Once Upon a Time…There Was a Martyr

Local Editor*

Tanks and military vehicles were all over the roads, and the soldiers watched the entire place. It was a crossing point where people waited for days to get “assent” to reach their towns or the capital (Beirut).

He got off his car and walked steadily to the investigation chamber. His eyes glowed with fury. The “Israeli” investigator examined his face and the photograph posted onto his identity card. In an ineptly accented language, the investigator asked him whether he had been in Saudi Arabia. “Yes,” he briefly answered. That was enough to exclude his name from the list of “terrorists'”. Having clinched his fist, he could hardly avoid punching the investigator in the face. He walked back to his car as soon as he was allowed to leave.

The driver he sat beside didn’t bother to stop speaking about politics, the current security situation, the high living cost, and anything that would eventually blame him for coming back to his homeland. How could one enjoying this golden chance waste it by returning to a country manipulated by war? But he kept quiet all the way, staring at the roads, most of which had been turned into mounds and checkpoints… Hardly could he breathe in any air… Even the tree leaves of the orchards along the seashore of Sour city (Tyr) resembled captives beyond bars…

Could that be the South?! Was it the beautiful city of Sour any longer?! Then why did shell smoke mask away sunlight?! Where were the little yellow flowers sprouting all over the town?! And what about the wild flowers with the scent of earth which inspired souls?! Besides, where were the kids sneaking to the roads to play ball?! Behind which curtained window had freedom hidden?!

It was hard for the car to cross all of those roads. The situation was too throbbing; agony grew wilder every time he reached a new town…

He reached his town, where he walked with his heavy suitcase in hand. While his family eagerly waited for him, he was anticipating the moment he would meet his father… For a while, he anticipated his father’s eyes blaming him for returning home… He had been enjoying a productive job in Saudi Arabia, and his family did need such an income, especially in that harsh time of war. Actually, that war left no room for good but rooted poverty wherever the “Israeli” tanks went…

“I could not stay there,” he said to his father in a soft voice, “It is hard to be away from home when occupation forces strike… Imagine that I needed “assent” to get home… But I promise you, dad, I promise I’m going to send those soldiers to hell…” His father patted his shoulder and held his arm tight, “I’ve been waiting for you…”

The smell of the bread his mother was baking at dawn woke him up. He prayed and went out to sit near her. He began to fuel the saj (traditional bread oven) fire with short wood sticks. The low crackle of fire pleased him, and the smell was so lively…

When he met his friends, they said they were headed by His Eminence Sheikh Ragheb Harb at every Friday prayers. His friends added the Sheikh’s sermons overwhelmed the Zionists…

As his friends retold some of Sheikh Ragheb Harb’s statements, he was impassioned… He adored the Sheikh even before seeing him… Wouldn’t that be the case sometimes?

Hardly could he wait for Friday… He got ready early and started the pickup, transporting fresh vegetables he would sell at his father’s shop, just like every day. Two friends sat in the front, while the others sat at the back…

Fast he set off to Jibshit… But wait a minute! He slowed down and got off his pickup truck, getting closer to a sign reading Hebrew letters… He looked at his friends, “What the heck is this?!”

“It’s the town’s name,” one of them said, “The enemy has replaced the Arab signs with Hebrew ones so that the soldiers would find their way…”

Hearing so, he grabbed the sign pole and shook it forcefully until he uprooted it. Then he placed it in his pickup. Breathing out loud, he told his friend, “Well, we do not want the “Israeli” soldiers to find their way…”

All along the way, he kept getting off his pickup, uprooting signs, and placing them in the pickup trunk. Now the trunk was full of signs!

Having reached Jibshit, he met Sheikh Ragheb Harb… It was one of the happiest moments of that dark-skinned young man’s life. He heard the Sheikh saying, “Martyrs’ blood is received by Allah, and whatever Allah receives grows plenty.” Now all he could see were daisies spread above martyrs’ bodies…

Every morning his pickup truck transported vegetables, under which were firearms that the Resistance fighters would be expecting to get… As he drove through “the Bus region”, he could neither accept having to wait at the “Israeli” checkpoint nor seeing the headquarters of the “Israeli” military “governor”… Just like he uprooted the signs, he uprooted that headquarters… And his blood wrote the name of the southern towns, “Welcome to Deir Qanoun an-Nahr…”

This story “Keep in Mind, I’m an Arab” is dedicated to the Self-Sacrifice Martyrs’ Prince Ahmad Jaafar Qasir.

*Written by Nisreen Idriss on behalf of the martyrs association–obtained and translated by moqawama.org 

Ahmad Kassir’s Final Moments

Samir Alemeh

He came up with an idea and fulfilled his joy by defeating the Zionists.

What did Ahmad do before executing the operation and what were the circumstances that accompanied it?

“Machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades will not destroy this building. It needs something that would completely destroy it.”

Martyr Ahmad Kassir confided these words to one of his friends while they passed by the Azmi building in the Jal al-Bahr area in Tyre. The building housed the headquarters of the “Israeli” military governor. It was just an idea he had since the Zionist enemy occupied southern Lebanon in June 1982. That idea then grew into a proposal that he presented to officials from Hezbollah. It entailed him blowing himself up in the Azmi Building. By doing so, he became the prince of the self-sacrificing martyrs.

Whenever he saw the enemy’s aircraft violating the airspace in southern Lebanon, he would say, “Your turn will come soon, God willing.”

Thus, Ahmad began preparing to defeat the Jews. He was rushing things fearing that he might miss his opportunity. Yet, he did so without any changes in his behavior that would indicate that he is on a path to martyrdom.

People close to him described him as cheerful and happy. No one could have imagined that this young man had the spirit of martyrdom in him. At the same time, he continued with the acts of worship, especially reading the Quran and performing Salat al-Layl [Night Prayer].

Those who knew him spoke about his patience. Some said that prior to the execution of the operation, he stayed alone in one of the houses for two weeks. Due to security concerns, he was unable to use the heating or even the lights. Yet, he bore the cold and dark. He prayed to God to bestow him with victory and martyrdom.

He spent his nights, all the way to the last one, in worship. As dawn approached, he performed Ghusl al-Shahada [bath of martyrdom]. Due to the necessities of the execution, he performed the Morning Prayers in the car, which was driven towards the target with his determination and faith.

God has men who will what he wills. The large number of dead and wounded among the ranks of the Zionists was, first and foremost, the result of divine care. The operation was postponed for two days due to several reasons. On the night of the execution, it rained heavily and forced “Israeli” soldiers housed in tents to take cover in the Azmi building. They remained in the building all night and left the second day as stiff corpses and torn body parts.

One of the coincidences that came under the auspices of God Almighty is that days before the operation, the Zionists transferred the Lebanese detainees to the roof of the building after placing barbwire around it. Instead of using one of the floors below, the rooftop was transformed into a prison. When the explosion struck, the building was flattened and the roof was reduced to the same level as the ground below. Most of the Lebanese detainees were safe and sound. They were able to escape. Those who found themselves in the interrogation rooms at the time of the blast were martyred.

Ahmad Kassir drove his car slowly with a great deal of courage and trust. Moments before his arrival, one of the Zionist soldiers moved a vehicle blocking the main entrance. The martyr was meant to enter through that entrance. Another soldier lifted the shutters of the door. Thus, Ahmad’s way to martyrdom was cleared of any obstacles. He was able to defeat the Jews at a time when they were perceived as invincible.

And so Ahmad got his wish that always used to utter, “my greatest joy is that, God willing, I will inflict losses on those Jews the way they harmed our dignity and our people.”

Source: Al-Ahed News

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The Facts from Operation Truthful Promise وقائع من عملية «الوعد الصادق» ابراهيم الأمين

Ibrahim al-Amin

Less than 6 years on, the Shaba’a 2000 scenario was repeated – but with complete success! On July 12, the state of alert along the border seemed different than before. Hezbollah had noticed that “Israel” was thoroughly scrutinizing a lot of things. It was talking about “indications of Hezbollah’s intention to do something.” As far as the resistance was concerned, everything was ready: transportation vehicles, medical operations room, captivity room – and refrigerators for those killed in battle.

In the central operations room, Hajj (A. M.) sat beside the commander of the ground units Haj (M), the first sector officer Hajj (G) and others from the field intelligence unit in the resistance. A couple of cups of tea and summer fruits sat on a wooden table. (M) did not stop telling jokes. He recalled that he had survived an enemy surveillance operation for the 110th time along the border area. But in those days the burden of the task required a greater degree of movement.

(A. M.) said

“Sayyed  Hassan has once again fulfilled his promise to the public that a capture operation will take place. This requires additional work from us to achieve the objective and obtain the desired result: to capture soldiers that “Israel” cares about (that are not of Arab origin) while they are still alive.”

A while back, preparations for such an effort were unsuccessful. Sometimes, the target was moving in an area that needed complex operational arrangements. Other times, public warnings by the resistance imposed a constant alert on the part of the enemy soldiers. But this does not preclude scrutiny of the procedures to reach an accessible gap. These are the equations of the resistance: there is a gap in each of the enemy’s procedure. The most important thing is to diagnose it accurately and not to make any error in the estimation and timing.

There was a permanent review of past experiences by the leadership. One of the major missions took place in the town of Ghajar. The groups were prepared to execute a new kind of operation: storming fixed positions under unprecedented, centered and extensive artillery shelling of all points of the enemy’s movement. Hundreds of fighters were ready to carry out the largest incursion operation. Military-upgraded civilian cars were prepared near the location without anyone paying attention to the matter. The resistance imposed a routine movement for its fighters and cars until the scene began to look like a boring routine: the resistance fighters monotonously monitor the next scene. They whisper and then disappear.

When the decision came to launch the attack, the resistance needed only a few minutes to succeed in paralyzing the movement of all the “Israeli” positions in the area and the hills overlooking it. The shelling was very violent and intense. The anti-tank rocket launchers burned the military vehicles similar to the Atari, as Sayyed Nasrallah later described. Then the resistance fighters in four-wheel-drive vehicles and motorcycles stormed the place. For the first time in history, one of them carried a new weapon, the B-29. It was the new generation of the conventional Russian B7weapons. The machine guns did not stop firing in the direction of the bunkers and the ambushes. But there was a flaw in the monitoring process, which led to an unaccounted confrontation. A few minutes passed before a group of resistance fighter were ambushed, resulting in the martyrdom of four of them.

Communication with the central command pointed to the failure. Work was quickly done to pull the operations group from the battlefield. The special preparedness group assigned to confront any response from the enemy remained on high alert. Meanwhile, the “Israelis” were checking up on their soldiers through intensive radio communications. And as usual, the planes were late in reaching the area. When the Northern Command received news of the confrontations and the results, it made sure that no soldier went missing. The enemy’s leaders breathed a sigh of relief. They decided to respond. A few hours passed and calm returned to the place. A long time passed since the Ghajar Operation. The process of drawing lessons by the leadership of the resistance intensified. Sayyed Nasrallah, who has always faced situations of this kind, overlooked the errors of those responsible for the operation. In his own way, he praised God and asked Him to help make other missions successful. As for the leaders concerned, they were stressed for a long while. Silence prevailed, accompanied by a quick review and the start of work again.

After May 25, 2000, the resistance fighters began monitoring a new frontline. They spotted sizable gaps in the movement of the enemy soldiers. But public warnings from the leadership of the resistance regarding the capture the soldiers were more frequent, and precautionary measures were not enough to fill the gaps. After a few months of close monitoring, the famous operation point was identified at the Shabaa Gate near Naqqar pond. That day, a classic operation took place. A hostile vehicle passed. It was blown up by a large explosive device. The big bang unexpectedly destroyed the unarmed vehicle. The soldiers were killed, and their bodies were quickly loaded into a four-wheel-drive vehicle. In less than half an hour, everything was over.

