Bahrain’s Chief Opposition Leader: Five Years Behind Bar

Bahrain’s Chief Opposition Leader: Five Years Behind Bar
Sheikh Ali Salman,

By Sondoss Al-Asaad

Sheikh Ali Salman, leader of the now-outlawed Al-Wefaq opposition group, embarks on his fifth-year journey of oppression and persecution as a prisoner of conscience, since 2014.

The top opposition leader is unfairly being held in custody merely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and opinion and for demanding democratic reforms including a constitutional monarchy and elected prime minister.

Those demands; however, are seen by Manama as crimes of ”inciting hatred and insulting public institutions.”

In November 2018, the Bahraini High Criminal Court of Appeal overturned an acquittal granted to him and blatantly sentenced the leader, along with fellow opposition leaders, Sheikh Hassan Sultan and former MP Ali al-Aswad, to life in prison, accusing them of scheming with the state of Qatar “to overthrow the regime.”

Responding to the arbitrary verdict, Amnesty International commented that it ”a travesty of justice” that demonstrates the Bahraini government’s ”relentless efforts to silence any form of dissent.”

For its part, Al-Wefaq political bloc, which Sheikh Ali Salman leads, slammed the verdict saying it is “unacceptable and provocative” ruling and would worsen the political crisis.

Remarkably, the espionage accusation just arose as an issue in the aftermath of the diplomatic row with the Qatari regime, in 2017, as it dates back to a 2011 clip of a phone call aimed to mediate between the Bahraini government and opposition parties then.

Bahrain’s Independent Commission of Inquiry, aka BICI’s well-known report, cites opposition sources suggesting that Qatar, then, could act as the sponsor of a proposed US initiative, and which was approved by the opposition but rejected by the government.

The tiny Gulf archipelago has been wracked by unrest, since February 2011, when thousands of citizens kicked off to the streets of Manama demanding justice, democracy and equal opportunities.

Nevertheless, the peaceful demonstrators were violently suppressed, with the assistance of neighboring countries’ troops, especially from Saudi Arabia.

Ever since assembly has been outlawed, opposition groups have been dissolved and dissents have been either jailed, denaturalized or exiled.

The BICI, also known locally as the Bassiouni Commission, was established by the King of Bahrain, tasked with looking into the incidents that occurred during the 2011 unrest.

In November 2011, the commission released a detailed report, which criticizes Bahrain’s security forces for using ”excessive manner that was, on many occasions, unnecessary, disproportionate, and indiscriminate” and which “could not have happened without the knowledge of higher echelons of the command structure.”

The BICI’s report further confirms the government’s use of systematic torture and other forms of physical and psychological abuse on detainees, as well as other human rights violations.

Sheikh Salman, along with hundreds of human rights advocates, top opposition leaders and prisoners of conscience, is currently held in the notorious Jaw Prison, known for its inhumane and unsanitary environment that infringes international detention standards.

After five years of arbitrary detention, to which the international community appallingly turns blind eyes and deaf ears, it is time that the Bahraini government to immediately and unconditionally release the peaceful leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, who is obviously convicted on politically-motivated charges.

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حزب الله يدين المؤتمر التطبيعي مع العدو الإسرائيلي في البحرين بمشاركة صهيونية بارزة

بيان حزب الله

11 December، 2019

ادان حزب الله المؤتمر التطبيعي مع العدو الإسرائيلي الذي نظمته دولة البحرين تحت عنوان “…الحرية الدينية…”  بمشاركة صهيونية بارزة، متجاهلة التضحيات الجسيمة وقوافل الشهداء والجرحى التي يقدمها الشعبان اللبناني والفلسطيني في مواجهة اعتداءات العدو وتهديداته المتواصلة وأطماعه الدائمة في مقدرات البلدين وما ارتكبه من مجازر وحشية بحق المدنيين.

