Why Resistance Matters: Palestinians are Challenging Israel’s Unilateralism, Dominance

August 3, 2022

Palestinians take part in a rally in Gaza. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Ramzy Baroud

Until recently, Israeli politics did not matter to Palestinians. Though the Palestinian people maintained their political agency under the most demoralizing conditions, their collective action rarely influenced outcomes in Israel, partly due to the massive discrepancy of power between the two sides.

Now that Israelis are embarking on their fifth election in less than four years, it is important to raise the question: “How do Palestine and the Palestinians factor in Israeli politics?”

Israeli politicians and media, even those who are decrying the failure of the ‘peace process’, agree that peace with the Palestinians is no longer a factor, and that Israeli politics almost entirely revolves around Israel’s own socio-economic, political and strategic priorities.

This, however, is not exactly true.

While it is appropriate to argue that none of Israel’s mainstream politicians are engaged in dialogue about Palestinian rights, a just peace or co-existence, Palestine remains a major factor in the election campaigning of most of Israel’s political parties. Instead of advocating peace, these camps advocate sinister ideas, ranging from the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements to the rebuilding of the ‘Third Temple’ – thus the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque. The former is represented by ex Israeli Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett, and the latter in more extremist characters like Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich.

Hence, Palestine has always factored in Israeli politics in such a vulgar way. Even before the establishment of the state of Israel on the ruins of historic Palestine in 1948, the Zionist movement understood that a ‘Jewish state’ can only exist and maintain its Jewish majority through force, and only when Palestine and the Palestinian people cease to exist.

“Zionism is a colonizing adventure and, therefore, it stands or falls on the question of armed forces”, Zionist ideologue Ze’ev Jabotinsky wrote nearly 100 years ago. This philosophy of violence continues to permeate Zionist thought to this day. “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs. You have to dirty your hands,” said Israeli historian, Benny Morris in a 2004 interview, in reference to the Nakba and the subsequent dispossession of the Palestinian people.

Until the war of 1967, Palestinian and Arab states mattered, to some extent, to Israel. Palestinian and Arab resistance cemented Palestinian political agency for decades. However, the devastating outcome of the war, which, once again, demonstrated the centrality of violence to Israel’s existence, relegated Palestinians and almost entirely sidelined the Arabs.

Since then, Palestinians mattered to Israel based almost exclusively on Israeli priorities. For example, Israeli leaders flexed their muscles before their triumphant constituencies by attacking Palestinian training camps in Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere. Palestinians also factored in as Israel’s new cheap labor force. In some ironic but also tragic way, it was the Palestinians who built Israel following the humiliating defeat of the Naksa, or the Setback.

The early stages of the ‘peace process’, especially during the Madrid talks in 1991, gave the false impression that the Palestinian agency is finally translating to tangible outcomes; this hope quickly evaporated as illegal Jewish settlements continued to expand, and Palestinians continued to lose their land and lives at an unprecedented rate.

The ultimate example of Israel’s complete disregard for Palestinians was the so-called ‘disengagement plan’ carried out in Gaza by late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2005. The Israeli government believed that Palestinians were inconsequential to the point that the Palestinian leadership was excluded from any phase of the Israeli scheme. The approximately 8,500 illegal Jewish settlers of Gaza were merely resettled in other illegally occupied Palestinian land and the Israeli army simply redeployed from Gaza’s heavily populated areas to impose a hermetic blockade on the impoverished Strip.

The Gaza siege apparatus remains in effect to this day. The same applies to every Israeli action in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Due to their understanding of Zionism and experience with Israeli behavior, generation after generation of Palestinians rightly believed that the outcome of Israeli politics can never be favorable to Palestinian rights and political aspirations. The last few years, however, began altering this belief. Though Israeli politics have not changed – in fact, pivoted further to the right – Palestinians, wittingly or otherwise, became direct players in Israeli politics.

Israeli politics has historically been predicated on the need for further colonialism, strengthening the Jewish identity of the state at the expense of Palestinians, and constant quest for war. Recent events suggest that these factors are no longer controlled by Israel alone.

The popular resistance in occupied East Jerusalem and the growing rapport between it and various other forms of resistance throughout Palestine are reversing Israel’s previous success in segmenting Palestinian communities, thus dividing the Palestinian struggle among different factions, regions and priorities. The fact that Israel is forced to seriously consider Gaza’s response to its annual provocation in Jerusalem, known as the ‘Flag March’, perfectly illustrates this.

As demonstrated time and again, the growing resistance throughout Palestine is also denying Israeli politicians the chance to wage war for votes and political status within Israel. For example, Netanyahu’s desperate war in May 2021 did not save his government, which collapsed shortly after. Bennett, a year later, hoped that his ‘Flag March’ would provoke a Palestinian response in Gaza that would buy his crumbling coalition more time. The strategic decision by Palestinian groups not to respond to Israel’s provocations thwarted Bennett’s plans. His government, too, collapsed shortly after.

Still, a week following the dismantling of Israel’s latest coalition, groups in Gaza released a video of a captured Israeli who was presumed dead, sending a message to Israel that the resistance in the Strip still has more cards at its disposal. The video raised much attention in Israel, compelling the new Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid to assert that Israel has “a sacred obligation to bring home” its captives.

All these new elements have a direct impact on Israeli politics, policies and calculations, even if the Israelis continue to deny the obvious impact of Palestinians, their resistance and political strategies.

The reason why Israel refuses to acknowledge Palestinian political agency is that, in doing so, Tel Aviv would have no other alternative but to engage Palestinians as partners in a political process that could guarantee justice, equality and peaceful co-existence. Until this just peace is realized, Palestinians will continue to resist. The sooner Israel acknowledges this inescapable reality, the better.

