The Islamic Revolution In The Service Of The Palestinian Cause

By Staff

Gaza – ““Israel” is an invader. It must leave as soon as possible. The only solution is for the Palestinian brothers to destroy this corrupt entity as soon as possible.”

The above is an objective laid out by Imam Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. While the Shah’s Iran was the most prominent supporter of the “Israeli” occupation entity in the region, the Imam’s revolution constituted an actual uprising against this reality. The Islamic Revolution, which closed the door to relations with the US and closed Washington’s embassy, opened its doors at that time to the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. It opened the Palestinian Embassy in the Islamic Republic by removing the flag of the usurper entity and jointly raised the Palestinian flag with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

“In order to liberate Al-Quds (Jerusalem), it is necessary to take advantage of the machine guns that depend on faith and the ability of Islam, leave the game of politics that reeks of surrender and abandon the idea of appeasing the great powers,” Imam Khomeini said.

From here and since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iran has been an essential supporter of the various resistance factions in occupied Palestine.

According to the leader of the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine, Khader Habib, the Islamic Revolution has placed Iran squarely among those with a bias towards the cause of the Palestinian nation.

“Imam Khomeini’s statements and terminologies such as when he said that “Israel” is a cancerous gland that must be eradicated so that the health of the region and the Arab and Islamic nation is restored overlapped with what the Islamic Jihad movement believed in the era of the start of the Islamic revolution in Iran. It is still holding on to these beliefs,” Habib told the Al-Ahed news website in an exclusive interview.

“After the revolution, Iran became a major supporter of the Palestinian resistance against the Zionist enemy,” Habib added. “Iran realized under the leadership of Imam Khomeini and still does that the existence of the Zionist entity in the Arab and Islamic region poses a major regional threat and that efforts should be made to eradicate this cancerous tumor from the body of the nation.”

He pointed out that Iran has maintained its biased policies for the Palestinian cause and is the main supporter of the Islamic and non-Islamic resistance in Palestine.

The Islamic Jihad leader said that “Iran moved from the square of spiritual, political and intellectual theft to the square of having a biased towards the nation, its culture and to the great [religion of] Islam. Early on, Imam Khomeini declared his support for the Palestinian resistance. This was translated when the “Israeli” flag was lowered from the embassy and the Palestinian flag was raised instead. This confirmed a new phase titled the full support for the Palestinian cause.”

Habib also stressed that the Islamic Republic is a fundamental and unwavering supporter of the Palestinian cause.

“We never felt that this support was aimed at asserting dominance over the resistance factions or that it is conditional. Iran supports Palestine because it believes that Palestine must be returned to its people who should live in security before the existence of the Zionist project,” he explained.

Regarding the deal of the century, Habib stated that “the positions of the Islamic Jihad completely overlap with the position of the Islamic Republic regarding the deal.”

He explains that the deal of the century is part of the bid to  impose US, “Israeli” and Western dominance over the region.

“Everyone is targeted by the deal, including Iran and the Arab and Islamic nation. We are working to ensure its failure. It will fail due to the stability and resistance embodied by the Lebanese resistance, and all the resistance movements rejecting the “Israeli” and American hegemony as well as the Palestinian people who are spearheading the confrontation against the Zionist project,” Habib concluded.

Al-Ghoul: The Islamic Revolution marked a shift in Iran’s pivotal role

For his part, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Kayed Al-Ghoul, applauded the Islamic Revolution for transforming “the region and Iran’s pivotal role in it.”

“The Shah’s regime was hostile to the Palestinian people and the people of the Ummah. It allied itself with the Zionist enemy. The Islamic Republic is its opposite. Its policy supports the Palestinian people and the Ummah. It provides support for the resistances forces. By doing so, it is supporting the Palestinian people in their fight against the Zionist occupation,” Al-Ghoul said.

Speaking to Al-Ahed, Al-Ghoul congratulated the Islamic Republic’s leadership, government and people on the 40th anniversary for the Islamic Revolution.

“One of the main features of the Iranian Revolution is the strict position not to recognize the Zionist enemy and to consider it an enemy not only of the Arab nation but also of Iran and the Islamic people. From this position, Iran defined its dealings and support for the Palestinian people in their struggle and quest to attain their full rights,” he added.

