Even in Martyrdom, They Refused to be Apart: Hassan and Yasser

August 26, 2019

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Sara Taha Moughnieh

Hassan Youssef Zbeeb and Yasser Ahmad Daher are two names that were destined not to be forgotten neither by the resistance supporters nor by the Israeli enemy.

Hassan and Yasser’s martyrdom drew new equations first because of the martyrdom itself and second because it came in concurrence with the Israeli breach to Lebanon’s sovereignty after a surveillance drone fell in the Southern Suburb of Beirut (Dahiyeh).

Another significant trace in these two young men was their everlasting childhood friendship that impressed everyone who heard about it.

Hassan, from Nabatieh, born in 1996, and Yasser from Blida village, born in 1997, got martyred after an Israeli rocket targeted their residence in Damascus Saturday midnight while they were performing their duty.

They are both engineering students who have been friends since childhood as they went to the same school (Al-Mahdi Shahed) to later attend the same university in Iran and join the same program (Civil engineering at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad).

They are both sons of employees in Al-Manar TV channel, too.

“Everyone who knew them admired their friendship, if you invited one of them for an outing no need to invite the other because he will definitely be there… They used to come together during the summer vacation to Lebanon and stay side by side… To later rise together to the heavens as matyrs with the fire of the Israeli enemy…” one of their friends wrote on Facebook shortly after their martyrdom.

Another person wrote: “when one of Hassan’s friends heard about his martyrdom, he immediately tried to contact Yasser to check the news since they were always together… He did not know that Yasser also wouldn’t answer.”

A significant post on Facebook with the pictures of the two Martyred friends said: “I will only enter it (heaven) if you were with me…. I agree,” in reference to the pact of brotherhood that is usually vowed on Al Ghadeer day, which was only a couple of days before their martyrdom.

He also appeared in a video posted on Facebook saying: “We are part of those people who sacrificed. This path will only continue with the blood of the martyrs and hopefully we are promised with victory, a victory that we have to pay its price. Nothing comes without a price and this is a great blessing, the blessing of allegiance and martyrdom…”Yasser’s father was quoted as saying to Hassan’s father as he was offering him condolences: “Did you see? Even in martyrdom they refused to be apart!”

Hassan and Yasser left as we are getting close to Ashura. Their bloodshed was a truthful pledge of allegiance to the path of Imam Hussein (as) and this year their condolence was the most generous of all.

The corpses of the two martyrs were taken to Sayyeda Zeinab shrine Sunday for their last visit and brought to Lebanon to be buried in Al-Hawraa Zeinab cemetery in the Southern Suburb of Beirut on Monday.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah mourned the two martyrs on Sunday and reassured that he will implement the vow he made after the Qunaitra attack in 2015 to avenge for any attack or harm the Israeli inflicts on any of Hezbollah’s members.

Sayyed Nasrallah assured that Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that he targeted an Iranian military base in Damascus was a lie and that the location targeted was for Hezbollah, thus he addressed the “Israeli” saying: “Stand on the wall, one leg up, and wait for our response, it might take a day or two or three or four.” He also assured the Israelis that “what happened yesterday will not remain unanswered and Netanyahu is preparing for an election on the price of your blood, he is bringing war to you from all sides.”

Zionist media said the IOF Spokesperson’s Unit has released “detailed information” on Monday morning on the two Lebanese fighters.

They boasted that the IOF have published pictures of the two on board a flight to Iran “to take part in one of the training sessions.” However, the picture was being circulated publicly and Hassan and Yasser have shared it in the past on their Facebook accounts after one of their flights to Iran for studying.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

‘Israeli’ Media: Netanyahu, the Right are Weak in the Face of Palestinian Resistance

‘Israeli’ Media: Netanyahu, the Right are Weak in the Face of Hamas

By Staff, Ynet

‘Israeli’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the right are weak, ynet reported.

“Netanyahu and the right are weak. The ‘Israeli’ prime minister is the weak right,” Yoram Yuval wrote for the paper:

No impressive baritone, nor magnificent mushroom clouds rising from bombarded buildings in Gaza, nor the raucous pronouncements of right-wing spokesmen can disguise the truth from us and the entire world: Our very own Benjamin Netanyahu is weak. No one in Gaza is afraid of him, and rightly so.

When fighting terrorism, everything is psychological. When fighting terrorism, emotion and perception determine the end result, not facts. The word terror literally means great fear, and this is the secret of its power – not the ability to overcome the enemy, but the ability to sow great fear.

As such, in confronting Hamas, psychology is much more important than the disparity between army strength.

There is a wonderful Arabic saying that goes something like this: “We asked for the shame, but the shame did not want us.” This is what happened to Netanyahu and the weak Likud.

Hamas does not work for Netanyahu, and was only willing to go along with this routine until the elections. Hamas had a clear interest in Netanyahu being elected, and so kept quiet until that happened. But now that he has been elected, Hamas is no longer willing to play his game.

When confronted with his inaction, Netanyahu says: “What do you want from me? The army is reluctant to enter into a ground battle, and they tell me to improve the conditions in Gaza so that the Gazans have something to lose, and that’s what I do.” But that’s just spin, not to mention a lie.

Netanyahu, like all the weak right, has no strategy other than to do nothing and hope nothing comes of anything.

I don’t know what Netanyahu will decide to do next, but I know what he won’t do. The man who made the phrase “We will topple the Hamas regime” into his own personal slogan will never actually do it.

Netanyahu and the right are weak against Hamas.

Israeli Media: Resistance Can’t Be Defeated!

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Israeli Media: Hamas Can’t Be Defeated!

April 1, 2019

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Hamas Palestinian movement cannot be defeated, and invading the coastal enclave would be like fighting in the jungles of Vietnam, Israeli journalist said.

In an article entitled “Israel has no way of winning in Gaza”, Israeli journalists at Ynet, Oded Shalom, said that Hamas is “far behind” the Israeli army in “every military aspect and there is no room for comparison.”

“I am sorry to say that even as the election campaign enters its home stretch, none of the candidates has the courage to speak the truth about the Gaza Strip: Hamas cannot be defeated,” Shalom said.

The Israeli journalist noted meanwhile that the occupation military is equipped with the most modern technology, adding that “: forces from the air, land and sea could precisely hit and destroy any target in the Gaza Strip from miles away. Yet Hamas is invincible, and that is the truth.”

Then, Shalom said that any Israeli invasion of the besieged strip of Gaza would be like fighting in the jungles of Vietnam.

“Invading Gaza will be like fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. The IDF’s technological advantage will diminish in the maze of tunnels that Hamas has dug. The terror group may ask for a temporary cease-fire, but will never surrender, and Israel – subjected to relentless rocket fire, loss of life and damage to property – will agree to such a truce. It will be a rerun of Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and all the other military operations in Gaza that came before. And that, too, is the truth,” Shalom said, referring to Israeli occupation military and to Hamas resistance movement.

In this context, he said Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is cautious when unleashing the military might of the occupation military on Gaza.

“One good thing that I can say about Netanyahu is that he is the only of the candidates who is not making unrealistic video clips emblazoned with the slogan “Let the IDF win.””

However, Shalom noted that Netanyahu “lacks the courage of leader, like the courage late prime minister Ariel Sharon had when he came up with and gained public opinion for the disengagement from Gaza.”

“A courageous leader should say that Hamas in Gaza cannot be defeated, that those launching firebombs attached to balloons or guerrilla fighters hiding in tunnels cannot be defeated.”

Shalom said meanwhile that the Zionist occupation needs to negotiate with Hamas, but noted that negotiation would take place “by sending suitcases filled with cash but with the mediation of Egypt and the aid of the oil rich Gulf states.”

“We need a long-term cease fire agreement that would include building houses and infrastructure in Gaza. We will not reach a peace deal with Hamas, but we will be able to live next to them in peace,” he added, clarifying that the “balance of terror will be mutual like the balance of terror we have with Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

“But it is our fate to always live by our sword,” the Israeli journalist added.

Source: Israeli media

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Egypt brokering marathon talks for Hamas, Israel deal

Egypt is trying to secure deal before anniversary of Great March of Return
Egypt brokering deal between Palestinian factions in Gaza and Israel ahead of mass Great March of Return rally (AFP)

“Marathon talks” held by Egypt with Palestinian factions in Gaza are set to continue on Friday to broker a deal with Israel that could ease demonstrations on Gaza’s eastern boundary that are about to mark their first anniversary.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh confirmed the talks and some of the group’s demands for an easing of the more than decade-long siege of Gaza in a statement on Friday, saying they have reached a “crossroads”, in a week when his own offices were destroyed by Israel during an escalation in Gaza that was feared could become another war.

The anniversary of the Great March of Return protests is expected to be marked with another mass showing on Saturday, instead of the usual Friday, to coincide with Land Day, which last year saw 19 killed as they launched the protest movement by demanding the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral homes.