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

Palestinians confront IOF in Nablus, brigade commander wounded

June 30 2022

Source: Agencies + Al Mayadeen English

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Palestinians confront the occupation forces and settlers who stormed the shrine of Youssef, east of Nablus.

Palestinians confront the IOF in Nablus as the settlers storm Youssef’s shrine

Confrontationserupted at dawn after dozens of settlers stormed Youssef’s Tomb, east of Nablus, and 17 Palestinians were wounded after the IOF targeted them with both live and rubber bullets.

Ahmed Jibril, director of the emergency and first aid center of the Red Crescent in Nablus, said that one civilian was wounded by live bullets and taken to the hospital, while 16 others were wounded by rubber bullets.

Jibril added that 40 other civilians suffocated as a result of the tear gas, four of whom were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment, while two families were evacuated from their homes due to the thick gas. The director also reported five cases of burns, and two falls that were dealt with on-site.

Hundreds of settlers stormed Youssef’s shrine Thursday amid tight protection by the occupation forces. Israeli media said that at least three settlers were shot by resistance fighters who responded to the storming of the shrine.

Israeli Walla! news website quoted the IOF spokesman as saying that the commander of the “Shomron” brigade (in the northern West Bank), Col. Roi Zweig, was wounded during the latest confrontations.

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‘Israel’ murders young Palestinian in Jenin Camp

June 30, 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Muhammad Maher Marei succumbed to the serious wounds that he sustained by Israeli occupation forces during their storming of the neighborhood of Jenin at dawn today.

Young Palestinian martyr Muhammad Maher Marei

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) directly opened live fire at young Palestinian Muhammad Maher Marei, 25, during a raid on Jenin Camp at dawn today.

The director of Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital confirmed to local Palestinian media that the young man from Jenin camp died as a result of being shot by occupation forces at dawn during confrontations in the city.

Using excessive force, the IOF arrested two young men, Yahya Yousef Al-Jaafar and Ahmed Asaad Nabhan, after raiding the homes of their relatives in Al-Marah neighborhood in Jenin.

Simultaneously, Palestinians participated in a mass rally in protest of the Israeli violations through Jenin’s neighborhoods.

Protesters held the body of the martyr on their shoulders and chanted slogans condemning the occupation’s crimes and its ongoing aggression against Jenin.

They also called for national Palestinian unity and the continuation of the struggle against the Israeli enemy.

The Israeli occupation forces have been actively storming Jenin Camp, aiming clearly at killing Palestinians and arresting others who, in turn, are confronting the occupation forces.

This is happening as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet has recently given a green light for killing Palestinians.

“There are not and will not be limited for this war. We are granting full freedom of action to the army, the Shin Bet [domestic intelligence agency], and all security forces,” Bennet said last April.

Since the beginning of 2022, the IOF killed more than 70 Palestinians, 27 of them from Jenin and its camp including Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was covering an Israeli raid in Jenin.

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When talking about Jenin, the name of Shireen Abu Akleh, famed Al Jazeera journalist and veteran reporter, comes to mind. Shireen was murdered on May 11 when Israeli occupation forces storming the Jenin refugee camp, north of the West Bank, shot her with a live bullet to the head as she was covering the events of the storming.

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The Palestinian ‘Work & See’ Equation Pushes Most ‘Israelis’ to Exodus, Sets Palestine on Track of Liberation

May 31, 2022

By Mohammad Youssef

The so-called ‘Flag March’ organized by the Zionist settlers in the occupied holy city of al-Quds under the protection of the ‘Israeli’ occupation army did not achieve its goals.

The ‘Israelis’ wanted to show their sovereignty over the holy city. They sent thousands of settlers holding the flags of their Zionist entity to show their hegemony and control. Nonetheless, the only thing this parade proved was the deterioration of the ‘Israeli’ entity and the determination of the Palestinian people to hold to their historical right in their land.

The Palestinian people confrontation of the parade was able to send a strong message that there is always an opposite reaction and complete readiness by the Palestinian people to defend their land and protect their sacred right.

Scores of Palestinians were wounded in the confrontations against the ‘Israeli’ enemy soldiers and the settlers, many others, especially the youths were kidnapped by the Zionists.

The ‘Israelis’ have resorted to a new tactic by exposing their criminal attacks on cameras.

Because they know they have an international, namely western and particularly American cover, they think they have immunity to do what they like to preserve their tight grip over the place.

However, the Palestinian resistance forces, with their deep and continuous organized coordination, have shown a greater level of seriousness and prudent responsibility. The harmony among the different resistance factions has caused a real sabotage to the ‘Israeli’ plans.

‘Israel’ that has always wanted to prove to the world and to the Arab people its might and its capability to conquer them in no time, is striving now to prove its capability to hold and consolidate its authority over the different quarters of the city of al-Quds.

This is very telling actually about the continuation of the dwindling and descending ‘Israeli’ capabilities.

In the literature of the struggle against the ‘Israeli’ occupation, there had been a time when the Palestinians and Arabs fought against what used to be called the Bigger ‘Israel’, this used to signify the ‘Israeli’ intentions and plans to occupy the lands from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq.

This expansionist plan of the ‘Israeli’ entity has totally failed and collapsed, thanks to the continuous Arab, particularly Palestinian and Lebanese resistance, namely Hezbollah.