Less than six years had passed since that operation. According to facts on the ground, after the Ghajar operation, the enemy’s alertness rose to unprecedented levels. The resistance fighters had to exhaust the enemy soldiers nonstop. Organized breaches of the electronic wire forced enemy patrols to carry out nonstop inspections. There was a great need to monitor the mechanism of action by the enemy: the type of vehicles used, the number of soldiers in each, routine or sudden movement, the margin of maneuver of the soldiers and the mechanism of communication between them and their leadership, the level of combat readiness and how to act towards what is happening at the fence. Many tests were carried out. When the resistance leadership found it necessary to expand the area of ??operation, nature was a facilitator in the western sector of the front. It took time for the resistance leadership to make sure that the area presented a serious opportunity to carry out a swift operation. It was clear that the work would be very similar to the famous Shebaa operation. No significant military action was required. What was required was an operation with a security dimension. This means that the monitoring unit should provide sufficient information to prevent any surprises. The fact that the objective is to capture living soldiers imposed on the mission a mechanism of military action. The resistance fighters did not have to shoot to kill, but they had to use mechanisms of action that would kill some and leave other soldiers alive. Thus, the theoretical lesson from the Shebaa process is important at this moment: the destruction of an armored vehicle without killing those inside and destroying the support vehicles and killing those who move to assist them.

Several weeks passed on the close monitoring of the point. One day, a high-ranking “Israeli” officer, Audi Adam, passed through the area. He was not alone. He was with his family. At that moment, he was not a serious target. The resistance fighters who were trained to carry out the attack and prepared weapons, offensive plans and tools, spent long days and nights keeping an eye out for the conditions of a successful attack.

The intelligence data of the resistance indicated that the brigades’ shift change was nearing. The operation site became more vulnerable. Relaxation appeared in the movement of the soldiers and their command. And the switch approached. But the resistance leadership received surprising information that the Druze battalion would take over within 48 hours. This means that the operation may succeed, but the soldiers who are supposed to be captured will be of Arab origin. The resistance was looking for a prey of another origin, calling for a different state of alert. On July 12, the state of alert along the border was not the same as before. Hezbollah noticed that “Israel” started to scrutinize many things. Each time the party intended to do something, it had to inform all the observation posts and known centers that they had to evacuate. The size of the resistance grew. And the movement was no longer unable to hide completely. The “Israelis” spoke a lot about “warnings or signs of Hezbollah’s intention to do something.” Some believed and still do that “Israel” depended on intelligence data, the kind which is usually classified as a breach. But “Israel’s” Northern Command was merely content in observing one of its locations for a sudden movement of resistance fighters for it to act on the grounds that something was going on.

On that day, the decision of the resistance was not the same as before. The resistance units deployed along the border and behind it did not receive advance warning or a unified operations order regarding what special groups could carry out near Aita al-Shaab or opposite to the Zarit settlement. Meanwhile, the assigned units were acting as if it was a battle:

Five groups of resistance fighters deployed across the operation site. One group directly attacked with rocket-propelled grenades. Another provided cover fire using light and medium machine guns. The third group bombarded the military points that were the direct focus of the operation. The fourth’s mission was to cross the border after the iron gate was bombed by a special explosive device and facilitate the entrance of the civilian car to transport the captives in addition to disabling the movement of “Israeli” soldiers and opening the doors of the military vehicles.

In a place where it is difficult to ascertain whether it is near or far away, the other teams were also ready. There were others in civilian vehicles prepared to provide first aid to anyone injured among the resistance or the prisoners. A special operating room equipped with all the necessary equipment to perform surgical operations for the “Israeli” soldiers in case of light or severe injury was also prepared. There were special refrigerators to keep the bodies of the soldiers in case they were killed. There were also rooms intended to accommodate the soldiers if they were captured alive.

When the patrol approached the point of attack, the plan was to surround it and fire at it away from the prying eyes of “Israeli” controls. The operation did not tolerate any kind of error or any kind of sluggishness. When it was confirmed that there were two armored vehicles transporting more than six soldiers, the field command was notified. The answer was not delayed and gave the order to prepare to execute. The order did not only include the groups that carried out the attack but also other units present, both at the frontline and at the border areas.

“The target has reached the point of death” as the resistance fighters say. The signal was given to start the attack. The second vehicle was hit with a direct missile attack that completely destroyed it and killed and injured those inside. There was no movement. There was a group taking care of it. Within three minutes, the Humvee turned into a broken child’s toy. The lead vehicle also came under fire. But the injuries were different. The resistance fighters had trained to hit an armored vehicle without burning it completely, and how to direct heavy fire towards heavily armed soldiers without fatally injuring them.

The main target of the attackers was the lead Humvee. The plan was to capture the soldiers inside. So the resistance fighters made sure that the missiles aimed at it were not lethal. The “Israeli” army later concluded that the resistance’s plan was aimed at targeting the Humvee in a way that would trap the soldiers inside.

The resistance fighters fired three RPGs at the Humvee. The rockets exploded on the side where Goldwasser and Regev were sitting, injuring them. At this moment, the other two soldiers, Maudi and Feinberg, managed to escape from the vehicle and headed toward a grove opposite the road and hid.

The rule entailed that the soldiers either get away from the vehicles and choose a suitable place for the confrontation or stay inside the vehicle and wait for help. The assault unit was armed with sharp tools intended to open closed doors. The four soldiers in the first Humvee did not have a chance to take a breath. Two soldiers got out of the vehicles towards a nearby forest in search of a safe place. They did not act as soldiers during a battle. Something happened in less than a minute. The other two soldiers suffered different injuries. A group of resistance fighters approached the burning vehicle and pulled out Goldwasser and Ragev. The others blew up the nearby border gate. The vehicle crossed and quickly disappeared into the “safe zone” where the enemy could not follow it. The resistance groups were withdrawing at an astonishing speed, leaving dead, wounded and bleeding soldiers behind. It was not too long, until the prisoners arrived where their trace would disappear until the day of the exchange.

Sayyed received the “gift” and watched the recording of the operation

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah did not disclose what he was doing during the operation. But his aide did not lift his eyes from the phone. He did not know what Nasrallah wanted from him that day when he insisted on not neglecting any call from the military leadership. During work, this kind of communication must be curtailed. Despite all the special safety procedures, the enemy was still trying to catch up with him. How can Nasrallah speak from an unknown location in Greater Beirut with the existing border control point just one meter from occupied Palestine, and remain reassured that no one is eavesdropping?

Preparation for the operation took at least four months. Sayyed Nasrallah was exceptionally confident that the mission would succeed along the front line. Less than an hour after the start of the operation, Sayyed received the final call: the gift arrived! It was not possible to understand the content of the rest of the conversation because Nasrallah quickly asked a series of questions: were there martyrs? Did any of the brothers get hurt? Are the prisoners alive? Are things going according to plan? What are the field leadership’s estimates of the enemy’s reaction? What information is there from the enemy’s public or private monitoring room? What is the situation along the border now?

Certainly Nasrallah was not in his office at those moments. A few hours later, none of the resistance leaders remained in their offices or home. The combat units were preparing in the south for the possibility of the enemy’s response expanding. The instructions recommended that an all-out confrontation be avoided, pending the magnitude of the decision in Tel Aviv.

Later, a group of resistance leaders went to Sayyed Nasrallah’s office. The room was hastily prepared, and everyone watched a recording of the operation. The details were complete. Minutes later the recording was hidden. It has not been watched by anyone else including the person who filmed it.

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper, Translated by website team

وقائع من عملية «الوعد الصادق»

ابراهيم الأمين

بعـد أقلّ من 6 سنوات تكرر سـيناريو شبعا الـ2000… لكن بنجاح تام! يوم 12 تموز، لم يكن الاستنفار على الحدود شبيهاً بما سبقه. انتبه حزب الله إلى أن إسرائيل صارت تدقّق في أشياء كثيرة، وتتحدّث عن «إشارات إلى نية حزب الله القيام بشيء». أمّا من جهة المقاومة، فكان كلّ شيء جاهزاً: سيارات النقل وغرفة العمليات الطبية وغرفة الأسر… والثلاجات لمن يقتل في المعركة

في غرفة العمليات المركزية، جلس الحاج (ا. م) والى جانبه قائد الوحدات البرية الحاج (م) ومسؤول القطاع الأول الحاج (ج) وآخرون من وحدة الاستخبارات الميدانية في المقاومة. على الطاولة الخشبية كانت بضعة فناجين من الشاي وفاكهة صيفية. لم يتوقف (م) عن إطلاق النكات. كان عليه أن يتذكر أنه نجا للمرة العاشرة بعد المئة من عملية رصد يقوم بها العدو له في المنطقة الحدودية. لكن أعباء المهمة تفرض حركة مكثفة هذه الأيام.
قال ( ا.م): «لقد التزم السيد حسن مجدداً أمام الجمهور بأن عملية أسر سوف تحصل. هذا يلزمنا بعمل إضافي لتحقيق الهدف والحصول على النتيجة المطلوبة: أسر جنود تهتم إسرائيل لأمرهم (أي ليسوا من أصول عربية) وهم أحياء».

منذ وقت غير قصير والاستعدادات لعمل من هذا النوع لم تلامس النجاح الكامل. في بعض الأحيان، كان الهدف يتحرك في منطقة تحتاج الى ترتيبات عملانية معقدة. وفي أحيان أخرى، كانت التحذيرات العلنية من جانب المقاومة تفرض استنفاراً دائماً لجنود العدو. لكن ذلك لا يمنع من التدقيق في الإجراءات وصولاً الى الثغرة التي يمكن النفاذ منها. هكذا هي معادلات المقاومة: كل إجراء للعدو فيه ثغرة، والمهم تشخيصها بدقة وعدم ارتكاب أي خطأ في التقدير ولا في التوقيت.

في أذهان القادة تجري مراجعة دائمة بشأن التجارب السابقة. آخر المهمات الكبرى، كانت في بلدة الغجر. أعدت المجموعات لتنفيذ عملية من النوع الجديد. اقتحام صاعق لمواقع ثابتة، تحت تغطية غير مسبوقة من القصف المدفعي المركز والشامل لكل نقاط التحرك من جانب العدو. كان المئات من المقاتلين في وضعية استعداد لتنفيذ أضخم عمليات الاقتحام. سيارات مدنية ذات طابع عسكري جهزت بالقرب من المكان دون أن يلتفت أحد للأمر. فرضت المقاومة حركة روتينية لمقاومين وسيارات حتى صار المشهد مملاً: مقاومون يرصدون بصورة رتيبة المشهد المقبل، يتهامسون ثم يختفون.

