Lebanon responds to ‘Israel’ rebuff of maritime demands

6 Oct 202218:20 

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Several Lebanese officials respond to the Israeli occupation’s rejection of Beirut’s proposals to change the maritime borders.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun

Lebanese President Michel Aoun responded on Thursday to the Israeli occupation’s rejection of Beirut’s proposed changes to the Lebanese-Israeli maritime borders. He underlined that Lebanon had proposed the changes to the US-mediated deal with its rights to extract oil in its exclusive economic zone in mind.

“The remarks prevent any explanations that do not fall into the framework detailed by Lebanon for the demarcation process and during the negotiations,” President Aoun said.

An Israeli official said Thursday that the Israeli occupation rejected revisions requested by Lebanon to the US-mediated border demarcation proposal.

The official, announcing Israeli occupation Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s decision to reject the revision requests, warned that any further negotiations would cease should Hezbollah threaten the Karish gas rig.

According to the Israeli official, “Israel will begin production of natural gas from its Karish field as soon as that is possible,” and he warned the Lebanese resistance against taking any retaliatory action against the occupation.

Maritime deal ‘make or break’

The US-brokered talks between Beirut and “Tel Aviv” were at a “make or break” point after the latter rejected the negotiations, top Lebanese negotiator Elias Bou Saab told Reuters.

Earlier, Israeli occupation Security Minister Benny Gantz said “Israel” is prepared to defend its infrastructure whether a deal with Lebanon is signed or not.

Gantz warned that the military cost to Lebanon and Hezbollah “will be very grave” in case the Lebanese Resistance party attacked the Israeli occupation, claiming that “we are not eager for war but are prepared for one.”

The deal “is 90% done, but the remaining 10% could make it or break it,” Bou Saab added, dealing that he had been in constant contact with US mediator Amos Hochstein.

This comes after Lebanon received the written proposal from the US mediator Amos Hochstein through US Ambassador Dorothy Shea regarding the demarcation of maritime borders.

The United States made an offer to the Israeli occupation and Lebanon to resolve the maritime border issue, Israeli media claimed in late September. The proposal is reportedly linked to the path the Lebanese-Israeli maritime borders will follow.

The settlement proposal, according to Israeli news outlet Haaretz, asked to change and adjust line 23 toward Lebanon instead of near the coast in order to allow for a “bigger defensive area against possible threats from the sea, near the coastline.”

In turn, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, stressed in a speech that “the importance of what is happening today is there being a written text from the mediating party that the President, Parliament Speaker, and the Prime Minister have received.”

It is noteworthy that the Lebanese Resistance, Hezbollah, has been a very effective factor in bringing the Israelis to the indirect negotiations table after it announced from day one that it has the Lebanese government’s back in its righteous and sovereign claims.

Extraction of gas from Karish without guarantees to Lebanon that it will be able to explore and extract its maritime resources has been declared a red-line by Hezbollah since the negotiations kicked off, with the Israeli military receiving the threats loud and clear and increasing preparation to anticipate operations against the gas platform by the Resistance.

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أما وقد فكرتم بنسف الاتفاق…

الجمعة 7 تشرين الأول 2022

ابراهيم الأمين  

أمس، استفاق الجميع على صراخ مرتفع في إسرائيل. قرر يائير لابيد رفض التعديلات اللبنانية على مسوّدة الاتفاق البحري. وعشنا ساعات طويلة من التهديد والوعيد، قبل أن ينتهي المجلس الوزاري المصغر مساء إلى موقف ملتبس لا يحمل رفضاً للاتفاق، بل يحصر مشكلته مع بعض التعديلات التي طلبها لبنان. وتصرّف الجدّيون، من كل الأطراف المعنية بالملف، على أساس أن ما يجري في إسرائيل لا يتجاوز العمل تحت الضغط الانتخابي، وأن «لابيد يحاول أن يعمل أبو علي على حسن نصرالله» على حد تعبير الأكاديمي الإسرائيلي يوني بن مناحيم.

لكن، لنفترض أن إسرائيل تريد، من خلال رفض التعديلات اللبنانية، خوض مغامرة تهدّد بنسف الاتفاق، أو أنها تريد كسب مزيد من الوقت والمماطلة والتسويف سعياً إلى ظرف أفضل لها على صعيد طبيعة الاتفاق، فما الذي يعنيه ذلك؟
بعد جولات التفاوض الأخيرة، تعرّف العدو إلى تفاصيل لم يعتدها سابقاً من السياسيين اللبنانيين. وأدرك العدو، أيضاً، أن موقف المقاومة شكّل عامل كبح لأي تنازل إضافي يمكن أن يقدم عليه أحد في لبنان. لكن المقاومة لم تكن لتقف عند هذا الحد، خصوصاً عندما أعلمت العدو، بالخطاب وفي الميدان، أنها جاهزة لما هو أبعد بكثير من ضربة تذكيرية على غرار ما حصل يوم أرسلت المسيّرات فوق حقل «كاريش».
يقول لنا العدو، اليوم، إنه مستعد لنسف الاتفاق، وإنه في هذه الحالة يهدّد لبنان بحرمانه من الغاز والنفط وبتهديد أمنه وما تبقى لديه في حال حصول مواجهة عسكرية.
وما يهم العدو اليوم ليس موقف الحكومة اللبنانية فقط، بل ضمان تكبيل المقاومة من جهة، ومنع لبنان من البحث في أي واقع على الحدود البحرية أو البرية لاحقاً. وفي هذه الحالة، يُستحسن بالعدو أن يقرأ الموقف اللبناني بطريقة أخرى. ولمساعدته على ذلك، على العدو أن يعلم جيداً أن تعنّته سيقود إلى واقع مختلف تماماً:
– إن نسف الاتفاق يعني نسف المسار التفاوضي الذي عرفناه خلال الأشهر الماضية، والعودة إلى النقطة الصفر تعني العودة إلى سقف لبناني مختلف عما جرى التداول به. وهناك بحث جدي وجوهري بأنه في حال إصرار العدو على رفض الاتفاق، فإن السقف الجديد سيكون انطلاقاً من الخط 30+، وليس الوقوف عند الخط 23.
– إن نسف الاتفاق بحجة أن لبنان يرفض ترسيم الحدود البحرية والدولية الآن لا يُقلق المقاومة التي لا تعترف أساساً لا بالحدود القائمة الآن كأمر واقع ولا بالحدود كما رسمها الاستعمار. بالتالي فإن العدو سيكون معنياً بالجواب على سؤال يسبق كل هذا الكلام: هل يريد استخراج الغاز أم لا؟

تأخير الاتفاق إلى ما بعد عهد عون يجعل المقاومة الواثقة بالرئيس تستعيد الهامش الذي أعطته إياه


يعتقد العدو بأن تأخير العمل في حقل «كاريش»، مع مناورة تأخير الاتفاق، سيمنع المقاومة من التحرك، مفترضاً أن المسالة مرتبطة بـ«كاريش» فقط، ومتجاهلاً أن السبب الرئيسي لتحرك المقاومة هو القرار بفكّ الحصار الغربي عن لبنان وتحصيل الحقوق البحرية التي تساعد على مواجهة الأزمة. وسيكون مفيداً للعدو أن يطرح على نفسه سؤالاً عما إذا كانت المقاومة (في لبنان وفي فلسطين أيضاً) ستتركه يعمل بحرّية في بقية الحقول، وفق معادلة «ما بعد كاريش».
إذا كان في إسرائيل، أو في الولايات المتحدة، من يراهن على أن تأخير الاتفاق إلى ما بعد الانتخابات، سيسهّل الأمر في ظل تغييرات يتوقع الغرب حصولها لبنانياً على صعيد الرئاسة والحكومة، فإن هؤلاء لا يفهمون أهمية ثقة المقاومة بالرئيس ميشال عون على وجه الخصوص، وأنه في حال الشغور الرئاسي، أو في ظل الانقسام السياسي الجديد، فإن المقاومة ستستعيد هامشها الأكبر الذي قلّصته بنفسها لثقتها بالرئيس عون. بالتالي، فإن الرهان على تغييرات تقود لبنان إلى تنازلات في مرحلة لاحقة ينمّ عن عدم فهم جدي لاستراتيجية المقاومة وآلية تفكيرها.
أما الكلام المرتفع السقف الذي ضجّت به وسائل إعلام العدو أمس عن استنفار عسكري وعن تهديدات بتدمير لبنان وعن استعدادات للقيام بعملية عسكرية ضد المقاومة، فيدعو إلى السؤال عما إذا كان في إسرائيل من يصدّق أن هذا الأمر ممكن. وإذا ما غامر أحدهم، فعليه أن يستعدّ جيداً، لأن في قيادة المقاومة من لديه القدرة والإرادة على اتخاذ قرارات لا تترك معنى لأي اتفاق لترسيم الحدود البرية أو البحرية على حد سواء. أما الاعتقاد بأن التهديدات ستردع المقاومة، فالرد عليها يأتي من كلام رئيس الموساد الإسرائيلي ديدي بارنياع الذي قال أمس: «لقد تعهد نصرالله علناً ​​بمنع إنتاج الغاز من كاريش إذا لم يكن هناك اتفاق… وهناك خوف من أنه سيضطر لإظهار أنه يفي بكلمته».

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Truss Condemned for Proposing Relocating British Embassy to Jerusalem

October 5, 2022

British Prime Minister Liz Truss. (Photo: Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street, via Wikimedia Commons)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

The UK-based organization Friends of Al-Aqsa (FoA) condemned British Prime Minister Liz Truss’s proposed relocation of the British Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In a statement, a copy of which was sent to The Palestine Chronicle, FoA said that “Israel is an apartheid state whose ongoing occupation of Palestinian land is a flagrant violation of international law.”

 “As with the rest of occupied Palestine, Israel denies Palestinians in East Jerusalem basic human rights and inflicts a cruel system of oppression and domination in an attempt to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their ancestral lands,” the statement added.

Therefore, “a move of the British Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would send a clear message of British support for the violation of international law,” it concluded. 

On September 22, Truss said she is considering relocating the British embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

    Can Any Lebanon-Israel Maritime Deal be Trusted?

    Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360° 

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    Abdel Bari Atwan

    While the demarcation agreement is yet to be signed, scepticism on both sides signals conflict ahead

    There is a sense of optimism in Lebanon over the possibility of signing a maritime agreement with Israel that would enable the extraction of gas from Lebanese territorial waters, which could help lead the country out of its dire financial crisis.

    After the 3 October meeting that brought together Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Republican Palace, it was clear that everyone agreed with the “moderate” proposals presented by US envoy Amos Hochstein, head of the indirect negotiations between Lebanon and Israel over their common maritime border.

    Deputy Speaker of Parliament Elias Abu Saab announced after the meeting that Lebanon’s “comments” on the proposals would be sent to Hochstein, and that the Lebanese government would not provide an official answer to the proposal – pending a response from the US envoy before the end of the week.

    Israel for its part has reportedly given preliminary approval for the proposal which consists of a 10-page draft.

    Abu Saab confirmed that Lebanon had obtained its full rights in the maritime “Qana gas field,” but he cautioned that the devils lie in the detail.

