Listen to a Saudi analyst explaining why the KSA and Israel are cozying up to each other

Listen to a Saudi analyst explaining why the KSA and Israel are cozying up to each other

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February 27, 2019

Saudi analyst Abdul Hamid al-Hakeem has defended the appearance of Saudi and Arab leaders alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a recent conference in Warsaw, asserting that Saudi normalisation of ties with Israel was no cause for embarrassment. The two-day US-organised Warsaw conference on “peace and security” in the Middle East was widely seen as another major step by certain Arab and Israeli leaders to achieve a normalisation of ties. Al-Hakeem, the former director of the Jeddah-based Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies, suggested that by achieving peace with Israel, a new Middle East would be created free of the ‘Iranian threat’.

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Palestinian Factions Protest Arab Participation in Warsaw Conference

By Staff

With no stop, the monarchies of the Gulf run towards normalization with apartheid “Israel”. 

And based on the Arabic proverb “if not shy, do whatever you want”, the officials of the Gulf chose to change the compass of enmity so that the “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated the new direction: It’s Iran and not “Israel”

“The Arab ministers agreed that it is the right of “Israel” to defend itself against the Iranian “aggression”,” Netanyahu declared, as he revealed that he had secretly visited four Arab countries that have no official relations with “Israel”!

Quickly, the head of the Saudi diplomacy obeyed his master: “It is impossible to achieve stability in the region without peace between the Arab countries and “Israel”. Every time we go in this field we face bad behavior from Iran,” Adel Jubeir blatantly said.

Similarly, former Saudi intelligence chief and ex-ambassador to the US has given an unprecedented interview to an “Israeli” TV channel that was broadcast just hours after Netanyahu met with the Omani foreign minister in Poland.

In an interview with “Israel’s” Channel 13 news, Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud said that Saudi Arabia and “Israel” have the funds and political means to work together.

“With “Israeli” money and Saudi brains, we can go far. Yes, if there is peace.”

And following the traces of the Saudis, Emirate urged the “Israelis” to bet on them.

“Every country has the right to defend itself when it faces a challenge,” Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan said: “I do not have to invite you to bet on us, but if you do, our chances are greater to change the region.”

Meanwhile, the Bahraini representative chose to express more sympathy with “friendly” “Israel”!

“Israel” released a video of a closed session at the Warsaw security summit in which Bahrain’s foreign minister says Iran is a bigger threat to Mideast security than the “Israeli”-Palestinian conflict.

In the video, Bahrain’s foreign minister, Khalid Al Khalifa, tells an audience that he grew up believing that the “Israeli”-Palestinian dispute is “the most important issue” in the region. But later, he said, “we saw a more toxic one, in fact the most toxic in our modern history, which came from the Islamic Republic, from Iran.”

Predicting a ‘bright” future from “peace” with Arabs’ killers the Omani foreign minister hailed the meeting with Netanyahu:

“Indeed, this is an important, new vision for the future,” Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, claiming that “People in the Middle East have suffered a lot, because they have [been stuck in] the past. This is a new era for the future, and for prosperity for all the nations.”

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Netanyahu: Warsaw Talks with Arab States ‘Turning Point’

 February 14, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Thursday as ‘historic’ an anti-Iran meeting in Warsaw where he is joining Arab states, saying they stood ‘united’ against Iran and voicing hope that cooperation extends to other areas.

The opening dinner Wednesday night of the two-day, US-organized conference marked “a historical turning point,” Netanyahu told reporters.

“In a room of some 60 foreign ministers representation dozens of governments, an Israeli prime minister and the foreign ministers of the leading Arab countries stood together and spoke with unusual force, clarity and unity against the common threat of the Iranian regime,” he said.

“I think this marks a change and important understanding of what threatens our future, what we need to do to secure it, and the possibility that cooperation will extend beyond security in every realm of life.”

At the opening dinner at Warsaw’s Royal Castle, officials said that Netanyahu spoke around the same table as senior officials of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Netanyahu also met one-on-one in Warsaw with Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah of Oman, where he travelled late last year.

US Vice President Mike Pence and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are both attending the conference co-hosted with Poland.

But most European powers are sending low-level representation, wary of the hawkish line on Iran by President Donald Trump who withdrew from an international accord on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Source: AFP

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The Victorious Palestine

Hussein Samawarchi

The act of celebration is very symbolic. Knowing what a people celebrate gives the spectator insight on what kind of society they represent, along with their values.