يوم تقرر تنفيذ الهجوم، احتاج المقاومون لدقائق معدودة لكي ينجحوا في شل حركة كل المواقع الاسرائيلية في المنطقة والتلال المشرفة عليها. كان القصف عنيفاً وكثيفاً جداً. وكان رماة الصواريخ المضادة للدروع يحرقون الآليات العسكرية على شكل لعبة «أتاري» كما قال السيد نصر الله لاحقاً. ثم اقتحم مقاومون بسيارات رباعية الدفع وعلى دراجات نارية المكان. وحمل أحدهم للمرة الاولى في تاريخ المقاومة سلاحاً جديداً هو «ب ـ 29» وهو الجيل الجديد من السلاح الروسي التقليدي «ب ـ 7». الرشاشات لا تتوقف عن إطلاق النار في اتجاه الدشم والكمائن المفترضة. لكن خللاً برز في عملية الرصد. وأدى إلى نشوب مواجهة غير محسوبة. مرت دقائق قبل أن تقع مجموعة من المقاومين في كمين أدى الى استشهاد أربعة منهم.
الاتصالات مع القيادة المركزية أشارت الى الفشل. جرى العمل بسرعة على سحب مجموعة العمليات من أرض المعركة، فيما بقيت مجموعات الجهوزية الخاصة بمواجهة أي ردة فعل للعدو في حالة استنفار قصوى. في هذا الوقت، كان الإسرائيليون يتفقدون جنودهم عبر اتصالات لاسلكية مكثفة، وكعادته تأخر الطيران للوصول الى المنطقة. وعندما تلقت قيادة المنطقة الشمالية أنباء المواجهات والنتائج، تأكدت من أن أي جندي لم يفقد. تنفس قادة العدو الصعداء. وقرروا الرد موضعياً. مرت ساعات قليلة وعاد الهدوء الى المكانمر وقت طويل على عملية الغجر. عملية استخلاص العبر تكثفت لدى قيادة المقاومة. السيد نصر الله الذي لطالما واجه أوضاعاً من هذا النوع، وقف على خاطر المسؤولين عن العملية. وعلى طريقته، أكثر من «الحمد لله سائلاً إياه العون على إنجاح مهمة أخرى». أما القادة المعنيون فلم يفارقهم التوتر لأيام طويلة. كان الوجوم قائماً، وإن رافق مراجعة سريعة والبدء بالعمل من جديد.

بعد الخامس والعشرين من أيار عام 2000، باشر المقاومون عملية رصد للحافة الأمامية الجديدة. كانت الثغر كبيرة في حركة جنود العدو. لكن تحذيرات قيادة المقاومة العلنية إزاء الأسر كانت أكثر حضوراً، والإجراءات الاحترازية لم تكن كافية لسد الثغر. وبعد شهور قليلة من المراقبة اللصيقة، حددت نقطة العملية الشهيرة عند بوابة شبعا قرب بركة النقار. يومها جرت عملية كلاسيكية. مرت مركبة معادية وفجرت بها عبوة ناسفة كبيرة. الانفجار الكبير دمر السيارة غير المصفحة بخلاف ما هو متوقع. قتل الجنود لكن جثثهم حُملت على وجه السرعة في سيارة نقل رباعية الدفع. وخلال أقل من نصف ساعة، كان كل شيء قد انتهى.

أقل من ستّ سنوات مرت على تلك العملية. بدا من الوقائع الميدانية بعد عملية الغجر، أن استنفار العدو ارتفع الى مستويات غير مسبوقة. كان على المقاومين إنهاك جنود العدو دون توقف. عمليات التحرش المنظمة بالسلك الالكتروني فرضت على دوريات العدو عدم التوقف عن عمليات التفقد. كانت هناك حاجة كبيرة لمراقبة آلية العمل من جانب العدو: نوع السيارات المستخدمة، عدد الجنود في كل منها، الحركة الروتينية أو المفاجئة، هامش المناورة أمام الجنود وآلية الاتصال بينهم وبين قيادتهم، ومستوى الاستعداد القتالي. وكيفية التصرف إزاء ما يحصل على السياج. اختبارات كثيرة حصلت. وعندما وجدت قيادة المقاومة أنه لا مناص من توسيع رقعة العمل، كانت الطبيعة عاملاً مساعداً في القطاع الغربي من الجبهة. ومر وقت قبل أن تتأكد قيادة المقاومة من أن هناك فرصة جدية لتنفيذ عملية خاطفة. كانت الصورة واضحة في أن العمل سوف يكون مشابهاً بقوة لعملية شبعا الشهيرة. ليس مطلوباً القيام بعمل عسكري اقتحامي كبير. ولكن المطلوب عملية ذات بعد أمني. ما يعني أن على وحدة الرصد أن تقدم المعلومات الكافية التي تمنع أي نوع من المفاجآت. وحقيقة أن الهدف هو أسر جنود أحياء، فرضت آلية من العمل العسكري. لم يكن على المقاومين عدم إطلاق رصاصات قاتلة ضد الجنود، ولكن كان عليهم استخدام آليات من العمل التي تتيح قتل البعض وترك البعض الآخر على قيد الحياة. وبالتالي فإن درس عملية شبعا النظري مهم في هذه اللحظة: إعطاب آلية دون قتل من بداخلها، وتدمير آليات الدعم وقتل من يتحرك لنجدتها.

مرت أسابيع عدة على المراقبة اللصيقة للنقطة. ذات يوم عبر المنطقة ضابط إسرائيلي برتبة عالية،هو اودي ادم ، لم يكن وحده، بل كانت معه عائلته. ولم يكن هدفاً جدياً في تلك اللحظة. المقاومون الذين دربوا على تنفيذ الهجوم، وأعدوا له ما يجب من أسلحة وخطط هجومية وأدوات، باتوا لياليهم الطويلة وراقبوا لنهارات عدة قبل أن تظهر في الأفق ملامح الهجوم الناجح. كانت المعطيات الاستخبارية لدى المقاومة تشير الى اقتراب لحظة التبديل في عمل الكتائب المنتشرة هناك. كانت نقطة العملية قد تحولت الى نقطة أكثر ضعفاً من الفترة السابقة. الاسترخاء ظهر على حركة الجنود وقيادتهم، وموعد التبديل اقترب. لكن المفاجأة جاءت على شكل معلومة وردت الى قيادة المقاومة، بأن الكتيبة الدرزية سوف تتولى المهمات خلال 48 ساعة. وهذا يعني أن العملية قد تنجح، ولكن الجنود المفترض أن يقعوا في الأسر سوف يكونون من أصول عربية، كانت المقاومة تبحث عن صيد من صنف آخر. ما استدعى الاستنفار بطريقة مختلفةيوم 12 تموز، لم يكن الاستنفار على الحدود شبيهاً بما سبقه. انتبه حزب الله إلى أن إسرائيل صارت تدقّق في أشياء كثيرة. وفي كل مرة ينوي الحزب القيام بعمل ما، كان عليه إبلاغ جميع نقاط المراقبة والمراكز العلنية بوجوب الإخلاء، . كبر جسم المقاومة، وباتت الحركة غير قادرة على الإخفاء كلياً. وتحدث الاسرائيليون كثيراً عن «إنذارات أو إشارات الى نية حزب الله القيام بشيء». كان البعض يعتقد ولا يزال، بأن اسرائيل تستند الى معطيات استخبارية من النوع الذي يصنّف عادة في خانة الخرق. لكن قيادة المنطقة الشمالية، كانت تكتفي بملاحظة لأحد مواقعها عن تقلص مفاجئ في حركة المقاومة، حتى تتصرف على أساس أن هناك شيئاً ما يتحضر.

في ذلك اليوم لم يكن القرار على نفس المستوى، لم تتلق وحدات المقاومة المنتشرة على طول الحدود وخلفها إنذاراً مسبقاً أو أمر عمليات موحداً حيال ما يمكن أن تنفذه مجموعات خاصة قرب عيتا الشعب أو قبالة مستعمرة زرعيت، بينما كانت الوحدات المكلفة العمل تتصرف على أساس أنها المعركة:

في مسرح العملية، انتشرت خمس مجموعات من المقاومة، تولت واحدة أمر الهجوم المباشر بواسطة القذائف الصاروخية، وتولت أخرى توفير الغطاء الناري بواسطة الرشاشات الخفيفة والمتوسطة، بينما تولت ثالثة قصف النقاط العسكرية ذات الحساسية المباشرة بالعملية، وكانت مهمة الرابعة تجاوز الحدود بعد تفجير البوابة الحديدية بواسطة عبوة خاصة وتسهيل دخول بسيارة مدنية لنقل الأسرى. اضافة الى تعطيل حركة الجنود وفتح أبواب السيارات العسكرية،

وفي مكان يصعب التأكد ما إذا كان قريباً أو بعيداً عن المكان، كانت الفرق الأخرى جاهزة أيضاً. سيارات مدنية اخرى فيها من يقوم بعملية الاسعاف لاي جريح يسقط من المقاومة او من الاسرى. كذلك جهزت غرفة عمليات جراحية خاصة مجهزة بكل ما يتطلبه أمر إجراء عمليات جراحية للجنود الإسرائيليين إذا أصيبوا بجراح خفيفة أو قاسية. وبرادات خاصة لحفظ جثث الجنود إذا ما قتلوا. غرف مخصصة لإيواء ضيوف من هذا المستوى إذا ما تم أسر الجنود احياء.

عند اقتراب الدورية من نقطة الهجوم، كانت الخطة تقضي بمحاصرتها بالنيران في أكثر النقاط ابتعاداً عن أعين الرقابة الاسرائيلية. لم تكن العملية تحتمل أي نوع من الخطأ أو أي نوع من البطء. ولما تم التأكد من وجود سيارتين وأن تصفيحهما جيد، وأن بداخلها أكثر من ستة جنود، أُبلغت القيادة الميدانية بواقع الأمر. ولم يتأخر الجواب بإعلان الاستعداد للتنفيذ. وهو إعلان لا يشمل فقط المجموعات التي تولت الهجوم الصاعق، بل يشمل وحدات أخرى، سواء على مستوى الجبهة أو على مستوى المناطق الخلفية.

«وصل الهدف الى نقطة المقتل» كما يقول المقاومون. أعطيت الإشارة ببدء الهجوم. السيارة الخلفية تعرّضت لقصف صاروخي مباشر أدى الى تدميرها بالكامل وقتل وجرح من بداخلها. لم تصدر عنها أي حركة بينما كانت هناك مجموعة تتولى أمرها، لا توقف الصليات المباشرة في ما بقي من الهامر التي أضحت في أقل من 3 دقائق كلعبة أطفال محطمة. أما السيارة الأولى، فكانت هي أيضاً في مرمى النيران. لكن الإصابات أخذت شكلاً مختلفاً. كان المقاومون قد تدربوا على كيفية إصابة سيارة مصفحة دون إحراقها بالكامل، وكيفية توجيه الصليات الغزيرة من النيران باتجاه جنود مدججين بالسلاح دون إصابتهم إصابة قاتلة.

الهدف الرئيسي للمهاجمين كان الهامر الأمامي، كانت الخطة تقضي بأسر الجنود من داخله. لذلك حرص المقاومون على أن تكون صواريخهم الموجهة نحوه غير قاتلة في إصابتها. استنتج الجيش الإسرائيليلاحقا بان خطة المقاومة كانت ترمي إلى استهداف الهامر بطريقة تؤدي إلى احتجاز الجنود داخله.

أطلق المقاومون ثلاثة قذائف صاروخية من طراز “آر بي جي” باتجاه الهامر، فانفجرت في الجانب الذي يجلس فيه غولدفاسر وريغيف، وأدت إلى إصابتهما بجراح. في هذه اللحظة تمكن الجنديان الآخران، موعادي وفاينبرغ، من الفرار خارج الآلية وتوجها نحو حرش محاذ للطريق ليختبآ داخله.

