The Palestinians and the “State” Delusion

By: Rashid Shahin

After over 20 years of the futile “negotiations” the whole world (including the Palestinians) agrees that it has been fruitless.  It was aimless negotiations but a waste of time during which the occupation state of Israel has succeeded to shuffle the occupied land upside down and create deep demographic changes through accelerating the settlement that has never been done before.

Despite all the facts on the ground, some still hope to believe in that mirage and works to revive life in the dead body of the Oslo Accord. Still, some Palestinians are looking for an exit of some sort that would save them some self respect, or what has remained from their self respect, to prove that they can get something from a process that has resulted in nothing but more land grab, building settlements for more settlers obsessed with Talmudic heresies.

When talking of negotiations between enemies, it should be agreed upon from the beginning that there is a possibility for each party to recognize the other which  doesn’t exist in the Palestinian-zionist case. The Zionist party and since the very beginning of the struggle doesn’t recognize the existence of the Palestinian people, in the first place which was very clear from their deceptive slogan that was created in the early twentieth century of “a land without people to a people without land”.


Accordingly, the Palestinian leadership should take this in consideration and understand the fact that the Oslo process will never lead to a durable or comprehensive peace with the Zionists, with a state that was created initially by terrorist groups who committed heinous crimes in documented massacres against the Palestinian people to establish their atrocious states built on Talmudic heresies, on the rubble of the Palestinian people.

Gambling to reach to any peaceful agreement, even at the minimum level, with the Zionist state of gangsters (especially at the deteriorating Arab situation) is more futile than it was at the beginning of the Oslo process in Madrid Peace Conferencesupported by the first Intifada which was continued secretly later on in the suspicious Oslo Agreement.

Trying to copy the Iranian style (of negotiating) and identifying with it can’t work in the Palestinian case and dragging the situation into the Syrian case is a leap into the unknown.

Working at going back to the same futile negotiations again is nothing but a fruitless game that should be stopped especially after the facts on the ground imposed by the Zionist occupation, which is very clear not only to the Palestinian people in the street but also to all the world leaders.

Finally, we think that the status cue is a thousand times better than pursuing the mirage of the endless negotiations, especially it is clearer now (which is a fact that we should admit) that the Zionist occupation state is not intending to reach to a peaceful settlement for the struggle, and it is not ready ( as it has never been  before) to agree that the Palestinians get an independent state with Jerusalem its capital, and needless to mention the Palestinian refugees and the Right of Return.

The utmost reconciliation that the Zionist state might be willing to is to give the Palestinians an “expanded” autonomy, or a state with two different statuses, one to include the West Bank with annexing some of the bordering Palestinian towns that the Zionists want to get rid of, which is a typical racist style. OR, full occupation and annexing the West Bank. Accordingly we call to stop those futile negotiations with the Zionists that will end into nothing for the Palestinians.


‘The Last Bullet in the Peace Process’–Abbas Urges Trump not to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

In addition to writing to Trump, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also reportedly has written letters to the leaders of Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Arab League asking them to do what they can to stop the newly-elected president of the the US from moving the embassy.

Secretary of State John Kerry has waded into the controversy as well, warning that if the embassy is moved, “you’d have an explosion–an absolute explosion in the region, not just in the West Bank and perhaps even Israel itself, but throughout the region.”

A typically un-hinged-from-reality comment on the matter has come from an Israeli official. Ron Dermer, the ambassador to the US, said the embassy “move would be a great step forward to peace,” and he claims also that it would work to undo the “delegitimization of Israel.”

There are also now reports of worries that moving the embassy could increase security threats to State Department personnel in other countries besides Israel–but apparently this doesn’t concern Florida Sen. (and devoted Zionist) Marco Rubio.

“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state of Israel, and that’s where America’s embassy belongs,” says Rubio. “It’s time for Congress and the president-elect to eliminate the loophole that has allowed presidents in both parties to ignore U.S. law and delay our embassy’s rightful relocation to Jerusalem for over two decades.”

Rubio is referring to the “Jerusalem Embassy Act,” approved by Congress in 1995, which calls for the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem but which also allows for a presidential waiver if it is deemed the move would harm US security interests. Every president from the time the law was passed up until today has exercised the waiver.