    Mikati, who seems the most enthusiastic to sign the US-brokered agreement, said after leaving the presidential palace that “things are going in the right direction.” His smile was wider than ever – as though gas revenues in the billions of dollars were about to flow into the coffers of the Central Bank of Lebanon.

    Gas deal ‘leaks’

    So far, few details of the agreement have been revealed. Currently in circulation are ‘deliberate’ indirect leaks from the two negotiating parties to ‘beautify’ the agreement for their respective constituents. It reflects the desire of deal proponents to clinch an agreement as soon as possible, ostensibly to avoid a war on the Lebanese-Israeli border that could escalate into a regional war, and maybe more.

    While the Lebanese side appears uncharacteristically united and more willing to sign, sharp divisions persist in the Israeli camp, especially between interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid and his ally Minister of Defense Benny Gantz, on the one hand, and the opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other.

    Lapid claims, through his camp’s leaks, that Israel will retain full sovereignty over the contested Karish gas field and will receive financial compensation by relinquishing part of Lebanon’s Qana gas field – paid for by French corporation TotalEnergies, which is currently in talks of its own with Israel over potential profit sharing from exploration.

    Lapid also promotes the notion that Israel made a “tactical concession in exchange for a strategic gain in stability on the northern borders.”

    Netanyahu has stepped up his attacks on the prime minister and has criticized the draft agreement for making huge concessions on the ‘Land of Israel’ and for handing over its natural resources to Lebanon and Hezbollah.

    This, he contends, is taking place without holding a public referendum or securing the approval of the Knesset (Parliament). He has also vowed to abolish the agreement if he comes to power following legislative elections scheduled for 1 November.

    Meanwhile, everyone is awaiting the results of the mini-Israeli security cabinet meeting next Thursday, which is supposed to discuss and ratify the agreement.

    The internal battle may then move to Israel’s Supreme Court to decide on the opposition’s demands to hold a referendum on the agreement, or to submit it to the Knesset for approval – or both. There are initial indications that the Supreme Court may support the opposition’s opinion.

    Uri Adiri, the chief Israeli negotiator for demarcating the maritime border with Lebanon, announced his resignation in protest of Lapid’s management of the negotiations. It seems clear that the resignation came under opposition pressure, and it is not unlikely that similar resignations will take place in the coming days.

    Negotiations leading to ‘normalization’

    There are also criticisms on the Lebanese side in some circles, chiefly over the notion that such negotiations are a precursor to normalization with the occupation state. Abu Saab, however, has insisted that no agreement or treaty will be signed with the Israeli enemy, and that there will be no document that includes a Lebanese signature alongside an Israeli signature.

    But there are several caveats worth noting:

    • Firstly: The final version of the US-brokered proposals has not yet been agreed upon, and therefore the possibilities of returning to square one, that is, before the ‘theoretical current agreement,’ are still present.
    • Secondly: The only guarantors of this agreement are the United States and France. Experiences with US guarantees are not encouraging. As we have seen with Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – likewise, the US guarantee of the Oslo Accord, signed at the White House on 13 September, 1993 – an American guarantee no longer invokes much confidence.
    • Thirdly: Netanyahu cannot cancel the agreement as long as it is legally approved, but he can undermine it if he wins the next legislative elections. As with the Oslo Accords – which he strongly opposed – while he could not exit the agreement, he prevented its implementation and reduced it to empty words by settling 800,000 settlers in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

    Delaying the inevitable

    Finally: We cannot rule out that these Israeli disputes between the government and the opposition are just political theater intended to stall, deceive the Lebanese, and plan ahead for the inevitable response by the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

    It should be noted that the US is Israel’s strongest global ally, that Lapid is one of Israel’s most ardent supporters of the US war against Russia in Ukraine, and that the American “mediator” Amos Hochstein is Israeli-born and served in the Israeli army.

    The only reliable guarantee for Lebanon, for its oil and gas resources, for its security and stability, is the Islamic resistance represented by Hezbollah and its huge arsenal of precision missiles, advanced drones, and one hundred thousand-strong army of resistance fighters.

    This is the first time in the history of Israel, since its establishment, that its government has offered concessions under the threat of arms and in fear of a war that threatens its existence. This is entirely due to Hezbollah’s refusal to allow Israel to extract gas before Lebanon has secured its own rights.

    The next few days could be the most dangerous for Lebanon and the region. The utmost caution must be exercised, and every word or comma in any binding agreement must be carefully scrutinized before signing.

    Remember that Netanyahu is a paper tiger, and he was subjected to humiliating defeats at the hands of the resistance in the Gaza Strip, especially in the battle of Sayf al-Quds.

    The resistance is the biggest winner of this agreement so far in both in its implementation – because it is the one who imposed it with missiles and drones – and in the event of its collapse – because it is ready for all possibilities, foremost of which is war.

    While the Lebanese people are peaceful, and have sought hard to secure a fair and equitable agreement over their maritime borders, they may yet be forced to militarily secure their national rights to Lebanon’s natural resources.

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    Friends of ‘Israel’ Admit Its Defeat in Maritime Border Issue, Say War Still Possible

    October 5, 2022

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    As the dispute on the maritime border between Lebanon and the occupied Palestine edges its final phase, the American friends of ‘Israel’ started lamenting that the final proposal is in favor of Lebanon in general, Hezbollah resistance movement in particular, and claiming that it is depriving the occupying entity from all of the naval resources.

    Those comments also echo former ‘Israeli’ premier and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who started attacking his rival, Zionist PM Yair Lapid, whom he accused of giving away the ‘Israeli’-occupied Palestinian maritime territory to Hezbollah.

    In the same respect, former US ambassador to the ‘Israeli’-occupied territories, David Friedman, commented on the final process in a tweet, in which he mourned that:

    “We spent years trying to broker a deal between ‘Israel’ and Lebanon on the disputed maritime gas fields. Got very close with proposed splits of 55-60% for Lebanon and 45-40% for ‘Israel.’ No one then imagined 100% to Lebanon and 0% to ‘Israel.’ Would love to understand how we got here.”

    For his part, Former US assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker told i24NEWS that the chances of an ‘Israeli’-Hezbollah confrontation “still remain very high” despite the advancement of the US-brokered maritime border delimitation issue.

    Schenker belittled the proposal, saying it “does nothing to lower or alleviate tensions along the blue line where Hezbollah is digging in.”

    The New Jersey native served in the position during the administration of former US president Donald Trump from 2019 to 2021, during which he was assigned as the point man on the ‘Israeli’ occupied Palestine-Lebanon maritime border negotiations.

    Seemingly admitting his failure to finish the issue, whose draft proposal was formed under the mediation of the State Department’s senior advisor for energy security, Amos Hochstein, Schenker also said that it appeared that ‘Israel’ agreed to give the Lebanese “100 percent” of what they wanted, while claiming that the Qana gas field that would be under control of Lebanon contains “very little reserves.”

    He said that the administration of US President Joe Biden can claim a foreign policy win with the deal and a success in promoting regional stability, while cautioning that questions still remain about long-term calm.

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    Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 22 – 28 September 2022)

    September 29, 2022

    Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

    6 Palestinians were killed, and 48 others were wounded, including 6 children and a journalist, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

    On 22 September 2022, Mohammad Osama Abo Jom’a (23), resident of Al-Tor neighborhood in East Jerusalem was killed by Israeli police fire near Beit Sira military checkpoint at the entrance to Modi’in settlement, west of Ramallah, after a fight with an Israeli settler. No statement was published by the Israeli forces or police, while the Israeli media reported injuries among settlers in a stabbing attack while eyewitnesses refuted these claims.

    On 24 September 2022, Mohammad ‘Awad Abu Koufa (37), from Beit Ijza in East Jerusalem, was killed when IOF opened fire at a Palestinian vehicle he was driving and after colliding with an Israeli police vehicle, west of Nablus. As a result, an Israeli police officer and a soldier were wounded.

    On 28 September 2022, IOF killed 4 Palestinians, including one civilian, and wounded 20 others; mostly civilians including 4 children: 2 in critical condition, following IOF’s incursion into Jenin refugee camp. IOF cordoned off a residential house and targeted it with a barrage of bullets and missiles. (Details available here)

    Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force during IOF incursions into cities and villages or suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

    On 23 September 2022, 11 Palestinians, including a journalist and a child, were injured when IOF opened fire during clashes that followed the latter’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya. On the same day, a person with disability was wounded with a bullet in his foot in IOF shooting following their incursion into Al-Dhahr area near “Karmei Tzur” settlement, north of Hebron.

    On 25 September 2022, a Palestinian sustained a rubber bullet wound, and 15 others suffocated due to teargas inhalation during confrontations with IOF in Silwan village in East Jerusalem.

    On 26 September 2022, an elderly was injured, and others sustained bruises, while 13 others were arrested during IOF suppression of worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque to secure the settlers’ raid into the Mosque’s yards on the occasion of Jewish New Year.  IOF cordoned off Al-Aqsa Mosque and closed its gates while they were heavily deployed across Jerusalem, particularly the Old City. Meanwhile, IOF attacked the participants in a woman’s funeral after attempting to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the funeral prayer and arrested 5 members of her family.

    On 28 September 2022, 3 Palestinians were wounded with live bullets during clashes at the entrance to Beit Ummar village in Hebron. Moreover, 12 others, including a child in serious condition, sustained shrapnel and bullet wounds, and 14 suffocated during clashes with IOF near the Military Court Checkpoint at the northern entrance to Al-Bireh.

    In separate incidents, dozens suffocated after IOF fired tear gas canisters during the latter’s suppression of protests or incursions into Palestinian neighborhoods or near seam zones in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

    In the Gaza Strip, 5 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza shores (Western Gaza shores), and 10 other shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip.

    So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 128 Palestinians, including 87 civilians: 26 children, 8 women, 2 Palestinians killed by Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 15 of them were assassinated. Thirty-two of those killed, including 19 civilians: 8 children and 3 women, were in the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Also, 1,373 Palestinians, including 212 children, 40 women, and 23 journalists, were wounded in IOF’s attacks in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Moreover, 4 Palestinian detainees, including a woman, died in the Israeli prisons.

    Land razing, demolitions, and notices

    IOF demolished 2 houses, rendering 2 families of 16 homeless. Details are as follows:

    On 22 September 2022, IOF demolished a house in Yatta, south of Hebron, displacing a family of 10 as they previously handed the house’s owner notices of cease-construction and then demolition.

    On 25 September 2022, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his house in Wadi Al-Joz neighborhood in East Jerusalem upon an Israeli municipal decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction. The house was established years ago and repaired 15 years ago as he added another structure, making the total area of the house about 80 sqms. He lived there with his wife who suffers from complete disability and his 4 children.

    Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 115 families homeless, a total of 686 persons, including 132 women and 310 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 121 houses and 41 residential tents. IOF also demolished 92 other civilian economic objects, leveled vacant areas of land, and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

    Settler-attacks

    On 23 September 2022, Israeli settlers accompanied with Knesset Member, Samha Rotman, raided Bab Al-Rahma Islamic Cemetery, and the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque gates in East Jerusalem under IOF protection.  They blew the trumpet and performed religious rituals there.

    Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 184 attacks. In two of the attacks, 2 Palestinians were killed.

    IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

    IOF carried out 188 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 86 Palestinians were arrested, including 4 children, 2 journalists and a woman.