Al-Ghoul explained that “Iran supported the Palestinians, not just politically or through the media, but in a material sense too. It supported the resistance forces facing the occupation with weapons and greatly strengthened the ability of our people and the resistance in the face of the enemy.”

“We did not feel that there was pressure, especially on the popular front in the direction of adopting certain policies. Iran confirmed that its support stems from its standing alongside the Palestinian people and the forces of resistance,” Al-Ghoul said.

According to the PFLP leader,

“a common political position among the axis of resistance is the recognition of the seriousness of the deal of the century, which is aimed at liquidating the Palestinian people’s cause and its national rights. It is also aimed at paving the way towards a formal normalization of ties between [Arab] countries and the Zionist enemy. Thus, there are common political positions and coordination, but we have not reached a unified plan on how to address the deal [of the century].”

“We recognize the need to organize the efforts of the different forces in each of the Arab countries to face the risks of the deal at the level of the country itself, at the level of the interests of the nation and then the Palestinian cause,” Al-Ghoul pointed out.

He concluded by stressing the “need to form a framework that includes the various forces in the Arab countries to create a front that confronts the deal of the century and is dependent on all our allies and friends, both in the axis of resistance or other forces at the regional or international level.”

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الذكرى الـ 11 لرحيل حبش: أسئلة التطبيع.. والمواجهة

الذكرى الـ 11 لرحيل حبش: أسئلة التطبيع.. والمواجهة

يناير 29, 2019

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عشية الذكرى الحادية العاشرة لرحيلِ حكيم الثّورة الفلسطينيّة، جورج حبش، شاءت الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين أن تحتفي بهذه الذكرى بالتركيز على خطورة التطبيع القائمة بين بعض الأنظمة العربية والعدو الصهيوني وسبل مواجهته، وبالتأكيد على مركزية المسألة الفلسطينية في الوجدانين، القومي والعربي، وذلك في مؤتمر أقيم في غزة، وقد ناقش المؤتمر أبرز الأدوات الصهيونية الاستراتيجية للتغلغل في المنطقة العربية، والتي لخصت بأن هذا الكيان الاستيطاني يشق طريقه بحضور سلعي وبآليات ثقافية تضليلية مثلما يشق جيشه الطرق لإقامة مستعمراته.

إذاً، وبهذه الذكرى 11 لرحيلِ أيقونة الثّورة الفلسطينيّة، جورج حبش، الّذي أثرى حركة النضال القوميّ والعربيّ، وتركَ بصمَته للأجيال التي تواجهُ الاحتلالَ في كلِّ مكانٍ مِن أرضِ فلسطين. وها هي هذه الأجيال، تعتمد مبادئه وحكمته في مواجهة ما يهدّد مسار المسألة الفلسطينيّة من كونها قضيّة نضال قوميّ ضدّ استيطان احتلاليّ يهوديّ في فلسطين، من البحر إلى النهر، إلى مسألةٍ تُختَصر بالقدس الشرقيّة ليس إلا!

يكتب ماركيز في ذكرى رحيل بورخس: «أنّ المتميزين لا يرحلون كأفراد، يرحلون، باعتبارهم مرحلة متوهّجة، صار رحيلهم خاتمتها». بهذه الرؤيا نفتتح الذكرى الحادية العاشرة لرحيل أيقونة الثّورة الفلسطينيّة جورج حبش وفاءً لأخلاقه الثّوريّة النبيلة التي ميّزته طوال مسيرته النضاليّة في حركة القوميين العرب والجبهة الشعبيّة، وإيمانه قبل رحيله برؤية سعاده.

وفي هذه الذكرى تُفتتح الكثير من الأسئلة التي لا نهاية لها، ولكن، وفي كلّ ألمٍ يصيب عمق ذاكرتنا، نكون قد عدنا إلى الكبار في بلادنا، فكيف نتحدّث بأسلوب يليق بأبجديتهم ولا تتجدّد دماؤنا..؟ والاستثناء هنا هو انتماء حبش لسجلّ النجاح لا الفشل، فكان قائداً سياسيّاً وعبقريّة تنظيميّة لم تشهد السّاحة الفلسطينيّة بل العربيّة مثيلاً لها.

هكذا تحوّل الحكيم حبش إلى أيقونة مركزيّة ليس في إطار الثّورة الفلسطينيّة ومنظّمة التحرير فحسب، بل في الوعي الشخصيّ لعشرات الآلاف من المؤمنين بأفكاره السياسيّة وخطّه الثّوري.

