‘Israel’ urges settlers to downplay ‘identity’ at Qatar World Cup


Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Israeli media urges illegal Israeli settlers in the Qatar World Cup to be less visibly Israeli, after being shunned by fans around the world.

Israeli media reported that the occupation’s government urged Israelis attending the World Cup tournament in Qatar “to be less visibly Israeli”. 

The Israeli occupation pressed Israelis to keep a low profile, most notably hiding Israeli symbols — in reference to “Israeli flags and Stars of David”.

While Israeli officials voiced hope that “a positive, hassle-free Israeli presence in Qatar could advance “Israel’s” ambitions to further integrate into the region after the normalization deals,” as per Israeli media, the situation on the ground dashed their hopes, as football fans from all around the world have been snubbing Israeli journalists in the country.

Israeli journalists failed to interview World Cup fans, most notably Arabs, despite exerting strained efforts, illustrating that the normalization deals inked by four Arab countries with the Israeli occupation don’t convey the sentiments of their nationals.

Meanwhile, fans around the world also shunned Israeli journalists in protest against the brutal human rights violations “Israel” commits against Palestinians.

Since the World Cup kicked off, there have been various videos that went viral of fans refusing to be interviewed by Israeli media.

Israeli Channel 12’s reporter hinted that Israeli authorities are “concerned about what is happening with the Israelis in Qatar.” In response, Channel 12‘s Nir Dvori backed the occupation’s request that Israelis conceal their “identity”.

Occupation media also revealed that “the occupation authorities protested against the treatment of Israelis in Qatar.”

“The Qatar World Cup has brought ‘Israel’ face to face with an unpleasant truth and harsh reality that is extremely painful for Israelis, as for the first time all those Israelis who to date have been so enthusiastic about the Arab or Persian Gulf, have now had their first bitter taste of the rejection, disregard, and refusal to accept Israelis in an Arab Muslim state,” according to an article in the Israeli newspaper “Israel Hayom” titled “Qatar World Cup shows ‘Israel’ is still hated.”

“All those who claim that the inhabitants of the Gulf states harbor no ill will toward the ‘State of Israel’, have now seen their theory shot to pieces and have woken up to an entirely different reality,” it added.

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Enmity ongoing, normalization fragile: Israeli media on Qatar WC

27 Nov 2022

Source: Israeli Media

By Al Mayadeen English 

Israeli media comments on the everyday videos being published about Arab fans being hostile toward Israelis in solidarity with occupied Palestine.

A Moroccan fan carrying the Moroccan flag and a Palestinian banner at the Qatar World Cup on November 27, 2022

Israeli media commented Sunday in a very disgruntled manner on the way the Arabic crowds are reacting to Israeli correspondents showing up in Qatar under the guise of reporting on the World Cup and trying to get positive statements that serve the process of normalization from the Arab fans there.

An Israeli Hayom article entitled “The World Cup in Qatar, A Mirror for the Israelis: They Do Not Like Us nor Want Us” argued that the World Cup put the Israeli occupation before a harsh and bitter reality for the Israelis.

The Israelis clarified that they saw for the first time they saw a large-scale experience of rejection, neglect, hatred, and the non-acceptance of Israelis in an Arab-Muslim country.

“Everyone claiming that the people of the Gulf do not have enmity toward Israel saw that they have been tricked, and they are experiencing a different reality,” the article added.

“News reporters in Israeli channels enthusiastically went to Qatar and set up their cameras, waiting for the Arabs living in the Gulf and the various other Arab countries to praise Israel,” it said. “However, they soon found themselves subject to contempt, avoidance, and mockery from those same Arabs.”

An Israeli news channel showed earlier in the day Moroccan fans refusing to talk to an Israeli reporter, chanting in support of Palestine and against the occupation, despite the Israeli correspondent stressing that “your government normalized ties with us… we must be at peace now!”

Israeli media commented on how a group of Arabs refused to be interviewed by an Israeli reporter and confronted him by saying “there is no such thing as Israel. It is Palestine.” The author said this was expected, noting that he “was not surprised that the overwhelming majority of Arab football fans refused to be interviewed by Israeli television channels.”

Embarrassing situation

“It is only those that do not understand how the people feel in the Arab World that will rush and set up a camera, begging an Arab to be interviewed by an Israeli channel,” the author added.

He described what the Israeli reporters were subjected to, from humiliation to embarrassing situations and even having to conceal their identity by saying: “It is shameful to see an Israeli journalist begging and hugging whoever allows him to interview them to urge them to speak positively about Israeli, only for it to appear that they don’t consider that there is an Israel, only Palestine.”

Normalization takes a hit

“This is a series blow to anyone who thought normalization was right at the corner and that normalization with Arab countries was just a matter of time,” the author wrote.

“The behavior of the average Arab citizen toward Israel shows an enmity that is more than 70 years old, and it indicates that the root of the problem is still very much alive, kicking us down, and dealing blow after blow to us.”

This is the truth and this is reality, the article stressed. “Whoever does not want to see that must close their eyes. But the harsh, bitter, and, in my opinion, painful reality is that unless the Palestinian cause is solved somehow that is acceptable by all parties, we are not and will not be welcome in Arab countries. Even in countries that have signed normalization agreements.”

“It is enough to look at the normalization agreements with Egypt to understand how we did not make any progress with the Egyptian people, which is still among the most hostile Arab peoples toward Israel,” he stressed.

Normalization agreements fragile

Former Shin Bet official Doron Matza wrote in an article on the Makor Rishon website titled, “The hatred of Israel in Qatar indicates that the Abraham Accords have a glass ceiling,” that “the rude way Arab football fans are dealing with Israeli media correspondents surprised reporters, which opened their eyes to the status quo in the Middle East and Israel’s ties in the region.”

“They do not like us in Qatar and, as apparently, in the whole Middle East, and this is the conclusion that the journalists drew in light of the unpleasant interactions with Saudi, Qatari, and Iranian fans, among others,” Matza added.

“It turns out that nothing has changed… Even if it is good to be optimistic, we must not ignore reality,” he stressed.

He also said the normalization agreements signed with Arab regimes were lackluster in terms of influencing the people, saying they “were formed against the less ideological parties in the region, such as the United Arab Emirates.”

The author then concluded that the normalization agreements signed did not influence anything in terms of how the people of the region felt toward the Israeli occupation.

“The events that took place in light of the Qatar World Cup prove that Israel’s regional standings and the contents of the Abraham Accords have a glass ceiling,” the author underscored.

An Israeli KAN public broadcaster correspondent in Qatar complained Thursday about “unpleasant” incidents he was subjected to in Qatar during the channel’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup championship being held in the country due to him being Israeli, a heavily opposed “nationality” in the region.

Hoffman also said that when he and his team arrived at a restaurant at a local beach with his team, he took some photos. The restaurant’s owner inquired about their nationality, asking them where they were coming from. “When he found out that we are from Israel, he brought the restaurant’s security guards, and they kicked us out. They also took my phone and deleted all the photos I had taken.”

Another Israeli correspondent said a few days ago that he was bothered by the stances of the Arab fans attending the 2022 World Cup, saying that they would refuse to be interviewed by him due to his allegiance.

According to the correspondent, young Lebanese men were enraged when they found out that he was Israeli, saying: “I would also like to say that even off the air, whichever Arab fans we meet there with and introduce ourselves to, they reject talking to us altogether.”

Since the World Cup kicked off, there have been various videos that went viral of Arab fans refusing to be interviewed by Israeli media.

“All attempts to talk to football fans in Doha did not go according to plan,” Israeli media has said. “Videos are being circulated online are of Saudi fans, a Qatari shopper, and several Lebanese fans purposely avoiding Israeli reporters.”

Israeli Channel 12 correspondent, Ohad Hamo, expressed his frustration from the “maltreatment” of the Arab masses he came across in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Arab people of all nations refused to be interviewed by him, an Israeli, during a live TV broadcast. 

“Everyone knows us, perhaps from the widespread Tik Tok videos. They come to us and criticize us being here,” Hamo said in objection. “I don’t know why,” he cried out. 

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In new snub to Israel, Lebanese table tennis player refuses to face Israeli rival in Portugal tournament

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Junior Lebanese tennis player Bissan Chiri (Photo via Twitter)

A junior Lebanese table tennis player has withdrawn from the World Table Tennis (WTT) Youth Star Contender Vila Nova de Gaia 2022 tournament in Portugal to avoid facing an Israeli counterpart, in what has been seen as a new snub to the Tel Aviv regime following similar measures taken by a host of Muslim players from across the Muslim world.

According to the Palestinian news agency Quds News Network, 11-year-old athlete Bissan Chiri decided to pull out of the contests after she was told she was going to face Israeli player Elinor Davidov in a U15 Girls’ Singles match.

Chiri’s measure drew widespread praise on social media platforms.

Earlier this month, Lebanese tennis player Mohamed Ataya quit the Cyprus International Championship so as not to face an Israeli opponent.

The Gaza-based Anti-Normalization Campaign welcomed the decision, saying that the athlete’s withdrawal reflects the rejection of the great Lebanese nation, and all Arab peoples, to normalize with the occupying Israeli regime, and their fight against the crimes committed by Israel against the defenseless Palestinian people.

It commended the player, saying he joined a long list of honorable heroes who refuse normalization in response to the call to boycott the Tel Aviv regime.

Back in early September, Kuwaiti karate fighter Mohammad al-Otaibi withdrew from the 2022 Karate 1-Premier League contests in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku to avoid facing an Israeli contestant over his support for the Palestinian cause and refusal of normalization with the Tel Aviv regime.

Otaibi was set to participate in the male kumite 60-kilogram division of the international tournament. He, however, pulled out of the competitions as soon as he found out he was scheduled to take on Israeli competitor Ronen Gehtbarg.

In April, Kuwaiti fencer Mohamed al-Fadli withdrew from the World Fencing Championships held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after he refused to play with an Israeli contestant.

Fadli also withdrew from an international tournament in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, in September 2019, after the draw placed him in a group competing with an Israeli player.


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World Cup Arab fans shun Israeli media, reject normalization: Reports

22 Nov 2022 

Source: Israeli Media

By Al Mayadeen English 

Arab football fans refuse to be interviewed by Israeli journalists in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Arab football fans refuse to be interviewed by Israeli journalists in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Israeli media agencies reported on Tuesday that Arab fans in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 are distancing themselves from the Israeli media and are rejecting normalization with the occupation.

i24news said that several Israeli media agencies told Reuters that those asked for interviews turned their backs, refused to answer, or shouted Palestine, adding that fans are specifically shunning Israeli reporters, in a move that could illustrate challenges in warming relations between the Gulf and “Tel Aviv”.

Israeli officials expressed their hope that the US-brokered normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, in 2020, and later with Sudan and Morocco, would lead to further normalization, including with Saudi Arabia, i24news said.

“While Israel did not qualify for the World Cup, it had hoped the presence of an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 Israelis at the event would warm ties,” the website said, noting that this “included Israeli reporters, who flew to Qatar ahead of the event on connecting flights, while one of them was on the first direct flight from Tel Aviv to Doha on Sunday, under a FIFA-brokered agreement,” the website added.

