An Encore for Charlie Hebdo

November 13, 2020

Posted by Lawrence Davidson

Part I—Insulting Islam

In mid October 2020 a French schoolteacher, 47-year-old Samuel Paty, decided to show his Freedom of Speech class cartoons demeaning Islam’s founding prophet, Mohammed. The cartoons were the same ones originally published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) in 2014-2015. At that time, the magazine’s actions resulted in the murder of twelve of its staff, including the editor, Stephane Charbonnier. The murders were committed by Muslim extremists associated with al-Qaeda. Samuel Paty’s fate turned out to be similar. Shortly after having shown the caricatures of the founder of Islam, the teacher was murdered by an 18-year-old Muslim immigrant. Other attacks have followed.  

In all of these cases, the killings were provoked as well as indefensible. The cartoons in question are all too easy to interpret as gratuitous insults against Islam and therefore against the almost 9% of the French population that are Muslim. Nonetheless, murder is incompatible with stable society. The latter being prima facie true, the next question is, What alternatives were available to those who were/are disgusted by the Charlie Hebdo caricatures? Lawsuits for defamation have been repeatedly filed. Some are still ongoing. However, to date, none have stopped the magazine’s demeaning ways. Well-organized public protests combined with steady political pressure might work in the long run. It was perhaps because such an effort was not forthcoming, at least not consistently, that action defaulted to emotionally driven individual fanatics.

By the way, Charlie Hebdo, with its own brand of fanaticism, is what you might call an equal opportunity defamer. Topics ranging from the Catholic Church to Italians killed in earthquakes have been depicted in distasteful, sometimes semi-pornographic fashion. As it stands, the right to publish gratuitously insulting cartoons is not only legal in France but, because of all the related violence, also now defended as an important expression of French national culture. To make this point clear, French officials have announced the publication of a booklet to include the Charlie Hebdo images. This will be “handed out to high school students as a commitment to defend the values of the Republic.”

Part II—A Trap 

The value referred to in the booklet is freedom of expression. As Charbonnier said in a 2012 interview, “We can’t live in a country without freedom of speech. I prefer to die than to live like a rat.” Of course, it is now obvious that Charbonnier’s ardent determination to avoid a rodent’s fate, and his nation’s embrace of the man’s grossness as a symbol of free speech, has led France into a trap. Here is how the Sorbonne Professor Pierre-Henri Tavoillot puts it: “what is at stake now is France’s laicite—the secularism that underlies its culture. If the nation compromises on laicite in this instance, this cultural principle may well unravel.” Refusal to consider a balanced way out of the situation paints the French into a corner while explicitly tying the culture to often semi-pornographic cartoons. 

The trap has many other dimensions. French enthusiasm for Charlie Hebdo has fueled Islamophobia and led others to use the situation to argue for the restriction of civil rights. France’s interior minister believes that the country is “at war against an enemy who is both inside and outside.” While it is true that the country’s 5.7 million Muslims (the highest number in any Western country) are increasingly alienated and fearful, the vast majority are peaceful. Yet they all have now been placed under suspicion of being terrorists. Now, the mayor of Nice is calling for a “modification of the Constitution” so that the nation can “properly wage war against Islamic extremists.” President Macron has announced a widespread crackdown on “Islamist individuals and organizations.” This includes closing French Muslim civil rights organizations and Arabic language schools. 

The whole affair has also brought France into conflict with Muslim populations and governments around the world. Presently, the French and Turkish governments are now trading insults. In Bangladesh, 40,000 people took part in an anti-French demonstration and called for the boycott of French goods. French goods were removed from shelves in shops in Qatar and Kuwait. 

Part III—Rationalizations

The French will tell you that their take on free expression was born in violence: in “eradicating the power of the monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church” during the French Revolution. Later, a 1905 French law made faith a strictly private matter and secularism the rule for the public sphere. There is nothing wrong with this arrangement. However, over the years the French have generally lost common sense relative to the subject and failed to be consistent in their approach to religion. On the one hand, laicite has caused some French men and women to see religion as a belief system that need not be taken seriously. Criticism of religion is seen as a “dear right.” On the other hand, recent history has led French governments to be very sensitive to even the slightest suggestion of anti-Semitism (which is illegal in France). Except in this case, the stipulation that one should not be critical of someone simply because he is observant is often forgotten.

Against this backdrop, French Muslims, the  most religious of French residents, have been held at arm’s length. Those who retain their traditional dress and ways stand out as outsiders and assimilation has not been made easy even for those Muslims who desire it. 

The French will also tell you that the art of caricature “is an old tradition that is part of our democracy.” French Muslims make the argument that “there should be limits to offensive satire [in the form of demeaning caricature] when it comes to religious beliefs.” They say that this is so because such satire “fuels extremism.” For millions of French Muslims, this suggests that “cartoons putting a prophet who is fundamental to millions of believers in suggestive and degrading postures” should not fall within the right to be satirical.

One can, of course, argue the issue of censorship. Free speech/expression rights are explicitly meant to protect speech we may not approve of. On the other hand, all societies impose some limits on speech—you can’t cry fire in a crowded theater. Who decides when, or if, there should be a legitimate restriction to free speech/expression? How about when there is a present atmosphere that leads to multiple murder and the breakdown of otherwise friendly foreign relations? Under such circumstances, can such competing issues be finessed by the application of common sense? The flamboyant display of such “art” as practiced by Charlie Hebdo, much less its presentation as a cornerstone of French culture, might be such a case.*

Part IV—Conclusion

How many cultures make rudeness a symbol of cultural excellence? It doesn’t seem to be a common practice. Yet, the French have done so in this case. It has gotten them nothing but trouble at home and abroad. 

The problem with the present French position is that it gives wide latitude to people who care little or nothing for cultural awareness. Stephane Charbonnier, the murdered editor of Charlie Hebdo, seemed uninterested in the real cultural consequences of his personal practice of freedom. In truth, he was an extremist who persisted on insulting a religion of 1.8 billion adherents, the vast majority of whom are peaceful folks. As he knew no bounds to his freedom to be brutally insulting, so his behavior activated a small number of Muslim extremists willing to be even more brutal than Charbonnier. This led to his violent death. In death he has become a French cultural icon—in total disregard of the extremist nature of his behavior and the counter-extremism it triggered.

ماكرون عندما ينفذأهداف خصمه أردوغان…!

باريس – نضال حمادة

بعد لعملية الإجرامية التي وقعت أمام كنيسة في مدينة نيس الفرنسية، وفي تصريح جديد له بدا الرئيس الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون أكثر اعتدالاً اتجاه الجالية الإسلامية في فرنسا ولأول مرة منذ بداية الأزمة عندما أعلن في خطاب له عن أزمة الدين الإسلامي ومن ثم عند حصول جريمة الأستاذ الذي قُتل بسكين شاب شيشاني بسبب الرسوم المسيئة للرسول الأكرم، للمرة الأولى تحدث الرئيس الفرنسي عن مجموعة واحدة في فرنسا هي المجموعة الوطنية، وغيّر من تعابيره عندما تكلم عن الإسلاميين ولم يتكلم عن الإسلام، فيما يبدو انه أتى نتيجة نصيحة بتغيير خطابه، وليس معروفاً لحد الآن مَن نصح ماكرون بتبني خطاب متطرّف وهجوميّ ضدّ الإسلام كدين في بداية الأزمة.

اكتشف ماكرون والمحيطين به بعد عشرة أيام من افتعال الصدام أنه قدّم للرئيس التركي رجب طيب أردوغان كل ما يريده ويتمناه عندما فتح معركة غير مفهومة الأسباب ضد الإسلام، اللهم إلا الأسباب الانتخابية.

لقد أصبح أردوغان المدافع الأول عن النبي الأكرم محمد بسبب سجالاته مع ماكرون وتصريحاته اليومية بهذا الشأن، ويبدو أنّ هناك في أوروبا من نصحه بتغيير لهجته وتعابيره في هذه المعركة، لأنّ خصمه أردوغان هو الرابح الأكبر، كما تشير معلومات صحافية إلى أنّ ألمانيا رفضت الدخول مع فرنسا في موضوع مقاطعة أوروبية لمنتجات دول قد تقاطع البضائع الفرنسية.

فرنسا التي ذهبت إلى ليبيا وأسقطت القذافي ودعمت الإسلاميين المتطرفين هناك ترى بأمّ عينها اليوم روسيا وتركيا تحتلان المشهد الليبي فيما هي غائبة كلياً عنه، وفرنسا أيضاً التي دعمت كلّ الجماعات المتطرفة في سورية لإسقاط النظام هناك وشكلت رأس الحربة في مجلس الأمن الدولي لتكرار التجربة الليبية في سورية، ترى بأمّ عينها روسيا وتركيا تحتلان المشهد السوري فيما هي خارج اللعبة تماماً، ونفسها فرنسا ترفض منذ سنوات التعاون مع الدولة السورية في المجالات الأمنية والآن تلجأ للروس للحصول على معلومات عن سلفيين حاربوا في سورية وعادوا الى أوروبا، أما في لبنان فيبدو أنّ المبادرة الفرنسية انتهت او لن تبصر النور إذا اتخذت الحرب بين فرنسا وسلفييها مساراً تصاعدياً.

في كلّ الأحوال هناك عودة الى العقلانية من جانب الرئيس الفرنسي، في مقاربة الأمور وتوجيه الاتهامات وتوزيع الهجمات يميناً ويساراً بعدما اكتشف أنّ الذي استفاد من هذه الأخطاء خصمهم اللدود تركيا وأردوغان تحديداً. وهذا أمر جيد للعلاقة الفرنسية مع مليار ونصف مليار مسلم عسى أن تستمرّ العقلانية لتنهي هذا الصراع المفتعل والمكلف للجميع…

Gaza Scholars Protest Macron’s Anti-Islam Provocation (PHOTOS)

October 26, 2020

Palestinian religious scholars in Gaza protest inflammatory anti-Islam statements by French President Emmanuel Macron. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

On Monday, Palestinian religious scholars in Gaza joined worldwide protests condemning inflammatory anti-Islamic practices and official statements by French media and government officials. 

Like many Muslims across the world, the Gaza scholars called for an economic boycott of France in response to anti-Muslim comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron, and his decision to circulate defamatory cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.

The Gaza protest was held in front of the French Cultural Center in Gaza City and came in response to a call made by the Palestinian Scholars Union to take a stance against French provocations. 

Some of the placards that the protesters held in Arabic translate to: “Prophet Mohammed stood up against injustice, built solidarity and cooperation” and “Prophet Mohammed laid the foundation for coexistence between Muslims and Non-Muslims”, while others called for immediate “Economic boycott” of France. 

Besides the provocative Prophet Mohammed cartoons, Macron earlier this month claimed that Islam is “a religion in crisis”,  announcing plans for tougher laws to confront the alleged “Islamist separatism” in his country, Anadolu News Agency reported. 

(All Photos: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

لا حياد بين الأرض والاحتلال

بشارة مرهج

في ما ضى كان كلّ مسؤول أميركي يزور لبنان والمنطقة العربية يقول لأهل البلاد: «ما بالكم تتشبّثون بالمقاطعة والحصار الاقتصاديّ على «إسرائيل»؟ هذا لا ينسجم مع روح المرحلة ومستلزماتها، ولا يتفق مع شروط العصر ومعطياته. فإذا أردتم أن تكونوا داخل الزمن وحركته كونوا واقعيين. اخرجوا من الصندوق وافصلوا بين السياسي والاقتصادي. دعوا الاقتصاد يسبح في فضائه. ضعوا الحصار جانباً. اتكلوا علينا حتى نتمكن من إقناع «إسرائيل» بالحلّ السلمي الذي يعيد إليكم الأرض والسلام والاستقرار».

وكلما كانت الأنظمة العربية تتجاوب وتسترخي مع الدعوات الأميركية الملتبسة، كانت «إسرائيل» تتمرّد وتتطرّف فيأتي الصوت من بعيد: «مهلاً. لماذا الانفعال، لماذا التذمّر؟ أنتم لم تقدّموا بعد ما هو كافٍ لإرضاء «إسرائيل» والمجتمع الدولي حتى تنحلّ العقد وينفتح باب الحلول. على أيّ حال القرار لكم، لكن كلما تفوّق العقل على العاطفة وابتعدتم عن الشعبوية اقتربتم من مدار العصر وحصلتم على مرادكم».

بعد عقود من الوعود المعسولة لم يعد ثمة مساحة للتراجع. لقد أعطت الأنظمة العربية كلّ ما لديها وما استبقت في يدها شيئاً. أما «إسرائيل» التي أخذت فوق ما أعطاها «الكرم» الدولي فلم يعد أمامها ثمة مساحة للتقدّم. بدأ القلق يساورها. فقد بدأ الحديد يحكّ على الحديد وبات الجميع في الزاوية.

