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From The Memory of The People: Flowers, Dancing and a Defeated “Israeli” Occupation Army

From The Memory of The People: Flowers, Dancing and a Defeated “Israeli” Occupation Army

By Nour Rida

Lebanon – Many are the photos and videos that rerun the joy and emotions of people returning to their homes and villages in Lebanon, after long years of “Israeli” occupation to their land.

25 May, celebrated as a national holiday and considered as one of the most important days in Lebanon’s modern history is dubbed Resistance and Liberation Day. After two decades, people recall the day when they tasted the sweetness of returning back to their homes, lands and villages and reunited with their loved ones, and the day when the detainees saw the sun again after long years of torture and imprisonment in “Israeli” prisons set up inside the Lebanese territory; like the infamous Khiam prison.

Fatima, 65 years old, told al-Ahed news that she was on a vacation in Lebanon. She had been living abroad all her life, driven out of Lebanon due to the civil war and then the “Israeli” occupation of Lebanon.

“I remember that day so well. As soon as we heard the news, that the ‘Israeli’ army was withdrawing, we poured down to the streets in Beirut to celebrate, and to find out more about what was happening. I had not been to the South of Lebanon for many years because of the occupation. So we instantly rode our car and moved towards the South with the other thousands of cars to go back home. People were throwing rice and flowers, giving out sweets and candy, it was sort of a wedding or parade and you just could see the smiles and tears of joy everywhere.”

Mariam, 73 year old housewife who comes originally from Jizzine, a village in South Lebanon with a Christian majority, told al-Ahed news that on that day, rumors were spreading like fire at the beginning that the Hezbollah, or Lebanese resistance movement was killing people all across the South of Lebanon and that no one should even think of going to the South at the moment.

“My husband said this was definitely rubbish, he had been friends with many of the resistance fighters and he said he knew well that was not the case. We are Christians, but we lived a long life of friendship and love with our Muslim neighbors, who cared for us more than our own family members sometimes. Soon we joined the cars moving towards the South on that day, only to find out what my husband was saying: these are rumors of hatred and bigotry by ‘Israel’ and their allies inside Lebanon.”

On that day, many marched back to their homes and villages on foot. It was like waves of human beings were flocking back to their land of which they were deprived by the “Israeli” occupation.

“My aunt shows in one of the videos on that day,” Amal said.

Amal was a kid at the time, but she knows the stories by heart. She has been listening to these stories for 20 years now, and today she turns 30. She was born on this same day only 10 years before the “Israeli” so-called invincible army withdrew from Lebanon.

“Many took to the streets, dancing, chanting, embracing each other and tossing rice and flowers in the air in celebration. I was a kid but I still vaguely remember how we were standing at the doorsteps of our house and people were celebrating; my aunt shows in one of the videos dancing and throwing flowers right in front of our house.”

Sara, for her part, was the daughter of an agent who worked for the “Israeli” occupation in its Lahed Army, or what was known as the SLA [South Lebanon Army]. It was an army in which Lebanese people were hired to help the “Israeli” occupation, and hence it was an army of national traitors. Sara wanted to speak anonymously; it still bothers her that her father was a traitor and an agent who worked for the “Israeli” occupation.

“I cannot hide from the past, and I cannot forget that he is my father. We were so scared when the ‘Israelis’ fled and people said we will be killed and humiliated by Hezbollah, but until this day none of the Hezbollah people did us wrong. The only one humiliated was my father, when he fled to the Galilee camp and later told us how badly they were treated until he managed to leave to Canada after a few weeks of ill treatment and lack of any basic needs or respect,” Sara described.

She went on to say “He later came to Lebanon and was jailed for three years because of cooperating with the ‘Israeli’ occupation army.”

The 2000 liberation of Lebanon was a turning point in the history of Lebanon and the region, from which people and societies can draw lessons and inspiration. Western media attempts across the years are crystal clear, trying to misrepresent history or hide the told and untold stories. But facts cannot be concealed. The stories of the people, the marching of the people on foot all the way to the South, the videos and the photos and audio-visual history, the tears of joy and longing, the blood of the martyrs and the some 150 Khiam Lebanese detainees whose scars still speak of “Israeli” torture cannot be buried.

It was the resistance fighters and the people who hand in hand liberated their land. As Timor Goksel, former spokesman and senior advisor to UNIFIL had said once on the popular move: “Back in 2000, it was the march of the people before the Liberation which amazed me the most…The starting point was in the village of Kantara towards the village of Taybe. Hundreds of children, women, and men marched towards freedom.”