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Haniyeh said the nature of Saturday’s demonstration would depend on how Israel responds to its demands.

“The Israeli occupation will endure severe consequences in the case that it does not reply positively to the understandings,” Haniyeh’s statement said.

An Egyptian team of intelligence and military officials arrived in Gaza on Wednesday night and immediately started meetings at the office of Yaha Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, which were later joined by leaders of the Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) factions and ran until early in the morning.

All sides had been keeping a tight lid on the details of the negotiations but Haniyeh’s office said in a statement on Friday that they wanted to “ensure the end of the suffering of our people” by easing the blockade of Gaza, including by ending an electricity crisis that limits the enclave to only a few hours of power a day and creating fishing and employment projects in Gaza.

The Egyptian delegation consists of the chief of the Palestinian file in the Egyptian Intelligence Agency, Major General Ahmad Abdel-Khaliq, Undersecretary of the Egyptian Intelligence Agency General Ahmad Farouq, and Brigadier General Mohammed Tawsin.

Leaked terms

An informed Hamas source told MEE the organisation does not want to speak about the details of a potential deal, because it is not sure how Israel would respond, but outlined some of the main requests made by Hamas.

He confirmed their main terms were an increase in the number of truckloads carrying commodities to Gaza, allowing medical supplies to hospitals, easing restrictions on imports and exports, the entry of some materials currently banned by Israel on the grounds they could be used for weapon-making, an increased fishing zone and the expansion of a UN job creation programme to cover 40,000 workers.

He also confirmed that the Egyptian mediators have told them that Israel’s demand included ending night demonstrations along the eastern boundary between Gaza and Israel, keeping the Friday protests of the Great March of Return peaceful and stopping weekly sea protests near the Israeli Kibbutz Zikim.

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Hamas had scaled back the protests during earlier talks that eventually broke down because of opposition from the West Bank-based rival Palestinian Authority, but since February “Night Disturbance Units” have resumed protests that have frustrated Israel.

Hamas’s initial demands had included an eventual agreement for a port or airport that would connect blockaded Gaza to the outside world, a step which had been hoped could be implemented in the future.

However, a Hamas source told MEE that, during a recent meeting with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, the Egyptian delegation had refused to pass on to the Israelis Palestinian demands regarding a port or airport or a prisoner exchange deal – arguing that the priority was on immediate steps that could ease the siege and avoid an explosion in Gaza.

Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif al-Qanou told MEE there would be “tangible” results from the ongoing Egyptian mediation.

Palestinian pledge

There appears to be some internal Palestinian agreement on the terms ahead of the 52nd week of Great March of Return protests, with organisers mobilising but appealing to participants to show a high degree of restraint.

In a press conference held on Thursday by National Committee member Khalid al-Batch, part of Islamic Jihad’s political wing, he reiterated the importance of participation in the protests but also echoed a call made by Hamas to ensure the protests were peaceful in order to limit casualties but also implying that the nature of the protests could affect the talks with Israel.

The Gaza Ministry of Health has reported that Israeli forces have killed at least 256 Palestinians and wounded more than 29,000 since the beginning of the protests.

“We want to cut short the way ahead of the Israeli occupation, which always blames the Palestinian resistance groups for the failure of reaching a truce and easing the more than decade-old siege imposed on Gaza,” Batch said in the press conference.

A senior source in a political faction participating in the march committee told MEE that protests would be gradually scaled down and eventually ended should a truce agreement be reached to improve the lives of people in Gaza.

A member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) political bureau, Talal Abu Zarifa, told MEE that the active efforts of the Egyptian delegation to obtain a truce come from Cairo’s recognition of the risk that the situation in Gaza could devolve into all-out conflict.

“All options are open for the resistance” should Israel remain uncompromising in Gaza, Abu Zarifa said.

Pointing to the agreement previously brokered by Egypt in November, following an ill-fated Israeli military raid in Gaza that led to a brief but heated escalation of violence, Abu Zarifa blamed Israeli “intransigence and the evasion of obligations” for the breakdown of the tentative truce.

Israeli agreement

Members of the Egyptian intelligence delegation left Gaza early Thursday to meet Israeli officials and discuss the latest updates about their talks with the Palestinian factions. They returned to Gaza in the evening and Haniyeh’s office said on Friday that talks would continue.

“Hamas is ready for all scenarios. The movement will not hesitate to take any action that serves the interests of the Palestinian people and ensures that the Palestinian sacrifices at the Great Return March have not been made in vain,” Haniyeh said.

Israeli news website Ynet News said on Thursday night that “efforts to restore the calm between Israel and Hamas after several days of fighting appeared to be taking effect.”

The news website referred to remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who reportedly said Israel would not opt to carry out a military offensive on Gaza.

Already embroiled in a number of corruption scandals, Netanyahu has been embarrassed by night-time demonstrations in Gaza and protesters’ use of incendiary kites and balloons, which burnt down acres of land in southern Israel last summer.

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Yet despite Netanyahu’s inflammatory rhetoric seeking to highlight his iron-fisted approach against Hamas, Palestinian columnist on Israeli affairs Saleh al-Naami said a military escalation in Gaza would not serve the Israeli leader’s electoral objectives.

Netanyahu, Naami said, has shown extreme caution in Gaza, despite criticism at home for failing to stamp out the Great March of Return.

“Netanyahu understands that Gaza and Hamas have nothing to lose,” Naami said, adding that Hamas and other political and armed factions in Gaza were ready to go all the way in the event of a military escalation, regardless of the Israeli election.

“The resistance in Gaza does not accept to be used as a pawn by candidates in the Israeli elections,” Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Buraim said to MEE. “We will accept no less than easing the siege on the political and humanitarian levels.”

‘Skillful negotiators’

The talks appeared to be in peril earlier this week when a rocket from Gaza hit a home in Tel Aviv. Hamas said the rocket had been fired mistakenly but the result was a series of air strikes by Israel on Gaza as well as a number of rockets being launched by Hamas into neighbouring Israeli areas.

Dr Adnan Abu Amer, professor of political studies at Al-Umma University in Gaza, suggested however that the escalation was part of the negotiations.

“This is one of the tactics used by skilful negotiators,” he told MEE. “Hamas could persuade the Egyptian mediators and Israel that the rockets were launched mistakenly both times but I do not believe so.”

He suggested Hamas had calculated that Israel would try to avoid any escalation in the run-up to parliamentary elections in early April.

“The Palestinian negotiators knew that the Israeli side is approaching two deadlines: Saturday’s one-million-man demonstration and the elections. So they wanted to put heavy pressure on them.”

Supporting Palestinian Intifada Tops Closing Statement of Iran Conference

February 22, 2017

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The closing statement of the sixth International conference “To support the Palestinian Intifada” held in Tehran highlighted on Tuesday the importance of the Palestinian cause, calling on supporting it and avoiding marginalizing it amid the regional crises.

The statement also hailed the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements, stressing their role in confronting the Zionist entity.

It also called on the international organizations to denounce and deter the Israeli aggressions, warning some Arab and Muslim countries against normalizing ties with the Zionist entity.

The statement added that the US administration intention to move the Zionist entity capital into Al-Quds must draw a response from the Arab and Muslim states by closing their embassies in the United States.

Finally, the statement highly appreciated the Iranian people sacrifices for the sake of the Palestinian cause.

The Iranian capital, Tehran, hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday an international forum in support of the Palestinian cause, with hundreds of foreign guests, including senior Palestinian leaders and officials of Muslim nations, in attendance.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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“To defend Palestine today is to defend Syria, and vice-versa” ~ Meet the Pro-Syria Palestinians

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(17/4/16) | Syrian Free Press


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Excerpts edited by ‘CanDoBetter’ ~ […] The evidence presented here is only the tip of the iceberg. No doubt that some Palestinians, like some traitorous Iraqis, Syrians and Lebanese, joined the destabilization scheme, but when we get down to the nitty gritty, like most Syrians, most of Syria’s Palestinian citizens back the Syrian Arab Republic, the only Arab nation that has given them a home, supported their righteous cause and treated them as equals.

It is shameful beyond shameful that these truths and more were not only ignored but deceptively covered up by “Palestine Solidarity Movement” activists to push a cookie-cutter propaganda line that meshed with the increasingly toothless nature of “solidarity” speak and praxis, not to mention the worldview of their Jewish and Khaleeji “colleagues”. […]

This publication is an extract only from the original article by Jonahtan Azaziah, published 18 April, 2016 at “Meet The Pro-Syria Palestinians That Electronic “Intifada” Will Never Tell You About.”

