counter-attack

Damascus Street Notes
Franklin Lamb
Yarmouk camp, Damascus
Al-manar
 
 Hoping to escape the fighting at Yarmouk camp but held at the Syrian-Lebanese border
Photo: Hoping to escape the fighting at Yarmouk camp
but held at the Syrian-Lebanese border

 A few thoughts rushed through this observers mind when he saw a distraught looking woman sitting alone, tightly holding two babies, at one corner of the vast parking lot of the central Damascus bus station known as Al-Soumariyeh. It is from here where inexpensive transportation can be had for those traveling west, east, north and south.

 
One thought was about a character out of a Charles Dickens novel and the other was ‘waif, frail, malnourished, frightened’, so the lady, holding the babies appeared. She managed a polite but weak smile as I passed and she said
“hello.”  
thumb3 Long story made short, the lady and I chatted and it turned out that Souha was fleeing the al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood on the southern edge of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. This is one of the ‘hot-line’ areas of Yarmouk, where on 12/16/12 approximately 400 Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) militia fighters joined by various other salafist jihadists defeated Palestinian “popular committees” fighters supposedly loyal to Ahmed Jabil’s, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-GC (PFLP-GC). There are various unconfirmed estimates of how many ‘General Command’ fighters defected during the fighting to the rebel forces, but the PFLP-GC admits that some (ONLY TWO)  did. Also in the camp are some fighters from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and the Popular Front (PFLP).
 Souha who is studying English literature, had lost her husband and was trying to travel to Ein el Helwe refugee camp in Saida, Lebanon. She had the name of a distant relative, she thought was still living in Ein el Helwe, but she was unsure how to find her but knew that she desperately needed to get out of Syria. 
As Yarmouk goes, so goes Damascus. 
As Damascus goes, so goes Syria”

Nearly 70% (UNWRA puts the figure at 90%) of the 180,000 Yarmouk camp residents in the 2.1 square-kilometer camp area have, as of this morning fled. This figure was provided by, Anwar Raja, politburo member of the ‘General Command” with whom this observer had a three hour meeting during the night of 12/18/2012 inside the north edge of Yarmouk. Any camp resident with a MTN or Syriatel mobile phone got a text message, from the Syrian military to leave the camp for their own safety.

 
Souha asked me if I had heard about the problems of the Palestinian people and explained that she fled the bombing at Yarmouk camp and that most of her neighbors also scattered. Some of the thousands of refugees who continue to flee Yarmouk can be seen today near central Damascus, andsitting in the streets of Midan. These areas are still safe. Other are huddled in parks and camped under concreteunderpasses, in schools, mosques and basically anywhere they can find a spot. Many are sleeping on sidewalks at al-Sabaa Bahrat square. A friend and I spoke last night to a family of four who had only thin UNCHR blankets for the night.
 
Souha said she was afraid to seek safety in a Mosque because they are no longer a safe refuge and she explained that she passed about a dozen bodies on the steps and front ground next to the Abdul Qader Al-Hosseini mosque as she left Yarmouk.
 
Happy to learn that there are actually non-stop vans going from central Damascus to Saida, Lebanon, without having to change vehicles, we found the driver, agreed on a price of 30 LL (about $ 45) for Souha and the same price for her two babies. I insisted on a two-for-one price for the little ones and since it was starting to get dark, the nice fellow agreed. I gave Souha what money I had and also contact information for friends in Lebanon who I knew would help her.
 
As the van pulled off she waved from the window and I could not help thinking that she may not get much help from the Lebanese government on arriving. Yet I knew that Palestinians there would assist her. I recalled the words of the late murdered Khalil al Wazir (Abu Jihad) when he explained nearly three decades ago, to this observer and the American journalist, Janet Stevens,: “At the end of the day, we Palestinians can rely only on ourselves.” I did not dwell much on his words at the time but since then I have come to understand very well what the great Resistance leader meant.
Yesterday morning I assumed Souha was in Lebanon and had arrived to Saida. Then I began to hear the unsettling news of long lines at the Maznaa crossing from Syria into Lebanon. The news got worse. Thousands of Palestinian refugees were lined up, some waiting for 10 hours or more to cross and many being refused entry into by Lebanese General Security because of “inadequate documents.” Many right now are being forced to return to Damascus.
Lebanon has an international humanitarian duty to ease entry and to assist refugees, as required by well-established and globally accepted international law. But with the exception of Zionist occupied Palestine, Lebanon has the worst human rights record toward Palestinians than any country on earth. The Lebanese Parliament still refuses to grant Palestinian refugees in Lebanon the elementary right to work or to own a home. Even though according to various economic studies, if Palestinians could work, they would help dramatically to build Lebanon’s weak economy.
During the morning of 12/19/12 the news got even worse regarding Souha. Someone from Reuters sent me a published photo showing her stuck on a bus at Maznaa for over 12 hours. According to one report she was forced to return to Damascus. Wherever Souha is she is hopefully someone is helping her.
  