The Palestinians just celebrated repelling an offensive and avoiding another full-blown massacre against their families. They did not celebrate attacking the illegal settlers who continue to rape their land. Not that they don’t have every ethical right to do so; after all, those settlers are foreign elements who have displaced them by resorting to terrorist methods like the use of weapons and a mercenary army for the purpose of ethnic cleansing and the theft of ancestral land.

It just shows how genuinely pure their cause is – it gives indications of their social attitude. These are the same people who expressed sorrow for the many Jews who endured the unspeakable in Europe almost 80 years ago; they are the same people who opened their hearts and doors so innocently for those who barely made it with their lives. They did it under the belief in the Arabic saying “??? ???? ?????” which means God’s land can accommodate all.

Little did they know that the ships claiming to bring in refugees turned out to be transporting Zionists pretending to be Jews. Pretending, because humanity’s prophet Moses did not teach theft and is, by all means, exonerated from the criminal practices of these people. You are not a Jew if you do not follow the teachings and example of Moses.

The rockets shot at the occupied land were not an act of attack, they constituted a defense strategy. Terrorism could not have possibly been stopped with dialogue. God knows the Palestinians, with their natural social tendencies to peaceful approaches, had tried for decades, but words were always met with bullets and more extermination. Hence, the “Israelis” were met with reciprocation this time. It seems that a conversation in their own language is what yields results. Unleashing rockets back at them made them desist from leveling more buildings on children like they have done so many times before.

The Palestinians have celebrated the success of stopping another chapter in their holocaust.

Of course, what happened took its toll on an already divided and ailing “Israeli” political scene. The modern-day Heinrich Himmler of the Zionist entity decided to take a quick exit from the council of psychopaths they call government. Lieberman must have finally accepted the fact that being a bouncer at a nightclub does not necessarily qualify him to lead an occupying force. More reverberations took shape in the further plummeting of Netanyahu’s popularity among his people.

The footage that emerged this week of a beautiful symbol exploding while touched by impure hands carried immense significance. When “Israeli” terrorists tried to desecrate the great flag of Palestine with hands drenched in the blood of innocents, it exploded. A flag is the representation of a nation. It was a lesson; the nation will explode and engulf desecrators with fire just like its symbol did. They need to understand that regardless of how long they remain occupying the holy land, it will never be theirs just like it will never lose its real name, Palestine.

Next to the one dealing with the Palestinian resistance unifying in the face of terrorism, another great event took place during this same period. The Arab leaders who have been supporting Zionists in secret for so long have decided to come out in the open. As unfortunate as that may be, it does help put things in perspective. Now, the revelation that Palestine is not limited, as a cause, to Arabs has been confirmed. And now, those Palestinians who waited for the presumed Arab support know that they are not going to receive it.

The positive aspect is that the Palestinians are able to finally make better alliance calculations. The leaders who have always pretended to be supporters of this righteous central cause have made their reality public. The indisputable knowledge that they belong to the “Israeli” camp indicates that whomever they are against must be in the camp supporting Palestine.

The continuous bashing of the Syrian government, Hezbollah, and the Islamic Republic of Iran by the same people who welcome the oppressors of Palestinians does not require a great deal of analysis. The preposterous allegation that a Shiite geographical crescent is being formed to subdue Sunnis has been debunked by the same people who made it.

If there is a crescent in the making, it is one that includes Shiites, Sunnis, Druze, Alawites, Christians, and any other free soul who believes in Palestine.

It is high time to stop listening to the media funded by those who are too busy between offering “Israel” billions to strike Lebanon and turning their diplomatic missions into human slaughterhouses. Or, that of those who give a private mosque tour to the woman who compares the Islamic mosque Azan to dogs barking. People must focus on the deeds and not the words – contemporary history is sufficient to know whose compass is in the right direction, who is suffering from wars and crippling sanctions due to their dedication for Palestine.

May Palestine remain united and may it celebrate many more victories to come.

