Palestine Flag Flies near Lebanese Border in Solidarity with Resistance

Palestinian flag

December 16, 2018

Palestine’s flag flew near the border between Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territories on Sunday in solidarity with Palestinian resistance in West Bank and Gaza.

Al-Manar reporter in Lebanon’s south, Ali Shoeib, posted a video and a photo of the Palestinian flag raised near the occupied territories in the southern town of Maiss Al-Jabal.

The flag was raised by Lebanese youths in solidarity with the Palestinian resistance which has been for days engaged in heroic confrontations with the Israeli enemy in the West Bank and at the border with Gaza.

Lebanese and Hezbollah flags were also raised near the border as shown in the photo.

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Israelis Throwing Accusations: War Not PlayStation Game

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November 19, 2018

Israeli officials have bandied about their cascading failure to escalate the security situation in Gaza strip, Lebanese paper, Al-Akhbar reported on Friday.

Security institutions in the Zionist entity were quick in apportioning blame and trading accusations among themselves and  among politicians over their lack of vision and strategy on Gaza, Yahya Dbouk of Al-Akhbar daily said.

However, amid these serious accusations and the persisting street protests, its seems that Netanyahu’s efforts to crowd out attention from the “swamp” he’s been sinking into, are the most significant event in the wake of the Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s resignation, the report elaborated.

Netanyahu’s efforts also come as the  Israeli military institution faces widespread criticism over the ceasefire in Gaza. For its part, the military institution has also accused politicians of having a narrow political horizons and visions on several challenges threatening the Zionist entity, including Gaza which is considered less dangerous than other fronts

Speaking at a memorial for David Ben-Gurion in the Negev, Netanyahu claimed that Hamas “begged for a cease-fire, and they know very well why.” But his critics and the public opinion didn’t buy his pseudo-pretext. A recent opinion poll showed that only 14% respondents believe that the israeli army has attained victory in its last escalation.

Netanyahu’s opponents, however, continued to criticize the Israeli premier and accuse him of being intimidated by Hamas, Dbouk added, quoting high-level security sources.

The security institution criticized the government and its officials, with high-level security sources telling the Israeli Radio, that the government “does not have a prior vision or a proper perception of the political objectives regarding military operations in Gaza.”

The sources stressed that in the absence of visions and goals of politicians, “it is impossible to determine the objectives of any war.”

The same sources pointed out that the resignation of the Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman “exposed the political institution’s deficiencies”, as the Israeli Security Cabinet, which is constantly manipulated by politicians, has no longer any importance.

Defending the Israeli army and justifying its reluctance to fight, the sources said that “everyone knows that Hamas is Israel’s weakest enemy, and that there are less costly solutions than a large-scale military operation.”

Reserve troops haven’t been called up during the last escalation, the sources pointed out, adding that “it’s impossible to recruit reserves… That has happened three times in the past five and a half years, and that’s totally wrong.”

“When reserves are called up, an immediate war will break out. It isnt a PlayStation game,” the sources said, according to Al-Akhbar report.

Meanwhile, Dbouk cited remarks of by Israeli ministers on the latest flare-up in Gaza, in a clear reference to the confusion the Zionist regime has been witnessing in the past few days.

Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi asserted the Israeli fear of the escalation in Gaza, calling cessation of violence.

The confrontation, demanded by some, could cause the firing of hundreds of rockets daily into Tel Aviv, paralyzing Ben Gurion airport for weeks, Hanegbi said.

“If we enter Gaza, at least 500 soldiers will be killed, and then their bodies will be returned to Israel,” he added.

For his part, Education Minister Naftali Bennett confirmed that he has requested to replace Lieberman instead of Netanyahu, Dbouk reported in Al-Akhbar.

Bennett said that “Israel’s deterrence is eroding,” claiming the only reason he applied for the post is for ‘Israel’ to “go back to winning” and that “for me, security is a calling, not just a job.”

On the other hand, Bennett did not spare Lieberman from criticism.

“The job of a defense minister is not to be led but to lead, not to complain about constraints but to come up with solutions,” said Bennett in an apparent reference to Lieberman, who had complained in his resignation speech that his role had been encroached upon.