When the ‘Israelis’ failed to achieve their plan of the Bigger ‘Israel’, they turned to an alternative which is the Greater ‘Israel’. Again the ‘Israeli’ leaders have experienced the bitterest taste of defeat. With resolve and determination of the Arab people and their support to the resistance forces, we can simply and proudly say that the Axis of Resistance, which stretches from Palestine to Lebanon and Syria reaching to Iraq, Iran and Yemen, made this second goal a complete failure to the Tel Aviv regime.

There had never been a time in the ‘Israeli’ entity’s history that it was in a position of strategic confusion than the present time. The situation now to ‘Israel’ is dim grim, it is a time of strategic uncertainty. The majority of the ‘Israelis’ have lost faith in their government and army. They have a deep sense of insecurity that cannot be treated easily. They are questioning the basics, and the use about their presence in Palestine. Thus is mounting and it is going to grow bigger and bigger till it becomes a big crisis that will push most of them to an exodus.

This will surely happen, the time is ticking in the Palestinian rhythm. The result will not be anything else but a total victory. It is an equation of wait and see. But the Palestinians, due to their habit of creativity, have turned it to an equation of work and see. That is why we will not wait long before we see, the liberation of Palestine from river to sea.

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Riyadh Court Upholds Death Sentence of Two Bahraini Youths

May 21, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

A top Saudi court upheld death sentences of two young Bahraini nationals over trumped-up terror charges.

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia issues a final ruling to execute Bahraini prisoners of conscience, Sadiq Thamer and Jaafar Sultan

The Riyadh-based supreme court of appeals sentenced Sadiq Majid Thamer and Jaafar Mohammed Sultan to death after alleging that they have been found guilty of “smuggling explosives” into the kingdom and “involved in terrorist activities.”

Human rights organizations and an opposition protest movement described the rulings as “unfair and arbitrary,” saying they were issued based on confessions extracted under torture.

This come as social media activists have launched campaigns in solidarity with the two Bahraini youths, with human rights organizations and campaigners calling for an end to the “unjust” ruling and their immediate release.

Bahrain’s February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition held the Saudi regime fully responsible for the youths’ safety, calling on the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take on his duties and intervene urgently to stop the crime.

The Bahraini opposition movement also called on the international community to stand up against Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and prevent the death sentences from being carried out.

The Coalition demanded swift action to save the lives of the two young Bahraini nationals before it gets too late, considering Bahrain’s ruling Khalifah regime as a partner in any criminal action against the Arab nation.

Sultan and Thamer were arrested in May 2015 along the King Fahd Causeway, which connects Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

They were held incommunicado for months after their arrest. The Bahraini youths were subjected to systematic and fatal torture with the aim of extracting false confessions from them.

Ever since bin Salman became Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader in 2017, the kingdom has arrested dozens of activists, bloggers, intellectuals and others perceived as political opponents, showing almost zero tolerance for dissent even in the face of international condemnations of the crackdown.

Muslim scholars have been executed and women’s rights campaigners have been put behind bars and tortured as freedom of expression, association, and belief continue to be denied.

Over the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target activism.

Bahrain’s most prominent cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim has said that drawing up a new constitution is the only way out of the political crisis in the protest-hit tiny Gulf kingdom, urging the regime in Manama to pursue an agreement with the Bahraini opposition instead of increasingly suppressing dissent.

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

The participants demand that the Al Khalifah 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 sign of dissent.

Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine Weekly Update (12- 18 May 2022)

19 05 2022

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity

Two Palestinians died of wounds they sustained by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire. Also, 143 civilians, including 5 children, a paramedic, and a journalist, were wounded while dozens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. 

On 14 May 2022, a Palestinian succumbed to his rubber bullet injury by IOF during clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied East Jerusalem on 22 April.

On 15 May 2022, a Palestinian from Jenin Refugee Camp wounded by IOF’s fire succumbed to his wound at Rambam Hospital, noting that he sustained a bullet injury in the abdomen during IOF’s incursion into Jenin refugee camp on 13 May 2022 to arrest a wanted Palestinian, besiege his house and pound it with missiles. At the time, 12 Palestinians, including 3 children, were injured: 2 sustained serious injuries.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF suppression of peaceful protests and gatherings organized by Palestinian civilians and they were as follows:

13 May: 33 Palestinians, including a photojournalist, were injured due to IOF’s suppression of mourners at journalist Shireen Abu ‘Akleh’s funeral in East Jerusalem. For further information here. On the same day, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were wounded with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya.

14 May: 3 Palestinians sustained rubber bullet wounds during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilya. On the same day, a Palestinian was injured by IOF’s fire and then arrested near al-Mahkama military checkpoint, northern al-Bireh, allegedly for throwing stones at a settlers’ car.

15 May: 20 Palestinians, including 2 children, were wounded in clashes after IOF suppressed a protest organized in commemoration of Palestinian Nakba near al-Mahkama military checkpoint, northern al-Bireh.  

16 May: 71 Palestinians, including a paramedic, were wounded while 35 others were arrested during IOF’s widespread operation to suppress thousands of Palestinian mourners in the funeral of Waleed al-Sharif, who died 2 days after he was injured.  Also, IOF assaulted journalists and obstructed work of 11 journalists.

17 May: a Palestinian with disability (suffering a mental disorder) was injured by IOF’s fire.  He was then arrested and taken to a hospital in Israel, claiming he attempted to attack soldiers according to a video published by IOF.