“Attempts to talk to soccer fans in Doha didn’t go according to plan,” the website added, noting that footage circulated online shows Saudi fans, a Qatari shopper and a number of Lebanese fans deliberately distancing themselves from Israeli reporters, i24news confirmed.

Two days ago, Israeli media said that Lebanese fans in the World Cup Qatar 2022 refused to speak to Channel 12 reporter after learning he was Israeli.

According to the Israeli channel’s correspondent in Qatar, the Lebanese young men became angry when they learned that the person speaking to them was from an Israeli media agency. The correspondent said, “The Lebanese young men refused to recognize the existence of Israel,” stressing that “Israel” does not exist, it is Palestine.

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We are all Palestinian’: Fans Show Solidarity with Palestine ahead of World Cup in Qatar (VIDEOS)

November 20, 2022

Fans show solidarity with Palestine ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. (Photo: via WAFA)

Hundreds of football fans converged on Qatar’s Lusail City on Saturday waving Palestinian flags ahead of the start of the World Cup, The New Arab reported.

The event was organized by the Qatar Youth Against Normalization group, bringing together locals and fans who had traveled to the Gulf state for the games.

Videos posted to social media showed a carnival atmosphere in Lusail City, with fans waving Palestinian flags, wearing the Palestinian keffiyeh, and doing the dabke dance to show solidarity with the Palestinian people.

“The people of Algeria love Palestine, victory [for the Palestinians] God willing,” said one Algerian fan.

Additionally, videos of the fans singing and dancing together were shared on social media under the hashtag #raisepalestineflag.

“We love Palestine, long live Palestine!” said one Tunisian fan.

“Free Palestina, Vamos Palestina!” said an Argentinian fan, who had joined the scores of other football fans in Lusail.

The event came hours after Qatari Assistant Foreign Minister Lulwah Al-Khater expressed solidarity with the Palestinians at a press conference on the eve of the tournament.
“We expect to celebrate [the World Cup] with thousands of our brothers and sisters from Palestine and we affirm here that their cause and our just cause in Palestine will always remain present in our conscience,” she said.
The 2022 World Cup is set to kick off in Doha on Sunday evening and is the first time an Arab country has hosted football’s top international tournament.
(The New Arab, PC, SOCIAL)

‘Palestinians in Gaza Enjoy First Match of the World Cup (PHOTOS)

Palestinians in Gaza enjoyed the first match of the World Cup between Qatar and Ecuador. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Palestinians in Gaza enjoyed the first match of the World Cup between Qatar and Ecuador, which ended in Ecuador’s 2-0 victory.

The Palestinian fans raised flags of Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, and other Arab teams participating in the World Cup, along with Palestinian flags.

This is the first time the World Cup has been held in an Arab country.

(All Photos: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

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الخميس 17 تشرين الثاني 2022

‭}‬ سعادة مصطفى أرشيد*

راودت فكرة فتح طريق مائيّ يربط البحر الأحمر بالبحر الأبيض المتوسط قدماء المصريين، وذلك بحفر قناة تربط البحر الأحمر بنهر النيل وصولاً إلى المتوسط، ومثلت إحدى ركائز الاستراتيجية المصرية باحتكارها للتجارة الآتية من الشرق البعيد بطريق أسرع وأقلّ كلفة ويدعم من موقع مصر، ولكن كان على الفكرة أنّ تنتظر آلاف السنين، حتى غزو نابليون لمصر، الذي قرع أجراس الحداثة وأعاد الاهتمام والصراع من العالم الجديد إلى العالم القديم، الذي احتاج إلى إعادة اكتشافه من خلال الاستشراق والمشاريع، والتي كان أهمّها مشروع حفر قناة السويس، التي اعتبرت من عجائب الدنيا واختصرت الطريق الطويل بين أوروبا والشرق البعيد الذي كان مضطراً للالتفاف حول رأس الرجاء الصالح.

لكن هذا المشروع (قناة السويس) الذي حلّ مشاكل المواصلات لأوروبا، ما لبث أن أصبح مشكلة لمصر والشرق، فمن جانب فشلت مصر في إدارته ورعايته وتورّطت بالاستدانة التي كانت مدخلاً للهيمنة عليها، ومن جانب آخر كانت حماية القناة من الشرق تتطلّب إيجاد كيان غريب ومعادٍ للمنطقة يقوم بأعمال الحراسة ويكون عنصراً يمنع الوحدة والاتصال بين سورية ومصر، فكانت البذرة الشيطانية (إسرائيل).

تحوّلت قناة السويس من نعمة لمصر والشرق لتصبح نقمة، فأدّت الى احتلال مصر من قبل الإنجليز عام 1882، ثم إلى العدوان الثلاثي إثر تأميمها عام 1956، وكانت الشرارة التي أشعلت حرب 1967، والتي لا زلنا نعيش تداعياتها، ويبدو أننا سنعاني لفترة ليست بالقصيرة، فقد تسبّبت بأن يتداعى الأمن القومي للإقليم بأسره، وأن يُستبدل بأمن النظام ثم بأمن الرئيس الحاكم، ومن النماذج الواضحة نرى ذلك في تنازل مصر السيسية عن جزيرتي تيران وصنافير ومضائقهما للسعودية، وكان إغلاق تلك المضائق هو السبب المباشر لحرب 1967، وهذه المضائق قد تحوّلت اليوم إلى مضائق سعودية يسري عليها قانون المضائق وأعالي البحار.
في الأعوام الماضية أخذت حوادث جنوح السفن تتكرّر في القناة، مما أدّى إلى تعطيل المرور وتأخير السفن المنتظرة بطوابير، عدا عن أنّ السفن المتوسطة والضخمة لم تعُد تستطيع الإبحار في القناة بسبب حجمها، مما يضطرها للدوران حول أفريقيا، فيما المرور بالقناة هو من خط واحد يخصص يوم للسفن المبحرة من البحر الأحمر للمتوسط واليوم الآخر بالعكس.

قبل سنوات؛ تحدّث الإعلام (الإسرائيلي) عن مشروع حفر قناة موازية لقناة السويس تربط البحر الأبيض المتوسط بالبحر الأحمر، لكن إثر نقل السيادة المصرية على جزيرتي تيران وصنيفير إلى السيادة السعودية تسارع الحديث عن المشروع، إلى أن أعلن قبل أيام عن الشروع بأعمال الحفر من ناحيتين، واحدة بالقرب من إيلات والأخرى بجوار ميناء أسدود على البحر المتوسط، وذكرت تفاصيل العمل أنّ القناة ستكون مزدوجة، واحدة للسفن الآتية من المتوسط للبحر الأحمر وأخرى منفصلة عنها بالعكس منها، وستكون القناة أكثر عرضاً وسعة من قناة السويس، بحيث تتسع لأكبر السفن وناقلات النفط حجماً في العالم، حيث توفر الوقت وتختصر المسافة.

يرافق المشروع بناء مدن صناعية وترفيهية ومناطق حرة على طول ضفتي القناة، وفيها من أكثر أنظمة الأمن والحماية تطوّراً في العالم، وتقدّر الدراسات أنه من الممكن أن يتمّ إنجاز المشروع بعد خمس سنوات من الآن، وسيعمل به مئات ألوف العمال والمهندسين والفنيين من دول الجوار ومن الشرق الأقصى، كما تساهم في إنجازه شركات من كوريا وأوروبا والولايات المتحدة، فيما تموّله بنوك أميركية بفائدة متناهية الصغر(1%).

المشروع هو في قلب الأفكار المتداولة مؤخراً من الشرق الأوسط الجديد وصفقة القرن، التي يظنّ بعض من يتوهّم أنها قد انتهت مع مغادرة ترامب للبيت الأبيض، وهي مرتبطة بالطموحات التي يجهر بها ولي العهد السعودي في بنائه لمدينة نيوم، التي إنْ صدقت الأخبار ستجعل من دبي مدينة من الماضي.
كلّ هذه المشاريع تهدف إلى دمج (إسرائيل) في كلّ تفاصيل الإقليم، من شبكات الطرق إلى سياسات البيئة والأمن والإقتصاد والطاقة، لا بل جعلها العامل الأساسي والحيوي الذي يقود الإقليم، فيما لن تجدي تهديدات مصر ـ إنْ هدّدت ـ بوقف المشروع، أما المسألة الفلسطينية، فإنها ستذهب نحو مزيد من التهميش أمام المصالح المادية الجديدة الناتجة عن دمج (إسرائيل) وجعلها «كياناً طبيعياً».
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Prof. Tim Anderson: Bahrain’s meaningless elections means to mask its despotism

15 Nov 2022 

Source: Al Mayadeen English

Manama’s ‘normalisation’ with the Israeli colony is a serious obstacle and one that springs from the undemocratic nature of the regime.

Sondoss Al Asaad 

The Bahraini regime has just turned the page on the elections the tactic it wanted: elections without opponents or political associations in a bid to continue undermining rights and liberties and perpetuating the absolute powers of the King after he dismissed at least 100,000 citizens for the crime of belonging to – arbitrarily dissolved associations – or boycotting the last 2 electoral cycles, not to mention the suspicious division of the electoral districts and the main reliance on the participation of the politically-naturalised and the military personnel.  So, the expected results were predetermined by claiming that the turnout was massive and unprecedented “reaching 73%” ignoring popular discontent and the unwillingness of the majority of citizens to participate.  What happened confirms that Bahrain’s parliament is not going to witness legislative work in the upcoming days, but rather greater ties with the Israeli occupation throughout successive agreements in the sectors of the economy, finance, and medicine as well. To talk more about the elections and their consequences, I interviewed the Australian academic, Professor Tim Anderson.

1) What is your comment on the settings under which the Bahrain elections were organised?  Do you think it was credible to organise such a democratic process in a country that suffers from authoritarianism at all levels?

Before even mentioning elections in Bahrain we should recognise that there is little democratic in the 2002 constitution or its application. The National Assembly – with 40 elected members in the Council of Representatives and 40 royally-appointed members in the Consultative Council – is effectively just an advisory body to the hereditary monarch, who controls all state power. 

Although this Assembly makes laws, the King and his appointees can block them. On top of that, the King appoints all executive ministers. The two Prime Ministers since independence in 1971, and many senior ministers, have been his family members.

In this context, the current elections for Bahrain’s Assembly are being carried out without the participation of most opposition parties, many of whose leaders are in exile or in jail. 

As even the Washington-aligned Human Rights Watch group admits, this is a façade of democracy with little substance. But that façade allows other apologists (in the USA, the UN, and Europe) to go along with the Bahraini regime’s claims that its King is: 

“Deeply interested in the involvement and partnership of citizens in the decision-making process, out of a true belief in the importance of democracy .. [and a] vision for the democratization and parliamentary process in the country.”

When it seemed there was a democratic opening, during the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011, a movement “demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister” was brutally suppressed, with the help of the Saudi military. Security forces killed dozens of protesters and arrested hundreds more, many of whom were tortured in custody. After that most opposition parties boycotted the 2014 elections and, after that, the regime outlawed the main Shia opposition group, Al-Wefaq, and the main secular opposition group, the National Democratic Action Society (Waad). 