في المقلب الآخر واشنطن تنسى كلّ التعليمات والإرشادات التي أصدرتها، وتتجاهل كلّ الاتفاقات والمعاهدات التي سبق ان أشرفت عليها. بعد خضوعها للاستيطان الإجرامي ها هي بقيادة ترامب تغادر آخر درجة من درجات سلّم القيم الذي تدحرج سابقاً على أبواب بغداد ويتدحرج نهائياً اليوم على أعتاب القدس.

واشنطن التي تجاهلت موقع القدس فلسطينياً وعربياً ودولياً.

واشنطن التي تجاهلت موقع القدس مسيحياً وإسلامياً تربط الرسن السياسي بالملف الاقتصادي وتمارس على لبنان أعلى درجات الحصار موزعة «نصائحها» على العواصم العربية ألا شاركوا في هذا الحصار الاقتصادي الذي تطلبه «إسرائيل»… «إسرائيل» التي انكسرت هيبتها وتزلزلت سطوتها على أرض الجنوب المخضب بدماء اللبنانيين وسائر الأشقاء العرب الذين ما بخلوا يوماً على هذه الأرض بالتطوّع والمقاومة والفداء.

عندما تسقط الأمم تجاه ما ترمز إليه مجازر من مستوى مجزرة صبرا وشاتيلا، وعندما تتخلى الأمم عن الحدّ الأدنى الذي كانت تمثله، أو بالأحرى تدّعي أنها كانت تمثله على صعيد المبادئ والأخلاق، تفقد اتزانها وتضيّع طريقها وتعود بالمدينة إلى الأدغال القريبة. أما الذين يتعرّضون للقهر والحصار فبالتأكيد سيشعرون بالألم والمرارة. لكنهم سيعودون الى الصخر يفتتونه ويزرعونه كما فعل أجدادهم من قبل. إذ لا حياد بين الأرض والاحتلال.

*نائب ووزير سابق.

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‘The Deal of Shame’: Thousands in Gaza Protest against Annexation, Urge Boycott of Israel (PHOTOS)

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Thousands of Palestinians rally in the besieged Gaza Strip in protest of Israel’s annexation plan. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Thousands of Palestinians on Wednesday rallied in the besieged Gaza Strip in protest of an Israeli government’s plan to annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank. 

The protesters were led by representatives of all Palestinian political groups and civil society organizations. The crowds, which descended from across the Strip, carried Palestinian flags and placards condemning US bias towards Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempt to confiscate more Palestinian land.

Annexing approximately a third of the occupied West Bank means that Israel would officially consider the newly-annexed Palestinian land as part of the Israeli state, similar to Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in 1980 and ‘81 respectively.

Annexation also means that some 4.5% of the Palestinian population of the West Bank will be living in isolated enclaves within the annexed territories.

“The annexation is a threat to the Palestinians and violates international legitimacy resolutions,” Saadi Abed of the Palestinian Democratic Union (FIDA) said, addressing the rally in Gaza, TRT News reported. 

“The land grip will give away for a new Palestinian intifada,” he said, going on to call on the Palestinians to close ranks and “end the rift to face occupation plans.”

Netanyahu’s government coalition had set July 1 as the date to begin the implementation of the annexation plan, as part of the US President Donald Trump’s Administration’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’.

Similar mobilization was reported in the West Bank as well, and many protests have already been scheduled for the coming days. 

Protesters in Gaza held signs in English and Arabic that read in part, “The annexation is contrary to the UN charter and a fundamentally illegal act,” “Palestinian Lives Matter,” “Our People Are United against Annexation,” “No Apartheid No Annexation,” “Down with the Deal of the Century,” “The Deal of Shame,” and “BDS: Boycott Israel.” 

Aside from the political factions that participated in the Gaza rally, women groups, student groups, and many civil society organizations were also present, including representatives from the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).

(All Photos: Fawzi Mahmoud)

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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حتمية الحماية الشعبية وفك الارتباط لا لرمي العبء على حزب الله وحده! – عادل سماره

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حتمية الحماية الشعبية وفك الارتباط لا لرمي العبء على حزب الله وحده! – عادل سماره

صحيح أن السيد نصر الله قد أوصل  الموقف إلى أقصاه حيث كرر سنقتلك ثلاثاً. وهذا يعني أن الحزب أخذ كامل الاستعداد للمواجهة إن لم يكن هناك من سبيل آخر. وفي الحقيقة هذا دور حزب مقاتل. ولكن، حزب الله ليس كل لبنان ولا كل محور المقاومة، ليس هو الشعب، ليس هو المقاول في التصدي والمقاومة وحده على أن يكتفي الجميع بالهتاف.نقرأ ونسمع خطابات ومقالات متحمسة وتُحمِّس ضد قيصر والكيان والتطبيع، ولكن لا نسمع، بل لم نشاهد  في السياسة والاجتماع مواقف ذات مضمون حقيقي مقابل المضمون القتالي لحزب الله.وللتوضيح، فإن التحديات المفروضة والعدوانات الجارية لا تشير إلى حتمية الحرب، وليس صحيحا الاستنامة لحتمية الحرب بالاعتماد فقط على حزب الله.  أي ماذا تعملون؟ 

ألمح السيد في حديثه إلى التوجه شرقا، ولكن هذا يشترط قرار سيادي دولاني لتنفيذه، هذا مع أنه كان يجب أن يحصل منذ عقود. فتحويل وجهة اقتصاد من جغرافيا إلى أخرى لا يتم بقرار  وحسب وإنما بسيرورة مما يجعل هذا القرار، إن تم اتخاذه، رهنا بوقت ليس بالقصير حتى وإن كان في مجال التجارة وليس الإنتاج.يفتح هذا الحديث على وجوب رفد المقاومة المقاتلة بالظهير الشعبي.ليس سهلاً كما يبدو أن تقوم السلطات السياسية في محور المقاومة بانتهاج سياسات جذرية تصل التحول الفعلي مثلا نحو الشرق. هذا إضافة إلى أن التوجه شرقاً هو ايضا يجب أن لا يحتوي في أحشائه بذور نمط من التبعية، حتى لو  كان رحيماً لأن مشروعنا عروبي لنا ولكل الشركاء من غير العرب.ليس سهلاً، لأن هذا كان يجب ان يحصل منذ عقود، أو على الأقل منذ بدء الحروب ضد سوريا ومحور المقاومة عموما، ورغم تكرار الدعوات لذلك لم يحصل.وقد يكون السبب الرئيس وجود قوى في الأنظمة نفسها، قوى طبقية داخل البلد ممسكة بكثير من مفاصله إن لم نقل تلابيبه تعاند هذا التحول وتربح وتضارب. لذا، نكرر المبنى التالي للتوجه إقليميا والتوجه شرقا، أو للقطيعة مع الغرب بأنه في البدء على الأقل  قرار شعبي لا رسمي، هذا معنى حرب الشعب. فالسلطة في أية دولة هي سلطة طبقية، وغالبا في  التشكيلات الإجتماعية الإقتصادية الراسمالية أو الراسمالية المحيطية هي من الطبقة البرجوازية وأحيانا كثيرة من جناحها الكمبرادوري أو جناحها ذي التوجه التنموي بإيديولوجيته القومية. ولتوضيح هذا الحديث، فإن متاجرة الأنظمة قومية وتنموية الاتجاه في مصر وسوريا والعراق في الفترة ما بعد هزيمة حرب حزيران وحتى تسعينات القرن العشرين كانت بنسبة 70 بالمئة مع الغرب رغم أن الغرب كان هو العدو بينما التبادل مع الشرق كان ضئيلا رغم انه كان حليفنا، ولم تختلف متاجرة إيران الشاه عن متاجرة إيران الثورة في الارتباط بالسوق العالمية. هذا الارتباط هو الذي مكَّن الغرب وخاصة أمريكا من فر ض العدوان الذي من قبيل استدخال خطاب العدو أن نقبل بتسميته ” العقوبات” فالعدو يعتدي ولا يعاقب لأنه ليس سيدنا بل عدونا. إذن، نحن اليوم أمام بنية راسخة في علاقات التبعية الاقتصادية/التجارية مع العدو، رغم أننا في صراع سياسي قومي ضده، وهذا يؤكد مجددا، تحريك دور الشعب  للضغط على السلطة بالتوجه إقليميا ما أمكن وشرقا ايضا.يوصلنا هذا إلى المسألة الأساس للحديث وهي وجوب تحريك الشارع وخاصة في سوريا لتبني مسار من درجتين لإنقاذ البلد: 

التزام موديل التنمية بالحماية الشعبية اي المقاطعة ميدانياً في السوق للمنتجات الأجنبية وخاصة العدوة وإنتاج واستهلاك المنتجات المحلية اي الاستهلاك الواعي والملتزم، والتركيز على الإنتاج المحلي، تشكيل فرق شعبية لمنع التجار من عرض المنتجات الأجنبية التي لها نظير محلي. ومعروف بأن مقاطعة منتجات تعني قرار إنتاج محلي بديلا لها فالمقاطعة تفترض الشغل التنموي.

وعليه، إذا كان توازن القوى داخل النظام لا يسمح للسلطة بقرار محاصرة الفساد واستلام السلطة للتجارة الخارجية استلاما تحت رقابة مشددة، فإن المقاطعة الشعبية كجزء من موديل التنمية بالحماية الشعبية هو الذي يساعد السلطة على اتخاذ قرار مقاطعة منتجات الأعداء التي تستوردها طبقة أو شريحة الفاسدين والمضاربين على الدولار، أو يجبر السلطة على ذلك. فلا بد للشعب من أن يشعر بأن عليه ان يدخل حرب المقاطعة لا أن يلقي باللائمة على السلطة فقط. انت موجود إذا كنت مبادرا. إن موديل التنمية بالحماية الشعبية هو إنشغال وتشغيل الشعب في الإنتاج والاستهلاك ضمن بنية اقتصادية غير تابعة لمنطق علاقات الاقتصاد الرسمي الراسمالي، إنه اقتصاد الاعتماد على الذات واقتصاد التعاونيات. وهذا النهج يحاصر التجار المستورِدين ويدفع اقتصاد السلطة/الدولة لتبني هذا النهج عبر ما أسماه سمير امين فك الارتباط. أي أن التنمية موديل التنمية بالحماية الشعبية يعمل أساسا كقاعدة عملية مادية دون تبعية للاقتصاد الراسمال الرسمي وبالتالي يمهد لدفع السلطة إلى فك الارتباط. فك الارتباط هو قرار سياسي سيادي دولاني يمكن للسلطة أن تتخذه بقناعة منها، ويمكن أن تضطر له بضغط القاعدة الشعبية إذا كانت السلطة مؤمنة به لكن تحتاج لدعم او إذا لم تكن مؤمنة به ولكن ضغط الشعب يرغمها على ذلك.هذا ما نقصد به ردف المقاومة المسلحة بحرب الشعب.

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موديل لا يصلح لسوريا وإيران ولبنان واليمن فقط بل يصلح لمختلف الاقتصادات التابعة والتي تعاني من التبادل اللامتكافىء منجهة وهو تبادل لصالح أعداء علانيين لهذه البلدان نفسها.إن البعد الغائب والضروري في هذا الصراع هو القوى الشعبية الثورية، لنقل الحزب الثوري الاشتراكي بالحد الأدنى الذي عليه الترويج للموديل المزدوج وتبني تنفيذه شعبيا، وهو ومضمونه اشتركي فهو وطني قومي بالضرورة.وهذا يفتح على مسألة هامة وحساسة ايضاً وهي أن هذا الحزب ببرامجه وتحليلاته واستراتيجيته يتجاوز ثرثرة الإعلام التابع والممول، والذي تدور تحليلات مُحلليه حول القضية ولا تضرب عمقها كما قال لينين: “كما يدور القط حول صحن من المرق الساخن”.يجب أن لا يكتفي أحد بنضال أحد ولا أن يتكىء أحد على مجهود أحد.  وإذ كان الحزب غائبا، فتشكيل لجان شعبية لضبط السوق ليس أمرا صعباً، وهذا ما أنجزته اللجان الشعبية في الأرض المحتلة في انتفاضة 1987 رغم عسف العدو.إن دعوات قوى ومنظمات عربية لرفض الحصار وتسيير قوافل إلى سوريا، لا يكفي، وقد لا يصل وقد يكون مصيره كمصير أكذوبة سفينة مرمرة التركية تجاه غزة، ومع ذلك لا باس بالمحاولة. ولكن الحقيقي والطبيعي هو ضرب تسويق منتجات الأعداء في الوطن العربي ضربا على نطاق شامل سواء بحرق هذه المنتجات في الشوارع كما حصل في انتفاضة 1987، أو محاسبة المستوردين، إضافة إلى ضرب مؤسسات الأعداء سواء ثقافية اقتصادية دبلوماسية…الخ.بهذا يصبح ويتم  إشراك الشارع العربي في الحرب الضروس هذه.سيكون كل هذا من الصعوبة بمكان، ولكن المقاومة الشعبية وحدها التي تردف المقاومة المسلحة، وحين تبدأ التجربة سنكتشف السحر الكامن فيها وهو أنها اقل صعوبة مما تخيلنا من بعيد نظراً لعامل التردد. كنعان-  

Washington Struggles to Manage the Crisis, But Israel Continues to Benefit

By Philip Giraldi

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The self-inflicted cultural defenestration of what passes for Western Civilization in the United States continues apace. As George Orwell described the process in 1984 “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present…”

Ironically, even as America’s Founding Fathers are being pilloried through the prism of contemporary values, not every bit of customary behavior is being challenged. Even though the United States is going through a devastating health care and national identity crisis, the Federal Government continues to grind out legislation that is favorable to Israel and to certain Jewish interests. “The Never Again (Holocaust) Education Act,” for example, passed through the House of Representatives (H.R. 943) by a 395-3 vote followed by a unanimous vote in the Senate on S.2085 on May 13th.  It will help to indoctrinate school children regarding an easily challengeable narrative of perpetual victimhood which in turn generates billions of dollars for the racist state of Israel, but it was described by Congressional supporters as merely an instrument to support the already existing educational resources at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), which is also taxpayer funded.