Bennett said ‘Israel’ is currently in a dangerous, complex position. “The most dangerous thing for Israel that we began to think there is no solution to terror, to terrorists, to rockets, that you cannot win,” Bennet added.

He also warned that Hezbollah has turned from a small organization into a large army possessing 130 thousand rockets, while Hamas has become more rude, Al-Akhbar added.

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper (translated and edited by Al-Manar Website team)

عسكر إسرائيل يدفع الاتهامات: الحرب ليست لعبة

يحيى دبوق

تقاذفت إسرائيل مسؤولية الفشل إزاء التصعيد الأمني الأخير في قطاع غزة. اتهامات واتهامات متبادلة لم تُستثنَ منها المؤسسة الأمنية التي سارعت إلى توجيه الاتهام إلى السياسيين، والتشديد على افتقارهم إلى أي رؤية واستراتيجية تجاه غزة، لكن مع تجديد رفضها الخيارات العسكرية وضرورة الابتعاد عنها. فلليوم الثاني على التوالي، تواصل تراشق الاتهامات في إسرائيل على خلفية الفشل في مواجهة غزة، وكذلك الاحتجاجات في الشارع. وفيما تداخلت الأهداف الشخصية والعامة في كل الاتجاهات ولدى جميع الأطراف والشخصيات السياسية، فإن التموضع الدفاعي لرئيس الحكومة، بنيامين نتنياهو، كان الأبرز، في ظل انتقاد واسع النطاق للمؤسسة العسكرية التي اتهمت السياسيين بضيق الأفق والرؤى، وفقدان الخيارات أمام التهديدات، حتى في مواجهة القطاع الذي يعدّ تهديداً مقلصاً قياساً بالساحات الأخرى.

نتنياهو ادعى أن «أعداءنا («حماس») طالبوا بوقف النار، وكانوا يتوسلون من أجل ذلك، وهم يعرفون جيداً لماذا». لكنه كان دفاعاً لم يشفع له أمام منتقديه والجمهور، إذ كشفت استطلاعات الرأي (قناة «كان») أن 14% فقط يعتقدون أن الجيش خرج منتصراً من التصعيد الأخير. أما خصوم نتنياهو، فواصلوا انتقاده لليوم الثاني، ووسمه أيضاً بأنه تهيّب مواجهة «حماس» وجَبُن أمامها. مع ذلك، كان اللافت انتقاد المؤسسة الأمنية للحكومة ومسؤوليها، إذ انتقدت مصادر أمنية رفيعة المستوى بشدة المسؤولين السياسيين، وأشارت في حديث إلى «الإذاعة العبرية» إلى أنه ليس لدى الحكومة رؤية أو تصور مسبق للأهداف السياسية كما يجب أن تكون جراء العمليات العسكرية في غزة، وتحديداً ما تعلق بجولة القتال الأخيرة. وأكدت المصادر أنه في حال الافتقار إلى رؤية وأهداف لدى السياسيين، فمن المستحيل تحديد أهداف أي حرب، مضيفة: «الحديث عن خوف الجيش وخشيته من القتال كلام بلا أسس».

كان لافتاً حديث المصادر العسكرية عن رفض استدعاء الاحتياط

المصادر نفسها أشارت إلى أن استقالة وزير الأمن أفيغدور ليبرمان «كشفت عورات المؤسسة السياسية»، إذ لم يعد لجلسات «المجلس الوزاري المصغر» أي قيمة فعلية جراء اللعبة بين السياسيين. وفي دفاع واضح عن الجيش وامتناعه عن خوض المعارك وتوسعتها، ذكرت المصادر أن «الجميع يدركون أن حماس هي أضعف أعداء إسرائيل، وأن هناك حلولاً أقل تكلفة من عملية عسكرية واسعة النطاق». وفي إشارة لافتة جداً، أكدت تلك المصادر رفض الدعوات التي طالبت باستدعاء الاحتياط خلال التصعيد الأخير، لأن «من المستحيل تجنيد الاحتياط، فذلك حدث ثلاث مرات في السنوات الخمس والنصف الماضية، وهذا أمر غير سوي بالمطلق»، وأضافت: «تمنع إدارة الأمور هكذا، إذ لدى استدعاء الاحتياط، فهذا يعني مباشرة الحرب، وهذه ليست لعبة بلاي ستايشن».