Opposition figures were jailed or forced into exile. For example, former parliamentarian Abdul-Hamid Dashti was sentenced in absentia to a lengthy prison term for simply insulting the Bahraini and Saudi regimes. Banned political parties had their members further disqualified for any role in public office, under 2018 laws. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said in 2022 that there were “potentially 1,400 political prisoners in Bahrain, out of a total prison population of 3,200-3,800”. Since 2011 there has been increasing use of the death penalty, often based on evidence allegedly obtained under torture. All this makes internal democratic organisation very difficult. 

2) In your opinion, why did the Bahraini regime relentlessly promote the elections?  What are the benefits that it seeks – given that it does not respect the principle of the separation of powers?

The Bahraini tyrant seeks legitimacy and hosting the US 5th naval fleet helps him win powerful allies. As with Qatar (hosting a huge US air base) and Saudi Arabia, the US government has not launched any ‘Arab Spring’ colour revolutions against Bahrain. This means that, while occasional criticisms are raised, their usefulness to Washington helps soften their image. 

For example Adam Ereli, former US Ambassador to Bahrain, argued recently that the ‘democracy’ of Bahraini regime “although falling short for some, arguably achieves the greatest good for the greatest number .. while admittedly imperfect, Bahrain’s stewardship of the democratic process nevertheless provides a much needed and publicly validated opportunity for its citizens to participate in the governing of their country.”

Other Arab countries with far greater democracy have been bombed by the US for their supposed political deficiencies. In other words, it matters little to Washington that there is no separation of powers and little democracy at all in Bahrain. Better that way, in fact; but for image marketing purposes the façade remains important. So the King presents democratic rhetoric, human rights reports, and near-meaningless elections, to mask the absolutist character of his comprador (foreign agent) regime.

 3) How did you read the recommendations of Pope Francis to the King as well as the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council?  And why, in your opinion, does the international community adopt double standards in Bahrain?  Why does it acknowledge the existence of repression when it does nothing to ease the stifling restrictions imposed on Bahrainis?

A. In his recent visit to Bahrain Pope Francis did raise questions about the execution of prisoners, religious discrimination, and migrants’ rights. He was said to have asked privately for the release of some of the country’s political prisoners. Nevertheless, the interfaith meeting he attended was certainly a show aimed to cover discrimination against the 70% majority Shia Muslim population. The latter is politically active and both Washington and the Bahraini monarchy often link them to Iran, to blame Tehran for destabilising the regime.

The UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) has not yet responded to the ‘fourth cycle’ report from Manama, which was lodged in early November. However, in its 2017 response to the ‘third cycle’ of reports, the HRC tried to push the regime to agree to inspection of its prisons (so as to assess the use of torture), to remove all reservations on the women’s rights treaty (CEDAW), to stop all executions and to ‘consider political reform’. There is not much sign of change, but Manama is certainly ‘going through the notions’ of responding in some detail to the latest ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR).

Once again, the big power sponsors of the Bahraini regime shelter it from any harsh criticism. Indeed, historically, both in Latin America and in West Asia, Washington has supported many bloodthirsty, dictatorial regimes. The best current example is the Saudis, key sponsors of Al Qaeda and ISIS/Daesh terrorists.  It should be plain that human rights and democracy have nothing to do with western foreign policy. Nevertheless, a certain amount of ‘human rights bureaucracy’ helps provide a semblance of normality.

 4) Do you think that the Bahraini people have succeeded in overthrowing the intended goal of organising the so-called “coexistence forum” as well as “elections? How? And what is the message you send to them?

A. There is a fair amount of external democratic agitation, but the sponsors of the Manama regime have strong voices. For example, multiple sources repeat the claim that there was a quite high participation rate of 73% in the latest elections, for an initial 34 seats. They also stress the participation of women candidates, even when they note the absence of opposition parties.  This was in many respects an attempt to counter the Al Wefaq party’s call for a boycott, while Amnesty International said the elections were taking place in a climate of repression. The country’s top cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim also backed the boycott call. It is not clear that those claims of 73% participation are at all reliable. 

Meanwhile, at an international level, complaints are kept alive about Manama’s failure to face the issues of political prisoners, extrajudicial killings and systematic torture, and sectarian discrimination.  The ‘impunity of the regime’ has become an important theme. As with the demands of the Palestinian people, the democratic reform demands on the Bahraini regime are capturing international attention. That is important; so too, in this writer’s opinion, is making common cause with the other democratic movements in the region. Bahrain is a small country and its democrats need regional allies.

 5) How can these two events be linked to the rush in the steps of normalisation with the Zionist entity?  What links the two regimes of Bahrain and the apartheid occupation?  Are you afraid of a premeditated intention to turn Bahrain into another Palestine, as the Bahrain’s top spiritual Shiite authority, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassem, has previously warned?

Manama’s ‘normalisation’ with the Israeli colony is a serious obstacle and one that springs from the undemocratic nature of the regime. Even the Israeli media has noted the public reaction against this within Bahrain. Al Wefaq leader Sheikh Hussein al-Daihi, said there is “no place for zionists in Bahrain”, maintaining that Bahraini people will always support Palestine. 

Yet while Zionists and their collaborators says the new Jewish facilities make Manama “a beacon of religious tolerance”, many Bahrainis are alarmed at the regime’s integration of zionist cells into the country, a project which was tried before. They fear being crowded out by a wave of settlers, even perhaps becoming another Palestine. 

The links between the Bahraini and Israeli regimes are obvious – they are both client states of the North Americans, providing support for its interventions, wars, and its regional hegemonic agenda. The huge US airbase and a complaint monarchy make Bahrain a dream regime for the USA, but also a ripe case for democratic revolution. 

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

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Nov 8 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

The spokesperson for the Society for Peace movement in Algeria tells Al Mayadeen that weakening Iran or Turkey cannot serve the Arabs.

The spokesperson for the Movement for a Society for Peace in Algeria, Nasser Hamdadouche

The spokesperson for the Movement for a Society for Peace in Algeria, Nasser Hamdadouche, said on Monday that Algeria played a key role in ensuring the success of the Arab Summit by dismantling some mines, including the insistence of some to condemn Iranian or Turkish interference in the region.

In an interview for Al Mayadeen, Hamdadouche said that Algeria enjoys positive relations with everyone, whether Arab or Islamic countries, including Iran and Turkey, adding that Algiers was keen not to raise controversial points during the summit.

Weakening Iran and Turkey is in the enemy’s interest

Hamdadouche added that weakening Iran or Turkey cannot serve the Arabs, Iran or Turkey, and it is in the interest of the real enemy of the region, which is the Zionist entity and the Western hegemony led by the United States.

He highlighted that there is no interest in antagonizing or dwelling on points of disagreement with Iran and Turkey, “because what unites us is far more than what divides us, and dialogue is the way to overcome the problems that face us.”

Hamdadouche pointed to the importance of “rising above differences and moving in the direction of what brings the nation together within a civilized framework of Arab-Islamic integration, that is, the integration of Arab countries with the most important powers in the region, led by Iran and Turkey.”

The Algerian spokesperson pointed out that Algeria is making efforts at the level of parties, organizations, and countries to overcome obstacles and establish dialogue between parties and Arab and Islamic countries.

Algeria resolved the Palestinian file

Hamdadouche said, “There is an Arab division over the Palestinian issue, whether the solution is through negotiation or resistance, therefore, Algeria resolved this file before the summit through a reunification initiative to achieve Palestinian reconciliation.”

He indicated that the Movement for a Society for Peace was looking forward to supporting the option of resistance against the Zionist entity, as well as criminalizing all forms of normalization because it is unreasonable for any Arab country to single out its decision outside the unified Arab political vision.

He also pointed to some Arab countries that did not stop at political and diplomatic normalization with the Zionist entity but rather went to what is even far more dangerous, as in military and security agreements with the Israeli occupation that threaten Arab national security.

The Algerian spokesperson pointed out that Algeria is making efforts at the level of parties, organizations, and countries to overcome obstacles and establish dialogue between parties and Arab and Islamic countries.

Algeria resolved the Palestinian file

Hamdadouche said, “There is an Arab division over the Palestinian issue, whether the solution is through negotiation or resistance, therefore, Algeria resolved this file before the summit through a reunification initiative to achieve Palestinian reconciliation.”

He indicated that the Movement for a Society for Peace was looking forward to supporting the option of resistance against the Zionist entity, as well as criminalizing all forms of normalization because it is unreasonable for any Arab country to single out its decision outside the unified Arab political vision.

He also pointed to some Arab countries that did not stop at political and diplomatic normalization with the Zionist entity but rather went to what is even far more dangerous, as in military and security agreements with the Israeli occupation that threaten Arab national security.

Hamdadouche stressed that Arab national security should not be divided, adding that the Israeli occupation represents the real danger to Arab national security, in addition to water and food security, which are tools of the struggle with “Israel”.
In the same context, he underlined that “normalization with the Zionist entity is condemned, rejected, and criminalized by us, even if it comes from political Islam or from any religious Fatwa or any legal text.”
Hamdadouche said that Algeria would have wanted to criminalize normalization if this decision was within its jurisdiction, adding that “it seems that there was a settlement that took place during the Arab summit, which requires reducing Algeria’s rhetoric against normalization in exchange for withdrawing the Iran or Turkey file from consultations.”
Hamas’ choice to return to Syria is strategic
In a separate context, the Algerian spokesperson indicated that when Hamas raised the issue of resuming relations with Syria, Algeria’s response was the necessity of positioning the movement within the Axis of Resistance in the region, away from the controversial points in the Syrian or Lebanese internal affairs.

Hamdadouche pointed out that some Arab countries did not only stop supporting the resistance against the Zionist entity, but rather categorized the Palestinian Resistance factions as “terrorist organizations”.

In this context, Hamdadouche hoped that Syria will return to its natural position, which, despite all that it has been subjected to from some Arab states and the international community, has remained faithful to the Palestinian cause.

He also highlighted that the Lebanese resistance against the Zionist enemy has honored the Arab nation.

Riots in Iran in the interest of “Israel” and the US

Regarding the Iranian role, Hamdadouche said, Iran has an undeniable history with the Resistance, adding that Hamas asserts that Iran’s support is unconditional and the proof is that when the movement severed its relations with Syria, Iran did not stop its support for the Palestinian Resistance movement.

Commenting on the recent riots in Iran, the spokesperson said that the attempt to target and weaken Iran, in which regional and global powers are allied, will be in the interest of the Zionist entity and the US, who will have no mercy on the Arab region if Iran falls.

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 الثلاثاء 8 تشرين الثاني 2022


حذرت مساعدة وزير الخارجية الأميركي لشؤون الشرق الأدنى، باربرا ليف، من أن لبنان مفتوح أمام كل السيناريوهات، بما فيها «تفكك كامل للدولة»، وقالت إن اللبنانيين سيضطرّون على الأرجح إلى تحمّل مزيد من الألم قبل تشكيل حكومة جديدة.