    So far in 2022, IOF conducted 6,515 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 3,802 Palestinians were arrested, including 353 children and 33 women. IOF also conducted 32 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 85 Palestinians, including 49 fishermen, 31 infiltrators, and 5 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

    Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

    IOF maintain their illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

    On 23 September 2022, Waseem Sameer ‘Azzam (28), from northern Gaza Strip, died because he was denied travel to receive treatment at Al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem. ‘Azzam sustained a fracture in the neck, complete cerebral palsy and Hypoesthesia “loss of sensation” when swimming on 15 September 2022. Accordingly, since the beginning of this year, the number of patients died due to preventing their travel for treatment abroad has risen to 7, including 3 children.

    IOF announced the closure of the crossings with the Gaza Strip and West Bank from Sunday, 25 September to 27 September 2022, under the pretext of the Jewish New Year while Al-Jalama crossing remains open to the movement of Israeli vehicles into Jenin only on 27 September.

    In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continue to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 95 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 5 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

    On 26 September 2022, IOF closed 3 gates of the East Jerusalem wall, and erupted dozens of police checkpoints in the vicinity of the Old city, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and its gates, coinciding with the beginning of the Jewish New Year holiday.

    So far in 2022, IOF established 3,298 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 151 Palestinians at those checkpoints

    Israel Takes Punitive Measures against French-Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike

    October 4, 2022

    French Palestinian prisoners Salah Hammouri. (Photo: via Amnesty International website)

    The Israeli Prison Service has subjected French-Palestinian human rights defender Salah Al-Hamouri to a series of punitive measures after he started a hunger strike on September 25, according to the lawyer representing him.

    Quds Press reported that Hamouri’s lawyer visited him on Sunday in the northern West Bank prison of Hadarim, where he is held in solitary confinement under an administrative detention order.

    Hamouri is on an open-ended hunger strike in protest at his detention with neither charge nor trial, along with 29 other administrative detainees. He only drinks water and refuses any medical examination.

    His lawyer pointed out that three days after he started his hunger strike the prison authorities transferred Hamouri to solitary confinement. He is now isolated in a 2 x 2 square metre cell that lacks ventilation. The cell has one iron bed fixed to the wall with a thin 2cm mattress.

    Other punitive measures imposed on Hamouri by the authorities reportedly include depriving him of outdoor time or activity and family visits and the right to purchase supplies; sending him to the bathroom in double hand and foot cuffs; and other humiliating conditions. Hamouri is suffering from back, joint and head pains.

    The Israeli occupation forces arrested Hamouri on March 7 based on a three-month administrative detention order that has been renewed twice. He has been detained on a renewable basis ever since, based on “secret evidence”.

    (MEMO, PC, SOCIAL)

    ‘The Palestinian View’ – with Ramzy Baroud: Which Side is the PA On? (VIDEO)

    October 3, 2022

    Ramzy Baroud discusses the very future of the PA. (Thumbnail: The Palestine Chronicle)

    By Palestine Chronicle Staff

    The arrest of a prominent Palestinian activist, Musab Shtayyeh, and another Palestinian activist, by Palestinian Authority police on September 20 was not the first time that the notorious PA’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) has arrested a Palestinian who is wanted by Israel.

    In this episode of ‘The Palestinian View’, Ramzy Baroud talks about the Palestinian Authority, its violence against the Palestinian people and the very future of the PA.

    (The Palestine Chronicle)

    Israeli media: Maritime deal united Lebanese, divided Israelis

    October 4, 2022

    Source: Israeli media

    Israeli media are highlighting a split in positions in “Israel” regarding the maritime agreement.

    Israeli media: Lebanon is united regarding the maritime demarcation agreement

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    On Monday, Israeli media reported that “Lebanon is united over the maritime agreement, and “Israel” is divided.”

    In the details, the Israeli channel KAN said that “a country suffering from conflict and is politically divided, such as Lebanon, appears more united than Israel with regard to everything related to the issue of the dispute on the maritime borders.”

    The Israeli channel commented on the speech of the caretaker Prime Minister in Lebanon, Najib Mikati, in which he said that “the agreement is acceptable to us, but we will convey some observations to the American mediator,” noting that “there is a basic consensus that the settlement proposal on the part of the American mediator, Amos Hochstein, is accepted by the Lebanese side.”

    The interviewer on KAN then asked, “Why is this important? Because “Israel” appears contrary to what it should be?”

    The response was that “it is true that a senior (Israeli) political source said yesterday that Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Security Minister Benny Gantz agreed to Hochstein’s proposal, but there are a number of question marks, not only about the crystallized agreement and how it will be ratified but also within the government and inside the cabinet.”

    Netanyahu: “Agreement is illegal, we won’t be obligated by it”

    Earlier, former Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that Lapid is shamefully surrendering to the threats of the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

    According to Netanyahu, should the agreement with Lebanon be signed, Hezbollah would be “receiving Israel’s sovereign territory and a gas field worth billions of dollars” without any parliamentary debate and referendum.

    “Lapid has no mandate to give sovereign territory and sovereign assets that belong to all of us to an enemy state,” Netanyahu said.

    The former Israeli PM reiterated that the agreement with Lebanon “is illegal and we won’t be obligated by it,” in the event of returning to power after the November 1 election.

    In response, Lapid tweeted that “I understand that it pains you that you didn’t succeed in achieving an agreement, but that is no reason to join Nasrallah’s propaganda campaign.”

    Lapid said that Netanyahu “hasn’t seen the agreement,” claiming that it gives “Israel” “100% of its security needs, 100% of the Karish reserve, and even some of the profits from the Lebanon reserve.”

    Two days ago, a Lebanese source concerned with the demarcation negotiations confirmed to Al Mayadeen that “Lebanon obtained, in the written proposal it received from the Americans, all its demands,” adding that “Lebanon has not and will not give Israel any security zone that it previously demanded.”

    This comes after Lebanon received the written response from the American mediator, Amos Hochstein, regarding the demarcation of its southern maritime borders, through the American ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea.

    On his part, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also touched on the issue of the Lebanese maritime borders, saying that the importance of what is happening today is there is a written text from the mediating party that the President, Parliament Speaker, and the Prime Minister have received.

    In turn, Israeli media said that the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, “succeeded in the battle of awareness in the negotiations to demarcate the maritime borders.”

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    Sayyed Nasrallah: Critical Days in Maritime Demarcation File, Iran Stronger than Ever

    October 2, 2022

    By Al-Ahed news

    Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Saturday a speech commemorating the memory of Sayyed Mohammad Ali Al-Amin.

    As he praised the noble traits of the late cleric, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled that “The true history of our countries and nations is known through our clerics.”

    His Eminence further urged collective efforts to preserve our history as “Much of what has been written is an imagined and assumed history.”

    “His Eminence lived the incidents including the establishment of the usurping entity, the displacement of Palestinian people, the 1967 war and the successive ‘Israeli’ aggressions on Lebanon, the latest of which was the 206 aggression,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated.

    On the same level, the Resistance Leader called for preserving the blessing of the Resistance. “We must not be affected with the voices that don’t suggest any other alternative,” he added, noting that “The current sense of security and dignity in the south was a victory created in Lebanon and by its people.

    Denouncing the fact that “There are no values, ethics or international law in this world, which is governed by the law of the jungle,” His Eminence reminded that “The calmness the people enjoy today, especially the southerners, has been made in Lebanon at the hands of the men of Resistance; this Resistance has presented tangible victories and achievements.”

    Moving to the Palestinian front, Sayyed Nasrallah viewed that “The Palestinians have no choice other than resistance as they have turned desperate from negotiations while the Resistance in the West Bank, Gaza, and all regions is rising.”

    On the maritime demarcation negotiations with “Israel”, he considered that the written proposal that was presented to the Lebanese presidencies forms a “a very important step.”

    “Following months of political, field, and media resistance, today the Lebanese heads of state received the written proposal on the issue of the maritime border demarcation,” His Eminence clarified, pointing out that “The importance of what happened today is that there is a written text and not just mere words.”

    Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that “We’ll be facing a decisive week on the level of the maritime border demarcation between Lebanon and the occupied Palestine as the Lebanese authorities prepare their response to an offer that could “open up wide horizons for the Lebanese people.”

    “We can extract our resources when we benefit from our strength and unity. We hope that things finally turn good in favor of Lebanon and all the Lebanese people; which in case achieved will open wide horizons to the people of Lebanon. When we stand together and use our available elements of strength we can reach good results,” he added.

    He further mentioned that if a deal was reached, it wouldn’t be a result of the US and “Israeli” “generosity” but rather the result of “Lebanon’s strength”.

    Regarding the internal Lebanese front, Hezbollah Secretary General viewed that “Holding the session to vote on electing a President of the Republic was an important issue and the turnout confirms what we have been saying that no political alliance in Lebanon possesses the majority.”

    “Thursday’s parliamentary session stressed that those who want to elect a president for Lebanon must shun the approach of confrontation and the presidents and candidates of confrontation,” he elaborated.

    In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah wondered “How would a country be run by a president who wants to challenge a major part of the Lebanese people given the deep crisis in the country and the global developments?”

    He, thus, urged the political forces to “consult among each other and activate their contacts in the coming period in order to reach a choice the enjoys a majority in parliament.”

    “We are short on time regarding the formation of the Lebanese government,” The resistance Leader warned, adding that “The illegal emigration on the boats of death is almost a crime, and we call on serious and judicial investigation on this level.”

    On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah cautioned that “The state of ‘Daesh’ [Arabic Acronym for the terrorist ‘ISIS’ group] has collapsed, but ‘Daesh’ as a scheme, organization, and tool still exist.”

    “The extent of the US breach of Daesh is huge and a big part of this organization has been transferred to Afghanistan where we are witnessing what is taking place there,” he elaborated.

    Moving to the Iranian scene, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that “The United States exploits any incident in Iran in order to provoke the nation against the Islamic establishment, the latest of which is the protests that have broken out following Ms. Amini’s tragic death.”

    He also lamented the fact that “The world was moved because an Iranian lady who died in unclear circumstances but turned a blind eye to 50 martyrs in Afghanistan.”

    “US-backed vandals took advantage of the unclear circumstances surrounding her death to challenge the Islamic Republic after their so-called campaign of maximum pressure dismally failed,” he said, recalling that “‘Daesh’ was made by the US, and the US intelligence apparatuses are still protecting, facilitating its funding, and transferring more members to it.”

    His Eminence went on to warn that “The aim behind imposing sanctions on Iran is to incite the people against the Islamic regime, as it is in Lebanon to incite the people against the Resistance.”

    According to Sayyed Nasrallah, “The US’ cruel sanctions against Iranians were meant to pit the people against the Islamic state. The successive US administrations have realized that Iran is a strong, dignified and capable country; and that explains why it doesn’t dare to wage a war on the country and restores to agitating internal disputes.”

    “Iran enjoys great capabilities, so the US uses all tools to incite provocations against the Islamic Republic. Western and Gulf media outlets are working to incite the Iranian people against the Islamic state, he said, noting that “The US administrations have established troll armies across social media platforms to undermine Iran, but all to no avail.”

    “The global media viewed those who took to the streets in the recent events as the Iranian people, but when millions took to the streets in support of the Islamic regime they turned silent, he stressed.