Source: Al-Ahed

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Western lawmakers call for ‘free elections’ in Bahrain

The file photo, taken on December 26, 2014, shows a Bahraini man holding up a placard reading in Arabic, "Your government and your parliament are without legitimacy," during an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of the capital Manama. (Photo by AFP)

The file photo, taken on December 26, 2014, shows a Bahraini man holding up a placard reading in Arabic, “Your government and your parliament are without legitimacy,” during an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of the capital Manama. (Photo by AFP)

Fri Nov 9, 2018 03:47PM

The government of Bahrain has come under fire by Western lawmakers against the backdrop of a ban on an opposition party from contesting the upcoming elections in the Arab country.

Bahrain is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections on November 24.

A cross-party group of British lawmakers, including Conservative MP Peter Bottomley, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, and Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake, said in a letter to the Foreign Office that Bahrain “effectively bans major opposition figures from holding political office.” They added that a countless number of Bahraini individuals have been “incarcerated on charges that criminalize free expression and assembly.”

“Free and fair elections can only take place if citizens are able to express their views.”

The British lawmakers also referred to the forcible closure of the only independent newspaper, Al-Wasat, back in 2017 and the detention of at least 15 journalists and Bahrain’s most prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab for comments deemed critical of the Bahraini state.

“Bahrain may be a key strategic ally to the UK but human rights and democratic values are fundamental pillars of our society and foreign policy”, the letter concluded.

In Ireland, a cross-party group of lawmakers involved in foreign affairs urged the release of all political detainees in Bahrain and permitting international bodies to observe the elections.

Members of the European Parliament also slammed the Bahraini regime for missing the opportunity of the elections “to ease tensions and allow space for open dialogue to take place.”

Some 40 members of the European Parliament composed a letter addressed to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah which is to be published next week.

The letter also points to “the enactment of increasingly repressive measures.”

“Under these conditions, Bahrain’s elections cannot be recognized by the international community as free, fair, or legitimate.”

Last week, US Congressmen James McGovern and Randy Hultgren, who are co-chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos human rights commission in the US House of Representatives, stressed that it would be difficult for the international community to recognize the upcoming elections as legitimate, noting that Manama “has dissolved two major opposition political societies, barred all members of the societies from running for office on an individual basis, and imprisoned a number of key figures, as well as writers and civil society leaders.”

“In addition, Bahrain’s electoral infrastructure inherently disadvantages the political opposition. There is no independent electoral commission and, to date, there has been no commitment by the government to permit either domestic or international observers,” the letter added.

In May, Bahrain’s parliament approved a bill barring members of the al-Wefaq from running in elections, the latest step in Manama’s political crackdown.

Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the kingdom on February 14, 2011.

They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and let a just system representing all Bahrainis be established.

Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.

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مابين السنونو الاول والسنونو الاخير ربيع عربي .. عواصم العرب تتحول الى كيبوتزات لنتنياهو…

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الصورة المعلقة هي للسادات كنت أنوي ان انشرها في مناسبة أخرى لأسأل القراء سؤالا يستدرجهم الى الحقائق والدهشة .. من مثل ان يخمنوا أين هي هذه الصور .. واين هو هذا المقهى؟ .. هل هو في دمشق ام القاهرة ام بغداد؟؟

بقلم نارام سرجون

أحب قبل ان أكتب في شأن أن أثير في القارئ شيئا يجعله يقع في حيرة الفضول .. وكل سطر يأخذه الى سطر آخر وينزلق به كمن يسقط في شلالات وتيارات تتدحرج نحو الوديان .. دون ان يتمكن من التوقف في رحلته المثيرة الا في السطر الأخير ومصب النهر الأخير ..

 ليست مهمتي ان أنصب فخاخا بين السطور تمسك بالقارئ وأنفاسه ويصبح كالطائر الذي علق على مصيدة الدبق .. فالكاتب الذي يمسك قراءه بمصيدة العسل له مشاعر صياد تجاه طرائده وطيوره .. أما أنا فلا أعرف كيف انصب الفخاخ ولااتقن هذا الفن المتوحش ولااحب ان استعمل العسل الا كي اغمس به كلماتي كما يغمس الخبز في العسل للجائعين وأطعمه لمن امتلأ فمه وحلقه بالعلقم والملح في زمن الكذب والنخاسة .. فأرسم للقارئ في كل سطر لوحة غريبة أو خارطة تثير فيه رغبة دفينة في البحث عن كنز مفقود لبحّار ضاع في بحار المعاني وكنزه مدفون في سطور قادمة ..

