Lions’ Den strikes Israeli checkpoint in besieged Nablus

February 01 2023

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Such hit-and-run tactics are a common strategy used by the Lions’ Den against Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank

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The Palestinian Lions’ Den resistance group attacked an Israeli military checkpoint in Nablus on 1 February, as Israel’s National Security Minister Ben Gvir announced new measures against Palestinian prisoners.

The Lions’ Den announced the attack on its official Telegram group, saying that they “unleashed volleys of bullets on Sirra checkpoint to the west of Nablus” and that they could “withdraw safely” without losing any men.

Such hit-and-run tactics are a common strategy used by the Lions’ Den against Israeli forces to break their grip on a besieged area in the occupied West Bank.

The attack happened while Israel’s National Security Minister announced the closure of prisoner bakeries in the Ramon and Ketziot jails, a move viewed as collective punishment against Palestinian prisoners.

Ben Gvir’s office released a statement, saying, “The minister’s policy is to deny benefits and indulgences to terrorists imprisoned in Israel, to deny them benefits that can be denied by law and certainly to deny them rights that for some reason only terrorists and not criminal prisoners have.”

Prisons for Palestinians in Israel have been the scene of protest and acts of resistance in recent months, with reoccurring hunger strikes violently suppressed due to the public’s fear of another intifada.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) released a report on 31 January detailing the developments occurring across Israeli prisons in the aftermath of Israel’s massacre in Jenin and the subsequent Palestinian retaliation in Jerusalem.

According to the PPS, authorities in the Israeli Damon prison carried out a ‘massive crackdown’ on female prisoners, resulting in physical assaults against them and the unwarranted confiscation of their belongings.

In an allegedly leaked voice recording from Damon prison, an unidentified female Palestinian prisoner released an audio, saying, “Free people of Palestine, heroes of our resistance. From the prison of Damon, where your mothers and sisters are held hostage, where your daughters are abused, we raise our voices in the face of anyone who fears your liberation.”

The last few days have witnessed a dangerous and unprecedented escalation of tensions, and the Palestinian resistance has announced its readiness for the outbreak of all-out war.

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Ben-Gvir to Propose Law Allowing Death Penalty for Palestinians

January 29, 2023

Far-right Israeli politician Itamar Ben-Gvir. (Photo: Shay Kendler, via Wikimedia Commons)

Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has announced plans to introduce legislation allowing the death penalty against Palestinians, Israeli media reported.

According to The Times of Israel, the far-right politician made the announcement following a security cabinet meeting held late on Saturday night after an attack was carried out in a Jewish settlement that killed seven Israelis and wounded three. The incident came a day after the deadliest Israeli military raid in the West Bank in years, which left at least 9 Palestinians killed and 20 others wounded.

“I hope we will pass it with a big majority,” Ben-Gvir said in a statement, adding that the security cabinet’s newly announced measures are “important”.

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He also said he wanted “a lot more and I will continue and will strive for more and more decisions for combating terror.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said the security cabinet had decided on a series of steps to “combat terror and exact a price from terrorists and their supporters”.

Without providing further details, he added that steps will be taken to “strengthen settlements” in response to the attacks.

In November, Ben-Gvir made the introduction of capital punishment against Palestinians found guilty of killing Israelis a condition for his faction to join Netanyahu’s coalition government.

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القدس تنتقم لجنين: فدائي «استثنائي» يوجع العدو ويرعبه

  السبت 28 كانون الثاني 2023

قطع وزير الأمن زيارته إلى واشنطن، وعاد إلى تل أبيب للمشاركة في المشاورات الأمنية (أ ف ب)

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بعد أقلّ من 48 ساعة على ارتكاب العدو جريمة مخيّم جنين، عمد مقاوم فلسطيني من سكّان القدس المحتلّة، إلى إطلاق النار من سلاحه الفردي على مستوطِنين إسرائيليين كانوا خارجين لتوّهم من كنيس في حيّ «نيفي يعقوب» الاستيطاني. وأدّت هذه العملية الفدائية غير المسبوقة منذ حوالى 15 عاماً، إلى مقتل 7 إسرائيليين، وجرْح نحو 10 اثنان منهم في حال الخطر، ما يجعل حصيلة القتلى مرشّحة للارتفاع. في المقابل، استُشهد منفّذ العملية بعد وقت قصير، عند اشتباكه مع شرطة العدو. وكانت المقاومة الفلسطينية في غزة أطلقت، في ردّها الأوّلي على مجزرة المخيّم، عدداً من الصواريخ على مستوطنات «الغلاف»، تأكيداً منها أن «معادلة غزة – جنين» لا تزال قائمة، في وقت تصاعدت فيه مطالبات أقطاب الفاشية لجيش الاحتلال وحكومته، بتعزيز توازنات الردع مع القطاع، عبر إطباق الحصار أكثر، والتجويع، والاغتيالات، والمزيد من القتل العبثي

حتى ساعة متأخّرة من ليل أمس، كانت لا تزال وسائل إعلام العدو تنشر أرقاماً متضاربة حول حصيلة عملية إطلاق النار التي نفّذها المقاوم الفلسطيني في حيّ «نفي يعقوب» الاستيطاني في القدس. لكن في المحصّلة، فإن أبلغ تعبير يخلّص المشهد، يكاد يكون هو الذي استعملتْه «القناة 12» العبرية، تعليقاً على الحدث، إذ قالت إن «مذبحة وقعت في القدس». ومن موقع العملية – والذي زاره في وقت لاحق رئيس الحكومة، بنيامين نتنياهو، في حدث غير معتاد -، وبينما كان وزير «الأمن القومي»، إيتمار بن غفير، محاطاً بعدد كبير من الحرّاس والمستوطنين، وصف الهجوم بأنه «من الأسوأ خلال السنوات الأخيرة»، قبل أن يلتزم الصمت ويبتلع لسانه، في وقت حاولت فيه وسائل الإعلام العبرية استصراحه، وهو المعروف بوصوله دائماً أولاً إلى موقع أيّ ضربة ضدّ إسرائيليين، حيث يشرع في تصريحات مزايِدة على حكومة خصومه السابقة بقيادة نفتالي بينت ثمّ يائير لابيد. لكن أمس، خرس بن غفير أمام هول الحدث ونتائجه، وهو الوزير الأساسي في الحكومة، وتحت سلطته تقع عدّة أجهزة أمنية تعمل في الأراضي المحتلة، وأنصتَ محنيّ الرأس إلى صرخات المستوطِنين، وهم يطالبونه بأن يفي بوعوده الإجرامية، وتصعيد التنكيل بالفلسطينيين، محمّلين إيّاه المسؤولية، كون العملية وقعت خلال ولايته كوزير. وفي آخر المعلومات التي وردت مساء أمس، فإن المقاوم الفلسطيني، منفّذ الضربة، هو الشهيد علقم خيري (21 عاماً) من سكّان شرق القدس. وبحسب مفوض عام الشرطة الإسرائيلية، «كان لوحده، وهو من نفّذ الهجوم كاملاً».

من جهته، قطع وزير الأمن، يوآف غالانت، زيارته إلى واشنطن، وعاد إلى تل أبيب للمشاركة في المشاورات الأمنية التي كان يعقدها نتنياهو مع قادة الأجهزة الأمنية والعسكرية المختلفة، والتي خلصت إلى التوجيه بالاستعداد لتصعيد محتمل. وعلى المستوى الميداني، اقتحمت قوات الاحتلال مخيم شعفاط شمالي القدس، حيث تصدّى لها شبّان المخيم، ووقعت عدّة إصابات في صفوفهم. وأشارت وسائل إعلام العدو إلى أن قوات الأمن الإسرائيلية اقتحمت «شعفاط» لكون منفّذ العملية ينحدر أساساً منه، لكنه يسكن حيّاً آخر في القدس المحتلة.

على صعيد مواز، وقبل ذلك بليلة واحدة، ردّت المقاومة الفلسطينية، مبدئيّاً، على جريمة مخيم جنين، بإطلاقها صواريخ من قطاع غزة، تجاه مدينة عسقلان ومستوطنات «غلاف غزة»، لتؤكد استمرار «معادلة غزة – جنين» التي أراد الاحتلال تحييدها، في الفترة الماضية. وشهدت أجواء القطاع ليلة ساخنة، تخلّلها إطلاق الصواريخ والمضادات الأرضية للطيران من قِبَل المقاومة من جهة، وقصف إسرائيلي وإطلاق صواريخ «القبّة الحديدية» من جهة ثانية. وفي التفاصيل، أطلقت فصائل المقاومة، في ساعة مبكرة من فجر يوم أمس الجمعة، صاروخَين تجاه مدينة عسقلان المحتلّة، وذلك ردّاً على العدوان الذي استهدف مخيم جنين، لم تتمكّن منظومة «القبّة الحديدية» من اعتراضهما، على رغم إطلاقها عشرات الصواريخ لهذا الغرض، ولتدوّي من بعدها صافرات الإنذار في مختلف مناطق «الغلاف». وما هي إلّا ساعات قليلة، حتى شنّت طائرات الاحتلال سلسلة غارات على المواقع العسكرية التابعة لـ»كتائب القسام»، الجناح العسكري لحركة «حماس»، في منطقتَي وسط وجنوب غزة، تصدّت لها المضادات الأرضية التابعة للمقاومة، فيما أَطلقت «وحدات الدفاع الجوي» صاروخَين موجّهَين تجاه الطائرات المغيرة، ما أدّى إلى إبعادها عن سماء القطاع. ولاحقاً، بثّت «كتائب القسام» فيديوهات لعمليات اعتراض الطائرات الإسرائيلية في سماء غزة، ولعمليّات إطلاق صليات من الرصاص المضاد للطائرات والصواريخ الموجّهة. ووفق مصادر محلّية، تحدّثت إلى «الأخبار»، فإن قوات الاحتلال استهدفت موقع «الكتيبة 13» التابع لـ»القسام»، في مخيم المغازي وسط القطاع، بأكثر من 15 صاروخاً، كما استهدفت غارة من طائرة حربيّة من دون طيار مرصداً للمقاومة شرق بيت حانون، شمال غزة.

حمّل مستوطنون بن غفير المسؤولية وطالبوه بالثأر


وتزامناً مع غارات الاحتلال والتصدّي للطائرات المغيرة، أطلقت المقاومة الفلسطينية خمسة صواريخ من غزة تجاه مستوطنات «الغلاف»، فيما أعلن جيش الاحتلال، من جهته، أنه تمّ إطلاق سبعة صواريخ تجاه المستوطنات، زاعماً أنه تم اعتراض أربعة منها، وثلاثة سقطت في مناطق مفتوحة، وأنه تمّ إطلاق عدّة صواريخ أخرى لكنها لم تعبر السياج. وعلمت «الأخبار» من مصادر في حركتَي «حماس» و»الجهاد الإسلامي»، أن تفاهماً جرى بينهما على الردّ من قطاع غزة على جريمة الاحتلال في مخيم جنين، تأكيداً منهما على «وحدة الساحات» الفلسطينية، واستمرار «معادلة غزة – جنين»، وعلى عدم السماح للعدو بالتفرّد بالضفة المحتلة. وأعلن عضو المكتب السياسي لـ»الجهاد»، خالد البطش، أن «سرايا القدس»، الجناح العسكري للحركة، هي المسؤولة عن إطلاق الصواريخ، موضحاً أنه «تجسيداً منّا لمعركة وحدة الساحات هنا في غزة، ردّت، الليلة (أمس)، سرايا القدس بالقصف الصاروخي، وكتائب القسام بالدفاع الجوي، في مشهد متكامل يؤكد وحدة الموقف والسلاح»، مشدّداً على أنه «لن نسمح للعدو بتفريق الساحات».

من جهته، قال القيادي في حركة «الجهاد»، درويش الغرابلي، خلال مسيرة جماهيرية حاشدة في خان يونس جنوب غزة، إن «إطلاق صواريخ من القطاع، هي رسالة واضحة للعدو الإسرائيلي بأنّنا لا نخافه ولا نخشى مواجهته»، محذّراً من «توسيع بقعة الزيت»، في حال تكرّرت الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية على القدس وجنين والخان الأحمر وأيّ منطقة من فلسطين، ولفت إلى أن ما حدث من إطلاق صواريخ هو «جزء بسيط من ردّ المقاومة على الجريمة التي ارتكبها الاحتلال في جنين». وفي هذا السياق أيضاً، قال الناطق باسم «حماس»، حازم قاسم، إن «المقاومة الباسلة في قطاع غزة تواصل القيام بواجبها بالدفاع عن الشعب الفلسطيني ومقدّساته، وستبقى درع الشعب وسيفه»، موجّهاً التحية إلى مجاهدي «القسام» الذين «تصدّوا للعدوان الصهيوني بالصواريخ المضادة للطيران والمضادات الأرضية التي أربكت جيش الاحتلال ومستوطنيه». وشدّد قاسم على أن القصف على قطاع غزة يشكّل «امتداداً لجرائم الاحتلال ضدّ الشعب الفلسطيني في الضفة والقدس والداخل المحتلّ»، وأن من «حقّ الشعب الفلسطيني ومقاومته أن يقاتلا بكل الأساليب رداً على عدوان الاحتلال واستمرار جرائمه».

وللمرّة الأولى منذ عام، أُطلقت من قطاع غزة بالونات تحمل أجساماً رمزية تجاه مستوطنات «الغلاف»، في إشارة إلى أن فلسطينيي القطاع قد يعودون إلى أدوات الضغط الشعبي والميداني مع تصاعد جرائم الاحتلال.

وعلى الجانب الآخر، برزت انتقادات لجيش الاحتلال وحكومة بنيامين نتنياهو، حول تعاملها مع قطاع غزة، إذ وجّه الجنرال احتياط، تسيفكا فوغل، عضو «الكنيست» عن حزب وزير الأمن القومي، إيتمار بن غفير، «القوة اليهودية»، انتقاداً لاذعاً إلى وزير الأمن، قائلاً: «غالانت، هل تريد تحقيق الردع؟ حسناً، هكذا يتحقّق الردع: يجب إغلاق المعابر مع غزة، ومنْع مرور البضائع وخروج العمّال حتى عودة الأسرى الإسرائيليين، كما يجب اغتيال كبار المسؤولين في غزة، وعدم إهدار الذخيرة على العقارات، والأهم من ذلك: شنّ هجمات، وليس شرطاً أن تكون ردوداً على حدث ما». من جهتها، قالت الوزيرة السابقة، ميراف ميخائيلي: «نتنياهو عاد – وسياسة تنقيط الصواريخ على الجنوب عادت بعد عام ونصف عام من السلوك الأمني المسؤول خلال فترة حكومة التغيير – نتنياهو يعيدنا إلى الوراء»، بينما رأى معلّق الشؤون العربية في «القناة 13»، تسفي يحزكلي، أن «حركتَي حماس والجهاد تمتلكان السطوة، وقد صنعتا معادلة ردع ضدّنا».

