Al-Houthi: US plans were paving way for controlling, occupying Yemen

September 20, 2022 

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

The leader of Ansar Allah movement asserts that the US was working to escalate chaos in Yemen, but the Yemeni people thwarted these plans.

The leader of the Yemeni Ansar Allah movement, Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi

The leader of the Yemeni Ansar Allah movement, Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, said on Tuesday that the US plans were aimed at dismantling Yemen internally, fueling divisions and fragmentation, and stirring internal differences.

On the occasion of the anniversary of the September 21 revolution, Al-Houthi explained that the United States adopted a destructive policy against Yemen and did not care about the interests of the Yemeni people, adding that the US plans were paving the way to completely control and occupy Yemen.

He indicated that Washington was working to escalate chaos in Yemen, underlining that the alertness and action of the Yemeni people are what foiled the schemes of the United States and its allies.

The Yemeni leader pointed out that Washington was working to strip the Yemeni army of its military capabilities, noting that the targeting of the state’s military, civil, and administrative facilities unravels the destructive policy of aggression that aims to force Yemen into total collapse.

Al-Houthi added that Washington has turned its embassy in Sanaa into a headquarters for managing all sabotage activities in Yemen, adding that all Yemeni parties were sure that what the US ambassador in Sanaa was doing represented a clear violation of the country’s sovereignty and independence.

He mentioned that some Yemeni political parties were responding to US demands, but the resistance of the Yemeni people confused the Americans.

The leader of the Ansar Allah movement emphasized that the slogans, goals, and popular momentum of the revolutionary movement were broad, stressing that the revolution was not restricted to one group without the other; rather, it belonged to all components of the Yemeni people.

The popular movement expressed the awareness and values ​​of the Yemeni people, as well as their rightful demands that are far from any factional and sectarian discourse.

Al-Houthi said the Yemeni people insisted on gaining freedom in its true sense in order to obtain their rightful independence on September 21.

He considered that the aggression against Yemen revealed the reality of those who wanted to continue the guardianship over the country and exposed their hostile policy, adding that the aggression confirms the hostile policy of the Americans and their allies against our people.

The Yemeni leader noted that the aggression targeted government and service facilities, which shows the true American intentions to destroy everything in the country.

He pointed out that the coalition of aggression destroyed all infrastructure and even targeted courts, prisons, cemeteries, and schools and sought to tighten the noose on Yemenis in their livelihood by means of a harsh inhuman siege and economic conspiracies.

Yemen stands against path of normalization

Al-Houthi indicated that Yemen is militarily doing what many Arab countries are unable to do and is currently moving to work on the civil industry sector.

Regarding normalization with the Israeli occupation, Al-Houthi said Washington and its allies are seeking to bring about change in the region under the title of normalization and the loyalty of Arab regimes to “Israel”, stressing that Yemen stands against the path of normalization and by the Palestinian cause and the free people of the nation against its enemies.

Al-Houthi mentioned that the coalition of aggression and traitors among the Yemeni people are plundering the Yemeni oil wealth and controlling the country’s resources and wealth.

Earlier, the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, headed by Mahdi Al-Mashat, affirmed the country’s geographical and social unity and sovereignty over its wealth.

Read more: Yemen: More than 300 killed, wounded since the start of the truce

Lebanese players express pride in withdrawing from matches vs Israelis

16 Sep 2022 00:14

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Ahmad Karakira 

Charbel Abu Daher and Nadia Fawaz, two Lebanese champions who refused to compete against Israeli athletes, tell Al Mayadeen they prefer losing over competing with Israelis.

Lebanese champions Charbel Abu Daher and Nadia Fawaz

Ragheb Harb, the Sheikh of the martyrs of the Islamic Resistance, once said his famous quote, “A handshake (with the enemy) is a recognition.”

During his speech on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Hezbollah, Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said, “Our bet is on young people like Charbel Abu Daher and Nadia Fawaz, who refused to compete against Israelis.”

So who are Charbel Abu Daher and Nadia Fawaz?

Charbel Abu Daher, 14, is a Lebanese boxer who withdrew from the World Junior Championships, which took place in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi, in rejection of all forms of normalization.

Similarly, Nadia Fawaz, 12, is a Lebanese chess champion who withdrew from the 4th Abu Dhabi International Open Festival after the classification pitted her against an Israeli player in her fourth round, thus following in the footsteps of her fellow Lebanese sports champions who have rejected any normalization with “Israel”.

The father of the Lebanese boxer expressed his pride in what his son had done, thanking Sayyed Nasrallah for the stance that praised the Lebanese player’s decision.

In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen Net, both Charbel and Nadia expressed their pride in the honorable decision that they took, affirming that they would rather lose championships over competing with Israeli players; competitions that entail recognition of the Israeli occupation.

Charbel said that from a very young age, his father raised him not to compete against an Israeli opponent, adding that “if a draw places me in the face of an Israeli player, I wouldn’t play the fight out of respect for my country and martyrs.”

What happened?

According to Charbel, the initial championship schedule placed him in a group with a Mexican, an Uzbek, and an American. But an hour before his fight on the next day, his father was shocked to know that an Israeli player was included in the new schedule.

The 14-year-old and his father tried contacting the Lebanese Federation that, in its turn, tried contacting the World Federation, but they couldn’t change anything, prompting Charbel to take the decision to withdraw.

Lebanese player Charbel Abu Daher.

“We knew that this was an intended scheme because someone told my father that only our schedule has changed and an Israeli opponent was included in it,” Charbel told Al Mayadeen Net.

The young champion also revealed that the Israeli coach tried to approach the Lebanese team more than once and attempted to take a picture with Charbel’s father who kept pushing him away.

For Charbel, what matters to him the most is the brave decision that he took, which helped him win people’s hearts, stressing that “from the beginning, I have taken a decision not to compete against an Israeli, even if it costs me practicing the sport. I am proud of the decision that I took.”

Lebanese player Charbel Abu Daher.

“Most of my friends saluted me for my decision to withdraw, while some told me that I could’ve competed against the Israeli opponent and defeated him, but I explained to them that had I faced him, I would have recognized Israel.”

According to the young champion, after his withdrawal from the competition against the Israeli athlete, the Islamic Republic of Iran offered him an academic scholarship and the chance to train with its national team in preparation for the world championship that will be held in three months in Indonesia.

Charbel saluted Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and thanked him for the respect and value that he has honored him with, along with Captain Ali Nehme, Major-General Tony Saliba, the Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon, and his Excellency Sleiman Frangieh, in addition to everyone who supported him.

“Had I played this round, I would have brought disgrace”

On her part, Nadia, 12, said she did not expect the draw to place her against an Israeli competitor who was 1 out 400 players in the chess championship.

The Lebanese chess champion underlined that as soon as she received the schedule, she called her parents and informed them that she would not compete.

“Had I played this round, I would have brought disgrace to my family and myself, whereas the decision that I have taken brought me dignity and people’s love,” Nadia told Al Mayadeen Net.

Lebanese player Nadia Fawaz.

The chess champion said, “People were proud of me and happy with the decision that I took, and I thank them for their love,” indicating that “my friends encouraged me a lot and were happy with my decision. All of them called me and congratulated me on my stance.”

In a message, the 12-year-old called on the Lebanese youth to love their country, encouraging them to take a decision similar to hers if they ever encounter the same situation.

With their patriotic stance, Abu Daher and Fawaz joined 8-year-old Mark Abou Deeb who withdrew from the World Cadet Chess Championships in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, and Abdullah Miniato, who withdrew from the World Mixed Martial Arts Championship last year in Bulgaria after a draw set them to confront Israeli opponents.

It is noteworthy that for the Israeli occupation, sports has always been a strategy for whitewashing genocide and the violation of human rights that it is committing against the Palestinian people.

For “Israel”, investing in international sports events that attract the attention of billions around the world is a good opportunity to whitewash their crimes and distract people from human rights violations, such as occupying lands and killing people.

Read more: Kuwaiti player refuses to face Israeli opponent in chess championship

Palestinian Resistance Movements Call for Quitting Oslo and Ending ‘Security Coordination’

September 15, 2022

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, US President Bill Clinton, and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat at the signing of the Oslo Accord. (Photo: Vince Musi, via Wikimedia Commons)

Palestinian resistance movements called on Wednesday for a total withdrawal from the Oslo Accords and an end to ‘security coordination’ between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli occupation security services, Quds Press reported.

Speaking on behalf of the movements, senior Islamic Jihad official Nafeth Azzam said that Oslo gave “legitimacy” to the Israeli occupation and illegal Jewish settlements.