In 1979, Goksel was assigned as Press Information Officer/Spokesman to UNIFIL at South Lebanon’s Nakoura and later became a Senior Adviser of UNIFIL in 1995.

Goksel said that historically, “Israel” never left a country without something in return, but this only time was a withdrawal for nothing in return; that’s why this time it was a success.

Hence, what speaks stronger than all these memories is the fact that the once unbeatable “Israeli” army faces a deterrence power in the region imposed by the Lebanese resistance. And so, 2000 was not only a memory in the minds and hearts of the people with stories told and some others untold. May 25 2000 is a day when the political, military and strategic equations in the Lebanon, the region and the entire world changed.

Even If ‘Israel’ Polished the Prison Walls, It Won’t Polish Its Bloody History

Even If ‘Israel’ Polished the Prison Walls, It Won’t Polish Its Bloody History

By Zeinab Daher

South Lebanon – Before the liberation of Lebanon from the ‘Israeli’ enemy on May 25, 2000, one of the ‘Israeli’-run facilities, used to detain any member suspected of carrying out a resistance activity, was totally inhabitable.

The Khiam Detention Center, based on top of the southern Lebanese town of Khiam, which borders occupied Palestine, didn’t feature any aspect that makes it fit for the human survival. In addition to being located in an open and high altitude area, not a single detail in it made it fit for detaining humans inside it.

Inside cells that could barely fit for two, every five detainees spent years of their lives. Not a single light, not even a toilet… detainees adapted with such harsh circumstances.

Some solitary cells were flooded with rainwater in winter, and being as hot as hell in summer, and it was all fine for the prison’s administration.

One day, out of the blue, conditions turned upside down. The detainees were astonished…

In the early 1995, ‘Israelis’ started improving the place. They emptied prisons gradually and made radical changes inside. When every group of prisoners returned to their cell, they didn’t find it. Every four or five cells were merged together in a one big hall. Beds were added, and toilets were set inside. Hot water became also available, even lights appeared finally in the dark rooms.

Detainees didn’t understand the sudden transformation although they concluded that something is in the making. Days later, they learned that the International Committee for Red Cross [ICRC] will enter the place.

It was hence understood that the ‘Israeli’ was taking all precautionary measures to show the ICRC that the place is suitable and comfortable for the prisoners, so that when it reflects the image to the outer world it doesn’t harm the ‘Israeli’ one.

In that year, the ICRC representatives started entering the Khiam Detention Center and holding meetings with the detainees who, in fact, told them that everything they can see at the time are innovated, and things were in total mess before.

The representatives, however, wanted to stay on the safe side. They told the prisoners that they are concerned with what happens in the present and that they don’t want to tackle what happened before.

However, despite the apparent enhancement, the policies to torture and starve detainees continued. Although detainees were allowed to receive letters from their relatives, those letters have long been censored by the jailers who chose to cancel any part of it they don’t like. Methods of torture were always the same. The most brutal and painful was the electric pole upon which detainees were hanged upside down, and sometimes they hang them from one leg only. Detainees used to remain two to three days hanged in the whatsoever whether happens to be at time of their turn. They were deprived of food and water… with their heads covered in bags, but their entire bodies kept naked.

A lot of detainees were martyred on this electric pole in particular…

The Red Cross was not capable of holding the prison’s administration into account or even sue it. The administration, they say, is not a state, but rather a militia tied to the ‘Israeli’.

This might not seem weird regarding the practices of an enemy like the ‘Israeli’ one. ‘Israel’ has long sought polishing its blood-stained image, the blood of detainees, many of whom were martyred, while the rest have carried with them outside the bars, many chronic respiratory and dermal diseases.

‘Israel’, the murderous living thing on this planet, would be able to polish the walls of the prison. It would be able to wipe away the once-seen dirt and darkness, but would never be able to polish the blood on its hands, nor be able to change its history.

‘Israel’ is a master at performance. There is no doubt. ‘Israel’, however, wouldn’t master directing the scene. The enemy might be able to begin whatever it wants, yet the stable equation is that this enemy itself will remain dependent on the might of resistance, which, since more than a couple of decades, is deciding what it wants to end, the way it, only, wants.