So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 48 Palestinians, including 38 civilians: 10 children, 4 women (one was a journalist) and the rest were activists; 3 of them were assassinated. Also, 693 others were wounded in these attacks, including 68 children, 4 women, and 19 journalists all in the West Bank, except 7 fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

2 Palestinians, including a human rights defender, were wounded and 50 trees were cut during setters’ attacks in the West Bank.  Details are as follows:

12 May: under IOF’s protection, settlers attacked a human rights defender from Defense for Children Palestine and threw stones at his car on Jenin-Nablus Street near the entrance to evacuated Homish settlement, northwestern Nablus.  As a result, he sustained bruises and his car sustained damage.

13 May: settlers attacked a Palestinian in eastern Yatta in Hebron and smashed windows of al-Ghad al-‘Arabi Channel vehicle during IOF’s suppression of a peaceful protest in the area against an Israel plan to expel thousands of Palestinians from Masafer Yatta area.

18 May: settlers cut 50 olive trees in Yasouf village, eastern Salfit.

So far this year, settlers carried out 123 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Land razing, demolitions, confiscation, and settlement expansion

The Israeli occupation authorities demolished 2 houses, rendering a family of 5, including 3 children, homeless.  They also demolished a room and 4 agricultural facilities; IOF razed one dunum and took over 44.6 dunums in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.  Details are as follows:

On 13 May, IOF handed 2 notices to evacuate a 4.5-dunum land, western Bani Na’im village in Hebron, claiming it is state property. On the same day, IOF demolished a rainwater pool used for irrigation in Marj Na’ajah village, northern Jericho.

On 14 May, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his house in Sour Baher in occupied East Jerusalem for the second time under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering a family of 5 homeless.

On 15 May, IOF handed a house demolition notice, noting that a family of 4 was supposed to move to this 2-story house in western Samou’a village in Hebron.

On 16 May, IOF demolished an under-construction house, a wooden room, and 3 barracks for livestock in al-‘Issawiya village, northeastern occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.  On the same day, IOF handed 3 notices to demolish 3 barracks used for poultry in Umm ar-Rihan village, southwestern Jenin.

On 17 May, Israeli municipality bulldozers razed a 1000-sqm land and demolished the surrounding steel fences in Shu’fat refugee camp, East Jerusalem.  On the same day, IOF handed military orders to seize 40 dunums in Wadi Fukin village, western Bethlehem, under the pretext that it is state property.

Since the beginning of 2022, IOF made 61 families homeless, a total of 343 persons, including 70 women and 169 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 67 houses and 5 residential tents. IOF also demolished 43 other civilian objects, razed 243 dunums and delivered 64 notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians

IOF conducted 187 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During this week’s incursions, 130 Palestinians were arrested, including 2 children and a woman; most of them were arrested in a widescale arrest operation during the funerals of Shireen Abu ‘Akleh and Walid al-Sharif in East Jerusalem.  Also, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2022, IOF conducted 3166 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2,296 Palestinians were arrested, including 226 children and 17 women. IOF also conducted 14 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 40 Palestinians, including 25 fishermen, 13 persons attempting to enter Israel from the Gaza border area, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement

On 15 May 2022, the Israeli occupation authorities reopened Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, northern Gaza Strip, to Palestinian workers and permit holders from Gaza after it had been closed since 03 May.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s March 2022 monthly update on the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 110 temporary military checkpoints this week and arrested a Palestinian at those checkpoints.

So far in 2022, IOF established at least 1,516 checkpoints and arrested 90 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Ayatollah Khamenei: Syria Now Looked upon as a Power despite Devastation

 May 8, 2022

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei says despite the devastation done to Syria by years-long war, the country is now looked upon as a major power.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a Sunday meeting with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad during the latter’s second visit to Tehran.

“Today, Syria is not the same Syria that it was before the war, although the devastation [of war] was not there at that time, but now Syria enjoys a higher degree of respect and credit and all countries look upon it as a power,” the Leader said, referring to major achievements of Syria in both political and military arenas.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that Syrian president and its nation are now honored by all regional nations, adding, “Some leaders of countries that are neighbors to us and you, have relations with the leaders of the Zionist regime and drink coffee together. However, people of the same countries pour into the streets on [International] Quds Day and chant anti-Zionism slogans and this is the current reality of the region.”

He said various factors were influential in Syria’s resistance and victory in an international war, adding, “One of the most important of those factors was your own high morale and, God willing, you would be able to reconstruct the ravages of war with the same morale, because you have a great work to do.”

The Leader also commemorated the assassinated commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Quds Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, saying, “That honorable martyr harbored a special zeal for Syria and made sacrifices in the true sense of the word. His conduct in Syria was no different from his conduct during the eight-year Sacred Defense in Iran.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said the high morale and vibrancy of the Syrian president could facilitated great works, adding, “The president and administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran are also really vibrant and have veer high moral and strong determination and they are very serious about the issue of Syria. this opportunity must be used to promote bilateral relations more than any time before.

According to Iran’s Nour News news agency, following his important talks in Tehran on Sunday, the Syrian leader left for Damascus.

Assad paid his first visit to Tehran in February 2019, after a tripartite Iran-Russia-Syria coalition managed to suppress Takfiri terrorists and restore partial peace to the Arab country.

Then commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Quds Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani accompanied the Syrian president in his first Tehran visit. General Soleimani was later assassinated by the occupying US forces in Iraq upon direct order of then US President Donald Trump.

During their first meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei told Assad that the Islamic Republic was honored to support Syria and considered it equal to supporting the entire resistance front.

The Leader mentioned resistance of Syrian president and people as the main reason behind the defeat of the United States and its regional mercenaries, noting, “The Islamic Republic of Iran considers supporting the Syrian government and people as helping the resistance movement and current, and takes pride in it from the bottom of its heart.”