ولذلك عندما وجدت هذه الصورة القديمة (المرفقة) بالابيض والاسود لمقهى ورصيف وعلى الجدار صور الرئيس المصري انور السادات لم يخطر ببالي ان أنشرها في هذا الوقت .. وكنت أنوي ان انشرها في مناسبة أخرى لأسأل القراء سؤالا يستدرجهم الى الحقائق والدهشة .. من مثل ان يخمنوا أين هي هذه الصور .. واين هو هذا المقهى؟ .. هل هو في دمشق ام القاهرة ام بغداد؟؟ ولأسال عمن يمكن ان يكون الآن صاحب الصورة المعلقة على الجدران ..

ولكن المصادفات عجيبة .. فقد وصلتني رسالة من كاتب مصري تشرح المأساة التي نجح الاسرائيليون في زرعها في عقول الجمهور العربي .. فهذا الكاتب المصري يقترح في رسالته مبادئ – من وجهة نظره – لحل المأساة اليمنية .. ولاحظت ان مبادئه مشوشة جدا فهو كتب لي نشرة محطة العربية كاملة على انها الحل اليمني .. ولكن اخطر مافي رسالته هي مانجده من عقلية انعزالية ضيقة متناقضة مع الواقع والضرورة .. فهو قال

ان آراءه استقبلت ونشرت في الصحف العربية التي وصفتها بأنها لكاتب عربي .. ولكنه اضاف ساخرا .. يصنفونني عربي رغم انني مصري ولست عربيا (واتبعها بكتابة ضحكة استخفاف هههههههههه) ..

وهنا نلاحظ كيف ان هذا الكاتب – وامثاله – هو ثمرة ناضجة لكامب ديفيد التي حولت العقل عند شريحة لايستهان بها من المصريين الى عقل لايرى ابعد من حلايب ورفح والسلوم .. فهذا هو المدى المجدي لرؤيته وتصوراته وأمنه .. فيما يربي الاسرائيليون ابناءهم على ان حدودهم لاتقتصر على فلسطين بل هي:

من الفرات الى النيل !! ..

اي ان كامب ديفيد مسخت الطموحات لدى طبقة من المصريين وجعلتهم لايرون ابعد من رفح وحلايب فيما العين الاسرائيلية ترى الى مابعد الفرات والنيل .. ولاشك ان هذا الجيل الذي سجنته كامب ديفيد بين حلايب ورفح .. قد يجد نفسه يوما قد قصر نظره أكثر وصار بين جمهوريتي حلايب والسلوم المستقلتين .. وهذا ماتشتغل عليه الحملات النفسية التي تديرها مؤسسات اعلامية عربية مبرمجة في اسرائيل .. فهي تحاول حبس العراقيين في أوطان عراقية شيعية وسنية ضيقة .. وحاولت حبس السوريين في اقفاص دويلات طائفية .. وعندما فشلت صارت تحاول جعل المدى الفعال للبصر عن المواطن السوري لاتتعدى معبر المصنع والقائم ونصيب .. ومابعد ذلك لايراه ولايعنيه ولايطمح لمعرفة مايدور خلف هذه المعابر ..

وتذكرت وأنا اقرأ رسالة الكاتب المصري التي حبس فيها نفسه بحدود مصر التي رسمتها لها كامب ديفيد .. تذكرت هذه الصورة للرئيس السادات التي ارسلتها لي صديقة مصرية .. وهذه الصورة تشرح كل المعضلة التي صار فيها بعض المصريين والعرب .. فالصورة المعلقة هي للرئيس السادات في احد شوارع تل ابيب وليست في اي عاصمة عربية ..

والسادات يطلق عليه الاسرائيليون “السنونو الاول” الذي جاء لهم بالعالم العربي بعد ذلك .. ومعهم حق فهذا السنونو المصري كان اول سنونو يعلن عن وصول الربيع العربي .. منذ اربعين عاما ..

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فهو أول من كسر حاجز العداوة مع الاسرائيليين وحولهم من اعداء الى اصدقاء .. وكان اول الواصلين الى أحضان الاسرائيليين وأقفاصهم التي زينوا بها بيتهم من الفرات الى النيل بقفص فيه سنونو مصري .. تلته بعد ذلك اسراب السنونو العربية .. سنونو الاردن .. وسنونوات لبنان وزمن آل الجميل الذين قتلوا انفسهم من أجل صداقة اسرائيل

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وطبعا وصل السنونو الفلسطيني من اوسلو ..