    However, His Eminence assured that “All the schemes are unable to harm the Islamic Republic of Iran because of the nation’s readiness to make sacrifices. It is enough for those fools to watch the Iranian people’s commemorations of the different occasions, and the historic funeral of martyr Hajj Qassem Soleimani to see the will of the Iranian people. The blessed Islamic Republic of Iran is stronger and braver than ever. The Islamic Republic, with its Leader and people, could not be defeated

    “Iran does not have any colonial intentions in the Middle East region. The Islamic Republic cannot be defeated, and holding bitter enmity towards it will cause huge losses for the entire Muslim world,” Sayyed Nasrallah added.

    He also criticized some Iraqi groups for forgetting about the tremendous and heroic sacrifices made by General Qassem Soleimani: “How would the Iraqis befriend Saudi Arabia that sent 5000 suicide bombers to their country? How would the Iraqis forget Iran’s support with arms and money to defend Iraq against ‘Daesh’? Hadn’t been for Iran after the ‘Camp David Agreement’, where would Palestine and al-Quds have been? And where would have Lebanon and ‘Israel’ been?”

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    The return of the two-state solution illusion

     SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 

    JOE BIDEN AND ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER YAIR LAPID SIGN THE JERUSALEM US-ISRAEL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP JOINT DECLARATION, JULY 14, 2022 (PHOTO: KOBI GIDEON, GPO)

    By Mitchell Plitnick

    Source

    For Democrats in the United States and the political “centrists” in Israel—represented by Joe Biden and Yair Lapid, respectively—the loss of credibility for the two-state solution has meant losing more and more support for Israeli policies. As the respected polling site 538.com noted recently, among many other sources, younger Democrats are increasingly supportive of Palestinians and less so of Israeli policies. 

    These facts explain the theater we have witnessed in recent days at the United Nations General Assembly and in the American media scene, where the lone Palestinian woman ever elected to Congress has come under unrelenting attack from her own party as well as the opposition. 

    At the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, Biden devoted one brief mention to the question of Palestine, but what he did say was telling. “And we will continue to advocate for lasting negotiating peace between the Jewish and democratic state of Israel and the Palestinian people,” Biden told the Assembly. “The United States is committed to Israel’s security, full stop.  And a negotiated two-state solution remains, in our view, the best way to ensure Israel’s security and prosperity for the future and give the Palestinians the state which — to which they are entitled — both sides to fully respect the equal rights of their citizens; both people enjoying equal measure of freedom and dignity.”

    While stumbling over his words, and certainly unintentionally, Biden said the quiet part out loud. The U.S. will advocate for lasting negotiations, the hallmark of the Oslo process; endless negotiations that lead nowhere while Israeli settlements spread farther across the West Bank, Gaza slowly dies of poverty, and the status quo in East Jerusalem gradually fades into Jewish dominance. And above all, Israeli “security” is guarded “full stop,” and if there is any room left for any Palestinian rights, those will be considered according to Israel’s wishes. 

    Acting Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke at more length about a two-state solution, but said little more. Spending most of his time urging the world to abandon diplomacy with Iran and instead launch a war, presumably to change the regime there, Lapid stated that “An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy and for the future of our children.”

    Lapid’s speech was littered with falsehoods. He went on at length about how Israel is victimized by “fake news,” citing an incident in May 2021 where a photo of a toddler who was said to have been killed in an Israeli strike on Gaza circulated on social media. The post was a fake and was quickly debunked. But Lapid failed to mention that, while the toddler, referred to as Malak Al Tanani, was, indeed, made up, there was an entire family of Tananis–Ra’fat Tanani, 38, his pregnant wife Rawiye, 35, and their children Ismail, 6, Ameer, 5, Adham, 4, and Mohammad, 3—who were killed in an Israeli strike on May 13, 2021. A fact-check by the Agence France-Presse confirmed both the fake photo and the real family. B’Tselem also posted a video in May 2022 interviewing a relative of the Tanani family that was killed. 

    Having established, through misleading statements and outright dissembling, Israel as a “victim,” Lapid then made sure to let the assembly know that, while he was coming out in support of more talks, and the idea of a two-state solution, Israel would do nothing to make that solution, or any other, a real possibility. 

    “The burden of proof is not on us. We have already proved our desire for peace. Our peace treaty with Egypt has been fully implemented for 43 years now. Our peace treaty with Jordan for 28 years. We are a country that keeps its word and fulfills agreements,” Lapid said

    Aside from the fact that Lapid omits the crucial point that these peace agreements have been enforced by billions of dollars of U.S. aid to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan, Lapid elides the many times Israel has refused to agree to various conditions or interim deals, or has made demands on Palestinians it knew they could not accept

    The absence of a single word about what Israel or the United States would do to achieve freedom for Palestinians or to advance any solution, two state or otherwise, to the ongoing conditions of apartheid and dispossession is unsurprising if one considers that the goal was not to appease the Palestinians, but to address domestic constituencies. 

    Lapid surely knows he was lying when he said that “Despite all the obstacles, still today a large majority of Israelis support the vision of this two-state solution.” In fact, a recent poll by the Israel Democracy Institute found that only 31% of Israeli Jews and only 60% of Palestinian and other Arab citizens of Israel support the two-state solution. 

    But his own constituency in the Yesh Atid party supports such negotiations. More importantly, he wants to make sure he has the loyalty of the small Labor and Meretz parties, both of which support the two-state solution, against his center-right rival, Benny Gantz. Right now, all the polls show that neither Lapid nor Gantz will come close to being able to assemble the coalition of 61 seats needed to win the upcoming election, while their far-right competitor, Benjamin Netanyahu, has better, although also far from certain, prospects of reaching that mark. 

    Lapid also hopes to bolster his chances by demonstrating his compatibility with Biden and the Democrats, and they are more than willing to oblige. Targeting Rep. Rashida Tlaib plays a key role in both bolstering Lapid as a bulwark against Netanyahu—whom Democrats would not want to see back in office, given his very close ties to the Republican Party—and in trying to smother the growing support for Palestine within the party. 

    According to a poll conducted by Pew Research back in March, 61% of Americans between 18 and 29 years of age have a favorable opinion of Palestinians. Among those aged 30-49 it is 55%, and even among older voters, 45-47% have a favorable opinion of Palestinians. While many of these people also hold positive views of Israel, American sympathy for Palestinians has grown immensely over the past two decades, when only 16% of voters viewed Palestinians positively. 

    This sits poorly with mainstream Democrats and their corporate, and especially, pro-Israel funders. So, when Tlaib made a self-evident and fact-based statement, Democrats joined Republicans in piling on her and branding her an antisemite. 

    Tlaib, of course, stated that you cannot be progressive and support Israel’s apartheid government. The response was as vicious as it was disingenuous, with the usual anti-Palestinian hatemongers like Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADLAIPAC, the American Jewish Committee, and a long list of Democratic members of Congress stumbling over each other to see who could come up with the most scurrilous and spurious accusations against Tlaib, who did no more than point out what so many international, Palestinian, and even Israeli human rights groups have proven.

    It’s no coincidence that these attacks came at the same time as the UNGA speeches. Tlaib was very careful to point her finger only at the Israeli government and its policies; at no time did she ever hint at the question of Israel’s existence nor of the presence of Jews in the land. Indeed, even the avowedly Zionist group Americans for Peace Now rose to Tlaib’s defense, splitting with J Street, which shamefully supported the attacks on Tlaib.

    The two-state solution and the myth that you can support apartheid and still be true to progressive values go hand in hand. Consider the words Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz used in her hateful rant against Tlaib. “The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by Rashida Tlaib is nothing short of antisemitic. Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state.”

    Rep. Jerry Nadler elaborated further. “I fundamentally reject the notion that one cannot support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state and be a progressive. I proudly embrace both of these political positions and identities, even as I have criticized some of the policies and actions of democratically-elected Israeli governments over time. I would happily put my progressive record and credentials up against anyone’s. It is both wrong and self-defeating for progressive leaders to abide such an offensive litmus tests.”

    The legitimacy of many of the Congressmembers claiming the “progressive” label is clearly questionable, but Wasserman-Schultz, joined by other Democrats, calling Tlaib antisemitic for expressing support for a view that Amnesty InternationalHuman Rights Watchthe United Nationsal-Haq, and B’Tselem have all expressed and backed up with extensive research is cynically perverse, whether you think Tlaib is right or wrong. 

    Both she and Nadler call Tlaib’s statement a “litmus test,” as if the question is not whether Israel practices apartheid, but whether supporting it anyway is acceptable within the bounds of anything that can be labeled “progressive politics.” 

    Nadler also talks about his occasional criticism of “Israeli policies,” as did many of the Democrats who ganged up on Tlaib. How must those words look to a Palestinian in Gaza or Masafer Yatta, or to a Palestinian-American who might be a constituent of one of these Democrats who express such passionate solidarity with Israelis and such stony indifference, if not outright hostility, to Palestinians? 

    For years, the idea of a two-state solution in Palestine and Israel has been exposed as a pipe dream. However viable it may once have been, more and more people have come to realize in recent years that it simply isn’t a realistic option anymore. 

    Some years ago, a well-informed colleague observed to me that the two-state solution is never impossible, but the costs—fiscally, politically, diplomatically—just keep getting higher. He was right, of course. It is never physically impossible to dismantle Israel’s settlements, sever the existing infrastructure in the West Bank from Israel, work out realistic borders, open Gaza, and pour the many billions of dollars into Palestine that would be required after seven decades and counting of occupation to build a truly viable state. 

    It’s all possible, but the cost would be enormous, and the price—allowing the option of refugees returning to their homes, allowing Palestine the means to defend itself like any other country, compensating Palestinians for their dispossession and suffering, all on top of reining in the most radical of the nationalist settlers, resettling the hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the West Bank, shifting borders to accommodate a connection between Gaza and West Bank, sharing water resources equitably, and a hundred other details—is far higher than anything Israel would consider in its wildest dreams. 

    But that doesn’t mean the two-state solution isn’t seen as crucial for Israel and the United States. Its implementation may be undesirable for Israel, but the idea of it serves a crucial purpose: it is the very lifeblood of the myth that one can support a “Jewish and democratic” apartheid state and reconcile that with liberal or progressive values. That allows them to characterize their “disagreements” with Israel as being about specific policies, not an apartheid system at the very heart of Israel’s character. 

    Apartheid is not a policy; it is an institution. It is a political and legal system. It is a crime under international law. It is not merely one decision to demolish a home, to detain a Palestinian without charge, to beat an elderly man at the al-Aqsa Compound, or to launch one missile at a Gaza apartment building. 

    That system is not just incompatible with progressive values, it’s incompatible even with classical Liberalism. To maintain the self-deception many Democratic supporters of Israel, in and out of politics, need for their consciences, they need to believe that there is a genuine striving for a Palestinian state that can deliver rights to those living under Israeli rule right now. 

    But it’s an illusion. Israel has been disrupting the possibility of it from the beginnings of Oslo through today, with massive settlement expansion, the isolation and starvation of Gaza, and the gradual erosion of the long-standing agreements on the holy sites in Jerusalem. 

    Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are desperately trying to save this phony duality, this illusion that you can support an Israeli ethno-state that, by definition, cannot be a state of all its citizens and must, by its nature discriminate against Palestinians and still call yourself a progressive without irony. 