الخشية من العملية العسكرية، كما رفضتها المصادر الأمنية، أكدها وزير التعاون الإقليمي، عضو «الكابينت» تساحي هنغبي، الذي شدد على أن الخسائر من الحرب هي التي دفعت إلى قبول التهدئة. وقال هنغبي إن المواجهة التي يطلبها البعض قد تتسبّب في إطلاق مئات الصواريخ يومياً على تل أبيب، وشلّ مطار بن غوريون لأسابيع، و«إذا دخلنا إلى غزة، فسيُقتل منا على الأقل 500 جندي، نعود بجثثهم لاحقاً إلى إسرائيل».

وبينما عرض وزير التربية نفتالي بينت «اقتداره» و«أحقيته» في تولي وزارة الأمن بعد استقالة ليبرمان، على خلفية الفشل في غزة، أكد خلال عرضه، ومحاولة تحسين أوراق ترشيحه لتولي المنصب، جملة من الحقائق المرتبطة بخيارات المواجهة مع القطاع، وكذلك في الساحة الشمالية في سوريا ولبنان، مع التشديد كما ورد في ديباجته على ضيق وتقلص خيارات إسرائيل العملية. يَرِد في حديث بينت تشخيص التهديد، وهو بمعظمه توصيف للواقع الذي تراه تل أبيب. أما معالجته عبر توزيره لـ«الأمن»، كما يطلب، فمسألة تدخل في أقل تقدير في دائرة الشك، مع التشديد على أن السياسات الأمنية والخيارات العسكرية والأمنية تحددها المؤسسة الأمنية نفسها التي هي أكبر من إمكانات وزير، خاصة إن لم يكن صاحب تجربة وخبرة ومكانة عسكرية أو أمنية، كما حال بينت، وإن كان يدّعيها.

بينت قال إن إسرائيل تمر في مرحلة أمنية هي الأكثر تعقيداً وخطورة منذ وجودها، فـ«الأخطبوط الإيراني يرسل سلسلة من الأذرع المعادية الوحشية لتطويقنا: من الشمال حزب الله، وفي سوريا قوات إيرانية، وعلى حدود غزة حماس التي تزداد تمركزاً وتعاظماً». وأضاف: «منذ عشرات السنين منظوماتنا دخلت في جمود وامتناع عن الالتحام مع العدو. نظرية الفصل والابتعاد عن التماس مع العدو يراها عدونا خشية لدينا من القتال. حزب الله تحول من منظمة صغيرة إلى جيش كبير مسلح بـ 130 ألف صاروخ، أما حماس فباتت أكثر وقاحة، لأنها تؤمن بأننا نخشى المواجهة؛ الردع الإسرائيلي تآكل».

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Zionist regime’s disturbed dreams will never come true: Iran

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo by AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo by AFP)

The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman has described the Zionist regime of Israel as the main cause of instability in the region, noting that its bad dreams about Iran will never come true.

Bahram Qassemi made the remarks on Thursday in reaction to earlier statements by the Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who had noted on Wednesday that Israel was prepared to launch attacks inside Iran if its survival was at stake.

“Our red line is our survival,” Netanyahu was quoted by AFP as saying at a meeting with foreign media where he was asked what his “red line” was for attacking Iranian territory, instead of Iran’s allies in Syria and Lebanon.

In reaction to Netanyahu’s ranting, Qassemi said, “Although the corrupt and aggressive Zionist regime, which is symbol of delusions, grudge and hatred, will never dare to take such a step, uttering such outrageous and shameful words out of ignorance or delusion by the prime minister of an aggressive regime, knowingly or unknowingly, amounts to threatening a big and historical country with military action, which will be certainly followed up on in legal and international forums and institutions.”

The Iranian official noted that although the Zionist regime has been the main disturber of stability and security during past decades, but “expresses false concern about stability in the region in a ridiculous way and with no shame.”

Referring to the defeats sustained by Israel at the hands of resistance groups in the region, Qassemi warned that in case of any warmongering measure by Israel, Iran’s high military and defensive capabilities will make Zionists regret such “sick and melancholic” remarks.