كانت القاعدة تقول بأن الجنود إما يهربون من السيارة بعيداً حيث يأخذون مكاناً مناسباً للمواجهة، أو يبقون داخل المركبة بانتظار النجدة. كان تسليح وحدة الاقتحام يتضمن آلات حادة مخصصة لفتح أبواب مغلقة أو خلافه. لم يكن أمام الجنود الأربعة في سيارة الهامر الأولى فرصة لالتقاط الانفاس. خرج جنديان من السيارة باتجاه حرج قريب. بحثا عن مكان آمن ولم تظهر منهما أي حركة كما يفترض أن يبدر من جنود في معركة. شيء ما حصل خلال أقل من دقيقة. الجنديان الآخران أصيبا بجراح مختلفة. اقتربت مجموعة من المقاومين من الآلية المشتعلة وسحبوا منها الجنديين، غولدفاسر وريغيف، فيما كان آخرون يفجرون البوابة الحدودية القريبة، لتنْقض عبرها السيارة التي سرعان ما اختفت في «المنطقة الآمنة» حيث لا يمكن للعدو أن يلحق بها. وبينما كانت مجموعات المقاومة تعمل على الانسحاب بسرعة مذهلة مخلفة قتلى وجرحى ودماءً، كانت عمليات التبديل قائمة خلف الحدود بمسافة طويلة. ولم يمض وقت طويل جداً، حتى وصل الأسيران الى حيث تختفي آثارهما حتى يوم التبادل.


تلقّى السيّد «الهدية» وشاهد العملية مصورة


لا يقرّ السيّد حسن نصر الله بعد ما الذي كان يفعله أثناء تنفيذ العملية. لكنّ مساعده لم يرفع نظره عن الهاتف. لم يكن يعرف ما الذي يريده نصر الله منه اليوم، عندما ألحّ عليه عدم إهمال أي اتصال من جانب القيادة العسكرية. وفي لحظة العمل، يجب تقليص هذا النوع من الاتصالات، برغم كل شبكات الأمان الخاصة التي تتطلب جهداً لا يزال العدو حتى اللحظة يحاول الإحاطة به، حيث السؤال: كيف يتمكن نصر الله، من أن يتحدث من مكان مجهول في بيروت الكبرى مع نقطة المراقبة الحدودية الموجودة على بعد متر واحد من فلسطين المحتلة، وأن يكون هو ومن يتحدث معه على اطمئنان إلى أنه لا أحد يسترق السمع؟

استغرق الإعداد للعملية أربعة شهور على الأقلّ. كان السيد نصر الله على ثقة غير عادية بأن المهمة سوف تنجح في مكان على طول خط المواجهة. وبعد أقل من ساعة على بدء العملية، تلقى السيد الاتصال الأخير: الهدية وصلت! لم يكن ممكناً فهم فحوى بقية الحديث، لأن نصر الله أطلق رشقات سريعة من الأسئلة: هل سقط لنا شهداء وهل أصيب أحد من الاخوان، هل الأسيران على قيد الحياة. هل تسير الامور وفق ما هو مقرر. وما هي تقديرات القيادة الميدانية لردة فعل العدو. وما هو الوارد من غرفة الرصد الخاصة بإعلام العدو العام أو الخاص. وما هو الوضع على الحدود الآن؟

بالتأكيد لم يكن نصر الله في مكتبه في تلك اللحظات. وبعد ساعات لم يبق أحد من قيادات المقاومة لا في مكتبه ولا في منزله، فيما كانت الوحدات القتالية تستعد جنوباً لاحتمال توسع ردة فعل العدو. وكانت التعليمات توصي بعدم الانجرار الى مواجهة شاملة، بانتظار تبيان حجم القرار في تل أبيب.

لاحقا، حضرت الى مكتب السيد نصرالله مجموعة من قيادة المقاومة. اعدت الغرفة على عجل، وشاهد الجميع شريط فيديو خاصاً بالعملية. كانت التفاصيل كاملة، وبعد دقائق اخفي الشريط وحتى اللحظة، لم يشاهده احد حتى من قام بتصويره.

مخلفات دبابة الميركافا التي فجرها المقاومون قرب عيتا الشعب، وقد جمعت إلى جانب غنائم أخرى للعرض هذا الشهر
مخلفات دبابة الميركافا التي فجرها المقاومون قرب عيتا الشعب، وقد جمعت إلى جانب غنائم أخرى للعرض هذا الشهر

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Hassan Nasrallah on Israeli Warmongering & US Sanctions: Hezbollah Stronger than Ever, Resistance Not For Sale

June 10, 2018

Speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 25, 2018, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the Liberation of Lebanon.
Translation: unz.com/sayedhasan
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In Any Upcoming War, Hezbollah will Surely Defeat Israel […] Despite all the intimidation, all the threats, all the blockades, (despite the inscriptions on the) lists of terrorist organizations, the (campaigns of) defamation, all these efforts (to weaken Hezbollah and diminish its popularity in Lebanon) have been in vain. Therefore, we have a community, a people who, prior to 2000, were worthy of victory, and that is why God granted us victory (on May 25, 2000), and He gave us the victory of 2006, and we remain, by the grace of God, the strongest and the most glorious, because we are worthy of it.

Myself, personally, when I talk about the future … Of course, we always say that we do not rush to war, but we do not fear it. The (Israeli) enemy is always threatening, promising, erupting, (trying to) terrorize us, but when we talk about the possibility of a war (against Israel) – may God take this perspective away from this country and this region –, whether during internal meetings or other, I speak of our victory with certainty, because God, with whom we were and with whom we still are, stands by our side. He never left us nor abandoned us, because our people, our community, our Resistance, are there and are worthy to be granted victory by God, the Most High and the Exalted. This is the fundamental point of strength on which we base ourselves and rely. […]

Resistance in Lebanon and Palestine Not For Sale

(First, the US are exerting) pressure on our popular base to punish it (for its support for Hezbollah), psychological, moral, financial, economic pressures, meant to dislocate, reduce and weaken it.

Second, (there is pressure on) our friends and allies to scare them and induce them to distance themselves (from us), because of fears (of sanctions).Third, and this is the fundamental and most important goal, (these sanctions are intended to) cut our funding sources, what they refer to as the drying up of the funding sources of Hezbollah, of the Resistance in Lebanon and of the Resistance movements in the region. But this is not something new, they work at it since 1990. We are on the list of terrorist organizations since the 1990s. It is in order to dry our funding sources that continuous pressure is exerted against the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is our main support. And that is a mark of honor for the Islamic Republic of Iran, this gives it a high rank and status.

Today, what is the US problem with Iran? You’ve seen the 12 demands of the US Secretary of State (Mike Pompeo) for them to reconsider their relations with Iran. Among the 12 demands… What do they really want from Iran? That it becomes a weak country, without missiles, without civil nuclear power, excluded of the Middle East’s (issues), that takes no responsibilities and has no involvment nor influence at the regional level, that it becomes, like many countries, an enslaved country. That if (Washington) requires (Iran) 100 billion, they would pay it cash. If (Washington) wants to appoint or depose a President, a King or a Prince, (Iran) would comply at once. That’s what they want from Iran. That’s what they did in Iran at the time of the Shah.

Anyway, among the US demands, there is cessation of support to Resistance movements that (Washington) characterizes as terrorist. And (Pompeo) mentioned Hezbollah and Palestinian Resistance movements. Thus, one reason of these pressures against Iran is that it assumes (the responsibility of Resistance to Israel).

Likewise, (the sanctions) are pressuring any contributor or benefactor who can bring money or donations to this Resistance, its organizations, its (families of) martyrs, its wounded, its orphans, its Resistants, its infrastructure, its capacity… This is their goal (to dry any financial support for Hezbollah).

This is part of the struggle. I do not mean just to describe its aspects, but also to determine our responsibility (against these measures). They are part of the confrontation, of the current battle. And we, psychologically, have to understand (the goals of) our enemy and realize that this is part of the current struggle.

It goes without saying that when the Resistance in Lebanon stood since 1982 and proclaimed its rejection of continued Israeli occupation of Lebanon –which is also a US occupation–, its rejection of the American-Zionist project in Lebanon, either as an occupation, or the imposition of political control, policy management or peace agreements with the enemy… (When) we reject this and struggle, fight and sacrifice, and inflict a defeat on this enemy… When Israel is the primary project for the United States and its military forward base in the region, and that you cross their path, confront them and defeat the army (reputed) invincible, when you humble and expel it from your territory, humiliated, defeated, running (for their lives)… When you cause a strategic turning point in the Arab-Israeli struggle because of what happened in 2000, with its repercussions inside occupied Palestine and the launch of the Intifada… When you are responsible for a huge cultural transformation in the region… When you face the American project, as happened again in 2006, the new Middle East project which, according to Condoleeza Rice, was being born before our eyes… When you raise against the US-Israeli projects and contribute to their collapse –I do not pretend that we have ruined them alone, but we helped to make them fall to some extent, according to places, battlefields and countries… When you are a force that denies US and Israeli hegemony over Palestine, in Lebanon and the countries of the region… When you are a force demanding your rights to sovereignty, authentic sovereignty, not sovereignty as a slogan (devoid of reality)… Every day, the Israeli enemy violates our airspace. Yesterday, it hit Syria from Lebanese skies. Where are the (pseudo) sovereignists? (I mean genuine) sovereignty! When you are a force that demands and truly work for the sovereignty, freedom, liberation (of your territory), for its independent decision, not submitting to the United States or anyone else in this world, (when you claim) that the people of each country is sovereign at home, and must take decisions by its own in his country… When you do not allow neither the US nor Israel to put their hands over a (single) inch of your territory at the border, or one (single) cubic meter of your (territorial) waters, or a (single) drop of your oil, it is natural that this enemy will see the threat (you represent for him), for its projects, for its hegemony, for its interests, (because you are) a force that defends your people, your nation and your Community and it will not sit idle in front of you. It will (try to) fight you, kill you, launch wars against you, it will plot against you, etc., etc., etc. Then from there, it will submit you to an economic and financial blockade, (put you on) the list of terrorist organizations, dry your funding sources, etc. So that’s (a full) part of the struggle.
And those of our brothers, among our noble families, merchants, businesses, organizations, associations, affected by (the sanctions), they must consider the damage as part of the struggle. This is exactly the same as for the family that offers a martyr, who has an injured or a partial or total paralysis, who sees their house bombed during the war and who ends up in a camp. In the same way, this is part of the sacrifices required by this battle, and those affected and disabled (by sanctions and inscription on the list of terrorist organizations) must consider this damage, firstly at the personal and psychological level, as part of the sacrifices (required), we have to consider this as part of the sacrifices on the path (of Resistance) that we took, we must consider that this is part of the battle and face it.How to cope with it? In order to face (these measures), the essential point, as we have said in some (previous) battles, is to defeat the purpose (of sanctions). We cannot respond to these inscriptions on the list of terrorist organizations (and the resulting sanctions) by similar measures, because we have neither banks nor US currency, nor do we exchange dollar, euro or any such thing. But we have to frustrate their purpose. What is it? Their goal is to shake our resolve, the determination of our people and our popular base. They want to engage our will, our determination and our resolve, our perseverance and persistence on this path, on this line and on this position. As long as we remain resolute, determined and steadfast, (their sanctions) have no weight. And may God make the best out of it.

True, there will be damage, we will suffer losses, but this is part of the required sacrifices, like the martyrs, the wounded, demolished homes and factories that were destroyed during the war. After that, God the Almighty and the Exalted compensated, international assistance helped rebuild, the State assumed its share of responsibility, we took our responsibility, but it’s part of the path (of Resistance we chose).

So far, the experience showed (our enemies) that death, murder, wars, massacres, destruction, refugees, and all that was inflicted on us, to us and to our people in Lebanon, in no way diminished our commitment, our resolve and our determination. And therefore, now, I say that these measures will lead to no result. They do not delay nor accelerate anything. They cause damage, this is natural. As I said, it’s like all the other sacrifices: when a martyr falls, the father, mother and wife are grieving, the woman becomes a widow, the mother becomes *** (word untranslatable designating the mother who lost her child), children become orphans. We are human beings, we have feelings, but it’s part of the struggle. We endure, we rely on it to go ahead, and we shape victories over these losses. We do not stop, we are not scared, we are not afraid.