    No one would suggest you can be progressive but be against a woman’s right to decide about what to do with her own body. Nor can you be progressive and oppose LGBTQIA* rights. Nor can you support racial discrimination, or autocracy. 

    Similarly, no matter how loudly you insist otherwise, you cannot be progressive and be in support of an apartheid regime. The illusion of a two-state solution that hasn’t been a viable possibility for many years doesn’t change that. It only reinforces one discriminatory illusion with another. 

    THE NABLUS RIOTS AND THE FUTURE OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

    SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022

    By Ramzy Baroud

    Source

    The arrest of a prominent Palestinian activist, Musab Shtayyeh, and another Palestinian activist, by Palestinian Authority police on September 20 was not the first time that the notorious PA’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) has arrested a Palestinian who is wanted by Israel.

    PSS is largely linked to the routine arrests and torture of anti-Israeli occupation activists. Several Palestinians have died in the past as a result of PSS violence, the latest being Nizar Banat who was tortured to death on June 24, 2021. The killing of Banat ignited a popular revolt against the PA throughout Palestine.

    For years, various Palestinian and international human rights groups have criticized the PA’s violent practices against dissenting Palestinian voices, quite often within the same human rights reports critical of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. The Hamas government in Gaza, too, has its fair share of blame.

    In its January 2022 World Report, Human Rights Watch said that “the Palestinian Authority (PA) manages affairs in parts of the West Bank, where it systematically arrests arbitrarily and tortures dissidents.” This was neither the first nor the last time that a human rights group made such an accusation.

    The link between Israeli and Palestinian violence targeting political dissidents and activists is equally clear to most Palestinians.

    Some Palestinians may have believed, at one point, that the PA’s role is to serve as a transition between their national liberation project and full independence and sovereignty on the ground. Nearly thirty years after the formation of the PA, such a notion has proved to be wishful thinking. Not only did the PA fail at achieving the coveted Palestinian State, but it has morphed into a massively corrupt apparatus whose existence largely serves a small class of Palestinian politicians and business people – and, in the case of Palestine, it is always the same group.

    PA corruption and subsequent violence aside, what continues to irk most Palestinians is that the PA, with time, became another manifestation of the Israeli occupation, curtailing Palestinian freedom of expression and carrying out arrests on behalf of the Israeli army. Sadly, many of those arrested by the Israeli military in the West Bank have experienced arrest by PA goons, too.

    Scenes of violent riots in the city of Nablus following Shtayyeh’s arrest were reminiscent of the riots against Israeli occupation forces in the northern West Bank city or elsewhere in occupied Palestine. Unlike previous confrontations between Palestinians and PA police – for example, following the killing of Banat – this time, the violence was widespread, and involved protesters from all Palestinian political groups, including the ruling Fatah faction.

    Perhaps unaware of the massive collective psychological shift that took place in Palestine in recent years, the PA government was desperate to contain the violence.

    Subsequently, a committee that represents united Palestinian factions in Nablus declared on September 21 that it has reached a ‘truce’ with PA security forces in the city. The committee, which includes prominent Palestinian figures, told the Associated Press and other media that the agreement restricts any future arrests of Palestinians in Nablus to the condition that the individual must be implicated in breaking Palestinian, not Israeli, law. That provision alone implies a tacit admission by the PA that the arrest of Shtayyeh and Ameed Tbaileh was motivated by an Israeli, not a Palestinian agenda.

    But why would the PA quickly concede to pressure coming from the Palestinian street?

    The answer lies in the changing political mood in Palestine.

    First, it must be stated that resentment of the PA has been brewing for years. One opinion poll after another has indicated the low regard that most Palestinians have of their leadership, of PA President Mahmoud Abbas and particularly of the ‘security coordination’ with Israel.

    Second, the torture and death of political dissident Banat, last year, has erased whatever patience Palestinians had towards their leadership, demonstrating to them that the PA is not an ally but a threat.

    Third, the Unity Intifada of May 2021 has emboldened many segments of Palestinian society throughout occupied Palestine. For the first time in years, Palestinians have felt united around a single slogan and are no longer hostage to the geography of politics and factions. A new generation of young Palestinians has advanced the conversation beyond Abbas, the PA and their endless and ineffectual political rhetoric.

    Fourth, armed struggle in the West Bank has been growing so rapidly that the Israeli army Chief of Staff, Aviv Kochavi, claimed on September 6 that, since March, around 1,500 Palestinians have been arrested in the West Bank and that, allegedly, hundreds of attacks against the Israeli military have been thwarted.

    In fact, evidence of an armed Intifada is growing in the Jenin and Nablus regions. What is particularly interesting, and alarming, from the Israeli and PA viewpoint, about the nature of the budding armed struggle phenomenon, is that it is largely led by the military wing of the ruling Fatah party, in direct cooperation with Hamas and other Islamic and national military wings.

    For example, on August 9, the Israeli army assassinated Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, a prominent Fatah military commander, along with two others. Not only, did the PA do little to stop the Israeli military machine from conducting more such assassinations, six weeks later, it arrested Shtayyeh, a close comrade of Nabulsi.

    Interestingly, Shtayyeh is not a member of Fatah, but a commander within the Hamas military wing, Al-Qassam. Though Fatah and Hamas are meant to be intense political rivals, their political tussle seems to be of no relevance to military groups in the West Bank.

    Unfortunately, more violence is likely to follow, for several reasons: Israel’s determination to crush any armed Intifada in the West Bank before it is widespread across the occupied territories, the looming leadership transition within the PA due to Abbas’s old age, and the growing unity among Palestinians around the issue of resistance.

    While the Israeli response to all of this can easily be gleaned from its legacy of violence, the PA’s future course of action will likely determine its relationship with Israel and its western supporters, on the one hand, and with the Palestinian people, on the other. Which side will the PA choose?

    Sayyed Nasrallah: Decisive days ahead of us in demarcation talks

    1 Oct 2022

    Source: Agencies

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah underlines that the maritime talks are reaching their final days without indicating what is on the horizon.

    Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

    It is incredibly important to hold on to the resistance, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday, warning the public not to be influenced by those talking without providing an alternative. His words came during an event commemorating and honoring the late Sayyed Mohammad Ali Al-Amin.

    Sayyed Nasrallah also touched on the issue of the Lebanese maritime borders, saying that the importance of what is happening today is there being a written text from the mediating party that the President, Parliament Speaker, and the Prime Minister have received.

    “We are before decisive days in the demarcation issue, and the position of the heads of the state will be clarified, as well as where things are headed,” the Hezbollah chief underlined. “If the demarcation issue leads to a desired, good result, that will be due to unity, cooperation, and national solidarity.”

    He also addressed the presidential election in Lebanon, saying “the latest parliamentary session to elect a president proved that there is not one party holding the majority in parliament.”

    The Lebanese parliament failed on Thursday to elect a new President during the first session aimed at doing so due to none of the candidates receiving the mandated two-thirds of the vote.

    The Lebanese constitution stipulates that a candidate must receive the approval of two-thirds of the Parliament’s 128 members. If the MPs fail to elect a President during the first session, the second session will only require the candidates to receive 65 votes (50%+1).

    “The session proved that whoever seeks to elect a president must move away from challenging [their political rivals] in favor of negotiating […] and we are starting to run out of time when it comes to forming a cabinet,” the Lebanese resistance leader added.

    “Illegal migration in the boats of death is a crime,” Sayyed Nasrallah said in light of a boat transporting illegal migrants capsizing off the Syrian coasts with hundreds of passengers on board. He also called for an investigation into the matter that has become a trend in the crises-stricken country.

    The number of victims of the migrant boat has risen to 94 after a number of bodies were recovered from Syria’s Banias beach on the Mediterranean coast, Syrian state television said last Saturday. 

    “The event surrounding Russia and Ukraine is no longer regional; it is now an international development that can change the face of the world,” the resistance leader said as tensions rose on Friday between Russia and the West over the former’s recognition of former Ukrainian territories as its own following popular referenda.

    He also highlighted that the United States was using Ukrainian soldiers as cannon fodder against Russia. “The US does not want to fight Russia with Americans. It wants to use Ukrainians and subsequently Europeans.”

    US-backed ISIS has fallen

    “The Islamic State of ISIS has collapsed, but the usage of ISIS as a project, organization, and tool is not done,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

    “ISIS was created by the United States, and the US intelligence agencies are still protecting it, facilitating its financing, and supplying it with more members,” he added.

    Iran protests

    “Any event in Iran is exploited [by foreign parties] to incite [the public] against the Islamic Republic,” he said. “Successive US administrations have realized that Iran is strong and capable; therefore they did not wage war against it and instead bet on domestic instigators.”

    “There even were rumors about Sayyed Ali Khamenei, all of which are false, aimed at the will of the Iranian people,” Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted. “Iran is strong, and it is enough for them to re-watch the historic funeral of martyr Qassem Soleimani when millions of people took to the streets.”

    “The Islamic Republic, with its leader and people, is untouchable,” he stressed. “The constant incitement against Iran and the painting of its people as an ‘enemy’ is a demonic act aimed at ripping the nation apart.”

    “The Islamic Republic wants nothing from the regional countries, and it does not have any ambitions in Iraq […] how could Iraqis forget how Iran stood with them and gave its money and arms to defend Iraq in the face of ISIS,” the leader recalled.

    “How could there be a sentiment of friendliness friendly toward Saudi Arabia, which sent 5,000 suicide bombers to Iraq?” he wondered. “After Camp David, if it weren’t for Iran, where would Palestine and Al-Quds be today? Where would have Lebanon and Israel been?”

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    Second episode of The Heroes: What is the ‘Qassem Soleimani’ room?

    30 Sep 2022 23:04 

    Source: Al Mayadeen

    In the second episode of Al Mayadeen’s documentary The Heroes, the stories of Gilboa’s prisoners and their lives inside and behind the bars are narrated. What are the Jenin Brigade and the secret of The Fifth Room?

    Second episode of The Heroes on Al Mayadeen

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    On the right side of the prison yard is a cluster of cells, one of which will become the scene of a momentous event; cell number 5. That is what the Israeli occupation called one of the prison cells in Gilboa. However, the Palestinian prisoners had another name for the cell that later became an integral part of the history of the Palestinian struggle.

    In the second episode of The Heroes, commander Mahmoud Al-Aridah tells Al Mayadeen the story of General Qassem Soleimani’s room, the martyr of Al-Quds’ room. It is the room of the hour in the story of Operation Freedom Tunnel. Strategic at heart, this naming was a message to the Israeli occupation.

    That is what martyr General Qassem Soleimani’s daughter confirmed when she found out what the prisoners decided to call the cell they were using to break from the Israeli occupation’s chains and send a jolt of lightning through the occupation’s so-called being. They decided to name the landmark cell after her martyred father. 

    She saw that this reflected the deep connection General Soleimani had with the Palestinian freedom fighters, prisoners, and people as a whole. It shows that General Qassem was a part of them, and he will forever be embedded in their memory, perceived as living among them. “These people who are dear to us see that martyr Soleimani has a hand in these operations.”