لا يمكن اعتماد الرؤية التجزيئيّة في التعامل مع شخصيّة كشخصيّة حكيم فلسطين والثّورة، مثلما لا يمكننا أيضاً اعتماد هذه الرؤية في القضايا القوميّة. ولهذا، ينفلت في كثير من الأحيان البُعد التاريخي لهذه الشخصيّة، وما عرفته من تحوّلات. لأنّ الوعي بالتشكّل التاريخيّ لقضايا بلادنا ومظاهره، يُنتج تفكيراً متسلسلاً، ومرتّباً، كما حدث مع حبش خلال مسيرته في الجامعة الأميركيّة، حيث عمل على تأسيس حركة القوميين العرب، وحتى تأسيسه للجبهة الشعبيّة لتحرير فلسطين.

لقد تأخّرنا في عمليّة الوعي بحالات التحوّل التي عرفتها هذه الشخصيّة صاحبة الكاريزما العالية، عندما ظلّ المنطق التجزيئي عندنا هو المهيمن على تفكيرنا وعقلنا. فالأعمال الكبيرة والشامخة لا تأتي من فراغ، بل هي حصيلة جهد وإرادة وطنيّة مخلصة تؤمن، أولاً وأخيراً، بأنّ تقدّم الوطن ونهوض الشعب مهمّة مقدسّة ترقى إلى مستوى التضحية والاستبسال من أجلها حتى الاستشهاد.. وهكذا كان هذا الأيقونة التي ستظلل صدورنا بكل فخر.

فأمام التحديات العاصفة التي تواجه بلادنا، بالتأزّم في لبنان والأردن، والتفاقم في شرور الأزمة الدموية الخانقة في سورية والعراق، والاحتلال الجاثم فوق أرض فلسطين من النهر إلى البحر، نقفُ أمام ذِكراك وقد امتلكتَ الشجاعة الأدبيّة وأنت المؤمن بالفكر الماركسيّ، بأنّك قلت للباحث صقر أبو فخر في عام 1997: «أهدرنا خمسين عاماً من النضال ونحن نصرّ على صوابيّة رأينا، وكان من الممكن أن نختصرها ونعود للإقرار بأولويّة وأحقيّة وراهنيّة ما قاله أنطون سعاده حول وحدة سورية الطبيعية وأولوية العمل لهذا الهدف».

مسيرته أسبغت عليه لقب «حكيم الثورة»، ولكن ليس المهم ارتداء لقب الطليعة فهو لم تخدشه إغراءات ومؤامرات الزمن ومحاولات التصفية والاغتيال، وهو القائل «لا تستوحشوا طريق الحقّ لقلّة السائرين فيه»، و«إنّ السلطة السياسيّة تنبع من فوهات البنادق»، ولذلك بقي مثابراً بشكل استثنائي على زيارة ضريح يوسف العظمة.. ولهذا دلالات روحيّة كبيرة.

بينَ الأمل والرجاء، والخيبة والخذلان، نعود إليك أيّها الحكيم.. لقب سنردّده وننشره ونجعله بيارق من العناوين الواضحة في الأزمنة والأمكنة. وسنظلُّ نتذكر أنّنا عِشنا في زمن جورج حبش.

دعوة فلسطينية في ذكرى «الحكيم»: في «جريمة التطبيع وسبل المواجهة»

يناير 28, 2019

اختتم في مدينة غزة وبمشاركة شعبية ووطنية واسعة مؤتمر الحكيم الثاني الذي نظمته الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين تحت عنوان «جريمة التطبيع وسبل المواجهة» وذلك على شرف الذكرى الـ11 لرحيل مؤسسها جورج حبش.

وأكد المؤتمر أن قضية فلسطين ستظل قضية العرب المركزية، وأهمية المقاومة بكافة أشكالها ضد الاحتلال الاستيطاني الاستعماري الصهيوني هذا الجسم الإحلالي الغريب في عالمنا العربي، والمهدّد لوجوده ومصالحه ومستقبله.

وشدّد المؤتمرون على أن شعوبنا العربية جميعها ضد كافة أشكال التطبيع، وأن سير الأنظمة العربية في المسار السلمي نفسه جعل من القضية الفلسطينية قضية ثانوية على أجندة الحاكم العربي.