The PLO response to the move–at least as stated in the above video–would be a withdrawal of its recognition of Israel. There is also a warning that the Palestinian Authority could dissolve itself, effectively rendering Israel responsible for administering what are now referred to as the “Palestinian territories.” This would leave the Jewish state with the choice of either annexing the territories and giving Palestinians living within them the right to vote in Israeli elections–or, alternately, Israel could openly rule over a subject people who have no rights as citizens. This would basically remove the fig leaf cover and expose Israel once and for all as an apartheid state. Should it choose this latter course of action, doubtless it would become grist for the mill for a conference set to take place in Ireland and which I posted an article about four days ago.

The three-day conference is to be entitled “International Law & the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism, and Responsibility,” and as I reported, one of the questions its participants will examine is whether Israel has a legal right to exist under international law.

If Dermer and other Israeli officials are worried about the “delegitimization” they are experiencing now, doubtless the fires of illicitness will get hotter if the Palestinian Authority “hands the keys to the territories” back to Israel. Whether the PA will actually go through with that remains to be seen, however. And my own personal view is that it is something they probably should have done a long time ago.

However, if today’s resignation of a Palestinian mayor inside of Israel is any indication, we could perhaps seem something like that come to pass.



Jonathan Azaziah

After 68 years of Nakba in Palestine; after 68 years of destruction, from the 531 villages, towns and cities eviscerated during the Zionist terror gangs’ Plan D to the ongoing IOF demolitions of homes and infrastructures in the West Bank and sacred Al-Quds; after 68 years of mass murder, from the 10,000 martyrs in 1947-1948 to the ritualistic slaughter of over 2,200 Palestinians including more than 500 children in Operation Mighty Cliff (Protective Edge); after 68 years of environmental ruination that didn’t make the “desert bloom” but rather made the God-blessed, green paradise that Palestine was into an industrialized nightmare, from the uprooting, burning and destroying of olive trees, to the poisoning of wells, to the drying up of bodies of water, to the contamination of soil and air from the illegal nuclear weapons program in Dimona; after 68 years of devilish destabilization through the arming and backing of ethno-sectarian proxies, from the Kurdish Barzani mafia in Iraq in the 1950s, to the Phalangists in Lebanon during the Zionist-engineered Lebanese “Civil” War, to the Takfiri terrorists wreaking havoc across our region today; after 68 years of ethnic cleansing and expansionism that have turned 7.5 million Palestinians into refugees; after 68 years of hateful Jewish supremacist aggression against the sanctities of Islam and Christianity; after 68 years of Zionism manifesting as a “state”, and after 132 some odd years of Jewish colonization in the Holy Land, there are only three words that properly encapsulate our pain, our sadness and our rage: DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’.

And yes, I say OUR, as in liberationist-minded Arabs and Muslims, not only our Falasteeni brethren, because ‘Israel’ isn’t merely a menace to the peoples living between the River and the Sea, but an existential threat to ALL OF US. Palestine isn’t a “social justice” issue, nor the hell is it a “civil rights” issue. Palestine is both regional as well as global and ANYONE who has suffered as a result of this putrefying, cancerous, terrorist, land-gobbling, demonic Zionist entity’s monstrous existence, from the resistant peoples of Lebanon’s mountains and valleys, to the steadfast people of Syria, to the incomparably heroic moujahideen of Yemen, to the unbroken people of Iraq, all the way east to the struggling souls of Kashmir, have a say in whether this tumor gets to stay or not. And the people have spoken overwhelmingly in defiance of the collaborators, the tyrants, the despots, the soulless ones, the cowards and the fake “solidarity activists” too: DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’.