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وبعده وصلت اسراب السنونو الخليجية .. والتي لحقت بها جماعات السنونو الاسلامية والاخوان المسلمين والسنونو العثماني .. وعندما وصل الربيع العربي ومعه السنونو الاسلامي وجد ان اسرائيل صديقة وان اعداءه في مكان آخر .. ودخل نتنياهو الى عواصم كان لايقدر ان يدخلها الا بالحرب فاذا به يدخلها ضيفا عزيزا كريما وضيف شرف ..

واليوم فانني استغرب فعلا هذه الدهشة التي ملأت أفواه الناس من صور نتنياهو يتجول في مسقط مع زوجته سارة .. رغم ان نتنياهو في بلاد العرب انما يتجول في مستعمراته وكيبوتزاته ..

واليوم يستطيع نتنياهو وكل حكومته ان يزوروا عواصم لايقدر اي زعيم عربي ان يدخلها .. بل ان المجال الحيوي لنتنياهو أكبر بمئة مرة من المجال الحيوي للسيد حسن نصرالله قائد المقاومة وللرئيس بشار الاسد ..

نتنياهو يقدر ان يزور الآن مصر والاردن والسعودية ونصف لبنان والخليج كله من بابه الى محرابه.. ويقدر ان يزور ليبيا وتونس والمغرب وادلب التي لاتزال تحت سيطرة المسلحين الاسلاميين “العثمانيين” ويستطيع ان يزور شمال العراق حيث اقليم البرزاني الكردي .. وهو يقدر ان يزور تركيا من شرقها غربها .. وكلها مناطق مفتوحة امام اسرائيل ومغلقة على المقاومين وكل من لم يوقع اتفاق استسلام لاسرائيل ..

وبعد ان كان المهاجر اليهودي منذ عقود قليلة لايقدر ان ينتقل من كيبوتز الى كيبوتز في فلسطين الا ليلا وبحماية قوافل من السلاح .. فانه اليوم صنع من عواصم العرب كيبوتزات يزورها نهارا ويتسلى فيها ويتنزه ويلتقط الصور في مولاتها وحتى في الكعبة .. فيما تحول المقاومون الى مطاردين في العالم العربي ..

وصار الاسرائيلي يمنح فيزا تليق به فيما السوري والعراقي والفلسطيني يحول الى لاجئ في الخيام يتم تصويره لبيع صوره وصور اولاده وبناته وتتحول الى ملصقات انتخابية لاردوغان او لحملة تجنيد لمقاتلين جهاديين يقاتلون في كل مكان الا في فلسطين ..

اسرائيل اقامت دولتها على فلسفة تجاهل الشعوب العربية والتركيز على القيادات فهي استندت في قيامها على علاقات مع الاسر المالكة الهاشمية والاسرة السعودية والملك فاروق في مصر ولاحقا الاسر الحاكمة في الخليج المحتل .. ولكنها في مرحلة لاحقة انتقلت الى عملية تضليل الشعوب العربية وايهامها ان اسرائيل هي الهمّ الاصغر تجاه هموم الحرية والديمقراطية وحكم الشرع الاسلامي واحياء الخلافة و”الخلافات” .. وان مشكلة الشعوب العربية هي فلسطين وليست اسرائيل .. وان حل كل أزمات العالم العربي يمكن في تجاوز منطق الممانعة والانتقال الى منطق التطبيع وعفا الله عما مضى ..

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على جدران تل ابيب يجب ان تعلق صور وجوه عربية وعثمانية كثيرة وصور ذات لحى ايضا .. وكل اسراب السنونو العربية .. ولكن جدران اسرائيل لم تعد تتسع لصور الطيور وللاعلانات .. لانها تزدحم بصور مشاريع توسيع المستوطنات والهيكل القادم في القدس .. والمفارقة ان الشوارع العربية ستزدحم جدرانها ولوحاتها بصور الناصر نتنياهو .. محرر القدس .. والأمين على الاقصى .. راعي العرب .. وشيخهم .. وحبيبهم .. انه عسل للجائعين ولمن امتلأ فمه العربي وحلقه الاسلامي بالعلقم والملح ..