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Notable Palestinian supporters of the Syrian Government

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[…] ~ Anwar Hadi, the spokesman of the PLO, who said from day one of the ungodly crisis in Yarmouk that the blame lies squarely at the feet of the Takfiri rebels, who entered the once-vibrant Syrian-Palestinian camp in massive numbers and committed massacres, chased out civilians and looted homes along with businesses. Electronic “Intifada” and company wrote numerous articles attacking the Syrian government for the humanitarian disaster, like Jabhat al-Nusra, the FSA and ISIS were/are mere daydream-constructs “the regime” and its “Shabiha” brought forth from thin air.

~ The Palestine Liberation Army (PLA), the Syrian Arab Army’s Palestinian branch, which has fought on numerous fronts throughout Syria and offered countless martyrs in the struggle against Daesh and its ideological counterparts.

~ Fatah al-Intifada, a Palestinian Resistance group which has been ultra-active in the ongoing fight to liberate Yarmouk. Many volunteers, like Tayseer Mousa and Waleed Suleiman, left their homes in the Damascus countryside city of Jaramana to defend their brethren. Portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah can be found all over their offices.

~ Liwa Al-Quds, the third most powerful Syrian military force after the Syrian Arab Army and the Hizbullah-trained NDF according to Al-Masdar News. Liwa Al-Quds has been a tremendously key part of the battle for the liberation of Aleppo, particularly the camps of Handarat and Nayrab.

~ The PFLP-GC, led by the indefatigable Ahmad Jibril and known for their strong support of the democratically elected government in Damascus, these warriors have also been fighting in multiple arenas, from the capital to Aleppo to Latakia and elsewhere. They played an important role in the historic liberation of the besieged Shi’a towns Nubl and Al-Zahra, showing that there is a united Syrian-Palestinian-Lebanese-Iraqi-Iranian, Sunni-Shi’a, Muslim-Christian front against the usurping Zionist regime’s Wahhabi vassals.

~ Hizbullah moujahid Ali Fawzi Taha ( Haydar al-Hajj Jawad) from Bourj el-Barajneh. Born to a Palestinian father and a Lebanese mother, Ali was martyred during the liberation of the strategic, ancient city of Al-Quryatayn. He participated in many victories across Syria, including game-changers like Al-Qusayr and Al-Qalamoun. Considering he was a member of the Lebanese Islamic Resistance, the only Arab force to ever drive ‘Israel’ out from sovereign Arab lands, is it not significantly newsworthy that this hero had a Palestinian background?! If only he had been a BDS activist or an Amnesty International “researcher”, then Electronic “Intifada” would’ve assuredly profiled him.

~ Muhammad Rafeh, a beloved Palestinian-Syrian actor from the popular TV show Bab al-Hara and outspoken supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Muhammad had lost family members a year before in the Zionist entity’s massacre of protesters in the occupied Golan Heights on Naksa Day and was also known for his strong stance against the ‘Israeli’ enemy. The FSA kidnapped Muhammad and slaughtered him for standing with the Syrian government; very “revolutionary”, wouldn’t you say?

~ Archbishop Atallah Hanna, Palestine’s highest-ranking Orthodox Christian authority and a fiery, BLISTERING vocal backer of the Syrian Arab Republic. Not only has Theodosios of Sebastia spoken in no uncertain terms about the aggression against Syria being a Zionist plot, but he’s also defended Islam and the importance of Muslim-Christian unity in the face of Takfirism at length. The Archbishop is a true Arab hero and is undoubtedly on the path to sainthood.

~ Samer al-Issawi, Palestine’s most epic hunger striker (277 days) and a living legend in every sense of the phrase; the man’s will is of such an unbreakable nature that it will forever echo in history and forever haunt the Zionist enemy. Samer, whose fam goes way back with both the PFLP and the DFLP, supports the Syrian Arab Republic and stands firmly against the war on this sovereign nation. His steadfast anti-Imperialism only adds to his larger-than-life character. Yet, apart from PFLP and DFLP affiliated media, this fact remains largely unknown.

~ Palestinians across occupied Falasteen, not to mention Syrians throughout the Golan Heights, have protested in full support of the Syrian Arab Republic and Hizbullah on too many occasions to make mention of here. And we’re not talking about minuscule rallies but bright, rowdy, militant, BIG demonstrations with seas of Syrian Arab Republic flags waving and portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad standing tall. Not even one of these events was covered by “Palestine Solidarity Movement” mainstreamers.[…]

[…] ~ Simply put, to defend Palestine today is to defend Syria and vice versa, for as Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah declared years ago, the Syrian Arab Republic is the backbone of the Mouqawamah and only a fool or a traitor would sit idly by as his backbone is being broken. So what category do the “activists” of the “Palestine Solidarity Movement” fall under? Fools? Traitors? Or a lil’ bit of both?


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Israel wounds four Palestinians, arrests 15 others including DFLP leader

A Palestinian protester dressed in a Santa Claus costume argues with a member of the IOF during a demonstration against the illegal Israeli settlements and demanding for free movement for the Palestinians during the Christmas period near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank biblical city of Bethlehem on December 23, 2014. AFP / Musa al-Shaer

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014

Four Palestinians including an elderly woman were injured after Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire on protesters in two separate villages in the occupied West Bank, Ma’an news agency reported Friday, while 15 Palestinians, including a prominent leader, were arrested.

Two Palestinian women, 72-year-old Yusra Mohammed al-Haj al-Abd and 48-year-old Jumana Ahmed Shayib, were injured by so-called “sponge” bullets in the village of Farun south of Tulkarem in the West Bank.

“Sponge” bullets are made from high-density plastic with a foam-rubber head, and are fired from grenade launchers. Israeli police have been using them in Occupied Palestine and annexed East Jerusalem since the use of rubber-coated metal bullets was prohibited there, but protocol explicitly prohibits firing them at the upper body.

An Israeli spokeswoman said the IOF had entered the village – which is in Area A, technically under full Palestinian control – on “some sort of routine patrol” and as they were leaving locals started “hurling stones” at them.

She claimed that Israeli forces fired at the “lower bodies” of the two women after they allegedly “hurled stones at the soldiers.”

However, according to Ma’an, both women, who were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, sustained “upper body” wounds.

Similarly, in a separate incident also on Friday, Israeli forces shot two Palestinian youths with “sponge” bullets during clashes in the al-Khalil town of Beit Ummar.

According to the Popular Resistance Committee in Beit Ummar spokesman, Mohammed Ayyad Awad, two Palestinian youths, 17 and 20, were injured in the head and hand by IOF fire, adding that dozens of Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation.

Al-Khalil is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinians and around 500 Zionist settlers, who live in a number of illegal settlement compounds heavily guarded by Israeli troops.

Zionist settlers live in the center of al-Khalil’s Old City in line with a 1997 agreement that split the city into two areas. H1 is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, while H2 is under Israeli military occupation.

Awad said clashes broke out after Israeli forces raided the area, prompting Palestinian youths to hurl stones at the soldiers in protest.

Since September 2000, following the Second Intifada, at least 9,100 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis, including 2,053 Palestinian children, the equivalent of one Palestinian child being killed every three days for the past 14 years.

Israel detains DFLP leader

Meanwhile, the IOF detained a leader in the leftist Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) at a checkpoint in annexed East Jerusalem.

Nader Jaffal, 42, was arrested at an Israeli checkpoint near the illegal Ma’ale Adumim settlement, which occupies a strategic position on the main road between Jerusalem and Jericho.

According to Jaffal’s wife, Abeer, the soldiers claimed there was an arrest warrant, or what Israeli authorities call “an administrative detention order” against Jaffal, which in reality means that he could be detained without charge or trial for a potentially unlimited amount of time.

Jaffal, a father of three children, had spent around 15 years in Israeli jails for a number of charges.

Friday’s arrests came one day after the IOF detained 14 Palestinians in the village of Azzun near Qalqilya after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an Israeli settler car.

Israeli news website Walla quoted Israeli military sources as saying that among the detainees were two individuals “suspected of involvement” in what Israeli authorities called a “terrorist attack.”

Over 7,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in 17 Israeli prisons and detention camps, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs.

Among Palestinian prisoners behind Israeli bars, there are 18 women, 250 children, 1,500 sick detainees, who are mostly in a critical condition, and 540 Palestinians held under administrative detention without any trial.

The roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-famous “Balfour Declaration,” called for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Zionist state – a move never recognized by the international community.

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Gaza: who benefits from a unified Palestinian delegation?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas looks on as he meets with members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on July 22, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah, after he prayed for the Palestinians who were killed during the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo: AFP-Abbas Momani)
Published Friday, August 8, 2014
It is now urgent to pose a series of questions that were postponed by the war. However, there is a need to look at the situation in Cairo and identify the beneficiary of the change in Egypt’s position that lead it to abandon its initiative and adopt a unified Palestinian proposal.
Ramallah – It is also time to question Egypt’s insistence on a unified Palestinian negotiating team, including the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), the PLO, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, regardless of whether or not the [political] left decides to join the delegation.