    Prisoner Mahmoud Al-Aridah, the man dissatisfied with the Israeli occupation’s chains so much so he tried to break out from its unjust prisons several times, forcing the Israeli occupation to transfer him repeatedly throughout occupied Palestine until he ended up in Gilboa. Al-Aridah’s stay in this prison, in particular, was set up as a challenge by the Israeli prison administration, as it thought that he could never leave its four reinforced walls.

    However, commander Mahmoud planned with determination, and then he struck, executing a freedom operation the likes of which have never been seen by the occupation.

    Prisoners succeeded as free people failed

    There was a consensus on prisoner Zakaria Al-Zubaidi becoming a part of The Heroes. The consensus showed Palestinian unity, for Zakaria, as a fellow Palestinian from Jenin, The Heroes were quick to embrace him as one of their own, sending a message of great success from inside the walls of the Israeli occupations’ prisons as those outside them failed to unite.

    In the second episode of The Heroes, Al Mayadeen narrates prisoner Zakaria Al-Zubaidi’s story and talks about him and his feats. Zakaria constitutes a certain kind of symbolism. Being the commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in the Jenin refugee camp, Al-Zubaidi becoming a party to the operation and a part of the team was influential on the Palestinian public and freedom fighters.

    Al-Zubaidi fought against the Israeli occupation forces several times and participated in several operations. He was behind a bombing in “Tel Aviv” in 2004, which sent the Israeli occupation rabidly searching for him for long stretches of time. His home was raided numerous times, which prevented him from seeing his family all at once. He has not since 1988 seen all of his brothers together, as at least one person would be in prison at any point.

    Ayham Kamamji: The poet freedom fighter

    “In 2003, he went on a mission in a booby-trapped car. He got unlucky. The car malfunctioned, and he has been wanted ever since,” said Fouad Kamamji, prisoner Ayham’s father.

    Ayham has two bachelor’s degrees from Al-Aqsa University in Gaza and the Open University in Al-Quds, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Cairo. During his detention, he was known to have always been occupied with teaching young prisoners.

    “Kamaji is a kind-hearted man. If you are ever in trouble, he will help you. He solves problems in prison and helps the men in there to read and write,” people close to Ayham Kamamji said in episode two of The Heroes.

    Kamaji killed an illegal Israeli settler in Ramallah, or so is reported. But in reality, he was not any settler; he was an officer in the Israeli occupation’s airforce. Additionally, Kamamji was supposed to stand trial at the hands of the Palestinian Authority, but the Israeli occupation tricked him and arrested him while on trial.

    In Gilboa, during his public trial following Operation Freedom Tunnel, Kamamji was the sound voice of reason, speaking eloquently and bravely about his roots in the resistance.

    Munadel Nafi’at: A man of many feats

    Mahmoud Al-Aridah told Al Mayadeen that back in 2018, he met Munadel Nafi’at, who was arrested and released several times before ending up in Gilboa and choosing to become a member of the team.

    The Israeli occupation executed its revenge on Nafi’at’s family, arresting his brother Qaisar directly after arresting him. Qaisar is currently in solitary confinement. Meanwhile, his brother Majdou was sentenced to 22 months in prison a few months back, and he is not deprive of visitations.

    He was arrested for the first time before he was liberated through the Loyalty of the Free prison swap deal on December 18, 2011, between the Israeli and Palestinian sides. It saw 1,400 Palestinian prisoners liberated from the Israeli occupation’s prisons. Ever since, he got arrested back to back.

    Nafi’at spent around seven years in the Israeli occupation’s prisons, including through administrative detention. He was also arrested for being a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

    Who is Mahmoud Chreim?

    The laborers; that is what Mahmoud Al-Aridah calls him. They had a major role in digging the tunnel and executing Operation Freedom Tunnel. Munadel Nafi’at, Mohammad Al-Aridah, Mahmoud Chreim, and Mohammad Abu Bakr. They were hardworking laborers.

    During the same month as Operation Freedom Tunnel, Mahmoud Chreim was supposed to get out of prison. However, he chose to stay and be part of the operation, which landed him an additional four years in prison.

    Mahmoud Chreim’s brother, Youssef, describes him as a “calm person who loved to fight and resist for the liberation of liberating Al-Aqsa mosque. He is a great person who did not care for any harm that he would endure for carrying out this operation, even if it meant that he would have to stand trial and face a longer sentence. All he cared about was these six prisoners facing a life sentence and contributing to their liberation. That is all he cared about.”

    A hero that cut through the Israeli occupation’s prison bars is how Mahmoud Al-Aridah described him. That is Chreim, alongside Qusai Merhi, who was arrested before finishing his studies and was also sentenced to four more years in prison for helping The Heroes.

    Jenin

    Liberated prisoner Mohammad Jaradat talks in the second episode of The Heroes about Jenin. Why Jenin? Why are all the prisoners who participated in the operation from Jenin?

    “These questions underline that there is a connection between the tunnel and these brothers’ plan to reach Jenin refugee camp, as well as some of them making it there, not to mention the inclination toward resistance in the Jenin refugee camp. That is a sentiment that is still present until now, even if it was between two tides, it is still a thorn in the side of the Israeli occupation’s security,” Jaradat underlined.

    “Everyone is talking about Jenin today as the city spearheading the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank. Nablus, despite all its greatness and might, and despite being the most populated area in the West Bank, has lost its standing to [Jenin]. Martyr Ibrahim Nabulsi’s mother is from Jenin, and Jenin’s residents dealt with his martyrdom as if it occurred there. Therefore, the Jenin Brigade is a prime example of Palestinian resistance that can be used as a model for resisting the occupation on the level of the Palestinian cause, and this is what everyone is closely following,” he added.

    Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziyad Al-Nakhalah called the Jenin Brigade the “Tunnel Brigade” so that Operation Freedom Tunnel remains a symbol of resistance in the occupied West Bank.

    The digging began. Those who should know found out, as other inmates believed that the whole operation was just to find a safe place for them to stash their phones, and they went out for recess as some of the heroes went to the cell where the whole thing took place. This is the beginning of the operation.

    To know more details about Operation Freedom Tunnel, watch the upcoming episodes of The Heroes on Al Mayadeen at 21:00 Al-Quds time. 

    WORLDMuslim Brotherhood Mob Boss Qaradawi Dies

    September 30, 2022

    Declan Hayes

    The only tragedy about the death at 96 years of age of Youssef al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s deadliest terrorist grouping, is that the Muslim Brotherhood did not die along with him.

    The only tragedy about the death at 96 years of age of Youssef al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s deadliest terrorist grouping, is that the Muslim Brotherhood did not die along with him.

    Qaradawi was the Egyptian born spiritual head of the Muslim Brotherhood murder gang. Typical of the beliefs Qaradawi espoused was that Hitler went too easy on the Jews, that the world’s 100 million Shia, along with all apostates from Sunni Islam, must be exterminated and that his Islamic Caliphate should rule over us all. He lived in Qatar and, when not spewing out misogynistic, Shiaphobic, anti Semitic bile from that excuse for a country on al Jazeera’s top rating TV show. this hateful, Hitler loving demagogue issued fatwas to the Muslim Brotherhood faithful to slaughter Syria’s minorites and “apostates”.

    The Muslim Brotherhood, its strong links with Western intelligence forces and dubious Trotsykist groups notwithstanding, is the Arab world’s original, most subversive, and most dangerous terrorist organization. It strongly believes in imposing the Caliphate and, as their countless atrocities in Egypt and Syria show, murdering or subjugating all who resist them. There will be no peace in the Arab or Western worlds until the Muslim Brotherhood is crushed in its Egyptian and Syrian spawning grounds and in those areas of the Western world NATO has allowed it colonize. Syria’s former ruler, the late Hafez el Assad, accurately described these NATO aligned devils in this video.

    Following their failed 1982 coup, most Syrian Muslim Brotherhood terrorists fled into safe haven bolt holes from where they built a network of dedicated and highly professional cadres to spew their toxins. Though the Muslim Brotherhood Support Network in the West deserves a lot more scrutiny to determine why supposed left wing groups support these sectarian cut throats, they are, from my experience at least, protected by MI5 and allied intelligence agencies.

    Take the case of Omar Gabbar, who shared a platform with prominent child sex jihad proponent Muhammed al-Arefe. Not only did Gabbar’s Hand in Hand for Syria front group secure one of the world’s top child sex jihadist recruiters in their first month of operation “from a Leicester kitchen table” but their original posters were designed by Turkish-based hacks of the terrorist Free Syrian Army, whose flag is emblazoned on the logo of Hand in Hand for Syria. Gabbar should, together with the legal hounds and British armed response units he set on me, consider that decent people, who are not members of the Muslim Brotherhood or any of its satellites, have got very lengthy prison tariffs for much less. Though al-Arefe is now barred from Britain, Omar Gabbar remains there and, like many others, who brought al-Arefe to Britain, is allowed work, as a hospital consultant in his case, where he has access to the young and impressionable children al-Arefe expects to do sex jihad.

    The Muslim Brotherhood are allowed leverage the professional status of operatives like Gabbar not only to bring sex jihadist recruiting sergeants like Al Arefe to England to help the Canadian secret service ferry child brides like Shamima Begum to their Syrian caliphate but to collect tens of millions of dollars for the Caliphate under false pretenses thanks, in large part to the control MI5 have over the Charity Commission which can be seen, inter alia, by the example of Samara’s Appeal, a dodgy Anglican cult charity focused on Syria, which is exempted from having to list its trustees.

    Gabbar is not the Muslim Brotherhood’s only well placed British asset. Dr Rola Hallam is the daughter of Mousa al Kurdi, one of the head honchos in the supposedly moderate wing of Syria’s Murder Inc; she can drive through ISIS checkpoints at will, as this website based on BBC Panorama’s farcical puff piece plainly illustrates.. Though Hand in Hand for Syria’s collusion with ISIS, as evidenced by their ability to sail through ISIS checkpoints and to work in ISIS strongholds, is a further indication that the moderate and less moderate wings of Syria’s Murder Inc are in bed together and that the British and Irish authorities should consider rounding up the flotsam working with them, that will not happen because Qaradawi’s Muslim Brotherhood are so well engrained at the heart of British and Irish political life.

    At the center of the effort to hijack Ireland’s traditional tolerance stand the extremists of the Clonskeagh Mosque aka The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, which Wikileaks’ leaked U.S. cable and all informed writers say, have embedded ties to the most extreme elements of the Muslim Brotherhood murder gang. The mosque or “cultural center”, which gets massive subsidies from the opaque Dubai-based Al Maktoum foundation and sources linked to other totalitarian Gulf states, regularly hosts such “scholars” as Saudi cleric Salman al Awda, who calls for the total extermination of all Americans, and Egyptian demagogue Wagdy Ghoneim, whose views likewise make him an international pariah in places where the writ of the Muslim Brotherhood does not run as deeply as it does in Ireland.

    The “cultural center’s” head religious figure is Hussein Halawa, an Egyptian blow-in, who has lived in Ireland for decades but who cannot speak either English or Irish. Halawa reported directly to Yusuf al-Qaradawi through The European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) which al Qaradawi controlled. Although the arch-bigot Qaradawi was eventually banned from Ireland, Halawa not only remains at large but his children, who were arrested on Muslim Brotherhood related terror charges in Egypt, became a cause célèbre amongst Ireland’s media and large sections of Ireland’s political class, despite Halawa being a leading supporter of Qaradawi and his cut throats. If Halawa was just an otherwise parasitical, functionally illiterate Egyptian blow-in and if female Irish “reverts” were not ending up in accident and emergency wards after “honor beatings”, some of this idiot’s utterances might be tolerable but the fact that his children felt compelled to rush to aid Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as they persecuted Copts and lynched Shias should be definite warning flags even if an alarmingly large number of Irish politicians and other useful idiots opportunistically support him.