Source: Press TV

President al-Assad pays work visit to Tehran, discusses with Sayyed Khamenei and Raisi bilateral cooperation, latest developments

8 May، 2022

Tehran, SANA- President Bashar al-Assad paid a work visit to Tehran and met Supreme Leader of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Talks during the meetings dealt with the historical relations between Syria and Iran, which are based on a long track of bilateral cooperation and mutual understanding on the issues and problems of the region and the challenges it faces, in addition to topics and issues of common interest and the latest developments on the regional and international arenas.

During his meeting with Khamenei, President al-Assad affirmed that the course of events proved once again the correctness of the vision and approach adopted by Syria and Iran for years, especially in the fight against terrorism.

“This confirms the importance of continuing cooperation in order not to allow America to rebuild the international terrorist system that it used to harm the countries of the world, especially the countries of the region over the past decades,” President al-Assad said, stressing that America today is weaker than ever.

President al-Assad pointed out that the Palestinian cause is increasingly re-imposed its presence and importance in the conscience of the Arab and Islamic world thanks to the sacrifices of the heroes of the resistance.

For his part, Seyyed Khamenei stressed that Iran will continue to support Syria to complete its victory over terrorism and liberate the rest of the country’s lands.

He added that Syria is achieving historical victories thanks to the steadfastness and courage of President al-Assad and the strength and steadfastness of the country’s people and army.

In turn, the Iranian President affirmed that his country is willing to expand relations with Syria, especially economic and commercial ones.

“Tehran will continue to provide all forms of support to Syria and its people, especially amidst the difficult economic conditions the world is witnessing,” Raisi said.

He added that his country will help Damascus overcome difficulties and considered that any suffering for Syria is suffering for Iran.

President al-Assad indicated that Iran is a brotherly country, a friend and a loyal partner, considering that the approach taken by the Islamic Republic of Iran in dealing with regional and international affairs benefits not only the interests of Iran and Syria, but also all the countries and peoples of the region.

Fedaa al-Rhayiah/Shaza Qreima

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“Israel”: Elad Op Terrifying, We Entered A Circle of Insecurity

May 7, 2022

Translated by Staff

The “Elad” operation led to the killing of “Israeli” security forces, plunging “Israel” into a cycle of insecurity. It intensified fears among the “Israelis” about the prospects of an increase in these operations, in light of the continued Zionist attacks on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and other religious sanctities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“Israeli” leaders are unable contain their fears and anxieties, which have become exacerbated, following the heroic operation that mirrored the method and results of previous ones.

On Friday, “Israeli” media quoted many of the Zionist leaders commenting on the new heroic operation.

“Israeli” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett expressed fears regarding the increase in these operations, pointing out that the perpetrators “came out in a campaign to kill us, and their goal is to break our spirit.”

After security consultations between Bennett and senior Zionist officials, he said, “Those who carried out this operation and their supporters will pay the price.”

For his part, “Israeli” War Minister Benny Gantz described the Elad operation as “dangerous and its consequences dire.” 

“The security apparatus will hold accountable those responsible for incitement and these operations, and it will punish them,” Gantz said.

“Israeli” media also quoted Bayit Cham Director Rabbi Arie Munk as saying that “The panic was widespread.” Munk viewed the operation as an effort that “put the Elad area into a circle of great insecurity and fear.”

“Israeli” Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented on the operation, saying, “We cannot accept that operations took place on ‘Independence Day’ [the anniversary of the occupation of Palestine in 1948] in the streets of ‘Israel’. We must deal the hardest blows and restore a sense of safety to the ‘Israelis’.”

In turn, “Israeli” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid noted that the joy of what the Zionists call Independence Day disappeared in an instant, describing the attack in Elad as “terrifying and disturbing.”

The head of the Yamina faction, MK Nir Orbach, said, “Our day of pride ends with great pain.” 

“I know that the security forces will not rest until the perpetrators are eliminated.”

In this context, Amir Bohbot, the military correspondent of the Walla website, conveyed the fear of the security and military establishment that the Palestinians would carry out additional operations. He called on the “Israelis” to “increase vigilance and report any suspicious incidents.”

In addition, in a step that highlights the level of fear among “Israeli” leaders, the chief rabbi of the Zionist entity, Yitzhak Yosef, called on the Zionist settlers on Friday to take up arms.

“We call on every person who has a license to carry a weapon and actually has one to come to the synagogue with his weapon to help protect the settlers,” Rabbi Yosef was quoted by “Israel’s” Channel 14.

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فلسطين عملية «إلعاد»… إطاحة عيد الكيان بفأس

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غزة لم تكد تمرّ ساعات على وقوع الاقتحام الإسرائيلي للمسجد الأقصى في ذكرى ما يُسمّى «الاستقلال»، حتى جاء الردّ في منطقة إلعاد شرقيّ تل أبيب، حيث نفّذ مقاومان فلسطينيان عملية فدائية أدت إلى مقتل أربعة إسرائيليين وإصابة أربعة آخرين بجروح خطيرة. عملية تُظهر نجاعة رهان المقاومة على جهود القدس والضفة والداخل المحتلّ في مواجهة مخطّط الاحتلال الهادف إلى تقسيم المسجد زمانياً ومكانياً، وهو ما ظهر بوضوح في تبنّي حركة «حماس» للعملية، واعتبارها إيّاها تطبيقاً عملياً لما حذّرت منه فصائل غزة من أن «الأقصى خطّ أحمر». وإذ يبدو واضحاً أن المقاومة لا تستعجل الحرب في القطاع، فهي تعتبر أن أيّ ردّ على ما يجري في القدس لا ينبغي أن يكون «تقليدياً وانفعالياً، بل منسجماً مع سياق الهَبّة الفلسطينية المستمرّة»