There WILL never and CAN never be “peace” with these beasts who don’t recognize the humanity of the Palestinian people or any non-Jew for that matter. There WILL never and CAN never be “peace” with these savages who burn children down to their bones and let women die in childbirth at checkpoints. There WILL never and CAN never be peace with these vampires who torturously imprison innocent little angels like Dima al-Wawi and lock up other youths in outdoor cages as if they were zoo animals. There WILL never and CAN never be peace with these leeches who send their Mossad death squads around the planet to assassinate the best and brightest of the Arab-Islamic world, from Palestine’s brilliant writers and poets like Ghassan Kanafani and Kamal Nasser, to Iraq’s intelligentsia, to Iran’s nuclear scientists, to Syria’s generals and Hizbullah’s commanders. There WILL never and CAN never be “peace” with these psychopaths who carry out false flags across the globe in pursuit of their hegemonic agenda, from 9/11 to 7/7 to 26/11 to the downing of MH-17 and more. There WILL never and CAN never be “peace” with this entity that shouldn’t even exist to begin with. And any person speaking the language of “coexistence”, no matter how flowery their words happen to be or how seemingly well-intentioned they are… They are in fact an enemy of the Palestinian cause. For any person who thinks Palestine can be shared with the Zionists is as delusional as the Zionists themselves who think they’re “chosen”. DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’.

No “two state solution” and no “one state solution” either. No diplomacy and no negotiations. We’ve seen after 68 years of Nakba how fraudulent all of these models are. ONLY FULL LIBERATION through what’s been deemed the Hizbullah-Algeria option, i.e. unrelenting armed resistance until there are no more ‘Israelis’ in Palestine. Every squatter, colonizer, usurper, oppressor, aggressor, rapist, murderer and land thief–and let there be no doubt, EVERY ‘ISRAELI’ is a settler–must go. Whether it’s back to whatever rathole they emerged from or to Jahannam where they belong really makes no difference. They just have to go. Palestine belongs to its people, the undaunted Palestinians, who not only have the Right of (to) Return but the RIGHT TO EVERY SINGLE DAMN INCH OF PALESTINE, because, truly, it is theirs. It is theirs indeed and theirs alone. Bringing Zionism to a categorical end is the only solution rooted in justice for the Palestinian people. Anything and everything else is a mere facade meant to subvert decolonization and placate Jews who are too tribalistic, ethnocentric and cowardly to face the crimes of their occupying coreligionists, or, who are part and parcel of the Zionist project on a local and international level. DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’.

After 68 years of Nakba, there are of course 68 years of martyrs. Let us think of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Rantissi, of George Habash and Abou Ali Moustafa, of Fathi Shaqaqi, Dalal Mughrabi and most recently, the young, beautiful and lionhearted Ashraqat al-Qatanani. Let us think of Sayyed Hussein al-Houthi. Let us think of Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and Ayatollah Sayyed Ruhollah Khomeini. Let us think of IRGC Brigadier General Hussein Hamadani. Let us think of Sanaa Mehaidli. Let us think of Sheikh Ragheb Harb, Sayyed Abbas Moussawi, Hajj Imad Mughniyeh and of course, Hajj Moustafa “Sayyed Zulfiqar” Badreddine. What would they want?! A “one state solution” with the filthy Zionist creatures who aggressed against their lands and killed them (directly or by proxy)?! No! They’d want DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’! And after 68 years of Nakba, this is what we should want too. And make no mistake, this is exactly what we shall get. It’s not a matter of if, but when. “Ya Falasteen, I know that your fallen ones in Heaven are feeling me/Death to ‘Israel’ is not just something that is possible, Death to ‘Israel’ is an inevitability/” ‪#‎Nakba68‬ ‪#‎NextYearInAlQuds‬ ‪#‎FreeFalasteen‬

Ashraqat Qatanani’s Father: She Practiced Stabbing on Her Last Night

Sara Taha Moughnieh

She is a beautiful Palestinian girl with a courageous and fervent spirit. She loved her homeland so she devoted herself for it. She refused to let it be forgotten so she exerted every effort. In her school she played a mobilization role that her friends talked about. She was in control of the radio in her school, and every national poem or statement she read made the audience cry. As for the knife revolt (Intifada) that the Palestinian youth initiated, she did not only support it, but even considered that “the end of the occupation is near, God willing…”

“The generation that you labeled as “Oslo generation” has proven to you that it is the son of this land and it will throw you out of this land, restore its dignity, and avenge for its free people…” she added, reassuring to the Zionists that “the response will be harsh on you, just wait to see it and fear the anger of the Palestinian.”

She is Ashraqat Taha Al-Qatanani, or Ashraqat Palestine (Palestine shined) as her father named her after her martyrdom. She is the 16-year-old girl who lashed the Zionists with these words to take only a couple of days later a knife from the kitchen of her house and head towards an Israeli checkpoint.