The House bill’s sponsor Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York preened that “Combatting hate and intolerance must always be a priority and I’m glad that the Senate agrees. Passing this bill by unanimous consent today sends a strong message that the Congress is overwhelmingly united in combatting antisemitism…” and the Senate bill’s sponsor Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada explained how “…the Never Again Education Act will give schools needed resources to cover one of the darkest chapters in our history. Through education, we can provide insight into the past, and use it to prevent anti-Semitism now.”

If Americans Knew has documented how there were 68 pieces of legislation focused on providing goods and services to Israel in 2019, with 18 more added, identified here, so far this year. The most well known piece of legislation is S.3176, “US-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2020 (To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriations of funds to Israel, and for other purposes),” which is the upper chamber’s version of House bill H.R.1837, which was passed last July. S.3176 passed out of committee on May 21st and is scheduled for a floor vote. The Senate bill was sponsored by Marco Rubio of Florida, a favorite of the Israel Lobby and its oligarch funders.

The House and Senate bills derive from an agreement entered into by President Barack Obama committing the U.S. Treasury to give Israel a minimum of $3.8 billion a year for the next ten years. The current version of the legislation has tweaked the language to make that $3.8 billion Danegeld a minimum, subject to increase as circumstances dictate. The bill also provides Israel additional military equipment off the books, funds several co-production arrangements and basically commits Washington to supporting Israel militarily even if the Jewish state starts the war.

Other pro-Israel bills include H.R.5595 – the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act (To impose additional prohibitions relating to foreign boycotts under Export Control Reform Act of 2018, and for other purposes),” which includes criminal penalties to target businesses, organizations and individuals who attempt to boycott or disrupt commercial activity operating out of Israel’s West Bank settlements. It was drafted in response to the publication of a United Nations database identifying over 100 Israeli companies doing business in illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. S.Res. 570  “A resolution opposing and condemning the potential prosecution of United States and Israeli nationals by the International Criminal Court,” meanwhile is an attempt to block any consideration by the international court of Israeli as well as American war crimes.

Other legislation (S.3775 “The United States Israel Military Capability Act” involves developing and sharing military technology even though Israel frequently steals what is developed and H.Res.837 “Reaffirming the need for transatlantic cooperation to combat anti-Semitism in Europe” encourages European countries to do more to teach about the so-called holocaust and anti-Semitism.

But the most bizarre resolutions currently circulating on the Congressional circuit are S.3722 and H.R.6829 “To authorize funding for a bilateral cooperative program with Israel for the development of health technologies with a focus on combating COVID-19.” The respective bills were introduced on May 12th and 13th and are now in committee. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been lobbying Congress hard by playing the China-as-threat card. The House version is consequently dubbed the “Expanding Medical Partnerships with Israel to Lessen Dependence on China Act.”

What the bills will do is establish a partnership with Israel to develop a vaccine and other medical responses to the pandemic virus. The costs will be shared, but Israel’s pharmaceutical industry will market the products, which promises to be enormously profitable if the endeavor succeeds.

And finally, there is Iran, Israel’s bête noire. On June 8th U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran’s shipping network took effect, months after they were announced in December following claims made by the State Department relating to alleged Iranian support for proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Commercial and maritime industries and even governments now risk U.S. sanctions if they do any business with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and/or its Shanghai-based subsidiary, E-Sail Shipping Company. The new sanctions are being touted by Republican Congressmen as the “toughest ever.”

So, what is the average American citizen to do confronted by an avalanche of Congressional action benefitting Israel while the United States is going through its most trying time since the Great Depression? Israeli lobbying groups like AIPAC, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) and Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) have large budgets, hundreds of staff and full and immediate access to Congressional offices. They even write the legislation that is then rubber stamped by the House and Senate, and although they are clearly agents of Israel, they are never required to register as such under Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

One can always contact a Congress-critter and complain but that is generally speaking a waste of time. A brave man and friend of mine who was a survivor of the brutal Israeli attack on the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 did write to his Senator and ask why, when the nation is in crisis, Congress is spending so much time and money on Israel. This was the reply he got from Senator Rick Scott of Florida:

“Thank you for contacting me regarding our greatest ally, Israel. Florida has maintained a strong relationship with Israel for many generations and I have always worked to improve policies and investments between our two countries.

During my time as Governor of Florida, I visited Israel three times. My first two visits were to promote Florida and to build international trade relationships between Israel and Florida. My third visit was for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, for which I strongly advocated.

I also signed anti-BDS legislation, secured $2 million for security at our Jewish schools, and I opposed the reckless Iran Deal.

As your United States Senator, I will continue to work every day to protect and support our greatest ally and fight to take actions against those who wish to do them harm.

Again, thank you for your insightful correspondence. I am proud to represent every citizen in Florida and I appreciate the time you took to provide your position on this matter. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.”

Clearly Senator Scott claims to be proud of representing “every citizen” in Florida, but he regards some citizens as more important than others. Concerning his trade missions, one might be interested in knowing what the balance of trade and job creation between Israel and Florida actually is, as these arrangements are generally heavily loaded to favor Israeli businesses and investors. Also, the good Senator might recall that it was a Florida public school that recently was on the receiving end of a mass shooting, so perhaps the money he so proudly gave to Jewish schools for security was not exactly well spent. And Scott seems to be unaware that Jewish organizations already get over 90% of Department of Homeland Security discretionary grants, so they hardly need more taxpayer money.

Acting on behalf of a foreign country, Senator Scott also is willing to shut down the First Amendment for most Americans in his zeal to crush the non-violent BDS movement. And his rejection of the “Iran Deal” demonstrates that he does not support policies that actually enhance the security of the United States, presumably out of deference to the interests of Israel and at least some of his Jewish constituents.

Finally, Senator Scott should perhaps look into the treaties that Washington has entered into with foreign powers. There is no defense treaty with Israel and the Jewish state is no ally, much less a “greatest ally.” It is, in fact, a major strategic liability, involving Americans in regional wars that need not be fought and demonstrating to all the world the risible reality of a military and economic superpower that is being led to perdition during a time of crisis by a ruthless and irresponsible client state.

في رفض التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيونيّ

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من سخرية الدهر أن نرى دولاً ومجتمعات عربية تُسرّع في وتيرة تقديم أوراق اعتماد للكيان الصهيوني عبر جعل العلاقة معه أنه أمر طبيعي، بينما نرى من جهة أخرى الدول نفسها تشجّع على التقاتل العربي سواء بين الدول أو داخل المجتمعات العربية وكأنه أمر «طبيعي»! فمصطلح «التطبيع» يعني أن نجعل العلاقة مع الكيان الصهيوني (او الاقتتال العربي) أمراً طبيعياً بينما واقع الحال هو العداء. والعداء ليس عداء ظرفياً مبنياً على خلافات موضوعية بل هو عداء وجودي. فلا مجال للتعايش ولا للتساكن ولا لمهادنة مع كيان يشكّل وجوده في قلب الأمة أولى الطعنات لإلغاء وجودها. فعندما يجنح الكيان ومعه الإدارة الحالية في الولايات المتحدة إلى جعل الديانة اليهودية قوميّة كقاعدة للكيان. فهذا يعني الغاء الوجود الفلسطيني ليس معنوياً فقط بل تمهيداً إلى إلغاء وجوده جسدياً عبر عمليات تهجير مدعومة من الولايات المتحدة وربما مموّلة من قبل بعض الدول العربية.

في مبرّرات التطبيع

قضية فلسطين هي التي تجمع العرب من المحيط إلى الخليج فيصبح ضرب القضية الفلسطينية هدفاً وجودياً لعدم تحقيق وحدة العرب التي ترعب فعلا كلاً من الكيان والغرب، وذلك منذ ظهور الإسلام. فمقاومة التطبيع كمقاومة الكيان وذلك للبقاء ليس إلاّ. والتطبيع عمل سياسي اقتصادي ثقافي اجتماعي في خدمة هدف سياسي أكبر. والهدف السياسي الكبير هو إنهاء القضية الفلسطينية. لذلك لا بدّ من بذل جهد لتحقيق ذلك عبر تقديم حجج متعدّدة.

من ضمن الحجج المقدّمة لتحقيق ذلك الغرض هو أنّ القضية الفلسطينية عائق في نهضة الدول العربية وتستنزف قدراتها وتمنعها من الحصول عن الدعم المالي الدولي والتكنولوجيا لنهضة تلك الدول. كما أنّ الصلح مع الكيان الصهيوني، الذي هو الهدف الأخير لإنهاء القضية الفلسطينية، هو ما سيحقّق الاستقرار والتنمية في الدول العربية. فلا تنمية ولا استقرار في كلّ من مصر والأردن وما هو في عهدة السلطة الفلسطينية. فالصلح مع الكيان لم يأتِ ولن يأتي بأيّ استقرار وتنمية.

المبرّر الحقيقي للمطبّعين هو الاعتقاد الخاطئ أنه سيؤمّن لهم الحماية الأميركية والصهيونية من شعوبهم المنتفضة ضدّهم بسبب سياسات القمع والفساد والتبعية. القراءة الخاطئة للنخب الحاكمة في تلك الدول التي تشجّع على ترويج التطبيع (والتي ما زالت لا تجرؤ على المجاهرة بالتطبيع) تجعل عندهم إساءة تقدير التحوّلات الحاصلة دولياً وإقليمياً. يعتقدون أنّ بحفنة من المال سيكسبون ودّ الصهيوني والأميركي. غير أنهم يجهلون أو يتجاهلون يقين نظرة الأميركيين والصهاينة لهم وأنه من المستبعد جدّا أن يقدّموا لهم الحماية. فسياسة المكابرة وإنكار الحال ما زالت تتحكم عند تلك النخب الحاكمة التي لا تستطيع استيعاب التحوّلات في موازين القوّة في المنطقة التي لم تعد لصالح الكيان والولايات المتحدة.

في أشكال التطبيع

أما أشكال التطبيع فهي متعدّدة. فمنها ما يأخذ شكل الزيارات المتبادلة غير الرسمية أي بين أفراد وهيئات عربية وصهيونية، أو رسمية عبر زيارات رسمية لمسؤولين من الكيان إلى عدد من الدول العربية إضافة إلى التنسيق الأمني والاستخباري الذي يصل إلى عمليات مشتركة في اغتيال قيادات المقاومة، أو عبر لقاءات ثقافية ورياضية واقتصادية في الدول العربية تستضيف من خلالها وفوداً صهيونية. والأخطر هو التطبيع الثقافي خاصة في مجال الفن والأدب حيث المسلسلات العربية التي تبرّر التطبيع والمشاريع المشتركة تساهم في خلق واقع جديد يصعب تجاهله وتداعياته خاصة في الوعي الجماعي للأمة بين الشباب الذين يمكن التأثير بهم. والوجه الأكثر استفزازاً هو الانتشار عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي لأفكار تتخلّى عن القضية المركزية للأمة وهي القضية الفلسطينية وجعلها قضية هامشية لا علاقة للعرب بها ألاّ للفلسطينيين، وحتى في ذلك الحال يتم تحقير الفلسطينيين! لن ندخل في سجال مع تلك السخافات، بل نكتفي بالإشارة إلى وجودها. كما أن الردّ عليها يعطيها شرعية غير موجودة في الأساس.