في ظلّ تَواصل تهديدات المقاومة الفلسطينية بتفجير الأوضاع في وجه العدو، شهد المسجد الأقصى في مدينة القدس المحتلّة عملية اقتحام «مقنّنة» من قِبَل المستوطنين، خلت من الاستفزازات، في ذكرى ما يُسمّى «الاستقلال»، كنوع من حفظ ماء الوجه. وبحسب خطيب المسجد، الشيخ عكرمة صبري، فإن المصلّين والمرابطين أفشلوا اقتحام المستوطنين لباحات المسجد، ورفع الأعلام الإسرائيلية و«ذبح القرابين» داخله، ليُجبَر هؤلاء على تغيير مسار العملية واختصارها، فيما واصل الفلسطينيون صلواتهم حتى نهايتها. من جهته، أكد مصدر قيادي في حركة «حماس»، لـ«الأخبار»، أن «الفلسطينيين في هذه المرحلة استطاعوا فرض معادلة جديدة على الاحتلال تتعلّق بالأقصى، ومنعوا العدو من القيام بخطوات جديدة تجاه المسجد ضمن مخطّط تقسيمه زمانياً ومكانياً»، مضيفاً أن «هذا الحال سيستمرّ حتى يمنع العدو مستوطنيه من اقتحام الأقصى». وتعتمد المقاومة، بشكل أساسي، على جهود المقاومين الفلسطينيين من سكّان القدس والضفة الغربية والأراضي المحتلّة عام 1948، في ما يخص الرباط في الأقصى والدفاع عنه. وعلى رغم أن فصائل غزة مستعدّة للدخول في معركة مع العدو، وهي تتحضّر لها وتتوقّعها باستمرار، إلّا أنه يبدو أن القرار لدى قيادات المقاومة حتى الآن، هو منح الجماهير الفلسطينية فرصة لعب دور أساسي في الدفاع عن المقدّسات، وتحريك الشارع ضدّ الاحتلال، باعتبار ذلك فرصة لإيقاع الضرر الأكبر في المنظومة الأمنية الإسرائيلية، وربّما أكثر ممّا تُوقعه صواريخ قطاع غزة. لكن «فرصة» الجماهير هذه، ليست متاحة لوقت طويل، إذ تؤكّد مصادر «حماس» أن «ما حدث أمس في المسجد الأقصى لن يمرّ من دون ردّ رادع، إلا أن الردّ لن يكون تقليدياً وانفعالياً، إنّما بما يتناسب مع السياق الأكبر لثورة الشعب الفلسطيني المستمرّة بشكل خاصّ منذ معركة سيف القدس في أيار الفائت».

«حماس»: المعركة ليست مرهونة بحدث، بل هي مفتوحة وممتدّة زمانياً ومكانياً على أرض فلسطين


وصباح أمس، أصيب العشرات من المرابطين داخل المسجد، جرّاء إطلاق قوات الاحتلال قنابل الغاز والرصاص المطّاطي تجاههم، أثناء محاولتها اقتحام المصلّى القبلي. ومنذ ساعات الصباح، بدأت مجموعات متتالية من المستوطنين اقتحام الأقصى، بعد سماح الحكومة الإسرائيلية لها بذلك مجدّداً، إثر منع استمرّ 15 يوماً بسبب العشر الأواخر من شهر رمضان وعيد الفطر. وعلى خلفية ذلك، حذّرت حركة «حماس»، التي بعثت برسائل تهديد إلى الوسطاء خلال الأيام الماضية، من أن اقتحام المستوطنين الأقصى بحماية جنود الاحتلال يُعدّ «تصعيداً خطيراً واستفزازاً مباشراً ينذر بانفجار شامل للأوضاع»، مؤكدةً أن «محاولات التقسيم الزماني والمكاني، وفرض سياسة الأمر الواقع الاحتلالية، ستَفشل على أيدي المرابطين الذين يدافعون عن قِبلة المسلمين الأولى نيابةً عن الأمة العربية والإسلامية». من جهته، شدّد رئيس المكتب السياسي لـ«حماس»، إسماعيل هنية، على أن ما جرى في الأقصى «يؤكد أن المعركة ليست مرهونة بحدث، بل هي مفتوحة وممتدّة زمانياً ومكانياً على أرض فلسطين»، وأن «لكلّ واقعة أدواتها ووسائلها التي نستخدمها لصدّ العدوان وحماية الهوية»، مضيفاً أن «هدفنا الراهن هو إفشال التقسيم الزماني والمكاني». ورأت حركة «الجهاد الإسلامي»، بدورها، أن تكرار الاقتحامات الإسرائيلية للمسجد يأتي في سياق استكمال مخطّط التقسيم، عادّة تلك «الاعتداءات المتكرّرة استهانة بالأمّة العربية والإسلامية وبكلّ رموزها». وتبدو «سرايا القدس» (الجناح العسكري للجهاد) أكثر «توثّباً» للتصعيد مع العدو انطلاقاً من غزة، إلّا أنها رغم ذلك، لا تخرج عن التنسيق مع الفصائل الأخرى، وعلى رأسها «كتائب القسام» (الجناح العسكري لحماس)، بل هي ملتزمة بما تقرّره غرفة العمليات المشتركة التي تتولّى اتخاذ القرارات العسكرية الكبرى.