وفي لقاء نظّمه «مركز ويلسون» عن السياسة الأميركية في لبنان، الجمعة الماضي، وأداره السفير الأميركي السابق في لبنان ديفيد هيل، قالت ليف: «أرى سيناريوهات عدة، التفكك هو الأسوأ بينها… قد تفقد قوى الأمن والجيش السيطرة وتكون هناك هجرة جماعية، هناك العديد من السيناريوهات الكارثية. وفي الوقت نفسه أتخيل أن البرلمانيين أنفسهم سيحزمون حقائبهم ويسافرون إلى أوروبا، حيث ممتلكاتهم».

(هيثم الموسوي)

وأشارت إلى أنه «ليس عمل الديبلوماسيين الأجانب الذهاب إلى مجلس النواب والضغط على النواب لانتخاب رئيس. أعتقد أنه يجب أن تسوء الأمور أكثر، قبل أن يصبح هناك ضغط شعبي يشعر به النواب. نحن نضغط على القادة السياسيين ليقوموا بعملهم ولكن لا شيء يؤثر مثل الضغط الشعبي، وعاجلاً أم آجلاً، سيتحرك ذلك من جديد». ولفتت إلى أن «هناك طروحات تقول إن انهيار لبنان سيمكّن بطريقة ما إعادة بنائه من تحت الرماد، متحرّراً من اللعنة التي يمثّلها حزب الله له (…) ولكن شعب لبنان، وجيرانه الأردن وإسرائيل والشعب السوري، سيتحملون العبء الأكبر لانهيار الدولة، لذلك فإن جهودنا مركزة على تفادي هذا السيناريو، والضغط على من يحكمون البلد». واعتبرت أن «حزب الله يشكل تهديداً لنا ولجيران لبنان، وللبنانيين أنفسهم. ونحن مستمرون في فرض عقوبات وحصار شبكاته في المنطقة وغيرها».
ورأت ليف أن «لبنان بحاجة عاجلة لانتخاب رئيس وتسمية رئيس وزراء، ثم تشكيل حكومة كاملة الصلاحيات لتعمل على بعض القرارات المهمة، بينها إصلاحات جوهرية والموافقة على قروض صندوق النقد الدولي والبنك الدولي، الخاصة بتمويل صفقات الطاقة». وعن المقاربة الأميركية للوضع الحالي في لبنان، أوضحت أن «الولايات المتحدة مستعدة للعمل مع الحكومة على تمكين لبنان، ولكن يجب أن تكون هناك حكومة كاملة الصلاحيات لتقوم بمهامها المتعلقة بالإصلاح الاقتصادي».

وأكدت ليف أن بلادها والسعودية لديهما قواسم مشتركة في ما خص الوضع اللبناني. «لقد مرت علاقاتنا بفترة توتر. لكن لدينا قواسم مشتركة استراتيجية، لا سيما في البلدان الأكثر حساسية مثل لبنان واليمن». لذلك، «عملنا بشكل مكثف من أجل الإصلاحات، والفرنسيون كذلك تدخلوا… السعوديون تراجعوا ولكن أعتقد أنهم سيعودون من جديد».
وعن اتفاق ترسيم الحدود البحرية، قالت ليف إن «الاتفاق يحمي أمن إسرائيل ومصالحها الاقتصادية، ويعطي لبنان فسحة لبدء نشاط التنقيب عن موارد الطاقة، ويدعم مصالح الولايات المتحدة والشعب الأميركي وتطلعاتها لشرق أوسط مزدهر ومتكامل، مع احتمالات أقل لاندلاع نزاعات».

انهيار لبنان سيمكّن بطريقة ما من إعادة بنائه من تحت الرماد متحرّراً من حزب الله

وقالت إنه إلى جانب إصلاح القطاع المصرفي والعمل على القروض مع البنك الدولي وصندوق النقد «يجب إصلاح قطاع الكهرباء ولكن هناك مقاومة كبيرة. شحنات النفط الإيرانية التي تسمى إنقاذية، كلها تهرّب ولا تدخل إلى شبكة الطاقة». أضافت أن «هناك اعتقاداً خاطئاً بين معارضي إصلاح قطاعي المصارف والكهرباء، بأننا لسنا بحاجة إلى قرض الثلاثة مليارات دولار، بوجود الغاز الطبيعي. هذا عمل يحتاج سنوات من الاستكشاف والتنقيب ومعرفة ما الإمكانات التجارية… ليست نقوداً في المصرف».

وعما إذا كان اتفاق الترسيم يمهّد لمرحلة جديدة من التطبيع، بما يشمل لبنان؟، قالت: «إنه سؤال جيد لدرجة أني لم أستطع الإجابة عليه لنفسي. هناك شعور بأن هناك تقاطعات ولدت بين لبنان وإسرائيل. لا أدري ما هو السحر الذي أتاح ذلك؟ الأشخاص في الحكومة في لبنان أدركوا الخسارة التي ضيّعوها خلال السنوات الماضية لأنهم لم يصلوا إلى اتفاق مع إسرائيل».

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Netanyahu returns, but Israel’s political and military landscape has changed

Bibi is back, leading Israel’s most right-wing government but also facing unprecedented Palestinian resistance and global turmoil.

November 06 2022

Photo Credit: The Cradle

By Abdel Bari Atwan

While the Arab Summit in Algeria affirmed its adherence to the so-called ‘Arab Peace Initiative’ as a final solution to the Palestinian issue, Israel’s response came quickly and resolutely with the return to power of Benjamin Netanyahu and the anti-Arab religious Likud bloc.

In the 1 November legislative elections, Israelis voted in large numbers for the anti-Arab, racist, religious parties, which openly embrace a policy of killing and expelling Palestinians from all of occupied Palestine, and promote a solely Jewish-Zionist identity of the country.

The “Jewish Power” party, which won 15 seats, and is led by the two most racist figures in the short history of the Jewish state, Bezael H. Cherish and his deputy Itamar Ben Gvir, will be the backbone of Netanyahu’s coalition government.

The leader of this party, which will be the most prominent partner of the Arab monarchs who signed peace agreements with Israel, has called for killing Arabs, expelling them and wrapping the bodies of the martyrs in pigskin “in honor” of them.

Normalization the new norm

Nonetheless, it is likely that red carpets will be laid out for Ben Gvir and Netanyahu in Arab capitals, where they will enjoy Arab hospitality and drink from their gilded goblets. Indeed, there is no difference between the winning Israeli coalition and the defeated one (Lapid-Gantz).

Both converge on their mutual hostility and hatred of Arabs and Muslims. General Benny Gantz, the Israeli Minister of Defense in the previous government, used to boast that he was the Israeli who killed the largest number of Arabs – and this is true, as his government has killed 166 Palestinians since the beginning of this year.

There is a silver lining, however: This racist government will hasten Israel’s demise and lead to its inevitable end, not at the hands of the battered Arab armies, but at the hands of the Palestinian resistance and their regional allies, their missiles and drones.

There are three steps that the Netanyahu government and his extremist coalition may take upon assuming power:

First, a return to reviving the Trump-era ‘Deal of the Century,’ the annexation of the West Bank, and the deportation of most of its Palestinian residents to Jordan as an “alternative homeland.”

Second, the escalation of incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the consolidation of Jewish control over East Jerusalem, and the obliteration of its Arab and Islamic identity. The first step may be dividing it on the model of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, then demolishing it, and erecting the alleged “temple” on its ruins.

Third, the canceling or freezing of the maritime border demarcation agreement with Lebanon, similar to what happened to the Oslo Accords with Palestinians. Netanyahu announced his intent to do so openly in his election campaign.

This option appears especially likely given that extraction of gas and oil from the Karish field has already begun, while the Qana field, which was “partially” recognized as Lebanese, remains untouched, with no surveys or exploration conducted until this moment.

It is likely that the Lebanese gas fields will lay dormant for the foreseeable future. The same US mediators did not guarantee the implementation of even 1 per cent of the Oslo Accords, and they will most likely not guarantee the rights of the Lebanese people.

Renewed Palestinian armed resistance

But Netanyahu is set to assume control over a very different state of affairs, both domestically and internationally. For starters, Israel is facing an escalating internal conflict, and most importantly, a revived intifada in the form of West Bank armed resistance.

We cannot talk about West Bank resistance without discussing the phenomenon of The Lions’ Den whose political and military influence is expanding, while the Palestinian public’s embrace of the movement is growing. Not a day passes without witnessing a commando operation in various parts of the West Bank; in Nablus, Jenin and Hebron – later in Ramallah, and then in the pre-1948 occupied Palestinian territories.

Netanyahu may succeed in including one or two more Arab governments in the Abraham Accords, which was signed under his last premiership. However, such political acrobatics will have no value in light of the “awakening” of the Palestinian people and their return to armed resistance.

The returning Netanyahu will not forget the May 2021 battle of the “Sword of Jerusalem” that humiliated him, and its missiles that isolated the occupying state for more than 11 days, forcing millions of Israeli settler-colonizers into shelters and bunkers.

These missiles are still present and ready, along with hundreds of armed drones. Perhaps it is also worth reminding the incoming Israeli Prime Minister of how he ended an electoral meeting in the city of Ashdod (my ancestors’ hometown) and fled in terror from the 400 missiles launched by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement in retaliation for the assassination of its leader, Baha Abu al-Atta.

Just another day in the office?

The “Israel” to which Netanyahu returns is not the same Israel he left, and the world he knew when he was last in power, is not the same world today. His US supporter is mired in an unprecedented proxy war of attrition with Russia in Ukraine, where his co-religionist, Volodymyr Zelensky, has so far lost about a fifth of his country’s territory, and has plunged it into darkness and despair.

While Netanyahu is viewed as as being close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, that friendship had deepened before the Ukraine war. The situation has now changed dramatically, and he will be forced to choose between Washington and Moscow in an era of multipolarity.

As for the Lions’ Den, they have effectively changed all the equations and rules of engagement in occupied Palestine – and perhaps in the Arab world as well – and within this context will actually “welcome” the hardliner Netanyahu’s return to power.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

Arab Summit launched; Palestine a central cause

November 1, 2022

The 31st Arab Summit opens with Tunisian President Kais Saied who hoped that the summit in Algeria would find solutions and bridge rifts.

Arab ministers and delegates in Algeria

Arab League summit kicked off on Tuesday in Algeria, with the participation of 16 Arab presidents, including the leaders of Tunisia, Qatar, Sudan, and Egypt.

The summit opened with Tunisian President Kais Saied who hoped that the summit in Algeria would find solutions and bridge rifts.

Saied affirmed that Algeria exerted strained efforts to maintain unity among Arabs.

He further stressed that the right of Palestine must be reiterated in all conferences and meetings to make sure it is never absent.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Saied noted that President Tebboune’s efforts were crowned with bringing the Palestinians together and achieving national reconciliation.

Tebboune: We will demand the UNGA to recognize Palestine as an independent state

During his speech at the 31st regular session of the Arab League’s Council at the summit level, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune shared Saied’s stance on Palestine, stressing, “Our central and core cause is Palestinian, which is subject to elimination attempts through the Israeli occupation’s practices.”

“We will demand the General Assembly of the United Nations to recognize Palestine as an independent state,” he added.

Historically, Algeria has entertained good diplomatic with Palestine and is one of the Arab countries to reject the normalization of ties with “Israel”.