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Israeli security min cancels US visit, PM rushes to shooting scene

27 Jan 2023

Source: Israeli Media

By Al Mayadeen English 

Israeli media reports that premier Benjamin Netanyahu headed to the scene of the shooting in occupied Al-Quds amid reports about assessment of security situation.

Photo from the shooting location in occupied al-Quds, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the scene of the shooting in occupied Al-Quds late Friday, Israeli media reported after having previously said there would be an assessment of the situation in the Israeli occupation.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Israeli Security Minister Yoav Galant, who was on his way to the United States as part of an official visit, announced that he was interrupting his visit to the US and getting aboard the first flight heading toward occupied Palestine.

Israeli Walla! columnist and military affairs commentator Amir Bohbot said that in light of the shooting in Al-Quds, Galant was “receiving regular operational reports” from the IOF.

He also said that it was expected for the Security Minister to conduct a special assessment of the situation with the chief of staff and the director of the Shin Bet, as well as other security officials. “He is on his way to Israel.”

Ben-Gvir to blame

Far-right extremist Israeli occupation Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir arrived at the scene where the shooting took place, and he was received by Israeli settlers chanting against him and saying he was to blame for what happened in occupied Al-Quds. “The attack took place under your watch.”

Ben-Gvir, surrounded by armed security guards, told the settlers should instead chant “death to the saboteurs.”

Former Israeli occupation forces spokesperson Ronen Manelis said: “this terrible night reminds that this state has many complex and dangerous challenges that we must formulate a strategy against.”

He also went on to highlight the importance of “working in broad national coordination and consensus instead of quarreling every day over many things that are simply much less important at the moment.”

Former Israeli Knesset speaker and incumbent MK Mickey Levy mourned the illegal settlers, saying “the news coming from Al-Quds are heart-wrenching” and the reports coming from there are “heartbreaking.”

Levy offered his condolences “to the families who lost their loved ones tonight,” lauding all “security forces, who know very well what an arduous task they are doing at this time,” and wishing for “calm days” to return.

Shooting came before Blinken visit

The shooting took place days before a planned visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to occupied Palestine, and the state department was quick to condemn the attack, though it said there were no changes regarding Blinken’s travel plans.

Moreover, the US State Department issued a statement on Thursday, saying it was “deeply concerned” with the violence in the occupied West Bank, urging both the Israeli aggressors and the Palestinian victims to “de-escalate the conflict.”

Several illegal Israeli settlers were killed and a dozen others were wounded in the aftermath of a shooting that took place in Nabi Yaqub, occupied Al-Quds, Israeli media reported on Friday.

“Several Israelis were killed during an attack in Al-Quds, but the exact figures cannot be determined,” Israeli Channel 13 reported, noting that the Magen David Adom (the Red Star of David) announced that there were more than five dead, with 12 others wounded.

Israeli Channel 12 military correspondent Nir Dvori said the shooting in Al-Quds “may be related to what happened in Jenin – an act of retaliation.”

The IOF raided the Jenin camp in occupied Palestine’s West Bank early on Thursday morning, leaving residents and popular resistance groups with no choice but to defend themselves and confront the occupation forces.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that there were 20 injuries as a result of live munition from the Israeli occupation forces, including three civilians in critical condition while adding that there were dozens of suffocations as a result of the IOF raiding the Jenin Governmental Hospital.

The IOF prevented ambulance crews from accessing the Jenin Camp, opening fire directly on the emergency vehicles, the health ministry said. Meanwhile, photos and videos taken in the camp showed the level of destruction and havoc that the IOF caused all over the refugee camp.

Ramallah revealed that taking the martyrs that rose on Thursday in Jenin into account, the camp has lost 19 people due to Israeli aggression since the start of the year.

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“NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN”: ISRAEL’S DANGEROUS CHALLENGE TO AL-AQSA CUSTODIANSHIP THREATENS WORLD PEACE

JANUARY 26TH, 2023

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The Jordanian Ambassador to the State of Israel was recently denied entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem – the third-holiest site in Islam. This is an incident that is so severe and so dangerous that not only the Jordanian government but the entire Arab and Muslim world – as well as the West – should have reprimanded Israel severely. The governments of Israel and Jordan decided to downplay this incident, but there must be no mistake; it marks a dangerous new development for the Holy Sanctuary, or Haram Al-Sharif, where the mosque sits. With this “incident,” Israel – and particularly the new czar of national security – the racist thug turned minister – Itamar Ben-Gvir is telling the Arab and Muslim world, “there’s a new sheriff in town.”

Preventing the Jordanian Ambassador from entering the Al-Aqsa compound was unacceptable on several levels. As a Muslim, he has the right to go and pray at the mosque at any time he pleases; as an ambassador and representative of another country, he should be afforded courtesy and respect; and as the ambassador of the state which is the custodian of the entire compound, the entire Holy Sanctuary, he is entitled to visit at any time and needs no permission from any other authority.

A SACRED SITE LIKE NO OTHER

Known in English as the Holy Sanctuary, Haram al-Sharif takes up about one-sixth of the Old City of Jerusalem or about one-half square mile. In 2022, I interviewed Dr. Yousef Natshe, one of the leading authorities on Islamic art and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The compound is composed of three levels of topography and over one hundred architectural structures, representing some of the finest examples of Islamic art and architecture. There are fifteen gates leading to the compound, four of which are currently blocked. As Dr. Natshe describes it, “it is a narrative within a narrative.”

The Haram Al-Sharif has been constantly cared for and developed by the most notable figures in Islam going back to Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, who entered Jerusalem in the seventh century, CE. “Wherever you look you see the fingerprints of an amir or a king,” all of whom added something, Dr. Natsche says.

He also added what many Palestinians – young and old – have expressed over and over again: Al-Aqsa is the last resort, the final refuge. As Palestinians lose land and rights and the ability to survive, not to mention lose their children to Israeli bullets, they look to Al-Aqsa as a place of refuge and the place they will protect with everything they’ve got. “Each Palestinian sees him or herself as the protector of Al-Aqsa,” he explained. We have seen this in recent years as settlers and soldiers storm the site and Palestinians from all walks of life stand to protect it.

The Israeli government knows this, and the current administration is challenging Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims by desecrating the Holy Sanctuary, demanding it for themselves. And while this was done slowly and gradually in the past, the current government is marching forward with no regard for the consequences. What we saw take place with the Jordanian Ambassador was the first shot in a war they are declaring on Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims everywhere.

UNACCEPTABLE ON SEVERAL LEVELS

While Israel tried to describe the incident with the Jordanian Ambassador as little more than a misunderstanding, it was nothing of the sort. Militarized and heavily armed Jerusalem police patrol the Al-Aqsa compound regularly in order to intimidate and show who is in charge. The only way to describe these police officers is “goons”; they are large, brutish, usually unshaven, easily provoked and with a dangerous propensity for violence. I have personally seen them many times, including when they are on the attack.

Based on tradition that goes back more than fifteen hundred years, and on diplomatic and legal agreements that have been signed and reaffirmed over and over in the last century, custodianship of the Holy Sanctuary today belongs to the Kingdom of Jordan. That means, in simple language, that they have the authority in the compound. The Waqf, or religious trust that governs the Holy Sanctuary, which includes Al-Aqsa mosque and all that exists within the compound, is a Jordanian institution, governed by the Kingdom of Jordan. One could perhaps compare it to an embassy, and the authority and sovereignty within the embassy belongs to the state it represents.

In the summer of 2022 I visited the Waqf, which is where I interviewed Dr. Yousef Natshe. I had to walk into the offices of the Waqf, the Islamic religious trust, and it was like entering an office within Jordan. For reasons beyond understanding, I had to negotiate with Israeli police about the right to enter the office, which for all legal purposes is under the sovereignty of the Jordanian government and not the Israeli police.

GRAVE CONCERN

If there is anyone watching the developments surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa compound who is not gravely concerned, then they need to wake up. Claims made by Zionists to Al-Aqsa would be equivalent to someone demanding the Vatican – which was built much later than Al-Aqsa – be removed because before it was built there was a temple for some other deity and they have the right to build their own temple again. If someone was mad enough to make such claims, they would be laughed at, and rightly so.

It is probably not possible for someone who is not a Muslim or at least close enough to Islam to comprehend the importance, the significance and the awe surrounding Al-Aqsa. It is equally not possible therefore to comprehend the danger in what Israel is doing. Israel and its current zealot-led government are fully aware that they are placing not only Jerusalem, not only Palestine, not even only the entire Middle East but the entire world on the edge of an unpredictable catastrophe.

It is time for the international community to step in. It is time for Americans to prepare for the possibility that the Sixth Fleet – which controls the Mediterranean region – be mobilized to rescue Palestinians. The longer the world waits, the more Palestinians die and the closer we get to what will surely be an unimaginable loss.

It Has Always Been a ‘Religious War’: On Ben Gvir and the Adaptability of Zionism

January 18, 2023

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian protesting Jewish settler violence at Al-Aqsa. (Photo: via ActiveStills.org)

By Ramzy Baroud

In a self-congratulatory article published in the Atlantic in 2017, Yossi Klein Halevi describes Israeli behavior at the just-conquered holy Muslim shrines in Occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 as “an astonishing moment of religious restraint”.

“The Jewish people had just returned to its holiest site, from which it had been denied access for centuries, only to effectively yield sovereignty at its moment of triumph,” Halevi wrote with a lingering sense of pride, as if the world owes Israel a ton of gratitude in the way it conducted itself during one of the most egregious acts of violence in the modern history of the Middle East.

Halevi’s pompous discourse on Israel’s heightened sense of morality – compared to, according to his own analysis, the lack of Arab appreciation of Israel’s overtures and refusal to engage in peace talks – is not in any way unique. His is the same language recycled umpteen times by all Zionists, even by those who advocated for a Jewish state before it was established on the ruins of destroyed and ethnically cleansed Palestine.

From its nascent beginnings, the Zionist discourse was purposely confusing – disarranging history when necessary, and fabricating it when convenient. Though the resultant narrative on Israel’s inception and continuation as an exclusively Jewish state may appear confounding to honest readers of history, for Israel’s supporters – and certainly for the Zionists themselves – Israel, as an idea, makes perfect sense.

When Israel’s new National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir raided al-Aqsa Mosque on January 3 to re-introduce himself to Jewish extremists as the new face of Israeli politics, he was also taking the first steps in correcting, in his own perception, a historical injustice.

Like Halevi, and, in fact, most of Israel’s political classes, let alone mainstream intellectuals, Ben Gvir believes in the significance of Jerusalem and its holy shrines to the very future of their Jewish state. However, despite the general agreement on the power of the religious narrative in Israel, there are also marked differences.

What Halevi was bragging about in his piece in the Atlantic is this: soon after soldiers raised the Israeli flag, garnished with the Star of David, atop the Dome of the Rock they were ordered to take it down. They did so, supposedly, at the behest of then-Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, quoted in the piece as saying to the army unit commander: “Do you want to set the Middle East on fire?”

Eventually, Israel conquered all of Jerusalem. Since then, it has also done everything in its power to ethnically cleanse the city’s Palestinian Muslim and Christian inhabitants to ensure an absolute Jewish majority. What is taking place in Sheikh Jarrah and other Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem is but a continuation of this old, sad episode.

However, the Haram al-Sharif Compound – where Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dome of the Rock and other Muslim shrines are located – was nominally administered by the Islamic Waqf authorities. By doing so, Israel managed to enforce the inaccurate notion that religious freedom is still respected in Jerusalem even after Israel’s so-called ‘unification’ of the city, which will remain, according to Israel’s official discourse, the “united, eternal capital of the Jewish people”.

The reality on the ground, however, has been largely dictated by the Ben-Gvirs of Israel who, for decades, have labored to erase the Muslim and Christian history, identity and, at times, even their ancient graveyards from the Occupied city. Al-Haram Al-Sharif is hardly a religious oasis for Muslims but the site of daily clashes, whereby Israeli soldiers and Jewish extremists routinely storm the holy shrines, leaving behind broken bones, blood and tears.

Despite American support of Israel, the international community has never accepted Israel’s version of falsified history. Though the Jewish spiritual connection to the city is always acknowledged – in fact, it has been respected by Arabs and Muslims since Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab entered the city in 638 – Israel has been reminded by the United Nations, time and again, regarding the illegality of its Occupation and all related actions it carried out in the city since June of 1967.

But Ben Gvir and his Otzma Yehudit Party. like all of Israel’s major political forces, care little for international law, authentic history or Palestinians’ rights. However, their main point of contention regarding the proper course of action in Al-Aqsa is mostly internal. There are those who want to speed up the process of fully claiming Al-Aqsa as a Jewish site, and those who believe that such a move is untimely and, for now, unstrategic.

The former group, however, is winning the debate. Long marginalized at the periphery of Israeli politics, Israel’s religious parties are now inching closer to the center, which is affecting Israel’s priorities on how best to defeat the Palestinians.

Typical analyses attribute the rise of Israel’s religious constituencies to the desperation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is arguably using the likes of Ben Gvir, Bezalel Smotrich and Aryeh Deri to stay in office. However, this assessment does not tell the whole story, as the power of religious parties has long preceded Netanyahu’s political and legal woes. The Zionist discourse has, itself, been shifting towards religious Zionism; this can be easily observed in the growing religious sentiment in Israel’s judicial system, among the rank and file of the army, in the Knesset (Parliament) and, more recently, in the government itself.

These ideological shifts have even led some to argue that Ben-Gvir and his supporters are angling for a ‘religious war’. But is Ben-Gvir the one introducing religious war to the Zionist discourse?

In truth, early Zionists have never tried to mask the religious identity of their colonial project. “Zionism aims at establishing for the Jewish people a publicly and legally assured home in Palestine,” the Basel Program, adopted by the First Zionist Congress in 1897, stated. Little has changed since then. Israel is “the national state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people,” Netanyahu said in March 2019.