واستنكر حزب الله بشدة الدور التآمري والخياني الذي يلعبه نظام آل خليفة للتطبيع مع العدو، وقيامه باستقبال شخصيات إسرائيلية وتسويقه لفكرة التعايش مع هؤلاء القتلة، خصوصاً وأنه كان السبّاق في عقد المؤتمر التطبيعي الأول الذي عقد تحت عنوان “التشجيع على الاستثمار في الأراضي الفلسطينية”.

ورأى الحزب أن هذا النظام الذي يمارس أبشع أنواع القمع تجاه الشعب البحريني المظلوم، وينكّل به ويحرمه من أدنى حقوقه الانسانية، يحاول التغطية على شرعيته المفقودة بتحويل البحرين إلى منصة تستغلها الإداراة الأميركية والعدو الصهيوني للنفاذ إلى قلب الأمة الإسلامية والعربية.

‏من بينهم السيد علي الأمين... مؤتمر لرجال الدين في ‎البحرين بمشاركة الرئيس الإسرائيلي السابق!

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كما أدان حزب الله مشاركة رجل الدين اللبناني السيد علي الأمين في هذا المؤتمر، ورأى فيها خروجاً على المبادئ الدينية والأخلاقية والشرائع السماوية،  وتنكراً لكل القيم التي تربّى عليها علماؤنا الأجلاء في الحوزات العلمية في النجف الأشرف وقم المقدّسة وجبل عامل ومختلف أنحاء العالم، وتشكل إساءة بالغة لتراث علماء الدين الذين كان وما زال لهم الدور البارز في مقاومة الاحتلال ورفض التطبيع معه وقدّموا دماءهم الطاهرة في هذا السياق.

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حاكم قطر يُموّلُ دولة للأتراك في الشمال السوري!

 

نوفمبر 28, 2019

د. وفيق إبراهيم

زيارتان خاطفتان قام بهما الرئيس التركي رجب اردوغان للرئيس الاميركي ترامب في بيته الابيض الرئاسي واستتبعها بأخرى للأمير القطري تميم في الدوحة القطرية، نتيجتها كانت تلميحاً اردوغانياً بأن تميم أعجبته فكرة تمويل مشروع إعماري في «المنطقة الآمنة» التي يحتلها الجيش التركي في سورية لإسكان مليون ونصف مليون نازح سوري موجودين حالياً في تركيا.

هذه أولى المفاجآت، أما الثانية فإعلان أميركي عاجل بضرورة إنهاء الخلاف الخليجي الخليجي بين قطر من جهة والسعودية والإمارات المدعومتين من مصر من جهة ثانية.

هناك مباغتة ثالثة وهي إعلان اردوغان عن البدء ببناء قاعدة تركية ثانية لجيشه في قطر، داعياً دول الخليج إلى عدم الذعر من الفكرة واعداً انه سيطلق عليها اسم القائد خالد بن الوليد.

بالاستنتاج يتضح أن هناك اتفاقاً أميركياً تركياً لتفتيت الشمال والشرق السوريين، ببناء آلاف الوحدات السكنية في منطقة «الاحتلال العثماني الآمنة» كما يزعمون، مقابل إنشاء كانتون كردي فيه عشائر عربية يتمتع بحماية من 600 جندي أميركي موجودين في المنطقة.

وميزته الإضافية أنه بعيد عن «منطقة الأتراك» والنفوذ الروسي ومواقع انتشار الدولة السورية ويبتعد ايضاً بمسافات كبيرة عن قرى وبلدات الأكراد السوريين.

يتبين اذاً أن دولة عربية هي قطر تساعد الاتراك على سرقة أرض سورية لإيواء الاخوان المسلمين والنصرة عليها بتغطية أميركية وموافقة من «قوات سورية الديموقراطية». تصعد حيناً وتنخفض أحياناً حسب فرص الابتزاز في الصراع الاميركي من ناحية والروسي السوري من ناحية أخرى.

بالمقابل، تفرض واشنطن على السعودية والإمارات العودة الى العلاقات الطبيعية مع قطر والذريعة حاضرة دائماً، وهي رص الصف الخليجي في مواجهة إيران.