A short history full of wars

Israel came into existence on occupied Palestinian land in 1948, but its short history has seen numerous wars and attempts to occupy sovereign states. This is while Iran neither attacked any nation nor threatened to do so over the past hundreds of years.

Over the past years, the regime has been intensely lobbying with its American and European allies to dissuade them from engaging in diplomacy with Iran, especially over its nuclear program, and support instead a military action against the Islamic Republic.

Apparently considering itself to be incapable of confronting Iran on its own, the regime has now resorted to the repressive Arab regimes in the Persian Gulf region, with which it has no formal ties. It has intensified its efforts to make secret ties with those Arab regimes, especially Saudi Arabia, public in the hope of getting rid of the Palestinian issue and form a united front against Iran.

Iran has repeatedly said the occupying entity sees its survival tied to wars and instability in the Middle East region.

Even the US –Israel’s staunchest supporter—has hinted that Israel needs others for survival.

Last month, US President Donald Trump said Washington intended to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure interests of the US, Israel and regional partners, suggesting that the entity risks elimination without Riyadh’s support.

In September, Haaretz reported that a document prepared by Major General Yitzhak Brick, the ombudsman of the Israeli military, shows the regime is unprepared to engage in new warfare, contradicting previous claims by Tel Aviv to the contrary.

Netanyahu’s latest threats against Iran came weeks after the regime unleashed a wave of deadly attacks against Gaza, which prompted a firm response from the resistance fighters there, triggering a political crisis inside the premier’s cabinet.

That crisis saw the Israeli minister of military affairs resign and forced Netanyahu to take over the post himself to prevent early elections in Israel.

Analysts say Netanyahu’s stepped-up belligerent rhetoric is meant to divert attention from the corruption scandals he is grappling with.

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المقاومة: جمر الضفة تحت الرماد سيحرق المحتل

ارتقاء ثلاثة شهداء في الضفة يفتح صفحة جديدة مع العدو بالدم والنار والبارود

ديسمبر 14, 2018

هدّدت كتائب القسام الجناح العسكري لحركة حماس بالمزيد من المفاجات ضد جيش الاحتلال في الضفة الغربية.

وقالت في بيان مقتضب، «لا يزال في جعبتنا الكثير مما يسوء العدو ويربك كل حساباته»، مضيفة: «جمر الضفة تحت الرماد سيحرق المحتل ويذيقه بأس رجالها من حيث لا يتوقع».

وتبنت كتائب القسام رسمياً الشهيدين صالح عمر البرغوثي وأشرف نعالوة منفذي عمليتي عوفرا وبركان في الضفة الغربية المحتلة.

وقالت الكتائب في بيان: «إن كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسام تزفّ بكل الفخر والاعتزاز إلى العلا شهيديها المجاهدين: صالح عمر البرغوثي سليل عائلة البرغوثي المجاهدة، وبطل عملية عوفرا التي أوقعت 11 إصابةً في صفوف المحتلين، وأشرف وليد نعالوة بطل عملية بركان التي قتل فيها صهيونيان وأصيب آخر بجراحٍ والذي دوّخ قوات الاحتلال وأجهزتها الأمنية على مدار شهرين من المطاردة، وقد جرّع أبطالنا الاحتلال الويلات بتنفيذ عملياتهم الموجعة رداً على الاعتداءات اليومية من قوات الاحتلال وقطعان المغتصبين الذين يستبيحون الضفة الغربية المحتلة ويعيثون فيها فساداً.

وأكدت الكتائب أن المقاومة ستظل حاضرةً على امتداد خريطة الوطن، ولا يزال في جعبتها الكثير مما يسوء الاحتلال ويربك كل حساباته.

ودعت القسام الاحتلال ألا يحلم بالأمن والأمان والاستقرار في الضفة مضيفاً: «فجمر الضفة تحت الرماد سيحرق المحتل ويذيقه بأس رجالها الأحرار من حيث لا يحتسب العدو ولا يتوقع».

وقالت إن كل محاولات وأد المقاومة وكسر سلاحها في الضفة ستبوء بالفشل، وستندثر كما كل المحاولات.

وأضاف أن دماء الشهداء الأبطال ستظل لعنة تطارد المحتل، ونورًا يمتد نحو القدس والمسجد الأقصى.