Israel, on the other hand, remained silent, knowing that Gaza would reject the initiative, which would buy it more time to continue bombarding the Strip and weaken the Resistance as much as possible.

 

The third question is who will benefit from the outcome of successful negotiations and will the presence of a united Palestinian delegation have a particular effect on the desired results?
It is well known that the Egyptian initiative proposed in the first few days of the aggression, in an arrogant and patronizing manner, favored Israel’s interests. The leadership of the Resistance was not officially informed of the initiative and only found out about it through the media. Egypt also insisted that the proposal could not be modified.
In return, Gaza rejected the proposal, but PNA President Mahmoud Abbas accepted it without hesitation and adopted Egypt’s rhetoric. He flew to Cairo and contacted the Qatari-Turkish axis to pressure Hamas to accept it.
Israel, on the other hand, remained silent, knowing that Gaza would reject the initiative, which would buy it more time to continue bombarding the Strip and weaken the Resistance as much as possible. All those positions were expressed in the first 10 days of the war.
By the end of the second week, all sides (Egypt, Israel, and Abbas) realized that the capabilities of the Resistance had changed since 2012. The new equation will not be destruction, desolation, and the killing of civilians countered by a few limited range missiles and small defense operations on the ground. The rockets reached the farthest point in occupied Palestine and the Resistance launched unprecedented operations against Israeli army positions, resulting in significant losses in its ranks. Even after two weeks of heavy bombardment, the Resistance also preserved its ability to launch rockets, quantitatively and qualitatively.
So what happened? To begin with, Tel Aviv realized it was in trouble while its image became marred due to its stubbornness as Cairo understood that its initiative was dead. Abbas, on the other hand, disappeared from the political scene and faced an unprecedented level of criticism since his ascent to power in 2005. Each public statement he made was met with ridicule, sometimes from Fatah itself, until he stopped talking and remained silent for days.
On the popular level, Palestinians stood by the Resistance and Gaza. Although the West Bank did not mobilize they way it should have due to the anesthesia of economic peace, it declared its faith in the Resistance.
The other side had to change its position before everything collapses. The tripartite alliance between Egypt, Israel, and Ramallah feared that the culture of rejection and resistance will win over people’s minds and hearts once again, particularly in the West Bank.
Even within Hamas, the existence of a conciliatory and compromising current is no longer a secret (represented in Khaled Meshaal, who is in the thick of regional politics). However, there exists also a solid current represented by al-Qassam Brigades and some Hamas leaders, who currently have great leeway.
This could mean that Meshaal might be gone once the dust of the battle has settled, to be replaced by a new leadership, which rejects compromises and leans more towards the Iranian axis. In this situation and in the presence of Islamic Jihad, which has always stuck to its principles, what is the future of Palestinian politics?
In this case, in the face of a Resistance discourse with sweeping popularity that has proved its credibility, the biggest loser without a doubt would be Abbas and his political project exemplified in Oslo.
Based on the above, the events of the third week of the aggression become more coherent. Positions and stances began to change very quickly. Egypt accepted the presence of Resistance leaders [at the negotiating table] and their demands – as opposed to its “non-debatable” first initiative.

Even after two weeks of heavy bombardment, the Resistance also preserved its ability to launch rockets, quantitatively and qualitatively.

 

The discourse of Abbas and various PNA officials became more noble, conveying a hail of fiery statements, which brought back memories of the PLO’s good days. However, this repositioning, although an outcome of the Gaza battle, does not mean that they lost all the initiative and are now answering to the Resistance. It is an attempt by these officials to circumvent expected [political] losses.
This lies behind Egypt’s emphasis on a unified Palestinian delegation, ensuring the representation of the PLO and the PNA (unlike the 2012 agreement) and that the Resistance does not reap all the benefits. There would be nothing funnier than seeing [left -wing Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine] MP [and head of al-Badil bloc] Qais [Abdul-Karim] “Abu Laila” and [head of the Palestinian People’s Party (former CP)] Bassam al-Salehi in the delegation.
Israel could accept to lift the siege on Gaza, as part of a set of terms, which is the main demand of the Resistance, in addition to other details, since it has no other choice. However, the significance of Abbas’ participation will come later on, when he takes over the political scene, having disappeared in the third week. All other measures and treaties would then be under the PNA and the unity government, which had been completely absent and almost irrelevant throughout the aggression.
Such measures should naturally be undertaken by specific institutions. Politically, however, this would mean that the Cairo Agreement could resuscitate the Oslo Accords, which were in their last throes. After being cornered from all sides and his agenda weakened due to the achievements on the ground in Gaza, Abbas will be back in the pivotal role, from which everything must pass through.
The Resistance will undoubtedly achieve most of its demands. The siege on Gaza will be lifted in one way or another. However, the PNA will be back at the forefront and there are concerns that the Resistance will remain limited to Gaza, while the “Oslo Project” expands throughout the West Bank and the Strip.
There is a risk that the Resistance could have achieved a brief gain by breaking the siege. However, Abbas could have achieved something strategic, by safeguarding his project and the Oslo ceiling.
This is why Egypt insisted on one Palestinian delegation and refused to speak with the representatives of the Resistance alone. It revived Mahmoud Abbas’ role and might have saved Khaled Meshaal from future decline.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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Bleeding and Resisting and Crying: Never again … Resistance till Liberation…Full Liberation


مجزرة صهيونية في الشجاعية بغزة 

 

مشهَد مروّع مِن مجزرة حي الشجاعية في غزّة بِقصف مدفعي اسرائيلي

فيديو صادم من حي الشجاعية ـ غزّة لانتشال جثث الشهداء والجرحى من الشوارع 

مؤثّر جدا مجزرة عائلة زويدي في بيت حانون بغزة..خبز مغمّس بالدم

Zwaidi Family to Qassam, Jihad, Abu Ali  Brigades: Keep  fighting..No to truce

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ONCE AGAIN, ISRAEL IS DEFEATED

iron-domeBy Gilad Atzmon

As the Israeli Cabinet announced earlier today that it accepted the Egyptian cease-fire offer, Palestinian freedom fighters in Gaza continued firing rockets targeting the whole of Israel. 

The situation is clear.  Israel is desperate for a break in the violence. In spite of its endless ‘bravado,’ and military might, Israel lacks the military capacity and the courage to encounter Palestinian resistance on the ground. The Israeli elite recognizes that the military can’t resolve the problem, if anything, its extensive use would diminish Israeli manoeuvrability on the international front.

Resistance, on the other hand, has won its biggest military, political and ideological victory to date – it has managed to deliver some elementary messages to all of Israeli society:

You are living on our Palestinian stolen land, our Right to Return is elementary and is not negotiable. You Israelis do not belong here, you never did, and you had better consider your options immediately.

Resistance has also managed to dismantle the BDS / Jewish Lefty’s desperate and blatantly deceitful attempt to present the conflict as an issue over the ‘1967 occupation.’  The range and targets of Palestinian missiles deliver a clear message to both Israelis and their controlled opposition agents within the Left.

Palestine is a stretch of land between the river and the sea. In other words, no more empty talk on ‘conflict resolutions.’ It is either Israel or Palestine. And today it seems Palestine it will be. 

Resistance’ strategy in the last week has displayed a rare genius in the method it used to capitalise on Israel’s superior technology and the Iron Dome in particular.  What could be smarter or more ethical than putting Israel under a constant barrage of rockets, delivering your essential message with missiles, yet knowing that no one will be hurt?

In the past week Resistance has managed to utilise Israeli technology and to integrate Israeli engineering into its operational tactics. This is a unique significant tactical achievement that proves that the Palestinian leadership in Gaza is significantly more sophisticated than their counterparts in Jerusalem

This is a repetition of a familiar Jewish historical and cultural pattern.  By the time the Jewish elite is convinced that its domination is established, a disaster is immanent. As Israel came to believe that it had bought itself the final and ultimate technological answer to Palestinian ballistic resistance, it has been devastated to discover that it has lost the war on every possible front: militarily, technologically, politically and ethically.

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The Palestinian Resistance also engaging in psychological warfare

A general view of the eastern part of the Gaza Strip from Gaza City, on July 10, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Thomas Coex)
Published Friday, July 11, 2014
At the start of the confrontation between the Resistance and Israel, the latter had absolute supremacy in using psychological warfare against the Palestinians. But the armed Palestinian Resistance factions have since worked to improve their capabilities in information and propaganda, creating a counter-deterrent using the Internet and the language of the other side.
Gaza – In conjunction with the physical warfare between Palestinian Resistance factions and Israel, the two sides are also engaged in psychological warfare, with a view to weaken and overwhelm the home front of the other side. No doubt, the two sides often hit and often miss, but in general, the Resistance’s communicators have sent out effective messages this time, even outdoing Israel, which has only rehashed its old propaganda seen in every previous round of conflict so far.
Military psychology experts say that the new development in this context is that the Palestinians are no longer afraid of the leaflets dropped by Israeli warplanes in order to turn the civilian population against the Resistance or force civilians to evacuate their homes, especially along the border areas.
The Resistance has launched a strong assault targeting the morale of the Israeli public, broadcasting videos in Hebrew focusing on its military capabilities, including its medium-range rocket arsenal and amphibious commandos. The Resistance has also called on Israelis to evacuate their homes, and hacked websites to display its messages. Recall that during the last conflict in Gaza, the Resistance had leaked the names and numbers of thousands of Israeli army officers.