No More Shyness: AUB Normalizing with the ’Israeli’ Enemy!

Marwa Osman

Treason is not a perspective.  Treason is an act of betraying one’s country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.  It is a crime defined in every state’s constitution and is punishable by death in many countries. Why should it be any different in Lebanon?

Well, it is not but as we all know by now, Lebanon is a special country in nearly every aspect of life.  Whether it is a social, political or a military scandal, we tend to have multiple views around it and bicker until a new scandal starts to trend.  This time however, I chose to write about it to make sure legal action is taken against the American University of Beirut [AUB].

It is not acceptable for a university within the Lebanese borders from whomever it is funded by to break the law blatantly and without any remorse while the Lebanese judiciary system sits and watches.

The screenshot you see below this Op-Ed’s title is that of an email sent to AUB students by the career center of AUB. The career center is a department within AUB and its role is to secure jobs for AUB graduate students and internships of AUB undergraduate students.

As clearly stated in the email, the job offer sent by the AUB career center is in a company called “Check Point Software Technologies.”  Now, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is an “Israeli” multinational provider of software and combined hardware and software products for IT security, including network security, endpoint security, mobile security, data security, and security management.  Its headquarters are in Tel Aviv“Israel” [occupied Palestine] and San Carlos, CaliforniaUSA as shown in the table below which can be easily found with a little research. The company was founded by “Israeli” nationals Gil Shwed, Shlomo Kramer and Marius Nacht in 1993.

One can see this screenshot and ask why is AUB doing this?  What motive do the people urging the students to take on such job offers bear in mind? It is quite simple to be honest; it is for the end goal of normalization with Lebanon’s enemy,
“Israel”. The same “Israel” that has carpet-bombed Beirut the capital of Lebanon, its suburbs, its southern districts, and the entire country’s infrastruction several times over the past 40 years.  Apparently, what AUB still does not fathom is that normalization with the enemy is a crime.

Whether those running AUB acknowledge normalization as a crime or not is not the case and should not be the case.  The case is simply AUB broke the law by offering this job because it is giving its students the chance to travel and work in
“Israel” while “travel, accommodation and training expenses are covered by the company.”  Hence, it is not only encouraging normalization; it is tempting students to do it by securing full payment coverage as they go for it and betray their country.

We already know that AUB most probably will try to dodge this crime by saying the job offer is not for Lebanese students rather for foreign ones.  However, what AUB seemingly refuses to acknowledge is that its campus falls on Lebanese territories and hence is within the jurisdiction of the Lebanese law and any crime committed shall be dealt with by Lebanese authorities.

Letting this one go this time, will permeate further violations of the Lebanese law by the same university of by other institutions operating inside Lebanon under the pretext of “it’s not for Lebanese students,” or “it slipped our minds” or “we are sorry, it won’t happen again.”

By exposing such behavior, we as Lebanese trust the Lebanese authorities will take the right legal actions against those who have committed this crime. I will not hide the fact that this also makes me concerned a lot for the future of my children’s education in this country if such acts of normalization are not dealt with swiftly and firmly.  AUB is indeed a very prestigious and esteemed university at the level of the quality of education and knowledge it provides, but it seems those running it need a reminder that it is operating on Lebanese soil to provide education and knowledge to “Lebanese” students first before any other foreign student.

AUB already had several head turning decisions like that of terminating the job of Palestinian American professor Steven Salaita for no apparent reason other than stimulation a few Zionists back in the US and “Israel” for offering him a job to begin with.  Another incident worth mentioning is when AUB banned independent political analyst Dr. Mohammad Marandi from participating in a BBC debate that was scheduled to take place on March 8, 2018 on AUB campus on the basis that he is “Iranian”. That was a decision made by the American University of Beirut, which hails itself as a sanctuary of freethinking in the Middle East and claims to provide a platform for freedom of speech.

Similarly, this new decision to offer such a job that seeks to normalize ties with Lebanon’s number one enemy was also made by the American University of Beirut which supposedly encourages in the about section of its website the “freedom of thought[…] personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.” Maybe AUB’s board of trustees should reinstate the university’s mission if those employed in it have set their minds to include “normalization” within the university’s vision for their current and future students.

Source: Al-Ahed news

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