Azzam made his comments during a conference in Gaza to mark the anniversary of the Oslo Accords. He also issued a warning about the normalization of Arab states with Israel.

“This path is doomed to fail. The Palestinians have surprised the world with their rejection of Oslo and their rejection of the normalization of ties between the occupation and Arab nations.”

The Palestinian resistance, he pointed out, broke the security equation of the Israeli occupation and forced it to leave the Gaza Strip seventeen years ago.

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Rights Group: Bahrain Has Highest Number of Political Prisoners among Arab States

September 14, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Bahrain has the biggest number of political prisoners among Arab states, an independent human rights organization said.

The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights [BCHR] censured the Gulf kingdom over its repressive measures and heavy-handed crackdown against political opponents and democracy advocates.

It said in a report that Bahrain, under the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty, has the largest number of imprisoned rights activists, and it is estimated that there are some 4,500 campaigners being held behind bars across the country.

The organization went on to note that a lot of reports published over the past decade have shed light on the deplorable conditions of prisoners at Bahraini jails, prompting the international community and human rights organizations to compel the Al Khalifa regime to relatively improve prison conditions.

BCHR highlighted that Bahraini authorities have arrested about 15,000 people for their political beliefs over the last decade, thus turning the country into the first Arab nation with the highest number of prisoners in recent years.

Political prisoners in Bahrain are subjected to various forms of torture, ill-treatment and persecution, and the Al Khalifa regime silences any opposing voice through detention, torture and execution, it pointed out.

Lately, Jalal Feroz, a former member of the Bahraini parliament, said more than 2,500 political opponents are incarcerated in Bahraini prisons, and that they are subjected to the most vicious forms of torture.

BCHR, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights [GCHR] and Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain [ADHRB] recently in a joint report entitled “Prison Conditions in Bahrain” pointed to the serious structural deficiencies in Bahrain’s criminal justice system, and lack of fair trials for defendants.

They emphasized that human rights are being violated on a large scale at detention centers across the Gulf kingdom, and inmates are exposed to various forms of torture and ill-treatment.

Demonstrations have been held in Bahrain on a regular basis since the popular uprising began in the Arab country in mid-February 2011.

People demand that the Al Khalifa regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

Manama, however, has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any form of dissent.

The normalization of Bahrain With “Israel” is the great betrayal

A Turkish warship docks in Haifa Port for first time in 12 years

September 3, 2022

Source: Israeli Media

By Al Mayadeen English 

A Turkish military frigate docks for the first time in over a decade as part of a NATO patrol.

The Turkish frigate TCG Kemalreis (F-247)

    A Turkish warship docked Saturday in the Haifa port in occupied Palestine as part of a mission for NATO forces in the region, for the first time in 12 years.

    The Israeli Kan channel reported that the Turkish frigate TCG Kemalreis (F-247), accompanied by the USS Forrest Sherman, an American-guided missile destroyer arrived at the Haifa port as part of a NATO patrol.

    A spokesperson for Haifa Port mentioned that the frigate will remain in the port for several days.

    Kan cited the captain of the Turkish warship as saying that the Israeli Ministry of Interior prevented the navigators from disembarking the TCG Kemalreison under the pretext of not holding official passports, adding that they were planning to tour Haifa and occupied Al-Quds.

    The captain added that the navigators and soldiers on board the military naval vessels of the fleets of NATO countries travel using cards issued by the alliance.

    Israeli media pointed out that this is the first Turkish warship to dock in an Israeli port since 2010, noting that the ship is participating in maneuvers carried out by NATO in the Mediterranean.

    The Jerusalem Post quoted an Israeli occupation forces (IOF) spokesperson as saying that “The docking is part of Israel’s cooperation with and support of NATO.”

    The arrival of the Turkish warship comes in light of the recent improvement in relations between the Israeli occupation and Turkey after years of estrangement.

    Relations between Ankara and “Tel Aviv” had reached their lowest level after Israeli occupation commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara ship that was carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip in 2010, which led to the deaths of nine Turks.

    After a reconciliation deal in 2016, tensions escalated again between the two sides when both exchanged withdrawing ambassadors in 2018 over the IOF killing Palestinian protesters in Gaza, and after the US moved its embassy to occupied Al-Quds.

    However, in recent months, Israeli-Turkish relations have witnessed a remarkable improvement. In March, Israeli occupation President Isaac Herzog visited Ankara and met his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    In August, Turkey and “Israel” agreed to mutually reappoint ambassadors and restore full diplomatic ties.

    The announcement came less than two weeks after the Israeli occupation launched a brutal aggression on Gaza that left at least 49 martyrs, including 16 children.

    It is noteworthy that according to The Jerusalem Post, Turkey and “Israel” had for years “been close allies in the defense industry, security cooperation, intelligence sharing, and military training.”

    Youths Against Normalization: Promising Lebanese Role Models Pave the Way for Eradicating ‘Israel’

    August 23, 2022 

    By Mohammad Youssef

    Normalization with the ‘Israeli’ occupation enemy will never be the choice of the coming generations.

    Two young Lebanese citizens, 15-year-old boxing champion Charbel Abu Daher, and chess champion Nadia Fawwaz, have dealt all those who are attempting to orchestrate normalization with the ‘Israeli’ enemy a devastating blow and lectured them on a very important lesson.

    Their firm courageous position against the enemies earned them a wide reputation in Lebanon and across the Arab world for their refusal to compete in Dubai against ‘Israeli’ counterparts.

    Youths Against Normalization: Promising Lebanese Role Models Pave the Way for Eradicating ‘Israel’
    Chess champion Nadia Fawwaz who refused to face an ‘Israeli’ opponent in the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival 2022 Round 4

    Earlier this week, Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gave a very important greeting of honor for both of them and considered their stand as an indication about the future of the relation with the ‘Israeli’ enemy.

    It is evident that billions of dollars have been spent and continue to be spent to normalize the relation with the temporary entity; however, regardless of all the black propaganda to polish the image of ‘Israel,’ the natural reaction of the dominant majority of the Arabs categorically rejects having any kind of relation with the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime.

    Nothing can ever whitewash the blood stained ‘Israeli’ hands and face.

    Being almost the only and the worse example of aggression, repression, segregation and apartheid system in the world, nothing can beautify the image of ‘Israel’ as it is truly reflected in the collective conscience of the Arabs.

    Nobody in this world has caused more suffering to people as much as the ‘Israeli’ occupiers have done to the Arabs, particularly the Palestinians.

    Massacres perpetrated by the ‘Israeli’ enemy have no equal in history. The criminal record of the Tel Aviv regime cannot be eliminated from people’s awareness all over the region.

    This is an indicator about the popular mood and the firm stance against any relation with the ‘Israeli’ enemy.

    What is so important about this phenomenon is that it comes after years and years of world persistent efforts and heavy pressure to make the presence of the ‘Israeli’ entity something normal.

    More important is that this happens among the young generation; it says it all. That all the hegemonic colonialist project in the region has failed to twist the determination of our people to resist and fight the cancerous gland represented by the ‘Israeli’ entity.

    What is so positive also about the immunity of our people against the ‘Israeli’ plague is that while the governments are mistreating their people and pressuring them to normalize the relation with ‘Israel,’ they refuse this and express willingness to pay the price, no matter how dear, for this position.

    A new survey that was recently conducted in the Arab Gulf countries showed that eighty percent of the population rejected any relation with the ‘Israeli’ enemy and viewed it as a criminal entity.

    In conclusion, people in the region, Arabs and Muslims across the world have gained enough knowledge and awareness to recognize and deeply realize the nature of this criminal apartheid occupation entity. No other source of information, government decision, or royal directive can mislead them.

    This kind of deep awareness will serve as a solid ground to build upon a very efficient and highly skilled popular resistance that will definitely contribute to the final war to eradicate this temporary illegal criminal entity and uproot it once and for all from the region.

    Nasrallah: ‘Israel’s’ threats regarding demarcation deal are worthless

     August 23, 2022

    Source: Al Mayadeen Net

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    On the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Hezbollah, Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah calls back the legendary steadfastness in the July 2006 war that nipped the so-called “New Middle East” project in the bud.

    Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

    Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday that the 2000 victory ended the so-called “Greater Israel” project and shattered the myth of the “invincible army”.

    Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech came during a festival organized by Hezbollah on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of its establishment.