والتطبيع يتناول أيضاً المعتقدات وخاصة القرآن الكريم، حيث يتمّ تحريف الآيات الكريمة لتبرير وجود الكيان. فالدين مصدر الشرعية لأنظمة حكم عربية، وبالتالي استعمال الدين لتبرير سياسات غير مقبولة يصبح أمراً مشروعاً وإنْ كان مبنياً على تحريف الآيات والخروج المتعمّد عن سياقها القرآني.

أفق التطبيع

تجب هنا الإشارة إلى أنّ رغم معاهدات سلام مع الكيان الصهيوني لبضع دول عربية لم يستطع الكيان خرق الجدار في الوعي العربي للوصول إلى التطبيع مع المجتمعات العربية خاصة في مصر والأردن وطبعاً فلسطين، وذلك بعد أكثر من أربعين سنة من عمر المعاهدة بين مصر والكيان وأكثر من 25 سنة بين السلطة الفلسطينية والأردن من جهة أخرى. فالعداء للكيان سمة النظرة العربية للكيان كما أننا نؤكّد أنّ العقيدة القتالية للجيش المصري ما زالت تجعل الكيان الصهيوني عدواً لمصر. غير أن بعض الدول الخليجية عادت إلى إحياء تلك المشاريع التطبيعية التي تصطدم بجدار الوعي العربي. فمن هنا الحملات في محاولة لاختراق ذلك الوعي.

السياق السياسيّ للتطبيع

هذه المحاولات تجري في سياق تغيير جذري في موازين القوّة على الصعيد الدولي والإقليمي، حيث الكفة لم تعد مائلة لصالح المحور الذي تقوده الولايات المتحدة بل لصالح القوى الرافضة للهيمنة الأميركية. لم تستطع القوى الاستعمارية، التي كانت في ذروة قوّتها ففرضت الوجود الصهيوني في قلب الأمة، أن تجعل العلاقات بين الكيان والمجتمعات العربية علاقات طبيعية وإذ نرى في حقبة تراجعها دولاً عربية تقدّم أوراق اعتماد بالولاء لها عبر تحويل وجهة الصراع مع الكيان الصهيوني إلى صراع مع الجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران وقوى محور المقاومة من دول وقوى شعبية أثبتت فعّاليتها على الأرض في مواجهة الكيان.

فهذه الدول المطّبعة صاحبة الشرعية المهتزّة داخلياً وعربياً تعتقد أنّ الحماية لوجودها من قبل الولايات المتحدة والكيان الصهيوني تفرض عليها التسريع في التطبيع معه. والكيان الصهيوني بحاجة إلى ذلك التطبيع لفك العزلة الدولية عنه، كما أنه بحاجة لإبراز «إنجاز» ما على صعيد العلاقات مع الدول العربية. كما أنّ الأفق المسدود داخلياً في الكيان الصهيوني جعل الهجرة من الكيان إلى الخارج تتسارع. فلا أمل بمستقبل مشرق للكيان عند المهاجرين من الكيان. فالتطبيع أصبح «حاجة» صهيونية لتبرير «نجاح» الكيان وبقائه. التطبيع يعكس حالة ضعف بنيوي عند المطبّع كما عند الكيان وهذه حقيقة يجب التركيز عليها.

مقاومة التطبيع

مقاومة التطبيع مزمنة، ولكن ما يجعلها اليوم أكثر إلحاحاً هي استغلال شهر رمضان لنشر عبر مسلسلات عربية مسألة وجود الكيان الصهيوني كأمر طبيعي وجعل مقاومته إخلالاً بالأمن وحتى إرهاباً يجب دحره. وتتزامن هذه المسلسلات ومواقع إلكترونية تعتبر القضية الفلسطينية ليست قضية عربية بل هامشية في وعي المجتمعات العربية، وذلك بتشجيع من تلك الدول التي استبدلت العداء للجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران ومعها محور المقاومة بالعداء للكيان الصهيوني. فعندهم أصبحت المقاومة إرهاباً يجب عزلها ثم القضاء عليها. وهذا هو الهدف المباشر للتطبيع.

مقاومة التطبيع موجودة في معظم الأقطار العربية وتقودها منظّمات وهيئات شعبية استطاعت تنظيم مظاهرات مليونية في مواجهة محاولات التطبيع خاصة في دول المغرب. كما أن حملات قانونية لتجريم التطبيع تجري على قدم وساق في عدد من الدول العربية.

مقترحات

لذلك نقترح أن يصدر عن الملتقى ما يلي:

أولاً: التأكيد أنّ مقاومة التطبيع واجب أخلاقي أولاً ووطني ثانياً وقومي ثالثاً.

ثانياً: التأكيد على الاستمرار في نشاط مناهضة محاولات التطبيع والتعميق في التنسيق على الصعيد الشعبي وعلى الصعيد القانوني وعبر المنتديات والنقابات والهيئات المختصة في مناهضة الكيان. في هذا السياق لا بدّ من إبداء التحيّة والتقدير للمناضلين المناهضين للتطبيع الذين يواجهون قمع حكوماتهم ولم يبدّلوا في مواقفهم.

ثالثاً: التأكيد على ضرورة تفكيك الخطاب التطبيعي في مرتكزاته ومفاصله خاصة على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي على قاعدة ما عرضناه أعلاه من حجج واهية وتشويه للحقائق.

رابعاً: التشديد على استمرار المجتمع الثقافي والأدبي العربي في إنتاج منظومة فكرية وأدبية وفنّية ترفض التطبيع.

خامساً: مقاطعة البضائع الصهيونية التي تتسرّب بوسائل شتّى إلى الأسواق العربية والتشهير بمن يروّج لها.

سادساً: دعم جهود منظمة «بي دي أس» التي تدعو إلى مقاطعة البضائع الصهيونية وتفكيك الاستثمارات في القطاعات الاقتصادية الصهيونية. فهذه المنظمة حقّقت نجاحات في عدد من الدول الأوروبية وحتى في الولايات المتحدة في الجامعات ومجمع الكنائس ما أثار غضب ورعب اللوبي الصهيوني الذي يضغط بكلّ قواه على تجريم تلك المنظمة وتجريم كلّ مَن يلتزم بتوصياتها.

*ورقة مقدمة للملتقى العربي الافتراضي لرفض التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيونيّ بدعوة من المركز العربي الدولي للتواصل والتضامن، وذلك في 15 أيّار/ مايو 2020.

**كاتب وباحث اقتصادي سياسي والأمين العام السابق للمؤتمر القومي الدولي.

Sayyed Nasrallah Answers Questions about the Boycott

Al-Ahed News Website

The call by Hezbollah’s Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to boycott American goods sparked widespread debate in Lebanon.

In a speech commemorating the group’s martyred leaders, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that the boycott is a weapon. He called for its activation as part of “a comprehensive, diverse and multiple resistance front in the face of the Great Satan and the tyrannical, oppressive American arrogance.”

In a country where disease, epidemics and natural disasters become part of the political wrangling, the call for the boycott caused quite a stir.

The responses that followed Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech can be classified into three categories. The first came from U.S. allies in Lebanon. This camp is in the habit of spitting out absurdities and mocking any idea from Sayyed Nasrallah. With this pattern in mind, it’s no surprise that these people perceive the boycott as insignificant – as insignificant as their intellect. So, they deliberately ridiculed the call and claimed that the U.S. and its products are an indispensable feature of the nation.

The second category is made up of those who received the call with enthusiasm and took to social media to promote the boycott and theorize about it.

The third category had legitimate questions, including “How do we boycott?”, “What is the desired goal of the boycott?”, “How can we affect the American economy given its size?”, and “How can we abandon basic Americans products with no alternative?”.

Regardless of the backgrounds of those wondering about the goals of the boycott, its feasibility and the ability to implement it, we must recall that Sayyed Nasrallah’s call was not the first of its kind. Rather it was a reminder of what he had already planted in the Arab consciousness in recent years.

Since at least 2003, Sayyed has been a theoretician of the boycott. During his participation in a conference on boycotting American and Zionist goods that was held in Damascus that year, Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech addressed questions many people are asking today.

We used excerpts from that speech to answer some theoretical questions.

1 – Where did the idea of boycotting American goods originate from?

“It is unnatural for you to be holding a weapon and throw it at the beginning of the battle or not use it until the end when you need to use it. Even when the Americans want to antagonize a country, they besiege it and boycott it. They put pressure on the countries of the world to boycott its products and to boycott it politically, diplomatically, through the media and so on. This is a legitimate, well-known and natural weapon. When we as a nation resort to this weapon today, we are resorting to an obvious technique that does not need discussion or reasoning.

“Since this point was unveiled, it was the blessed intifada in Palestine that prompted the nation to adopt a slogan or an option of this kind. There have been many discussions during conferences, on satellite TV, and in various media outlets about the feasibility of this option. 

“America is the one beating the drums of war and raising the banner of war. Isn’t this enough to classify the US administration and its forces as the enemy? It does not matter how much we avoid confrontation. Today, we are in a confrontation with the American aggression whether we like it or not. We will find ourselves in the arena of confrontation. We are not the ones who started the war or will start it. They will impose it on this nation. Hence, they are the ones coming, and we are not the ones going.”

2 – Has the idea of boycotting American goods entered domestic politics?

“Thinking about this point from the standpoint of certain internal crises is what leads some loyal friends to be suspicious of the situation. Dealing with the American attack on the nation from our problems and our internal calculations is what throws us into deadly strategic dangers. We must understand that we are facing a different battle and arena. This conflict has different calculations, results and goals. And therefore, all our problems and crises must be overcome.”

3 – What is the desired benefit of the boycott?

“The question regarding feasibility is always being raised similar to what happened with the issue of the resistance in Lebanon and the issue of the intifada. Since 1982, it was said that resisting was a crazy, boyish and unrealistic option. Recent years and months have seen discussions about the feasibility of the resistance.           And I remember after Ehud Barak promised to withdraw from Lebanon on July 7 while the resistance continued its operations, some people said: ‘What is the use of these operations? The man committed to withdrawing, and we must save these sacrifices and this blood until the withdrawal is achieved!’ When some discuss feasibility, they always look at negatives while downplaying the positives.

“In the face of the multidimensional invasion project, we must use all weapons at our disposal, and it is wrong to say that the boycott weapon is useless, its affect is limited, and it does not work.

“The lack of feasibility of using a weapon in any square and field is not a justification for abandoning it, especially when it comes to the economic boycott. If we do not boycott, this means that we are contributing, even in a small percentage, to strengthening the enemy that is invading the country and wants to control our nation. We must talk about the boycott in the context of this comprehensive confrontation.

“Even if there is no economic benefit from this weapon, it has political, cultural, educational, and objectional results. It is one of the most effective weapons that we must use. Therefore, there is no need for us to tire ourselves too much with statistics and studies to find results. This result should be settled regardless of the statistics and numbers. The logic of statistics and figures come later when convincing those who insist that there should be an economic feasibility to it. Give me an example of two countries that fought and kept their doors and markets open to each other. This has never happened in history. The matter does not need scientific investigation and research. In any case, this country declared war on us, so it is natural that we boycott it.”

4 – Do we have the capacity to proceed with this option?

“What I am calling for is that we do not focus too much on the negative aspects of the boycott. Whatever these negatives are, we must put them in the category of sacrifices that the confrontation process entails. And this is the natural context.

“We, as people, must decide our choices. We either surrender and search for our livelihood, even if it came through humiliation or accept the challenge and confrontation regardless of our capabilities and capacity. The people who are resisting have no time for calculations and no other choice but to attack. It must fight with what it has. This has always been the logic of resistance throughout history. It is natural for us to choose resistance and any weapon. Even if this weapon was less effective, it must be used according to the logic that I mentioned.”

BDS is an example:

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is a Palestinian-led movement that seeks to achieve freedom, justice and equality. The global movement upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.

Some of BDS’s achievements:

A report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) indicated a 46% decrease in foreign direct investment in the “Israeli” economy during 2014 compared to 2013. One of the report’s writers attributed this decrease to the aggression on Gaza and the growth of the BDS movement.

“Israel” Export Institute revealed that “Israeli” exports dropped by 7% in 2015.

In 2015, boycott campaigns resulted in huge losses of more than $ 20 billion for the French company, Veolia, forcing it to withdraw completely from all its “Israeli” projects that violate international law, especially in occupied al-Quds.

Moody’s, one of the world’s leading credit rating agencies, warned that “the ‘Israeli’ economy may suffer if the BDS movement gains more momentum.”