So, if Israel’s founding ideology, political discourse, Jewish Nation State Law, every war, illegal settlement, bypass road and even the very Israeli flag and national anthem were all directly linked or appealed to religion and religious sentiments, then it is safe to argue that Israel has been engaged in a religious war against Palestinians since its inception.

The Zionists, whether ‘political Zionists’ like Theodore Hertzl or ‘Spiritual Zionists’ like Ahad Ha’am’ – and now Netanyahu and Ben Gvir – have all used the Jewish religion to achieve the same end, colonizing all historic Palestine and ethnically cleansing its native population. Sadly, major part of this sinister mission has been achieved, though Palestinians continue to resist with the same ferocity of their ancestors.

The historic truth is that Ben-Gvir’s behavior is only a natural outcome of Zionist thinking, formulated over a century ago. Indeed, for Zionists – religious, secular or, even atheists – the war has always been or, more accurately, had to be, a religious one.

– Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His latest book, co-edited with Ilan Pappé, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak out”. Dr. Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA). His website is www.ramzybaroud.net

Zionist Gunfire Claims Palestinian Martyr in Al-Khalil, Hamas Video Confuses ‘Israel’

January 17, 2023

Zionist captives held by Hamas Resistance Movement

The Palestinian man Hamdi Shaker Abu Dayyeh, 40, was shot martyred today by Israeli occupation soldiers near Al-Khalil (Hebron), according to the Ministry of Health.

Security sources said that Israeli occupation soldiers manning a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the town of Halhoul, north of the southern West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron), opened fire at a Palestinian man, critically injuring him before he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses said the soldiers prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching the Palestinian, whose body was held by the army.

Abu Dayyeh is the 15th Palestinian to be shot and killed by Israeli occupation soldiers since the start of the year, including four minors.

Hamdi Abu Dayyeh, 40, shot and killed by Israeli soldiers near Hebron

Clashes in Jenin

The Zionist occupation forces stormed on Tuesday the two towns of Qabatiya and Barqin in Jenin, arresting four Palestinians and clashing with the Resistance fighters.

The Islamic Jihad Movement announced that its fighters managed to strike the Israeli occupation troops and confront the invasion.

Hamas Video

Meanwhile, the spokesman of Hamas Resistance Movement Hazem Qassem stressed that the Zionist captives will never be released except in context of an honorable swap deal, adding that the video Al-Qassam Brigades circulated on Monday confirms the movement’s seriousness in this regard.

Hamas spox highlighted the procrastination of the Israeli government aimed at deluding the Zionists regarding the captives file.

The Zionist paper, Haaretz, indicated that the Israeli command is attempti9ng to escape any concession in the prisoners’ issue, while the military correspondent Amos Hariel tried to cast doubt on the veracity of Hamas video.

Hamas Military Media Publishes Video of Captured Israeli Soldier Avera Mengistu

Palestinian Prisoner Maher Younes

The Zionist occupation authorities moved the Palestinian prisoner Maher Younes 40 hours before the end of his 40-year sentence from Negev jail to an unknown destination in an attempt to spoil his joy.

It is worth noting that the Zionist occupation police had warned against holding any event to celebrate Younes release.

Palestinian prisoner Maher Younes

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Guarded by the Israeli occupation forces, dozens of Zionist settlers stormed on Tuesday Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards and wandered provocatively across them.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian worshipers continued flocking into the Holy Shrine despite the Zionist measures, amid calls to boost preparations to confront the Zionist assaults on the Mosque.

Ben-Gvir storms Al-Aqsa Mosque (Tuesday, January 3, 2023).

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Knesset Approves Apartheid in Occupied West Bank, Lapid Accuses Netanyahu of Leading ‘Israel’ into Civil War

January 11, 2023

Israeli Parliament (Knesset), photo from archive.

The Israeli Knesset passed on Tuesday the so-called “Emergency Regulations in Judea and Samaria” or Apartheid. The “temporary” measure is voted on every five years.

The bill was first adopted in 1967 after ‘Israel’ occupied the West Bank. It addresses the legal status of Zionist settlers living in the occupied West Bank by maintaining their Israeli citizenship and rights, although they live beyond the green line— Israel’s internationally recognized borders.

Tuesday’s vote passed in the first reading.

The legislation allows Zionist settlers to appear in Israeli courts for offenses committed in the occupied West Bank. It also allows, contrary to international law, to jail Palestinians from the West Bank inside ‘Israel’.

Palestinians call it the apartheid law as it puts in place a two-tiered system—one for Zionists and another for Palestinians.

The bill is expected to pass in the second and third readings.

Meanwhile, the extremist security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir ordered prevention of the celebrations of the release of the ex-Palestinian prisoner Maher Younes and confiscation of the Palestinian flags. Ben-Gvir also ordered the Zionist police to resort to force in dealing with the secular protests against the government.

Opposition versus Government

The opposition figures in Knesset, including the former PM Yair Lapid and defense minister Benny Gantz, launched a major rhetorical attack on the premier Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of leading the entity into a civil war.

Gantz warned Netanyahu against striking the juridical system to avenge what the latter views as unjust trials, describing this as “unpatriotic”.

For his part, Lapid wondered about the consequences of losing the USA as the primary ally and deactivating the juridical authorities in the entity.

Former PM Yair Lapid and defense minister Benny Gantz

West Bank Report

The Palestinian resistance fighters targeted two Israeli military checkpoints in Ramnallah and Nablus, occupied West Bank.

According to well-informed sources, the Zionist occupation forces blocked Qalandiya checkpoint after it came under an IED attack.

In Nablus, the Palestinian resistance fighters attacked Israeli checkpoint 17with an IED, which led the enemy troops to close the crossing.

It is worth noting that the Palestinian Resistance fighters in Jenin, Nablus and Al-Quds are intensifying their gun attacks on the Zionist posts and checkpoints as the rate of operations has increased remarkably.

Palestinian Resistance fighters in the northern West Bank city of Jenin (photo from archive).

Meanwhile, the Zionist occupation forces launched a large-scale campaign of arrests across the West Bank. In details, the Israeli troops arrested a number of Islamic Jihad Movement’s cadres, including the ex-prisoners Wahid Abu Maria, Mohammad Wahid Abu Maria, Abdullah Mohammad Abu Maria, and Hamde Mohammad Abu Maria.

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian man in the West Bank (December 17, 2021).

Source: Al-Manar English Website

IOF kill Palestinian after arresting his son in Qalandia camp

11 Jan 2023

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Freed Palestinian prisoner Karim Younis underlines that the unity of Palestinian prisoners is their biggest strength against the occupation.

The Palestinian prisoners are determined to face the fascist threats of Israeli Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and defeat him, freed Palestinian prisoner Karim Younis said on Wednesday.

In continuation of the Israeli occupation’s racist policies against Palestinians, Ben-Gvir said on Sunday that he instructed occupation forces to remove Palestinian flags from public spaces.

In a statement, Ben-Gvir, best known for calling for the killing of Palestinians, claimed that waving the Palestinian flag is an act in “support of terrorism.”

“I do not dread the idea of having my Israeli citizenship taken from me, for I am not Israeli, I am Palestinian,” Younis told Al Mayadeen upon being asked for a comment about “Tel Aviv” stripping him of his Israeli citizenship.

“I am Palestinian, living at my home and on my land in Palestine. I am Palestinian, not Israeli,” he stressed.

Furthermore, he touched on the people’s reaction to his freedom, underlining that “the warmth that the people received me with, and their loyalty to the prisoners is an appreciation of their struggles and a recognition of their sacrifices.”

“The unity of the prisoners is their biggest strength, and it is thwarting all conspiracies against them,” he added.

Al Mayadeen’s correspondent reported last week that Israeli occupation intelligence stormed the reception tent erected to welcome back freed Palestinian prisoner Karim Younis in the town of Aara in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948.

Meanwhile, there have been provocations against the Palestinian people when Israeli Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque last Tuesday, protected by a large number of Israeli occupation forces.

The move was largely condemned by several states across the world, including Jordan, which recently summoned the Israeli occupation ambassador over the incident, and Pakistan.

Karim Younis, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli prison, was freed on January 6, 2023, 40 years after he was first arrested in January 1983.

Palestine’s Ministry of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners revealed that the occupation took away all the joy by freeing him without prior notice at an early time in the morning in “Ra’anana”– far from the occupied Palestinian village ‘Ara, his hometown where a welcoming ceremony has been prepared by family and neighbors.

The occupation police threatened his family not to show any signs of celebrations, including raising Palestinian flags or Resistance banners and posters, in addition to playing patriotic songs.

It is worth noting that Younis’ mom died while he was in prison. Since he was captured in 1983, Sabiha Younis long waited for her son until she passed away.

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حكومة نتنياهو السادسة: هجينٌ مفخَّخ [1]

الإثنين 9 كانون الثاني 2023

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ستظهّر حكومة نتنياهو غلَبة المصالح الشخصية والقبَلية للأفراد والجماعات على حساب «الدولة الجامعة» (أ ف ب)

ليست حكومة بنيامين نتنياهو السادسة مشابهةً لأيّ حكومة سابقة في إسرائيل. هي خليط هجين من الفاشيين والمتعصّبين دينياً واليمينيين المتطرّفين، الذين استطاعوا من خلال استغلال حاجة نتنياهو إليهم للنجاة بنفسه، انتزاع مساحات وصلاحيات واسعة لهم. تغوّلٌ ستكون له بلا ريب انعكاسات غير «طيّبة» على «أمن» إسرائيل ومصالحها و«حوكمتها بناءً على مأسسة قانونية». في ما يلي الحلقة الأولى من سلسلة تتناول هوية هذه الحكومة وتناقضاتها والأزمات التي يُتوقّع أن يجرّها أداؤها والسيناريوات المحتمَلة لمصيرها

بعد أكثر من عام قضاها رئيساً للمعارضة، عاد بنيامين نتنياهو ليرأس المؤسّسة السياسية في إسرائيل، إثر نجاحه في تشكيل حكومته السادسة، التي تُعدّ الأكثر تطرّفاً وعنصرية منذ قيام الدولة العبرية عام 1948، لِما تحويه من خليط من الفاشيين والمتعصّبين دينياً واليمينيين. وسيكون من شأن هذه الحكومة أن تتسبّب لإسرائيل بتهديدات، تُضاف إلى التهديدات القائمة وتُعمّقها، ليس في ما يتعلّق بالخارج حيث تتعاظم الأخطار وتتشعّب فقط، بل وأيضاً في الداخل ربطاً بما تسمّى «القبائل الإسرائيلية» والتعايش في ما بينها، حيث التصارع على هوية الدولة والعلاقة بالآخر، سواء اليهودي أو غير اليهودي.

لا يعني ما تَقدّم أن حكومة نتنياهو ستتسبّب بزوال إسرائيل، أو بـ«ثورة» داخلية تنهي طابع «الدولة» الحالي من حيث التعايش بين مكوّناتها اليهودية – وصولاً إلى «حرب أهلية» وفقاً لِما يَصدر من تحذيرات على لسان كبار المسؤولين الإسرائيليين -، أو أنها ستؤدّي إلى عزل تل أبيب وقطْعها عن حليفها الأميركي والغربي، بل إن من شأنها أن تظهّر غلَبة المصالح الشخصية والقبَلية للأفراد والجماعات على حساب «الدولة الجامعة» لهم. هي إذاً حالة تجلية لواقع موجود سلفاً، وليس خلْق له، جرى استبعاده من دائرة الاهتمام الجمعي في إسرائيل، نتيجة أوّليةِ التهديدات الوجودية التي تَجمع ولا تفرّق. في المقابل، تَبرز المؤسّستان العسكرية والأمنية بوصْفهما «العاقل الوحيد» الذي يراهَن عليه لمنع الإضرار بـ«الدولة»، في ما يمثّل مفارقة قد لا يوجد مثيل لها حول العالم، حيث اتّجاهات العسكر على الأغلب متطرّفة؛ ذلك أن مَن يملك مطرقة، كما يَرد في المثل الإنكليزي، يرى كلّ شيء أمامه مسامير، فيما مهمّة الساسة هي بلورة رؤى وقرارات بناءً على الصورة الأوسع والمعطيات الأشمل والأكثر تعقّلاً. أمّا الحالة في إسرائيل الآن، فمعكوسة، والسبب أن نتنياهو عمَد إلى اقتناص فرصة الفوز في الانتخابات، نتيجة أخطاء المعسكر المعارض له وتناقضاته وإعلائه مصالحه، من أجل تمكين وضعه، علماً أن مَن انتخبوا معارضيه أكبر عدداً ممّن انتخبوا معسكره، وهو ما لم ينعكس في النتائج بفعل تقنيات اللعبة الانتخابية ومقدّماتها، والتي يَصعب تكرارها في حال تَقرّر التوجّه إلى انتخابات مبكرة جديدة. من هنا، وبما أن المصلحة الشخصية لدى نتنياهو هي الغالبة، وتحديداً ما يتعلّق بمنع استمرار محاكمته في قضايا فساد ورشى، فقد كان ملزَماً بأن يشكّل حكومة «كيفما كان»، فيما حلفاؤه من اليمين المتطرّف والفاشيين والأحزاب الدينية (الحريديم) أدركوا حاجته هذه، فعمدوا إلى الإفراط في مطالبهم.