The Algerian President also stressed that the crises in Libya, Syria, and Yemen require a solution and demand prioritizing national reconciliation to reach peaceful and consensual solutions over anything else.

Tebboune urged the formation of a committee to support the Palestinian cause, emphasizing that “Palestine must be granted full membership at the United Nations.”

Furthermore, he stated that the roots of crises in Libya, Syria, and Yemen need to be addressed.

Tebboune concluded by expressing hope that practical solutions and necessary decisions will be the outcomes of the summit.

Aboul Gheit: Several Arab countries living in dire security conditions

The Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said the Arab countries “are in urgent need of dealing with the ongoing crises.”

During his speech at the 31st Arab Summit on Tuesday, Aboul Gheit pointed out that “several Arab countries are living in dire security situations, such as terrorism, militias, armed groups, and parties that foment sedition and meddle in the Arab countries’ affairs.”

He pointed out that “the world stands still and does not advocate the two-state solution,” claiming that “the Arabs insist on the establishment of the Palestinian state based on the 1967 border.”

“We call on all the countries in the world to join my peaceful goals for the sake of the inclusion of Palestine and obtaining full membership at the United Nations,” Aboul Gheit said.

The Secretary-General added, “We want this summit to be a true summit of unity and restoration of the Arab willpower.”

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Lebanon Secures Oil, Gas Rights Without Any Concession, Now It’s Time to Preserve This Achievement

November 2, 2022

By Mohammad Youssef

Lebanon has become an oil and gas member country. The new understanding to demarcate the maritime border line with occupied Palestine is a milestone and the start of a new era that put the country on a new road towards prosperity and stability on many levels. More importantly, this remarkable achievement has been reached without any kind of normalization with the ‘Israeli’ enemy.

It is the first time in history that an Arab state gets its rights without bowing down to the ‘Israeli’ blackmail, threats, or diktats.

But how did that take place?

The resistance in Lebanon spearheaded by Hezbollah has given another proof about its ability to bring the yet another country.

Supported by the people who put their trust and have a full unshakable conviction about the resistance. Hezbollah leadership took a courageous step by setting a new formula against the enemy which states the following: If Lebanon cannot explore, exploit, and extract its gas resources, the enemy is not allowed to do so.

Hezbollah put its threat into effect by sending its drones over Karish platform to reflect the seriousness of its warning.

In addition to this, and in a harmonious and coordinated way with the state officials, namely President of the Republic General Michel Aoun, House Speaker Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, and their respective teams, the resistance represented by Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has been able to give Lebanon another remarkable victory which brought the ‘Israeli’ enemy to its knees.

This event has given an exemplary model about the defensive strategy that Lebanon could reach and adopt to defend the country and act as a deterrent force against any ‘Israeli’ aggression.

This defensive strategy has long been under the light, and is always under focus. Many parties in Lebanon have called for an open discussion to deliberate over this matter. Now we have a real embodiment and a vivid example that no one can deny about the result of coordination that can take place to ensure not only Lebanon’s protection and liberation, but also its full sovereignty over its land, sea, and all its natural resources.

Needless to say, this kind of coordination will definitely act as a safety valve and as a guarantee for Lebanon and the Lebanese against any foreign threat, aggression, or intimidation, especially from the ‘Israeli’ enemy side which has a lengthy history of aggressions.

It is the duty of the Lebanese from every sect and confession to perceive this new lesson. To understand the importance of this achievement, they should all learn how to appreciate it, value it and do everything possible to support and preserve it.

This is a successful golden formula that has no otherwise so far. It proved its efficiency in the past and present, and will definitely protect Lebanon and its people in the future.

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  الجمعة 28 تشرين الأول 2022


بالتزامن مع انتزاع لبنان حريته في التنقيب والاستخراج، وصولاً إلى «الخط 23+»، والتوقيع الرسمي على الاتفاق في الناقورة، أعلن الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله أن «المهمة أنجزت» بعدما نجحت المقاومة في المهمة التي ألقتها قيادتها على عاتقها، معلناً انتهاء التدابير ‏والإجراءات والاستنفارات الاستثنائية والخاصة بملف المفاوضات والتي قامت بها المقاومة منذ عدة أشهر، إما لمنع العدو من استخراج الغاز في حال حاول ذلك قبل حصول لبنان على حقوقه، ولمواجهة أي اعتداء إسرائيلي. وأكد نصرالله أن المهمة انتهت «بانتصار كبير وكبير جداً للدولة والشعب والمقاومة في لبنان، وكانت تجربة مهمة ‏وغنية جداً تستحق التوقف عندها وعند نتائجها ودلالاتها» وهو ما سيتناوله في كلمة له مساء غد.

وبما لا يقل أهمية، أكد الأمين العام لحزب الله أن «أي كلام عن التطبيع والاعتراف هو تجن»، مشيراً إلى أن المسؤولين في الدولة اللبنانية «لم يقدموا على أي خطوة تعطي شبهة تطبيع»، في تأكيد على أن لبنان انتزع حقوقه من دون أن يقدم ثمناً سياسياً يتصل بهويته وموقعه في الصراع مع إسرائيل، وهو هدف كان يسعى إليه الأميركي والإسرائيلي على حد سواء. ومن أبرز هذه المؤشرات رفض لبنان صورة مشتركة مع الوفد الإسرائيلي في الناقورة، إضافة إلى حرصه على إجراء مفاوضات غير مباشرة مع العدو.

من جهته، أكّد رئيس الجمهورية ميشال عون أن «إنجاز ملف ترسيم الحدود البحرية الجنوبية عمل تقني ليست له أي أبعاد سياسية أو مفاعيل تتناقض مع السياسة الخارجية التي ينتهجها لبنان في علاقاته مع الدول». وشدد على «أننا أخذنا حقنا بالترسيم​ وزيادة، والترسيم سيسمح باستخراج ​الغاز​ والنفط لإخراج لبنان من الحفرة. هذه هديتي للبنانيين قبل أن أغادر». وأكد «أننا قمنا بترسيم الحدود​ كي لا نقع في حرب، وهو نتيجة مصلحة واستقرار وليس نتيجة سلام مع إسرائيل، ولا توجد أي ورقة أو إمضاء أو أي شيء آخر في عملية توقيع اتفاق الترسيم تؤدي إلى اتفاق سلام».
ووقّع عون في قصر بعبدا أمس رسالة تحمل موافقة لبنان على مضمون الرسالة الأميركية عن نتائج المفاوضات غير المباشرة لترسيم الحدود الجنوبية التي سلمه إياها الوسيط الأميركي عاموس هوكشتين، وهي تؤكد أن «لبنان حصل على الحقول المحددة في المنطقة الاقتصادية الخالصة اللبنانية كاملة والتي كان أودعها الأمم المتحدة العام 2011 واعتمدت في المرسوم الرقم 6433».
بعد التوقيع، توجّه أعضاء الوفد اللبناني الرسمي إلى الناقورة لتسليم الرسالة الرئاسية إلى هوكشتين، وتسليم ممثلة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة جوانا فرونتيسكا رسالة وقعها وزير الخارجية تتضمن تأكيد الإحداثيات المرتبطة بالحدود البحرية اللبنانية لإيداعها الأمم المتحدة وفقاً للآليات المتبعة في قانون البحار. وضم الوفد المدير العام لرئاسة الجمهورية أنطوان شقير، مفوض الحكومة لدى قوات اليونيفيل العميد منير شحادة، عضو مجلس إدارة هيئة النفط وسام شباط ورئيس مركز الاستشارات القانونية في وزارة الخارجية والمغتربين السفير أحمد عرفة.

وكان الرئيس عون اجتمع بالوفد قبل الظهر، وتم رسم توجهات تفصيلية تتعلق بالشكليات، منها ضرورة التثبت من عدم وجود أي كاميرات تصوير أو استخدام الهواتف من قبل الحضور في الاجتماع، وعدم التحدث مع الوفد الإسرائيلي تحت أي ظرف، ومنع أي عضو من الوفد الإسرائيلي من الاقتراب من طاولة الوفد اللبناني. وعدم التعامل مع الوفد الإسرائيلي بأي نوع من الإشارات الودية، وصولاً إلى أنه من الأفضل عدم النظر صوبهم.
وخلال الاجتماع وصلت معلومات عن وجود خرق إسرائيلي للمياه الإقليمية، وتصرف لبنان معها على أنها رسالة مقصودة من جانب العدو. فطلب من الوفد البقاء في باحة مهبط المروحية وعدم التوجه إلى الخيمة، وطلب إلى العميد شحادة التواصل مع الجهات الدولية التي قالت إنه لم يحصل خرق، لكن شحادة قال إنه ينتظر الأمر من قيادة الجيش اللبناني التي أخذت بعض الوقت قبل أن تؤكد تراجع زوارق العدو بعيداً عن المياه الإقليمية.
وعندما حاول الوفد الإسرائيلي خلال الاجتماع التوجه بالكلام إلى الوفد اللبناني شاكراً، لم يلتفت إليه الوفد اللبناني الذي سارع إلى تسليم الوسيط الأميركي ومنسقة الأمم المتحدة الرسائل والتوجه إلى خارج الخيمة، حيث رافقهم هوكشتين وأخذ معهم صورة تذكارية. بينما اقتصرت الصور داخل الخيمة على لقطة لشقير وهو يسلم هوكشتين رد الرئيس عون وصورة أخرى عند تسلم هوكشتين الرسالة الإسرائيلية.
وقد عمل فريق أميركي ودولي على التثبت من عدم وجود أي مصور إلا واحد يمثل الأمم المتحدة الذي منع من التقاط صور عامة تجمع الوفود الثلاثة، وهذا ما يفترض أنه حصل.

وسلم الوفدان اللبناني والإسرائيلي الوثيقة إلى الوسيط الأميركي في غرفة كل على حدة، في حضور فرونيتسكا والسفيرتين الفرنسية آن غريو والأميركية دوروثي شيا. وتزامنت عملية التسليم مع تدابير مشددة اتخذها الجيش اللبناني وقوات اليونيفيل.
إسرائيلياً، ومع استكمال المسارات القانونية في كيان العدو واختتام الإجراءات التي أنهت مرحلة من المفاوضات غير المباشرة، بدأت الحكومة هجوماً مضاداً على المعارضة في التوظيف السياسي الداخلي للاتفاق الذي يأتي قبل 5 أيام من الانتخابات العامة. ومن المرجح أن تشهد الأيام المقبلة الكثير من المواقف التي تبالغ في «إنجازات» الاتفاق إسرائيلياً.
وأقرت الحكومة الإسرائيلية، في جلسة خاصة أمس، اتفاق ترسيم الحدود البحرية مع لبنان بعد أسبوعين من عرضه على الكنيست. في بداية الجلسة قال لابيد: «الاتفاق يحصّن أمن إسرائيل وحرية عملها في مواجهة تهديدات حزب الله في الشمال»، ووصفه بأنه «إنجاز سياسي… ليس في كل يوم تعترف دولة معادية بدولة إسرائيل في اتفاق مكتوب أمام المجتمع الدولي»، في موقف تفوح منه رائحة المبالغة لأهداف انتخابية. إذ إنه لم يدّع مثل هذا الكلام في ذروة السجال على الاتفاق مع رئيس المعارضة بنيامين نتنياهو، واختار الإدلاء به في يوم التوقيع على مسافة أيام من الانتخابات.