“The psychological makeup of the Resistance is solid… This helps raise its morale, unlike the case of the occupation, which is rattled by the sight of rockets and by protracted fighting.” – Military psychology professor

 

To Ismail Abu Rkab, a professor of military psychology from the Palestine Security College in Gaza, these messages seek to influence the attitudes of the internal front, and subsequently the public’s emotions and behavior, “to weaken the occupation’s morale and among Israelis in general.” Speaking to Al-Akhbar, he said, “Each side in the conflict knows the weaknesses of the other, and tries to focus on them to twist the other’s arm; however, the Palestinians’ weakness, namely the deliberate targeting of their civilians, has not affected the Resistance, as evidenced by the escalation of its operations against the occupation and the endurance of its popularity.”
In this regard, Abu Rkab says, “The psychological makeup of the Resistance is solid, and relies on the religious and spiritual aspect. This helps raise its morale, unlike the case of the occupation, which is rattled by the sight of rockets and by protracted fighting.” “The occupation is trying through its messages to influence citizens and to demoralize the Resistance, practically by targeting homes and public places,” he added.
On the other hand, the military psychology expert believes that the Resistance “has succeeded in conveying its psychological messages, which were developed based on previous experience.” Abu Rkab praised the propaganda war led by the military wing of the Palestinian factions, which he said was built on sound scientific foundations designed to raise the morale of the Palestinian people and do the opposite in the enemy front.
In the same vein, a number of security pundits in Palestine say that Israel’s threatening rhetoric, including against civilians, was due to the lack of solid intelligence among Tel Aviv’s security agencies regarding the location of Resistance fighters and its weapons storage areas. It is important to note here one Israeli army officer’s admission, quoted by Yediot Ahronot, that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have hundreds of rockets that Israel does not know about. The officer said this was different from what happened during Operation Pillar of Cloud, when half of Hamas’ stockpile of long-range rockets was destroyed during the first air strikes.
Abu Rkab commented on this by saying, “He who has information has power. For this reason, Israel is trying to restore its deterrence at the expense of civilians, in light of its lack of solid intelligence.” Abu Rkab also noted that the occupation has been trying to fabricate information for the benefit of its home front, “to manipulate attitudes regarding Israel’s security in general.”

 

The occupation’s lack of information regarding the existing security situation, to security expert Ibrahim Habib, resembles the situation that existed during the 2006 July War in Lebanon. Back then, he said, “The Israeli people would await the speeches of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to learn the latest in the war, in light of the Israeli leadership’s lack of accurate intelligence and the state of confusion it was in.”
In comments to Al-Akhbar, Habib said, “It is clear that the Israeli home front no longer believes its media and leadership, because of the large number of false claims they make. For this reason, the Israeli home front is influenced by the Resistance’s sporadic messages.”
Habib added, “the Resistance has created confusion among the Israelis, with the videos it broadcasted showing its military capabilities.”
The security expert said the Israeli SMS warning messages sent to Palestinians, for example, as well as direct calls to warn them against collaborating with the Resistance or asking them to leave their homes, were an attempt to intimidate the Palestinian people, stressing that this highlighted the state of failure in the Israeli intelligence community.
In the context of psychological warfare, which according to psychologists is a form of non-lethal warfare, technology experts said Israel recently attempted to fabricate video footage relating to a raid by al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military arm, on the Israeli Zikim military base near Ashkelon. The Israelis wanted to show that Hamas’ commandos were killed before they could hit any targets. Habib said the attempt came from the military censor in Israel, to cover up the infiltration of Israeli bases and the strong blow suffered at the hands of a simple group of Resistance commandos.
He said, “It was clear that Israel was hurt as a result of this operation, which was repeated over two consecutive days by two different groups of Palestinian marines. This explains why Israel closed the entire shore to holidaymakers, fearing for their lives.” He then added, “The biggest source of confusion for the occupation at this time is the Resistance’s ability to hide and camouflage itself. This will exhaust the military and push it to make concerted covert efforts to reveal the Resistance’s locations and the location of its rocket stockpiles.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior and National Security in Gaza has called on the Palestinians to ignore Israel’s psychological operations, including the rumors in Israeli media, the leaflets being dropped by Israeli planes, and calls to Palestinians on their phones. The ministry also called on them to “not interact with all those methods meant to weaken our home front, in light of the great resilience of our people in the face of aggression,” saying that what the occupation is doing reflects its intelligence failures in Gaza.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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“As Yarmouk goes, so goes Damascus. As Damascus goes, so goes Syria”

 

Photo: “Homemade” weapon fragments from Yarmouk Camp in Ahmed Jebril’s office
Rebel controlled Yarmouk Palestinian Camp empties pending a government counter-attack

Damascus Street Notes
Franklin Lamb
Yarmouk camp, Damascus
Al-manar
 
 Hoping to escape the fighting at Yarmouk camp but held at the Syrian-Lebanese border
Photo: Hoping to escape the fighting at Yarmouk camp
but held at the Syrian-Lebanese border

 A few thoughts rushed through this observers mind when he saw a distraught looking woman sitting alone, tightly holding two babies, at one corner of the vast parking lot of the central Damascus bus station known as Al-Soumariyeh. It is from here where inexpensive transportation can be had for those traveling west, east, north and south.

 
One thought was about a character out of a Charles Dickens novel and the other was ‘waif, frail, malnourished, frightened’, so the lady, holding the babies appeared. She managed a polite but weak smile as I passed and she said
“hello.”  
thumb3 Long story made short, the lady and I chatted and it turned out that Souha was fleeing the al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood on the southern edge of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. This is one of the ‘hot-line’ areas of Yarmouk, where on 12/16/12 approximately 400 Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) militia fighters joined by various other salafist jihadists defeated Palestinian “popular committees” fighters supposedly loyal to Ahmed Jabil’s, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-GC (PFLP-GC). There are various unconfirmed estimates of how many ‘General Command’ fighters defected during the fighting to the rebel forces, but the PFLP-GC admits that some (ONLY TWO)  did. Also in the camp are some fighters from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and the Popular Front (PFLP).
 Souha who is studying English literature, had lost her husband and was trying to travel to Ein el Helwe refugee camp in Saida, Lebanon. She had the name of a distant relative, she thought was still living in Ein el Helwe, but she was unsure how to find her but knew that she desperately needed to get out of Syria. 
As Yarmouk goes, so goes Damascus. 
As Damascus goes, so goes Syria”

Nearly 70% (UNWRA puts the figure at 90%) of the 180,000 Yarmouk camp residents in the 2.1 square-kilometer camp area have, as of this morning fled. This figure was provided by, Anwar Raja, politburo member of the ‘General Command” with whom this observer had a three hour meeting during the night of 12/18/2012 inside the north edge of Yarmouk. Any camp resident with a MTN or Syriatel mobile phone got a text message, from the Syrian military to leave the camp for their own safety.

 
Souha asked me if I had heard about the problems of the Palestinian people and explained that she fled the bombing at Yarmouk camp and that most of her neighbors also scattered. Some of the thousands of refugees who continue to flee Yarmouk can be seen today near central Damascus, andsitting in the streets of Midan. These areas are still safe. Other are huddled in parks and camped under concreteunderpasses, in schools, mosques and basically anywhere they can find a spot. Many are sleeping on sidewalks at al-Sabaa Bahrat square. A friend and I spoke last night to a family of four who had only thin UNCHR blankets for the night.
 
Souha said she was afraid to seek safety in a Mosque because they are no longer a safe refuge and she explained that she passed about a dozen bodies on the steps and front ground next to the Abdul Qader Al-Hosseini mosque as she left Yarmouk.
 
Happy to learn that there are actually non-stop vans going from central Damascus to Saida, Lebanon, without having to change vehicles, we found the driver, agreed on a price of 30 LL (about $ 45) for Souha and the same price for her two babies. I insisted on a two-for-one price for the little ones and since it was starting to get dark, the nice fellow agreed. I gave Souha what money I had and also contact information for friends in Lebanon who I knew would help her.
 