    In an earlier piece on MI5 subversion in Iran, I cited the great Gamal Nasser mocking the Muslim Brotherhood over their attempts to destroy secular Egypt. Qaradawi and the Muslim Brotherhood could claim to have got the last laugh both in Egypt and Syria, thanks both to their outright terrorism and the massive support they have received from the intelligence agencies of the United States, Canada, Britain, Israel, Ireland and a host of other countries with no more regard to the harm they do than have any other comparable bunch of sociopaths. Although Syria’s current President has repeatedly warned the West against the spill over effects of Muslim Brotherhood terrorism, Western leaders do not care because it is not how they are hard wired.

    As long as the Biden, Obama, Clinton, Cheney, Blair and Bush families, together with their minions, can benefit from promoting the Zelenskys and Qaradawis of this world, innocents will continue to die in Armenia, Syria, Yemen, Russia or anywhere else, Western Europe included, they choose to make a wasteland. So, to conclude, grieve not for Qaradawi but only that the Muslim Brotherhood and all its obnoxious tentacles have survived him.

    The Beautiful Rayyan and the ‘Israeli’ Beast

    30 Sep 2022

    By Zeinab Abdallah

    As a mother goodbyeing her children going to school every day, her biggest concerns would be how anxious they are, how much comfortable they feel without her being with them, how concentrating they are in their classes, and whether the food they took with them was enough or they will return hungry so she would rather have their lunch prepared before they are back…

    But as a mother goodbyeing her children going to school in Palestine, the concerns are totally reduced. She would only be worried whether the apple of her eyes will be back home or not.

    In the beautiful Palestine, there is an ‘Israeli’ beast that aims at the land and its owners alike. No matter how young the generation is, its land-tie is a crime as per the occupier’s standards.

    Seven-year-old Rayyan Suleiman, from the central part of the occupied West Bank, has lost his life after falling from a high place while running away from ‘Israeli’ occupation forces who were chasing him.

    Medical sources reported that Rayyan was admitted to hospital after his heart had stopped beating. Attempts to revive him failed, and he was officially pronounced dead soon afterwards.

    The frightened minor ran away from the Zionist regime soldiers as they chased him and other students after leaving their school. Rayyan subsequently fell from a high place and died.

    His father, Yasser, said the ‘Israeli’ troops chased his son to their house, adding that Rayyan’s heart stopped beating because he was apparently so scared.

    The bereaved father noted that he put his son in his car and rushed to hospital but was stopped half way by ‘Israeli’ occupation soldiers who let him drive on only after they had made sure Rayyan was dead.

    In Palestine, it is not the children who fear the beast, although it is monstrous enough to frighten their entire childhood. In Palestine, it is the beast that fears the children… Although as innocent as they must be, children in Palestine are born with a strong attachment to their motherland, which the occupier fears could make them future liberation-seekers.

    This vital spirit that is haunting the Zionists’ very existence won’t be extinguished by killing Rayyan and his friends. Mothers in Palestine in every moment give birth to a resistant and revolutionary soul that will very soon eradicate this usurping entity.

    Rayyan’s martyrdom didn’t catch the world’s attention. His cold-blooded killing didn’t draw the international bodies’ condemnation. World media didn’t employ its lenses to expose this heinous crime as it did for the sake of Morocco’s Rayyan. The Moroccan boy fell in a well next to his home and world media provided round-the-clock coverage for the rescue operations before he died. However, the world’s double standards sadly consider the Palestinian boy as just a number in a full record of the victims of the ‘Israeli’ occupation.

    The beautiful Rayyan will rest in peace, but the ‘Israeli’ beast will never live at ease, never…

    العدو يغامر بجيشه: «بروفة» اجتياح في جنين

     الخميس 29 أيلول 2022

    أحمد العبد  

    سبقت أحداثَ جنين مواجهاتُ عنيفة عاشتها أحياء مدينة القدس المحتلة (أ ف ب)

    رام الله | بات خطّ النار في الضفة الغربية المحتلّة أكثر وضوحاً، ممتدّاً من جنين مروراً بنابلس وصولاً إلى الخليل، ليبْقى الاشتباك حيّاً، والسلاح متأهّباً لأيّ مواجهة قد تقع، على غرار ما حدث صباح أمس في مخيّم جنين، الذي شهد معركة جديدة قد تكون الأشرس في الضفة منذ سنوات. وبدأت قوات الاحتلال، الأربعاء، عملية عسكرية واسعة في المخيم، شاركت فيها أكثر من 60 دورية عسكرية وطائرات مروحية، وأخرى مسيّرة مذخّرة بالصواريخ، في ما بدا أقرب إلى اجتياح واسع، استهدف خصوصاً عائلة الشهيد رعد حازم، منفّذ «عملية ديزنغوف» في تل أبيب. وبحسب مصادر محلّية تحدّثت إلى «الأخبار»، فإن جنود العدو حاصروا منزل العائلة من كلّ الجهات في تطبيق لأسلوب «طنجرة الضغط»، الذي يتّبعه جيش الاحتلال في حصار المقاومين، ومن ثمّ قاموا بقصفه بصاروخ مضادّ للدروع والرصاص الثقيل، ما أدّى إلى احتراقه، واستشهاد شقيق رعد، عبد، ورفيقه محمد الونة، بينما استشهد الشاب أحمد علاونة، وهو أحد عناصر جهاز الاستخبارات العسكرية، برصاصة في الرأس أطلقها عليه قنّاص إسرائيلي، أثناء خوضه مع عشرات المقاومين اشتباكاً مسلّحاً بالبنادق والقنابل المحلّية، منذ اللحظات الأولى للاجتياح. وادّعت وسائل الإعلام العبرية، نقلاً عن جيش العدو، أن الشهيد عبد حازم متّهَم بتنفيذ عمليات إطلاق نار على آليات لقوات الاحتلال قرب حاجز الجلمة، وتحضيره لتنفيذ هجمات أخرى، في وقت لا تزال فيه ملاحقة والده جارية. وعقب انتهاء الجولة الأولى من الاقتحام، استمرّت المواجهات في محيط المخيّم، ما أدّى إلى إصابة العديد من الشبّان، لتبلغ الحصيلة النهائية للعدوان، بحسب وزارة الصحة الفلسطينية، 4 شهداء و44 جريحاً، بعضهم في حال الخطر، وليعمّ الحداد والحزن والغضب، إثر ذلك، جميع أنحاء الضفة.

    وجاء العدوان على مخيّم جنين في الذكرى الثانية والعشرين لانتفاضة الأقصى، وكأنّ العدو أراد تذكير أهالي المخيّم بما ارتكبه من مجازر قبل 22 عاماً. لكنّ المقاومين ذكّروا الاحتلال، في المقابل، ببأْسهم في مواجهته إبّان الاجتياح الذي كبّده خسائر مؤلمة، فضلاً عن العمليات الفدائية التي خرجت من هذه المدينة تحديداً. وإذا كانت جنين قد برزت كقائدة للمقاومة خلال الانتفاضة الثانية، وشكّلت معركة مخيّمها آنذاك علامة فارقة في تاريخها، اكتسبت المدينة على إثرها ألقاب «جنين غراد» و«عاصمة الإرهاب» و«عشّ الدبابير»، فإنها تبدو اليوم أكثر ثباتاً على نهجها، الذي استطاعت تجديده منذ معركة «سيف القدس»، وصولاً إلى شكله الحالي، حيث لا يفتأ يتوسّع في اتّجاه مدن أخرى، على رأسها نابلس القديمة ومخيّماتها والخليل ورام الله. وهذا النهج تحديداً هو ما أعادت جماهير الضفة تمسّكها به أمس، في مسيرات مندّدة خرجت إثر مجزرة مخيّم جنين، في حين أعلنت سلطات الاحتلال رفع التأهّب الأمني إلى درجة قصوى، ليس في الضفة فقط، وإنّما أيضاً في الداخل المحتل، خشية خروج تظاهرات ساخطة قد تتحوّل إلى مواجهات عنيفة على غرار ما جرى في أيار 2021. وبينما احتفى قادة العدو والمستوطِنون بالمجزرة، ودعوا إلى تكرارها في جنين ونابلس، كان الفلسطينيون يهتفون بالمطالبة بالانتقام، وعلى رأسهم أبو رعد حازم الذي خاطب المقاومين في فيديو قصير إثر استشهاد نجله الثاني، بالقول: «المخيم أمانة في أعناقكم… لا تُضيّعوا وحدة الصفّ الفلسطيني». وإذ نعت فصائل المقاومة ومجموعات «عرين الأسود» في نابلس، الشهداء، ودعت إلى تصعيد أعمال المقاومة، لم يتجاوز موقف السلطة الفلسطينية حدود الاستنكار والإدانة.

    يبدو أن عدوان الأمس على مخيّم جنين سيكون عنصر تأجيج إضافياً للأوضاع الميدانية


    وفي وقت يهدّد فيه العدو بحملات جديدة ضدّ جنين ونابلس، وتتواصل استفزازات مستوطِنيه في القدس، يبدو أن عدوان الأمس على المخيّم سيكون عنصر تأجيج إضافياً للأوضاع الميدانية في الأراضي المحتلّة، ودافعاً إلى مزيد من المواجهات والعمليات الفدائية، في مسلسل لا يزال متواصلاً، إذ تَعرّضت قوات الاحتلال، مساء الثلاثاء، لإطلاق نار من مركبة قرب عصيرة الشمالية في محافظة نابلس، كما تَعرّضت قوّة أخرى لحادث مماثل قرب بلدة جبع جنوب جنين. واستهدف شبّان في الخليل، أيضاً، برجاً عسكرياً إسرائيلياً بقنبلة محلّية الصنع (كوع متفجّر)، فيما تمكّن شابّ، فجر الأربعاء، من اقتحام حاجز شعفاط بمركبته، حيث أطلق الجنود النار عليه بزعْم محاولته تنفيذ عملية دهس. ولم تكد ساعات تمرّ على اجتياح المخيّم، حتى استُهدف جيب عسكري إسرائيلي، ظُهر الأربعاء، بعدد من العبوات المحلّية الصنع قرب مستوطنة «يتسهار» جنوب مدينة نابلس، في حين جَرى رشْق جيبات أخرى بزجاجات حارقة قرب طولكرم ونابلس، وطاولت حاجزَ الجلمة شمال جنين عبواتٌ شديدة الانفجار، ما دفع العدو إلى إغلاقه.