Ahmed Jebril, an ally of the Syrian government is blaming foreign paid terrorists for the attack that is forcing the emptying of Yarmouk and also the rather quick defeat of his fighters. He and his GC staff told this observer that the General Command had no plans to attempt to return to Yarmouk. Reports (rumours) from the camp claim that more than half of the GC’s 1000 fighters, mainly younger ones, defected to the rebels. It is difficult to know the truth, but it is fairly clear that Yarmouk has substantially been emptied and that government forces are surrounding the camp, presumably in preparation for a massive counter-attack and or aerial bombardment.
 Assad, Jebril
One statement that Ahmed Jebril, who contrary to a New York Times report, has not fled to Iran or Tartous, made that is probably accurate is that As Yarmouk goes, so goes Damascus. As Damascus goes, so goes Syria”. Jabril’s aid Anwar Raja said that the camp will be used by the rebels to destroy the airport and to launch their “final assault” into the center of Damascus. They showed this observer fragments of ‘home made’ weapons similar to those collected from around Syria by military intelligence who in late October briefed this observer.
 
The near term will reveal the fate of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and who, in the coming battle, are the winners. But it is sure that Souha and all Palestinian refugees ethnically cleansed from their homes in Palestine are once again the losers.
 
Franklin Lamb is doing research in Syria and can be reached c/o fplamb@gmail.com.

 The people of the Yarmouk district of Damascus demonstrations against FSA

مظاهرات اهالي حي اليرموك بدمشق ضد ميليشيات الحر

Egypt Brokers Truce in Palestine Following Days of Violence

Thanks to Islamic Islamic Jihad the most contributor in confronting the occupation and other resistance faction, as expected Egypt brokers truce to prevent shifting the media focus from Syria to Gaza.

The Escalating aggression on the Gaza Strip generated sever critisim  in Gazan street against the silence in Gaza and the West Bank, and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Gazans mocked the «silence» of the Ezzedine al-Qassam military wing of «Hamas» movement, for not participating in resisting the aggresion. Iyad Salah said sarcastically: «urgent … Urgent … We lost more than 20,000 of the Qassam Brigades and all its heavy and light weapons, failed to trace their presence in Gaza strip, he, she, who has any information about missing persons should contact the real men in the battle field, the Islamic Jihad and co,  Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (Fateh), The national resistance brigades (DFLP), and  An-Nasser Salah Ad-Din brigades (PRC), in reference to factions involved in rocket attacks in response to aggression.
Activist Abir Ayub Ali wrote on «Facebook» asked : If what is hapenning now, hapenned during mubarak’s days, what Muslim brothers would do” she asked before answering her question sayinh, “they would lead milloins to accuse Mubarak’s postiom and treachery. It seems that any body who may becom an MP would be infected with treason virus!” More
Inshalla I will translate the rest

Egypt Brokers Truce in Palestine Following Days of Violence
Local Editor
Following four days of bloodshed and massacres on Gaza which left 25 Palestinian martyrs, Egypt brokered a truce between the Israeli enemy and the resistance fighters in Gaza to cease hostilities.Palestinian martyr
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Under the agreement, which came into force at 1:00am (2300 GMT on Monday), both the Israeli enemy and resistance fighters from Islamic Jihad, as being the most contributor in confronting the occupation with firing rockets at the southern occupied territories.

An Egyptian intelligence official told AFP from Cairo that both sides had “agreed to end the current operations”, with Israel giving an unusual undertaking to “stop assassinations”, and an overall agreement “to begin a comprehensive and mutual calm.”

The agreement was set to take effect at 1 a.m. local time (2300 GMT).

Israeli officials reiterated the longstanding policy that the Israeli occupation forces would “answer quiet with quiet” but stopped short of providing any guarantees to withhold fire, Israel Radio reported.
“Apparently things are calming down and this round of confrontations appears to be behind us,” Israeli Home FrontPalestinian girl in funeral Defense Minister Matan Vilnai told Israeli public radio.

An Islamic Jihad spokesman said the resistance group was willing to respect the deal if the Zionist entity would end its targeted killings of Palestinians. “We accept a ceasefire if Israel agrees to apply it by ending its aggressions and assassinations,” Daud Shihab told AFP.

Palestinian resistance retaliated to dozens of Israeli military air strikes during the flare-up, pounding the Israeli enemy with nearly 200 rockets including several that landed in Beersheba and Ashdod despite expensive Iron Dome rocket-defense batteries deployed nearby. Frightened Israelis also ran to shelters fearing the resistance rockets.

Palestinian medics put the total death toll late on Monday at 25 including children, and more than 80 people were injured. 

Source: Agencies

Massacre In Gaza – Mosque Leaders Silent
by Laura Stuart Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 More than 25 people including children have been murdered in Gaza in the last four days. Today is the 5th day since the start of this new massacre, a new ceasefire has been announced between resistance groups in Gaza and the Israeli Occupation Forces.

12 Year Old Ayoub Asalya

What have our Muslim leaders and Mosque leaders been doing to express our outrage at these murders?
You can read here on the Muslim Association of Britain and find NOTHING!
You can read here on M.I.N.A.B. the Mosque and Imam’s advisory board and find NOTHING!
You can read here on M.C.B. the Muslim Council of Britain and find NOTHING!