Now I want to return to the point that I mentioned at the beginning, I said I would come back to it. Before 2000, the capacities of the Resistance were very modest. And now it is true that the capacities of the Resistance are very large, and it needs money, no doubt. But in the worst case, in the worst case, say this inscription on the list of terrorist organizations and financial and economic siege manage to cut a large portion of that money, or even all of the money. I declare to the US, its allies in the region and the Israeli enemy: you are very wrong in understanding the Resistance and the people.

Wherein lies this error? It stems from their culture. It is that they see their friends (allies) and the people in general as mercenaries. Every man, every individual, for the United States and its allies or instruments, is not considered a man. They consider them, as we joked before, like an S with two bars (dollar sign). Money. How much are you worth? How much do we have to pay to buy your voice (in elections)? $ 100? $ 1,000? $ 3,000? Or is it that (on the contrary), your voice is not for sale? Can your position be reversed with money, with suitcases (full of banknotes)? If one brings you suitcases, will you move from one position to another? Or is it that (on the contrary), your position cannot be bought, it’s not for sale? They see the world only through the prism of money. They do not believe in principles. If they are told that such people are people of principle, patriots, they will ask you to explain the meaning of “principle”, “patriot”, “humanity”. (They are unaware of and unable to understand) these concepts, they have no existence for them. What matters for them is the work, money, weapons trade, how much money you have, how many yachts, how many banks, how much is your oil, how much credit you have in the banks, etc. This is your value. Your value is not your good deeds, as the prophetic tradition says: “The value of a man lies in his good deeds.” Your value is the balance of your bank account.

Their mistake is to consider the Resistance as mercenaries of Iran, for example. Since Iran gives money (to Hezbollah), just like Syria, they believe that we are mercenaries, that we are fighting as mercenaries, and that if they deprive us of our money, we will stop fighting and change our position. This is their fundamental error.
This Resistance in Lebanon, Palestine and the region, those people who demonstrate every Friday in Gaza are not mercenaries. They are defenders of a cause. These Resistants, and their people, their fellow countrymen, their families, their popular base and all who are with them, (Washington and its allies) must know that they are people of principle, patriots, humanists, defenders of a cause in which they believe (fervently), and for which they fight and are willing to sacrifice, and sacrifice their dearest ones and their children. They are ready to live their entire lives in the worst conditions for their cause to triumph. Such people cannot be defeated neither by lists of terrorist organizations, nor by sanctions, nor by a financial siege or by drying up their sources of money.When you fight, in Lebanon and Palestine, those opposed to the Israeli enemy, a popular will, a popular Resistance and a popular culture, you are unable to inflict a defeat on them, regardless of any measure you can implement. That is why their (economic) battle (against us) is lost in advance.

But the condition for that, like in the military war, as in all previous challenges, is that we become aware of the essence of this (economic) war, that we understand their motive and goals, that we endure and that we make its objectives fail. And this is easy. Because if we maintain our determination, our resolve and our will, they will not be able to do anything.

Denunciation of Morocco and tribute to Algeria & SoudanEven (the US attempt) to isolate (Hezbollah) in the region (will be in vain). The fact that such country has no links with us, that another breaks relations with us, than another yet (accuses us) under a thousand false pretexts, as did Morocco just a few weeks ago without any basis of truth.

(Morocco) said that the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Iran, and submitted a folder to the Foreign Minister of Iran about the involvement of Hezbollah with the Polisario Front. The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs promised to keep me informed, and he did. I asked where is the folder, but there is no folder! The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs did not even provide a single file or piece of paper, although they claimed to have provided evidence and documents, but they refused to give even the sheet that… He had a sheet in his hand, from which he was reading (to the Iranian minister) the names (of Hezbollah members allegedly involved with the Polisario): so and so, so and so, so and so, so and so. (The Iranian minister) asked for the sheet, but (the Moroccan Minister) refused. Even this piece of paper (he read), he refused to give it!

Well, where is the evidence, where are the facts? Do you have videos, recordings, witnesses? Who are your witnesses? But there is absolutely nothing. (Morocco) said that so and so, so and so, so and so, so and so from Hezbollah… Moreover, some of these (Hezbollah members) have no involvement in the security and military operations, and these brothers mentioned work in very remote locations from each other, so it is clear that it is the Israeli intelligence that provided the names to Morocco, but there is no link between these (Hezbollah) brothers. (Morocco is merely asserting emphatically that) Hezbollah supports the Polisario, and it breaks its ties with Iran, (just like that).

While we have no relationship with the Polisario, not even political relations. I do not even take a position on this issue, that we have not studied, and on which we have no position, neither negative nor positive. In truth, there is no relationship between us, not even political, we have no contact, but we will see Morocco accuse us of having received the Polisario in Lebanon, of having visited them in their town –I do not even remember its name, it was the first time I was hearing of it–, of having provided them with support, training, training camps, weapons, etc.

Anyway, these accusations and actions are futile, they will have no result in terms of resolution and determination of the Resistance. Before 2000, when the Resistance has triumphed and achieved this feat of which we celebrate the 18th anniversary today (Lebanon’s Liberation), it had no regional relations. There was Iran and Syria, nothing else. We could have friendly relations with the Embassy of Algeria, the Sudanese Embassy, ​​such or such country, but we did not have regional relations. Rather, many did not even dare to open links or contacts with us, because since 1992, we are on the list of terrorist organizations.

Therefore, all these measures of political, diplomatic and financial siege, these intimidations, I say to our enemies that they will not change anything. The Resistance that has shaped the victory of 2000, this glorious and resounding victory that imposed on the (Israeli) enemy to get out humiliated and crushed, with no clause, without any conditions, without any concession whatsoever (only by the force of arms, as Hezbollah refused any negotiations with Israel), the Resistance is stronger today, more powerful, more robust, even regarding the determination, faith, principles, soul, mind, until the new generations that you think (corrupted by materialism).
It is this new generation that fought in 2006, and much of our martyrs are part of the generation born in the 1990s. And today, it is also the case for the great battle that was conducted in the region (Syria). When you participate in the fight against the American project in the region, in Syria… We are proudly and publicly involved in this crucial battle. And it is during such a commemoration (on May 25) that I announced our entry into this battle several years ago (in 2013). And we said then that the US and its allies have gathered the takfiris from all around the world to bring down Damascus and the Syrian State, and I said in a speech like this, without vis-a-vis, that the Syrian leadership, the Syrian people and the Syrian army and its allies would never allow Damascus to fall, whatever sacrifices were required.Today, on the occasion of the holiday of the Resistance and Liberation, which we celebrate to commemorate the South(-Lebanon) Liberation, today also, we address Syria, the Syrian leadership, the Syrian Arab Army, the Syrian people and all their loyal allies, and we congratulate them for the liberation of Damascus, the Damascus suburbs and the whole Damascus area in its entirety, freed from any danger and any (terrorist armed) organization, especially during this last battle against ISIS and the glorious victory that took place there, and now that all Syria goes from success to success, successes that set up the next stage (of reconstruction). Those who (like Hezbollah) take such positions must bear the consequences, and I declare that we are stronger, more determined and more present, and with God’s grace, these (diplomatic sanctions) will have absolutely no effect. […]

» The resistance equations, its makers, and its partners… On the Resistance and Liberation Day معادلات المقاومة وصنّاعها وشركاؤها… في العيد

 

The resistance equations, its makers, and its partners… On the Resistance and Liberation Day

مايو 27, 2018

 

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Some Lebanese may live on the Resistance and Liberation Day as an additional ordinary holiday because the country of sects and regions has lost many of the elements of the national sense. The occupation during two decades of the age of Lebanon was an issue that belongs to its people who suffered from it and its humiliation and who sacrificed their sons and daughters. Many Lebanese were among spectators, neutral, or complainers from the exaggeration of refusing compromises that must be accepted in balances of what is so-called the political realism. Despite the failure of the compromises in ensuring the Israeli withdrawal and the winning of the resistance which bet on the blood of its martyrs there were those who said before the liberation that the presence of the resistance complicates this withdrawal. The state seemed conspired with the occupation until the fall of the seventeenth of May and it became neutral until the arrival of the General Emile Lahoud to presidency. At his era the state accompanied the resistance, this means that the consensus on the resistance was not a condition for the completion rather its acceptance was the end of the ability to complete. Furthermore, the subjection of the resistance to the logic of a state means its end and the fall of all its achievements, since every time has its equations. The only acceptable consensus is the consensus on the future of the resistance after the liberation, where no decision is taken without its acceptance. The relationship between the resistance and the state is a friendly accommodation between two necessities for the survival of the homeland and its strength.

The generation which accompanied the course of the resistance since the occupation in 1983 and shared its sacrifices and its achievements is a generation that is must be integrated not competed. That generation recognizes that the youth of the Islamic resistance were the most efficient to carry the banner until victory. Hezbollah’s leaders do not deny that they established and accumulated on what they inherited of those who preceded them from the Mujahideen of Amal Movement and the resistance fighters of the Lebanese national resistance in its national and leftist wings. Both of them have unforgettable heroisms and undeniable contributions. The resistance became the collective movement of those who were truly distinguished by the honesty of their choice and the greatness of their sacrifices; they have martyrs and many honorable symbols. For those without exception we owed the celebration, the happiness, and the feeling of pride and dignity.

We remember on the first days of the birth of the resistant action, many figures who do not fear dangers; they put in front of their eyes the humiliation of the occupier without any considerations, some of them became martyrs and some of them are still continuing without arrogance their roles as resistance fighters, strugglers, politicians, writers, or contributors in the public affair. Damascus was bringing us together, we who are observed and eavesdropped or sometimes planned to be killed. Damascus at that time was not mere a safe place for meeting, rather it was our operations room, a training center, and a source of weapons, it remained like that despite all the structural changes in its institutions and the structural changes of forces concerned with the resistance. Damascus which a Lebanese-Syrian corruption front which stemmed from the convergence of two resistance fronts wanted to distort its role and to mix between its honest partners in losses and its opportunists and beneficiaries of gains away from the source of the gains. Damascus, which it is fair to recognize that without it the resistance would not be as it is now.

As in Damascus in Tehran the resistance fighters meet, they get the support and the auspices to support the course of this resistance and to make its victory imminent. Many fighters were boasting of their identity and their cause away from their country in which they fear and feel afraid to disclose their identity and their cause. Even in the era of the rising force of the resistance, the resistance fighters in Damascus and Tehran were called in their names as resistant while in their country their names became symbols of guardianship or the group of Syria and Iran. As the liberation was a festival for all Lebanon, as the victory in July 2006 and the victory in May 2000. Some Lebanese remained refusing the partnership in victory and refusing considering it a victory; their eyes are as Israel on the resistance weapon asking the same questions about its fate.

On the Liberation and Resistance Day, a call to think quietly and to contemplate; will we have a homeland before we reconcile on right and wrong in our modern history? Was Israel indeed an occupation? Was the resistance the right national expression to confront that occupation, or was our history related under the name of the civil wars or the wars of others on our land?  Was the division on the occupation between the dealing and the resistance a kind of a civil war or a kind of the manipulation of others?