Ashraqat witnessed the occupation’s barbarism since she was a child, and had to bear responsibilities at a very early stage. Father of the martyr, Sheikh Taha Al-Qatanani recalled that during one of the occupation soldiers’ raids on his house “she was alone with her siblings so she stood up to the soldiers. I later gave her all my papers so she was in charge and looked after her siblings until morning.”

She loved the Gazans and sympathized with them. She was hurt for the burning of martyr Mohammad Abu Khdeir and Dawabsha family alive. So she expressed that on her Facebook page writing: “They burned the infant… damn a people that revolted for burning a murderous pilot but did not revolt for burning an infant… damn you… You are shameful to the religion of Mohammad (pbuh) and shameful to his morals.”

Ashraqat further considered that it was not the Zionists who burned the Palestinian infant, but the Arabs “since they abandoned the right of Abu Khdeir…”

With all this oppression around her, Ashraqat refused to stay hand folded. She took a brave decision and sacrificed her life for what she loved the most – Palestine -.

She took a knife from the kitchen of her house and headed toward an Israeli checkpoint to later be executed by an officer there. The story did not end here, for even after her martyrdom, Ashraqat had brave stances that were revealed.

The young Palestinian martyr left five wills:

– If I was martyred I want my organs to be given to those who needed them.

– Father, if I was martyred don’t get mad or cry.

– If the occupation kept my body and bargained over it, don’t accept that.

– If I was martyred (know that) I am the daughter of Palestine, not any organization.

– If I was martyred don’t shoot in the air.

This was what actually took place, and as a proud father, Sheikh Taha Al-Qatanani did not give in to any of the occupation’s conditions after the latter kept the body of Ashraqat for over a month and bargained over it.

As for her apparent love to Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, it was out of admiration for his firm stance and resistance against the Israeli enemy. She considered that Sayyed Nasrallah was the symbol of resistance and had deep faith in him to the extent that she “broke up with her fiancé after discovering that he did not like Sayyed Nasrallah” her father explains.

In brief, her one and only compass was Palestine. This is why she abandoned any form of factionalism and sectarianism and defended her cause.

“If you come to visit me… take off your sectarianism, racism, and political affiliation outside the door then come in,” she wrote.

Al-Manar website held an interview with Sheikh Taha Al-Qatanani, father of Ashraqat:

Q1: First, why did you pick this name for your daughter?

Mr. Qatanani: This is a story from the old days when I was trying to memorize the Quran… While I was reading Az-Zumar chapter, I passed through the verse {And the Earth will shine with the Glory of its Lord…} I then decided that If I was blessed with a girl I would name her Ashraqat (shined). Thank God this happened, and I named my daughter Ashraqat to later complete this verse for me {… the Record (of Deeds) will be placed (open); the prophets and the witnesses (martyrs) will be brought forward and a just decision pronounced between them; and they will not be wronged (in the least)}. {Az-Zumar:69}

Q-2: What was your role in building this strength, firmness and resistance against the enemy in Ashraqat?

Mr. Qatanani: Ashraqat Palestine is the name I gave her after her martyrdom… she lived with me and suffered along with the rest of the family members from my constant detention by the occupation. She used to see the occupation soldiers beat me and used to yell at them to let me go… She used to visit me in the prison, grieve and cry, and wish she could hug me. She used to talk to me and discuss issues with me despite her young age. Back then, she was only eight years old. Friends or relatives who used to accompany my children during the visits – because their mother was not permitted to visit me – used to admire her speech and dialogue.

Ashraqat Palestine used to argue with me, disagree with me, and dispute with me about everything. However, she inherited the love of the resistance and the love of Sayyed Nasrallah from me. She loved the people of Gaza. She sympathized with them and was occupied with them… She grieved over the burning of martyr Mohammad Abu Khdeir and Dawabsha family alive. She wished to visit Al-Aqsa and pray there. She insisted on me to take her there only a couple of days before her martyrdom, but I was prohibited from entering the holy city. Palestine was her whole concern.

Q-3: What did you learn from Ashraqat in her life and after her martyrdom? Did she grant you more strength or courage?