The Transnational Act of Resistance: From Yemen to Lebanon, Boycott US, Boycott ‘Israel’


The Transnational Act of Resistance: From Yemen to Lebanon, Boycott US, Boycott ‘Israel’
Photo Credit: Moussa Husseini
Beirut – Resistance is the legitimate right of people who are either under aggression, occupation, or even any unnoticed kind of oppression. Resistance is conveyed in several ways, the first that comes to mind is militarily; however, many other forms that cause pain to a nation’s enemy do also exist.
Economic resistance would sometimes be an enemy’s worst nightmare!
The Yemeni Model
Yemen started boycotting American products over a decade ago, after late Ansarullah Leader Martyr Sayyed Hussein al-Houthi called for it.
Sayyed al-Houthi chanted “Death to US” and “Death to ‘Israel’”, stressing that from the basics of the war against an enemy is to boycott all its products as well as the companies that support the US and the Zionist entity.
Saada was the birthplace of such an action, but it later spread to all other Yemeni regions. Popular awareness became common as the ideology of the late revolutionary started to spread across the country.
His brother, later, Sayyed Abdul Malik al-Houthi stressed that boycotting US products is a duty.
The Transnational Act of Resistance: From Yemen to Lebanon, Boycott US, Boycott ‘Israel’
Yemeni Ansarullah Leader Sayyed Abdul Malik Badreddine al-Houthi

For the Love of Palestine, For the Love of Yemen
“We’ve always heard people objecting to the idea,” said Ishteaq Sharafeddine, a Yemeni Journalist. “Most of the people hate boycotting. They are stuck to the US products.”
She went on to explain to al-Ahed News that Yemenis used to consume products without being aware about it. “Although Yemen is an agricultural country, rich in the aquatic resources, as well as in tourism and many other fields, it was on the brink of economic collapse. We’ve been controlled by the West.”
In the beginning of the war on Yemen, everybody was frightened since the country was economically and militarily collapsing, and it was subject to the aggression waged by 20 countries, Ms. Ishteaq recalled. “It was really hard to overcome. Salaries weren’t paid in the first three months of aggression. People were facing a very harsh situation.”
However, the Yemeni journalist stressed that her nationals have faced everything happening there with their awareness. We tried to make clear for others that we’ve already been into poverty whether under aggression or not. “The situation did only increase the scale of poverty. It is the truth. People started to recognize more that freedom and independence are achieved by boycotting the US products.”
Saada, a northwestern governorate in Yemen, is equated by Ishteaq to south Lebanon, an area often referred to as a symbol of resistance and rejection of occupation. The people of Saada were leading in the issue of boycotting the US, and they were the ones who inspired other nationals to do so.
“As always, such ideas are seen as impossible and useless. Boycott has always been mocked by many people who were not even aware that the alternative to the US product is already available,” she added.
It was not only an issue of finding a substitute. We were in a real war, the lady stressed. “For example, paying 10 rials would mean nothing for a Yemeni person, but the Americans and the Zionists buy weapons with my money, then use them to kill the Palestinians,” Ms. Ishteaq explained.
“The main reason for which we started boycotting US products is that we didn’t want to kill the Palestinians.”
But after the war, things turned worse and more difficult. We had an added reason to our action. Yemen came along with Palestine, and most of us are families of martyrs. If you visit northern Yemen, you could barely find a house that didn’t sacrifice martyrs, she noted.
“Also in some families that are pro-Saudi Arabia, you find some good member who was martyred defending the nation.”
“We first started boycotting food. If a storeowner says that he doesn’t have any alternative, we try to tell him and any other customer that we won’t but US products.”
We later turned to raising awareness through lectures, plays and videos explaining the reasons behind the boycott and what the other choice would lead to. Things started to turn better as people were convinced with the matter on emotional, intellectual and political levels.
The circle grew wider enough at homes. People also began to produce many goods locally. This shocked the enemy as well as the pro-Saudi tradesmen. This would eventually cause their loss.
“It was enough that we had awareness, we trusted ourselves and witnessed that Yemen can be strong even on the economic level.”
Lebanese Model
In Lebanon, Hezbollah Secretary General has stressed in a recent speech marking the anniversary of the Resistance Martyr Leaders that “Boycotting US goods is painful for the Americans.”
Sayyed Nasrallah called on all the elites, scholars and thinkers to resort to this choice by setting programs and plans as part of a major confrontation with the US administration.
Mohammad Deeb, Public Relations Director of ‘Boycott US Products’ global campaign, elaborated to al-Ahed News in an exclusive interview about the campaign’s goals, strategy and plans.
Reflecting that boycott movements worldwide have been swinging between periods of strength and others of weakness, Mr. Deeb explained that this was due representing reactions to certain incidents that urge the people at some place to take the action or not.
The Transnational Act of Resistance: From Yemen to Lebanon, Boycott US, Boycott ‘Israel’
Mr. Mohammad Deeb – Public Relations Director of “Boycott US Products” CampaignCaption

In other words, when ‘Israel’ launches a strike against the Gaza Strip, people want to support the Palestinians so they start boycotting some products made by the countries that directly support the Zionist entity. It was more of a reaction, Deeb explained.
Boycott US Products’ Activity
The campaign has already been active in a sort of unorganized populist movement, but now turned to be an organized one that is active in 14 countries, with Beirut being its headquarters.
The campaign’s strategy and main goal is to raise awareness among people regarding the importance of boycotting, with workshops and seminars on its schedule.
The target now, Mr. Deeb said, will be schools and universities “where we will detail to the students the goals of this campaign that is based on boycotting the enemy.
Being very reasonable, Deeb was clear that we may not harm the enemy’s, but he was quite sure that boycotting could affect some sides of the way it markets its products.
Whether the campaign has caused pain to the enemy so far, he was quite sure.
“A good evidence is that although we represent a very small and limited group but US President Donald Trump has posted a Tweet commenting on our action.”
Had it played the key role it is tasked with, this movement will make a big difference, he noted. Referring to Trump as being transparent for confessing that he depends on the Gulf States as a source of wealth, Deeb stressed that when this same president recognized the influence we could make, he made a tweet claiming “the US won’t be affected even if you boycotted or made any other anti-US products movement.”
Commenting on the latest call made by Sayyed Nasrallah, Deeb said that at some place earlier to the speech, we had a poor interaction on social media. However, soon after it, people started to interact massively. Some people started using the campaign’s posts, making it more active.
There is an entire people which is ready to boycott, Deeb stressed.
“There is an environment that sees the US enemy as part of the Zionist entity, which must be boycotted and so is the case regarding all its related products.”
There is a huge popular base that adopted this viewpoint but still lacks the right strategy, Deeb said, as he noted that the campaign is readying 100% precise lists that will be published in the coming days, which classify most of the American products that we are using without noticing or ever getting to know that we have local substitutes for them.
Boycott iPhone


Elaborating on the importance of boycotting iPhone, the campaign’s PR Director said that even if we may consider that it is just like any other smartphone, this device breaches our security, location, calls, photos and contains a database for every user.
Let alone that iPhone sells products that are worth $111 billion every year, a number that counts for the budget that the US uses to support the ‘Israeli’ entity.
People’s Reaction
The case among people is similar to any other situation. Some would view the idea negatively, but others still find it useful. Those could be unaware that at some point, every dollar counts.
Mr. Deeb explained that out of the 7 billion world population, 250 million are Americans. If the rest boycotted the US products, or if only a hundred million people refrained from spending $1, we would cause the US economy a $100 million worth loss.
This vision, he emphasized, is of a very big influence. “People have only to believe in it.”
Lebanese Economy
The free Lebanese economy, according to the Campaign’s PR Director, cannot bear the brunt of this step. It is because Lebanon is threatened with sanctions regardless to this movement. But what the effective action relies on, Deeb reiterated, is the popular awareness.
Multinational Companies
In the case of multinational incorporations, Mr. Deeb made clear that if they have American shareholders, or they support the Zionist entity, then they are added to the boycott list. But the companies don’t support the Zionist entity could be taken into another account. “The goal from harming the US economy is to harm the Zionist one.”
Perhaps this step creates a ripple effect that would be conveyed in all free countries. Boycott is an action equal to military resistance. It takes some more popular awareness to make it spread.
Save the children of Yemen and Palestine. Resist. Boycott US, Boycott ‘Israel’!

إنْ لم نغيّر الواقع فسيأتي من يملأ الفراغ ويقوم بالعمل\

سعادة مصطفى أرشيد

ما هي إلا أسابيع قد انقضت على الإعلان الأميركي –الإسرائيلي عن مشروعهم الذي أطلق عليه اسم “صفقه القرن” (صفقه ترامب)، إلا وقد تلاشى مفعول الردود الفلسطينية الرسمية الغاضبة والمندّدة بهذا المشروع والمهددة إسقاطه، حتى عادت الأمور إلى سابق رتابتها، فقد تراجعت تلك النبرة ولم تعد لازمة حديث كلّ مسؤول، بل بدأنا نسمع بعض الأصوات الرسمية الداعية إلى النظر إلى الجزء المليء من كأس صفقه ترامب (إنْ كان في قعر الكأس بقية)، ولم تغيّر السلطة جوهرياً أو شكلياً من أدائها المعتاد أو في خطابها الذي استعاد هدوءه، كما بدا أنها عصية على أن تتغيّر مهما واجهت من محن. التنسيق الأمني لا زال بوتائره السابقة (على مستويات رفيعة وفق ما يقول الأميركي والإسرائيلي) والعلاقة والاتصال مع الأميركان و”الإسرائيليين” من محبي السلام ومبغضيه على حالها، وأشكال التطبيع قد أخذت جرعة دعم جديدة منذ أيام، حيث زوّدهم الرئيس الفلسطيني بغطاء الشرعية، حين استقبل رئيس وأعضاء “لجنة التواصل مع المجتمع الإسرائيلي” والذين كان لهم نشاط تطبيعيّ مؤخراً جوبه بردود فعل شعبية حادة، وذلك في مقرّ الرئاسة وشدّ على أيديهم واعتبرهم أبطالاً وشجعاناً، اخترقوا خطوط الخصم وأوصلوا رسالة الشعب الفلسطيني المحبّ للسلام.

من جانب آخر أبدت الحكومة الفلسطينية مزيداً من الارتخاء والارتماء، حيث أوقفت العمل بقراراتها السابقة الداعية إلى وقف استيراد بعض السلع من الجانب “الإسرائيلي”.

في الثالث من آذار القريب ستجري الانتخابات البرلمانية في الداخل الفلسطيني، حيث تستعر المعركة الانتخابية بين نتنياهو وفريقه وبين غانتس وفريقه، تدور الدعاية الانتخابية للفريقين حول مَن منهم أكثر غلواً وتطرفاً، ومن منهم يفوق منافسه عدوانية وشراسة، ومن منهم أكثر رفضاً للقبول بحلّ الدولتين او بإقامة دولة فلسطينية حقيقية، كما يتنافسون في قدرة كلّ منهم على اختراق جدار المقاطعة العربية المتهاوي أصلاً والسير نحو مزيد من التطبيع مع العالم العربي وفي المزيد من التشدّد في الشأن الفلسطيني.

في الوقت ذاته تتسارع خطوات الحكومة “الاسرائيلية” نحو تنفيذ بنود “صفقه ترامب” على أرض الواقع من دون أن تجد لها أية معيقات لتفرض أمراً واقعاً يكون من الصعب تجاوزه تفاوضياً في المستقبل، فتهويد القدس لا يجد من يعيقه والتضييق على سكانها الأصليين يبلغ مراحل لا تحتمل وعمليات شراء العقارات في البلدة القديمة على قدم وساق، ولم نسمع شيئاً عن النتائج التي توصّلت لها لجان التحقيق في العقارات التي تسرّبت الصيف الماضي والتي شكلتها السلطة الفلسطينية، أما عمليات مصادرة الأراضي وإغلاقها في ما تبقّى من الضفة الغربيّة ففي حالة تسارع باتجاه المناطق التي تضمّها الصفقة لدولة الاحتلال، ومنذ أيام قام الجيش “الإسرائيلي” بتعليق لافتات على أبواب عديد من القرى الفلسطينية المحاذية للمناطق التي سيتمّ الإعلان عن ضمّها وذلك باللغات العبرية والعربية والإنجليزية تقول: أنت تدخل إلى منطقة الدولة الفلسطينية، هذه المنطقة هي جزء من الدولة الفلسطينية المستقبلية وفقاً لـ “صفقة القرن”.