قَبل نتنياهو الابتزاز وخضع له، لتأتي حكومته السادسة عجائبيّة وهجينة وخليطاً من التناقضات ومخالِفة للقوانين


قَبل نتنياهو الابتزاز وخضع له، لتأتي حكومته السادسة عجائبيّة وهجينة وخليطاً من التناقضات ومخالِفة للقوانين والأنظمة التي عمل على تغييرها. فوزير الداخلية، الذي سيكون لاحقاً وزيراً للمالية، متّهم ومسجون في قضايا فساد وتهرب ضريبي وتلقّي رشى، فيما وزير الأمن القومي، المسؤول عن الشرطة وفرض القانون، كان ملاحقاً بتهم حضّ على الكراهية وعلى الإرهاب. أمّا الوزير المسؤول عن الإدارة المدنية في المناطق الفلسطينية المحتلّة، والمعنيّ بكلّ جوانب حياة الفلسطينيين، فهو صاحب رؤية مسيحانية تلمودية تَنظر إلى الفلسطينيين وغير اليهود عامة، ككائنات دونية ذات حقوق محدودة، بما فيها الوجود نفسه. هكذا، آثر نتنياهو أولوية بقائه في السلطة رئيساً للوزراء – وإنْ سقطت الحكومة نتيجة تناقضاتها – في الفترات الانتقالية بين العمليات الانتخابية، والتي يتعذّر التقدير ما إنْ كانت ستسفر عن نتائج حاسمة في هذا الاتجاه أو ذاك. هل هذه هي «ورقة الأمان» التي يسعى إليها زعيم «الليكود» بعد التخلّص من المحاكمة بتهم الفساد، ما يعني تغيّر الحال في اليوم الذي يلي، وانتفاء حاجته إلى شركائه؟ سؤال لا يفارق طاولة التقديرات، وإنْ كانت إجابته الآن متعذّرة. وفي الانتظار، يمكن إيراد الملاحظات الآتية:

– في النصف الأوّل من ولاية الحكومة، سيكون رئيس حزب «الصهيونية الدينية»، بتسلئيل سموتريتش، وزيراً للمالية ووزيراً في وزارة الأمن (الدفاع) التي سيتقاسمها مع يوآف غالنت، من «الليكود». كذلك، جرى تعيين رئيس حزب «شاس»، آرييه درعي، وزيراً للداخلية ووزيراً للصحة. وفي النصف الثاني من ولاية الحكومة، أي بعد عامين، سيحلّ سموتريتش محلّ درعي في «الداخلية»، لكنه سيستمرّ في منصبه في وزارة الأمن وزيراً ثانياً فيها. وفيما سيستمرّ درعي وزيراً للصحة، فهو سيتولّى أيضاً وزارة المالية، التي يتسلّمها من سموتريتش.

– انتزع زعيم حزب «قوة يهودية»، إيتامار بن غفير (الذي يتولى وزارة الأمن القوميّ)، وسموتريتش أجزاء كبيرة من السلطة على الجيش الإسرائيلي ومن وزارة الأمن نفسها. وبينما نُقلت الإدارة المدنية وتنسيق أعمال الحكومة في المناطق المحتلّة (الضفة الغربية) إلى سموتريتش، نُقلت مسؤولية كتائب «حرس الحدود» في الضفة من الجيش إلى بن غفير. كما نُقلت صلاحية تعيين كبير الحاخامات العسكرية إلى الجيش بدلاً من رئيس هيئة الأركان، في حين أصبح جهاز فرض القانون المتعلّق بالمخالفات البيئية والزراعية من نصيب «الأمن القومي» عوضاً عن «البيئة».

– تقسيم الصلاحيات هذا سيكون من شأنه الإضرار بالأمن الإسرائيلي، خصوصاً أن مَن يخرق القوانين، حتى الشكلية منها، بات هو الذي يقرّر ويَحكم وينفّذ في الأراضي المحتلّة. إذ أضحت وحدات من الجيش، تابعة للمنطقة الوسطى بطبيعتها، تتلقّى أوامرها مباشرة من غير الجيش، فيما يجري تعيين المسؤولين في الإدارة المدنية التابعة تقليدياً للمؤسسة العسكرية، من قِبل جهات من خارج هذه الأخيرة.

في بقية الوزارات، عمد نتنياهو إلى إرضاء أقطاب في حزبه، عبر توليفة من شأنها منع الاستقرار المطلوب. إذ سيكون إيلي كوهين وزيراً للخارجية، وإسرائيل كاتس وزيراً للطاقة لمدّة عام، وبعد ذلك سيتبادلان المناصب لمدّة عامين. وفي السنة الرابعة، سيعاودان التبادل لمدّة عام واحد. مع ذلك، سحب نتنياهو من «الخارجية» أقساماً مهمّة، بما من شأنه تقليص قدرتها على رسم وتحقيق سياسة خارجية ناجعة. إذ ثمّة ثلاث جهات ستنافس:
كوهين في العلاقات الخارجية، وهي من حصة رئيس الوزراء، ومستشار الأمن القومي تساحي هنغبي، ووزير الشؤون الإستراتيجية رون ديرمر. أمّا موضوع التعامل مع المقاطعة فسيذهب إلى وزير الشتات، عميحاي شكلي. كما أن صلاحيات أخرى انتُزعت أيضاً من «الخارجية»، وأُعطيت لوزير الشؤون الاستراتيجية، رون ديرمر، فيما وزارتا الشتات والأديان ومكاتب وأجهزة الهجرة والاستيعاب، فستشارك «الخارجية» في جزء من الصلاحيات، ما سيحوّلها إلى حقيبة هامشية.

ما تَقدّم عيّنات من مقايضات أقدَمَ عليها نتنياهو، ستدفع ثمنها إسرائيل من «أمنها ومصالحها وحوكمتها بناءً على مأسسة قانونية»، فيما المستوطنون سيكونون هم مَن يقرّرون صحّة أو خطأ أفعالهم، أي أن خصم الفلسطينيين المباشر سيكون هو الحَكم ومنفّذ الحُكم أيضاً.

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Netanyahu’s New Government, Judicial Reform Protested in Tel Aviv

January 8, 2023

A protest in Tel Aviv against new Israeli government. (Photo: via Activestills)

Thousands of demonstrators protested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government Saturday in Tel Aviv, Anadolu News Agency reported.

Protesters gathered in Habima Square in central Tel Aviv to demonstrate against the government’s plan to reduce the powers of the judiciary, as well as policies of far-right and ultra-religious government partners.

Demonstrators also reacted to officials, including Netanyahu, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich.

According to media reports, 8,000 and 10,000 people participated in the demonstration, including Israeli lawmakers.

Moves by the coalition government led by Netanyahu to transfer some powers of the judiciary to parliament have caused friction between the government and the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court.

Justice Minister Yariv Levin announced Thursday that a law is planned that would limit the Supreme Court’s powers, reduce the judiciary’s influence on the selection of judges and allow parliament to overrule court decisions.

Netanyahu government’s approval of the controversial law that allows former corruption-convicted coalition partner Arye Deri to serve as a minister has also sparked public outcry.

(MEMO, PC, SOCIAL)

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هؤلاء الذين يضحّون بأنفسهم ليصنعوا تاريخ بلدانهم المشرّف ينتظرون على الأقلّ أن ننصفهم ونسجّل ونوثّق ما حدث وألّا نسمح للأعداء أن يصادروا حقيقة ما جرى.

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تشعر وأنت تقرأ مقال توماس فريدمان في جريدة نيويورك تايمز، بتاريخ 15/12/2022 أنّك كنت غائباً عن هذا العالم أو نائماً نومة أهل الكهف، وأنّ هذا المقال يفتح عينيك على كلّ ما يجب أن تعرفه عن آخر الأحداث في فلسطين، وإن كان عنوان مقاله: «ماذا في العالم يحدث في “إسرائيل”»؛ أي أنّه ومن العنوان لم يعترف بفلسطين ولا بالحقّ الفلسطينيّ، وكي يزيد ثقتك بأنّ هذا هو النصّ الوحيد الذي عليك أن تقرأه كي تفهم القصّة المعقّدة لما يجري في فلسطين المحتلّة، أضاف إلى العنوان المضلِّل عنواناً فرعياً، وهو أنّه تمّ تحديث هذا المقال كي يأخذ بعين الاعتبار تطوّرات الأخبار. 

وقد نفى في بداية المقال إمكانية حلّ الدولتين، الذي أصبح شبه مستحيل، ولكن مخيلته جادت بحلول قد توهم غير المهتمّين حقيقةً والمتابعين للشأن الفلسطينيّ بدقّة بحرصه على حل هذه “المسألة” على أسس إنسانية وواقعيّة ولمصلحة الطرفين “المتخاصمين”، وبعض القواعد التي استند إليها للتوصّل إلى حلوله المقترحة المتخيَّلة هي أنّ المجتمعين الفلسطينيّ و”الإسرائيلي”، ورغم بعض الأحداث، قد عاشا في حالة من التوازن منذ اتفاقيات أوسلو عام 1993، والشكر يعود للاقتحامات “الإسرائيلية”، وعمل السلطة الفلسطينية، والنموّ الاقتصادي، ومجموعة كبيرة من المهادنات “وضبط النفس” التي قامت بها جميع الأطراف. 

ولإعطاء روايته مصداقية، يشير إلى إحصائية «منظّمة بتسليم الإسرائيلية» أنّه في العام الماضي “مات 20 إسرائيلياً”، و”150” فلسطينياً في أحداث عنف. لقد أعلنت منظّمات حقوق الإنسان التابعة للأمم المتحدة ومهتمون كثر أنّ عام 2022 كان الأعنف الذي أعدمت فيه مخابرات وجنود الكيان الصهيونيّ رقماً قياسياً من المدنيين الفلسطينيين، وخاصّة الشباب والأطفال، والذي هو الأعلى منذ عقود. وأيضاً، وفي محاولة تضليلية أخرى، يعتبر الأقصى أيضاً مهمّاً للمسلمين، العبارة التي توحي أنّ أهميته الأولى هي للطرف الآخر، وأنّ الإرهابي العنصريّ بن غفير محقّ فيما يقوم به، مع أنّ جنوده العنصريين رفعوا شعار “طلقة واحدة يجب أن تقتل، من دون أسف، نحن أصحاب القرار”. 

ثمّ يروي للقارئ كيف أنّ عدداً من الإسرائيليين اليساريين ذهبوا لدعم الفلسطينيين في مواجهة اليمين المتطرّف، الذي أصبح الجزّار بن غفير الإرهابي قائداً رسمياً له، وأنّ “القضاء” الصهيونيّ قد حكم على الجندي الذي قتل فلسطينياً بالسجن ثلاثة أشهر، ليقنع القارئ أنّ هذا الكيان يطبّق “القانون” وإلى ما هنالك من سرديات مضلّلة هدفها الأساس هو الدعاية لتغطية جرائم هذا الكيان الصهيوني العنصريّ، وتشوّيه أصول الحقّ الفلسطينيّ، وتبرير الجرائم التي تُرتكب بحقّ هذا الشعب يومياً من قبل قوات نظام الأبارثايد الصهيوني، والتي يجب أن يندى لها جبين أيّ إنسان، وهو يتفادى ذكر جرائم الأبارثايد الصهيوني في تدمير القرى الفلسطينية لمرّات من قبل قوّات الكيان العنصريّ، فيقول فريدمان إنّ المجتمعات “البدوية” والمدارس العامة في الجنوب قد عانت من بعض الإهمال. 

السبب في أنني أتناول هذا المقال المسيء جداً للحقّ الفلسطيني والحقّ العربي، والمشوِّه لحقيقة الإجرام العنصري الذي يتمّ ارتكابه من قبل العصابات الصهيونية في الاستيلاء على الأرض، وقتل الشباب الفلسطيني بدم بارد، واقتطاع عقود من عمر شباب وشابات في الأسر، هو أنّ مثل هذه السرديات لا تهدف فقط إلى تشويه الحاضر في أذهان القرّاء، وإنما تهدف أيضاً إلى تثبيت سرديات تاريخية في أذهان الأجيال القادمة، فتكون مثل هذه المواد متاحة للباحثين والكتاب المهتمين بهذا الشأن، وتصبح المستند الذي يبنون عليه استنتاجاتهم البحثية، وينالون شهادات الماجستير والدكتوراه في إعدام آخر ليس فقط للشباب الفلسطينيّ، وإنما لحقّ أبنائهم في محاكمة القتلة واسترداد حقوقهم ولو بعد حين.

وكمثال قريب لم يمضِ عليه زمن، فقد تداول بعض القرّاء مؤخراً مقالاً نشرته مجلّة النيويورك تايمز عام 2016، وأفردت له مساحة كاملة بعنوان: «الأرض المتصدّعة: كيف تُمزّق العالم العربي». وتصدّر هذا النصّ مقدمة من قبل رئيس تحرير المجلة جيك سيلفرستون، أشار فيها إلى عدد المراسلين من دول مختلفة الذين ساهموا في إنتاج هذا النصّ، والمصوّرين، وحرصهم على أن يقولوا حقيقة ما حدث، واعتذارهم عن طول النصّ الذي تمّ تكريس عدد المجلة كاملاً له في 2016، ويركّز على حياة أناس من دول مختلفة، وكيف أنّ هذا الغزو الأميركي الغاشم للعراق قد غيّر حياة كثيرين، وأنهى حياة أكثر من مليون عراقي. 

ومع أنّ البعض محقّ في القول، إنّهم على الأقلّ يعترفون بما فعلوه ولو بعد حين، ولكن لا بدّ من ذكر أمرين اثنين هنا: أولاً أنّ اعتراف مجلّة أميركية معادية للعرب ببعض من كارثة دمويّة غير مبرّرة حلّت ببلد غني عريق مثل العراق، لن يغنيَ أهله عن شيء، وخاصّة أنّ الاستهداف مستمرّ على المستوى السياسيّ، وأنّه من الممنوع على العراق حتى اليوم أن يتواءم مع جارته سوريا على سبيل المثال، أو أن يخرج من العباءة الطائفية التي خطّها بريمر لمستقبل العراق والعراقيين. 

ولكن الأمر الآخر والأهمّ هو أين هي الرواية الدقيقة الكاملة لما حدث في العراق، والتي تمّ توثيقها من قبل مرجعيّة عربية تعلم علم اليقين أبعاد ما حلّ بالعراق، وتلقي ضوءاً على ما كان للعراق والشعب العراقيّ من خير وثروات وقوّة اقتصادية وفكرية. ولا شكّ أنّ تدمير هذه البنية كلّها لم يكن ضرورياً حتى لتغيير نظام سياسيّ، مع أنّ هذا ليس من مسؤولية الولايات المتحدة التي تذرّعت بذرائع كاذبة لغزو العراق، والذي لم يذكره مثل هذا الاستقصاء الذي لاقى المديح حتى من كتاب ومثقفين. 

لقد اعتبروا أنّه دلالة على الإعلام الحرّ، وأنّ الآخرين يكتبون ويعترفون بأخطائهم ولكنَّ الولايات المتحدة اليوم، ومنذ غزو العراق، تنهب نفط العراق، وتمنع أيّ استقرار سياسي في العراق كي لا تعود ثروات هذا البلد ليد أبنائه، ولخدمة ورفاه شعبه. أي أنهم يذكرون بعض ما حدث من دون كشف الغطاء عن جوهر ومنطلق وهدف العملية برمّتها.