ولتبرير القاعدة التركية الثانية في الدوحة يمكن لأردوغان التذرّع بحمايتها من الإرهاب او من إيران ايضاً.

ماذا تعني هذه الاتفاقات باللغة العملية؟

أولاً إعادة رص المتحالفين مع النفوذ الأميركي في سلة إقليمية واحدة وهم تركيا، السعودية، الإمارات ومصر والأردن والبحرين.

ثانياً توجيه حركة هذا الحلف نحو تفتيت سورية واستعداء إيران والمضي في بناء حلف مع «إسرائيل».

ثالثاً يجري تقسيم النفط والغاز في مناطق شمال شرق سورية بين الأميركيين والأتراك على أن يجري إرضاء «قسد» من الحصة الأميركية.

رابعاً دعم السياسة التركية في العراق، خصوصاً لجهة دعمها للاخوان المسلمين فيه وبعض الاتجاهات العراقية الأخرى.

لكن ما دخل حيّز التنفيذ من هذه الخطة هو بناء القاعدة العسكرية للجيش التركي في قطر، وإقرار التمويل القطري لمشروع إسكان نازحين من الاخوان المسلمين في شمال سورية، وموافقة السعودية والإمارات على المشاركة في مباريات كأس العالم في قطر، وهذا وحده إنجاز كبير عند العربان.

إن ما تفعله قطر لحماية إمارة تميم يدخل من باب الانحطاط السياسي الكبير، فكيف تجيز دولة عربية لنفسها تمويل دولة تركية على أراضي دولة عربية أخرى؟ وكيف تقبل بقواعد تركية على أراضيها وهي التي تحتوي على قاعدة العديد الأميركية التي تعتبر اكبر قاعدة برية لأميركا خارج أراضيها؟

يبدو أن تميم يتحسّب لغضب أميركي مباغت قد يطيح به فاستجلب الأتراك لحمايته متناسياً أنهم احتلوا المنطقة العربية بقسميها الأفريقي والآسيوي نحو خمسة قرون فقط.

فمن يصدق أن إيران التي فتحت أجواءها ومياهها لتموين قطر بكل ما تحتاجه من موارد للصمود في وجه الحصار السعودي الإماراتي، قطر هذه تهرول الآن للحاق بحلف أميركي سعودي يستهدف إيران، أليس هذا من مؤشرات الانحطاط؟

وكيف تقبل ببناء آلاف المساكن لإرهابيين على اراضي سورية لها أصحابها النازحون ايضاً، وهي العالمة بأنها تخالف بذلك مبادئ الامم المتحدة حول سيادة الدول على أراضيها. وقرارات جامعة الدول العربية والعلاقات العربية العربية؟

توجد ايضاً اعتبارات اخرى وهي ان ما يحدث في ايران والعراق ولبنان هو آخر الإمكانات الاميركية في الاستثمار في التظاهرات المطلبية المحقة للشعوب، علماً أن هذه الانتفاضات الشعبية المحقة هي وليدة الحصار الأميركي الاقتصادي المفروض على هذه البلدان، ما أدى الى ازدياد مصاعبها. بالاضافة الى ان الاحتلال الأميركي للعراق، أتاح للفساد العراقي فرصاً فريدة للتجذر.

إن استمرار قطر في تأييد وتمويل اعمار منطقة الاحتلال التركي في سورية، يدخلها في صراعات إقليمية ودولية أكبر من مقاسها حتى لو كانت مدعومة من الأتراك والاخوان المسلمين، فهناك الدولة السورية التي يقف جيشها الآن قبالة منطقة الاحتلال التركي بالإضافة الى روسيا التي تشرف بأمنها وسياساتها على كامل منطقة شمالي سورية، بالإضافة الى أن الأكراد المتريثين حتى الآن في حركة قراءة دقيقة للصراع الأميركي الروسي، لن يتأخروا في الدخول صفاً واحداً إلى جانب الجيش السوري في وجه الطغاة العثمانيين.