وكان قد قتل 3 جنود صهاينة وأصيب رابع بجراح بالغة الخطورة في عملية إطلاق بطولية نفّذها مقاوم فلسطيني الى الشرق من مدينة رام الله. وفرضت قوات الاحتلال حصاراً على المدينة وشنت حملة مداهمات واعتقالات في صفوف المواطنين.

واغتالت قوات الاحتلال، المقاوم أشرف نعالوة منفذ عملية «بركان»، والمقاوم صالح البرغوثي منفذ عملية «عوفرا»، خلال اشتباكين مسلحين وقعا مساء أول أمس وفجر أمس في كل من رام الله ونابلس بالضفة الغربية المحتلة. فيما قضى شهيد ثالث برصاص الاحتلال في القدس بزعم تنفيذه عملية طعن.

وقال متحدث باسم جيش الاحتلال، إنه «بعد مطاردة وجهود ميدانية واستخبارية تمكنت قواتنا من كشف منفذي عمليتي بركان وعوفرا».

وفي أول تعليق لها، قالت حركة حماس، على لسان عضو مكتبها السياسي، حسام بدران: «في ذكرى انطلاقتها، تقدّم حماس شهيدين من خيرة أبنائها المقاومين في الضفة صالح البرغوثي، وأشرف نعالوة، إضافة إلى اعتقال العشرات من قياداتها وكوادرها مؤخراً».

وأوضح بدران في تصريح مقتضب، أن «كل هذا يؤكد أن جذوة المقاومة في الضفة لم ولن تنطفئ حتى يندحر الاحتلال عن أرضنا».

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israel’s (apartheid state) Executions Can’t Kill Palestinian Resistance

Israel’s Executions Can’t Kill Palestinian Resistance

Ashraf Na’alwa, Saleh Barghouthi, Majd Mteir (l-r). Graphic: Quds News
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network | December 13, 2018

On 13 December 2018, Israeli occupation forces shot down four Palestinians, including several resistance fighters who had evaded their pursuit for months. Ashraf Na’alwa, 23, was killed by occupation forces who attacked the home where he was staying in Askar refugee camp near Nablus. He had been pursued by occupation forces since he carried out an armed resistance operation on 7 October in the illegal colonial settlement of Barkan in the northern West Bank of occupied Palestine in which two settlers were killed.

Na’alwa, a Palestinian worker at a factory in the colonial settlement, evaded occupation forces for months. During that time, his entire family was repeatedly harassed and attacked by occupation forces. His mother, sister, brother and father were all repeatedly detained and interrogated, while his home village of Shweika near Tulkarem was subjected to ongoing attacks, raids and intensive surveillance. Many of his family members remain behind bars as we remember him today. Occupation forces ordered his family home demolished, a tactic of collective punishment that the Israeli occupation continued from the former British colonial mandate over Palestine.

Israeli sources reported that Na’alwa’s location was finally revealed under “harsh interrogation,” usually a euphemism for torture under interrogation. The occupation forces deliberately aimed to kill Na’alwa, who resisted until the last moment; indeed, Israeli headlines bragged about “eliminating” the “terrorist.” Occupation forces reportedly chased Na’alwa through the camp for hours before surrounding him in the building. Around the bloody scene, occupation forces seized more Palestinians, accusing them of “providing aid” to the “wanted” resistance fighter.

The extrajudicial execution of Ashraf Na’alwa did not come alone today. Saleh Omar Barghouthi, 29, the son of former Palestinian prisoner Omar Barghouthi, who served 25 years in Israeli prisons, was shot dead near the village of Sarda near Ramallah. Barghouthi, from Kobar village, carried out an armed resistance action at Ofra illegal colonial settlement on Sunday, 9 December, wounding seven settlers. Occupation forces attacked the taxi he drove, seized him and shot him dead, according to Palestinian witnesses at the scene.

Barghouthi is also the nephew of Nael Barghouthi, one of the longest serving Palestinian prisoners, with 39 years in Israeli prison. Saleh’s brother, Asem, has spent 10 years in Israeli occupation prisons, while another uncle, Jacir, was deported to Gaza when released from Israeli prison.