Mr. Qatanani: I don’t deny that Ashraqat Palestine inspired me to become more active. She burst the struggle stock inside of me … and maybe forced me to return to the choice of resistance. The best example on that was when an occupation officer – called Zakaria – raided our house one week after her martyrdom and told me “since you left prison you stayed away from resistance and the Islamic Jihad Movement… but after your daughter died you decided to return to the resistance”.

Q-4: Where did Ashraqat get all this love for Sayyed Nasrallah from?

Mr. Qatanani: I think it was from me… and from Sayyed Nasrallah himself, as he is a high value in resistance, sacrifice, redemption, and honesty… He is the master of the truthful promise.

We used to follow his speeches together… they remind me of her. A couple of days before her martyrdom, Sayyed Nasrallah was delivering a speech but I was sick so I went to bed early… She kept on insisting on me to get up and listen to the speech. Her sincerity could be recognized from her writings.

Q-5: Whom among the martyrs had a special influence on Ashraqat? Who were her idols?

Mr. Qatanani: I think the two martyrs who had a special influence on her were Mohammad Abu Khdeir and the infant Ali Dawabsha.

As for her idols, they were the international revolutionist Geuvara, poet Mahmoud Darwish, and most importantly Sayyed Nasrallah – May God protect him – as she considered him the symbol of resistance and a crown over her head…

Q-6: What are Ashraqat’s favorite books?

Mr. Qatanani: Arabic literature books, national poetry, specifically Mothaffar Al-Nawab’s poem (Al-Quds the Bride of Your Arabism), history books, specifically the history of the Palestinian cause.

Q-7: What were her hobbies?

Mr. Qatanani: She was good at prosing, composition, and public speaking at school, by that I mean via the school radio. She was good at drawing, but unfortunately we did not keep any of her drawings. Up until the last night before her martyrdom she kept on drawing the veiled face of a resistance fighter.

Q-8: Did she bid farewell to you in anyway? How was your last meeting before she went out carrying the kitchen knife? Was she certain she was heading towards martyrdom?

Mr. Qatanani: To be honest, the last night before her martyrdom was a very weird night. She was joking around with her brother – Habib Al-Rahman – and telling him I want to practice stabbing on you, so she got up and headed to the kitchen from where she brought all the knives and asked me which one was the best. We thought all that was just joking around and harmonizing with the state of combativeness she was passing through. Next morning, on the day of her martyrdom, she prayed the morning prayer, turned on the TV, and prepared herself for school like every day. She gave me my medicine for I was very sick then. She fed her cat and put water for her canary bird, kissed my hands – something she didn’t usually do – and went out. Throughout that night she kept on asking me: Shall I bring you some water to drink?

Q-9: What did you tell her after she wrote words about the resistance on the wall of her room?

Mr. Qatanani: I was actually very harsh on her. I thought that she spoiled the paint and rebuked her a lot – may God forgive me -.

Q-10: What is the secret behind that smile on your face during Ashraqat’s funeral? What held your attention about the posture of her hand covering her face when you received her body from the occupation?

Mr. Qatanani: That smile during the funeral was because I was pushed away from her body during the procession while a group of young men walked away with her body and left us behind. We didn’t know what to do due to the large number of participants in the funeral – some on their foot and some in the cars -.

I felt that she was very happy walking among all these crowds.

About the hand posture, it was exactly how it used to be while she was asleep. I don’t know why the occupation left her hand over her face after they stole her body when she was martyred.

Q-11: How was the atmosphere of the consolation before Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah called you? And how did the atmosphere become after the phone call?

Mr. Qatanani: The atmosphere was profound since the first day, and congratulators were flocking every day. Sayyed Nasrallah’s call was the peak for me… I did not wait for anyone to console me or congratulate me anymore… It was like the whole universe called me in the person of Sayyed Nasrallah… But I will not deny that fierce campaigns were waged against me after the call… and even against Sayyed Nasrallah.

However, all my eyes were seeing was Ashraqat and all my ears were hearing was the voice of Sayyed Nasrallah.

Q-12: What do you expect from this youth revolt in Palestine? In your opinion would it last or make any achievements? What in your opinion are the essentials for it to last?