هذه إذن هي الدولة الفلسطينية الموعودة وبما أنّ الكلام يطلق أحياناً على عواهنه وبلا مسؤولية، فمن الممكن إطلاق صفة دولة على هذا الكيان لا بل وما هو أكبر وأعظم من دولة، ولكن الحقيقة التي لا يغطيها غربال الباطل ترى أنّ هذه (الدولة) وفي مرحلتها الأولى التي تطلّ علينا بملامحها لا تمثل الحدّ الأدنى لمفهوم أو تعريف الدولة، فهي منزوعة من السلاح اللهم إلا الخفيف (الشرطيّ)، فاقدة للسيادة على أرضها، ممنوعة من الدفاع عن مواطنيها، محرومة من ثرواتها ومياهها، يتواجد جيش الاحتلال على حدودها فيما يسيطر موظفوه على معابرها ويملكون حق السماح والمنع في القدوم والمغادرة لمن يريدون ومتى رأوا ذلك، اقتصادها وماليتها مرهونان لنظم جباية الاحتلال وكرم المانحين، مناهجها التربوية مكرهة على تزييف حقائق التاريخ وثوابت الدين، وفوق ذلك كله مقطعة الأوصال فاقدة الاتصال بين فتات أجزائها، ناهيك عن الغموض الذي يحيط بمكان عاصمتها والتي وإنْ كان اسمها القدس إلا أنها لن تكون في القدس.

هذه الصورة لا تذهب بالتشاؤم إلى منتهاه وإنما تحذّر من حالة الارتخاء والجمود واللامبالاة غير الخلاقة التي يُبديها صنّاع السياسة في فلسطين في السلطة والمعارضة على حدّ سواء، فهؤلاء يجب دفعهم لشحذ أدمغتهم إنْ وجدت وأسلحتهم إنْ بقيت للتصدّي لهذا الواقع البائس، وإلا فإنهم سيكونون عبئاً على فلسطين وأهلها كما الاحتلال ودولته. فهذا الحال الجامد وإنْ بدا أمراً قائماً، فإنّ الواقع ليؤكد أيضاً أنّ الحركة سنة الحياة ولا يمكن لهذا الحال أن يستمرّ فإما أن نغيّره وإنْ لم نفعل فسيأتي من يملأ الفراغ ويقوم بالعمل.

*سياسيّ فلسطينيّ مقيم في الضفة الغربيّة.

Sayyed Nasrallah Calls for Comprehensive Confrontation with The Arrogant Trump Administration: Boycott American Goods

Sayyed Nasrallah Calls for Comprehensive Confrontation with The Arrogant Trump Administration: Boycott American Goods

Zeinab Essa

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Sunday a speech in which he tackled various regional and internal topics.

Addressing tens of thousands of Resistance lovers commemorating Hezbollah Martyr Leaders and 40 days on the martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the Iranian people on the 41 anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. “The revolution in Iran has remained strong despite all wars and sieges, thanks to the presence of its people in all fields and all stages.”

His Eminence further recalled that “The enemy was betting on the collapse of the regime in Iran.”

Congratulating the oppressed Bahraini people on the ninth anniversary of the revolution, led by loyal scholars, particularly Sheikh Isa Qassem; His Eminence highlighted that “The Bahraini people are fighting today to restore Bahrain to its natural position in the nation, after its rulers has turned it into a base for normalization and conspiracy on the Palestinian cause.”

“The martyrs Soleimani, Al-Muhandis, Sayyed Abbas al-Moussawi, Sheikh Ragheb Harb and Hajj Imad Mughniyeh shared common features. They had faith, loyalty and honesty and they were loved by the people. One of the main traits of the martyr leaders is that they were responsible, along with the constant willingness to sacrifice without limits,” he added.

Urging people to read Martyr Soleimani’s will, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that “When we read the will of martyr Soleimani, we find that we are in front of a knowledgeable Mujahid commander who was concerned for his country and people.”

“The resistance is neither based on speeches nor on words that are disconnected from reality. These leaders embodied it on the ground,” His Eminence stated, noting that “With the martyrdom of each of our leaders, we move from one phase into another and this is the case with the martyrdom of Hajj Qassem”

On this level, the Resistance Leader confirmed that “[US President Donald] Trump’s administration recently committed two horrible crimes resembled by the uncovered assassination of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis as well as announcing the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’.”

“Trump’s unilateral ‘Deal of century’ isn’t a deal but an “Israeli” scheme to end the Palestinian cause,” he said, pointing out that “The two crimes are in the service of American and “Israeli” hegemony, tyranny, and looting to our goods and sanctities.”

Sayyed Nasrallah further mentioned that “The US isn’t an inevitable destiny, and the American administrations have always presented schemes, but they have failed because the peoples and states decided to confront them.”

Describing the ‘Deal of Century’ as a crime committed in the White House, His Eminence hailed the fact that “There is no Palestinian group or faction that accepts to give up the Palestinian cause and Al-Quds.”

“Today, no one supports Trump’s ‘Deal of Century’. No influencing country has shown any approval of this scheme,” he clarified, lauding the Lebanese unity and solidarity in rejecting Trump’s scheme as they [the Lebanese] are aware of its danger.”

As His Eminence warned that Trump’s scheme hands the occupied Lebanese territories to “Israel” in addition to settling the refugees, Sayyed Nasrallah wondered “Who guarantees that these stances will remain the same in the future, especially if the Gulf stance changes.”

“There are Gulf countries that say that Trump’s scheme is capable of being studied, and this is how defeat and surrender begin,” he stated, pointing out that “The positions that followed Trump’s announcement of his ‘Deal of century’ were full of strong rejection.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah viewed that “The new stage requires from our people in the region to go and not to escape the primary confrontation.”

“When Trump kills our leaders in a public and brutal manner, he declares war and we are still in the stage of slow response,” His Eminence declared, calling the peoples in the region to move to the main confrontation, which is inevitable, as the other party is on the offensive.

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “Our people are urged to go to the confrontation with the arrogance symbol resembled by Trump’s administration. Awareness away from fear of America and confidence in our ability are a must as the US is responsible for all “Israel’s” wars and practices.”

“We are not taking anyone into a confrontation with America,” he added, pointing out that “America has imposed a confrontation on the nation.”

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to explain that “We need a comprehensive confrontation with this brutal authoritarian monster, resembled by Trump’s arrogant administration. Daesh [Arabic Acronym for the terrorist “ISIS/ISIL” group] has taken control of provinces in Syria and Iraq, committed massacres, and the Americans are responsible for these atrocities.”

Stressing that “Boycotting US goods is painful for the Americans,” Hezbollah Secretary General wondered “Why don’t we resort to this choice?”Sayyed Nasrallah: I call on all the elites, scholars and thinkers to set programs and plans as part of a major confrontation with the American administration

“In order to impose its hegemony and plans, The US uses all available means, including proxy wars and assassinations,” he underlined, stating that “All forms of resistance are required: the legal, judicial, economic, and other levels.”

According to His Eminence, His Eminence cautioned that “The US is using the weapon of economic sanctions against people. The US supports the ongoing war against the Yemeni people to benefit economically from selling weapons to the countries of the aggression.”

In response, Sayyed Nasrallah declared that “All the peoples of the region will carry the weapons in face of the US arrogance, and America left no choice to us.”

To the Iraqi people, Sayyed Nasrallah sent a message of love and advice: “The beloved Iraqi people know Hajj Abu Mahd Al-Muhandis, who spent his life in jihad leaving his home, family and children. Abu Mahdi fought in all Iraqi provinces and carried his blood on his palm and shroud on his shoulder. The primary responsibility of the Iraqi people is preserving the Popular Mobilization Forces as well as strengthening it and its spirituality.”

On the same level, His Eminence confirmed that “Martyr Soleimani was interested in seeing the dear Iraq as capable, independent and present in the issues of the region, not isolated.”

“I tell the dear, loyal and aggrieved Iraqi people that the first responsibility for responding to the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qasem Soleimani falls on their shoulders,” He confirmed.

Regarding the current Lebanese internal situation, he cautioned that “We have a clear financial and economic crisis in Lebanon, and there is concern that this crisis will affect the security situation in Lebanon.”

Sayyed Nasrallah warned that “There is concern for the state’s health, social and development services, which will be negatively affected.”

Reiterating that “We, in Hezbollah do not fear for the future of the resistance and its men,” Hezbollah Secretary General stressed that “Our concern is for Lebanon and the Lebanese.”

“Hezbollah will not escape the responsibility,” he said, announcing that “We, in Hezbollah, do not think in a partisan way and think for ourselves. Rather, we are concerned for the people in all Lebanese regions.”

In addition, His Eminence underlined that “The financial and economic situation needs to be addressed, and we are ready to take and share the responsibility for solving the crisis.”

“We lost our dignity because we did not compliment so that we prevent the country from going into chaos and civil war,” Sayyed Nasrallah explained, warning that “We are facing a very difficult economic situation, and there is no discussion about that, but the discussion is about bankruptcy or not.”

Urging all Lebanese sides to separate the financial and economic file from the political conflict in the country and to leaving aside settling of scores, His Eminence viewed that “Naming the government as “Hezbollah’s government” harms Lebanon’s Arab and international ties.”

To the Lebanese, he said: “Help the government, because should it manage to stop the collapse, it would be offering a great service to all Lebanese and those who live in Lebanon.”

Sayyed Nasrallah: Trump’s Two Recent Crimes Usher Direct Confrontation with Resistance Forces

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Mohammad Salami

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed Sunday that the United States of America has recently committed two major crimes, the assassination of the head of IRGC’s Al-Quds Force general Qasem Suleimani as well as the deputy chief of Iraq’s Hashd Shaabi Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis and the announcement of Trump’s Mideast plan.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that those two crimes had ushered a direct confrontation with the axis of resistance in Lebanon, calling for forming a comprehensive (political, economical, cultural and legal) resistance front,  against the United States all over the world.

The military choice will never be abandoned, according to the Resistance Leader who pointed out that the US tyrant has not left for the regional peoples except holding guns to fight it.

Delivering a speech during Hezbollah’s “Martyrdom & Insight” Ceremony which marks the anniversary of the martyrs Sheikh Ragheb Harb, Sayyed Abbas Al-Moussawi and Hajj Imad Mughniyeh and the 40th day after the martyrdom of General Suleimani and Hajj Al-Muhandis, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that in this confrontation with the United States, we have to trust God’s help, keep hopeful for a bright future and challenge our fear.

Sayyed Nasrallah considered that the confrontation between the United States and the forces which reject to surrender to its will is inevitable, adding that Washington is who has led the region to this conflict, not the resistance.

All the regional peoples must be prepared for the key confrontation, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who added that Trump’s administration is the most arrogant, unjust, Satanic and corrupt in the US history.

Sayyed Nasrallah held the United States responsible for all the Zionist crimes against the Arab people “because it provides the occupation entity”, adding that Washington supports and protects the Saudi-led war on Yemen in order to sell arms for the coalition forces.

“US is responsible for the ISIL’s atrocities in Iraq and Syria. Thank God, the terrorist group was confronted and blocked on Lebanon’s border.”

Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that the US may resort to direct or proxy wars, assassinations, sanctions, and financial as well as legal pressures in order to carry out its schemes, adding that “we have to employ the same means in the comprehensive resistance across the Arab and Islamic World.”

Hezbollah Chief suggested boycotting all the US goods or at least the products of some (e.g. Trump’s) firms, adding that the US point of weakness is its economy.

“The Israeli enemy has a major weakness which is the human losses; similarly, the Americans have their economic and financial situation as a point of fragility.  Hezbollah hit the Israeli enemy at its weakness, so, likewise, we can concentrate on the US economic interests.”

Sayyed Nasrallah called on the elites, scholars, companies and governments in the region to get involved in this comprehensive confrontation with the United States, suggesting that lawyers file lawsuits against the US officials accused of committing crimes.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that the so-called “deal of the century” cannot be described as a ‘deal’ because it refers merely to the plan of the US president Donald Trump’s plan to eradicate the Palestinian cause.

All the Palestinian forces have rejected and may never approve Trump’s scheme, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who considered that this is basic in frustrating the US plan.

Sayyed Nasrallah noted that consistency of stances which reject Trump’s plan is required to frustrate it, adding that the US will is not an inevitable destiny and citing previous cases of Washington’s failure when opposed by resistance.

No one approved the US plan except Trump and Netanyahu, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who underscored the Palestinian, Arab and international rejection of the scheme.

Hezbollah leader hailed the consensus of the Lebanese political parties which have rejected Trump’s plan, attributing this attitude to the recognition of the dangers of the scheme to Lebanon and the entire region.

Sayyed Nasrallah noted that Trump’s Lebanon affects Lebanon because it grants the occupied Shebaa Farms, Kfar Shuba hills and the Lebanese part of Al-Ghajar town to the Zionist entity, stipulates naturalizing the Palestinian refugees and impacts the border demarcation.

“The spirit of Trump’s plan will be decisive in the issue of demarcating the land and sea borders with occupied Palestine and will affect Lebanon’s oil wealth.”