وأوضحوا أن اتفاقيات السلام في تسعينيات القرن الماضي مثل أوسلو، ووادي عربة ساهمت في فتح الباب أمام العديد من الأنظمة العربية للتساوق مع التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيوني، وشكّلت مزيداً من الاختراق الصهيوني للجسم الفلسطيني والعربي على مختلف المجالات الاقتصادية والثقافية والإعلامية والسياسية، فضلاً عن استغلال الاحتلال حالة الانقسام الفلسطيني والتشرذم العربي الداخلي والعربي العربي في التغلغل في المنطقة العربية.

وثمن المؤتمر الجهود المبذولة التي تقوم بها حملة المقاطعة في مقاطعة وعزل الكيان وفضح جرائمه، مستعرضاً أبرز إنجازات الحملة سياسياً وثقافياً وأكاديمياً واقتصادياً، ومناقشة الإشكاليات التي تواجهها، وتصاعد الحملات المضادة وملاحقة الاحتلال لنشطاء المقاطعة.

كما ناقش المؤتمر أبرز الاستراتيجيات والأدوات الاستراتيجية للتغلغل في المنطقة العربية، يمكن تلخيصها بأن الكيان الصهيوني يشق طريقه بحضور سلعي وبآليات ثقافية تضليلية مثلما يشق جيشه الطرق ويدمر البيوت بآليات عسكرية فتاكة.

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!

israel (apartheid state) is Afraid of Khalida Jarrar because She Shatters Its False Democratic Image

Israel is Afraid of Khalida Jarrar because She Shatters Its False Democratic Image

Israel renewed administrative detention of Khalida Jarrar. (Photo: via MEMO)

By Ramzy Baroud

When Israeli troops stormed the house of Palestinian parliamentarian and lawyer Khalida Jarrar on April 2, 2015, she was engrossed in her research. For months, she had been leading a Palestinian effort to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Her research on that very evening was related directly to the kind of behavior that allows a group of soldiers to handcuff a respected Palestinian intellectual, throw her in jail with no trial and have no accountability for their action.

Jarrar was released in June 2016 after spending more than a year in jail, only to be arrested once more, on 2 July last year. She remains in an Israeli prison to this day. On 28 October, her “administrative detention” was renewed for the fourth time.

There are thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, most of them held outside the militarily-occupied Palestinian territories, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Nearly 500 of these Palestinians are held with neither charge nor trial and detained for six-month periods that are renewed, sometimes indefinitely, by Israeli military courts with no legal justification whatsoever. Jarrar is one of those “administrative detainees”.

The parliamentarian is not pleading with her jailers for her freedom. Instead, she is keeping herself busy, educating her fellow prisoners about international law, offering classes and issuing statements to the outside world that reflect not only her refined intellect but also her resolve and strength of character.

Jarrar is relentless. Despite her failing health — she suffers from multiple ischemic infarctions and hypercholesterolemia, and was hospitalized due to severe bleeding resulting from epistaxis — her commitment to the cause of her people has not, in any way, weakened or faltered.

The 55-year-old lawyer has championed a political discourse that is largely missing amid the ongoing feud between the Palestinian Authority’s largest faction, Fatah, in the occupied West Bank, and Hamas in besieged Gaza. As a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and an active member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Jarrar has advocated the kind of politics that is not disconnected from the people and, especially, from the women who she strongly and uncompromisingly represents.

According to Jarrar, no Palestinian official should engage in any form of dialogue with Israel, because such engagement helps to legitimize a state that is founded on genocide and ethnic cleansing; a state that is currently carrying out various types of war crimes, the very crimes that Jarrar tried to expose before the ICC. As such, she rejects the so-called “peace process”, a futile exercise that has no intention or mechanism aimed at “implementing international resolutions related to the Palestinian cause and recognizing the fundamental rights of the Palestinians.”

It goes without saying that a woman with such an astute, strong position vehemently rejects the “security coordination” between the PA and Israel. She sees such action as a betrayal of the struggle and sacrifices of the Palestinian people.

While PA officials continue to enjoy the perks of “leadership”, desperately breathing life into a dead political discourse called the “peace process” and the “two-state solution”, Jarrar, a female Palestinian leader with genuine vision, subsists in HaSharon Prison. There, along with dozens of other Palestinian women, she experiences daily humiliation, denial of rights and various other Israeli tactics intended to break her spirit.