We are all Syria

The people of Palestine have only Allah s.w.t. as the Ummah (worldwide community of Muslims) and the Governments of the world stay silent and therefore complicit in the injustice against them.

I would add to Laura’s above list the following:
You can read here on Nato-Islam online and find NOTHING!

“Precision bombing” – kills only Palestinians
الَّذِينَ قَالَ لَهُمُ النَّاسُ إِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدْ جَمَعُوا لَكُمْ فَاخْشَوْهُمْ فَزَادَهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَقَالُوا حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيل
Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficient for us is Allah , and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.”

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>Bardawil: Incitement against Islamic movements, serious, unacceptable

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Bardawil: Incitement against Islamic movements, serious, unacceptable

[ 16/01/2011 – 10:50 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas leader Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil has condemned a statement by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine that incited against the Islamic trend in Tunisia and called for foiling Islamization of politics so that the Gaza experience would not recur.

Bardawil told the PIC on Saturday night that such language falls in harmony with the Zio-American lexicon that exerts all efforts possible to besiege Islam and its leaders in the Arab countries.

He said that Islamic parties are genuine components of the Arab societies, and all ideologies should respect such Islamic presence as part of the respect to political pluralism.

“Provocation against Islamic movements is a serious matter that we cannot condone,” the Hamas leader elaborated.

The DFLP has to clarify this position and amend it and apologize for the harm done to all Muslims, Bardawil concluded.

Hizbullah, Palestinian factions praise Tunisian uprisin – Abbas sends condolences toTunisian Dictator , and (DFLP), warns the Tunisian people of “waves of political Islam”
Fatah, PLO backtrack on statement praising popular revolution in Tunisia

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Hizbullah, Palestinian factions praise Tunisian uprisin – Abbas sends condolences toTunisian Dictator , and (DFLP), warns the Tunisian people of "waves of political Islam"

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Commenting on the Historic Developments witnessed in Tunis, Hizbullah issued the following statement:

Hizbullah expresses deep pride and praises the Tunisian people’s Intifada, which leads their way towards their hoped freedom.

Hizbullah cannot but express respect for the popular will that astonished the world with its unity, solidarity, and quick reaction, which refers that the source of the truth is the people, and is represented by their free will and not through seeking foreign help.

Hizbullah believes it is the Tunisian people’s right to choose their representatives and elect who they find appropriate to rule their country.

Hizbullah calls upon leaders to learn from what has happened in Tunis, and the first lesson should be to end the leaders’ relation with the arrogant countries that do not admit an ally or a friend, but rather cares only for their interests on the expense of those who serves them for years.

Hizbullah recalls history when the Iranian people exiled the Shah, who was not received by any of those countries he used to serve.

This is what happened today in Tunis, where the Presidential plane did not find any airport to land in, even among the countries which Tunis used to serve its interests on the expense of the Tunisian people’s.

The immortal firm truth in all times is that when the people depend on Allah and on their internal will, then they could achieve miracles in victory, freedom, and independence, and not through depending on foreign powers.

Hizbullah Media Relations

[ 15/01/2011 – 04:29 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian factions are praising the Tunisians for the recent uprising that led to the ousting of their once president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali, who had “suspicious” ties with Israel, and for bringing the country’s decision back to the people.


“We are with the Tunisians in choosing their leaders, no matter what sacrifices it takes,” said Gaza Foreign Minister Fathi Hammad.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said his movement respects the will and choice of the Tunisians and assures it will stand by them.

Islamic Jihad Movement spokesman Dawud Shehab, in statements he made for the AFP, accused the former Tunisian regime of having “suspicious ties” with Israel.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), a member faction of the PLO, warned the Tunisian people of “waves of political Islam” that could turn the “great victory” into a “quagmire of extremism and terrorism”.

In an attack on the Gaza-governing Hamas group, the DFLP called on Tunisian forces to “cut the road to political Islam and its misleading slogans to avoid a repeat of the Gaza Strip experience in Tunisia.”

The Tunisians successfully forced Ben Ali out of power after a month of suppressed protests that left hundreds of casualties. The Tunisian Ambassador to UNESCO said Ben Ali told him he warranted the lethal force used against civilians as a means of blocking any chance for the Muslim Brotherhood at power.

However, Sheikh Habib Khader, an Islamic Jihad leader, told the PIC in a statement on Saturday evening that his movement viewed with concern the DFLP statement.

Abbas sends condolences to overthrown Tunisian president

[ 15/01/2011 – 02:23 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– De facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas phoned former Tunisian president Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali a few hours before his people overthrew him to send condolences for the events that preceded his escape from the country.

Abbas discussed with his counterpart the latest political developments relating to the peace process and the incidents in Tunisia before the dramatic developments that led to the overthrow and flight of Ben Ali, according to Palestinian media.

Abbas visited Tunis earlier this month and met with Ben Ali to discuss developments in Palestine issues. He also met with PLO political department chief Farouq al-Qaddoumi after long years of estrangement.

The Tunisian people successfully forced the 23-year ruling Ben Ali out of office after a month of unprecedented, deadly protests. Mohammed al-Ghanouchi, the Tunisian premier, is serving as interim president of the country.
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