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that what reassures the Lebanese about the rejection of the naturalization of the Palestinian refugees is the consensual attitude of all the parties in this regard and the prelude of the Constitution, calling for respecting certain groups’ fears related to this issue.

We should not be outraged by the fears and concerns of some Lebanese parties about the naturalization, the farms and hills, and oil resources, according to Hezbollah Chief who also asked about the guarantees for the consistency of the stances which reject Trump’s deal.

“Who can guarantee that the attitude of certain Lebanese parties may not change in favor of Trump’s plan, especially if their approval gets linked to financial aids to Lebanon which is facing a serious economic crisis?”

“Trump plan does not guarantee Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homeland, instead calling for them to be granted citizenship in the states they currently reside in.”

Sayyed Nasrallah considered that the Arab attitude towards Trump’s plan is excellent, adding but some said that it can be studied being the only choice.

“This is how surrender begins. It is scary that some Arab, especially Gulf, regimes may individually approve Trump’s deal.”

“It’s right to say that Trump’s deal was born dead, but it’s also right to say that Trump insists on implementing it.”

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah fraternally addressed the Iraqi people, calling on them to respond to the US crime of assassinating the two martyrs Hajj Al-Muhandis and General Suleimani, preserve the Popular Mobilization (Hashd Shaabi) in spite of the US scheme to eradicate it, expel the US forces of Iraq, and strengthen the Iraqi role in the region.

Sayyed Nasrallah started his speech with felicitations on the birthday of Sayyeda Fatima Al-Zahraa (P), the daughter of Prophet Muammad (PBUH).

Hezbollah leader also congratulated Imam Khamenei and all Iranians on the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution’s victory, adding that Iran has remained strong and will never stop supporting the oppressed people all over the world and recalling the enemy’s bets on the collapse of the Islamic regime.

Sayyed Nasrallah further felicitated the Bahraini people, led by Sheikh Issa Qassem, on the ninth anniversary of their peaceful revolution which seeks democracy and freedom

Sayyed Nasralah highlighted the sacrifices made by the Bahrainis (martyrs, wounded and arrestees) against the unjust regime, “which turned Bahrain to a treachery platform conspiring against the Palestinian cause and normalizing ties with the Zionist entity.”

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the martyrs General Qasem Suleimani, Hajj Abu Mahdi Al-Muhanidis,  Al-Muhandis, Sayyed Abbas al-Moussawi, Sheikh Ragheb Harb and Hajj Imad Mughniyeh had faith, loyalty and honesty as common traits, adding that they assumed responsibility and showed willingness to make limitless sacrifices.

Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that the resistance is not a matter of speeches separate from the reality, calling for reading the will of martyr Suleimani who used to assume the responsibility of his people and Umma.

It is worth noting that the ceremony started with a blessed recitation of Holy Quranic verses before Lebanon’s and Hezbollah’s anthems were played.

February 16 is the martyrdom anniversary of Hezbollah’s Leaders, Sheikh Ragheb Harb, Sayyed Abbas Al-Mousawi and Hajj Imad Mughniyeh, all were assassinated by the Zionist enemy throughout different years of confrontation, but in the same week.

Sheikh Ragheb Harb was assassinated by an Israeli agent on February 16, 1984.

Late Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Abbas al-Mousawi was martyred, along with his wife and son, when an Israeli airstrike attacked his convoy as he was attending the commemoration anniversary of Sheikh Harb on February 16, 1992.

Later on February 12, 2008, Hezbollah’s top military commander Hajj Imad Moghniyeh was martyred in a car bomb attack carried out by Israeli Mossad agents.

On January 3, 2020, a US drone attack targeted a vehicular convoy for the head of the IRGC Al-Quds Force General Qassem Suleimani and the deputy chief of Hasd Shaabi Committee Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, claiming both of them in addition to a number of their companions.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Global Movement to Boycott USA Products Calls for Joining Its Efforts in Rejection of “Deal of the Century”

January 29, 2020

The Global Movement to Boycott USA Products issued a statement in which it denounced and rejected the “Deal of the Century” announced by the US President Donald Trump:

Once again, the United States of America demonstrates its total bias in favor of the Zionist entity at the expense of the rights of the Palestinian people in their historical land. Once again, the policies of the successive American administrations prove their hostility and threat to the peoples of the region in their presence, security and stability. Once again, Washington proves to be the lifeblood that provides the Zionist entity with all the reasons for survival and continuity.

The global movement to boycott USA products (BUP) denounces US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the alleged “Deal of the Century” and invites all Arab and Islamic peoples and free people of the world to participate in the activities of boycotting USA products, joining the efforts made in this context, describing the boycott as one of the effective weapons that people can use to express their rejection and condemnation of the hostile American policies towards them.

The movement believes that the Arab and Islamic peoples and the free people of the world have a duty to confront with the available capabilities, for the continuous American attempts to eliminate the central issue for them, and considers that the opportunity is appropriate today to move forward in an effective boycott as a popular option available to play the role assigned to us as the peoples of free and proud masses.

Global movement to boycott USA products (BUP) stresses that the Palestinian cause must remain the center of unanimous freedom in the world, to whatever nationality or religion they belong. It called for making the province an essential and complementary source of the efforts being made to overthrow the “Deal of the Century” project.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Critics of «Israel»

Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Critics of «Israel»

By Staff, Agencies

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will make Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, amid concerns that it will be used to silence those who oppose the “Israeli” entity’s apartheid policy toward the Palestinians.

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The executive order, announced at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, empowers the US education department to penalize college campuses by withholding federal funds from those which allow criticism of the entity.

The measure targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS] movement that has initiated “various forms of boycott against ‘Israel’ until it meets its obligations under international law.”

The BDS movement is gaining momentum in the United States and poses a serious threat to Israel’s “hegemonic power” in Washington, according to Myles Hoenig, a political activist based in Maryland.

The presidential order bans discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs and activities, such as colleges and universities, where the BDS movement has been very successful.

Title VI will extend the ban to target critics of “Israel”. A draft copy of the executive order was published Wednesday by the Jewish Insider.

Palestinian and progressive groups condemned the executive order as a blatant attempt to squash criticism of human rights abuses committed by the “Israeli” regime. Dima Khalidi, who is the director of Palestine Legal, described the order as a “bald-faced attempt to silence the movement for Palestinian rights on college campuses”.

“Defining antisemitism to include criticism of ‘Israel’ serves only to violate the free speech of students and professors who stand for equality and justice for all people,” she added.

 

Israel’s Case Against Human Rights Watch Reveals How Its Normalizing West Bank Land Theft

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The argument made by an Israeli court has been defacto reality in Israel since 1967: there is no West Bank, instead, the region is called Judea and Samaria, legitimate parts of the State of Israel. 

The Occupied West Bank — In November 2019, following a long legal battle, Israel revoked the work visa and deported Human Rights Watch (HRW) director Omar Shakir.  According to HRW, Israel argued that the state, “revoked the work visa of Shakir, a United States citizen, in May 2018 on the assertion that his advocacy violated a 2017 law that bars entry to people who advocate a boycott of Israel or its settlements in the occupied West Bank.”

HRW claims that this is not true and that the organization does not call for the boycott of Israel. On their website, they do claim, however, that, “Human Rights Watch urges businesses to stop operating in illegal settlements as part of their global duty to avoid complicity in human rights abuses.”

The case went all the way to Israel’s highest court which found that the position held by HRW regarding Israeli settlements constitutes grounds for deportation. The decision describes Human Rights Watch’s research on the activities of businesses, including the global tourism companies Airbnb and Booking.com, as “boycott-promoting activities.”

The truth is that HRW does recommend that businesses cease operations in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. According to Judge Tamar Bazak-Rapoport, Israel’s anti-boycott law does not distinguish between boycotts directed at Israel and those directed only at West Bank settlements.

At a recent event in Ramallah to commemorate International Palestine Solidarity Day, Rabbi Yisroel Meir Hirsh of Neturei Karta, weighed in on the ruling, saying to a group of Palestinians and liberal Israelis that:

The talk regarding the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank is irrelevant. This is because not only those settlements are a violation of international law, but the entire Zionist state is a violation of international law. Therefore the only thing that can stop the occupation is a global economic boycott of the Zionist state.”

 

A Weak Argument

The argument made by Judge Rapoport echoes what has been defacto reality in Israel since 1967: there is no West Bank, instead, the region is called Judea and Samaria, which are legitimate parts of the State of Israel.

Israel does not recognize that there are settlements that are “illegal” and ones that are legal because the official Israeli line is that Jews have a right to reside anywhere within the Land of Israel, and that includes Judea and Samaria.

Omar Shakir Israel

Omar Shakir Israel Omar Shakir poses with a copy of a report released following a two year investigation in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Oct. 23, 2018. Nasser Nasser | AP

The region that was once universally recognized as the West Bank is now officially the Judea and Samaria district, according to Israel. As an example, the Israeli police established the Shai District (Shai is the acronym in Hebrew for Shomron & Yehuda, or Samaria and Judea), in 1994. On their website, which is in Hebrew only, it says that the district is the second in size within the Israeli police force, but it is the first in “sensitivity.”  Sensitivity meaning security issues and clearly the reader will understand that they are speaking of the Arabs who reside within the district.

According to the site, the Shai district includes one hundred and twenty colonies, which are in fact cities and towns for Jews only. It contains three municipalities, twelve local councils, and six regional councils. It should come as no surprise that none of the countless cities and towns and villages that exist within that region and in which close to three million Palestinians reside are included on that list. In order to ensure the safety and security of the residents (Jewish residents), the website reads, the police district has to work alongside the army and the Shabak, or the secret police.

All this to say that the inclusion of Israeli settlements and colonies within Judea and Samaria into Israel, those same settlements that HRW refers to as “illegal,” is complete.

 

Israel vs. the “occupation”

The view taken by the Israeli courts regarding the deportation of Omar Shakir is, in fact, an honest assessment of the situation. Tel-Aviv is largely an illegal settlement sitting on the destroyed Palestinian city of Yafa. The same goes for many, if not most, of the Israeli neighborhoods of Jerusalem. The cities of Akka, Tabariya, Safad, Lydd, Ramle – to mention a few – all had a sizeable Palestinian population that was forcibly expelled and now Israeli Jews have taken their lands and their homes. Israeli colonies, stretching from Al-Jaleel in the north to the Naqab in the south, sit on lands taken by force from Palestinians. They are the same as the cities and towns built in what used to be the West Bank, a geopolitical entity that no longer exists.

The only remnant from the pre-1967 Israel is the quasi citizenship status held by the Palestinians who reside in the pre-1967 boundaries. While Israeli Jews are full-fledged citizens regardless of where they reside, the status of Palestinians is determined by their place of residence: 1948, Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria or Gaza.

The concern within Israel is that, if HRW calls for a boycott of certain colonies, what will stop them from calling a boycott on the others? The argument made by HRW, and its denial of the claim that it calls for boycott, did not hold up in Israeli court and for good reason. It is an argument has no merit in the reality that exists in Palestine.

Trying to separate “Israel Proper” from the “occupation” is an exercise in futility. So the question is, why does HRW, and many other organizations for that matter, still treat some settlements as illegal and not others? Furthermore, Israel clearly states that a call for the boycott of any Israeli settlement is to call for a boycott of Israel, why call on business to cease working in Judea and Samaria but not in other parts of Palestine?

What is perhaps the most crucial question of them all, if indeed Human Rights Watch is serious about its claims of Israeli human rights violations, why does it not endorse the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions known as BDS?

The approach that maintains that there is a legitimate Israel, and an occupation that is a separate entity, is the line held by liberal Zionist groups that are sometimes called “Zionist Left.” It is, however, a false assertion. There is but one Israel, it is an apartheid regime that governs all of historic Palestine and anyone who opposes it must call for a boycott. Calling to boycott only some of it is tantamount to saying that racism and violence are acceptable within certain boundaries.

At the event in Ramallah where Rabbi Hirsh spoke, other Israelis were present. They disrupted and heckled the Rabbi to a point where the Palestinian host had to stop and reprimand the Israelis and ask them to demonstrate respect, as it was they who decided on the speakers. What troubled the members of the Zionist “Left” who were present was that Rabbi Hirsh stated that not only are Judea and Samaria settlements are a violation of international law, but that the entire Zionist project is.

The truth hurts.

Feature photo | Omar Shakir, center, a U.S. citizen and employee of Human Rights Watch, stands next to Kenneth Roth before being deported from Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, November 25, 2019. Ammar Awad | Reuters

Miko Peled is an author and human rights activist born in Jerusalem. He is the author of “The General’s Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,” and “Injustice, the Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect MintPress News editorial policy.