الاستنتاج من كلا البحثين اللذين تمّ الترويج لهما في بلداننا العربية هو أنّه لا يجوز ولا بأيّ شكل أو منطق أن تقرأ تاريخك بأقلام وأعين أعدائك، وأنّ من أول واجبات أصحاب القضية، أيّ قضية، ليس فقط أن يدافعوا عنها، وإنما أن يخطّوا سردياتها بأقلامهم هم، وأن يسجّلوا تاريخها للأجيال القادمة احتراماً وإنصافاً لمن ضحّوا من أجلها، وحرصاً على أن تأخذ الأجيال القادمة حقّها في الثّأر لآبائها وأجدادها، أو في تصويب المسار والسمعة والسردية التي قد يجود بها المؤمنون بخدمة أهدافهم الاستعمارية المعادية للعرب. 

لقد ناضلت كلّ دولنا العربية لنيل استقلالها من المحتلّ الاستعماري لكنّها لم تولِ تسجيل الأحداث الأهمية التي تستحقّها وما زال هذا النقص قائماً في ثقافتنا، وهو نقص خطير يؤثّر ليس فقط على المرجعية المستقبلية، وإنما على المرجعية الراهنة، وحتى على سير المعارك إذا كان الصراع ما زال قائماً كما هو الحال في الشأن الفلسطيني وشؤون أخرى في الواقع العربي بحاجة ماسّة إلى تخصيص موارد لدعم إحقاق الحقوق إعلامياً وتاريخياً وفكرياً.

هؤلاء الذين يضحّون بأنفسهم ليصنعوا تاريخ بلدانهم المشرّف ينتظرون على الأقلّ أن ننصفهم ونسجّل ونوثّق ما حدث وألّا نسمح للأعداء أن يصادروا حقيقة ما جرى، ويسجّلوا الوثيقة التي تخدم أهدافهم، وتبخس نضالنا وتضحياتنا ودماء أبنائنا المؤمنين بأوطانهم والصادقين. 

إن الآراء المذكورة في هذه المقالة لا تعبّر بالضرورة عن رأي الميادين وإنما تعبّر عن رأي صاحبها حصراً

Palestinian Detainees Announce General Mobilization: They Are Ready for Future Confrontations

January 8, 2023

Translated by Al-Ahed News

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club Association said in a press statement that the detainees declared a state of general mobilization and are ready for an upcoming confrontation against the measures that the extremist “Israeli” government intends to impose, as well as the escalation of repression and abuse against them.

The statement added  that the extremist [Itamar] Ben Gvir, who last night visited the new sections of Nafha prison and issued more threats, to ask those ministers who preceded him and who had hinted at imposing the most extreme measures against the detainees for decades, what was the fate of their measures and how the prisoners managed over the course of these decades to accumulate a wide experience of struggle, even with the development of the mechanism that the prison system tried to impose.

It went on to say that the detainees undertook over 25 collective strikes, and imposed an equation as a result of their struggles over the course of these decades. The reality today in prisons is stronger and greater than what Ben Gvir imagines. The “Israeli” occupation authorities, led by the so-called “Israel” Prison Service, is aware that what Ben Gvir is requesting today has been requested by many before, and these threats actually evaporated due to the solidity, unity of the detainees and their willingness to confront every measure that affects their dignity or detracts from their rights.

The Prisoner’s Club pointed out that the great test for the occupation forces was actually after the heroic Operation Freedom Tunnel. However, by being united, the detainees were able to deter a number of measures that the prison administration was threatening to impose. Since September 2021, the detainees fought successive battles, and they did not stop. Indeed, those who monitor the details of the threats find that the prison administration has failed to enforce its measures. Behind these threats, it is trying to find a middle ground between what the extremist government wants and the imposed reality inside the prisons.

WHY IS THE WEST LAMENTING THE END OF ‘LIBERAL’ ISRAEL?

JANUARY 6TH, 2023

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By Ramzy Baroud

Even before the new Israeli government was officially sworn in on December 29, angry reactions began emerging, not only among Palestinians and other Middle Eastern governments but also among Israel’s historic allies in the West.

As early as November 2, top US officials conveyed to Axios that the Joe Biden Administration is “unlikely to engage with Jewish supremacist politician, Itamar Ben-Gvir.”

In fact, the US government’s apprehensions surpassed Ben-Gvir, who was convicted by Israel’s own court in 2007 for supporting a terrorist organization and inciting racism.

US Secretary of State Tony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan reportedly “hinted” that the US government would also boycott “other right-wing extremists” in Netanyahu’s government.

However, these strong concerns seemed absent from the congratulatory statement by the US Ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, on the following day. Nides relayed that he had “congratulated (Netanyahu) on his victory and told him that I look forward to working together to maintain the unbreakable bond” between the two countries.

In other words, this ‘unbreakable bond’ is stronger than any public US concern regarding terrorism, extremism, fascism, and criminal activities.

Ben-Gvir is not the only convicted criminal in Netanyahu’s government. Aryeh Deri, the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, was convicted of tax fraud in early 2022 and in 2000, he served a prison sentence for accepting bribes when he held the position of interior minister.

Bezalel Smotrich is another controversial character whose anti-Palestinian racism has dominated his political persona for many years.

While Ben-Gvir has been assigned the post of national security minister, Deri has been entrusted with the ministry of interior and Smotrich with the ministry of finance.

Palestinians and Arab countries are rightly angry because they understand that the new government is likely to sow more violence and chaos.

With many of Israel’s sinister politicians in one place, Arabs know that Israel’s illegal annexation of parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territories is back on the agenda; and that incitement against Palestinians in Occupied East Jerusalem, coupled with raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque will exponentially increase in the coming weeks and months. And, expectedly, the push for the construction and expansion of illegal settlements is likely to grow, as well.

These are not unfounded fears. Aside from the very racist and violent statements and actions by Netanyahu and his allies in recent years, the new government has already declared that the Jewish people have “exclusive and inalienable rights to all parts of the Land of Israel,” promising to expand settlements while distancing itself from any commitments to establishing a Palestinian State, or even engaging in any ‘peace process.’

But while Palestinians and their Arab allies have been largely consistent in recognizing extremism in the various Israeli governments, what excuse do the US and the West have in failing to recognize that the latest Netanyahu-led government is the most rational outcome of blindly supporting Israel throughout the years?

In March 2019, Politico branded Netanyahu as the creator of “the most right-wing government in Israeli history,” a sentiment that was repeated countless times in other western media outlets.

This ideological shift was, in fact, recognized by Israel’s own media, years earlier. In May 2016, the popular Israeli newspaper Maariv described the Israeli government at the time as the “most right-wing and extremist” in the country’s history. This was, in part, due to the fact that far-right politician Avigdor Lieberman was assigned the role of the defense minister.

The West, then, too, showed concern, warned against the demise of Israel’s supposed liberal democracy, and demanded that Israel must remain committed to the peace process and the two-state solution. None of that actualized. Instead, the terrifying figures of that government were rebranded as merely conservatives, centrists or even liberals in the following years.

The same is likely to happen now. In fact, signs of the US’s willingness to accommodate whatever extremist politics Israel produces are already on display. In his statement, on December 30, welcoming the new Israeli government, Biden said nothing about the threat of Tel Aviv’s far-right politics to the Middle East region but, rather, the “challenges and threats” posed by the region to Israel. In other words, Ben-Gvir or no Ben-Gvir, unconditional support for Israel by the US will remain intact.

If history is a lesson, future violence and incitement in Palestine will also be blamed mostly, if not squarely, on Palestinians. This knee-jerk, pro-Israeli attitude has defined Israel’s relationship with the US, regardless of whether Israeli governments are led by extremists or supposed liberals. No matter, Israel somehow maintained its false status as “the only democracy in the Middle East”.

But if we are to believe that Israel’s exclusivist and racially based ‘democracy’ is a democracy at all, then we are justified to also believe that Israel’s new government is neither less nor more democratic than the previous governments.

Yet, western officials, commentators and even pro-Israel Jewish leaders and organizations in the US are now warning against the supposed danger facing Israel’s liberal democracy in the run-up to the formation of Netanyahu’s new government.

This is an indirect, if not clever form of whitewashing, as these views accept that what Israel has practiced since its founding in 1948, until today, was a form of real democracy; and that Israel remained a democracy even after the passing of the controversial Nation-State Law, which defines Israel as a Jewish state, completely disregarding the rights of the country’s non-Jewish citizens.

It is only a matter of time before Israel’s new extremist government is also whitewashed as another working proof that Israel can strike a balance between being Jewish and also democratic at the same time.

The same story was repeated in 2016, when warnings over the rise of far-right extremism in Israel – following the Netanyahu-Lieberman pact – quickly disappeared and eventually vanished. Instead of boycotting the new unity government, the US government finalized, in September 2016, its largest military aid package to Israel, amounting to $38 billion.

In truth, Israel has not changed much, either in its own self-definition or in its treatment of Palestinians. Failing to understand this is tantamount to tacit approval of Israel’s racist, violent and colonial policies in Occupied Palestine over the course of 75 years.

Ben-Gvir Visits Israeli Prison as Palestinians’ Acts of Resistance Persist

January 6, 2023

Thousands of Palestinians perform Friday prayers at AL-Aqsa Mosque (January 6, 2023).

Palestinians are persisting in forms of resistance against Israeli occupation on Friday, a day after the Zionist entity’s so-called National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir paid his first visit to a security prison in the occupied terriotries.

Clashes between Palestinians erupted in Jabal Sabih near the village of Beita south of Nablus at noon on Friday, Al-Quds News Network reported.

Meanwhile, 60,000 Palestinian worshipers performed Friday prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque, defying Israeli restrictive measures in occupied Al-Quds, according to Al-Qastal News Network.

Earlier at dawn on Friday, Palestinian resistance fighters attacked Israeli post of Al-Jalma near Jenin, Palestinian sources reported.

Jenin witnesses nearly-daily raids by Israeli occupation, leading to clashes with Palestinian resistance.

Ben-Gvir Visits Israeli Prison

On the other hand, Zionist supremacist Itamar Ben-Gvir paid his first visit late Thursday to a security prison to “make sure that inmates’ conditions haven’t improved in the wake of a High Court ruling in their favor,” Israeli media reported.

Ben-Gvir storms Al-Aqsa Mosque (Tuesday, January 3, 2023).

“I came last night to Nafha Prison to make sure murderers of Jews don’t receive better conditions since the construction of new prison cells,” Ben-Gvir was quoted as saying by Haaretz on Friday.

Ben-Gvir was accompanied on his visit by Prison Service Commissioner Katy Perry and senior prison service officials. He visited the new wings built last year for security prisoners, “which have mechanisms that make it harder for them to escape,” the Israeli daily reported.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ben-Gvir visited Al-Aqsa for first time as a security minister, prompting wide condemnations by Palestinian resistance factions, Palestinian Authority and several Arab states.

Source: Palestinian and Israeli media (translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

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Iran FM: Israel to face ‘heavy consequences’ for desecration of Aqsa Mosque

Thursday, 05 January 2023 7:14 PM  

[ Last Update: Thursday, 05 January 2023 7:44 PM ]

Extremist Israeli minister Itamar Ben-Gvir alongside fanatic settlers raid the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with the accompany of Israeli forces in al-Quds. (Photo by Getty Images)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has censured the Israeli regime’s recent desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque, warning that the occupying entity will face “heavy consequences” for incursion into the holy site.

Amir-Abdollahian raised the alarm in a telephone conversation on Thursday with Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hussein Ibrahim Taha as the two discussed the latest developments in the region and the Muslim world, including a contentious visit by far-right Israeli minister Itamar Ben-Gvir to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds.

Expressing gratitude for Taha’s immediate condemnation of the recent Zionist desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque, the top Iranian diplomat said, “The consequences of this action will be heavy for the fake Israeli regime.”

Pointing to Israel’s provocative measures against al-Aqsa Mosque, Amir-Abdollahian proposed the establishment of an “effective legal and international mechanism to stop offensive measures against religious authority and holy sites.”

On Tuesday, Ben-Gvir entered the holy site of al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccan Gate, also known as the Mughrabi Gate, in what was described by Palestinians as an “unprecedented provocation.”

Palestine warns of ‘religious war’ over far-right Israeli minister’s al-Aqsa visit

The Palestinian foreign ministry has warned that the recent visit by a far-right Israeli minister to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound could trigger a religious war.

During the phone conversation, Amir-Abdollahian also appreciated the secretary general of the Islamic Cooperation Organization for his stance in condemning the latest sacrilegious move by the French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo to insult the top religious authority of the Islamic Republic.    

He held the French government responsible over the cartoons, and underlined that the role and the Zionists can be seen beyond the repeated acts of the notorious French magazine against the religious sanctities.

The Iranian foreign minister also reiterated the Islamic Republic’s stance on the need to end the war and conflict in Yemen, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.

Taha, for his part, condemned the recent Israeli desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque and voiced concerns about the entrance of the occupying regime’s minister into the holy site.

“This action has hurt the feelings of the Islamic Ummah,” he added.

Stressing that such provocative moves by the Zionists disturb peace and stability in the region, Taha said he is in talks with various bodies to pressure the Israeli regime to stop such measures.

He condemned the sacrilegious move by the notorious French magazine, underlining that the matter is being investigated to give a “proportionate” response to the move.

The two sides expressed deep concern over the Taliban’s decision to ban girls and women from studying in Afghanistan, calling the measure inconsistent with the precepts and teachings of Islam.

Iran says holds French govt. responsible for infamous magazine’s profane cartoons

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FM underscores legal mechanism to stop insulting holy sites

In another development on Thursday, Amir-Abdollahian called for the establishment of a legal mechanism to stop desecration of Islamic sanctities.

Amir-Abdollahian made the plea in a telephone conversation with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah as the two diplomats discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues, including the recent desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque and the sacrilegious move by the notorious French magazine.

Rebuking the recent desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque by the illegal entity, Amir-Abdollahian called for coordination and joint efforts by the Muslim countries to preserve the historical and legal status of al-Aqsa Mosque and stressed the establishment of legal mechanisms in this regard to stop insulting Islamic sanctities.