The painful fact which some find it difficult to accept is that the real civil war is being formed by changing the concepts of patriotism, occupation and resistance in order not to embarrass each other. Therefore the history becomes courtesy and hypocrisy and the national hypocrisy becomes the shortest way to the civil war, while the national agreement begins from the acknowledgement of the facts of history.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

معادلات المقاومة وصنّاعها وشركاؤها… في العيد

مايو 25, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– قد يعيش بعض اللبنانيين عيد التحرير والمقاومة كعطلة إضافية عادية، لأنّ بلد الطوائف والمناطق ضرب الكثير من مقوّمات الحسّ الوطني، حتى كان الاحتلال خلال عقدين من عمر لبنان قضية تخصّ أهله الذين ذاقوا مرارته وذله وصنعوا من أبنائهم وبناتهم مقاومته، وكان الكثير من باقي اللبنانيين بين متفرّج ومحايد أو متبرّم مما يسمّيه المبالغة في رفض تسويات لا بدّ من قبولها في موازين ما يسمّيه الواقعية السياسية. ورغم فشل وَصْفَات التسويات في تأمين الانسحاب الإسرائيلي، وفوز المقاومة برهانها المعقود على دماء شهدائها، بقي مَن يقول قبيل التحرير إنّ وجود المقاومة يعقّد هذا الانسحاب، أما على مستوى الدولة فقد بدأت متآمرة مع الاحتلال حتى إسقاط اتفاق السابع عشر من أيار، وصارت محايدة حتى وصول العماد إميل لحود إلى رئاسة الجمهورية، فرافقت المقاومة لسنتين من عهده. وهذا يعني أنّ الإجماع على المقاومة ما كان يوماً شرطاً للإنجاز، بل كان القبول به نهاية لقدرة الإنجاز، كما يعني أنّ إخضاع المقاومة لمنطق الدولة بالمطلق يعني موتها وسقوط كلّ إنجازها. فالمعادلات التي تصحّ بتطبيق منطقها بمفعول زمن مضى لا تصحّ لزمن آتٍ، والإجماع الوحيد المقبول هو الإجماع على مستقبل المقاومة بعد التحرير، أيّ اشتراط قبول أهلها بكلّ ما يخصّها، حيث لا قرار بدون رضاها، والعلاقة بينها وبين الدولة هي مساكنة ودية بين ضرورتين لبقاء الوطن وقوّته ومنعته على السياسيين اكتشاف معادلاته وصناعتها.

– الجيل الذي رافق مسيرة المقاومة منذ الاحتلال عام 1982، وتشارك تضحياتها وصناعة إنجازاتها، وتناوب على ريادة ساحاتها، هو جيل يتكامل ولا يتنافس، ويقرّ كلّ أبنائه بأنّ شباب المقاومة الإسلامية كانوا الأكفأ بحمل الراية حتى النصر، بينما لا يغفل قادة حزب الله أنهم أسّسوا وراكموا على ما ورثوه ممن سبقوا، من مجاهدي حركة أمل ومناضلي المقاومة الوطنية اللبنانية بجناحيها القومي واليساري، وقد كان لكلّ منهما بطولات لا تُنسى وإسهامات لا تُنكر، فصارت المقاومة هي التيار الجامع لكلّ هؤلاء الذين تميّزوا بصدق خيارهم وعظيم تضحياتهم، ولهم شهداء وأحياء ترفع القبعة لهم، وقد صار بعض تضحياتهم منسياً، وبعض عائلاتهم ومنها أسر لشهداء كبار، تعيش الحسرة والقهر والفقر، فلهؤلاء بلا استثناء ندين بالعيد والفرحة وشعور العزة والكرامة.

– نستذكر في تلك الأيام الأولى لولادة العمل المقاوم قامات شامخة بالعنفوان، لا تأبه المخاطر، وضعت نصب أعينها إذلال المحتلّ وقهره بلا حساب، بعضهم صار شهيداً وبعضهم لا يزال يواصل بتواضع النأي عن التباهي دوره مقاوماً أو مناضلاً أو سياسياً أو كاتباً أو مساهماً عن بُعد في الشأن العام، والذي يجب أن تتضمّنه كلّ شهادة للتاريخ هو أنّ الشام وحدها كانت تجمعنا نحن الذين كان كلّ لقاء يضمّ منا إثنين تراقبه العيون، وتترصّده آلات التنصّت والقتل أحياناً. ودمشق يومها لم تكن مجرد مكان آمن للقاء، بل كانت غرفة عملياتنا، ومركز التدريب ومصدر السلاح، وبقيت كذلك مع كلّ التغيّرات في هيكيلية مؤسسات الدولة فيها، وتغييرات هيكيلية القوى المعنية بالمقاومة. دمشق التي أراد تلازم فساد لبناني سوري نشأ على ضفاف تلازم مسارين مقاومين أن يشوّه دورها ويخلط بين شركائها الصادقين في خيارات الغرم، وبين المتنفعين الوصوليين ناقلي البنادق من كتف إلى كتف من أهل الغنم، بمعزل عن مصدر الغنم وعنوانه، هي دمشق التي يقتضي الإنصاف بالإعتراف أنه لولاها لما كان للمقاومة كثير مما كان.

– كما في دمشق في طهران، وكما من دمشق من طهران، يلتقي المقاومون دون أن يسألهم أحد عن غير حال المقاومة، ويتلقون الرعاية والمؤازرة، في ما يدعم مسيرة هذه المقاومة ويجعل نصرها قريباً. وبحسرة يذكر كثير من المقاومين أنهم كانوا يفاخرون بالمجاهرة بهويتهم وقضيتهم في غير بلدهم، الذي كانوا فيه يخشون ويحسبون ألف حساب لانكشاف هويتهم واكتشاف قضيتهم، وحتى في زمن قوة المقاومة وانتصاراتها بقي المقاومون يُعرَفون في دمشق وطهران وتجري مناداتهم بصفاتهم كمقاومين، بينما في بلدهم صار اسمهم رموز الوصاية أو جماعة سورية وإيران. وكما كان التحرير عيداً يهديه المقاومون لكلّ لبنان كان النصر في تموز 2006، ومثلما كان في أيار 2000، بقي بعض اللبنانيين يرفض الشراكة في النصر، ويرفض بالأصل اعتباره نصراً، وعينه كما عين «إسرائيل» على سلاح المقاومة، ويطرح أسئلتها ذاتها عن مصيره.

– في عيد التحرير والمقاومة دعوة لتفكير هادئ وتأمّل، ليقف الجميع أمام حقيقة، هل يكون لنا وطن قبل أن نتصالح على حقيقة الصواب والخطأ في تاريخنا الحديث، وليس القديم، هل كانت «إسرائيل» احتلالاً بالفعل؟ وهل كانت المقاومة هي التعبير الوطني الصحيح عن التصدي لهذا الاحتلال، أم انّ كلّ تاريخنا موصول باسم حروب أهلية، أو حروب الآخرين على أرضنا، وفي قلبه يصير الانقسام حول الاحتلال بين التعامل والمقاومة بعضاً من الحرب الأهلية، أو بعضاً من تلاعب الآخرين بنا؟

– الحقيقة الجارحة التي يصعب ربما على البعض قبولها، هي أنّ الحرب الأهلية الحقيقية يجري التأسيس لها بتمييع مفهوم الوطنية، والاحتلال، والمقاومة، فقط كي لا يُحرج بعضنا بعضاً، فيصير التاريخ فعل مجاملات ونفاقاً، والنفاق الوطني أقصر طرق الحروب الأهلية، بينما الوفاق الوطني يبدأ من الإقرار مرةً بحقائق التاريخ.

 

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Fatima Salameh

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It would not be a “Resistance and Liberation” holiday without hearing from him. He holds the title of the pro-resistance president and the “man” – described as such by the master of victory.

Emile Lahoud

His national and historic positions, which never abandoned the resistance, testify to that. The path of President Emile Lahoud, the nationalist, is full of honorable stances that carried Lebanon from the age of dependency to liberation. He defended the resistance before he knew them. It is enough that he is one of those who sought to liberate the land. The historic victory of 2000 was the pride of his reign and the result of his courageous positions that supported the path of Jihad at a time when the entire world stood against him. He was offered a lot in exchange for abandoning this path. He chose to work with conscience and in accordance with his convictions, which are not bought and sold.

In an interview with al-Ahed, President Lahoud recalls many stages, from his time as commander of the Lebanese army to the time he took over the presidency. His does not conceal his “joy” with the liberation of the land during his reign. He describes this event with pride. He tells how he learned about Hezbollah and its leader for the first time and how very proud he was of meeting him [the leader]. He often expresses his happiness that he is living in the time of the resistance fighters, who have returned Lebanon’s stolen dignity.

Emile Lahoud

Below is the script of the interview:

Eighteen years after liberation, what does President Emile Lahoud remember from that era?

It is the most beautiful day of my life. Before that date, there was no hope that we would be able to regain our dignity. Our land has been occupied for 22 years. All the officials who inherited the government were accustomed to this issue until it became obvious. Truthfully, I never heard of Hezbollah. When I took over as army commander, I was living in Rayak. The atmosphere was charged against Hezbollah. When I wanted to visit my family in the north, they used to send me telegrams asking me to be careful and watch out for Hezbollah members who intended to kill me. However, the teaching inside the house, which does not know a path of sectarianism, made me not interested in the matter, even though the picture in my mind drawn about Hezbollah is that it was a Takfiri group. When did I learn of Hezbollah? It was in 1991, when I took over the army command. A decision was issued by the Lebanese state to position the army in the South. I went to Tyre. One of the officers told me: “For 22 years, I was deployed here. I was a company commander and we received instructions that ‘if a militant is caught, we must hand him over to the intelligence services, who in turn will imprison him.’ You are a new army commander, what are your instructions for me in such a case?”

I asked him, what is their nationality, are they Palestinians? He said no, they are Lebanese who want to return to their villages, which are occupied by the “Israelis”, and they carry out operations against them. Sometimes we catch them before they arrive as they are on their way to the valleys. What do you want us to do in such a situation? I told him: “Lebanese who want to return to their villages that are occupied by the Zionists are resistance fighters. You have to support them.” He told me, “appreciated” and he rejoiced. It was the first time an officer thought in this way. ” To me, as Emile Lahoud, any nationalist army commander should not ask permission from anyone to issue such an order. Should I stand in the face of those who seek to liberate the land! On the contrary, I should be an absolute support for them.

Then I returned to Beirut and the President of the Republic, Elias Hrawi, told me:

“Emile are you crazy? You are supporting people who are causing trouble at the border. Tomorrow an “Israeli” soldier will be killed and [“Israel”] will attack all of Lebanon.” Do you want to ‘destroy’ Lebanon?

I told him:

“Have you ever heard of an army commander whose land is being occupied and he gives an order to his officers that whoever liberates the land should be imprisoned? We must support them. He told me: I give you an order to confront them. I told him: I will not obey.

In 1993, the resistance became stronger than before. The Zionists were annoyed and exerted pressure on the Americans, who in turn pressured the Lebanese state and the Security Council. The latter took a decision to get rid of Hezbollah. The Lebanese state at the time issued a decision. I remember an incident that took place at the time. Members of the army spoke to me. They told me that a Zionist tank bombed a Lebanese area and killed a woman. What do you want us to do? It was the first experience with “Israel”. I asked them: is there a Lebanese tank in range? They said yes. I said, what are you waiting for? Respond. At this point, the President of the Republic summoned me and told me: “Emile, what is happening? How could you do that and give an order to respond? I told him this is what I must do. He asked me more than once to eliminate Hezbollah with the support of the UNIFIL forces. I told him: You are not understanding me, I will not do it. He told me: ‘Tomorrow is the meeting of the Supreme Council of Defense and you have to attend.’ I said, ‘I will not attend.’ He replied, ‘then we will take the decision without you. Someone else will be the army commander.’ I told him: let him come. I am doing my duty and what my conscience tells me. The next day I came late to the meeting. I found them meeting with the UNIFIL commander. They designed a map for the elimination of Hezbollah. I told them: what are you doing? Fold this map. The commander of the UNIFIL forces replied: ‘they have taken the decision in the Security Council.’ I told him: let them take whatever they want. I will not comply. Let them bring another army commander to carry out what they want. What right does the Lebanese state have to order a national army to strike its people because the “Israelis” are annoyed?