    The Resistance leader considered that one of the results of the legendary steadfastness in the July 2006 war was thwarting the so-called “New Middle East” project and ending the “Greater Israel” project, not to mention the Resistance’s engagement in the file of restoring Lebanon’s oil and gas rights.

    Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that propaganda campaigns, distortion attempts, and lies can never destroy the will of this Resistance.

    “In 2006, they failed to crush the Resistance, which came out stronger and more powerful than ever,” he stressed.

    He also indicated that the Resistance is heading in the direction of developing its military structure and capabilities to keep pace with the developments at the level of weapons and technology.

    During his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that the “Army, People, and Resistance” golden equation has become solid, whether included in the ministerial statement or not, stressing that liberating the rest of the occupied Lebanese land is a national responsibility.

    The Lebanese leader pointed out that the Resistance’s responsibilities in the next stage are to establish the deterrence equations necessary for protecting Lebanon’s land, people, and wealth.

    Regarding the file of border demarcation with occupied Palestine, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the Israeli threats are to no avail, adding that Hezbollah’s decision and approach are clear and “we are waiting for the coming days to act accordingly.”

    In his speech, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah underlined that the Palestinian cause is part of the religion, culture, and honor of this nation, stressing that there is no place for abandonment, neutrality, or retreat when it comes to this cause.

    The core of Hezbollah’s strategy toward the Palestinian cause is based on the ultimate conviction that the Palestinian people will continue to resist and reject nationalization and normalization, he indicated.

    “Our bet is on young people like Charbel Abu Daher and Nadia Fawaz, who refused to compete against the Israeli,” he said.

    Addressing Syria, which Hezbollah Secretary-General described as the backbone of the Axis of Resistance and the steadfastness front, characterized by ultimate refusal to Israeli conditions, he stressed, “By the day, we grow increasingly convinced of the validity of our choice and decision to go to Syria.”

    In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that “if Syria is exposed to any similar attacks, we will not hesitate to engage in the battlefields on its side.”

    He said, “It is our duty to thank our fellow brothers in Syria who, throughout 40 years, stood by us, welcomed us with arms wide open, and provided us with political, diplomatic, and security protection, which we deeply thank Syria and its leadership for.”

    Sayyed Nasrallah added, “We will remain an integral part of the Axis of Resistance, which we trust will always be the solid basis for confronting hegemony projects and defending holy sites,” pointing out that “Iran is the major regional power on which all the Resistance movements and the downtrodden people in the region rely.”

    He also revealed that Hezbollah contributed within its capabilities to fighting ISIS in Iraq and stressed that “if Iraq is exposed to this again and asks us, as in previous years, for help, we will not hesitate to send our leaders and fellow freedom fighters to go and fight side by side with our Iraqi brothers there.”

    On the relationship with Gulf states, the Lebanese leader said, “We had no problem in developing Lebanon’s relations, especially with the Gulf, but some aim at turning Lebanon into an affiliate, which cannot be tolerated.”

    Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah “will never be dragged and will not go into a civil war or engage in a sectarian strife,” recalling the Tayouneh ambush, in which a number of Lebanese citizens were martyred after snipers opened fire at unarmed peaceful protesters in Tayouneh, Beirut from the rooftops of buildings where they had stationed themselves.

    Therefore, he called for addressing this issue, just as others, as it is linked to civil peace.

    Hezbollah chief stressed that throughout the party’s 40 years in Lebanon, “we avoided slipping into any civil war or sectarian strife, and this was what was being prepared for Lebanon in 2005, but we cooperated with the political forces to save Lebanon from going into war and falling prey to sectarian strife.”

    In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah considered that “internal security and stability are the responsibility of the state and should be governed by the cooperation of the various state components.”

    “Some are making every effort to drag the Resistance into a clash with the Lebanese army and security forces, and this is a permanent and declared American project,” he stressed.

    To this end, Sayyed Nasrallah reminded the people that “the shooting on the Airport Bridge demonstration against the Oslo agreement was not the decision of the army, but rather a major breach within the personnel on the ground.”

    The Resistance leader pointed out that among the achievements is the transition of the relationship between Hezbollah and the Amal movement from a negative position to a very positive one, leading to integration.

    He said that Hezbollah is keen to maintain a permanent relationship with the Amal movement that is based on integration, cooperation, and unity, especially on major issues, pointing out that in the next stage, “we will remain keen on maintaining our understanding with the Free Patriotic Movement, as well as strengthening and developing it.”

    Nasrallah affirmed that Hezbollah will continue to be present in future governments to defend the people’s interests mainly due to the party’s clear political vision about the internal situation, indicating that Hezbollah’s main aim in the next stage is to cooperate with various political forces in order to build a just and capable state.

    “We strongly believe in the principle of partnership between the Lebanese components away from exclusivity,” he said.

    The Hezbollah Secretary-General stressed that the Resistance party will continue to serve people in all frameworks, institutions, and regions, despite the siege, sanctions, pressure, and threats against anyone who donates money to Hezbollah, reiterating that the Lebanese party will strengthen its institutions and that serving people is a core commitment and one of the greatest acts of worship. 

    “We are now in the eye of the storm, and this expresses the extent of our commitment to alleviate the living conditions and economic situation of the Lebanese people,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

    The Lebanese leader considered that “we are looking forward to a real sovereign country that is not subjugated to an American embassy or any other embassy or foreign hegemony,” noting that “the interference of the US embassy in the affairs of the Lebanese ministries is at its utmost level.”

    Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that Hezbollah sees that the international developments are positive and “in the interest of the Axis of Resistance and true sovereignty.”

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    Lebanese Athlete Withdraws from 2022 IMMAF Contest to Avoid Facing “Israeli” Opponent

    August 20, 2022

    By Staff, Agencies

    A young Lebanese mixed martial arts fighter has announced his withdrawal from the 2022 Youth International Mixed Martial Arts Federation [IMMAF] World Championships in the United Arab Emirates [UAE] to avoid facing an “Israeli” opponent in the international competitions.

    Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network reported that Charbel Abou Daher pulled out of the sports event in the Emirati capital city of Abu Dhabi after the draw placed him against “Israeli” rival Yonatan Mak in a Youth B 48-kilogram weight class contest.

    The 2022 Youth IMMAF World Championships kicked off on August 17, and will be wrapped up on August 20.

    This comes as earlier this month, Iraqi tennis stars Nasr Mahdi and Mohammad al-Mahdi withdrew from the Bucharest Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament 2022 in Romania to avoid facing “Israeli” contestants.

    The president of the Iraqi Tennis Federation, Majid Al-Ugaili, announced in a statement on August 11 that the draw set them on course for a math against an “Israeli” pair.  The Iraqi seeds then decided to pull out of the event.

    The Palestinian Information Center reported on July 31 that Jordanian taekwondo fighter Maysir al-Dahamsheh had avoided a face-off against an “Israeli” rival at the 2022 World Taekwondo Cadet & Junior Championships in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia.

    The Jordanian taekwondo practitioner failed to earn the bronze medal of the tournament after withdrawing from the competition in protest against normalization of relations of some Arab countries with the Tel Aviv regime.

    Without Palestine, There is No Arab Unity: Why Normalization with Israel Will Fail

    August 10, 2022

    Pro-Palestinian rally in Cairo. (Photo: Ali Martin, via Wikimedia Commons)

    By Ramzy Baroud

    It seemed all but a done deal: Israel is finally managing to bend the Arabs to its will, and Palestine is becoming a marginal issue that no longer defines Israel’s relations with Arab countries. Indeed, normalization with Israel is afoot, and the Arabs, so it seems, have been finally tamed.

    Not so fast. Many events continue to demonstrate the opposite. Take, for example, the Arab League two-day meeting in Cairo on July 31 – August 1. The meeting was largely dominated by discussions on Palestine and concluded with statements that called on Arab countries to reactivate the Arab boycott of Israel, until the latter abides by international law.

    The strongest language came from the League’s Assistant Secretary-General who called for solidarity with the Palestinian people by boycotting companies that support the Israeli occupation.

    The two-day Conference of the Liaison Officers of the Arab Regional Offices on the Boycott of Israel praised the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has been under intense western pressures for its unrelenting advocacy of international action against Israel.

    One of the recommendations by Arab officials was to support Arab boycott initiatives in accordance with the Tunis Arab Summit in March 2019, which resolved that “boycott of the Israeli occupation and its colonial regime is one of the effective and legitimate means to resist.”