The top Iranian diplomat also reiterated the need to strengthen regional cooperation towards peace and stability in the region.

Al Sabah, for his part, underlined the Kuwaiti government’s unwavering stance on the Palestinian issue and vehemently censured the Israeli regime’s recent desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque.

He also welcomed Iran’s initiative on coordinated action by the OIC to halt the occupying regime’s insulting actions endangering peace and stability in the region.

Referring to the black record of the notorious French magazine in insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the Kuwaiti diplomat condemned its sacrilegious move against the Islamic Republic and stressed that insulting religious authorities and leaders is an insult to all Muslims.


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ماذا ينتظر فلسطين في العام الجديد؟ القدس أولاً

‭‬ سعادة مصطفى أرشيد

تشير مجريات الأحداث إلى أنّ العام الجديد حول ماذا ينتظر الفلسطيني سيكون عاماً صعباً، على الإقليم عموماً، وعلى فلسطين خصوصاً، فالتوجهات المتطرفة وإنْ كانت متماثلة في كلّ حكومات الاحتلال، بغضّ النظر عن يمينها ويسارها، إلا أنّ الأمور سوف تأخذ أشكالاً أكثر حدة مع تسلم الحكومة الجديده مهامها، وهي الأكثر تطرفاً وتلمودية في تاريخ (إسرائيل) القصير، وبما تحوي داخلها من مكونات دينية وعنصرية ذات نهج صريح أعلنته في برامجها وأدائها.

منذ فجر اليوم الأول مطلع العام الحالي، شنّت الحكومة وجيشها حملة اعتقالات واسعة على طول الضفة الغربية وعرضها، واجتاحت مدينة نابلس لاعتقال مقاومين، وفي ثاني أيام السنة اجتاحت جنين وقراها، بهدف هدم بيوت مقاومين، وقتلت أثناء ذلك شابّين وجرحت آخرين، منهم ما زال في العناية الطبية المكثّفة لخطورة إصابته.
وزارة الأمن الداخلي أصبحت بعد أن تسلّمها المتطرف بن غفير وزارة الأمن القومي، التي ستكون مسؤولة عن الأمن والشرطة، وعن مناطق الضفة الغربية، ومسؤولة عن إدارة العلاقة مع السلطة الفلسطينية وإدارة الاشتباك مع غزة، وذلك بعد أن بقيت إدارة هذه الملفات منذ عام 1967، بيد وزارة الدفاع والجيش التي لديهما قدر من الحرفية يفتقد إليها الوزير الجديد.

ما تقدّم يذهب إلى أنّ ملفات عديدة ستكون على قدر كبير من السخونة، أوّلها ملف القدس والأماكن الدينية المقدسة. وهذا الملف كان له دور رئيس في حشد الأصوات الانتخابية لصالح بن غفير، الذي رفع شعار تهويد المدينة والاستيلاء على المسجد الأقصى وباحته، باعتباره جبل الهيكل المزعوم الذي يسعى بن غفير وعدد من الجمعيات التلمودية لإعادة بنائه، حيث أعلن بن غفير مساء الإثنين الماضي عن أنه سيدخل المسجد الأقصى للصلاة ومعه جموع غفيرة من جمهوره المتطرف، وبحماية الشرطة التي أصبحت تأتمر بأمره، لكنه ما لبث أن ادّعى أنه تراجع في اليوم التالي، وأجّل دخوله لفترة يقول إنها قصيرة، وذلك استجابة لضرورات سياسية أقنعه بها رئيس الحكومة، وذات علاقة بإعلان التطبيع مع السعودية في القريب.

برنامج بن غفير يقضي بالاستيلاء أولاً على جزء من الحوض المقدس، الذي يشمل المسجد الأقصى ومسجد قبة الصخرة والباحة المحيطة بهما، وتقسيم السيادة مكانياً وزمانياً بين الفلسطينيين واليهود، أما في المرحلة الثانية فهو يريد كامل المكان، الجزء الأول من مخططه يفترض به أنه سوف يدفع الأوضاع نحو تأزم على أكثر من صعيد، بدءاً من الأردن الذي تحدث بلهجة حادة لم يسمعها أحد منذ ثلاثة عقود ومن الملك مباشرة، كما تهديدات حماس من غزة بردود قاسية، وهي التي أقامت مصداقيتها على قاعدة الدفاع عن القدس والمسجد الأقصى منذ حرب سيف القدس.
زيارة بن غفير تثير مشاعر المسلمين عبر العالم، ويفترض بها أن تحرك جموعاً كالتي رأيناها في البحرين مؤخراً، وما ورد على ألسنة من تحدّثوا للإعلام من عامة الناس في قطر أثناء مونديال كرة القدم، والأخطر هو تحرك الشارع الفلسطيني ككتلة واحدة من الجليل إلى النقب، والزحف كما في رمضان قبل الماضي للقدس وللمرابطة في المسجد الأقصى لحمايته، مع الاستعداد للاشتباك مع المعتدين، سواء كانوا من المستوطنين أو من أجهزة الدولة التي سوف تتحرك لتنفيذ قرارات حكومية.

ظنّ الناس أنّ هذه الزيارة قد أصبحت مؤجلة، لكن بن غفير غافل الجميع بقيامه بالدخول للمسجد الأقصى صبيحة الثلاثاء، وأخذ الصور مبتسماً مزهواً، مكتب رئيس الحكومة علق على الزيارة بأنها طبيعية وشرعية ولا يوجد فيها ما هو استثنائي، فمن حق بن غفير أن يزور المكان الذي طالما زاره الوزراء في حكومات (إسرائيل) المتعاقبة والزيارة كانت قصيرة لثلاث عشرة دقيقه فقط ولم يقم بن غفير اية صلوات او شعائر دينية، وبشكل موارب غامزاً أشار في التعليق إلى أنّ الزيارة رداً على تهديدات لا تخيف الحكومة، الأمر الذي أوضحه صحافيون ورجال رأي مقرّبون من الحكومة: أنّ الزيارة ليست رداً على تهديدات حماس فقط، وإنما الملك عبد الله الثاني أيضاً، وأن على عمان ورام الله أن تدركا بأن الوضع السابق (ستاتيكو) ليس مقدساً.

أراد بن غفير من دخوله للمسجد الأقصى أولاً أن يؤكد تهديداته وأنه يطبّق بالفعل ما يقول وثانياً إجراء اختبار (pilot) لفحص ردود الفعل الفلسطينية على مواقعها في الضفة وغزة ومناطق 1948 ثم العربية وتحديداً الأردنية في خطوة أولى لطرد الأوقاف الأردنية من المكان تمهيداً لنزع الوصاية الهاشمية على المكان المقدس.

أصدرت حكومات العرب والمسلمين من مشارق الأرض ومغاربها بيانات الإدانة والاستنكار، فيما ابتلعت الأطراف التي أطلقت التهديدات ألسنتها، ولعلّ من أكثر الردود جدية على الزيارة، هي رسالة التأنيب التي أرسلها الحاخام السفاردي الأكبر، والذي يعتبر المرجعية الدينية لبن غفير ويطالبه بعدم تكرارها، بالطبع بانتظار ظهور المسيح المخلص، قد يكون من المبكر الحكم على ردود الأفعال وجديتها، ولكن المتوقع أن تكون أكثرها جدية هي الردود الشعبية الفلسطينية غير المرتبطة بجهات سياسية وإقليمية.

عام 1969 أحرق متطرّف يهودي المسجد الأقصى وأتت النار على بعض معالمه منها منبر صلاح الدين الأيوبي، تقول غولدا مئير رئيسة الوزراء في حينه: لم أنم تلك الليلة وكنت اعتقد أن من أحرق المسجد الأقصى سيتسبب في إحراق (إسرائيل)، وكنت افترض أننا سنجد في صباح اليوم التالي الملايين يزحفون علينا من عالم العرب والمسلمين. في الصباح عرفت كم كنت مبالغة فالردود اقتصرت على البيانات.

خمس مسائل تمّ ترحيل بحثها في اتفاق أوسلو 1993، وهي القدس والمستوطنات واللاجئون والحدود والمياه، هذا العام سيكون حاسماً لجهة فرض الرؤيا الإسرائيلية التلمودية على القدس، وربما على المسائل الأربع الأخرى، تعتمد (إسرائيل) على قوّتها على الأرض وعلى تخاذل من يكتفون بإصدار بيانات التنديد والإدانة، والذين يطالبون المجتمع الدولي بأن يقف عند مسؤولياته، فيما لا يقفون هم عند واجباتهم ومسؤولياتهم.
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Ben Gvir storms Al-Aqsa Mosque protected by IOF, tensions rise

January 3, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net + Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Israeli Police Minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, storms Al-Aqsa Mosque, under heavy security despite Hamas warnings.

Israeli Police Minister Itmar Ben Gvir storms Al-Aqsa Mosque ignoring threats from Hamas

Israeli Police Minister, Itamar bin Gvir, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, protected by a large number of Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) according to Al Mayadeen correspondent.

Israeli media indicated that despite threats from Hamas, Ben Gvir stormed the Al-Aqsa courtyard towards Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Yesterday, Al Mayadeen sources revealed that Hamas relayed strongly-worded messages through Egyptian and UN mediators, regarding Ben-Gvir’s plans to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque

For his part, the movement’s spokesperson, Abdel Latif Al-Qanoua, said in a statement, “The criminal Ben Gvir’s announcement of his intention to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque reflects the arrogance of the fascist settler government and its premeditated intentions to escalate incursions and attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque with the aim of dividing it.”

He pointed out that “the escalation in Al-Aqsa Mosque represents a detonator, and the occupation government will bear the consequences of that,” stressing at the same time that “the Palestinian people will bravely confront these follies and provocations, and will not allow the occupation’s plans to pass.”

Ben-Gvir’s storming of Al-Aqsa could trigger the battle early and puts the resistance in front of a major confrontation, added Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent.

Following Hamas’ warnings, Israeli media stated that Netanyahu had received messages from Egypt and the United Nations, and stated that it would be very difficult to influence Hamas not to respond to such a move by Ben Gvir.

Despite this, according to “Walla News,” Netanyahu did not try to stop Ben Gvir from storming Al-Aqsa hours after they discussed the case.

Israeli media responds of Ben Gvir decision to storm Al-Aqsa

Knesset Member Avigdor Lieberman said, Ben-Gvir pays no mind to Netanyahu, like all coalition members, Hamas knows that Netanyahu is a coward.

Diplomatic affairs analyst Barak Ravid said in an interview with the Israeli Walla website argued that Netanyahu cannot influence Ben Gvit and that it is naive to believe otherwise. He further added that Ben Gvir controls the police and border guards and that such an event, at this time, is unlikely to pass quietly especially given Ben Gvir’s history.

In turn, MK Almog Cohen of the Jewish Power party said that Ben Gvir stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque with Netanyahu’s approval.

Israeli Channel 7 cited MK Gilad Karif noting he condemned Ben Gvir’s storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that this came to prove that Ben Gvir’s top priority is to push for an “extremist ideology” and “nationalism.”

MK Naama Lazimi also added that what Ben Gvir did was “incitement that will lead to violence and bloodshed.”

Concurrently, the Likud confirmed that Netanyahu did not attempt to stop Ben Gvir from storming Al-Aqsa.

Read more: Palestinian Resistance: Itamar Ben Gvir pours fuel on the fire

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Netanyahu Passes the Standard to Ben-Gvir Announcing the Fall of the Entity

December 20, 2022

by Nasser Kandil

Those talking day and night about a wave of normalization invading the Arab world, in the midst of whom voices for resistance have been a dissonant chord, should fall silent. Suffice it for them to read or listen well or view and consider the hundreds of reports swarming in all forms of Israeli media, written, broadcast, and telecast, about the shift of the interest in Qatar’s Mondial from a celebration of normalization to its obituary and burial, regardless of the Qatari authorities’ stance which had granted the Israeli media all necessary facilitation confirmed in Israeli media reports about the catastrophic surprise which awaited their crews who had been sent by their Israeli media headquarters carrying the background intention of holding a celebratory festival side by side with the Mondial entitled normalization, only to find in every corner and every street and with every Arab citizen from Morocco, to Saudi Arabia, to Lebanon, to Qatar, to the Emirates a rejection of normalization to the degree of dealing with an Israeli as a plague requiring handwashing after contact, from the taxi driver, to the restaurant waiter, to passerby Mondial supporters among whom the Israeli media crew utterly failed to find one Arab who agreed to a photo op with them, but instead, faced what one media crew member described, as panic and fear when a mobile phone was snatched and photos taken deleted, or the kicking out of a passenger and leaving him stranded in the middle of a deserted road, or forcibly removing a group of media crew from a restaurant and throwing them to the street. Such signals, the dimensions of which are important and analyzed by the Israelis, and ignored by promoters of normalization of the Arabs, say beyond a doubt, that the span of normalization is packing its luggage and leaving.