الصفقة – الفضيحة: مَن دبّر تهريبة كورونا – جزار الخيام؟

اعتصام للأسرى المحررين أمام المحكمة العسكرية استنكارًا لإسقاط التهم بحق الفاخوري

ناصر قنديل

لم تع القضية بقرار المحكمة العسكرية، بل بما تلاه من ترتيبات مُحكَمة لتهريب جزار الخيام العميل عامر الفاخوري إلى السفارة الأميركية تمهيداً لترحيله منها إلى قبرص فإلى اميركا، والقرار الصادر عن المحكمة العسكرية بردّ قضية جزار الخيام العميل عامر الفاخوري بقبول الدفوع الشكلية حول مرور الزمن بحد ذاته فضيحة من العيار الثقيل. فالقضاة الذين يتعاملون مع القضية منذ شهور سبق ومرت أمامهم هذه الذريعة وهزأوا من طرحها، وقالوا لمن سألهم إن مرور الزمن لا يطوي جريمة التعامل مع العدو، فكيف ومعها جرائم قتل وتعذيب واعتراف العميل نفسه بمواصلة التعامل، لتصير جريمة متمادية. والتغطية على وجود صفقة وراءها أمر أصعب من أن يقبله اي عقل أو عاقل، ليصير السؤال عن الطرف الثاني في الصفقة الوقحة، طالما أن الطرف الأول معلوم وهو الأميركي الذي لم يكفّ عن الضغط والإلحاح رسمياً، والإيحاء تحت الطاولة بالترغيب والترهيب، سواء بقوة الضغوط المالية التي قد يلجأ إليها إذا بقي ملف الفاخوري في الملاحقة القضائية وصولاً للحكم، ولا ينتظر أمثاله أمام قضاء عادل إلا الإعدام، أو بتلويح مواز بإمكانية رفع الضغوط عن لبنان إذا تجاوب مع الطلب الأميركي. وبالتوازي مع السياسة نشاط أميركي عبر القنوات التي تمثلها العلاقات العسكرية للضغط بمواقف مشابهة فيها من الإغراءات بمثل ما فيها من التهديدات، وصولاً للمستوى القضائي بالتحديد الذي توجّه نحوه الأميركيون مباشرة، وإذا كان الطرف القضائي قد سقط بالفضيحة كواجهة للصفقة الفضيحة فمن يقف في الصف الخفيّ؟

]أن يلجأ مدعي عام التمييز إلى طلب الملف لتمييزه تمهيداً لنقضه بعدما ظهرت الفضيحة وباتت ردود الأفعال أكبر من أن يتحمّلها البلد، والدولة، والتحالفات السياسية، والقضاء، لا يغيّر من الأمر شيئاً، فالفاخوري يمتلك الحرية التي حرم منها آلاف الشباب الذين استشهد عشرات منهم على يديه، والقضية الآن هي كشف المستور، لأن اللفلفة يجب أن تكون مرفوضة في قضية هذا حجمها. فدماء المئات الذين سقطوا في معتقل الخيام هي جزء من دماء آلاف الشهداء الذين سقطوا كي يسقط الاحتلال، ويتحرر البلد وترتفع رايات عزته خفاقة. والمقاومة التي يجب أن يقوم حزبها الأهم والأبرز، حزب الله بمراجعة للإجابة عن سؤال، كيف وصلت الأمور إلى التجرؤ من مجموعة مستويات في الدولة على ارتكاب هذه الفضيحة المشينة، من وراء ظهره، ولو دون الحدّ الأدنى من تشاور أو تسميع رفع العتب، معنية اليوم بأن لا تقيم حساباً لأحد، لا تحت شعار حفظ ماء وجه القضاة الذين أهرقوا كرامتهم، وبات صون كرامة القضاء بتنحيتهم بلا استثناء وبلا أعذار لأحد منهم، ومحاسبتهم أمام جهة قضائية موثوقة لتصبح كل التفاصيل بيّنة وواضحة، في الإجابة على أسئلة القضية، مَن ومتى وأين وكيف ولماذا؟ ولا يجب أن تقف المراجعة هنا تحت شعار حفظ ماء وجه مسؤول سياسي أو عسكري مهما كان مهماً أو قريباً، لأن المطلوب بقوة إعادة التقييم في الحساب الذي تكشفه الوقائع عن هوية الصف الثاني أي المختفي والواقف وراء القضاة. وقد يكون الصف الثاني صفاً أول، ويجب أن تتوضّح الصورة ويعلم الناس من الذي ساعد وشجّع وغطى، عسكرياً كان أم سياسياً؟