    Though one may rightly cast doubts on the significance of such statements in terms of dissuading Israel from its ongoing colonization schemes in Palestine, at least, it demonstrates that in terms of political discourse, the collective Arab position remains unchanged. This was also expressed clearly to US President Joe Biden during his latest visit to the Middle East. Biden may have expected to leave the region with major Arab concession to Israel – which would be considered a significant political victory for the pro-Israel members of his Democratic Party prior to the defining November midterm elections – but he received none.

    What American officials do not understand is that Palestine is a deeply rooted emotional, cultural and spiritual issue for Arabs – and Muslims. Neither Biden, nor Donald Trump and Jared Kushner before him, could easily – or possibly – alter that.

    Indeed, anyone who is familiar with the history of the centrality of Palestine in the Arab discourse understands that Palestine is not a mere political question that is governed by opportunism, and immediate political or geopolitical interests. Modern Arab history is a testament to the fact that no matter how great US-Western-Israeli pressures and however weak or divided the Arabs are, Palestine will continue to reign supreme as the cause of all Arabs. Political platitudes aside, the Palestinian struggle for freedom remains a recurring theme in Arab poetry, art, sports, religion, and culture in all its manifestations.

    This is not an opinion, but a demonstrable fact.

    The latest Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) public opinion poll examined the views of 28,288 Arabs in 13 different countries. Majority of the 350 million Arabs continue to hold the same view as previous generations of Arabs did: Palestine is an Arab cause and Israel is the main threat.

    The Arab Opinion Index (AOI) of late 2020 is not the first of its kind. In fact, it is the seventh such study to be conducted since 2011. The trend remains stable. All the US-Israeli plots – and bribes – to sideline Palestine and the Palestinians have failed and, despite purported diplomatic ‘successes’, they will continue to fail.

    According to the poll: Vast majority of Arabs – 81 percent – oppose US policy towards Palestine; 89 percent and 81 percent believe that Israel and the US respectively are “the largest threat” to their individual countries’ national security. Particularly important, majority of Arab respondents insist that the “Palestinian cause concerns all Arabs and not simply the Palestinians.” This includes 89 percent of Saudis and 88 percent of Qataris.

    Arabs may disagree on many issues, and they do. They might stand at opposite sides of regional and international conflicts, and they do. They might even go to war against one another and, sadly, they often do. But Palestine remains the exception. Historically, it has been the Arabs’ most compelling case for unity. When governments forget that, and they often do, the Arab streets constantly remind them of why Palestine is not for sale and is not a subject for self-serving compromises.

    For Arabs, Palestine is also a personal and intimate subject. Numerous Arab households have framed photos of Arab martyrs who were killed by Israel during previous wars or were killed fighting for Palestine. This means that no amount of normalization or even outright recognition of Israel by an Arab country can wash away Israel’s sordid past or menacing image in the eyes of ordinary Arabs.

    A most telling example of this is how Egyptians and Jordanians answered the AOI question “Would you support or oppose diplomatic recognition of Israel by your country?” The interesting thing about this question is that both Cairo and Amman already recognized Israel and have diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv since 1979 and 1994, respectively. Still, to this day, 93 percent of Jordanians and 85 percent of Egyptians still oppose that recognition as if it never took place.

    The argument that Arab public opinion carries no weight in non-democratic societies neglects the fact that every form of government is predicated on some form of legitimacy, if not through a direct vote, it is through other means. Considering the degree of involvement the cause of Palestine carries in every aspect of Arab societies – on the street, in the mosque and church, in universities, sports, civil society organizations and much more – disowning Palestine would be a major delegitimizing factor and a risky political move.

    American politicians, who are constantly angling for quick political victories on behalf of Israel in the Middle East do not understand, or simply do not care that marginalizing Palestine and incorporating Israel into the Arab body politic is not simply unethical, but also a major destabilizing factor in an already unstable region.

    Historically, such attempts have failed, and often miserably so, as apartheid Israel remains as hated by those who normalized as much as it is hated by those who have not. Nothing will ever change that, as long as Palestine remains an occupied country.

    – 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

    Saudi airspace open before Israelis but not Yemenis: Al-Houthi

    Aug 9 2022

    Source: Agencies

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    Ansar Allah chief Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi underlines Sanaa’s stance in support of the Palestinian cause and condemns “Israel” and the United States.

    Ansar Allah leader Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi during a speech on August 8, 2022 (Ansar Allah’s Website)

    There are aggressive steps being taken against those who oppose the Israeli occupation and counter American hegemony and normalization, Ansar Allah leader Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi said on Monday.

    “The Americans and the Israelis want to deviate the Ummah from the right path, and the Israeli-US views corrupt human society, especially the Islamic society,” Al-Houthi added.

    “The Americans and Israelis cannot accept our nation being independent and rejecting subordination,” he said. “The enemies seek to deviate the Ummah so that  it is loyal, obedient, and submissive to them […] the Saudi airspace is open to the Israelis and closed to the Yemeni people.”

    The main goal of the enemies, he said, is normalization, which is an approach they are taking toward many Arab regimes. He also stressed the Sanaa government’s stance in support of the Palestinian cause, calling on the Islamic and Arab countries to take an explicit stance against the Israeli occupation.

    Regarding the recent Israeli offensives on Gaza, Al-Houthi said: “The recent Israeli escalation, which was confronted by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, is a message that reminds us that the enemy continues to commit its crimes.”

    “The Israeli tactic comprising of targeting a Palestinian faction while saying it is not targeting other factions is a means of trickery aimed at driving a wedge between the resistance factions,” Sayyed Al-Houthi underlined.

    The Israeli occupation’s aggression on Gaza was conducted under the pretext of “Tel Aviv” targeting high-ranking officials in Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) while murdering dozens of innocent civilians, including children.

    “The normalizing regime’s enmity toward the freedom fighters in Palestine is flagrant, so much so that the Saudi regime imprisoned humanitarian workers,” the Yemeni leader explained.

    The leader of the Ansar Allah movement called on the Palestinian resistance factions “not to allow this Israeli tactic to succeed,” while urging the Palestinian people “to remain in a state of constant readiness to confront the enemies at any moment during the temporary truce.”

    Al Mayadeen‘s source reported that there was a ceasefire agreement reached in the Gaza Strip on late Sunday. The sources noted that the agreement was reached with the Israeli occupation agreeing to the PIJ’s demands in full.

    The Israeli occupation began on August 5 with aggression on the Gaza Strip on Friday, and Al-Quds Brigades announced that Tayseer Al-Jaabari, a military commander in the northern Gaza Strip, had been martyred.

    Consequently, Al-Quds Brigades launched an operation in response to the Israeli occupation’s aggression on the Gaza Strip, by launching salvoes of rockets toward the occupied Palestinian territories.

    Our correspondent reported that the death toll of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has reached 41 martyrs so far, with 311 others wounded.

    Palestine Resists

    Kicking off with a brutal Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip that claimed the lives of nearly a dozen civilians, including children, “Tel Aviv” is launching a campaign of aggression on the blockaded strip. This promoted the Palestinian resistance to take up arms against the occupation and resist its barbaric offensives.

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    كلام بارد في ملف ساخن: قضيّة المطران الحاج