Benjamin Netanyahu who accompanied the Deal of the Century and normalization projects and frequently boasted that they were the most important compensation for the fears raised by the growth of the resistance in Palestine, and the growth of its strength on Palestine’s borders, knew fully well that the normalization phenomena in the Gulf were only appetizers awaiting the main dish of Saudi Arabia joining the normalization option, and on the outcome of such joinder, when it occurs, as the remaining hope to restore the entity’s regional role, in the shadow of its receding ability to seize it through omnipotent military superiority, with Netanyahu also knowing that such hope being dependent on American success in bringing Saudi Arabia into obedience, and trading conferring legitimacy on the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamad Bin Salman and bypassing the dossier of the killing of the journalist Jamal Kashoggi as a strong point to pressure him into an advanced step in normalization with the Occupation Entity. Following stumbles during U.S. President Joe Biden’s last visit to Saudi Arabia a few months ago, and in translating the invitation for Saudi Arabia to participate in merging “Israel” in both Gulf and Arab milieus, came the rising setbacks in American-Saudi relations, with Saudi positioning mid-road between Washington, Beijing, and Moscow. Enter the American announcement of judicial immunity to the Saudi Crown Prince, and Netanyahu’s burial of his last dreams and hopes.
The return to Palestine, no longer an option, became a fate for Netanyahu or any other leader in the Entity with the failure of the bet on a wave of normalization as a strategic shift after of Saudi Arabia’s joining. The wailing scenes of the Israeli media about the lie of normalization has fired the bullet of mercy on that delusion, and Netanyahu’s return to Palestine implies a return to the conflict considerations well known to Netanyahu, who knows that he lies when he talks the language of challenge with Al Mukawama (Resistance), being the one who, with deterrence power in the gutter, agreed to a cease fire after the Seif Al- Quds conflict. It was under his successive premierships that the transformation of the resistance in Gaza from a defensive force to one of offense occurred, and the resistance in Lebanon obtained its precision missiles despite his lavish rhetoric about targeting them through Syria, and his inability to respond convincingly to the Israeli interior about the secret regarding not targeting them in Lebanon since he was boasting about his power and knowledge about where they were stored, and displaying photos at the UN General Assembly which he said showed the missiles’ depot locations. For all those reasons, Netanyahu knows that he faces a dead end if he decides to return to classic rules of engagement, and knows well that the loss is certain and the erosion unquestionable. Because Netanyahu knows all of this, his last bet was on a wave of normalization in the hope of changing the rules of engagement, and particularly its Palestinian dynamics with Saudi Arabia’s joining, and what it promises the Israelis economically and in terms of expanding the horizon for their hope to remain in the entity, and reproducing a centrist power in the Israeli aggregate which historically had formed the base for a project of “statehood” and “politics,”, and in the absence of which the project of “statehood” gave in to the ideologues and settlers, and the project of “politics” to bloody civil confrontations on one side between the Palestinians as the authentic inhabitants, and on the other side the Settlers. Netanyahu, who is aware of the fall of the projects of “statehood” and “politics” knows the limits of his options, and in view of his retreat from his threat of withdrawing from the agreement of the division of the economic areas with Lebanon by stating that he would give it the same treatment as the Oslo Agreement, will not even dare to do that, i.e. not to comply, because he knows the consequences, and has been the first in avoiding them and seeking to deal with them realistically.

Netanyahu, returning after the elections, reads the fall of the entity with the rise of the Zionist ideology and Settlement bloc and its call to ethnic cleansing, deportation, and killing represented by its rising star Itamar Ben-Gvir, and despite his awareness of the American and European stance and the consequences of granting the internal security cabinet to Ben-Gvir on internal security itself, and on “Israel’s” image abroad and its positon among general opinion groups and Western rights organizations, undertakes such a step in acknowledgement that the era of the “State of Israel” has ended, and that handing over the standard to the tide of settlers and ideologues, either succeeds in creating a new formula inside Palestine which brings back the chance of uniting the entity under a power ceiling, and restoring its regional position through that gateway, similar to the Independence war of 1948, through the deportation of Palestinians and creating an open massacre against them in Jerusalem and the West Bank and the land occupied in 1948, or such risk results in to more disintegration and rehabilitates politics and the project of “statehood,” with Netanyahu being on the grabbing end in both cases.

In Palestine, a new stage dawns, entitled no voice above the battle’s clamor, and no sound above that of bullets, and with Ben-Gvir, no need for Mahmoud Abbas’ authority or his security forces and coordination with the occupation, but rather need Fateh and the Cyclone Forces and the Aqsa Brigades side by side with the resistance factions from Al Qassam to Saraya Al Quds to Areen Al Ousoud, and just like the Palestinian blood defeated the first wave of normalization and prevented the second, it will successfully undertake defeating its remnants at the sound of the horn of confrontation when Ben-Gvir takes over the Ministry of Internal Security, with the Axis of Resistance who is aware that the preservation of the national and nationalist interests of its forces cannot be secured outside the dialectic of confrontation with the occupying entity, standing as a referee in the same trench with the people of Palestine and its resistance forces.

نتنياهو يسلم الراية لبن غفير معلناً سقوط الكيان

نوفمبر 26, 2022

ناصر قنديل

ــ يجب أن يخرس الذين يتحدّثون صباح مساء عن موجة تطبيع تجتاح العالم العربي، ويشكل دعاة المقاومة الصوت النشاز فيها، فيكفي أن يتقن هؤلاء القراءة أو أن يجيدوا السمع والمشاهدة ويتوقفوا أمام مئات التقارير المكتوبة والمرئية والمسموعة التي تعجّ بها وسائل الإعلام الإسرائيلية، حول انتقال الاهتمام بمونديال قطر من الاحتفال بالتطبيع إلى نعيه ودفنه، والأمر لا علاقة له بموقف السلطات القطرية التي منحت لكل وسائل الإعلام الإسرائيلية كل التسهيلات اللازمة، كما تقول التقارير الإعلامية التي تتحدث عن مفاجأة كارثية كانت بانتظار المراسلين الذين أوفدتهم وسائل الإعلام الإسرائيلية بخلفية إقامة مهرجان احتفالي إلى جانب المونديال عنوانه التطبيع؛ فإذا بها تجد في كل زاوية وكل شارع ومع كل مواطن عربي من المغرب والسعودية ولبنان وقطر والإمارات موقفاً يصل رفضه للتطبيع حد التعامل مع الإسرائيلي كأنه طاعون يجب غسل الأيدي بعد ملامسته، كما علّق أحد هؤلاء المراسلين، من سائق الأجرة الى نادل المطعم الى المشجعين الى العابرين في الشوارع عجزت فرق الإعلام الإسرائيلية عن إيجاد عربي واحد يقبل صورة ودّية مع أعضائها، بل إنها واجهت ما وصفه أحد المراسلين بالذعر والخوف مع مصادرة الهاتف النقال ومحو الصور منه، أو إنزال الراكب في منتصف طريق مهجور وطرده، أو إخراج الفريق من مطعم عنوة ورميه في الشارع. وهذه العلامات التي يهتم بها ويحلل أبعادها الإسرائيليون ويرغب بتجاهلها مروّجو التطبيع من العرب، تقول بما لا يقبل الشك إن زمن التطبيع يحزم حقائبه ويرحل.

ــ بنيامين نتنياهو الذي رافق صفقة القرن ومشاريع التطبيع وطالما تباهى بأنها التعويض الأهم عن المخاوف التي يسببها تنامي المقاومة في فلسطين وتنامي قوتها على حدود فلسطين، يعرف أن ما جرى من ظواهر تطبيع في الخليج كانت صحون المقبلات بانتظار الوجبة الرئيسية التي يمثلها انضمام السعودية إلى خيار التطبيع، ورهان نتنياهو على النتائج الناتجة عن مثل هذا الانضمام عند حدوثه كان الأمل المتبقي لرد الاعتبار لدور الكيان الإقليمي، في ظل تراجع قدرته على انتزاع مكانته الإقليمية بقوة تفوقه العسكري المطلق، ويعرف نتنياهو أن هذا الأمل كان رهن نجاح أميركي بجلب السعودية الى بيت الطاعة، ومقايضة منح الشرعية لولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان وتجاوز ملف قتل الصحافي جمال الخاشقجي كورقة قوة أميركية للضغط عليه، بقبول السعودية الذهاب الى خطوة متقدمة في مجال التطبيع مع كيان الاحتلال. وبعد التعثر خلال زيارة الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن الى السعودية قبل شهور، في ترجمة دعوته السعودية للمشاركة في دمج “اسرائيل” في البيئتين الخليجية والعربية، جاءت أزمة العلاقات الأميركية السعودية الآخذة في التصاعد مع تموضع سعودي في منتصف الطريق بين واشنطن وبكين وموسكو. وجاء الإعلان الأميركي عن منح الحصانة القضائية لولي العهد السعودي، ليدفن نتنياهو آخر أحلامه وآماله.

ــ العودة إلى فلسطين لم تعد خياراً بل صارت قدراً بالنسبة لنتنياهو او لسواه من قادة الكيان، مع سقوط الرهان على موجة تطبيع تشكل تغييراً استراتيجياً تنتج عن انضمام السعودية إلى هذه الموجة. والمشهد البكائي لوسائل الإعلام الإسرائيلية عن كذبة التطبيع يطلق رصاصة الرحمة على هذا الوهم، والعودة إلى فلسطين تعني العودة الى حسابات الصراع التي يعرفها نتنياهو جيداً، وهو من يعلم أنه يكذب عندما يتحدث عن لغة التحدي مع المقاومة، فهو من قبل وقف النار بعد معركة سيف القدس وقوة الردع في الحضيض. وفي ولاياته المتتابعة تحولت المقاومة في غزة من قوة دفاعية الى قوة هجومية تهدّد ثم تفتح النار في سيف القدس. وفي ولاياته المتتابعة امتلكت المقاومة في لبنان صواريخها الدقيقة رغم كثرة كلامه عن استهداف هذه الصواريخ عبر سورية، وعجزه عن تقديم جواب مقنع للداخل الإسرائيلي عن سر عدم استهدافها في لبنان طالما أنه يتفاخر بقوته ويعرف أماكن تخزينها، كما فعل بإظهار صور قال إنها تظهر أماكن مستودعات الصواريخ أمام الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، ولذلك كله يعرف نتنياهو أن الكيان يواجه طريقاً مسدودة إذا قرر العودة الى قواعد الاشتباك التقليدية، ويعرف ان الخسارة محتومة وأن التآكل حتمي.

ــ لأن نتنياهو يعرف كل ذلك كان رهانه الأخير على موجة التطبيع أملا بتغيير قواعد الاشتباك، وخصوصا ديناميكيتها الفلسطينية بتأثير انضمام السعودية، وما تعد به الإسرائيليين اقتصادياً وتفتح أمامهم آفاق الأمل بالبقاء في الكيان، وتعيد إنتاج قوة وسطية في التجمع الصهيوني شكلت تاريخياً قاعدة مشروع “الدولة” و”السياسة”، وبغيابها غاب مشروع “الدولة” لحساب جماعة العقيدة والمستوطنين، وغابت السياسة لحساب مشروع المواجهات الدموية الأهلية، بين الفلسطينيين كسكان أصليين من جهة والمستوطنين من جهة مقابلة، ونتنياهو المدرك لسقوط مشروع “الدولة” وسقوط “السياسة” يعرف محدودية خياراته، فهو الذي تراجع عن التهديد بالانسحاب من اتفاق تقاسم المناطق الاقتصادية مع لبنان وقال إنه سيكتفي بالتعامل معه كما تعامل مع اتفاق أوسلو، لن يجرؤ حتى على فعل ذلك، أي عدم التطبيق، لأنه يعلم العواقب، وهو أكثر من تجنّبها وسعى للواقعية في التعامل معها.
ــ نتنياهو العائد بعد الانتخابات يقرأ سقوط الكيان بصعود كتلة العقيدة الصهيونية والاستيطان، ومعها دعوات التطهير العرقي والتهجير والقتل التي يمثل ايتمار بن غفير نجمها الصاعد، فيقرر رغم إدراكه المواقف الأميركية والأوروبية ومعرفته بتداعيات تسليمه حقيبة الأمن الداخلي، على الأمن الداخلي نفسه، وعلى صورة “إسرائيل” في الخارج ومكانتها بين تشكيلات الرأي العام والمنظمات الحقوقية الغربية، يقدم على الخطوة لأنه يعترف بأن زمن “دولة إسرائيل” قد انتهى، وأن تسليم الراية لتيار المستوطنين والعقائديين، إما أن ينجح بإنتاج معادلة جديدة داخل فلسطين تعيد الفرصة لتوحيد الكيان تحت سقف القوة، وتعيد إنتاج مكانته الإقليمية مجدداً عبر هذه البوابة، اسوة بما حدث في ما يسمونه حرب الاستقلال عام 48، عبر تهجير الفلسطينيين وإقامة مذبحة مفتوحة بحقهم في القدس والضفة الغربية والأراضي المحتلة عام 48، أو تؤدي المخاطرة الى مزيد من الانهيار فتعيد الاعتبار للسياسة ومشروع “الدولة”، وفي الحالتين يكون نتنياهو أول من ينتظر لتلقف النتيجة.

ــ في فلسطين تبدأ مرحلة عنوانها لا صوت يعلو فوق صوت المعركة، ولا صوت إلا للرصاص، ومع بن غفير لا حاجة للفلسطينيين لسلطة محمود عباس وأجهزة أمنه وتنسيقها مع الاحتلال، بل هم يحتاجون فتح وقوات العاصفة وكتائب الأقصى إلى جانب فصائل المقاومة من القسام الى سرايا القدس وعرين الأسود، وكما فعل الدم الفلسطيني فعله في إسقاط الموجة الأولى من التطبيع ومنع الموجة الثانية، سوف يتكفل بإسقاط ما تبقى منها مع نفير المواجهة الذي يبدأ مع تولي بن غفير وزارة الأمن الداخلي، ومحور المقاومة الذي يدرك أن الأمن الوطني والقومي لقواه ودوله لا يمكن تأمينه خارج منطق الصراع مع كيان الاحتلال، يقف حكماً في الخندق ذاته مع شعب فلسطين وقواه المقاومة.

US NON-PROFIT-FUNDED ISRAELI EXTREMISTS POSE IMMEDIATE THREAT TO AL-AQSA MOSQUE AND REGIONAL STABILITY

DECEMBER 7TH, 2022

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Robert Inlakesh

As the Religious Zionist Party forms part of Israel’s new government, fears arise of tensions over the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound leading to a new regional escalation. Israeli settler provocations at Jerusalem’s holy sites have a long history of causing civil unrest that runs counter to Washington’s foreign policy goals, which is why U.S.-based non-profits that finance Israeli extremists are all the more outrageous.

With far-right Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir pledging to fight for unfettered access to Al-Aqsa Mosque for extremist settlers, the conditions that could lead to an explosion of violence throughout occupied Palestine – and even regionally – are ripe. In May 2021, Israeli settler incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, combined with routine attacks on worshipers by Israeli police, caused a war to break out between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Once on the fringes of Israeli society, the extremist Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement have now entered the mainstream, with a leader of the second most powerful Israeli political party on their side. The temple mount group openly states on its website its intentions of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as we know it today and building the Jewish “Third Temple” in its place – a virtual declaration of war against the Muslim world.

Although the extremist settlers who routinely storm the mosque are not necessarily close to achieving their end goal, they are hoping to see the new Israeli government grant them the full right to storm at will and perform religious rituals in Al-Aqsa. Such provocations could spark a round of tensions inside the Old City of Jerusalem and its surroundings, leading to a situation that the Secretary General of Lebanese Hezbollah, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, has vowed to challenge using a united resistance front, formed of a number of regional actors, including Yemen’s Ansar Allah.