Jarrar, though, is as experienced in resisting Israel as she is in her knowledge of law and human rights. In August 2014, as Israel was carrying out one of its most heinous acts of genocide in Gaza — killing and wounding thousands in its so-called “Operation Protective Edge” military offensive — Jarrar received an unwelcome visit by Israeli soldiers.

Fully aware of her work and credibility as a Palestinian lawyer with an international outreach — she is the Palestine representative in the Council of Europe — the Israeli government unleashed their campaign of harassment, which ended in her imprisonment. The soldiers delivered a military edict ordering her to leave her home in Al-Bireh, near Ramallah, and go to Jericho.

The Israelis failed to silence her, so she was arrested in April the following year. Thus began an episode of suffering, as well as resistance, which is yet to end.

When the Israeli army came for Jarrar, its soldiers surrounded her home in great numbers, as if the well-spoken Palestinian activist was Israel’s greatest security threat. The scene was surreal and revealed what Israel’s real fear is: Palestinians, like Khalida Jarrar, who are able to communicate an articulate message that exposes Israel and its crimes to the rest of the world.

Indeed, the whole set-up was reminiscent of the opening sentence of Franz Kafka’s novel, The Trial: “Somebody must have made a false accusation against Joseph K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong.”

Administrative detention in Israel is the recreation of that Kafkaesque scene over and over again. Joseph K. is Khalida Jarrar and thousands of other Palestinians who are paying a high price merely for calling for the legitimate rights and freedom of their people.

Under international pressure, Israel was forced to put Jarrar on trial, levying against her twelve charges that included visiting a released prisoner and participating in a book fair. Her other arrest and the four renewals of her detention is a testament not just to Israel’s lack of any real evidence against her, but also to its moral bankruptcy.

Why is Israel afraid of Khalida Jarrar? The truth is that Jarrar, like many other Palestinian women, represents the antidote to the fabricated narrative which promotes Israel relentlessly as an oasis of freedom, democracy, and human rights, juxtaposed with a Palestinian society that purportedly represents the opposite of what Israel stands for.

As a lawyer, human rights activist, prominent politician, and advocate for women, Jarrar and her eloquence, courage and deep understanding of her rights and the rights of her people, demolish this Israeli house of lies. She is the quintessential feminist; her feminism, however, is not mere identity politics, a surface ideology, evoking empty rights meant to strike a chord with western audiences. Instead, Khalida Jarrar fights for Palestinian women, their freedom and their right to receive a proper education, to seek work opportunities and to better their lives, while facing tremendous obstacles like Israel’s military occupation, prison, and social pressures.

In Arabic, Khalida means “immortal”. It is a most fitting designation for a true fighter who represents the legacy of generations of strong Palestinian women whose “sumoud” — steadfastness — shall always inspire an entire nation.

– Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His forthcoming book is ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’ (Pluto Press, London). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. His website is www.ramzybaroud.net.

REMINDER: AS PFLP MARTYR AYMAN NAJJAR (R.A.) SHOWS, THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE STANDS WITH HIZBULLAH

by Jonathan Azaziah

Ayman Nafez Rabih an-Najjar (R.A.), a 26-year old Palestinian fighter of the PFLP’s Abou Ali Moustafa Brigades, was martyred alongside his comrade, 24-year old Mouhannad Majed Jamal Hamouda (R.A.), on July 29th, 2018 in Jabaliya when the usurping Zionist entity was launching a vicious assault upon the illegally besieged Gaza Strip. The legendary Resistance group founded by George Habash said that the young men gave their lives in the line of duty, i.e. resisting the ‘Israeli’ terrorists who seek to ethnically cleanse the indigenous Palestinian people from the lands that have been in Palestinian hands for 30-40 generations. Ayman and Mouhannad both died with honor, dignity and a pristine glow of Mouqawamah.

Shahid an-Najjar loved Hizbullah with all of his pure heart and had tremendous admiration for its leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. Pictured here with a frame of Lebanon’s Liberator emblazoned with the PFLP’s insignia just above him, the message that the Abou Ali Moustafa Brigades martyr was sending couldn’t have been more plainspoken: We, the tigers of ferocity and steadfastness, who defend the Palestinian cause and fight to implement the Right of Return, decolonization and full liberation, stand with the Lebanese Islamic Resistance which ushered in the Era of Victories unequivocally.