Emile Lahoud

All this and you had no interaction with Hezbollah. When was your first direct contact with them?

After all these years, there was no contact between us. But there was absolute support on my part.

The first contact in which I got to know Hezbollah was in 1997 when I got a call saying that Hadi, the son of the Secretary General of the party, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, was martyred. I told them, this is the first time that an Arab leader presents his son as a martyr. I want to get to know him. Indeed, the measures were taken. I found him relaxed although the news of his son’s martyrdom was announced an hour before my visit. We spoke for about ten minutes as I consoled him. I felt that we would win and triumph with this leader. Days passed, and we did not meet. In 2000, at the time of the liberation, Sayyed Nasrallah asked me to meet him. So we met and he presented me with an “Israeli” rifle. After that, I never saw him until I left the presidency. At the time, we sat for about three hours and talked about everything. He told me, ‘I do not know you.’ I told him, ‘We met in good conscience.’

What does to Emile Lahoud that the land was liberated during his reign as you have always described this event with pride?

It means my dignity. I take pride in this event very much. I am glad that the dignity of the Lebanese had been restored during my days. Is it possible that the “Israelis” occupy our land for 22 years and no one is shaken. Only a handful of resistance fighters met and liberated the land and defended us. Without them, “Israel” would have been among us.

How did the liberation of the land contribute to your military experience?

We can achieve the impossible. Many asked me what I was doing. No one can resist “Israel”. I told them, you will see. The resistance is the immunity of Lebanon. I am surprised how some people speak after the conclusion of the elections on the need to disarm the resistance, after all that it has done! They certainly get money from their masters who incite them to do so.

How do you perceive the golden equation, which you supported early on?

Without the golden equation, Lebanon would no longer exist, especially after the events that took place in Syria and Iraq, which made Lebanon strong and able to stand up to “Israel”. Unfortunately, we did not learn that we must preserve it through national action and not through sectarianism.

Today, the Palestinians are doing all they can to liberate their land. What is your advice for them given the experiences with the liberation of Lebanese lands?
There is no talk with “Israel” except in the language of force. I do not want to criticize, but when I hear some Palestinian officials talking about the need for a settlement, this does not return the land. The solution is only by force, just as we did in Lebanon. Here, I recall an incident. At one of the closed summits of the Arab heads of state in Khartoum, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said ‘how can I possibly pay for the salaries for the ‘Strip’ when the Zionists are not allowing the funds to arrive. I ask you Arabs to mediate with the concerned parties to put pressure on “Israel” so that the money can reach us. I told him, ‘Abu Mazen, behave like we did in Lebanon. It is shameful to beg for our salaries. We have to attack them by force. If you acted like Lebanon, you will not be here right now.’

You have always said that the the crisis in Syria will conclude with a victory. How do you describe the situation seven years after the crisis started?

Syria triumphed. The losers including the Zionists and the Arabs are coveting a winning card. That is why they are pressing in the last quarter. But they will not triumph. The crisis will soon be over and with it the conspiring mentality in Lebanon will end.

A final word

How lucky we are that we have lived in the time of the resistance and the men who sacrificed themselves for the homeland.

Source: Al-Ahed

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The Sacred Defense Video Game: A New Form of Resistance in the Face of the Soft War

Mohammad Keserwani

No one would disagree that soft war is some of the fiercest warfare. It is no less important than a direct military confrontation.

Sacred Defense

It can be more powerful and deadlier if it is overlooked. The West has used every means possible to exercise this type of war on our Islamic countries. It is doing everything it can to drown our children and youth with the values ??it chooses in order to obliterate our cultural and religious identity. It uses many methods for that purpose, whether through the subliminal messages it transmits through cartoons, or through the state of “addiction” created by the social media world, or electronic games that seek, with magical charm, to destroy our values ??and distract us from our core issues.

Hezbollah’s electronic media unit has always been confronting the enemy’s soft war tactics. It also using all means to preserve the environment of our resistance community and most importantly to build a generation that lives within its borders, possess its culture, and preserves its history and momentous occasions. Electronic games are one of the methods that the unit has worked to create and develop. After the two-dimensional “Al-Quds boy”, “Special Force- Part I” after the 2000 liberation, and “Special Force- Part II” following the 2006 divine victory, the Electronic Media Unit is proud to present the three-dimensional Sacred Defense Video Game which simulates Hezbollha’s Jihad in Syria against the Takfiris, in line with the slogan “history is written by the victors.” Hezbollah and the axis of resistance defeated the Takfiri enemy in the region, and today it documenting its victory using several means, including the Sacred Defense Video Game. The game is a direct interactive documentation with the public. 

The game embodies a series of battles in which the party participated, starting with the defense of the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab (PBUH) in Damascus through to  the battles protecting the Lebanese-Syrian border in Ras Baalbek.

* Video Game Time Frame:

The game begins with the visit of Mujahid Ahmad to the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab (PBUH). The holy shrine comes under Takfiri attacks that push Ahmad to join Hezbollah fighters in order to defend the shrine (the sanctities). As the time frame evolves, Mujahid Ahmad participates in a series of battles against the Takfiris, including defending the border at Ras Baalbek.

* Similarities between the game and the field reality:

The game is based on real events and facts that have occurred over the past years. In the battles which Ahmad is participating in, the features of the areas are very similar to those on the ground. The high-quality image accurately shows landmarks similar to those areas, roundabouts, schools and homes. Such as the Hejira Roundabout, Shehade School in Hejira and others. We also see these resemblances in the Qusayr Level, which shows the basic features such as the clock and the Grand Mosque.

* The Game’s Purpose:

There are three basic purposes of the Sacred Defense Video Game. The first is to simulate the jihad of the Islamic resistance fighters during their battles against the Takfiris (an element of suspense and entertainment). The second is to stimulate the jihadist spirit in the target audience by broaching harmful realities and crimes perpetrated by the Takfiri groups.

The third and most important purpose is to document the victory over the Takfiri enemy in the region.

* Game Production Path:

The game consists of a picture and a program code. The picture is the drawing and design, and the code moves it. This combination is present throughout. The work behind the Sacred Defense Video Game has always been driven by the idea which involves the simulation of the jihad of the resistance fighters along the front lines. Therefore, in the game we notice the high-quality picture, the music that suits the subject, and the program’s code that helps to provide it in a way that fits the general framework of the idea of ??the game.

At the beginning, it was just an idea. When it was finalized, a visit was arranged to the holy sites and some fronts. Then the drawing and the design began. The program codes were added and the game was released with its trial version (DEMO).

The work was completed in the experimental phase, where many individuals from different age groups (14-40) were recruited to play and jot down their observations. We, then, made some adjustments according to the remarks before the game was released in its final formula. Later, its own music was composed. Fliers and ads were printed. Finally, it was released in the market.

* Competition with global games:

When we want a comparison to study the competition, we must look at two criteria. The first is the techniques, and the second is the idea. In terms of technique, yes, the game was programmed according to an advanced production engine. It can be categorized within the latest production of games.

As for the idea, in the local market today, there is no game about the battles in Syria between the Syrian Arab army and the allied forces on the one hand and terrorist groups on the other, making it difficult to find a counterpart or a similar game to compare it with.

If we delve deeper into the concept of comparison and competition up to the point of the “soft war”, based on the idea of ??the game, its objectives and its design, we can classify the game as a competition for games in the soft war category. We are used to playing electronic games. We are used to playing the American soldier fighting the Russians or the Arabs and the terrorists. This generates the conviction within the player that America is the spearheading the defense of human rights in the region and is the first to counter terrorism. Of course, the reality is contrary to that. America, which previously created “al-Qaeda” and later the Takfiri organizations in the world and foremost “Daesh”, cannot be the sponsor for peace in the region. Today, in the Sacred Defense Video Game, we show the truth that the axis of resistance in general and Hezbollah fighters in particular are the ones protecting their land with their weapons. They are really fighting terrorism in the region and limiting its expansion.  The game instills the belief that we can protect our land and sanctities and that we do not need America’s support in fighting terrorism.

* Simulation of the senses:

The Sacred Defense Video Game activates most of the player’s senses and energies. That is why it is categorized as interactive. The individual uses his sight to see Mujahid Ahmad, his movements, his enemies and the buildings surrounding him. He uses his hearing to hear the sound effects of bombings and firing as well as directions from the operations room. He uses his hands to move the player and shoot with weapons via the Mouse – Keyboard. He also uses his mind to move, think, pay attention, plan and attack and defend.

* Soundtrack and Video:

The game contains several music tracks (the sound of danger when infiltrating, etc.) and sound effects (the whizzing of the bullet, artillery shelling, detonation, wailing, etc.). It also contains graphic plates between levels that help the player understand the reasons and objectives of the mission.

*Artificial intelligence:

Enemies in the game are characterized by artificial intelligence close to reality. The enemy’s artificial intelligence enables them to take a series of steps when sensing danger. They first defend, launch the warning, are alert and identify the source of danger, infiltrate to gather information, then encircle and attack.

The movement of the enemy towards Mujahid Ahmad during the battles occurs according to a correct tactical military mechanism such as the movements, firing and securing.

* The levels of the game:

The levels of the game are summarized as follows:

First: the level of the visit to the shrine. There is spiritual mobilization and an introduction into the scenario of battles by watching the crimes of aggression on the sanctities that are presented through a video clip.

It is followed by the first battle to defend the holy shrine and repel the attack starting from the parking lot. This is followed by the Hejira battles, which come in two levels; the first involves the destruction of the mortars that are firing missiles towards the shrine, and the second involves taking control of the command center. Then comes the Qusayr battle, which also consists of two levels; the first involves freeing civilian hostages held by the Takfiri groups, and the second involves the complete control of the area.

The most important battle in the game is the battle to eliminate al-Hindawi or “Abdul Salam Abdul Razzaq al-Hindawi”, who is also known as Abu Abdo. He is known for his involvement in transporting suicide bombers and preparing car bombs and sending them to Lebanon. In this battle, the player feels that he is a partner in eliminating terrorist leaders and those who are directly responsible for terrorizing civilians in all Lebanese areas. The player is also a partner of the Mujahideen in providing a sense of stability and security among the Lebanese after rolling back the advances of the terrorist groups from the eastern border of Lebanon.

The last battle is the battle of Ras Baalbek, which embodies the defense of the Lebanese territories from the Takfiri terrorist attacks, originating from Syrian territory. During the battle, the Lebanese and Hezbollah flags wave alongside the Mujahid in his bunker. While repelling the attack, the player feels that he is the partner of the Mujahideen and the Lebanese Army in protecting the homeland as he is participating with the army in the “Dawn of the Outskirts” offensive as well as the mujahedeen in the “If you come back, we’ll come back” battles.

In these six levels, Mujahid Ahmad can protect the land and the sanctities from the Takfiri threat. And here lies the embodiment of the Islamic Resistance fighters’ true Jihadi and combatant spirit at the frontlines.