رئيس الجمهورية: لا يوجد في اتفاق الترسيم ما يؤدي الى اتفاق سلام مع اسرائيل

بعد ذلك، انتقل الوفد الإسرائيلي إلى الناقورة. ولفت موقع «يديعوت» إلى أنه لم يتم أخذ صورة مشتركة مع الوفد اللبناني «لأن لبنان معني بعدم الإيحاء بأي نوع من التطبيع بين الطرفين». وضم الوفد الإسرائيلي مدير عام وزارة الطاقة، ليؤت شيلت، وعضو مجلس الأمن القومي، أفيفيت بار إيلان، ورئيس الجهاز السياسي في وزارة الخارجية، عليزه بن نون، وممثل قسم التخطيط الاستراتيجي في الجيش ومندوب المستشار القضائي لوزارة الخارجية، الذين رافقوا المفاوضات.
وفي خطوة كشفت ارتداع إسرائيل بفعل تهديد المقاومة، رغم أنها حاولت في الشكل الإيحاء بخلاف ذلك، ذكر بيان صادر عن وزارة الطاقة الإسرائيلية أن إسرائيل بدأت أمس (الأربعاء) باستخراج الغاز الطبيعي من حقل «كاريش» في البحر الأبيض المتوسط، قبل يوم واحد من توقيع الاتفاق مع لبنان.
إلى ذلك، وصف الرئيس الأميركي جوزف بايدن الاتفاق بـ«التاريخي» الذي «سيؤمن مصالح كل من إسرائيل ولبنان، ويمهد الطريق لمنطقة أكثر استقراراً وازدهاراً».

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Arab League Summit – Hopes and Aspirations


Viktor Mikhin
The next summit of the League of Arab States (LAS), whose participation has been confirmed by the heads of state of numerous Arab countries, will be held in Algiers in early November. On the agenda, of course, are primarily issues related to the reconciliation of a number of Arab countries and their consolidation in the face of various external threats. However, the Arab media and even politicians are already saying that no breakthroughs can be expected from the summit, as the Arab League has lost its once-authoritative status in recent years.

Arab leaders have held two consecutive high-level meetings in 2019. In the spring, they met in Tunisia at the annual Arab Summit. In May, they met again in Mecca at the invitation of Riyadh for an extraordinary Arab summit. At issue was Saudi Arabia’s and other Persian Gulf Arab countries’ concern about Iran’s regional policies and opposition to Tehran’s plans to increase its activities in a number of countries in the Arab world. The 31st ordinary Arab summit is now scheduled to be held in Algiers on November 1, with a concluding session on November 2. The Algerian government wanted the summit to take place on the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1954 Algerian Revolution, which led to Algeria’s independence from France in July 1962.

Some fears are related to domestic political developments in Algeria, while others stem from Algeria’s relations with other Arab countries, which are not without nuances of disagreement over the choice of a common Arab and regional policy. This concerns the events in Libya, the position on the problems in North and East Africa, including the situation in Western Sahara, and the position on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Syria is another major stumbling block given Algeria’s determination to rejoin the Arab League system after being expelled from it in 2011. At the time, this was done under the far-fetched pretext of the alleged use of force by President Bashar al-Assad to quell discontent among some segments of the population. Afterward, incidentally, it was found that the Persian Gulf countries and the West, led by the United States, had a hand in stirring up passions there. Then the situation turned into an endless civil war in which foreign fighters actively participated on the side of the Syrian opposition, generously paid by the same Persian Gulf Arabs.

It is worth remembering that the world and Arab countries look distinctive today than they did in 2019 when the last Arab summit was held. The world has changed since then, and not only the Covid-19 pandemic, but also a host of other Arab, Middle Eastern, and international events have changed the overall context in which the Algiers Summit will take place. Three major international developments are expected to influence discussions at the Arab Summit.

The first, in chronological order, is the change of government in the United States. After four years of foreign policy by former US President Donald Trump, who tried to move away from old problems that had plagued previous administrations, current US President Joe Biden has returned to an interventionist US foreign policy based on forming new military alliances while strengthening existing ones, such as NATO. The second major event was the war in Ukraine, which was prepared and unleashed by the West under the leadership of the United States to bleed and damage Russia. The third is the growing US-China tension over Taiwan, also initiated by the United States. These three events have had and continue to have a direct impact on the Arab world, and they are clearly not favorable to the Arabs. This concerns both the issue of food security and the high energy prices affecting Arab states that are not oil producers, such as Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia, Morocco, and some others.

From a regional perspective, there have also been fundamental changes in the Arab country’s relations with Israel, Turkey, and Iran, which will undoubtedly impact the work and conclusions of the Arab Summit. For example, building on Trump’s diplomacy, Israel signed the so-called “Abraham Accords” with four Arab countries in the second half of 2020. The previous Trump administration spoke of the Arab-Israeli normalization process as being deliberately separated from the Palestinian issue, to the detriment of the Palestinians and the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. While the Biden administration advocated for a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine from day one, it refrained from using its influence with the Israelis to resume peace talks with the Palestinians that ended in April 2014.

While Trump in May 2018 roughly withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Iran and a group of 5+1 countries, and pursued a strategy of “maximum pressure” on Iran, the Biden administration has worked assiduously to join the JCPOA under a formula known as “control over control.” This means that the United States will join the agreement if Iran is the first to meet all of its obligations. But if the “control over control” formula is implemented, followed by the lifting of some sanctions, the Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia, will be very concerned about what the Iranian government will spend the billions of dollars that will flow to Iran as a result of the resumption of oil sales. Will Tehran spend the money on developing the Iranian economy, or will it fund pro-Iranian regimes in the Arab world? If the latter, how will the US respond, and will Washington be able to side with the Saudis?

Turkey will also have to face a fierce controversy, as many Arabs see positive developments in Turkish-Arab relations despite the reassessment of Turkey’s strategy in the Middle East, Libya, or the Eastern Mediterranean. Ankara has now significantly tightened its policy in the Arab world, reminding left and right of its “right” as heir to the Ottoman Empire. This presupposes, Erdoğan says, Turkey’s leadership role in the created joint Arab Union. But here there will be clear opposition from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries, given Erdoğan’s recent flirtations with Iran, which is the main enemy of Persian Gulf Arabs.

The Algiers summit also comes after the end of the boycott of Qatar by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain and the resumption of diplomatic relations between these countries. One of the most positive results of this intra-Arab reconciliation was the official visits of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to Qatar and the official visit of the ruler of Qatar to Egypt last July. Clearly, this much-needed reconciliation will have a positive impact on the Arab Summit discussions and decisions, both politically and economically. At the same time, the Arabs are taking into account the huge gas reserves in Qatar and its ability to export gas to the Arab states.

In addition, special attention is being paid to the situation in Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Tunisia. The Arab world is interested in helping these countries manage them successfully. The financial issue will be one of the main topics of the summit, and here the Persian Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia, are likely to have a weighty say. In any case, this summit will provide Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud with an excellent opportunity to strengthen and expand his authority in the Arab League and throughout the Arab world.

As for the situation in Libya, Arab leaders are expected to call on Libyan political factions to resolve the ongoing crisis in their country by holding free and fair elections. Experts warn that this must happen as soon as possible to prevent Libya from reverting to the violence that nearly tore the country apart three years ago.

The next summit of Arab states in Algiers should prove that the Arab world is united and seeks only Arab solutions to Arab problems. And this requires the unity of all countries in the region. Will the ambitious Arab leaders be able to speak with one voice, or will everyone pull the covers over themselves? — the upcoming Arab League summit will clearly show this.

دعوة ثلاثة كتّاب صهيونيّي الهوى والمواقف: السفارة الفرنسية تروّج للتطبيع «الناعم» في بيروت

 الأربعاء 19 تشرين الأول 2022

 نادين كنعان

    بدءاً من اليوم الأربعاء لغاية 30 تشرين الأوّل (أكتوبر) الحالي، سيكون لبنان على موعد مع الدورة الأولى من «بيروت كُتب» ، المهرجان الأدبي الدولي والفرنكوفوني الذي ينظّمه «المركز الفرنسي في لبنان»، بعد أربع سنوات على إقامة آخر معرض للكتاب الفرنكوفوني في لبنان. حدث مجاني ببرنامج منوّع يحاكي كلّ الأعمار، سيتجوّل في المناطق اللبنانية المختلفة، متنقّلاً بين المدارس والمتاحف وغيرهما من الفضاءات ذات الطابع الثقافي. ويستضيف الحدث 110 أدیباً وأدیبة من 18 جنسیّة، فيما يقيم حلقات حوار وندوات وأنشطة فنية (موسيقى ومسرح وغناء…)، بالإضافة إلى توزيع عدد من الجوائز، وفق ما تؤكد السفيرة الفرنسية آن غريو.

    وبحسب المنظّمين، من شأن «بيروت كُتب» المساهمة في الحثّ على القراءة من جهة، وتشكيل متنفّس للكتّاب والأدباء والفنانين الذين واظبوا على العمل ولكن «لم يقدروا أن يحكوا (…) وشعروا بوجود هذا النقص» نتيجة تأزّم الأوضاع على الساحة المحلية وفي ظلّ الأزمة الصحية العالمية ومن ثمّ توقّف معرض الكتاب الفرنكوفوني، من جهة أخرى. الأمر الذي ولّد «الحاجة لنشاط أدبي، خصوصاً في بيروت».

    (دانيا زيتوني ــ الولايات المتحدة)

    خلال الحدث، وتحديداً في 25 تشرين الأوّل، سيشهد «قصر الصنوبر» عند الساعة الثانية بعد الظهر حدثاً غير مسبوق، يتمثّل في الإعلان عن القائمة القصيرة لجائزة «غونكور» الأدبية العريقة من لبنان. خطوة مستغربة من قبل الأكاديمية الفرنسية التي اعتادت الكشف عن الأسماء سنوياً من باريس، التي سيحضر هذا العام أعضاؤها العشرة إلى العاصمة اللبنانية، بمن فيهم باسكال بروكنير، إريك ــ إيمانويل شميت وبيار أسولين. علماً أنّ غياب أيّ منهم قد يعني نسف الإعلان البيروتي.
    الأدباء الثلاثة الذين لم يُسلّط عليهم الضوء في إطار الإعلان عن تفاصيل المهرجان كأنّ أسماءهم مُرِّرت خلسةً، معروفون بمواقفهم ومعاركهم المدافعة عن «إسرائيل»، وبترهيب كلّ من ينتقدها ورميه بالتهمة الجاهزة: معاداة السامية!
    صحيح أنّهم ليسوا إسرائيليّي الجنسية، إلا أنّهم من أشدّ المتعاطفين مع الكيان الصهيوني في الأوساط الثقافية والفنية الفرنسية.
    أخطر هؤلاء هو الروائي والمفكر والصحافي والأكاديمي باسكال بروكنير. يعتبر الأخير من أبرز رموز «الفلاسفة الجدد» الذين قادوا الثورة الأيديولوجية ضدّ حركات التحرّر الوطني واليسار في سبعينيات القرن الماضي، إلى جانب مجموعة من أعتى صهاينة فرنسا والمدافعين عن «إسرائيل» ومؤبلسي العرب والمسلمين، على رأسهم برنار هنري ليفي. تيار حاول تبرئة الاستعمار من مسؤولياته التاريخية عمّا حلّ ببلدان العالم الثالث، ويحمّل مسؤولية ما يجري في هذه البلدان إلى ثقافتها وخلفيتها الفكرية والنفسية… بخبث شديد، أعاد هذا التيّار تبنّي الطروحات العنصرية. في كتابه المرجعي «دموع الرجل الأبيض»، يعلن القطيعة مع الفكر العالم الثالثي الذي طبع جيله، واليسار الغربي في السبعينيات. إنّه أحد الموقعين على عريضة ترفض إدانة «إسرائيل» عام 2021، ردّاً على عريضة لألف فنان ومثقف وجامعي من 45 بلداً، نشرتها جريدة «ليبراسيون» الفرنسية، تدعو إلى وضع حدّ لـ «الأبارتهايد في إسرائيل». وفي عام 2017، قال في مقابلة عبر i24NEWS الإسرائيلية إنّه «في الشرق العربي المسلم المتخلّف إسرائيل هي المنارة».