Also on Thursday morning, Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem shot Majd Mteir, 26, a Palestinian refugee from Qalandiya camp, ten to twelve times in a row. Witnesses said that Mteir was left lying on the ground bleeding for 40 minutes before his death. Occupation forces accused him of attempting to stab Israeli armed “border police” in Jerusalem.

These killings were carried out in a coordinated fashion, alongside the arrest of dozens of Palestinians on the same night. Clearly, these were intended to be a deadly blow not only against these strugglers, but also the Palestinian resistance as a whole.

Nevertheless, ensuing events made clear that the military power of the occupation and its extrajudicial executions would only inflame Palestinian resistance further. Three Israeli soldiers at the illegal colonial settlement of Givat Asaf were shot dead by unknown Palestinian resistance fighters, who left the scene, withdrawing from the area, later on Thursday morning. This response indicated that Palestinian resistance forces did not accept that the blood of these young strugglers should be spilled casually and without cost to the colonial occupier.

The assassination raids recall previous attacks, like those on Basil al-Araj and Moataz Washaha, Palestinian strugglers targeted for Israeli “elimination.” The policy of extrajudicial killings and assassinations by the Israeli state stretches back years and beyond borders, targeting resistance strugglers, local organizers and national leaders: Ghassan Kanafani, Abu Ali Mustafa, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, Khaled Nazzal, Fathi Shiqaqi, Abu Jihad, Abdel-Aziz Rantisi and many others, including some of the Palestinian people’s brightest writers, poets and emissaries to the world. Despite decades of assassinations and killings, the Palestinian resistance has not been crushed. Instead, it has continued to adapt, survive and grow, resisting a brutal, colonial occupation and its imperialist sponsors despite vast disparities in wealth and resources.

Photo: Hamdan Arda. Credit: Raya News

Israeli occupation forces have imposed a harsh siege on Ramallah and the surrounding villages. They shot dead 60-year-old Hamdan Arda, originally from the village of Arraba near Jenin, in his vehicle near el-Bireh, accusing him of attempting to run over soldiers. Arda was returning home from his aluminum factory when he was shot. As he lay inside his car, the soldiers refused to allow the Red Crescent ambulance to reach him and provide treatment. The killing of Arda came alongside attacks by soldiers and settlers on Palestinian cities and villages. Six Palestinians were wounded in el-Bireh, shot by live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets. Illegal colonial settlers attacked Palestinians and their vehicles in cities and towns throughout the West Bank of occupied Palestine, while Palestinians took to the streets in protest.

Palestinian political parties, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and even Fateh called for mobilization inside and outside Palestine to confront the escalating occupation attacks. Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen attempted to distance himself from “violence,” while leaving the PA’s security coordination with the Israeli occupation intact.

These events come only a week after the latest effort by Israel and the United States at the United Nations to attack and criminalize Palestinian resistance. An attempt to pass a General Assembly resolution against Palestinian resistance actions in Gaza failed. This was only the latest attempt to redefine international principles in the interests of imperialism, seeking to undermine the position expressed in UN General Assembly resolution 34/43 (1982). This document supporting Palestinian rights as well as those of African peoples fighting colonization and apartheid “Reaffirm[ed] the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle… Strongly condemn[ed] those Governments that do not recognize the right to self-determination and independence of all peoples still under colonial and foreign domination and alien subjugation, notably the peoples of Africa and the Palestinian people.”

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network highlights the importance of global solidarity with the Palestinian people, their liberation movement and their resistance. We remember and honor Ashraf Na’alwa, Saleh Barghouthi, Majd Mteir and Hasan Arda, as we remember the over 200 martyrs of today’s intifada, the Great March of Return in Gaza.

As we look back on 31 years of the First Intifada and see its spirit reflected today throughout occupied Palestine, we urge people of conscience around the world to organize protests and actions to stand with Palestinians confronting occupation, colonization and imperialism. We also urge communities, municipalities, university groups and trade unions to escalate the boycott of Israel, including economic, academic and cultural boycott – and especially a military embargo of the occupation state.

The lives of these strugglers shall not be lost in vain, but will live on as symbols of resistance and the ability of an indigenous people to struggle by all means despite the most challenging odds and the most disadvantageous balance of power. From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!

Wake Up Arabs!