واحدة من العناوين التي ميّزت تجربة المقاومة، أنها تفعل كل شيء في العلن، فعندما ترى مصلحة بالتفاوض لتبادل، تصارح جمهورها بشجاعة، وكانت لتستقوي بحكم مبرم، وتفاوض على استعادة جثث شهداء وتكشف مصير مفقودين وتستعيد حرية أسرى للمقاومة في كيان الاحتلال من لبنانيين وغير لبنانيين، وتحرّر أسرى في فرنسا يتقدمهم جورج عبدالله وفي أميركا من مدنيين لبنانيين معتقلين بتهمة دعم المقاومة، ولا تخجل المقاومة بقول ذلك ولا تقوم بتهريبة في ظلال الأزمة المالية وأزمة كورونا، كما هو الحال اليوم، لذلك لا يظنن أحد أن المقاومة طرف في هذه الصفقة المشينة، بل هي صفقة على ظهرها، من الصفقات التي كانت المقاومة تحذّر من الوقوع فيها تحت شعار البحث عن دعم مالي مقابل تنازل عن السيادة. وهل ثمة تنازل وتفريط أشد بسيادتنا من الذي كان مقرراً له ان يجري؟

النخب الثقافية والشعبية وبيئة المقاومة وأهالي الشهداء والحقوقيون ورجال القانون، معنيون جميعاً برفع الصوت عالياً، لمواصلة المعركة حتى يظهر الحق البائن، وتفضح الوجوه الخفيّة، وتسقط الأقنعة، فيطمئن الشهداء إلى أن الدماء محصّنة ومصونة.

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So Much Respectful to Lebanese Judiciary! US Paying Amer Fahkoury Regular Consular Visits

So Much Respectful to Lebanese Judiciary! US Paying Amer Fahkoury Regular Consular Visits

Very much ‘concerned’ US over agent Amer Fakhoury’s detention is sending delegates on regular basis to visit him in his medical facility

By Zeinab Daher

Beirut – Sometimes it turns very questionable to see a country voicing support for a murderer who killed and tortured his nationals while delightedly serving his country’s occupiers.

And some other times, it turns more doubtful that this same country remains silent about a horrific murder and dismembering of a journalist, who was its resident, by its ally.

But wait! Does it actually seem that the issue in both cases is the same? Maybe yes. It is the same country standing by the side of the murderer while hiding when it comes to the victim.

It is even much alike, our case here is, plus being aligned with the criminal murderer, an obvious interference in another country’s sovereignty.

In the most recent blatant interference in Lebanon’s affairs and its judicial system, reports revealed that a senior US State Department official voiced late Monday his country’s ‘concern’ over the situation of Amer Fakhoury.

While all Lebanese nationals and the relatives of his victims were demanding his execution, and even labeling him as the ‘slaughterer of Khiaym’ Detention Center, the US administration was shamelessly supporting Fakhoury, who himself confessed before the Lebanese Military Tribunal his role as a leader in the ‘Israeli’ proxy in South Lebanon.

Furthermore, this official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told a group of reporters that “we have routine consular visits with him” and that Fakhoury had been removed from his detention facility and was now in a medical facility.

“We are in routine touch with his family as well. I don’t – I think we are engaged with the government of Lebanon about his release. I don’t think I have the ability to provide further comment on Amer because of what is – he has to sign certain waivers for that to occur,” he added.

Amer Fakhoury returned to Lebanon coming from the United States in September of 2019.

Fakhoury closed his New Hampshire restaurant before heading to Lebanon.

He entered the country through Beirut International Airport. Upon arrival, the airport employee noticed that the man, holding an American passport, was a ‘wanted’ citizen. However, as the employee examined the issue, he learned that the decision to arrest him has been ‘withdrawn’ that’s why he was allowed to enter the country but after revoking his passport.

Fakhoury was later detained and referred to the Military Tribunal on September 13. After questioning by the General Security, he confessed to “cooperating with and working for” the ‘Israeli’ enemy that occupied the country and humiliated the nation for 22 years.

He had served in the Khiyam Detention Camp under the ‘Israeli’ occupation as a military commander of ‘Israel’s’ so-called South Lebanon Army that was commanded by Antoine Lahd.

There was a national consent that Fakhoury was the most notorious of all agents who served for the ‘Israeli’ occupation enemy. This was proved through testimonies of the families of those who were either killed or maimed as a result of torture inside the detention camp.

During his service, the enemy’s agent caused incurable injuries among almost all detainees, not to mention those who were martyred under torture.

Since then, all Lebanese nationals, but most precisely the relatives Fakhoury’s victims has been outraged by his return.

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