Mr. Qatanani: To be honest, we might not be able to liberate any span of the hand from this land, but at least this revolt returned Palestine and Al-Quds to the front line, and revealed the hypocrisy of many imposters who destroyed their nations and the Arab nations under the name of Arabism and Islam.

I’m a realistic person. Until this moment, the revolt is an orphan… no one adopted it… and the factions are in a state of slackness or similar to a reserve player or an audience that wants to push the players to make a goal.

Source: Al-Manar Website

27-01-2016 – 08:26 Last updated 27-01-2016 – 11:38

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Zionist Forces Kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza

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Israeli occupation forces havekilled three more Palestinians amid simmering tensions in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

In one of the incidents on Friday, a Palestinian protester lost his life during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the victim as 22-year-old Oday Ersheid, whose brother had also been killed at the hands of Israelis during similar clashes in October.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation army shot and killed another Palestinian, identified as Issa Hroub, 55, near al-Khalil, claiming he had attempted to ram his car into Zionist forces at a checkpoint there.

On the same day, another Palestinian was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers after he allegedly opened fire at the troops at the Gilboa crossing near Jenin.

In the besieged Gaza Strip, violent clashes broke out between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers, who opened fire and killed a 41-year-old man.

Source: Press TV

11-12-2015 – 19:31 Last updated 12-12-2015 – 09:00

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S. Nasrallah Stresses Support to Palestinian Intifada, Victory against ’Israel’

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah asserted that the Palestinians, backed by the Arabs and the Muslims, can defeat the Zionist scheme, adding that the “Greater Israel” has been eradicated by the Lebanese and the Palestinian Resistance.

Delivering a speech in the context of the International Conference for the Support of Palestine, Sayyed Nasrallah saluted the conferees and highlighted the importance of supporting the renovated Palestinian Intifada.

“What is going on now in Palestine reflects a lofty and sublime Jihad spirit,” his eminence said, “We are witnessing operations carried out almost on a daily basis.”

“Those actions reflect certainty and faith which fascinate the world as all the run over and stabbing operations end with martyrdom.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also said that the simplicity of the weapons (cars, knives, …) used enables all the Palestinians to possess them and frustrates any attempt to confiscate them.

“Those innovative methods used by the Palestinians to carry out martyrdom operation reflect their awareness, not despair which struck a lot of people who resorted to drugs and many other worlds.”

Sayyed Nasrallah added that the new Palestinian Intifada surprised and frightened the Zionist entity and influenced its economics negatively.

“The Umma’s responsibilities regarding al-Aqsa Mosque have been reiterated by the current Palestinian Intifada.”

Hezbollah leader pointed out that the Palestinians have always been confronting the Zionist entity on the behalf of all the Arabs and that considering the struggle as merely Palestinian-Israeli has always been a wrong approach.

“Despite the fact the ‘Greater Israel’ scheme has been frustrated, the Zionist entity is still powerful and threatens all the region’s peoples,” Sayyed Nasrallah added, “This requires political, media, and educational efforts.”

“The problem is that some people have become convinced that Israel does not pose any peril against the Umma.”

Sayyed Nasrallah noted that we feel hurt when we consider the fact the Umma sent in the past hundreds of thousands of fighters to Afghanistan to fight the Soviet occupation, while it has not sent those mujahidin to confront the Zionist entity, wondering whether Afghanistan is more sacred than Palestine.

Fighting the Russian occupation in Afghanistan was righteous, but “why would not the same countries send all its human and materialistic capabilities to fight the Zionists in Palestine?” Sayyed Nasrallah asked.

If all the suicide bombings which targeted the Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis, Yemenis, Nigerians, Pakistanis and Afghanis had been employed against the Zionist entity, it would have vanished, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who also stressed that those terrorist attacks aimed at destroying the Umma’s solidarity, armies and peoples.

Sayyed Nasrallah considered that the seditions stirred among the Muslims and the Christians in the region must be confronted, stressing that the Ulama must play a vital role in pervading awareness among the youths so that they stick to the supreme values and goals, including the Palestine and its Islamic and Christian sanctities.

Sayyed Nasrallah also stressed that all the educational, media and religious elites in our Umma must exert all the possible efforts in order to curb the losses caused by the current regional conditions.