المعتقد أن اردوغان لن يذهب بعيداً في استعداء الروس، على الرغم من مراوغاته المتشابكة مع محاولات للاستثمار في طرفي الصراع الروسي الاميركي. لأن مواصلته اللعب على الحبلين لن تنجح امام حلف اصبح على مشارف التشكل ويضم الجيش السوري والأكراد والروس مع حلفائهم بما يؤدي تلقائياً الى فتح حربين كلاسيكية تقليدية وأخرى شعبية لن تبقي على احد من المستعمرين في أراضي سورية قلب المشرق ومركز صموده التاريخي، أليس هذا بكافٍ ليرعوي تميم ومعه صبيان الخليج؟

 

Why countries are reluctant to join U.S.-led maritime coalition

TEHRAN – The U.S.-led naval coalition to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf formally was launched in Bahrain on Thursday. But the notable point is that countries have not welcomed this plan. Only a few countries with ineffective naval power have joined the coalition.

*By Mohammad Ghaderi

On July 2019, the U.S. proposed a coalition plan to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf. Mike Pompeo, the U.S. secretary of state, invited U.S. allies such as Britain, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Australia to join the coalition. Although the U.S. has persuaded its allies on various occasions and even applied pressure on them to join the coalition, it was not warmly welcomed. In August, Britain joined the U.S. military coalition in the wake of a conflict with Iran over oil tanker seizures first in Gibraltar and later in the Strait of Hormuz.

Later the Zionist regime and Australia joined the coalition.

Launch of the U.S.-led marine coalition

The coalition, which reportedly aims to “protect shipping in the Persian Gulf”, was launched on Thursday. The U.S. stated that through the coalition it intends to safeguard region’s oil supply against possible threats. Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has joined the coalition along with the UEA and Saudi Arabia.

James Malloy, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, has claimed that the goal of the coalition is defensive. Malloy said the coalition will last as long as necessary.

Some European countries, including France, has not joined the coalition to avoid escalating tensions in the region. Japan has decided to dispatch its naval forces to the Strait of Hormuz independently, rather than joining the coalition.  It is said that Japan made this decision because it has an amicable relationship with Iran and does not like to be seen as an important country and power in the U.S.-led coalition.

In this regard, the London-based Raialyoum wrote that the announcement of formal launch of the U.S.-led maritime coalition to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf with the participation of only 6 countries reminds the old Arab proverb saying “the mountain was in labor but gave birth to a mouse”. Raialyoum added the limited number of countries joining the coalition reveals that the U.S. influence has been reducing not only in the Persian Gulf region but also all around the world. It seems that the current and former U.S. administrations cannot any longer form coalitions like the ones that launched wars in Iraq, Libya, or Afghanistan with the participation of 30 or 60 countries.

The Arab world digital news and opinion website said that it is noteworthy that three Persian Gulf states namely Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar are absent in the coalition. They have refused to join the coalition not because they have taken a neutral stance toward U.S. controversial measures against Iran, but because they do not trust the U.S. and its current government. The source added that the U.S. government has adopted rash policies that can lead to regional and probably international war; furthermore, the coalition can be an element of “tension” not a guarantee for defense and stability.

Raialyoum stated that we do not believe these six countries – Britain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Australia, and Albania – will be able to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf because most of them, except the U.S. and Britain, do not have effective naval power.

However, the marine coalition is a dramatic and hypocritical show and the U.S. is trying to milk the three states of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain. By its presence, the U.S. only disturbs the region’s security. Washington only takes care of its interests.

The security in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf will only be achieved through the reconciliation between regional countries since they are neighbors and they cannot change their geography. The intervention of countries outside the region will only make the situation more complicated.