Hussein Samawarchi

The Lebanese Resistance, with its pivotal role in representing domestic and Arab nationalism, faces two kinds of injustice. The first originates from the “Israeli” war machine and the second from the treason of regional dictators.

In a nutshell, the “Israelis” invade, steal, kill, destroy, and commit every imaginable crime against the Lebanese people. Hezbollah fights back with unprecedented ingenuity and does not just expel them from Lebanon, they also make the Zionists think twice before attempting any more acts of war. While the men of Hezbollah are doing all this, daggers are unsheathed only to try and stab them in the back.

The strength of the “Israeli” enemy has proved to be overrated. In every confrontation since after the invasion of 1982, Zionist soldiers ran from the battlefield before the first rifle magazine had been emptied; it is because they have no conviction is what they are doing. The majority know that they don’t really belong to what is falsely said to be theirs – deep down within, they realize that they should return to their countries of origin. At the end of the day, being given a free house and financial benefits may not be worth dying for.

So, the injustice originating from the Zionists can be handled with simple terms and precise rules of engagement. As [His Eminence] Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has so clearly stated, every aggression will be met with defensive measures of equal magnitude. The Secretary-General’s words do not constitute mere speculative rhetoric, they are what brought victory to Arab Nationalism in 2006 and what have kept the warmongering monster to the south of the border at bay since then. That is because they are based on reality and not propaganda.

The other injustice, the one suffered from those considered to be cousins and brothers, is the one that causes slight confusion.

Indeed, there is something very wrong with the state of affairs governing the whole issue of the theft of Palestine and defending the Arab nation these days. Perhaps the usage of the term “these days” is not precise; maybe it has been like this for a long time but people have begun to see the conspiracy just now.

Instead of coming to the aid of Lebanon when the Zionists breached its southern border and occupied it for nearly two decades, the leaders of the major Arab countries turned their backs. Instead of congratulating Lebanon for doing what none of them could, namely defeating the “Israeli” war legend, they utilized their media against its Resistance. And, instead of at the very least, staying neutral, they sided by “Israel.”

It is mind-blowing to the average Arabs. Settlers from Europe took Palestine and hijacked al-Quds, Yet, their regimes demonize the only remaining governments that still fight for the Holy Land. Then again, the average Arabs live under political circumstances that deny them the truth. God forbid they might seek this truth; the regime will ensure they never attempt to do so again. Notorious secret police prisons like Ulaysha are only too happy to accommodate anyone who dares ask obvious objective questions like “What wrong has Hezbollah done?”

Should the torture equipment in prisons like Ulaysha prove to be insufficient, prisoners can always be shipped to nearby larger facilities like Al-Hayer prison.

As stated before, facing the Zionist with his technologically superior war machine has proved to be a very possible option. Years of resistance taught people lessons in doing it. The basic ingredients revolve around the notion of unconditional love for God, country, and family. These are the three concepts that Zionists do not fathom and when you do not understand something, you cannot create a weapon to counter it.

Regarding the continuous antagonization by regimes who have abandoned their Arab identity, the unwavering belief in Prophet Mohamed and the divine message he delivered to humanity dictates that patience is to be adopted. There comes a time when affairs need to be set straight but only after hope has vanished completely. Those being unfairly attacked on daily basis still cling to that hope. Indications of following the essence of Islam show in Iran’s recent call for the Saudis to join the anti-colonial axis. His Eminence the Secretary-General of Hezbollah reached out to the Saudis as well.

Daily slandering of Hezbollah and other members of the coalition championing the Arab cause in general and the Palestinian one in particular is now the least of the wrongs that these regimes are doing. Supporting the occupiers of the Holy land has become a trend and so has funding tens of thousands of terrorist mercenaries who are set on annihilating Islam and Christianity in the name of Wahhabism.

In staying true to the Islamic tradition in its pure form as conveyed by Prophet Mohamed, his descendant the Secretary-General reminds the Resistance public to remain accepting of other faiths and sects and to display tolerance towards different political beliefs. The great hope is that some of those boasting the contradictory beliefs would stop confusing tolerance with weakness.

The Lebanese people know all too well that they managed to turn around a military equation imposed by the most experienced imperialist superpowers. They know that they defeated one of the highest-ranking military forces in the world. Still, they engulf their victories with humbleness. In this humbleness that was taught by God and the prophet, they have dedicated their victories to their Arab brothers. The reciprocation to the Lebanese gesture by the regimes of their brothers is an injustice.