فرنسا تشهر سلاح القانون… دفاعاً عن الصهيونية

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فرنسا تشهر سلاح القانون... دفاعاً عن الصهيونية

حظي خطاب مساواة العداء للصهيونية بالعداء للسامية بأول اعتراف رسمي فرنسي سنة 2004 (أ ف ب )

تطوّر جديد على جبهة الحرب الأيديولوجية ـــــ الإعلامية الهادفة إلى مساواة العداء للصهيونية بالعداء للسامية، تمثّل في تصويت البرلمان الفرنسي على قرار، وهو بعكس أي نص قانوني ليست لديه صفة إلزامية، في الثالث من الشهر الجاري، بـ154 صوتاً من أصل 177، يتبنى فيه التعريف الغامض والتضليلي للعداء للسامية الذي يشيعه «التحالف الدولي لذاكرة الهلوكوست». وقد أدان 127 مثقفاً يهودياً، في مقالة نُشرت في اليوم نفسه، مبادرة غايتها «إسكات من ينتقد دولة إسرائيل خاصة منظمات حقوق الإنسان». إسباغ الشرعية على هذا الانزلاق اللغوي من «العداء للصهيونية»، أي رفض الأيديولوجيا التي تفترض أن اليهود غير قابلين للاندماج في بلدانهم الأصلية وأن عليهم إقامة دولة خاصة بهم، إلى «العداء للسامية»، وهو حال من العنصرية، يأتي كنتيجة لمعركة طويلة الأمد. إذ أطلقت مجموعة من التنظيمات والجمعيات والشخصيات الصهيونية الحملة الهادفة إلى المساواة بين العداء للصهيونية والعداء للسامية منذ سنة 2000. وأصدر «اتحاد الطلبة اليهود في فرنسا» وجمعية «إس. أو. أس عنصرية» كتاباً بعنوان «أعداء اليهود: الكتاب الأبيض عن أعمال العنف المعادية للسامية في فرنسا منذ أيلول 2000»، زعما فيه أن نمطاً جديداً من العداء للسامية نما متلطياً بأيديولوجية نزع الشرعية عن إسرائيل باسم الإسلام والنضال ضد الاستعمار ومناهضة العنصرية. ورأيا أن «العداء للسامية سيتراجع عندما سيتوقف العداء للصهيونية عن توفير الذرائع له. التهجم على اليهود بسبب تضامنهم مع دولة إسرائيل ليس بريئاً ولا إجبارهم على تبرير انتمائهم لإقصائهم عن الجماعة الوطنية». وذهب المفكر الصهيوني بيير أندري تاغييف، في الاتجاه نفسه في كتابه «العداء الحديث لليهود، تحولات الكراهية»، عندما رأى أن الأيديولوجيا التي تتهم إسرائيل بالعنف المنهجي وبممارسة التمييز العنصري وتدعو في صيغتها الأكثر راديكالية إلى إزالتها تشكّل «النمط الأخير من الكراهية القديمة والمتعدّدة الأشكال لليهود».

تحاول الدعاية الإسرائيلية الاستناد إلى نصوص قانونية لمحاربة «المقاطعة»

حظي خطاب مساواة العداء للصهيونية بالعداء للسامية بأول اعتراف رسمي فرنسي سنة 2004 عبر التقرير الذي أعدّه جان كريستوف روفان لوزير الداخلية، والذي يصف فيه «العداء الجذري للصهيونية بعداء غير مباشر للسامية»، لكن المرة الأولى التي أقدم فيها رئيس فرنسي على مثل هذه المساواة كانت سنة 2017. ففي خطاب ألقاه في 16/7/2017 بحضور بنيامين نتنياهو، أكد إيمانويل ماكرون تصميمه على «عدم تقديم تنازلات للعداء للصهيونية لأنها الشكل المستجدّ للعداء للسامية». ظن البعض آنذاك أن الأمر لا يتعدى ارتكاب ماكرون هفوة سياسية، لكن المؤرّخ دومنيك فيدال جزم في كتابه «معاداة الصهيونية =معاداة السامية؟ ردّ على إيمانويل ماكرون»، أن المساواة بين جناية (العداء للسامية) وموقف سياسي (العداء للصهيونية) تمثّل إنكاراً لوقائع التاريخ وخطأ سياسياً. ويذكر المؤلف أن الصهيونية بقيت تياراً هامشياً في مرحلة ما بين الحربين، لأن «الأغلبية الساحقة بين اليهود، 90% إلى 95% من يهود العالم، لا يؤيّدون مشروع تيودور هرتزل وذلك منذ عقد المؤتمر الصهيوني العالمي الأول سنة 1897 وإلى سنة 1939». هذا لا يعني بالطبع أنهم كانوا معادين للسامية، إلا إذا اعتمدنا الخطاب المؤيد لإسرائيل الذي يتهمهم بـ«كره الذات». ويحذر فيدال أن مثل هذه المساواة ستفضي إلى إعادة الاعتبار قانونياً لمفهوم جريمة الرأي للمرة الأولى منذ حرب الجزائر.
بالخلط المتعمّد بين العداء للصهيونية والعداء للسامية، يحاول أنصار إسرائيل منع أي نقد لسياسة تل أبيب وتجريم حركة المقاطعة «BDS»، التي تسببت في خسائر لها بعشرات مليارات الدولارات سنوياً. الدعاية الإسرائيلية تحاول الاستناد إلى نصوص قانونية لمحاربة حركة باتت تُصنَّف على أنها «تهديد استراتيجي أساسي» من تل أبيب التي استصدرت قانوناً في آذار 2017 يحظّر دخول المواطنين الأجانب الذين يدعون للمقاطعة.

 

A literary prize was withdrawn from the writer Camila Shamsi for her support of the boycott movement

سحب جائزة أدبية من الكاتبة كاميلا شمسي لدعمها حركة المقاطعة

Lebanese Cleric “Shaihk” Saleh Hamed Attends Arab anti-Boycott Meeting in London: ‘Israel’ Has Right to Exist

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From the protest squares in the Lebanese northern city of Tripoli, the cleric Saleh Hamed moved to London to attend a meeting for a number of Arab thinkers who advocate the restoration of ties with the Zionist entity.

Boycotting ‘Israel’ is a failure, and has only helped that country while damaging Arab nations that have long shunned the Jewish state, NYT quoted a small new group of Arab thinkers from across the Middle East who are pushing to engage with ‘Israel’ on the alleged theory that it would aid their societies and further the Palestinian cause.

The New York Times added that the members praised Hamed who attended in spite of the possibility of reprisal upon his return.

“We do not deny the rights of the Jews to have a country,” Sheikh Hamed said, citing the Prophet Muhammad’s kindness toward Jews. But he was careful to add that the Palestinians “should have their lands according to the 1967 borders.”

The meeting was blasted by the head of the Palestinian mission in London who belittled the attendees as an “extreme fringe of isolated individuals.” From Tunisia, whose new president has called it treasonous to engage with Israel, he said, to Lebanon, where protesters are waving the Palestinian flag alongside their own, “the sentiment of the vast majority of the Arab world is going in the other direction.”

Source: Al-Manar Website and other websites

 

Lawyer to File Complaint against Lebanese Cleric Who Calls for Normalizing Tie with ‘Israel’ 

A Lawyer from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli is to file a complaint against Cleric Saleh Hamed, who attended earlier a meeting for a number of Arab thinkers who advocate the restoration of ties with the Zionist entity.

Lawyer Mohammad Monir Malas is to file complaint on Monday against Saleh, who is also from Tripoli, over his efforts to propagate the normalization of ties with the Israeli enemy, Al-Ahed News reported on Saturday.

Malas told Al-Ahed News that the security apparatus in Lebanon are aware of Hamed’s moves, stressing that his complaint to the involved judicial authorities is aimed at “offering details that convict” Hamed.

The lawyer stressed meanwhile, that the judiciary in Lebanon “must bear responsibility to take the issue seriously.”

Saleh Hamed had earlier attended a meeting in London for a group of Arab thinkers who consider that boycotting the Zionist entity is a ‘failure’, according to the New York Times.

The NYT reported on Wednesday (November 20) that Hamed was praised for attending the meeting in London “in spite of the possibility of reprisal upon his return.”

Hamed has been also known for his ties with several foreign embassies in Lebanon, including the US embassy, Al-Ahed News reported.

He has been repeatedly seen in the protests taking place in the northern city of Tripoli since October 17, 2019.

Source: Lebanese media

 

Israel’s Supreme Court — Upholding “Targeted Assassinations” and Torture

Global Research, November 08, 2019

Time and again, Israel’s high court upholds human and civil rights abuses committed by the state.

In 2006, the court upheld its targeted assassinations policy, claiming they’re OK when no other choices exist to protect against dangers to national security — that don’t exist it failed to say.

The policy contravenes Israeli law, the laws of war, and human rights law. Time and again, Israel falsely calls legitimate self-defense by Palestinians “terrorism,” unjustifiably justifying its lawless actions, most often upheld by its high court.

In Public Committee against Torture in Israel et al v. the Government of Israel et al (1999), Israel’s Supreme Court banned the practice it earlier OK’d, ruling “psychological pressure (and) a moderate degree of physical pressure” are permissible.

Israel’s 1987 Landau Commission condemned harsh interrogations amounting to torture, but approved the practice to obtain evidence for convictions in criminal proceedings, saying these tactics are necessary against “hostile (threats or acts of) terrorist activity and all expressions of Palestinian nationalism.”

Despite calling the 1984 UN Convention against Torture “absolute (with) no exceptions and no balances,” Israel’s high court OK’d coercive interrogations in three cases.

It permitted violent shaking, painful shackling, hooding, playing deafeningly loud music, sleep deprivation, and lengthly detainments.

Loopholes in the high court’s 1999 ruling OK’d abusive practices amounting to torture despite banning the practice.

It notably allowed physical force in so-called “ticking bomb” cases, giving Israeli interrogators and others wide latitude on their actions.

The court effectively ruled both ways, approving torture and other abusive practices despite banning it.

International law is clear and unequivocal on this issue, banning it at all times, under all circumstances with no allowed exceptions.

In 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected a petition by human rights groups and political movements that called for overturning the Anti-Boycott Law.

At the time, the Global BDS Movement and Coalition for Women for Peace called the bill “one of the most dangerous anti-democratic laws promoted” by Knesset members, adding:

“Boycott is a nonviolent, legal and legitimate means to promote social and political aims that are protected in civil rights of freedom of expression, opinion and assembly. The bill constitutes a fatal blow to all these civil rights.”

The police state law punishes entities or individuals that call for boycotting Israel, or an economic, cultural, or academic boycott of its illegal settlements.

According to the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Israel’s Supreme Court “ignored the chilling effect of this law, and missed the opportunity to tell legislators that there are limits to their anti-human rights actions. This law encourages discrimination against the Arabs in Israel.”

The 2012 Nakba Law “harms both the freedom of expression and the civil rights of Arab citizens, even before its implementation.”

“Because the law’s formulation is so broad and vague, many institutions have already begun and will self-censor in order not to risk incurring penalties.”

Israel’s high court upheld the law, falsely claiming it “does not raise difficult and complex questions.”

It violates Arab history, culture, heritage, and the right to express, teach, or disseminate it freely.

Arab intellectual Constantin Zureiq earlier called the Nakba “the worst catastrophe in the deepest sense of the word, to have befallen the Arabs in their long and disaster-ridden history.”

Compromising their ability to publicly denounce what happened compounds the high crime against them.

Speech, press, and academic freedoms in Israel are gravely endangered. In 2017, legislation was enacted that banned foreign nationals who support BDS from entering the country.

Last April, Israel’s Jerusalem district court ruled against Human Rights Watch’s Israeli office director Omar Shakir, a US citizen, ordering him deported for supporting the global BDS movement, his lawful free expression right.

HRW appealed the ruling, petitioning Israel’s Supreme Court to overturn the injustice. It got an injunction to let Shakir stay in the country until the high court heard his case.

On Tuesday, the court ruled against him, Shakir tweeting:

“Breaking: Israeli Supreme Court upholds my deportation over my rights advocacy. Decision now shifts back to Israeli gov; if it proceeds, I have 20 days to leave…(W)e won’t be the last.”

Critic of Israeli human rights abuses Amnesty International said

“the court has made it explicitly clear that those who dare to speak out about human rights violations by the Israeli authorities will be treated as enemies of the state.”

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled against free expression. Without it, all other rights are jeopardized.

Compromising speech, press, and academic freedoms is the hallmark of totalitarian rule — the new normal in the US, other Western societies and Israel, affirmed by its high court.

Is is just a matter of time before Western ones rule the same way?

Is digital democracy in the West and Israel endangered?

Are abuses against Chelsea Manning, other whistleblowers, Julian Assange, and other independent journalists prelude for much more severe crackdowns against fundamental freedoms ahead?

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Award-winning author Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)

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