Hezbollah Secretary General presented a historical interpretation to clarify the main role of the Zionist entity in the region, stressing that ‘Israel’ represents the frontline of the colonial scheme led by the U.S. that targets the entire Umma with its resources, civilization and culture.

The struggle is between all the Arab-Islamic Umma and the Zionist entity backed by the West, Sayyed Nasrallah added.

According to Sayyed Nasrallah, ‘Israel’ receives all forms of support from its allies (militarily, politically, financially and informatively); whereas, the Arab countries do not provide the Palestinians with even the basic means of confrontation.

Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that attributing the Islamic and Arab refrain from supporting the Palestinians to the current disturbances in several countries is untrue because the 1.4-billion Umma  did not show an effective support to the Lebanese and the Palestinian resistance factions during the Israeli wars and invasions in 1982, 1996, 2006 and 2008.

Hezbollah Secretary General considered that some Muslims and

Arabs, including a segment of the Lebanese people, have become convinced that ‘Israel’ is not the Umma’s enemy and got involved in internal conflicts, adding that those also do not believe that the Zionist entity poses a peril and a threat against the entire region.

Sayyed Nasrallah further deemed that a number of Arab countries have provided the terrorists in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya with huge funds and abundant weaponry, but they have not supported the Palestinians against the Israelis.

Sayyed Nasrallah added that Instead of provoking hostility against the Zionists, some Arab governments have instigated feud against the Palestinians and that they even gloat over their losses.

Hezbollah SG warned that the sedition scheme attempts to stir the struggles among the Sunnites and the Shiites and push the Christians to ally with ‘Israel’ in face of the takfiri plot.

Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that the current Palestinian Intifada can at least protect al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the Islamic and the Christian sanctities, adding that the Muslims and the Christians must reject the seditions and unite to confront the Zionist dangers and threats.

“We trust Holy God and the mujahidin and we are sure that the  firm divine promise will lead us to the major victory,” Sayyed Nasrallah finally emphasized.

Source: Al Manar TV

06-11-2015 – 17:06 Last updated 06-11-2015 – 22:16

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Confronting the Obvious Truth : Palestinian Authority vs. the People


By Ramzy Baroud

Saeb Erekat is an enigmatic character. Despite minimal popularity among Palestinians, he is omnipresent, appears regularly on television and speaks with the moral authority of an accomplished leader whose legacy is rife with accolades and an astute, unwavering vision.

When Palestinians were polled by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC) in August, just prior to the current Intifada, only 3 percent approved of his leadership – compared with the still meagre approval rating of 16 percent of his boss, Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas. Even those who are often cast as alternative leaders – Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouti, and former Gaza-based Hamas Government Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh – were nowhere near popular, achieving 10.5 and 9.8 percent of the vote respectively.

It was as if Palestinians were telling us and their traditional leaderships, in particular, that they are fed up with the old rhetoric, the constant let-downs, the unabashed corruption and the very culture of defeat that has permeated the Palestinian political elite for an entire generation.

Abbas has operated his political office on the assumption that, so long as Palestinians received their monthly salaries and are content with his empty promises and occasional threats – of resigning, resisting against Israel, lobbing bombshell speeches at the UN, etc. – then no one is likely to challenge his reign in Areas A and B – tiny cantons within the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Erekat has been the primary enabler of that PA charade, for he is the ‘chief negotiator’, whose protracted term in that precarious post has negotiated nothing of value for the Palestinians.

In 2002, I followed the Israeli invasion of the supposedly self-autonomous PA areas in the West Bank, when Erekat made an appeal on Al-Jazeera Arabic television to the Israeli Government to exercise sanity and common sense. The entire display of the PA leadership was beyond tragic, proof that it had no real authority of its own and no control over the events on the ground as Palestinian fighters battled the re-invading Israeli army. He appealed to Israel as if he felt genuinely betrayed by its military onslaught.

When Al Jazeera released thousands of secret documents in January 2011, revealing discussions behind closed doors between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Erekat held the lion’s share of blame. With a clear mandate from his superiors, he appeared uninterested in many Palestinian political aspirations, including Palestinian sovereignty in occupied East Jerusalem – the spark behind the current and previous Intifadas. He offered Israel the “biggest Yerushalaim in Jewish history, symbolic number of refugees return, demilitarised state… what more can I give?” he was quoted in the Palestine Papers.