    وسبقت أحداثَ جنين مواجهاتُ عنيفة عاشتها أحياء مدينة القدس المحتلّة لليوم الثالث على التوالي، حيث ألقى عشرات الملثّمين في بلدات صور باهر والطور وسلوان الزجاجات الحارقة والألعاب النارية والمفرقعات والحجارة على شرطة الاحتلال، لتردّ الأخيرة بإطلاق قنابل الغاز المسيل للدموع وقنابل الصوت عليهم وعلى منازل الواطنين، ما أدّى إلى إصابة 15 مقدسياً. وتزامَنت تلك المواجهات مع «عيد رأس السنة العبرية»، والذي فشلت فيه الجماعات الاستيطانية في حشد آلاف المستوطنين لاقتحام المسجد الأقصى وإقامة الشعائر التلمودية داخله، كما كانت تخطّط له. لكن ذلك لن يمنع استمرار التأهّب الأمني في الضفة والقدس، خصوصاً أن «الأعياد اليهودية» ستستمرّ حتى الـ17 من تشرين الأول، وأن اقتحامات المستوطِنين للمسجد ستتكرّر، فضلاً عن أن مجزرة جنين ستُلقي بظلالها على المشهد برمّته. وابتداءً من أمس، وحتى الأربعاء المقبل، بدأت «منظّمات الهيكل» المزعوم التركيز على اقتحام الأقصى بالثياب الكهنوتية البيضاء، وأداء الطقوس الجماعية داخله في ما تُسمّى «أيام التوبة» التوراتية، الأمر الذي سيدفع سلطات الاحتلال إلى إبقاء الاستنفار على أشدّه، من خلال نشْر مئات من عناصر الشرطة وحرس الحدود في شوارع المدينة وطرقاتها، ونصْب الحواجز العسكرية والمتاريس، وتقييد حركة المقدسيين.

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    A Little of Lebanese Militias’ Atrocities that Will Never Match with Hezbollah’s Bright Record

    September 28, 2022

    Marwa Haidar

    For long years, anti-Hezbollah parties in Lebanon used to portray the resistance movement as a group that adopts what they called “culture of death.” A lot has been said as part of foreign-backed campaigns aimed at tarnishing the image of Hezbollah.

    “Our Lebanon is different from yours,” a slogan used in a recent anti-Hezbollah campaign launched by several Lebanese parties, on top of which are the Lebanese Forces party and the Phalanges party.

    The new, but also old, campaign spared no accusation to aim against the Lebanese resistance movement: Starting by affiliation to Iran and not ending by corruption claims.

    For many, some of these accusations may be raised for discussion. However, the accusation of the so-called “culture of death” which Hezbollah allegedly “propagates for”, entirely poses a paradox.

    The paradox here lies in the fact that those who launch such accusation lack major values and morals any “culture of life”, which they boast about, needs.

    A “culture of life” is by no mean based on killings and massacres carried out by militias affiliated with the Phalanges party in the seventies and eighties of the last century.

    The Lebanese Forces party was the military wing of Phalanges party and then broke away from in 1982.

    Both parties were notorious for committing horrible massacres of Tal Al-Zaatar in 1976 and Sabra and Shatila in 1982.

    Tal Al-Zaatar Massacre

    The siege of Tal Al-Zaatar was an armed siege of a fortified, UNRWA-administered refugee camp housing Palestinian refugees in northeastern Beirut, that ended on August 12, 1976 with the massacre of at least 1,500 people. The siege and the massacre were carried out by Christian Lebanese militias.

    Recalling the massacre, journalist and writer on world affairs Helena Cobban published on Monday, September 26, 2022, a video that describes atrocities committed during the siege of Tal Al-Zaatar.

    Sabra and Shatila

    The Sabra and Shatila was the killing of between nearly 3,500 civilians, mostly Palestinians and Lebanese by the militia of the Lebanese Forces, the military wing of the Phalanges party. President Bachir Gemayel, the former chief of the Phalanges party, had been assassinated two days before the massacre over his ties with the Israeli enemy, and the Phalangists wanted to avenge. Between 16 September and 18 September 1982, a widespread massacre was carried out by the militia, while the Israeli occupation forces had the camp surrounded.

    The video below, prepared by The Middle East Eye talks more about the massacre.

    https://english.almanar.com.lb/ajax/video_check.php?id=108066

    Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah

    Hezbollah, Lebanese Militia Are Not Alike

    In his latest speech (on September 17, 2022), Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah recalled the Sabra and Shatila massacre. His eminence hit back at Lebanese Forces party and Phalanges party without mentioning them by thanking Allah that Hezbollah resistance and the two pro-Israel groups are not alike.

    “To those who committed Sabra and Shatila massacre and accuse us of believing in the so-called culture of death we say: Thank God we are not alike. This massacre is some of your culture. Culture of death means Sabra and Shatila massacre while culture of life means liberating south without even killing a hen,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, referring to the 2000 Liberation of south Lebanon from Israeli occupation and the peaceful behavior of Hezbollah fighters in dealing Israeli collaborators in the area.

    Source: Al-Manar English Website

    Israeli Bombing of Gaza: The Man Who Had His House Demolished to Reach Trapped Neighbors

    September 27, 2022

    Ashraf Al Qaisi had his house demolished to allow Gaza civil defense workers to reach trapped neighbors. (Photo: WANN, Supplied)

    By Shahd Safi

    “I was at my father’s house when I heard the voices of bombardments. Immediately after, I received a call. They told me that Israel was bombing my neighborhood,” said Ashraf Al Qaisi, a 46-year-old vendor from Gaza.

    Ashraf ran to his home. When he arrived, the whole neighborhood was devastated. Some people were injured and taken to ambulances; others were shouting and running. Every sight, smell, and sound at the scene was intense. It was exhausting to see all that and feel helpless.

    Ashraf went right home to check on his family. His wife was injured. His son was already in the ambulance. He was assured his son was alive, so he checked again on his wife. She had been holding their youngest son when small bomb fragments struck her hand.

    His wife’s injuries were much less severe than other people in the neighborhood, so he just sent her and the other children to one of our neighbors’ houses to leave more space in the ambulance for severe cases. As for Ashraf’s son, he was still at the hospital, as they are trying to get some fragments out of his hand.

    Al-Shout Camp was bombed by Israel at 9:30 p.m on August 6, as part of aggression against the Gaza Strip. The raid killed eight people, including a 14-year-old child and three women, left 50 injuries, and flattened six houses, under which several bodies were trapped.

    During the intense attack on Al Shout Camp in the southern area of the Gaza Strip, the civil defense had to ask to demolish the remainder of Ashraf’s house to be able to save people under the rubble. He didn’t think twice about it.

    They had to ask for a bulldozer from Gaza, which took two hours to arrive. Four hours later, civil defense workers managed to pull out the first two bodies. After eight hours, they had pulled out a total of eleven.

    All that was left from the house were four damaged walls and one room. When the civil defense asked to use that to reach other people under the rubble, Ashraf couldn’t refuse. People all over the neighborhood were in desperate need of help.

    Ashraf Al Qaisi’s neighbor, Omar Farhat, 60, an eyewitness of what happened that day, said that out of nowhere the rockets began falling on the buildings around him as he was lying on a carpet beside his home.

    There was no warning. He put his hands over his head and ran inside his home, where his daughters and wife were sitting. About 15 people were inside. He helped them all get out.

    Then Omar saw his neighbor, Iyad Hassouna, whose face was covered with blood. His neighbor was unable to run, so Omar lifted him over his shoulders and carried him to an ambulance. The neighbor was shouting, “Save my children!” Omar knew that they were already dead. He had seen Hassounas’ wife and daughter, entirely covered with blood. The sight was terrifying for him.

    People were horrified. Dust was everywhere. They barely could see each other. Flesh was scattered among the rubble. Omar Farhat heard many others calling out, searching for their relatives and children. It was the worst thing he had ever heard.

    Omar’s son woke up yesterday, yelling, “There’s a rocket, dad, there’s a rocket!” He and all the others are deeply traumatized. Omar felt grateful to God that he was covered only with dust, not blood.

    The spokesman for civil defense, Major Mahmmoud Bassal, said “Israel didn’t warn anyone in the neighborhood, so people were trapped under the rubble and it was too hard to get into the bombed houses, as all houses there are very close to each other.”

    To enable the bulldozer to reach the rubble, four neighbors permitted the civil defense to demolish homes completely and partially. In one place.

    The spokesman explained that civil defense in Gaza suffers from the lack of equipment due to the Israeli siege.

    “The civil defense doesn’t have any of its own heavy equipment in Gaza. They borrow bulldozers from the ministry of public works. They have been using those vehicles since 1994, although they have to replace them every five years,” he said.

    “We could’ve saved so many people, had we had more and better equipment,”.

    Until now, Ashraf did not receive any compensation. Some organizations, neighbors and friends gave him some money, but not enough to cover his financial loss, build a new house, and live a decent life.

    However, Ashraf never regretted his choice, because saving lives was much more important for him. “At times like that, all you could think of is helping other people survive,” he said, adding that he wishes God would compensate him for his sacrifice.

    (All Photos: WANN, Supplied)

    – Shahd Safi is a Gaza-based freelance translator and writer for We Are Not Numbers. WANN contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle.

    Yemeni Resistance Displays Solid Determination to Humiliate the Aggressors, Support Palestine Simultaneously

    Sep 27 2022

    By Mohammad Youssef

    The Yemeni military parade last week in Sanaa sent very strong messages in different directions; those of strength, confidence, bravery and efficiency.

    The Ansarullah resistance movement has been able to organize this majestic and remarkable event after eight years of a horrible destructive war, brutal massacres and atrocities, and tight siege. This tells a lot about the shameful failure of the US-backed Saudi-Emirati war against the Yemeni people.

    What are the messages that can be easily inferred from the event?

    First and foremost, this event reflects that after eight years of imposed oppressive war how deep is the determination of the Yemenis to continue their struggle and defensive war against the Saudi-Emirati aggression. This represents an unshakable resolve to achieve more victories against the enemies.

    The Yemeni people with their continuous perseverance, patience, and sacrifices have presented an unprecedented level of faith and dedication to their righteous cause.

    The stories that come from Yemen about the bravery and devotion of the Yemenis set a glorious record to be immortalized by all revolutionaries around the world.

    Second, the military parade, along with the highly advanced military equipment and different arms that were shown during the event, assert that the siege and all the destruction perpetrated by the Saudis did not affect the morale of the Yemeni people and their creative inventions to strike a balance against the collaboration of the Saudi, Emirati, and western forces.

    The Yemeni people have proven a high level of skills, capabilities, and efficiency to produce their aerial, naval, and ground weapons.

    Those advanced arms have been able to prove their efficiency against the high-tech arsenal of Saudis.

    Third, the unity of the Yemeni forces and their loyalty to their leadership has been very remarkable. In particular, they have given a pledge of allegiance to their leader Sayyed Abdul Malik Badreddine al-Houthi. This issue has played a crucial role to attain all the victorious achievements that have already been attained and will be definitely very important to continue this line of victories.

    The Yemeni leadership represents a high caliber of wisdom and prudence which serves as a safeguard valve and a guarantee to the Yemeni people.

    Fourth, the distinguished commitment of the Yemeni people to the mother cause represented by Palestine.

    Though they are under a very tough war, the Yemenis have expressed their strong support to Palestine and the Palestinian people, and pledged to be in one front to fight the ‘Israeli’ occupation.

    In conclusion, after eight years of horrible aggression, the Yemenis have proven and continue to prove they are trustworthy and are credited for their commitment, sacrifice, and victory.

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