Let this be a reminder to all those naysayers, slanderers, liars and outright ZOG agents: From the War of the Camps to the Second Intifada to right this second as we live and breathe, it is Hizbullah that has stood with the Palestinian cause, fought for the Palestinian people and given Shouhada — the very best of its Commanders and it is not only prepared but prouder than proud to given even more — for the total restoration of Palestine. Hizbullah, got it? Not the fork-tongued, neo-Ottoman pig Erdogan. Not Al-Saud and the UAE, both of whom slaughter Yemeni children for sport like IOF does in Gaza. Not Qatar, which finances the Zionist Organization of America and censors its media outlets to please World Zionism. Not the “Muslim” Brotherhood. None of them. Just Hizbullah–with Iranian and Syrian support. Ayman knew it. The PFLP itself is aware of it. And if the “Palestine Solidarity Movement” and the rest of the Gentile “Anti-Zionist” Zionists out there would pull their heads out of the nether-regions of Jewish Voice for “Peace” and the plethora of additional like-similar Dajjalic fronts… They’d know it too. Rest in power, o’ dazzling and dauntless Fedayeen. May you enjoy the bliss of Jannah in the company of Abou Ali Moustafa (R.A.), Sayyed Abbas Moussawi (R.A.) and all our other fallen-yet-ascended heroes for infinity.

حيفا تهتف ضد التواطؤ العربي وتناصر فلسطين من قلب فلسطين

الميادين نت

2018-05-19 

أجواء حذرة تسود حيفا صباح اليوم بعد ليلة حافلة بالاعتداءات والمواجهات بين شرطة الاحتلال وفلسطينيين تظاهروا دعماً لغزة ونددوا بالتواطؤ الرسمي العربي مع الاحتلال، ومراسلة الميادين تشير إلى اعتقال 19 فلسطينياً وإلى الاعتداء على النائبين في “القائمة المشتركة” حنين الزعبي وجمال زحالقة.

رغم التضييق والحصار والتهديد حضرت حيفا. حضرت بكل شجاعة وجرأة في زمن التواطؤ السافر والتبعية الوقحة. بالأمس ناصرت حيفا فلسطين من موقعها في قلب فلسطين. أهلها الأصليون كان يعرفون مسبقاً تبعات مشاركتهم وتعبيرهم عن الوفاء وما يجره ذلك من سياط يحترفها الجلاد. كانوا يعرفون أن تعبيرهم عن أصالتهم ونصرتهم للقدس وغزة وفلسطين هو تهمة لا يتحملها الاحتلال وتحد يستفزه ولا يمكن أن يمر مرور الكرام.
مع ذلك حضرت حيفا. حضرت وهي تنظر شرقاً حيث يتم اعتقال ناشطين في بلاد خليجية بتهمة الخروج على سياسة ولي الأمر. هناك حيث باتت مناصرة القضية الفلسطينية تهمة أيضاً.

في حيفا اعتدت قوات الاحتلال بالضرب على فلسطينيين خرجوا في تظاهرة نصرة لغزة والقدس.
وأفادت مواقع فلسطينية أن أجواء حذرة سادت صباح اليوم في المدينة المحتلة، بعد ليلة صعبة من الاعتقالات والمواجهات بين شرطة الاحتلال وفلسطينيين تظاهروا بذكرى النكبة، وضد مجزرة غزة، ونقل سفارة أميركا للقدس المحتلة.
وذكرت مراسلة الميادين أن جنود الاحتلال قاموا بالاعتداء على النائبين في القائمة المشتركة جمال زحالقة وحنين زعبي واعتقلوا 19 فلسطينياً.
المتظاهرون نددوا ليلة أمس الجمعة بنقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس واستنكروا التواطؤ العربي مع المشاريع الصهيونية الأميركية ولا سيما من قبل السعودية.

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الناطق باسم حركة الجهاد الإسلامي: تظاهرة حيفا مع غزة تؤكد حيوية شعبنا ووحدة المصير والموقف وفشل مخططات الدمج والتهويد وتكشف فاشية الاحتلال.