Until a new triumph on the road to Al-Quds and the decisive victory…

Source: al-Ahed

Either America or Al-Quds إما أميركا… وإما القدس!

Either America or Al-Quds

al-Quds

Ibrahim Al-Amin

What Donald Trump did yesterday might be the best opportunity to stabilize the situation originating from the settlement colonial project called “Israel”. Yesterday, dissolutely and rudely, America has told us – despite the will of some of its allies and partners in the colonial project – what it has been telling us throughout the ages and eras that it is the source of our oppression, misery and injustice.

This means, we will not recover an inch of Palestine unless we declared an all-out war against it and work to turn its life into hell, its banner into a slogan of shame, and its army into a mobile monster in the world. Isn’t it time for the Arabs to realize that America, in short, is the origin of scourge and evil? As for “Israel”, let us leave it aside. Whatever is said about its “power, superiority and preparation”, it is but an American-British colony that cannot live one day without the protection, care and blind support of the West.

This colonial West, and specifically the United States of America, is the reason for the existence of the usurper entity. All its efforts forcibly extend “Israel’s” artificial existence, which is contrary to truth and logic and the movement of history, as it waits for its definite end.

This is the lesson the arsonist at the White House is teaching the Arab people today. Some Arab rulers have not understood for seventy years that “Israel” is nothing without the protection of the West and will not exist without America’s cover and support. “Israel” is no longer the source of fear and anxiety, after the destruction of its military legend by the popular resistance in Lebanon and Palestine. Nothing that it does alone can keep it alive, not even for one hour.

Today, the moment when someone amongst us Arabs proclaims the full submission to America under the banner of “peace” is nothing more than subordination and surrender. At the moment when the free world stands helpless and idly in the face of the cowboy’s madness, we have nothing left but to stand up for our dignity. We have to address the root of the problem and not its symptoms. We have no choice but to raise the slogan, voice, and fists as one and shout: “Death to America!” We have to declare an all-out war on America and its interests everywhere.

This move was necessary, even though it was expected a short while ago. This symbolic move for the Arabs and Muslims which is extremely dangerous and terrible and which Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri called “a new Balfour Declaration” was necessary for us to make sure that our real battle was with America before “Israel”; the America which was founded – like “Israel” – on the massacre and the destruction of an entire civilization, where the “Paradise of Freedom” was built on the ruins [of these civilizations]; America, which never flourished except through the exploitation of the world, the vulnerable people, and through colonial wars; America that covered up and covers up all of “Israel’s” crimes, massacres, and racist and settlement policies. It is useless to fight “Israel” and leave it [America]. Perhaps some Arabs need this extra lesson, rather this shock, this earthquake, giving Al-Quds to the invaders, so that they know that betting on America is a form of absurdity, suicide or conscious betrayal. Precisely today, all Arabs have to choose: either America or Al-Quds!

Whoever chooses Al-Quds must know that the battle requires an alliance with everyone who stands up to America. He has to understand that inciting people against America means inviting them to oppose and fight it by all means and reject all that comes from it, even if it comes wrapped in the delusions of the solution or the desired antidote.

Those who choose to belong to and defend Al-Quds must work unceasingly, with all their might, to kill every American soldier outside his country’s borders, to occupy, burn or destroy America’s embassies all over the world. Let us expel from our country every American employee, diplomat, politician or others, and everyone who receives a salary from the US government. Let us face their fake democracy, cut off all the projects of their mercenaries in our countries and the world that serve suspicious agendas that only serve “Israel”, behind false slogans about “human rights, development and progress”.

Those who choose Al-Quds must choose the time of total resistance, which obligates us to do something that is not simple, but possible, in order to abandon everything that is related to them. Those who choose Al-Quds must work to make the American people aware that their responsibility is great and that they will pay the price of the policies of the ones they chose to govern their country.

It is true that it is a long and arduous process, but it is a compulsory path for anyone who wants to get rid of “Israel’s” nightmare and its arrogant servants sitting on the throne of power in our country – the perpetrators of legitimacy, justice and freedom. What the rulers of the kingdoms of oppression did in the Arabian Gulf, and before them governments in the Mashriq [the region of the Arab world to the east of Egypt] and North Africa, would not have been possible if it hadn’t been for our silence to their conspiracy, the submission of some of us, accepting this and promoting the culture of surrender.

Today, Donald Trump opens the door to a new opportunity for the resistance movement in Palestine and the Arab world. “He is helping us” – with thanks – to redirect attention to the harsh truth, which is America’s direct influence or through “Israel” is the only purpose that is supposed to be confronted and to turn the table over the heads of its collaborators.

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper, Translated by website team

إما أميركا… وإما القدس! 

ابراهيم الأمين 

ما فعله دونالد ترامب، أمس، قد يكون الفرصة الأنسب لتثبيت الموقف من أصل المشروع الاستعماري الاستيطاني الذي يحمل اسم «إسرائيل». أميركا التي عادت فقالت لنا أمس، بفجور وفجاجة، وضد إرادة جزء من حلفائها وشركائها في المشروع الاستعماري، ما تقوله لنا على امتداد الحقبات والعهود، بأنّها مصدر قهرنا وبؤسنا وظلمنا.

أي أننا لن نسترجع شبراً من فلسطين إلا إذا أعلنّا حرباً شاملة عليها، وإذا عملنا على تحويل حياتها إلى جحيم، ورايتها إلى شعار العار، وجيشها إلى وحش متنقل في العالم. أما آنَ أن يعي العرب أن أميركا، باختصار، هي أصل البلاء وأصل الشر؟ أما إسرائيل، فلنتركها جانباً، إذ مهما قيل عن «قوّتها وتفوقها وتحضّرها»، فليست سوى مستعمرة أميركية – بريطانية، لا يمكن أن تعيش يوماً واحداً بلا حماية الغرب، ورعايته، ودعمه الأعمى.

هذا الغرب الاستعماري، وتحديداً الولايات المتحدة الأميركيّة، هو علّة وجود الكيان الغاصب، وكل ما يبذله من جهود، يمدّد قسراً وجود إسرائيل الاصطناعي، المخالف للحق وللمنطق، ولحركة التاريخ، في انتظار أن تنتهي إلى حتفها الأكيد.

لم يعد أمامنا سوى رفع الشعار
والقبضات والهتاف الواحد: الموت لأمريكا!

هذا هو الدرس الذي يلقنه اليوم للشعوب العربيّة، مشعل الحرائق المعتوه في البيت الأبيض. بعض الحكام العرب الذين لم يفهموا منذ سبعين عاماً، أن «إسرائيل» هذه، ليست شيئاً من دون حماية الغرب… ولن يكون لها وجود من دون غطاء أميركا ودعمها. «إسرائيل» هذه، لم تعد مصدر الخوف والقلق، بعد تحطّم أسطورتها العسكريّة على صخرة المقاومة الشعبيّة في لبنان وفلسطين… وكل ما يمكن أن تقوم به، وحدها، لا يستطيع أن يبقيها، ولو لساعة واحدة، على قيد الحياة.

اليوم، في اللحظة التي يطلع بيننا، نحن العرب، من يعلن الخضوع الكامل لأميركا، تحت راية «سلام» ليس إلا تبعيّة واستسلاماً… وفي اللحظة التي يقف فيها «العالم الحرّ»، عاجزاً ومكتوف اليدين، أمام جنون الكاوبوي، لم يعد أمامنا سوى أن ننتفض لكرامتنا، أن نذهب إلى معالجة جذر المشكلة لا عوارضها. لم يعد أمامنا من خيار، سوى أن نرفع الشعار والصوت والقبضات والهتاف الواحد: «الموت لأمريكا»! أن نعلن الحرب الشاملة على أميركا ومصالحها في كل مكان.

كان لا بد من هذه الخطوة، وإن كانت متوقّعة من زمن غير قصير، هذه الخطوة العالية الرمزيّة بالنسبة إلى العرب والمسلمين، البالغة الخطورة والفظاعة، التي نعتها الرئيس نبيه برّي بـ «وعد بلفور جديد»… كان لا بدّ منها لنتأكد من أن معركتنا الحقيقية هي مع أميركا قبل إسرائيل. أميركا التي تأسست مثل إسرائيل على المجزرة، وعلى إبادة حضارة كاملة لتبني على أنقاضها «جنّة الحريّة». أميركا التي لم تزدهر يوماً إلا عبر استغلال العالم، والشعوب المستضعفة، وعبر الحروب الاستعماريّة. أميركا التي غطّت وتغطّي على كل جرائم إسرائيل، ومجازرها، وسياساتها العنصريّة والاستيطانيّة… لا يجدي أن نحارب إسرائيل ونتركها. وربما كان بعض العرب يحتاج إلى هذا الدرس الإضافي، بل قل هذه الصدمة، هذا الزلزال، إهداء القدس إلى الغزاة، حتى يعرف أن الرهان على أميركا ضرب من ضروب العبث أو الانتحار أو الخيانة الواعية. اليوم تحديداً، بات على كل العرب أن يختاروا: فإما أميركا وإما القدس!

إنّ من يختار القدس، عليه أن يعلم أن المعركة تتطلب التحالف مع كل من يقف في مواجهة أميركا. وعليه أن يعي، أن تحريض الناس على أميركا، يعني دعوته إلى معارضتها ومقاتلتها والانتفاض عليها بكل الوسائل. ورفض كل ما يأتي منها، حتى ولو كان مغلفاً بأوهام الحل، أو الترياق المنشود.

إنّ من يختار الانتماء إلى القدس والدفاع عنها، عليه العمل من دون توقف، وبكل ما أوتي من قوة، لقتل كل جندي اميركي خارج حدود بلاده، ولاحتلال سفارات أميركا في كل العالم أو إحراقها وتدميرها. لنطرد من بلادنا كل موظف أميركي، دبلوماسي أو سياسي أو خلافه. وكل من يتقاضى راتباً من الحكومة الأميركية. لنواجه ديموقراطيتهم الزائفة، نقطع السبل أمام كل مشاريع مرتزقتهم المنتشرين في بلادنا والعالم، في خدمة أجندات مشبوهة لا تخدم إلا إسرائيل، خلف شعارات مزيّفة عن «حقوق الإنسان والتنمية والتقدم».

إنّ من يختار القدس، عليه أن يختار زمن المقاومة الشاملة، التي تلزمنا بعملية ليست بسيطة، لكنها ممكنة، من أجل التخلي عن كل ما له صلة بهم. ومن يختار القدس، عليه العمل على إشعار الشعب الأميركي بأن مسؤوليته باتت عظيمة، وأنه سيكون من يدفع ثمن سياسات من يختارهم لحكم بلاده.

صحيح أنها عملية شاقة وطويلة، لكنها مسار إلزامي لكل من يريد التخلص من كابوس إسرائيل، ومن خدمها الأذلاء المتربّعين على عروش السلطة في بلادنا، مغتصبي الشرعية والعدالة والحريّة. وما فعله حكام ممالك القهر في الخليج العربي، وقبلهم حكومات في المشرق وشمالي إفريقيا، لم يكن ممكناً لولا صمتنا عن تآمرهم، ولولا خنوع بعضنا، وقبول هذا البعض، بل الترويج، لثقافة الاستسلام.

اليوم، يفتح دونالد ترامب الباب أمام فرصة جديدة لتيار المقاومة في فلسطين والعالم العربي. «يساعدنا» مشكوراً على إعادة توجيه الأنظار صوب الحقيقة القاسية، وهي أن نفوذ أميركا المباشر أو من خلال إسرائيل، هو الهدف الوحيد المفترضة مواجهته، وقلب الطاولة على رؤوس المتعاونين معه.

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