As the van pulled off she waved from the window and I could not help thinking that she may not get much help from the Lebanese government on arriving. Yet I knew that Palestinians there would assist her. I recalled the words of the late murdered Khalil al Wazir (Abu Jihad) when he explained nearly three decades ago, to this observer and the American journalist, Janet Stevens,: “At the end of the day, we Palestinians can rely only on ourselves.” I did not dwell much on his words at the time but since then I have come to understand very well what the great Resistance leader meant.
Yesterday morning I assumed Souha was in Lebanon and had arrived to Saida. Then I began to hear the unsettling news of long lines at the Maznaa crossing from Syria into Lebanon. The news got worse. Thousands of Palestinian refugees were lined up, some waiting for 10 hours or more to cross and many being refused entry into by Lebanese General Security because of “inadequate documents.” Many right now are being forced to return to Damascus.
Lebanon has an international humanitarian duty to ease entry and to assist refugees, as required by well-established and globally accepted international law. But with the exception of Zionist occupied Palestine, Lebanon has the worst human rights record toward Palestinians than any country on earth. The Lebanese Parliament still refuses to grant Palestinian refugees in Lebanon the elementary right to work or to own a home. Even though according to various economic studies, if Palestinians could work, they would help dramatically to build Lebanon’s weak economy.
During the morning of 12/19/12 the news got even worse regarding Souha. Someone from Reuters sent me a published photo showing her stuck on a bus at Maznaa for over 12 hours. According to one report she was forced to return to Damascus. Wherever Souha is she is hopefully someone is helping her.
  
Ahmed Jebril, an ally of the Syrian government is blaming foreign paid terrorists for the attack that is forcing the emptying of Yarmouk and also the rather quick defeat of his fighters. He and his GC staff told this observer that the General Command had no plans to attempt to return to Yarmouk. Reports (rumours) from the camp claim that more than half of the GC’s 1000 fighters, mainly younger ones, defected to the rebels. It is difficult to know the truth, but it is fairly clear that Yarmouk has substantially been emptied and that government forces are surrounding the camp, presumably in preparation for a massive counter-attack and or aerial bombardment.
 Assad, Jebril
One statement that Ahmed Jebril, who contrary to a New York Times report, has not fled to Iran or Tartous, made that is probably accurate is that As Yarmouk goes, so goes Damascus. As Damascus goes, so goes Syria”. Jabril’s aid Anwar Raja said that the camp will be used by the rebels to destroy the airport and to launch their “final assault” into the center of Damascus. They showed this observer fragments of ‘home made’ weapons similar to those collected from around Syria by military intelligence who in late October briefed this observer.
 
The near term will reveal the fate of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and who, in the coming battle, are the winners. But it is sure that Souha and all Palestinian refugees ethnically cleansed from their homes in Palestine are once again the losers.
 
Franklin Lamb is doing research in Syria and can be reached c/o fplamb@gmail.com.

 The people of the Yarmouk district of Damascus demonstrations against FSA

مظاهرات اهالي حي اليرموك بدمشق ضد ميليشيات الحر

Egypt Brokers Truce in Palestine Following Days of Violence

Thanks to Islamic Islamic Jihad the most contributor in confronting the occupation and other resistance faction, as expected Egypt brokers truce to prevent shifting the media focus from Syria to Gaza.

The Escalating aggression on the Gaza Strip generated sever critisim  in Gazan street against the silence in Gaza and the West Bank, and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Gazans mocked the «silence» of the Ezzedine al-Qassam military wing of «Hamas» movement, for not participating in resisting the aggresion. Iyad Salah said sarcastically: «urgent … Urgent … We lost more than 20,000 of the Qassam Brigades and all its heavy and light weapons, failed to trace their presence in Gaza strip, he, she, who has any information about missing persons should contact the real men in the battle field, the Islamic Jihad and co,  Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (Fateh), The national resistance brigades (DFLP), and  An-Nasser Salah Ad-Din brigades (PRC), in reference to factions involved in rocket attacks in response to aggression.
Activist Abir Ayub Ali wrote on «Facebook» asked : If what is hapenning now, hapenned during mubarak’s days, what Muslim brothers would do” she asked before answering her question sayinh, “they would lead milloins to accuse Mubarak’s postiom and treachery. It seems that any body who may becom an MP would be infected with treason virus!” More
Inshalla I will translate the rest

Egypt Brokers Truce in Palestine Following Days of Violence
Local Editor
Following four days of bloodshed and massacres on Gaza which left 25 Palestinian martyrs, Egypt brokered a truce between the Israeli enemy and the resistance fighters in Gaza to cease hostilities.Palestinian martyr
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Under the agreement, which came into force at 1:00am (2300 GMT on Monday), both the Israeli enemy and resistance fighters from Islamic Jihad, as being the most contributor in confronting the occupation with firing rockets at the southern occupied territories.

An Egyptian intelligence official told AFP from Cairo that both sides had “agreed to end the current operations”, with Israel giving an unusual undertaking to “stop assassinations”, and an overall agreement “to begin a comprehensive and mutual calm.”

The agreement was set to take effect at 1 a.m. local time (2300 GMT).

Israeli officials reiterated the longstanding policy that the Israeli occupation forces would “answer quiet with quiet” but stopped short of providing any guarantees to withhold fire, Israel Radio reported.
“Apparently things are calming down and this round of confrontations appears to be behind us,” Israeli Home FrontPalestinian girl in funeral Defense Minister Matan Vilnai told Israeli public radio.

An Islamic Jihad spokesman said the resistance group was willing to respect the deal if the Zionist entity would end its targeted killings of Palestinians. “We accept a ceasefire if Israel agrees to apply it by ending its aggressions and assassinations,” Daud Shihab told AFP.

Palestinian resistance retaliated to dozens of Israeli military air strikes during the flare-up, pounding the Israeli enemy with nearly 200 rockets including several that landed in Beersheba and Ashdod despite expensive Iron Dome rocket-defense batteries deployed nearby. Frightened Israelis also ran to shelters fearing the resistance rockets.

Palestinian medics put the total death toll late on Monday at 25 including children, and more than 80 people were injured. 

Source: Agencies

Massacre In Gaza – Mosque Leaders Silent
by Laura Stuart Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 More than 25 people including children have been murdered in Gaza in the last four days. Today is the 5th day since the start of this new massacre, a new ceasefire has been announced between resistance groups in Gaza and the Israeli Occupation Forces.

12 Year Old Ayoub Asalya

What have our Muslim leaders and Mosque leaders been doing to express our outrage at these murders?
You can read here on the Muslim Association of Britain and find NOTHING!
You can read here on M.I.N.A.B. the Mosque and Imam’s advisory board and find NOTHING!
You can read here on M.C.B. the Muslim Council of Britain and find NOTHING!



We are all Syria

The people of Palestine have only Allah s.w.t. as the Ummah (worldwide community of Muslims) and the Governments of the world stay silent and therefore complicit in the injustice against them.

I would add to Laura’s above list the following:
You can read here on Nato-Islam online and find NOTHING!

“Precision bombing” – kills only Palestinians
الَّذِينَ قَالَ لَهُمُ النَّاسُ إِنَّ النَّاسَ قَدْ جَمَعُوا لَكُمْ فَاخْشَوْهُمْ فَزَادَهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَقَالُوا حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيل
Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficient for us is Allah , and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.”

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>Bardawil: Incitement against Islamic movements, serious, unacceptable

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Bardawil: Incitement against Islamic movements, serious, unacceptable

[ 16/01/2011 – 10:50 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas leader Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil has condemned a statement by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine that incited against the Islamic trend in Tunisia and called for foiling Islamization of politics so that the Gaza experience would not recur.

Bardawil told the PIC on Saturday night that such language falls in harmony with the Zio-American lexicon that exerts all efforts possible to besiege Islam and its leaders in the Arab countries.

He said that Islamic parties are genuine components of the Arab societies, and all ideologies should respect such Islamic presence as part of the respect to political pluralism.

“Provocation against Islamic movements is a serious matter that we cannot condone,” the Hamas leader elaborated.

The DFLP has to clarify this position and amend it and apologize for the harm done to all Muslims, Bardawil concluded.

Hizbullah, Palestinian factions praise Tunisian uprisin – Abbas sends condolences toTunisian Dictator , and (DFLP), warns the Tunisian people of “waves of political Islam”
Fatah, PLO backtrack on statement praising popular revolution in Tunisia

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DFLP welcomes pope’s GIFT to Israel

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Hizbullah, Palestinian factions praise Tunisian uprisin – Abbas sends condolences toTunisian Dictator , and (DFLP), warns the Tunisian people of "waves of political Islam"

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Commenting on the Historic Developments witnessed in Tunis, Hizbullah issued the following statement:

Hizbullah expresses deep pride and praises the Tunisian people’s Intifada, which leads their way towards their hoped freedom.