THE ORIGINS OF THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE TENSIONS

Since the early days of the British Mandate period in Palestine, the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and its surroundings have been central to both the Palestinian national struggle and to creating the grounds for greater conflict between Zionists and Palestinians.

The Zionist movement’s attempts to take over the Western (Wailing) Wall – attached to the outer walls of the Al-Aqsa site, have sparked a number of riots and clashes, culminating in the bloody 1929 al-Khalil (Hebron) uprising.

During the Ottoman Rule of Palestine, Chaim Weizmann, then head of the Zionist Organization, saw the Western Wall site as a prize to attain, initially in order to bring ultra-orthodox Jews into the Zionist camp. He attempted to purchase the site from the Islamic religious trust known as the Waqf. In Tom Segev’s book, “One Palestine, Complete,” he cites a letter written by Weizmann to his wife, where he described, “the minarets and the bell-towers and the domes rising to the sky are crying out that Jerusalem is not Jewish,” clearly indicating a need to change the city’s character.

According to Yehoshua Porath’s book, “The Emergence of the Palestinian-Arab National Movement 1918-1929”, during tensions between Zionists and Palestinians in 1920s Jerusalem, the precedent was already set for Muslim fears over any change in the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites. Porath writes that the Palestinians understood Zionist attempts to change the status quo at the Western Wall site as a gradual attempt to take over the Haram al-Sharif (otherwise known as the Dome of the Rocks mosque), located in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

In reaction to Zionist attempts to attain more control in the Old City, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, created a large campaign to both refurbish the site and to signal to Muslims that the Al-Aqsa Mosque was under attack. This campaign ended up increasing the importance of the third-holiest site in the Islamic faith and in the Palestinian national struggle, combining the religious significance of al-Aqsa with the Palestinian fight for national liberation. The fact that Judaization attempts were being made by leaders of the Zionist movement, pre-dating the British Mandate rule itself, remains stored in the Palestinian collective consciousness until this day.

AL-AQSA UNDER THE LAW

The position that is maintained by the United Nations, despite Israel having passed its own legislation to annex Jerusalem in 1980, is that under international law, the territory is considered to be occupied. The international community “rejects the acquisition of territory by war and considers any changes on the ground illegal and invalid”, is the way the issue of Israel’s claims to sovereignty over the city it viewed by the UN. In addition to this, the status quo, as per Israel’s agreement with Jordan, is that the Jordanian Waqf has the right to maintain security inside the Al-Aqsa compound, whilst Israeli forces have the right to manage security on the Holy Site’s exterior.

Despite attempts to change it, Israeli law states that performing acts of religious worship inside the site is forbidden for Israeli Jewish citizens. Jewish Israelis are allowed to enter as tourists, as is the case for non-Muslim international travelers to the site. However, the Israeli police that operate security checks surrounding Al-Aqsa clearly do not abide by this precedent.

Israel has no right, under international law, to any of Jerusalem. One way that Tel Aviv could have been granted legitimacy in Jerusalem was through a potential peace deal with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), with no such deal having yet taken place. Between 1993 and 1995, both Israel and the PLO signed what was known as the Oslo Accords. Oslo gave birth to a semi-autonomous Palestinian governing body – the Palestinian Authority – in some limited areas of the West Bank and Gaza. The series of agreements between the PLO and the Israeli government was supposed to lead to a process by which a Palestinian State could be created.

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Palestinian youth are handcuffed after protesting Israelis stroming Al-Aqsa Mosque, April 15, 2022. Ariel Schalit | AP

Although Israeli negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA), currently based out of the city of Ramallah, never resulted in a peace deal, the PA had only ever claimed for their state to include East Jerusalem. Under international law, without a viable Palestinian state – one that has its capital in East Jerusalem, Israel has no legal right to any part of the city.

Despite this, in 2000, then-Israeli opposition leader, Ariel Sharon, stormed the Al-Aqsa compound, causing a mass Palestinian revolt. Sharon’s move followed a march that had just taken place to commemorate the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacres of around 3,500 Palestinians and Lebanese civilians – massacres that Sharon played a central role in facilitating.

For Palestinians, it was the act of an Israeli politician storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque site that served as the straw that broke the camel’s back. The uprising across the Occupied Territories known as the Second Intifada began in September 2000 and continued officially until 2005.

ISRAEL’S GROWING ENCROACHMENT ON AL-AQSA

Over the past two years, the Israeli assaults on Palestinian worshipers inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound have been extremely pronounced, especially during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Israeli riot police have repeatedly stormed the site, injuring hundreds of Palestinians and even killing a young man earlier this year. The war between Gaza and Israel in 2021 began as a result of tensions surrounding Al-Aqsa and the threat of an Israeli settler “death to Arabs” march penetrating the compound’s walls.

Leading up to the 2021 conflict, Israeli police had restricted access to the site for prayer during the month of Ramadan and even closed off the minarets at Al-Aqsa to prevent the call to prayer. In 2019, the Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Leon, pushed to install quiet speakers at the Mosque site, which indicates that the action performed by the Israeli police was likely not arbitrary and fits into a trend of extinguishing the Islamic presence in the city.

Going further back, in 2010, an Israeli terrorist attempted to detonate explosives in order to blow up the Al-Qibli Mosque inside the Al-Aqsa compound. This attack was followed by continued attempts by settlers to invade the area. 2015 however, was when the provocations began to take off in an unprecedented manner, with the number of Israeli settlers choosing to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque steadily increasing since that time.

According to Yaraeh – an organization that promotes settler incursions into Al-Aqsa – from August to October 2021, approximately 10,000 Israeli settlers entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, representing a 35% increase from previous years. This October, Yaraeh proudly announced that almost 8,000 settlers stormed the site in one month – the highest on record and more than in the entirety of 2012

In 2021, Hagit Ofran, the director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watchdog, told +972 Magazine that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government had been responsible for tensions at the al-Aqsa site, “so much so that it was the reason Netanyahu was no longer in touch with Jordan’s King Abdullah II”. Since the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, Israel and Jordan have been bound by an agreement that maintains the “status quo” at the site, which involves Tel Aviv respecting the Hashemite King of Jordan’s symbolic custodianship over Al-Aqsa.

With Netanyahu returning to power, the Jordanian element to this story is particularly important. Netanyahu is backed by fanatical Israeli lawmakers who would like to see Palestinian citizens of Israel expelled from the country altogether. Although Jordan’s King Abdullah II is not likely to abandon his nation’s 1994 peace treaty with Tel Aviv, it is clear that during the Trump administration years, the Hashemite ruler had been isolated after taking a stance against the Netanyahu-Trump “Deal of the Century” model to end the Palestine-Israeli conflict. There are even reports that Benjamin Netanyahu, along with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was involved in attempts to hatch a coup plot to overthrow the Jordanian monarch – one that was publicly quashed in April 2021. The Israeli role in the alleged U.S.-Saudi campaign to undermine Abdullah was said to have been part of an attempt to strip the Hashemites of their symbolic custodianship over Al-Aqsa.

Under the Biden administration’s combined efforts with the former Bennett-Lapid government of Israel, Amman had again grown closer to Tel Aviv and even signed a memorandum of understanding for a “water for clean energy” exchange agreement. However, with Netanyahu’s return to power and the current weakening of the Palestinian Authority, if tensions arise from the growing encroachment upon Al-Aqsa, Jordan’s ruler could again be undermined. The Jordanians and Palestinian Authority have already joined hands, sending a message to the U.S. and E.U. to demand that no change be made to the status quo at Al-Aqsa as the new Israeli government comes to power.

In addition to its plans for the expulsion of thousands of Palestinians in neighborhoods like Silwan, Israel is also demolishing Islamic burial sites in the Old City. The Israeli Supreme Court has also been complicit in rejecting appeals to prevent a cable car project in the Old City, which will economically impact local Palestinians, as well as destroy their heritage sites. Recently, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem has condemned the rising settler attacks on holy sites throughout the city, but his statements largely fell on deaf ears.

Given all the context noted above, it is fair to assume that another escalation is only around the corner and that due to the silence of the international community, the Palestinian people will be left to defend their holy sites on their own. When this happens, however, it is likely that much of the Western world, along with Israel, will act as if the Palestinians are being violent and unreasonable, and motivated purely by anti-Semitism.

U.S. FUNDING OF EXTREMIST TEMPLE MOUNT GROUPS

The Temple Mount movement, which explicitly expresses its desire to not only change the status quo at Al-Aqsa but to build the ‘third temple’ by destroying the Islamic Holy site there, is spearheaded by American-born Israelis. There has been significant financial as well as promotional support from U.S. citizens and organizations. Lately, prominent conservative commentators Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson have themselves entered the site in the presence of extremist Temple Mount figures. Among both Christian and Jewish Americans, the issue has been of importance for starkly different religious reasons.

The Temple Institute, the most notable of a number of organizations that advocate changing the status quo at the Al-Aqsa compound and building the Jewish third temple, was revealed by a Haaretz news investigation to have been funded by a leading U.S. donor to Benjamin Netanyahu. The Temple Institute, founded in 1987 by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, received $96,000 from the U.S.-based One Israel Fund in 2012 and 2013 alone, with a number of other American organizations also contributing donations during that time. The 2015 Haaretz report uncovered that the financing of extremist Temple Mount groups comes from a large pool of tax-exempt charitable organizations that are based in the United States, ranging from New York and California to Texas.

According to the Temple Institute’s last publicly available financial report, for the years 2019 and 2020, the organization received over $2.9 million in funding. Around half came from the Israeli government, with the other half coming from donations. To contribute funds from the United States to the Temple Institute, donors can be directed from a website called America Gives, partnered with Israel Gives, a website from which you can directly aid to the Temple Institute. American Support for Israel, U.K. Gives and Canada Charity Partners are all set up to receive donations from outside of Israel.

American-born ex-Likud Party Knesset member, Yehuda Glick is a prominent figure in the Temple Mount movement and heads the Shalom Jerusalem Foundation. On the foundation’s official website, you can find a donation campaign that hopes to attract people who seek to “see the rebuilding of the Third Temple speedily in our time”. The foundation collects money through a tax-exempt charity based in New Jersey called the Jerusalem Friendship Alliance INC and collected more than $1.8 million in total revenue between 2011 and 2020.

The above-noted means of donating from the United States to the Temple Mount movement are but only a sample of a much larger pool of charitable organizations, through which American organizations and private persons can give money to a cause that runs counter to U.S. policy. Washington supposedly supports maintaining the status quo at Al-Aqsa.

FEARING A REPEAT IBRAHIMI MOSQUE MASSACRE SCENARIO

In 1994, after years of attempts by extremists to change the status quo at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), the settlers were finally successful. On February 25, U.S.-born Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi Mosque with an automatic weapon, opening fire on Palestinian worshipers. The horrifying terrorist attack resulted in the murder of 29 people and the injury of 125 others, in what Palestinians claimed was a settler plot with indirect support from the Israeli military.

Shortly after the attack, Israel declared the old city of Al-Khalil a closed military zone, later seizing 60% of the Ibrahimi Mosque and turning it into a synagogue closed off to Palestinians. The attack was a resounding success for the Israeli terrorist, who had achieved his goal of making Palestinians pay for falling victim to his actions, and making the life of those living in the Old City miserable and subjected to constant checkpoint stops. Today, Al-Khalil’s Old City is one of the most disturbing areas to visit in all of Palestine, as settlers occupy homes that Palestinians have been expelled from, while simply visiting the Ibrahimi Mosque comes with a humiliating journey through a military checkpoint and a number of stops.

Although violent attempts to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound have not yet returned into the fold, the possibility of extremist attempts to use violence at the site is always a fear in the back of every Palestinian’s head. This fear is not unfounded, nor is it without historical precedent, as the Jewish Underground terrorist group had attempted just this back in the 1970s and 1980s; to not only blow up al-Aqsa Mosque but to detonate bombs on packed Palestinian civilian buses in East Jerusalem. Yehuda Etzion, a former member of the Jewish Underground who attempted to blow up Al-Aqsa in 1984, today still advocates building the third temple. Etzion continued to agitate, heading the Chai Vekayam movement that played a prominent role in promoting the Temple Mount movement in the early 2000s. The Jewish Underground is no longer operating, and many of its members were arrested for their violent attacks and plots. However, interestingly, the funding for this organization came primarily from within the United States.

The extremist settler, Baruch Goldstein, who was responsible for the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, was a protégé of the extremist Israeli political figure known as Meir Kahane, the founder of the infamous Kach movement, whose armed wing was the Jewish Defense League (JDL).  The Kach movement was eventually outlawed in both Israel and the United States, with the JDL being designated a terrorist group for its violent antics. Today, former members of the Kach movement and those sympathetic to its cause, such as Itamar Ben-Gvir, are now about to take cabinet positions in the new Israeli government.

Those who follow the beliefs of Meir Kahane, whose group carried out bombing attacks on U.S. soil, are called Kahanists. A 2019 Investigation conducted by The Nation revealed that a web of non-profit American organizations was financing Kahanist groups affiliated with the Religious Zionism Party, which is poised to become the second most powerful Israeli political party under the new Netanyahu administration. An Intercept report in early November then followed up on The Nation’s findings and revealed that tens of millions of dollars had been donated to Israeli far-right groups affiliated with the Religious Zionism Party. Religious Zionism openly advocates for changing the status quo at Al-Aqsa. Its most prominent figures, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, have both stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque this year.

The Biden administration has not changed Washington’s long-standing position of maintaining the status quo at al-Aqsa. However, its position of upholding “unwavering support” for Tel Aviv directly contradicts this position. The Israeli government, the recipient of $150 Billion in U.S. aid, directly finances the Temple Institute and other far-right organizations. Some of Israel’s most prominent political figures also support the idea of building the Jewish Third Temple and actively call for changing the status quo at Al-Aqsa.

Organizations that are the most prominent in promoting these ideas receive a large sum of their finances from U.S.-based tax-exempt organizations. If the U.S. government does not decide to put its foot down and make its support for Israel conditional, a major flare-up over the status of Al-Aqsa will be on its hands – an escalation that could cost Washington its relationship with Jordan and even leaderships in the wider Muslim world. The Al-Aqsa Mosque’s status is an issue that is close to the hearts of over 2 billion Muslims worldwide and attempts to destroy it will be tantamount to a declaration of Holy War, funded by tax-exempt U.S. organizations.

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