    دافع هذه المراجعة لدى بروكنير وآخرين من أشباهه هو مواقف اليسار المعادي لـ «إسرائيل» مع صعود المقاومة الفلسطينية في الأراضي المحتلّة في بداية السبعينيات. هكذا، ارتدت هذه المجموعة من الثوريين واليساريين وانحازت لعتاة الرجعية. انخرط هؤلاء في السجالات الحاصلة في مجتمعاتهم حول مسألة الموقف من القضية الفلسطينية واعتبارها «أداة» تستخدمها الحركات الإسلامية لنشر «الأسلمة» واختراق المجتمعات الغربية. هم يقدمون أنفسهم بصورة «حضارية» تؤثّر على الشرائح التي تفتقر إلى المعرفة الكافية في هذا الإطار.
    أما البلجيكي من أصل فرنسي إريك ــ إيمانويل شميت، فأستاذ فلسفة وروائي ومسرحي ومخرج، تدور تصريحاته في فلك «الحوار بين الأديان» و«السلام بين العرب وإسرائيل». توجّه رائج ومهيمن في فرنسا بين المثقفين والفنانين وفي الميديا. مقاربة نجدها على سبيل المثال في نصّه «السيّد إبراهيم وزهور القرآن» الذي قُدِّم طويلاً على المسارح الإسرائيلية، واستحال فيلماً (95 د) عام 2003 من بطولة عمر الشريف وإخراج فرانسوا ديبيرون (1950 ـــ 2016)، كما أنّه أدّاه هو شخصياً على الخشبة في «مهرجان أفينيون». وعلى الرغم من أنّه لا يمكن اعتباره عدوّاً شرساً للقضية الفلسطينية، لكنّه يروج لـ «السلام». سبق أن وجّه إليه الصحافي يونس بن كيران رسالة غاضبة في «ميديابارت» بعد توقيعه على «مانيفستو ضدّ اللاساميّة» يوحي بأنّ هناك صلة عضوية بين «العداء للسامية» و«المسلمين قتلة اليهود».

    باسكال بروكنير وصف «إسرائيل» بالمنارة «في الشرق العربي المسلم المتخلف»

    من ناحيته، وُلد الصحافي والروائي والناقد الفرنسي بيار أسولين في المغرب حيث عاش سنواته الأولى. على مدى أعوام، أدار مجلّة LIRE، ولا يُعرف بمواقف منهجيّة داعمة لـ «إسرائيل». تناول في «تطهير المثقفين» (1996) مفكّري اليمين العنصري في فرنسا إبان الاحتلال. وفي روايته «الزبونة» (1998)، استعاد مرحلة التعامل مع النازيين إبّان الاحتلال الألماني لفرنسا، والوشاية باليهود… لكنّه برز كمدافع عن الزيارة المدويّة التي قام بها الكاتب الجزائري التطبيعي بوعلام صنصال إلى الكيان المحتلّ وما تخلّلها من تصريحات ولقاءات، مباشرةً بعد فوزه بـ «جائزة الرواية العربيّة» في عام 2012. هاجم أسولين منتقدي صنصال، إذ وجّه سهامه بعنف في شهر حزيران (يونيو) من العام نفسه صوب سفير فلسطين في اليونيسكو، إلياس صنبر، بسبب انتقاده لزيارة صنصال إلى «إسرائيل».

    بيار أسولين دافع عن زيارة الكاتب الجزائري بوعلام صنصال إلى الكيان المحتلّ

    تأتي دعوة الأدباء الثلاثة، وهم «صهاينة عضويّون»، إلى بيروت في السياق السياسي العام الذي تشهده المنطقة، أي تكريس العلاقات مع «إسرائيل» والصهاينة كأمر واقع، وبالتالي تنفيذ استراتيجية تطبيع التطبيع. توجّه تقف فرنسا في الصفوف الأمامية بين الدول المشجّعة عليه. ولا ينحصر الهدف بتعزيز علاقات «إسرائيل» مع العالم، بل يتركّز أيضاً على قتل القضية الفلسطينية بعد التضحيات الهائلة التي قُدّمت على مدى العقود الماضية من أجل الحصول على اعتراف دولي بوجود شعب فلسطيني تجري محاولة عزله اليوم ونسفه من الذاكرة. وتتزامن الدعوة البيروتية أيضاً مع تصاعد حدّة الاشتباك مع العدوّ في الأراضي المحتلة.
    في الثامن من تشرين الأوّل (أكتوبر) الحالي، حذّر وزير الثقافة محمد وسام المرتضى عبر حسابه على تويتر من «استغلال الحراك الثقافي في سبيل الترويج للصهيونية وخططها الاحتلالية العدوانية الظاهرة والخفية، التي بدأت بالأرض ولن تنتهي بالعقول».

    إريك ــ إيمانويل شميت تتمحور أحاديثه حول «الحوار بين الأديان» و«السلام بين العرب وإسرائيل»

    تغريدة سرعان ما أُزيلت، لتتبعها أخرى جاء فيها: «بناءً على تمنّي سعادة السفير المعني، وطلبه التداول مع الوزارة لجلاء الأمور ووضعها في نصابها الصحيح، تم مؤقتاً محو التغريدة المتعلّقة بعدد من الأدباء الأجانب المنتمين إلى الصهيونية فكراً ونتاجاً أدبياً وأهدافاً، على أن يصار، في ضوء نتيجة التداول، إلى إجراء المقتضى القانوني والوطني المناسب». لكن لغاية كتابة هذه السطور، يبدو أنّ أيّ تغيير لم يطرأ، إذ لا تزال الأسماء الثلاثة مُدرجة ضمن «القائمة الكاملة لأدباء وأديبات البرنامج» على موقع «المركز الفرنسي في لبنان» الرسمي. صحيح أنّ لا موادّ في قانون مقاطعة إسرائيل تمنع الثلاثي من دخول الأراضي اللبنانية، وبالتالي، فإنّ السلطات، وتحديداً «المديرية العامة للأمن العام»، لا يمكنها أن تفعل شيئاً في هذا الإطار، لكونهم لا يحملون جوازات سفر إسرائيلية، إلا أنّ ما تفعله السفارة الفرنسية عبر هذه المبادرة «الثقافية» اللبوس، هو كيّ الوعي العربي، والتطبيع الناعم مع فكرة الاحتلال. والأهم أنّها تفعل ذلك من بوابة بلد اختبَر وقاومَ هذا النظام الاستعماري وممارساته الوحشية، فيما «الديموقراطيات الحرّة»، على رأسها فرنسا، تتواطأ ــ بصمتها ودعمها الرسمي للكيان ــ مع الإبادات والمجازر والتهجير والتطهير التي مارسها منذ عام 1948 لغاية اليوم، ومن فلسطين وصولاً إلى لبنان!

    حملة المقاطعة: لا نرحّب بمن يروّج لقاتلنا
    علمت «حملة مقاطعة داعمي «إسرائيل» في لبنان» أن «المعهد الفرنسي في لبنان» سيستقبل أدباء فرنسيين يروّجون لإسرائيل من خلال مواقفهم الداعمة للصهيونية خلال فعاليات مهرجان «بيروت كُتب» التي ستبدأ اليوم وتستمر لغاية 30 تشرين الثاني، متنقلة بين المدارس والمراكز الثقافية في مناطق لبنانية عدة.
    يهم حملة المقاطعة أن تؤكد أنها ترحب بكل جهد يصب في خانة المعرفة والتنمية، لكنها ترفض استغلال الثقافة وحاجة لبنان إلى أنشطة مماثلة بهدف التطبيع المقنّع. مثلاً، الأكاديمي والروائي باسكال بروكنير صاحب مقولة «إذا الصهيونية لم تكن موجودة، علينا اختراعها» يدافع عن الإسرائيلي ويعتبر أنه مواطن عادي يستميت للدفاع عن جلده على حد تعبيره.
    وإذ ترفض الحملة محاولة التطبيع الثقافي للعقول الناشئة، تؤكد أن الاحتفاء بالمدافعين عن قتلة اللبنانيين والفلسطينيين هو استخفاف بآلامنا ودمائنا.
    ومن هنا تطالب «حملة مقاطعة داعمي «إسرائيل» في لبنان» المعهد الفرنسي باحترام الشعب اللبناني واستبدال مروّجي الصهيونية بغيرهم من الأدباء الذين يدافعون عن إنسانية قضايانا كمثال الكاتبة آني إرنو. لكم الحق في التضامن مع أوكرانيا ومقاطعة روسيا، ولنا الحقّ برفض استقبال المدافعين عن قاتلنا.

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    Syria to welcome first official Hamas delegation: Report

    Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah played a key role in persuading Syria to rebuild ties with Hamas despite the collapse of their relationship in 2011

    October 07 2022

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh in 2006. (Photo Credit: SANA/AP)

    ByNews Desk

    According to a report by Al-Mayadeen TV, a high-ranking delegation from the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas is expected to visit Syria in October, embarking on their first official visit to reconcile ties.

    The delegation will be led by the head of the Arab and Islamic Relations Portfolio and Hamas deputy chief in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Khalil al-Hayya.

    No details have been provided by either side on the schedule of the visit nor whom the resistance faction will meet, especially regarding a possible meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Both sides assess that its not yet possible for head of the political bureau in Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, to visit Syria as a result of his old public anti-Damascus remarks.

    The reported visit is part of a recent push by the political leadership of Hamas to extend its hands to all Arab states and reestablish a bridge with all countries capable of opposing Israel.

    On 15 September, Haniyeh, revealed in an interview to RT that the group is working on restoring ties with Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

    Haniyeh highlighted that Hamas stands on equal terms with all of its Arab and international partners and “does not interfere in the internal affairs of any of these countries.”

    His statement was seen by many as being directed towards Syria, in a bid to affirm that Hamas has abandoned its stand against Damascus, dating back to when it favored Turkish-backed opposition groups in 2011.