* Author: Mohammad Ghaderi , Tehran Times editor in chief 

His page on Twitter : @ghaderi62 – and Gmail address : m.ghaderi62@gmail.com

The Bahrain Gov’t Is Attacking Female Activists – And Trump’s Policies are Emboldening Them

The Bahrain Gov’t Is Attacking Female Activists – And Trump’s Policies are Emboldening Them

By Lucilla Berwick and Bridget Quitter, Ms. Magazine 

In 2017, Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh found herself sitting in a dark room before a pair of chain smoking officers from Bahrain’s National Security Agency. “No one is going to hear you in this place,” sneered one of the men, who introduced himself as ‘the torturer.’ “No one can protect you here, not the Human Rights Council or any other organization. You know we have a green light from Trump, right?”

It had been a brutal year in the tiny island of Bahrain, the home of the US Navy Fifth Fleet and a key American ally in the Arab Gulf. The government, led by the AlKhalifa monarchy, had begun a severe and ongoing crackdown, which saw all political opposition groups and independent media forcibly dissolved and thousands incarcerated on political charges, amid accusations of rampant torture and due process violations. Ebtisam had recently returned from the UN in Geneva, where she spoke out about Bahrain’s repression.

With her arrest and torture, the government was sending a message: this would not be tolerated.

Women like Ebtisam have long played a central, albeit overlooked, role in Bahrain’s opposition movement. As the government increasingly targeted women for their opinions or those of their relatives, many began to come forward. Our organizations, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy and Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, have worked with nine women to share their stories. The resulting report, Breaking the Silence, traces the path of these women – from their arrests, through their interrogations and trials, to their detention at Isa Town Detention Centre, Bahrain’s only women’s prison. We uncovered horrific patterns of abuse, from sham trials to torture and sexual violence.

We encountered considerable obstacles to our work from the outset. The Bahraini state is highly resistant to scrutiny, making it virtually impossible to visit the country for research. UN Special Rapporteurs have not been permitted entry since 2006, while human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have been denied access since 2015. However, through regular phone calls with the imprisoned women and their families, as well as analysis of court rulings and medical reports and comments from psychologists and legal experts, we pieced together a coherent picture of their experiences.

As we assembled their stories, the systematic nature of government abuses became clear. During brutal interrogations, the women experienced extreme violence, ranging from threats of rape or death to beatings, sexual assault and witnessing the torture of relatives. To end these abuses, many agreed to sign pre-written confessions, later used by Bahrain’s widely condemned judiciary to convict them. When they attempted to raise their ill-treatment in court, they were dismissed by judges.

Once sentenced, the women were singled out for mistreatment at Isa Town prison due to their political status, as is common across the Bahraini prison system. They reported punitive measures, including restrictions on family visits, religious discrimination, physical assault and medical negligence. Two of the women who remain in prison today, Medina Ali and Hajer Mansoor, have only seen their children once over the past year – a visit that was granted only after significant international pressure.

The legacies of the women’s abuse affect them to this day. Ebtisam reported she can no longer sleep in the dark or tolerate the smell of cigarettes, both of which immediately transport her back to the smoky room where she was tortured. Others reported psychological trauma in their young children related to their prolonged separation. The stigma attached to incarceration also makes returning to society difficult: After being released following an international campaign against her unlawful conviction, Najah Yusuf was fired by her employer who questioned her integrity due to her criminal record.

“Sometimes I speak normally about my ordeal,” Yusuf told us, “but the truth is that I am bleeding from within. It’s painful, and I have no idea when all of this is going to end.”

While abuses in Bahrain may seem distant, the US exerts a huge influence on the country, and American policy has actively contributed to the crackdown. Since Trump’s election, Obama-era human rights conditions on arms sales have been removed and the State Department has approved an unprecedented $8.5 billion worth of arms sales, upgrades, services and training to the country. Despite evidence that some of this funding has gone directly to bodies implicated in the abuse of the women we interviewed, the US places no human rights conditions on its substantial investment in Bahrain.