من ناحيتها، دانت الخارجية الفلسطينية قرار رئيس وزراء الاحتلال، نفتالي بينيت، السماح للمستوطنين باقتحام الأقصى، واعتبرته «تحدّياً سافراً للمجتمع الدولي وللعالمَين العربي والإسلامي»، و«تجاهلاً لجميع الدعوات إلى تمديد فترة التهدئة إلى ما بعد شهر رمضان والأعياد». كما عدّته «تحدّياً للوضع التاريخي القانوني القائم، بهدف فرض واقع جديد فيه تقاسم زماني للأقصى وباحاته حتى الآن»، «وإعلاناً رسمياً بالحرب الدينية التي ستشعل المنطقة برمّتها». وفي الإطار نفسه، طالبت وزارة الخارجية الأردنية، سلطات الاحتلال، بـ«الكفّ عن جميع الانتهاكات بحق الأقصى، واحترام حرمته، ووقف جميع الإجراءات التي تستهدف تغيير الوضع التاريخي والقانوني القائم، واحترام سلطة إدارة أوقاف القدس».

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Stabbing operation in Elad settlement leaves three Israelis dead

Hamas announced that ‘Operation Elad’ came in retaliation for the attacks on Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Jerusalem

May 06 2022

Israeli forces secure the area of a stabbing operation in the settlement of Elad on 5 May 2022. Israeli medics say at least three people were killed. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

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Palestinian resistance movement Hamas claimed responsibility for “Operation Elad,” a stabbing attack which occurred against Israeli settlers in the Elad settlement of eastern Tel Aviv on 4 May.

The operation left at least three dead and five wounded during a celebration of Israel’s so-called Independence Day.

According to the Hamas statement, Operation Elad came in retaliation to the escalation of violence and provocations against Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinian attackers have so far evaded capture by Israeli forces, and the two suspects are believed to come from Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinians reportedly used an axe to strike their victims, according to Israeli media.

According to Hebrew Channel 12, the Israeli army opened an investigation to see if this operation was carried out in retaliation for the recent provocative raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Hamas statement provided an answer to this query.

Israeli settlers stormed the Islamic holy site on 4 May with protection from Israeli forces. The doors of one of the prayer halls were busted down and Palestinians violently chased from the premises.

The Israeli forces only resorted to arresting a few Israeli settlers due to their raising Israeli flags on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, likely due to fear of retaliation by Palestinian resistance for such acts.

The stabbing operation in Elad may have some symbolic significance.

Palestinians consider Israel’s so-called Independence Day as the Nakba, or “tragedy” in Arabic, as Israel’s establishment came on the back of massive ethnic cleansing of Palestinians through brutal massacres, forced expulsions, and other methods of striking fear into the hearts of the existing Palestinian population, causing many to flee out of fear of being killed or forced out.

The Elad settlement was built over the ruins of a village called Al-Muzairaa, whose population fled in 1948 during the Nakba.

Hamas warned Israel that it is ‘playing with fire’ through increased provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Palestinian resistance organization based on Gaza recently claimed responsibility for the shooting operation at the Ariel settlement on 29 April which left an Israeli soldier dead.

On 30 April, Hamas senior official Yahya Sinwar warned that crossing red lines in Al-Aqsa would lead to a regional war.

In the event of an escalation into a major war over Al-Aqsa, Sinwar called on all Palestinians in the 1948 occupied lands to resist the Israeli occupation through any means at their disposal, and called on Palestinian refugees in other countries to storm the borders and enter occupied Palestine.

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Al-Aqsa: What are Muslims Worldwide doing to Defend their Holy Site?

30 Apr 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Ruqiya Anwar 

The protection of the Muslim holy place is a matter of faith, not just a question of whether more can be done to protect it.

Al-Aqsa: What are Muslims Worldwide doing to Defend their Holy Site?

Israeli forces raided Al-Quds’ Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, attacking Palestinians worshipping inside. Thousands of Palestinians were attacked by Israeli police while praying in a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.

Al-Aqsa is one of the largest and most important mosques in the Muslim world and the earliest in Palestine. Masjid Al-Aqsa is Al-Quds’ holiest Muslim site. Al-Aqsa is a symbol of Prophetic remembrance for Muslims worldwide, connecting not only the three holiest places of Makkah, Medina, and Al-Quds but also the Prophet’s biography. The importance of Masjid Al-Aqsa to Muslims is undeniable. The mosque is also a symbol of Palestinian resistance, and it has been repeatedly raided by Israeli forces and extreme factions seeking to replace it with a temple. Apart from its religious significance, Al-Aqsa symbolizes Palestinian culture and nationhood.

Israeli authorities have permitted Israeli radicals to intimidate and desecrate the sanctity of Masjid Al-Aqsa since the occupation began. The attacks on Masjid Al-Aqsa, on the other hand, have been directed by Israeli political leaders throughout the last decade.

The Israeli authority has escalated its violent actions in Al-Quds in general and in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Moreover, it already maintains temporal and spatial separations between native Palestinians and Zionist settler-colonists to impose Judaization as a fait accompli in the end.

Moreover, the number of Zionist political and religious personalities who have entered the Al-Aqsa Site has risen, in an attempt to divide the mosque between Muslims and Jews. The Israeli apartheid regime’s frequent invasions into the mosque are meant to allow Jews to perform Talmudic prayers there, in an attempt to justify the absurd demand to partition Al-Aqsa.

What is evident is that “Israel” has begun to speed its ambitions to Judaise Al-Quds in order to reach the point when it would be able to build a temple – at the expense of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – and impose absolute Jewish Israeli sovereignty over it. In recent years, the number of invasions into Al-Aqsa and its courtyards has increased. Since the occupation began in 1948, Israeli offensives on the Al-Aqsa Mosque have never stopped. Since then, the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been in grave danger. “Israel” has also banned Ethiopian pilgrims from entering the country during this year’s Easter season. “Israel’s” brutality targets all religions.