    الإثنين 25 تموز 2022

     ناصر قنديل

    – سعى البطريرك بشارة الراعي لتحويل قضية المطران موسى الحاج الى عنوان معركة سياسيّة وشعبيّة، أكبر من حجم العناوين التي تثيرها القضية بكثير. فالقضية تقوم على ثنائيّة يمكن للحوار بين الكنيسة والقضاء رسم قواعد تحول دون تكرارها دون ضجيج، وإذا استدعى الأمر الاستعانة برئيس الجمهورية كوسيط يلتزم «الحياد الإيجابيّ الناشط» يعرف البطريرك أنه وضع قضية الفارين الى فلسطين المحتلة، وبينهم العملاء، في صلب بنود التفاهم بينه وبين حزب الله عام 2006، وحصل من الحزب على مواقف أثارت نقاشاً صعباً داخل الحزب وبين حلفائه. والثنائيّة هي وضع آلية تحاول البطريركيّة فرضها بقوة الصراخ على القضاء، في كيفية التعامل مع سلك الكهنوت في المسائل القضائية، فرفع البطريرك السقف، مرة بقول أحد معاونيه أن المطارنة لا يحاكمون إلا أمام الفاتيكان. وهذه يعرف البطريرك انها إعلان فدرالية قضائية تصلح لزمن حكم المتصرفيّة أيام الاحتلال العثماني، لكن لا أحد يستطيع تخيل ان رجال الدين اللبنانيين لا يحاكمون على أي جرائم جزائيّة أمام محاكم بلدهم، بل يقوم الفاتيكان بمحاكمة بعضهم وكنيسة موسكو بمحاكمة بعض آخر والأزهر لبعض ثالث، والنجف وقم لبعض رابع. ولاحقاً عدل البطريرك معادلة الامتيازات التي يريدها للكهنة والرهبان في شروط التقاضي بالقول إنه لا يجوز التحقيق مع أي منهم او توقيفه الا بإذن من البطريرك، طالباً حصانة للكهنوت وليس لرتب منهم تشبه حصانات المدراء العامين، ما يفتح الباب لمطالب مشابهة، تجعل عشرات آلاف العاملين في الأسلاك الدينية خارج نطاق المساءلة القضائية دون إذن مرجعياتهم.
    – القضية الثانية التفاوضية التي أراد البطريرك فتح ملفها، هي قضية فرض العلاقة الطبيعية بين الداخل اللبناني واللبنانيين الفارين في فلسطين المحتلة، واعتبار هذه العلاقة شبيهة لعلاقة لبنان واللبنانيين والكنيسة وسواها من المؤسسات اللبنانية بأي جالية لبنانية في المهجر، ونفي صفة الخصوصية التي يرسمها حول وضع وجودهم تحت سلطة كيان احتلال يجمع اللبنانيون على توصيفه بالعدو، رغم ما يحمله ذلك من مخاطرة تضع كيان الاحتلال ضمناً بمنزلة تشبه أي دولة عربية أو اجنبية تستضيف جالية لبنانية، حيث لا حاجة للرقابة، ولا سريان للمنع، ومفردة الحالة الإنسانية كافية لإسكات أية مساءلة قضائية أو تدقيق أمني، ولأن المطلب سقفه عال، فلا مانع عند البطريركية من حصر هذا التوصيف بالشق المسيحيّ منه.
    – عملياً يدرك البطريرك استحالة الحصول على أي تكريس قانوني بالنصوص، في القضيتين، ويعلم أن أية تسوية يتمّ التوصل إليها ستبقى شفهية وظرفية، قابلة للنقض والتعديل مع تغيّر الظروف، ويعرف أن الممكن واقعياً هو الحصول عليه كان ممكناً التوصل إليه في جلسات مغلقة، مع مرجعيات قضائية يعرف أن ولاءها للبطريركية، أو مع رئاسة الجمهورية التي يعرف أنها سوف تسعى لتحقق له سقف الممكن في القضيتين، فلها مؤيّدوها في السلك الكنسيّ الذين لا تريد خسارتهم، ومظلة الحصانة تغريهم جميعاً، وقضية اللبنانيين في فلسطين المحتلة قضيته ولا يريد خسارتها ونقل مرجعيّتها الى جهات تخاصمه للمزايدة بها عليه وعلى تياره السياسي والحزبي على أبواب نهاية عهده، لذلك لا تكفي القضيتان لتفسير موقف البطريرك.
    – قضيّتان أشدّ أهمية في السياسة تفسران الموقف، الأولى هي ما تناهى للبطريركية عن فقدان زمام المبادرة في المعركة التي أطلقها تحت عنوان الحياد والعداء مع السلاح بوجه حزب الله، في ظل تفاعل شعبي لبناني عام مع دور حزب الله في قضية ثروات النفط والغاز، وظهور حجم صحة الرهان على قيادته وسلاحه وتوظيف مقدراته ومعادلاته لخدمة مصلحة لبنانية لا مجال للخلاف حولها، ما يستدعي تجييش الشارع والإعلام والسياسة في قضية لا علاقة لحزب الله بها، لكنها قابلة للتوظيف ضده بالإيحاء والتلميح والتغميز، للقول تذكروا أن حزب الله عدوكم فلا تبالغوا بالتصفيق له، والثانية ما تدركه البطريركية من حاجتها لصناعة مركز تفاوضي قوي في الداخل وفي التعاطي مع الخارج على أبواب انتخابات رئاسة الجمهورية، وما يستدعي ذلك من محاولة حشر حلفاء حزب الله من المسيحيين، وخصوصا المرشحين الطبيعيين منهم في قضية تتم تعبئة الشارع خلالها تحت عنوان يستهدف حزب الله، والهدف إحراج هذه القيادات ومطالبتها بموقف الى جانب الكنيسة، تفادياً للتشهير بها علناً ومحاصرتها في الشارع.
    – الحصيلة ظهرت في فشل محاولات تحشيد الأحد في الديمان، بصورة تستعيد حشوداً زادت أضعافاً في قضايا أخرى، رغم توجيه الدعوات للحشود من القوات اللبنانية والكتائب، وما تبقى من جماعة 14 آذار، ولأن حزب الله لا علاقة له أصلاً بكل هذه القضية، وقد تمّ الزجّ باسمه بصورة مفتعلة فيها، فلا هو تفاعل سلباً مع الاتهامات، ولا الناس تفاعلت معها ايجاباً، ولأن أولوية حزب الله لا تزال قضية ثروات النفط والغاز، فهو يتسامح مع كل الاتهامات المباشرة وغير المباشرة التي طالته، افتراء، بما فيها الهتافات المشينة التي صدرت في حشود الديمان، فهل تقتنع البطريركية بالعودة الى ما كان يجب عليها فعله قبل هذه المعركة الخاسرة، طالما أن قضية المطران قابلة للحل على طاولة صغيرة في غرفة مغلقة؟

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    رعد: التعامل مع العدو خيانة وطنية والمتعامل لا يمثّل طائفة

     السبت 23 تموز 2022

    النائب رعد: التعامل مع العدو خيانة وطنية وجريمة والمتعامل لا يمثّل طائفة

    لبنان الأخبار  سياسة

    شدّد رئيس كتلة الوفاء للمقاومة، النائب محمد رعد، على أنّ التعامل مع العدو «خيانة وطنية وجريمة والمتعامل لا يمثّل طائفة»، وسأل: «لكن ما بالنا إذا عوقب مرتكب بالعمالة فيصبح ممثلاً لكلّ الطائفة، وتنهض كل الطائفة من أجل أن تدافع عنه؟ فأيّ ازدواجية في هذا السلوك؟»، واعتبر أنّ «علينا أن نتعلّم من الدروس، وأن نحفظ بلدنا ومواطنينا، لأنه لن يبقى لنا إلاّ شركاؤنا في الوطن»، لافتاً إلى ضرورة «أن يمتلك شركاؤنا مصداقية في سيرتهم ومواقفهم».

    وفي مسألة ترسيم الحدود البحرية، رأى رعد أنّها «حلقة من حلقات المشروع التآمري على بلدنا»، معتبراً أنّ «على كلّ العالم الآن أن يجد المخرج المناسب الذي يستجيب لما حدّده الأمين العام».وقال رعد، خلال احتفال تكريمي في بلدة عيتيت الجنوبية، إنّ «أزمتنا التي نعيشها في لبنان على الرغم من صعوبتها وقعت من أجل تحقيق غاية، وهي نزع سلاحنا، وتخلينا وثنينا عن إرادة المقاومة وعن التزام خيار المقاومة»، معتبراً أنّ «الإفقار والتجويع والحصار ومنع دخول الدواء والأدوات الطبية والعجز عن سداد كلفة الاستشفاء وحرمان البلاد من النفط والغاز والمشتقات النفطية ومن المواد الغذائية، هدفه أن ييأس الناس من خيار المقاومة، وأن يعمدوا إلى أميركا، ويرفعوا اليدين استسلامًا لإرادتها».

    وأضاف «إنّنا نعرف حجمنا ووزننا السياسي وقدرة تأثيرنا في الداخل، لكننا لسنا أهل تسلّط ولا بغي ولا تنكّر لعقودنا الاجتماعية، فنحن شركاء في هذا الوطن»، ودعا «شركاءنا إلى الامتثال بنا تحقيقًا للأمن والتوازن وللاستقرار في هذا المجتمع»، وإلى «عدم الرهان على الخارج، لأنه إذا بكينا، فإن هذا الخارج لا يعطينا أوراقًا لنمسح دموعنا، بل يسهم في الإيغال باللعب والرقص على جراحنا».

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    Iran Will Respond in Kind to Any Measure Against Its National Security

    July 18, 2022 

    By Staff, Agencies

    A senior Iranian diplomat said the Islamic Republic will respond in kind to any measure against its national security from any neighboring country, in a veiled reference to the countries that have normalized their relations with the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime.

    “Targeting our security from neighboring countries will be met with a response to those countries and a direct response to ‘Israel’,” Kamal Kharrazi, the head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, warned in an interview with Al Jazeera news network published on Sunday.