Trump seemingly gave the “green light” to Bahrain’s crackdown during a state visit in May 2017, where he promised an end to the “strain” his predecessor had placed on US-Bahrain relations. Two days later, Bahraini police opened fire on peaceful protests in the village of Diraz, in what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described as among the “deadliest” operations since Bahrain’s pro-democracy uprising was crushed in 2011. The conservative shift in American domestic policy has also encouraged Bahrain’s rights abuses: days after the White House announced the resumption of federal executions in July 2019, Bahrain executed two torture victims amid international outcry; when asked for comment ahead of the executions, the Bahraini Embassy in Washington, DC explicitly referenced the US decision.

Trump’s barely-concealed enthusiasm for authoritarianism is bolstering a climate of impunity in the region. In Bahrain, this means abusers are free to operate without fear of consequences. When Trump received Bahrain’s Crown Prince to discuss arms deals last month, he made the message very clear: keep buying arms, and we will stay silent on rights abuses.

For the women we worked with, the knowledge that they could be seized again at any point is among the most terrifying aspects of their entire experience. It is time for Congress to make clear that these violations cannot be tolerated.

These nine women have broken the silence. Now it is up to us to raise our voices and make sure that their efforts are not in vain.

Bahrain Crackdown: Health of Hunger-striking Detainee Deteriorating

Bahrain Crackdown: Health of Hunger-striking Detainee Deteriorating

By Staff

Bahraini human rights activist Ebtisam al-Saegh reported that the health condition of detainee Osama al-Saghir has been deteriorating as he fainted in the washroom after spending 15 days of an ongoing hunger strike.

Al-Saghir, sentenced to 60 years in prison for political charges, started bleeding after the incident, al-Saegh said, adding that “although the bleeding stopped, he has been injured and in pain, and is still deprived from making phone calls and going out to the courtyard.”

For his part, Osama’s father said that all what his son demands is a private visit, a jacket and a blanket to feel warm.

Not to mention, it has been 9 months since Osama al-Saghir stopped receiving visitors due to the inspection and humiliation of his mother as she comes to visit him. Osama’s mother suffers from a heart disease, and her son demands granting her a private visit inside the prison while respecting her health situation.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: War on Iran will Bring ‘Israel’, US Domination to an End

September 10, 2019

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Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Ashura

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a speech Tuesday in front of crowds participating in the procession of Ashura (Tenth Day of Muharram) in the Southern Suburb of Beirut.

After offering condolences to mourners for the martyrdom of the grandson of the prophet, he expressed gratitude for the large participation through the last 10 nights of Ashura and saluted the Lebanese Army, General Security and contributes for the successful security measures throughout these nights.

His eminence noted that “Imam Hussein will be looking at your faithfulness and response to his call with pride, as he sees that his message from Ashura has been received and all our deeds emerge from the school of Ashura”.

Thus, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that “Ashura is the day of reformation in the nation of Prophet Mohammad, Imam Hussein sacrificed his life for the sake of this nation”.

In this context, he pointed out that a country in this nation being occupied is not a passing issue, hence Palestine is our central cause.

Palestine

Hezbollah SG said: “Starting with our central cause, Palestine, we reassure its people that liberation can only be achieved through resistance and stress our continuous commitment to the Palestinian cause. It is the basic pillar in the face of the American-Israeli plot, and the Palestinian people will protect their cause and sanctities. We are with the Palestinian people and their resistance in the West Bank and Gaza. We stand with their prisoners and all their resistance fighters in one team and one battle. Additionally, we reassure our recognition to the rights of the Palestinian refugees to live and work with dignity in Lebanon until they can return to their land.”

He further denounced the Israelis’, specifically Netanyahu’s, actions against the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque dubbing Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu as malicious.

Yemen

Moving on to Yemen, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “Yemen today is another Ashura… and its people are still standing strong in the face of the outrageous war in which crimes against humanity are taking place yet the whole world is watching silently”.

He added: “A US-British alignment is killing women and children in Yemen only for the sake of selling weapons and armory… and Saudi Arabia’s ongoing assault will only bring it eternal defeat, humiliation and shame in this life and torture in the afterlife. All the goals and slogans they put to justify their war have fallen. It is time for the Yemeni people to be aware of the Saudi/Emeriti goals and unite in their face. Today, we renew our call to stop war on Yemen and its people”.