What is particularly interesting about Erekat, and equally applicable to most PA leaders and officials, is that, no matter how devastating their roles – which they continue to play out, whether through political incompetence or outright corruption – they do not seem to go away. They may change position, hover around the same circle of failed leadership, but they tend to resurface and repeatedly regurgitate the same old language, clichés, empty threats and promises.

After retreating for a few weeks as Intifada youth took to the streets to protest the Israeli occupation, PA spokespersons, including Erekat, are now back on the scene, speaking of squandered opportunities for peace, two states and the entire inept discourse, as if peace was ever, indeed, at hand, and if the so-called ‘two state solution’ was ever a solution.

In a recent interview with Al-Jazeera’s ‘UpFront’, Erekat warned that the PA was on the verge of shutting down, as if the very existence of the PA was a virtue in itself. Established in 1994 as a transitional political body that would guide the process of Palestinian independence, the PA morphed to become a security arm that served as a first line of defense for the Israeli army, in addition to guarding its own interests. Billions of dollars later, and after intensive military training provided by the US, the UK, Italy, and other western and ‘moderate’ Arab countries, the PA security forces have done a splendid job of cracking down on any dissent among Palestinians.

So why is Erekat warning of the PA collapse as if the sorry leadership in Ramallah is the center of everything that Palestinians have ever aspired for? “Soon enough Netanyahu will find himself the only [one] responsible between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean because he is destroying the Palestinian Authority,” Erekat said. So what? According to the Geneva Conventions which designate Israel as the Occupying Power, Netanyahu is, indeed, responsible for the welfare, security and well-being of the occupied Palestinians, until a just political solution is assured and enforced by the international community.

Using the same tactic which, along with Abbas and other PA officials, was utilized repeatedly in the past, he vowed that “soon, very soon, you’re going to hear some decisions” about disbanding the PA.

It matters little what Erekat and his Ramallah circle determine as the proper course of action. Not only has his language become obsolete and his references irrelevant, but the entire Oslo ‘peace process’ travesty – which delivered nothing but more illegal settlements and military torment – was dead a long time ago. In fact, it was the Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000 that killed Oslo and the ten years between the end of that uprising and the advent of a new one were filled with mere haggling and desperate attempts at breathing life into a ‘process’ that made some corrupt Palestinians a whole lot richer.

The hope is that the current Intifada will cleanse the residue of that dead process, and surpass the PA altogether, not through acts of violence and vengeance, but rather through the establishment of a new leadership manned by good women and men who are born in the heart of Palestinian Resistance, in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. The new leadership cannot be imposed from above, or achieved after deliberation with ‘moderate’ Arabs, but selected through an organic, grassroots process that is blind to factional allegiances, religion, gender and family lineage.

Palestinian Intifadas do not liberate land but liberate people who assume their role in the struggle for national liberation. The 1936 Intifada liberated the fellahin peasants from the confines of the dominant clans and their allegiances to Arab regimes so that they could face up to the British and the Zionists; the 1987 Stone Intifada liberated the people from the grip of Tunisia-based factions, thus the establishment of the Unified National Leadership of the Intifada along with Hamas; the 2000 Intifada was a thwarted attempt at escaping the sins of Oslo and its empowered elite. For the current Intifada to achieve a degree of initial success, it must find a way to entirely dismiss those who took it upon themselves to negotiate Palestinian rights and to enrich themselves at the expense of the impoverished and oppressed Palestinian people.

If the Intifada is to be true to itself, it must seek to break not just the hegemony over the Palestinian political discourse which is unfairly championed by Erekat and his peers, but to break political boundaries as well, uniting all Palestinians around a whole new political agenda.

There are many opportunists who are ready to pounce upon the current mobilization in Palestine, to use the people’s sacrifices as they see fit and, ultimately, return to the status quo as if no blood has been shed and no oppression still in place.

After reiterating his support for the two-state solution which is now but a fading mirage, Erekat told Al-Jazeera, “We are fully supporting our people and their cry for freedom.”

I think not, Mr. Erekat. Twenty years is long enough to show that those who have taken part in their people’s oppression, cannot possibly be the advocates of their people’s freedom.

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