    Tehran has emphasized that it pursues a policy of improving relations with neighboring countries, while at the same time making it clear that the countries, which are normalizing their relations with ‘Israel’ and allowing the occupying regime to establish a foothold in the region, are betraying the Palestinian cause and bringing instability to the region.

    Kharrazi, however, said ‘Israel’ is in a phase of weakness and US President Joe Biden’s support for the regime would fail to bring it back to the fore.

    Kharrazi said Iran has carried out extensive military drills to demonstrate its capability to hit targets deep inside the ‘Israeli’ occupation entity in the event “Iran’s vital and sensitive facilities are targeted.”

    During the interview, Kharrazi, an ex-foreign minister, also said Tehran calls for launching regional talks to be attended by important countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, and other states.

    He noted that Qatar has made important proposals on holding dialog among regional countries and that Tehran has expressed its full readiness in this regard.

    The sole solution to regional crises, according to the senior diplomat, is the formation of a regional dialog forum in order to find settlements to political and security disputes among regional countries.

    Kharrazi also welcomed recent remarks by Saudi officials about extending a hand of friendship to Iran, saying Tehran is ready to enter into dialog with Riyadh in order to restore bilateral relations to normalcy.

    he also rejected allegations that Iran has intentions to make nuclear weapons, saying this is while the Islamic Republic possesses the technical capabilities, such as increasing the level of uranium enrichment from 20 percent to 60 percent.

    The diplomat dismissed any possibility of talks about “our missile program and our regional policies,” saying any negotiation on the two subjects would mean submission to the enemy.

    Regarding the indirect negotiations with the United States to revive the 2015 Iran deal, he said it is difficult to conduct a direct dialog with Washington in light of a thick wall of mistrust due to hostile US policies toward the Islamic Republic.

    He added that there are no guarantees that the US would continue to honor the Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], if the deal is restored, and “this prevents any possible agreement.”

    Iran and the US concluded two days of indirect talks, mediated by the European Union, in the Qatari capital of Doha late last month in an attempt to break the stalemate in reviving the JCPOA.

    At the end of the talks, Iran and the EU, which plays a mediatory role, said they would keep in touch “about the continuation of the route and the next stage of the talks.”

    The talks in Doha followed seven rounds of inconclusive negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna, as the US insisted on refusing to undo its so-called maximum pressure policy against Tehran.

    Anti-normalization Countries Resist The Arab-‘Israeli’ Alliance

    July 9, 2022 

    By Staff, Agencies

    Amid a push by the US and the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime to build an anti-Iranian coalition in the region, a report suggested that a number of Arab countries are against such an alliance.

    Washington and Tel Aviv are pushing Arab countries for the realization of a military pact to counter alleged threats from Iran.

    Citing unnamed sources, Reuters said the plan is on the agenda of US President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to the occupied territories and Saudi Arabia in mid-July.

    According to the sources, the plan seeks to “build a network of radars, detectors and interceptors between Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt, with the help of ‘Israeli’ technology and US military bases.”

    However, it highlighted the resistance of some Arab countries, including Iraq, Qatar, and Kuwait, against such a plan due to their relations with Iran and also because of rejecting any ties with the ‘Israeli’ occupiers.

    Starting from the tenure of former President Donald Trump, Washington has tried to convince a number of Arab countries to publicly announce the normalization of ties with the ‘Israeli’ regime.

    The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco were among the first countries to toe the line, facing strong condemnations from Palestinians who denounced the move as a “stab in their back.”

    Using baseless accusations against Iran, Washington is now trying to force some other regional states to side with the Zionist entity.

    Iraq, however, is one of the countries that has clearly voiced its opposition to ‘Israel’ as it recently adopted a law criminalizing any sort of ties with the regime.

    In late May, Iraq’s parliament approved a law making it illegal for the country to ever normalize its relations with the Zionist occupation regime.

    Back in 2020, the UAE and Bahrain entered United States-brokered so-called “peace deals” with the ‘Israeli’ regime. Some other regional states, namely Sudan and Morocco, followed suit.

    Reports suggest that Saudi Arabia is the next country that may embark on normalization. Analysts suggest the direct flight of Air Force One from Tel Aviv to Jeddah during Biden’s upcoming trip as a symbolic act can be interpreted within this framework.

    Algeria: 60 years of endless support for the Palestinian cause

    July 5, 2022

    Source: Al Mayadeen Net + Agencies

    By Ahmad Karakira 

    Algeria has always demonstrated unconditional support for the country of Palestine and the Palestinian cause, which dates back to fighting “Israel” and helping Egypt claim back Sinai in the 1973 October War.

    Algeria’s unconditional support for the Palestinian cause

    On July 5, 1962, after 132 years of French colonialism, Algeria declared its independence. The Evian agreements of March 18, 1962, ended the war between France and the Algerian National Liberation Army (ALN), and a referendum of self-determination took place on the first of July, 1962.

    The results of the referendum came in favor of transferring power from the French to the Algerian authorities on July 3, ending decades of occupation, settler colonialism, and massacres.

    The date – July 5 – was deliberately chosen by the Algerian government in reference to July 5, 1830, when the city of Algiers was occupied by France.

    The seven-year war between the French occupier and the Algerian resistance left around one million Algerian martyrs on the path of Algeria’s freedom and liberation.

    Endless stories about heroic epic battles by the Algerian resistance against Western colonialism can be recounted on the 60th anniversary of Algeria’s independence.

    However, this piece aims to shed light on Algeria’s endless support for Palestine, the Palestinian cause, and fellow Arab states against all forms of oppression and occupation since the north African country gained its liberation through resistance.

    “We are with Palestinians, be they the oppressed or the oppressors”

    To begin with, Palestinians supported the Algerian Revolution from 1954-1962 and showed solidarity through organizing fundraisers for Algeria.

    Despite some Arab states shamefully signing normalization agreements with the Israeli occupation in exchange for some benefits, Algeria has strongly opposed such deals, considering normalization with the occupation as a betrayal to the Arabs and the Palestinian cause.

    In the early 1970s, former Algerian President Houari Boumediene said his famous phrase, “We are with Palestinians, be they the oppressed or the oppressors.”

    It is noteworthy that similar to the official Algerian stance on Palestine, Algerians, according to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, oppose normalizing ties with the Israeli occupation with a 99% rate.

    One would wonder about the secret behind Algeria’s unconditional support for the Palestinian cause.

    Historically, Algeria has always been advocating the Palestinian cause and supporting fellow Arab states against the Israeli occupation.

    In fact, after only five years of gaining its liberation from the French occupation, Algeria supported the Arab allies against “Israel” by sending troops and aircrafts to fight alongside the Arab states in the 1967 Six-Day War.

    The Algerian army also played an important role during the 1973 October war.

    Significantly, when Egypt signed the Camp David Agreement and established ties with the Israeli occupation, Algeria severed its ties with Egypt.

    In addition, Algeria established close relations with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), providing it with weapons, training its fighters during the 70s, and helping the PLO obtain observer status in the UN in 1974.

    After the former US President Donald Trump’s administration, the UAE, and “Israel” revealed the so-called “Abraham Accords” in August, current Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune stressed his country’s deep commitment to the Palestinian cause, affirming that Algeria deems Palestine as a sacred cause.

    Algiers also harshly criticized the normalizing states (the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan). It also paid the price for its anti-normalization stance, as the US acknowledged the Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara after years of unresolved disputes and unachievable status.

    In trying to understand the reason behind Algeria’s official and popular support for the Palestinian cause, Sami Hamdi, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Interest magazine, explained that “Algerians feel a deep resonance with the Palestinians who have been colonized for some 82 years and believe that whatever the difficulties, resistance will eventually succeed.”

    In the same context, TRT had quoted Jalel Harchaoui, a Senior Fellow at the Geneva-based Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, as saying that Algeria’s “somewhat exceptional history makes resistance against colonial powers writ large a narrative crucially central to the Algerian state as we know it.”

    Algeria’s participation in the 1973 October War

    Aiming to restore the lands that “Israel” occupied during the 1967 Six-Day War – Sinai in Egypt and the Golan Heights in Syria – on October 6, 1973, Cairo and Damascus launched an attack on the Zionist entity. The war coincided with the holy month of Ramadan.

    During that time, Algeria played a significant role in providing Egypt and Syria with Soviet weapons and bringing in troops to the Egyptian front to fight the Israeli occupation, despite its then-instable economic situation as a result of the pre-independence era of French colonialism.