Bahrain

On another level, his eminence said: “Another year passes and the Bahraini people are still suffering as the Bahrain regime is going far with its normalization with the Zionist enemy and its support for the Zionist Assaults on Palestine, Lebanon and Syria”.

“We tell the Bahraini people that with your peaceful revolution and your firm screams you are performing the big Jihad for the sake of Allah, and this will definitely fruit because this is the promise of Allah. Today, we stand by your side and reassure our faith in your right, truthfulness and firmness”.

US Sanctions

Concerning the US sanctions on Iran, Syria and resistance movements in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq, his eminence considered that “this is an aggression that the US administration is waging to make economic and financial pressure after all its wars against the resistance movements in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq have failed. This aggression has expanded to also target banks and businesses in Lebanon that are not related to Hezbollah in anyway, and this must be approached and dealt with in a different way”.

“The Lebanese government must defend and protect the Lebanese people and not rush to implement the US resolutions and desires. This file must be opened because the Lebanese economy is being targeted through that,” he added.

Lebanon

On the security level, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that “the Lebanese have toppled Israel’s latest attempt to change the rules of engagement. There are thousands of Israeli violations but after all there are red lines.

The latest violation in the Southern Suburb of Beirut, sending explosive-laden drones for assassination is a significant aggression on us. The resistance’s response came through the borders and by later destroying the Israeli drone yesterday in the sky of the southern village of Ramiyah”.

“Despite all the intimidation, we insist on enhancing our deterrent force which protects our country,” he added.

Israel, Hollywood Army

Sayyed Nasrallah said that “the Israeli Army has turned into a Hollywood Army, and its use of puppets to fool Hezbollah reveals its weakness”.

“You are a Hollywood Army and we learned a lesson from the show you performed. It is that in our future responses, instead of hitting one vehicle we will hit more, an instead of hitting one target we will hit more, and let’s see how many shows you can perform,” Hezbollah SG addressed the Israelis saying.

His eminence reassured Hezbollah’s respect to 1701 resolution which the Israeli is not sticking to and affirmed its right to respond to any attack against Lebanon, considering that there will be no red lines from now on.

“Lebanon has imposed itself on the whole world. Everyone called the Lebanese government after the latest Israeli violation trying to stop us from responding to the attack. Lebanon must know that it is strong with its army, people and resistance equation,” he added.

Lebanon, Economic File

On the economic situation, Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that “there could be a solution for the deteriorating economic situation in Lebanon, and the government must hold its responsibility of controlling corruption and financial waste…”

He further assured that “we refuse to fix the situation by raising taxes on the poor. Instead, the government must regain its stolen money from the rich who have stolen.”

“I call on the officials to make efforts to regain the trust of people, or else they would feel that every tax paid is not helping in solving the economic situation, so why pay it? Instead, if people had trust in their government, they would admire it and be part of reformation, this is the natural equation, just like people were ready to sacrifice for the sake of Hezbollah because they had faith in its leadership,” his eminence added.

Iran

“We reassure our rejection to any war on Iran because this war will destroy the region. It will be a war on the entire resistance axis and its goal would be to destroy any hope of regaining Palestine. Thus, on this day, as part of the resistance axis, we state that we will not take a neutral stance in the battle of right against wrong and in the battle of Hussein against Yazid. This supposed war will be an end to Israel and to the US domination in the region,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated.

“Our Imam and leader and the “Hussein” of this era is Imam Ali Khamenei. He is the leader of the axis of resistance and Iran is its center and basic pillar,” he added, vowing: “O leader and Imam, if we were to be killed and burned 1000 times, we will never leave you o son of Hussein… Do we stay after you? May Allah never show us that! In the axis of resistance, we have only seen victories, hope for the oppressed, dignity, and preservation of sanctities,” he stressed.

Source: Al-Manar

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