    The reconciliation with Syria is of great importance to Hamas, due to its strategic role in the Axis of Resistance and support for the factions in Gaza, notably the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

    This recent push by Hamas to move away from the decision taken in 2012 to leave Syria was only possible after Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan normalized ties with Israel earlier this year.

    Additionally, Erdogan’s public comments about a possible meeting with Assad and the confirmation that Syrian and Turkish intelligence are coordinating have contributed to the current developments.

    Nonetheless, the efforts made by the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, played a crucial role in the arming of ties between Hamas and Damascus.

    Nasrallah’s effort focused on persuading Syria to accept Hamas again, and overcome the “pain” caused by the group’s decision to abandon the country when it needed allies the most.

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    Can Any Lebanon-Israel Maritime Deal be Trusted?

    Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360° 


    Abdel Bari Atwan

    While the demarcation agreement is yet to be signed, scepticism on both sides signals conflict ahead

    There is a sense of optimism in Lebanon over the possibility of signing a maritime agreement with Israel that would enable the extraction of gas from Lebanese territorial waters, which could help lead the country out of its dire financial crisis.

    After the 3 October meeting that brought together Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Republican Palace, it was clear that everyone agreed with the “moderate” proposals presented by US envoy Amos Hochstein, head of the indirect negotiations between Lebanon and Israel over their common maritime border.

    Deputy Speaker of Parliament Elias Abu Saab announced after the meeting that Lebanon’s “comments” on the proposals would be sent to Hochstein, and that the Lebanese government would not provide an official answer to the proposal – pending a response from the US envoy before the end of the week.

    Israel for its part has reportedly given preliminary approval for the proposal which consists of a 10-page draft.

    Abu Saab confirmed that Lebanon had obtained its full rights in the maritime “Qana gas field,” but he cautioned that the devils lie in the detail.

    Mikati, who seems the most enthusiastic to sign the US-brokered agreement, said after leaving the presidential palace that “things are going in the right direction.” His smile was wider than ever – as though gas revenues in the billions of dollars were about to flow into the coffers of the Central Bank of Lebanon.

    Gas deal ‘leaks’

    So far, few details of the agreement have been revealed. Currently in circulation are ‘deliberate’ indirect leaks from the two negotiating parties to ‘beautify’ the agreement for their respective constituents. It reflects the desire of deal proponents to clinch an agreement as soon as possible, ostensibly to avoid a war on the Lebanese-Israeli border that could escalate into a regional war, and maybe more.

    While the Lebanese side appears uncharacteristically united and more willing to sign, sharp divisions persist in the Israeli camp, especially between interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid and his ally Minister of Defense Benny Gantz, on the one hand, and the opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other.

    Lapid claims, through his camp’s leaks, that Israel will retain full sovereignty over the contested Karish gas field and will receive financial compensation by relinquishing part of Lebanon’s Qana gas field – paid for by French corporation TotalEnergies, which is currently in talks of its own with Israel over potential profit sharing from exploration.

    Lapid also promotes the notion that Israel made a “tactical concession in exchange for a strategic gain in stability on the northern borders.”

    Netanyahu has stepped up his attacks on the prime minister and has criticized the draft agreement for making huge concessions on the ‘Land of Israel’ and for handing over its natural resources to Lebanon and Hezbollah.

    This, he contends, is taking place without holding a public referendum or securing the approval of the Knesset (Parliament). He has also vowed to abolish the agreement if he comes to power following legislative elections scheduled for 1 November.

    Meanwhile, everyone is awaiting the results of the mini-Israeli security cabinet meeting next Thursday, which is supposed to discuss and ratify the agreement.

    The internal battle may then move to Israel’s Supreme Court to decide on the opposition’s demands to hold a referendum on the agreement, or to submit it to the Knesset for approval – or both. There are initial indications that the Supreme Court may support the opposition’s opinion.

    Uri Adiri, the chief Israeli negotiator for demarcating the maritime border with Lebanon, announced his resignation in protest of Lapid’s management of the negotiations. It seems clear that the resignation came under opposition pressure, and it is not unlikely that similar resignations will take place in the coming days.

    Negotiations leading to ‘normalization’

    There are also criticisms on the Lebanese side in some circles, chiefly over the notion that such negotiations are a precursor to normalization with the occupation state. Abu Saab, however, has insisted that no agreement or treaty will be signed with the Israeli enemy, and that there will be no document that includes a Lebanese signature alongside an Israeli signature.

    But there are several caveats worth noting:

    • Firstly: The final version of the US-brokered proposals has not yet been agreed upon, and therefore the possibilities of returning to square one, that is, before the ‘theoretical current agreement,’ are still present.
    • Secondly: The only guarantors of this agreement are the United States and France. Experiences with US guarantees are not encouraging. As we have seen with Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – likewise, the US guarantee of the Oslo Accord, signed at the White House on 13 September, 1993 – an American guarantee no longer invokes much confidence.
    • Thirdly: Netanyahu cannot cancel the agreement as long as it is legally approved, but he can undermine it if he wins the next legislative elections. As with the Oslo Accords – which he strongly opposed – while he could not exit the agreement, he prevented its implementation and reduced it to empty words by settling 800,000 settlers in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

    Delaying the inevitable

    Finally: We cannot rule out that these Israeli disputes between the government and the opposition are just political theater intended to stall, deceive the Lebanese, and plan ahead for the inevitable response by the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

    It should be noted that the US is Israel’s strongest global ally, that Lapid is one of Israel’s most ardent supporters of the US war against Russia in Ukraine, and that the American “mediator” Amos Hochstein is Israeli-born and served in the Israeli army.

    The only reliable guarantee for Lebanon, for its oil and gas resources, for its security and stability, is the Islamic resistance represented by Hezbollah and its huge arsenal of precision missiles, advanced drones, and one hundred thousand-strong army of resistance fighters.

    This is the first time in the history of Israel, since its establishment, that its government has offered concessions under the threat of arms and in fear of a war that threatens its existence. This is entirely due to Hezbollah’s refusal to allow Israel to extract gas before Lebanon has secured its own rights.

    The next few days could be the most dangerous for Lebanon and the region. The utmost caution must be exercised, and every word or comma in any binding agreement must be carefully scrutinized before signing.

    Remember that Netanyahu is a paper tiger, and he was subjected to humiliating defeats at the hands of the resistance in the Gaza Strip, especially in the battle of Sayf al-Quds.

    The resistance is the biggest winner of this agreement so far in both in its implementation – because it is the one who imposed it with missiles and drones – and in the event of its collapse – because it is ready for all possibilities, foremost of which is war.

    While the Lebanese people are peaceful, and have sought hard to secure a fair and equitable agreement over their maritime borders, they may yet be forced to militarily secure their national rights to Lebanon’s natural resources.

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    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.

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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

    Palestinian factions to PA: Abort Oslo, recant ‘Israel’ recognition

    September 13, 2022 14:28 

    Source: Al-Mayadeen

    By Al-Mayadeen English 

    Palestinian factions reaffirm position to liberate all of Palestine.

    29 years after Oslo Accords, Palestinians have not given up on liberation.

    Hamas movement urged on Tuesday the Palestinian Authority to take the initiative and announce the end of the Oslo Accords and recanting the recognition of the usurping Zionist entity.

    Hamas said in a statement on the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords that “the Lapid government’s quest to co-opt the Palestinian Authority and its members is suspicious, and we warn the authority not to go along with it.”

    The statement added that “the security coordination policy with the Zionist enemy and the prosecution of our people and activists defending their land and holy sites in the face of settlement and Judaization projects is a crime and a code of conduct that violates all national customs and values and must stop,” stressing that the “masses revolting to defend themselves, their land and holy sites by all available means must not be restricted.”

    The statement renewed its “categorical rejection of all agreements, no matter their source, that do not recognize the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, foremost of which is their struggle and Resistance to defend themselves, their land and holy sites, and their right to liberate the land and return to their cities and villages from which they were forcefully displaced, not to mention establishing their independent, fully sovereign state with Al-Quds as its capital.”

    Resistance Committees in Palestine: The Oslo agreement led to the loss of many achievements

    Director of the media office of the Resistance Committees in Palestine, Mohammed Al-Barim “Abu Mujahid”, stressed that “all agreements and conspiracies will not take away or cancel any of our rights or our constant principles and will not give any legitimacy to the existence of the Zionist entity occupying our land.”

    “The Oslo agreement brought disasters and misfortunes to our people and represented a dangerous decline for which the Palestinian cause paid heavy prices and was exploited by the Zionist enemy as a cover for Judaization, settlement, and normalization, whether secret or public,” Al-Barim said.

    He also pointed out that “the Oslo accords led to the loss of many achievements reached by the Palestinian people during the course of their struggle and restricted the march to liberation in light of numerous attempts to end the Resistance, which throughout history has been the conscience of the people and the nation and its legitimate force in the face of the occupation and Zionist aggression.”

    “What is required now is to end the current approach of settlement with the enemy, end all forms of relationship with it, cancel the Oslo Accords, and withdraw recognition of the criminal entity,” he said.

    Al-Ahrar: Vast difference between the Resistance Project and the settlement project

    Al-Ahrar movement said in a statement, “We must work nationally to get rid of the Oslo Accords and its annexes, considering that the first and last beneficiary from them is the Zionist occupation through the abominable security coordination.”

    “The Palestinian negotiator who went alone to conclude this disastrous agreement contrary to the will of our people committed a great sin during which he made more concessions than the occupation expected, so we call for its dissolution and siding with the will of our people to build a national strategy for comprehensive Resistance,” it added.

    “After 29 years of signing this ill-fated agreement, everyone must move to push for a complete revision of this absurd path to abandon and drop the Oslo accords, which has only brought misery to our people,” the statement said.

    The movement pointed out that “there is a difference between the Resistance Project, which has accomplished achievements and succeeded in forcing the occupation out of Gaza, and the frail settlement project, which opened the door wide for the occupation to implement its settlement and Judaization plans to plunder the capabilities of our people, their land and their rights.”

    The movement stressed that “resistance will remain the only way to achieve the unity of our people, end its crises, defeat the occupation and free the land of Palestine, all of Palestine.”

    Mujahideen movement: Oslo is a national sin

    The Palestinian Mujahideen movement said in a statement that “Oslo is a national sin that must be cleansed and dropped, and the defeat of the occupation in Gaza is proof of the effectiveness of the option of Resistance.”

    The movement added that “the fateful Oslo accords were a phase of betrayal to our national cause and opened the doors to all forms of normalization of some Arab regimes with this criminal occupier.”

    The movement stressed that “liberating our land from the occupation can only be by Resistance, not by surrender and concession, and this requires everyone to adopt an inclusive national strategy that supports the option of Resistance and strengthens the resilience of our people in the face of dangers and challenges.”

    25 Palestinians still in occupation prisons 29 years after Oslo

    The Ministry of Prisoners in Gaza said that “25 Palestinians have been imprisoned in occupation cells since before the Oslo Accords, 29 years ago, some even for longer than 35 years.”

    Overthrowing “Oslo” and the Palestinian state… the strategic choice of resistance
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