    In fact, then-Algerian President Houari Boumedienne reportedly flew to Moscow to secure military aid for the Egyptians and the Syrians.

    In a reiteration of its role in supporting anti-colonialist movements, Algeria sent more than 2,100 troops, 815 non-commissioned officers, and 192 officers to Sinai. It also sent 96 tanks and over 50 fighters and bomber aircraft to Egypt, according to the Egyptian authorities.

    Algiers also participated in the oil embargo imposed by the Arab members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on the US over its support of the Israeli occupation during the war, which led to significant price hikes around the world.

    On October 17, Arab oil producers decided to increase the price of oil by 17% and cut oil production by 5%, vowing to “maintain the same rate of reduction each month thereafter until the Israeli forces are fully withdrawn from all Arab territories occupied during the June 1967 War, and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people are restored.”

    Sharon underestimated the power of Algerian forces

    In the context of the 1973 October War, the former Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation forces, David Eliezer, acknowledged in his released diaries that “Israel” lost this war as a result of the arrogance of then-Major General Ariel Sharon, who underestimated the power of the Algerian forces and thought that they wouldn’t stand a chance against the IOF forces, thinking that they would flee as soon as they set their eyes on Israeli tanks.

    Eliezer said that 900 IOF soldiers were killed and 172 tanks were destroyed in just one day during the war.

    On his part, the former Israeli Security Minister Moshe Dayan revealed that all the intelligence information showed that Algerians did not have weapons capable of intercepting the Israeli forces.

    Dayan also said the Israelis received intelligence about a state of division between the Egyptians and the Algerians. The Israelis were surprised by the Algerian forces downing a giant US Lockheed C-5 Galaxy aircraft by a missile, which frightened the US Staff and frustrated the Nixon administration.

    The former Israeli minister said the Egyptian forces deceived the Israeli forces, making them believe that the strategic Al-Adabiya port was not fortified enough. However, the Algerian forces were in charge of protecting the port.

    One cannot but hail the role of Algeria in supporting the Palestinian cause and anti-colonial liberation movements, whether on the official or popular level. Despite the geographical distances separating Palestine from Algeria, Algerians believe that the two countries share the same pain, torture, grief, sorrow, and hopefully the same liberation to be achieved in the near future.

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    Raisi: Normalization of Relations Will Not Bring Security to Zionist Regime

    June 28, 2022

    By Staff, Agencies

    Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi says normalization of relations with a number of regional Arab countries will not bring security to the Zionist regime of the “Israeli” entity.

    Raisi made the remarks in a joint presser with the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran on Sunday.

    “During this meeting, we discussed trade and political and economic relations [between the two countries], and decided to boost economic ties. We discussed the rail connection between Shalamcheh [in Iran] and [Iraq’s] Basra [port], which can play a great role in facilitating trade between the two countries. We also discussed facilitation of monetary and banking relations between Iran and Iraq,” he said.

    Reflecting on the efforts made by the Zionist regime’s official during past years to normalize relations with some Arab states in the region, Iran’s chief executive said, “The efforts made by the Zionist regime to normalize relations with regional countries will by no means bring security to this regime.

    “We and Iraq believe that peace and tranquility in the region depends on all regional officials doing their parts, and normalization [of relations] with the [Zionist] regime and the presence of foreigners in the region will solve none of the regional people’s problems,” Raisi said.

    Highlighting the importance of relations between Iran and Iraq and the role played by the two countries in regional developments, Raisi said, “We stood by people of Iraq when the country was going through dire straits and will continue to stick together. This friendship and relations will never go cold and will further develop on a daily basis. There is no doubt that the visit by Mr. Kadhimi and his accompanying delegation can be a turning point in development of relations between the two countries.

    He said that during his meeting with Kadhimi they discussed the existing relations among regional countries, adding, “We believe that dialog among regional countries can solve regional problems, [but] the presence of foreigners in the region only creates more problems and does not help solve those problems.”

    Back in 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed United States-brokered agreements with the entity to normalize their ties with the regime. Some other regional states, namely Sudan and Morocco, followed suit soon afterward.

    Spearheaded by the UAE, the move has sparked widespread condemnations from the Palestinians as well as nations and human rights advocates across the globe, especially within the Muslim world.

    Other regional countries have also been fraternizing with the entity, including Saudi Arabia, which received a visit by the regime’s former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in November 2020.

    Earlier this month, Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said the Arab governments that chose to normalize relations with the “Israeli” entity against the will of their people will end up being exploited by the occupying regime.

    Elsewhere in the presser, the Iranian president said the two sides have underlined the need for establishing a durable ceasefire in Yemen, lifting the economic blockade, and facilitating intra-Yemeni talks as the solutions to the existing problem in the impoverished country.

    “Undoubtedly, we consider the continuation of this [Saudi-led] war fruitless and believe that this war has no outcome but the suffering of the people,” Raisi said, emphasizing that ceasefire can be a “step towards resolving issues in Yemen.”

    Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.

    The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

    While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet any of its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

    Kadhimi, for his part, said that during his talks with Iranian officials, the two sides discussed bilateral historical, cultural, and religious relations.

    The Iraqi premier added that Baghdad attaches great importance to its relations with Tehran on the basis of common interests.

    He noted that Iran and Iraq agreed to make further efforts to serve their nations’ interests and boost trade ties.

    Kadhimi said Iran and Iraq also agreed to set a timetable to facilitate the huge annual Arbaeen procession.

    He added that while Iranian pilgrims have already been able to receive visas at Iraqi airports, it is now possible for a specific number of Arbaeen pilgrims to obtain visas through border crossings.

    The Iraqi prime minister said, “We also discussed major regional challenges and agreed to make a joint effort to help establish stability and calm in the region. We also talked about fateful issues facing the regional nations. We decided to support the Yemen ceasefire and agreed to support dialogue in Yemen in order to put an end to a war that has brought a lot of suffering to Yemeni people.”

    Reports: Jordan to Buy Water from Israel

    June 23, 2022

    Dozens of protesters gathered outside the US embassy in Amman, shouting slogans against normalization. (Photo: via Twitter)

    Jordan is to buy water from Israel in a bid to ease shortages in the country, the Middle East Monitor reported on Thursday, citing Jordan media.

    Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammed Al-Najjar explained the government will not expropriate land on which illegal wells have been sunk.

    “Many wells are located in remote areas,” Al-Najjar was quoted as saying by the Jordan News. “If they had been close to the water networks, though, we would have taken possession of them.”

    Al-Najjar also noted that the water in many of those wells does not conform to the official minimum specifications. “There is no water source that we can exploit unless we have obtained permission from the Ministry of Health.”

    Last November, hundreds of people gathered in Amman to protest a water-for-energy agreement between Jordan and Israel.

    Protesters rejected the agreement, saying it moved towards normalizing ties with Israel while it continues to occupy Palestine.

    (The Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)

    Yemen moves to criminalize normalization with Israel

    May 30 2022

    Officials from the National Salvation Government say the move is in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle

    ByNews Desk

    Yemen’s National Salvation Government (NSG) has moved to introduce a law proposal that will criminalize all means of normalizations of ties with Israel.

    According to the Al-Masirah television network, Yemeni Prime Minister Abdulaziz bin Habtoor is in the process of passing a law that will prohibit any form of contact with Israel.

    Habtoor remarked: “We stand by the side of the Palestinian nation and their struggle in the face of Israeli threats to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the occupied al-Quds city.”

    He added that the Israeli provocations at Al-Aqsa Mosque are an attempt to “illustrate their dominance” following their numerous normalization deals with other Arab states.

    The news come just a week after the Iraqi parliament approved a bill criminalizing any form of normalization or dealings with Israel, with the 275 attending members of parliament unanimously voting in favor of the law.

    “This law, which was unanimously voted by the voters, represents a true reflection of the will of the people, a brave national decision, and a position that is the first of its kind in the world in terms of criminalizing the relationship with the Zionist entity,” Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hakim al-Zamili, said in a statement.

    Seconds after the law passed, the Iraqi parliament members stood up and chanted: “No, no to normalization! No, no to Israel! Yes, yes to Iraq!”

    A week prior, on 17 May, Algerian lawmakers submitted a similar appeal to their parliament, looking to criminalize the normalization of ties with Israel, including the prohibition of travel or direct contact with Tel Aviv.

    The draft contains seven articles, with the first seeking to “criminalize normalization with the Zionist entity.”

    Article 2 forbids any form of governmental or public contact with Israel. Article 4 prohibits travel between the two states and prevents the entry of any Israeli passport holders to Algeria.