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وكانت الشرطة الإسرائيلية استعدت منذ ساعات ما بعد العصر للتظاهرة، وتناقل نشطاء من حيفا أنباء عن تمركز قوات كبيرة من شرطة الاحتلال في مواقع مختلفة من المدينة واستخدام سيارات “مدنية” لا تحمل لوحات رسمية.
وواصلت الشرطة قمع المتظاهرين بالقوة واستقدمت تعزيزات كبيرة، ونقل ناشطون ومواقع فلسطينية أن قوات الاحتلال أحاطت بالمتظاهرين، ومنعت أي أحد من الخروج منها أو الدخول إليها، ولاحقت بعضاً منهم في الشوارع.
أحد المتظاهرين قال للميادين: “نحن تجمعنا هنا اليوم وهذا ليس التجمع الأول، منذ المجزرة التي ارتكبتها إسرائيل في غزة نحاول أن نلتقي ونتجمع ونسمع صوتنا في ظرف أن الدول العربية تخلت عنا، وليس لدينا سوى أن نوجه دعاءنا إلى الله أن يقوينا، فليس لنا سواه لأننا فقدنا الأمل من كل الدول العربية التي تخلت”.
وأضاف “نحن هنا، قليلون لكن هذا القليل هو ما يمكن أن نقدمه لأخواننا في غزة الذين يقبعون في سجن كبير وظروفهم صعبة ويقدمون أرواحهم ودماءهم”.
وقال متظاهر آخر: “وجودنا الآن هو إثبات بأن حيفا فلسطينية، هذه الأرض فلسطينية، ونظام الأبرتهايد سوف يزول، نحن نتضامن اليوم مع شهداء غزة، ونتظاهر ضد إسرائيل الصهيونية العنصرية، وننادي كل العالم أن يفهم أن هذا الكيان هو كيان فصل عنصري ويجب محاربته ومقاطعته”.

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الجبهة الشعبية: لتتحول الضفة إلى كتلة لهب

الشرطة قمع المتظاهرين بالقوة واستقدمت تعزيزات كبيرة

الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين رأت أن تنظيم الوقفة الحاشدة في حيفا “تأكيد على فشل محاولات الاحتلال لتهويد مدننا الفلسطينية وطمس هويتها وطابعها العربي أو قتل فكرة المقاومة داخل أبناء الداخل المحتل”.
ولفتت الجبهة إلى أن الفعالية الحاشدة والرسائل السياسية القوية التي خرجت من قلب حيفا عروس الكرمل، أثبتت أنها كانت وما زالت وستبقى “عربية فلسطينية”.
الجبهة الشعبية أكدت على أهمية استمرار مسيرات العودة وانتقالها إلى كافة ساحات الوطن والشتات، لمواجهة السياسات الإجرامية الصهيونية، ولإسقاط المشاريع التصفوية، داعية مدن وقرى الضفة لتتحوّل إلى كتلة لهب غاضبة في وجه الاحتلال الصهيوني ومواقعه العسكرية ومستعمراته.

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Zionist Entity Extends Detention without Trial for Palestinian MP K. Jarrar

Zionist Entity Extends Detention without Trial for Palestinian MP 

January 2, 2018

Khalida Jarrar

 

The Zionist entity on Tuesday has extended the detention without trial of a prominent Palestinian politician by another six months, the army said Tuesday, meaning she will spend at least one year in custody.

Khalida Jarrar was arrested on July 2 for being a senior member in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a movement considered a ‘terrorist organization’ by the Israeli occupation.

She had been released from prison only a year before.

Details of the accusations against her are secret, as is customary with Israeli administrative detention orders, which allow detention without trial for renewable six-month periods.

On December 24, the detention was extended by another six months “after security personnel found she still poses a substantial threat,” the Israeli army said.

“The decision to hold Jarrar under administrative detention was made as a last resort, after the military official who signed the arrest warrant was displayed confidential information that clearly substantiates the threat posed by Jarrar,” the occupation army said in a statement.

The 54-year-old had only been released in June 2016 after 14 months in an Israeli jail for allegedly encouraging attacks against Israelis.

The administrative detention system has been criticized by Palestinians, human rights groups and members of the international community who accuse the Israeli occupation abuses the measure.

The Addameer rights group says around 6,150 Palestinians are currently in Israeli jails, including around 450 in administrative detention.

Jarrar is the 11th member of the Palestinian parliament currently in jail, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club NGO.

 

SourceAFP

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