It must not be forgotten that God chose to place the Holy Kaabah and Masjid Al Aqsa in the indigenous land of the Arabs. Neither the infamous Lord Rothschild nor Trump get to change God’s will. Anyone in line with this statement would know that “Israel” represents an occupying entity which must be expelled and siding with it means attempting to change God’s designs.

Those Arab leaders who have put all their eggs in the U.S foreign policy and Zionist basket need to know that they are placing themselves in a course set towards a dark end. They are like a woman marrying a womanizer who will only love her as long as her external appearance is still young and beautiful. See, plainly speaking, the U.S has two interests in our land, two assets.

The first (being Middle Eastern black gold) is about to become an obsolete necessity with the development of alternative energy sources becoming more serious now than ever. That, and the American shale oil prospect which is about to be cheaper to extract when compared to the prices of Arab petroleum and the complicated politics that come with it. The Americans have major reserves of shale oil.

Having realized that the matrimony with America will not last much longer because of diminishing oil interests, the desperate part of the Arab leaders who can’t imagine living without its protection are racing to bring their romance with “Israel” to the open. They want to prove that they are important to America’s second regional asset’s wellbeing. This comes at the expense of the Palestinian people’s rights, their own people’s pride, the Arab identity, and self-respect.

I wonder if they know how cruel the “Israeli” master is. Once America hands over the region to this cancerous entity created by the British and sustained by them, there will be no more kings. Military governors will be stationed with the “Star of David” replacing every crescent and cross. Ironically, the Ottoman rule would be remembered as “good days.”

Wake up Arabs. Giving away Palestine today means giving away your crowns tomorrow.

Source: Al-Ahed News

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Shooting in Silwad near Ramallah in West Bank

Three Israelis Killed in Heroic Operation near Ramallah

December 13, 2018

Three Israelis were killed on Thursday and two others was critically injured in a shooting in Silwad in Ramallah.

Two occupation soldiers were killed and two others were critically injured in the drive-by shooting at a bus stop near Silwad, Israeli media reported adding that the attacker exited his vehicle and opened fire on Israelis standing at the bus stop.

An Israeli settler was later killed by occupation soldiers by mistake after they thought that he was involved in the attack.

Al-Manar correspondent said that the operation was carried out by Palestinian attacker who managed to flee the scene of the shooting.

Shortly following the attack, Israeli occupation forces cordoned off the area and blocked northern entrance of Al-Bira town along with all entrances of Silwad town, according to Israeli media .

Our correspondent said that IOF then stormed Beitin town in Ramallah as they were hunting for the attackers.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance movements hailed the operation as heroic, stressing the efficiency of resistance in West Bank.

Silwad shooting took place after three Palestinians were martyred by Israeli fire late on Wednesday and early on Thursday including Barkan and Ofra attackers.

Source: Agencies and Al-Manar

Hero of Ofra Op Martyred, “Israel” Says

Local Editor

In the wake of the latest heroic Ofra operation against Zionist settlers, the “Israeli” occupation army stormed the house of Martyr Salih al-Barghouthi, north of Ramallah.

The “Israeli” occupation army claimed that al-Barghouthi [29 years] was martyred after attempting to escape the shooting and a clash with the Zionist soldiers, however witnesses confirmed that the hero was detained after opening fire on his car, and that he was seen stepping out of the car where no blood stains were detected.

According to the “Israeli” army statement, al-Barghouthi “is a member of the cell that carried out the Ofra operation,” adding that they detained other members.

The man was announced by Hamas resistance movement as the one who carried out the operation outside the illegal Ofra settlement earlier this week.

“Hamas announces with great pride the death of its martyr Salih Omar Barghouthi, the perpetrator of the heroic Ofra operation,” Hamas wrote on its official Twitter account early Thursday morning.

Barghouthi is a resident of Kobar, a village near Ramallah.

For the past three days, soldiers have been carrying out intensive searches for suspects involved in the operation.

Late Wednesday, Zionist troops raided a home in Kobar belonging to Barghouthi’s family and surrounded a building in Ramallah.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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