Hizbullah cannot but express respect for the popular will that astonished the world with its unity, solidarity, and quick reaction, which refers that the source of the truth is the people, and is represented by their free will and not through seeking foreign help.

Hizbullah believes it is the Tunisian people’s right to choose their representatives and elect who they find appropriate to rule their country.

Hizbullah calls upon leaders to learn from what has happened in Tunis, and the first lesson should be to end the leaders’ relation with the arrogant countries that do not admit an ally or a friend, but rather cares only for their interests on the expense of those who serves them for years.

Hizbullah recalls history when the Iranian people exiled the Shah, who was not received by any of those countries he used to serve.

This is what happened today in Tunis, where the Presidential plane did not find any airport to land in, even among the countries which Tunis used to serve its interests on the expense of the Tunisian people’s.

The immortal firm truth in all times is that when the people depend on Allah and on their internal will, then they could achieve miracles in victory, freedom, and independence, and not through depending on foreign powers.

Hizbullah Media Relations

[ 15/01/2011 – 04:29 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian factions are praising the Tunisians for the recent uprising that led to the ousting of their once president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali, who had “suspicious” ties with Israel, and for bringing the country’s decision back to the people.


“We are with the Tunisians in choosing their leaders, no matter what sacrifices it takes,” said Gaza Foreign Minister Fathi Hammad.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said his movement respects the will and choice of the Tunisians and assures it will stand by them.

Islamic Jihad Movement spokesman Dawud Shehab, in statements he made for the AFP, accused the former Tunisian regime of having “suspicious ties” with Israel.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), a member faction of the PLO, warned the Tunisian people of “waves of political Islam” that could turn the “great victory” into a “quagmire of extremism and terrorism”.

In an attack on the Gaza-governing Hamas group, the DFLP called on Tunisian forces to “cut the road to political Islam and its misleading slogans to avoid a repeat of the Gaza Strip experience in Tunisia.”

The Tunisians successfully forced Ben Ali out of power after a month of suppressed protests that left hundreds of casualties. The Tunisian Ambassador to UNESCO said Ben Ali told him he warranted the lethal force used against civilians as a means of blocking any chance for the Muslim Brotherhood at power.

However, Sheikh Habib Khader, an Islamic Jihad leader, told the PIC in a statement on Saturday evening that his movement viewed with concern the DFLP statement.

Abbas sends condolences to overthrown Tunisian president

[ 15/01/2011 – 02:23 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– De facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas phoned former Tunisian president Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali a few hours before his people overthrew him to send condolences for the events that preceded his escape from the country.

Abbas discussed with his counterpart the latest political developments relating to the peace process and the incidents in Tunisia before the dramatic developments that led to the overthrow and flight of Ben Ali, according to Palestinian media.

Abbas visited Tunis earlier this month and met with Ben Ali to discuss developments in Palestine issues. He also met with PLO political department chief Farouq al-Qaddoumi after long years of estrangement.

The Tunisian people successfully forced the 23-year ruling Ben Ali out of office after a month of unprecedented, deadly protests. Mohammed al-Ghanouchi, the Tunisian premier, is serving as interim president of the country.
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Yasser Abd Rabbo: The Life Of A Defeated Politician

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Posted on October 14, 2010 by Ikhras

Hussein Ibish of the ATFP,  and Washington concierge to PNA officials describes Yasser Abd Rabbo  as the “the most cautious, sober and measured member of the senior PLO leadership.”  
When compared to Mahmoud Abbas and the buffoonish Saeb Erakat, that may be true, but it doesn’t say much about this person.  Who is Yasser Abd Rabbo?  
Guest writer and Ikhras Friend Khaled Barakat sheds light on the life of a former “leftist revolutionary” who used to smoke Cuban cigars and  emulate the great Che Guevara, and ended up the comprador, pseudo-intellectual of the Oslo clique.
By Khaled Barakat
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Comment by UP.

[ I met Yasser – his real name is Adib in Cairo in 1965, during a trip to Al-Ain Al-shokhna on the Red sea organized by Union of Palestinian students.


At that time he was student at the American University of Cairo, he was a member in Arab Nationalist movement and in PFLP after 1967.


In 1968, he, and the majority of members PFLP-Egypt branch lead by Comrade Samir, including me, left PFLP, and joined DFLP. The seperation was lead by Hawatmi backed and funded by Arafat (As I discovered later). Before seperation, in PFLP August congress held in Jordan, while Habash was Jailed in Syria, Samir, though he was absent, was elected among the new PFLP leadership with votes more than Hawatmi.


Hawatmi asked both Samir and Adib (Yasser) to join him in Jordan, Samir, missed the chance of being  the assistant secretary general of PFLP because he decided to complete his last year (1968-1969) in Mechanical Engineering. So Adib (Yasser) who, upon Hawatmi’s call left his university became the ASSISTANT secretary general instead of Samir. Samir, after getting his degree,  moved to Jordan and was sent to lead DFLP Lebanon branch. Samir lead the opposition in DFLP congreess
held in Jordan few weeks before Black September. He left DFLP after that congress.


Back to Yasser, besides, smoking Habana cigars, in Jodan, Yasser used to have a gun on each hip and comrades used to call him Ringo.


In Lebanon, after black september he was overlooking the DFLP investments, I worked in one of DFLP investment projects, and when I complained to Yasser about the corruption I found, he did nothing to stop his man (R. Z). I Left DFLP in 1982 and never seen him after that. He moved to Tunis with Arafat and he, the EX-Cairo American University, was selected by Arafat to be the his link man with the American Ambassador in Tunis. So, it is Yasser who paved the way to Oslo. I wonder if he was working for Americans since early sixties. Later I heard rumors that Yasser has a Jewish Mother.


In early ninties I met Late Abu Adnan (Abdulkaim Hamad), member of DFLP political berua, he told me that Comrades call Yasser, Yasser Abd (Slave) of Yasser (Arafat). ]