    The document is still being revised by the first chamber of parliament alongside the Parliamentary Initiatives Office of the National People’s Assembly.

    Iraq Criminalizes Normalization of Relations with “Israel”

    The Iraqi parliament votes by a majority to criminalize normalization with “Israel”

     May 27, 2022

    By Staff, Agencies

    Iraq’s parliament approved a law on Thursday that criminalizes normalizing relations with the “Israeli” entity, at a time when the apartheid entity is pushing to expand its ties in the Arab world under the rubric of the so-called “Abraham Accords”.

    The law, titled “Criminalizing Normalization and Establishment of Relations with the Zionist Entity”, was approved on Thursday with 275 legislators voting in favor of it in Iraq’s 329-seat assembly.

    The parliament said in a statement that the legislation was “a true reflection of the will of the people”.

    Iraq has never recognized the “Israeli” entity and Iraqi citizens and companies cannot visit the entity; there are no diplomatic relations between both Iraq and the entity.

    The new legislation also entails risks for companies working in Iraq and found to be in violation of the law, which applies to all Iraqis, state and independent institutions, as well as foreigners working in the country, according to a text carried by the Iraqi News Agency [INA].

    The law was proposed by influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr whose party, which opposes close ties with the United States and “Israel”, won more seats in the Iraqi parliament in elections last October.

    The cleric called for Iraqis to take to the streets to celebrate the “great achievement” of the legislation’s passing.

    Hundreds later gathered in central Baghdad, chanting anti-“Israel” slogans. The gathering occurred in Tahrir Square following a tweet by al-Sadr, who urged his followers to offer prayers of thanks and come out on the streets to celebrate.

    “Approving the law is not only a victory for the Iraqi people but to the heroes in Palestine and Hezbollah in Lebanon,” said Iraqi lawmaker Hassan Salim who represents Asaib Ahl al-Haq.

    US State Department spokesman Ned Price said he was “deeply disturbed” by the move stating that it jeopardized “freedom of expression” and promoted “an environment of antisemitism”.

    “This legislation stands in stark contrast to progress Iraq’s neighbors have made by building bridges and normalizing relations with ‘Israel’, creating new opportunities for people throughout the region,” Price said.

    In #Iraq.. Parliament criminalizes normalization with the Israeli entity with a penalty of death

    Iron vs paper: How Seif Al-Quds made ‘Deal of the Century’ obsolete

    May 22, 2022

    Source: Al Mayadeen

    By Mohammad Al-Jaber 

    The Palestinian people, through resisting Israeli tyranny and unlawful occupation, sent a message to the United States that it could not divide Palestine how it wished from the comfort of all accross the globe.

    The occupation and Trump’s dreams of a “Deal of the Century” were dissipated by a united Palestinian people and a valiant resistance

    Former US President Donald Trump followed in the colonial footsteps that saw the West, namely the United Kingdom and France, divided West Asia – and other colonies around East Asia and the entirety of Africa – among themselves from their distant lands of London and Paris. In early 2020, Trump announced a neo-colonial plan for occupied Palestine that gave his Israeli allies authority over more Palestinian land and further recognized Israeli “sovereignty” over Palestine. He dubbed this self-proclaimed “peace” plan “the Deal of the Century.”

    The deal itself was designed to further strip Palestinians of their right to their land usurped from them by an occupation that has been ongoing for nearly a century now with support from the United States and the majority of the West. It was a mere extension of the neo-colonial practices that have done nothing but harmed the nations they created, with the overwhelming majority still heavily suffering until this day.

    The alienation from the cultures and ethnicities whose lives will be affected by mere lines drawn on a piece of paper was a common practice among colonialists, and apparently, despite the West trying to depict it as something from the past, the same colonial powers – or the ones that inherited their influence – are still acting as they did, not even trying to hide their meddling, and even going as far as putting a bow on their interference and labeling it “a gift of peace.”

    Split Palestine among you

    Trump, from the comfort of his White House nearly 11,000 km away from Palestine, deemed it fit for him to decide what happens to the occupied land. The Israeli occupation would “retain” 20% of the West Bank, a land that is righteously Palestinian, while “giving up” part of Al-Naqab to Palestine.

    The map chalked up by Trump not only gave the Israeli occupation a false sense of sovereignty over Palestinian land, but it sought to divide the Palestinian capital of Al-Quds, only granting part of the city to the Palestinians while declaring that it would “remain undivided as Israel’s capital.”

    When it comes to the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, “Tel Aviv” would also maintain its occupation of the Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley. However, the settlements in the West Bank would not only be defined by their “municipal borders”, but their “security parameters”, meaning the scope of Israeli occupation would encroach further on Palestinian land.

    Going far and beyond, the United States would not the Palestinian state its rightful recognition, though the Americans failed to see that the Palestinians are not awaiting their recognition, for Palestine is more than a state in their mind and that of the Arab and Islamic worlds.

    Trump, through his idea of “peace”, handed the Palestinians an ultimatum: they had to accept their new borders, drawn up in the United States, for the West to recognize their statehood four years after signing the malignant accord. They also had to drop their weapons and give up resisting the occupation’s tyranny.

    That same resistance whose arms Trump wanted on the ground came right back and bit the United States and the Israeli occupation when, through Seif Al-Quds, it shattered any prospect of such a deal for “Tel Aviv” and Washington. If things were to go how the neocolonialists wanted them to happen, Palestine would not have only lost the land it was giving up through the deal. It would have lost more to the Israeli expansionism they could not curb without their arms.

    Get your hands off Palestine

    The Palestinian people have long been suffering from “Israel’s” arbitrary occupation and tyrannical expansionism, and they were not going to accept to be dealt another round of the poison forced down their throat by their colonizers for decades. 

    A year later, a new equation was established: Palestine is indivisible, and it would not kneel before the world powers trying to further rob it of its rights.

    That equation was written using Seif Al-Quds Battle, which saw Palestinians setting out to break the Israeli hegemony over their land. Relentlessly, and in defense of their brethren in the occupied West Bank and occupied Al-Quds, whom the Israeli occupation abused and committed numerous violations and crimes against, the Palestinian resistance in Gaza crushed “Tel Aviv’s” arrogance and forced “Israel” into giving up its ambitions and dreams of undermining Palestinian unity.

    The battle was launched in response to Israeli brutality against the Palestinian people of Al-Quds and the West Bank, who the occupation regime sought to rob their land and homes, displacing them once more on the country they stole from them four scores ago.

    The Palestinian resistance could not stand idle and retaliated against the occupation’s aggression in an 11-day-long battle that shifted the regional balance of power and put “Israel” before a new reality: hands off Al-Quds and the West Bank, otherwise they will bear the brunt of their own doings.

    In 11 long days for “Israel”, the resistance exposed the occupation’s weaknesses and curbed its expansionism so much so that any settlement expansion plans would have to be thought of thoroughly in fear of retaliation from Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The battle taught “Tel Aviv” many lessons, among them was Palestinian unity.

    Normalizers at bay 

    Seif Al-Quds not only forced the Israeli occupation to tread carefully on Palestinian soil – it caused those who sought to normalize ties with it following the first wave of normalization in 2020 to stay away from the table with the Israeli occupation. Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, and Morocco all shook hands with the Israeli occupation in a very short period of time and recognized the sovereignty of their regime over occupied Palestine.

    The table of normalization has been empty since late 2020, with Khartoum being the last one to sit with the Americans and the Israelis. A year and a half later, the Israeli occupation is still unable to have another country recognize its false “statehood” that exists on tens of thousands of Palestinian graves murdered at the hands of “Tel Aviv’s” settlers terrorizing Palestinians for a land that is not theirs.

    The Palestinian resistance curbed the occupation and its main backer, the United States, from being able to establish the “two-state solution” they have been dreaming of since the signing of the Oslo Accords. The “two states” in question consist of “Israel” and a state controlled by the occupation directly and labeled as “Palestine”, though it is a terraformed version of the righteous Palestine the Palestinian people are putting their blood, sweat, and tears towards liberating.

    This “Palestine” drawn up by Trump and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be autonomous whatsoever, and its people would not be able to fend off any aggression the Israeli occupation is known to arbitrarily perpetrate no matter the gravity. It would not be the Palestine whose freedom people all over the world champion and advocate when they chant “Free Palestine”.

    The mirage of a “Deal of the Century” is gone, and it was dissipated by the united Palestinian people and the valiant resistance that showed no restrain in defending the sovereignty of occupied Palestine.

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