UP

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ياسر عبد ربه : سيرة سياسي مهزوم
خالد بركات
حين يغيب الشعب الفلسطيني، أو يُغيبّ الجمهور، تحضر السلطة الفلسطينية بكامل زيهّّا، تماما مثل قانون الليل والنهار، الأول يطرد الآخر، تأتي وتطرد العقل والشعب معا، والسلطة الفلسطينية ، أسطورة مثقلة بالأحاجي والهبل وأوهام المثقف – السياسي الجديد، ” الوطني ” جدا ، والذي يُكثر في الحديث عن الوطن لكنه في الحقيقة لا يقول أي شئ! ويعلك لغة هلامية ، عمياء ، بحسب الشهيد غسان كنفاني ، ولا اصل لها، يقبل بتسليع الإنسان والوطن والثورة والمرأة والأرض والكرامة والشهداء ،
كل شئ ، بالنسبة إليه ، قابل للبيع والشراء والعرض والطلب، وكل حالة فلسطينية نبيلة ومقاتلة، يمكنها أن تخضع لمنطق السوق والصفقة التجارية، لا فرق هنا بين صفقة ” سياسية” واخرى “اقتصادية” . لا فرق.”.
للمثقف الاسلوي فلسطينه الخاصة ، وطنه الجديد، وهي ليست سوى دونمات ومناطق وبيزنس.
ولأنه تاجرٌ “ديموقراطي” ويعرف السوق جيدا، برّر كل كوارثه باستعارات هزيلة ومقلوبة عن الواقعية السياسية ومعنى الإصلاح الديموقراطي : هذا المثقف الفلسطيني هو بوق الفساد الشامل والناطق الرسمي باسم مؤسسة الهزيمة ( السلطة ) الفلسطينية.
ياسر عبد ربه نموذجا! وهو النموذج الأوضح لمشهد ونظرية “التحول الفلسطيني الثوري” من اليقين إلى اليقين أو من اليمين إلى اليمين، ومن أين تأتيه ينفعل ويطرب ويحاورك!.
نموذج المثقف الذي يقبل القسمة على كل الأرقام والجهات، يدافع عن اتفاقياته الكثيرة مع العدو اكثر من دفاعه عن المخيم وعودة اللاجئين، بل انه يدافع عن حصته في صفقة شارك فيها على حساب المخيم واللاجئين، وعبد ربه، مثل غيره من مثقفو السلطة الفلسطينية و (م ت ف)، كان مع “الثورة”، ثم صار مع “اليسار الثوري” ثم انقلب عليه وصار مع قيادة (م ت ف) ثم مع “فتح – عرفات”، ثم مع عرفات بلا “فتح”،
والان ؟ في الحقيقة لم ينقلب على أحد بل ظل ينط من تيار لآخر بحسب المصلحة الشخصية ومن يدفع له اكثر.
لذلك ، يمكنه دائما أن يشغل أي منصب وموقع في المؤسسة الاوسلوية بما في ذلك الاحتفاظ بموقعه عضوا في اللجنة التنفيذية لم ت ف كان السيد ياسر عبد ربه يحمل لقب “نائب الأمين العام” في تنظيم “يساري” هو الجبهة الديموقراطية لتحرير فلسطين، وكان يدخن السيجار الكوبي على طريقة الشهيد الأممي آرنستو تشي جيفارا.
لكن الفرق بين جيفارا الثوري وعبد ربه الأوسلوي هو الفارق الكامل بين الحقيقة والوهم، وبين الثورة ونقيضها.
كان جيفارا يقول: “أدخن كثيرا لكي اقتل الجوع والذباب”، وهذا معناه انه كان يجوع مع الثوار ويحيا مع المقاتلين في جبال المايسترا بكوبا، وظل يقاتل حتى استشهد في غابات بوليفيا النائية، فالوطن بالنسبة للطبيب الثوري، القادم من الأرجنتين، هو الدفاع عن كل فقراء العالم والانتصار لكرامتهم وحقوقهم أينما كانوا.
لكن السيد عبد ربه لن ينتصر لمقاومة الشعب العراقي مثلا فمن لا خير له في أهله لن يكون له خيرا في أي شيء وهو المشغول في تسويق وبيع الناس وثيقة جنيف سيئة الصيت والسمعة!؟
 ويذكر الشاعر الفلسطيني المعروف عز الدين المناصرة، كيف كان الشهيد غسان كنفاني يرفض نشر قصائد ياسر عبد ربه حين كان الأخير في القاهرة، وكان كنفاني يرأس هيئة تحرير مجلة (الهدف)، وحين سأله المناصرة عن السبب قال له غسان: “هذا رجل يكتب الشعر من أجل فلسطين وليس من أجل الشعر يا مناصرة”.. كأن كنفاني أراد أن يقول: أن حب الوطن لا يؤكده مديح الوطن، بل ممارسة ثورية واعية تدافع عن الإنسان والوطن والثقافة المقاومة.
وبين مفهوم الوطن والنقيض، شربت غولدا مائير نخب ” موت ” غسان كنفاني بينما شرب الصهيوني بيرز مع عبد ربه وآخرين نخب “اتفاقيات أوسلو” ونخب “وثيقة جنيف”!
ياسر عبد ربه يقرض الشعر؟
أن بإمكانه أن يقرض أي شيء إلا الشعر.. هذه مهزلة! وبلا أي شعور بالذنب، يطل مثقف كل الأزمنة على شاشات الفضائيات العربية ليوجه “رسالة سلام” إلى “جميع الاخوة والاخوات من أبناء الشعب الفلسطيني” ويطالبهم بـ”الكف عن العنف والإرهاب”، ويقترح عليهم السياسي الفلسطيني تبني مشروعه الأكثر واقعية: “وثيقة جنيف”،
والان مؤتمر واشنطن ، مشروعه الوطني الجديد، الذي يولد من رحم مشروع أوسلو الذي بدوره كان نتيجة مشروع سئ سبقه عرف “بالمرحلية”، وهكذا ، مشاريع ” وطنية ” كثيرة تتقزم كلما بحثت عن ” تقطيبها وترقيعها ” و هي في الأصل، سلسلة متصلة من التراجع الفلسطيني أمام الكيان الصهيوني ونفط العرب، هزيمة شاملة صنعتها طبقة فلسطينية تبيع الطحين الفاسد للفقراء في الوطن وتنتظر فرصتها السانحة للانقضاض على حق العودة!
يهرب المسؤول الفلسطيني الفاسد إلى دروب أخرى لا تفضي إلى المخيم وأوجاعه الكثيرة، دروب معتمة ونقيضة في آن، لا تفلت من بين يديه مدينة أو عاصمة، من أوسلو إلى جنيف إلى لندن وباريس إلا وطالتها هامته الصغيرة، وإن تعذر ذلك، وكان لا بد من اجتماع مع العدو في الوطن، فإنه يذهب إلى منتجعات البحر الميت وفنادق تل أبيب، يتنقل مخبولا بين عواصم العالم، يقفز من (..) لآخر، ويفتش عن سوق جديدة لبضاعته الفاسدة، لقد أدمن المثقف – السياسي منطق الصفقة – القضية، منذ ما قبل حصار بيروت، لكنه أدمن منطق البيع والشراء، وكفاح المؤتمرات في فنادق (الفايف ستار)، واحترف كل سياسة هجينة تدعو إلى السلام وتعزيز التعاون مع العدو!
لذلك يقول في تصريحاته المسموة الاخيرة : احضروا الخارطة واعطونا حصتنا من الصفقة الامريكية ولا ضير ان نعترف باسرائيل دولة يهودية، ولليهود ،
وماذا بعد؟
ثم يدعو عبد ربه  إلى التخلي عن حق العودة ، وقبول ” اسرائيل ” كما تريد ” اسرائيل ” ، ودعى سابقا لدولة فلسطينية مؤقتة ومنزوعة السلاح والسيادة والكرامة في آن : دول على صورته وشكله.
وبدل أن يدافع عبد ربه عن حامل البندقية وعن حق الشعب الفلسطيني في وطنه ، كما يدعو القانون الدولي على الأقل، يقفز إلى تبني الرواية الصهيونية ويهدي صحفي اسرائيل في ” هارتس ” خبرا يعمق فيه انقسان الفلسطينيين ويزيد من تردي احوالهم ويبيع جلده للاحتلال.
العدو الصهيوني لا يتعب كثيرا في العثور على اصوات تشبه عبد ربه ، فالأصوات الفلسطينية المعروضة للبيع جاهزة، ويقيم علاقة معها تشبه علاقة الأمريكي مع كلبه أو قطته، اذ تبدو إنسانية جدا، لكنها لن تمنع صاحب الكلب من توبيخه وتأديبه، وكلما كان الكلب مطيعا يمنحه السيد كل الأوسمة  ويرضى عليه.

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Alliance of Palestinian Forces Rejects Indirect Talks with Israel

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08/03/2010 The Alliance of Palestinian Forces affirmed on Monday rejecting the decision of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to restart negotiations indirectly with Israel.

The Alliance said that restarting negotiations would not reflect the will of the Palestinian people, and it would constitute kowtowing to US and Zionist pressure.

The Alliance said in a statement that the decision of renegotiations is a pretext for the Israeli operations to continue their settlement policy including confiscating Palestinian Muslim and Christian holy sites and Judaizing them.

Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) and representatives of PLO rejected to postpone the indirect negotiations with Israel, noting that the Israeli government policies on settlement put the negotiations on standstill.

Haneyya, resistance leaders refuse PLO decision on negotiations

[ 08/03/2010 – 07:15 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya on Monday met with leaders of the resistance factions in Gaza city and discussed with them the latest political developments especially the serious decision taken by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah to resume peace talks with Israel.

A spokesman for the factions told a news conference that the resistance factions confirmed during the meeting their categorical rejection of the decision taken by the Palestine liberation organization (PLO) endorsing the resumption of negotiations with Israel.

The spokesman also said that the Arab support of this decision constituted a cover-up and motivation for the Israeli occupation to persist in its criminal policy against the Palestinian people and their holy shrines.

Premier Haneyya also discussed with the factions the security situation in Gaza and hailed the efforts made by the Palestinian security apparatuses to enforce law and order and their success in fighting crime.

For their part, the Palestinian factions in Syria expressed on Monday their rejection of the PA decision to resume talks with Israel, saying that the decision does not reflect the aspirations of the Palestinian people and their will and was taken in response to Zio-American dictates

In a joint statement, the factions added that the decision would entrench the inter-Palestinian division, cover up the settlement and Judaization activities and embellish the image of the Israeli occupation and its ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people.

The statement called on all Palestinian factions and forces at home and abroad to confront such decisions and attitudes which are detrimental to the Palestinian cause and shoulder their responsibilities in this regard.

The Emarati Al-Khaleej newspaper also criticized on Monday the resumption of negotiation with Israel, describing the peace talks as a Trojan horse that holds everything evil inside it against the Palestinian cause and the Arab solidarity.

The newspaper also described the PA-Israeli negotiations as a game which the Arabs keep dancing around.

It slammed the US position towards the mere concern expressed by the UN Security Council about the Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem, saying that even “concern” is forbidden in the American lexicon.

“When the Israeli troops desecrate the Islamic holy sites and terrorize and assault worshipers, the Security Council has nothing but to express its concern; and when the brutality of these troops gets worse and they indulge in the use of weapons against unarmed civilians, the Security Council equalizes between the victim and the executioner and ask them both to restrain themselves,” the newspaper underscored.

“The US failed to curb its bias as it was exercising its impartial mediation between the victim and the executioner, and declared its condemnation of the Security Council’s concern over what was happening in the occupied territories,” the newspaper added mocking the US position.

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