The desecration of Masjid Al-Aqsa by “Israel” is an insult to Muslims worldwide. “Israel’s” actions and support for extremists demonstrate its contempt for the sanctity Muslims place on Al-Aqsa. However, the subject of the Al-Aqsa cannot be considered in isolation from the rest of the Palestinian struggle. People are uniting to defend their cultural and national heritage and their rights, including their right to worship, residency, freedom of movement, and a dignified living. The Palestinian struggle for justice, freedom, and equality is embodied in the protests for Al-Aqsa. 

Suppose all Muslims cherish spiritually Al-Aqsa Haram Sharif. In that case, the question to ask is, what are Muslims worldwide doing to defend their Holy site, and how the world community does not put pressure on “Israel” to cease attacking the Al-Aqsa mosque and its worshippers? Muslims must have their role to protect Al-Quds’s Al-Aqsa Mosque. The protection of the Muslim holy place is a matter of faith, not just a question of whether more can be done to protect it.

The international community must hold “Israel” accountable for its ongoing attacks and abuses against Palestinians, their land, and sacred places. Significantly, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) needs to speak up. The Organization is the Muslim world’s united voice. In the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among all peoples, it strives to promote and protect the interests of the Muslim world. To play a meaningful role in combating Muslim distress, the OIC and Muslim countries must work together and assume their privileged position in dealing with Palestine’s dire condition. 

The international community and the Muslim world should take steps to protect Palestinians and their rightful rights. Muslims must act in unity and solidarity to prevent occupation and oppression in Al-Quds. All Muslims on the globe have their hearts set on Masjid Al-Aqsa. Al-Quds will be free when we achieve complete unity.

Most importantly, efforts should be made to reclaim Al-Quds, protect its Islamic and historical identity, preserve and protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other important places, and combat the Holy City’s Judaization. The international community must act quickly to protect Palestinians and their fundamental rights.

On Al-Quds Day, millions of people gather worldwide to show their sympathy for the Palestinian cause and to reiterate their demand to put an end to the Zionist apartheid regime’s atrocities and occupation of Palestine. This is an opportunity for people worldwide to come together and resist the violent extremism of Israeli cruelty and “ideology”. Last year, the battle of Seif Al-Quds represented the Palestinian nation’s solidarity, which stemmed from the Palestinian people’s vigilance and freedom-seeking zeal.

Those from the Arab world who have signed normalization agreements chose to remain silent over the Israeli brutality. However, the escalation of violence in Al-Aqsa has put a lot of pressure on those nations, who had argued that having a closer connection with “Israel” would help them restrict Israeli activities against Palestinians. The normalization agreement did not affect Israeli violence or the annexation of Palestinian land. It simply highlighted “Israel’s” apartheid policies, which grant full rights to Israeli Jews while oppressing and discriminating against the indigenous Palestinian population. 

More specifically, the Islamic world should mobilize the world to stop “Israel’s” brutality. They must urge the international community to hold “Israel” accountable for the escalation of events and demand an immediate halt to any aggravation that violates international laws and pacts. The UN Security Council should take action in response to “Israel’s” persistent violations. Under international humanitarian law, “Israel’s” recent illegal actions constitute “war crimes,” and those responsible for the “ruthless abuses” in Al-Aqsa must be prosecuted.

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

نقطة التحوّل الثالثة في يوم القدس

الخميس 28 نيسان 2022

 ناصر قنديل

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ربّما لم يكن أحد، غير الإمام الخميني، يدرك الدور الذي سيلعبه الإعلان عن اعتبار الجمعة الأخيرة من شهر رمضان يوماً عالمياً للقدس، أبعد من مجرد إحياء مكانة القدس في الذاكرة الإسلاميّة، والذين تابعوا عن قرب حجم الاهتمام الذي أولاه الإمام لإنجاح إحياء هذا اليوم، وحجم المتابعة التي حظي بها الإحياء في أولوياته، كانوا يتساءلون عن سبب تشبث الإمام بهذه البصمة الشخصيّة التي وضعها على مسار المواجهة المفتوحة التي التزمتها الثورة الإسلامية في إيران تجاه فلسطين، وكيفية رؤيته لمكانتها الأبعد مدى بكثير من مجرد الإحياء التذكيريّ، أو الذكرى الإحيائيّة.

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بعد سنوات على الإعلان، والمتابعة الحثيثة من الإمام لضمان أوسع مشاركة على مستوى عدد الدول، وأعمق مشاركة على مستوى شرائح المجتمعات، بدا أن الرسالة التي أرادها الإمام وصلت للفلسطينيين، الذين ظهر لهم بوضوح أن قضيّتهم حية في وجدان أكثر من مليار مسلم على مساحة العالم، وأن نهوضهم بأعباء الحفاظ على القدس لن يذهب هدراً، ولم تكن محض صدفة أن تبدأ المواجهات الأشد حماوة مع قوات الاحتلال في التصاعد قبيل موعد يوم القدس، وتتصاعد إلى الذروة يوم الإحياء، كما تقول يوميات انتفاضة الحجارة، ولا كان صدفة أخرى أن يكون التزامن الموازي بين المواجهات الساخنة في انتفاضة الأقصى، والتي كانت القدس محورها، مع إحياءات يوم القدس، بعدما أعادت الانتفاضة الأولى القضية الفلسطينية إلى الساحة الدولية من بوابة المقاومة الشعبية، وشكلت الانتفاضة الثانية نقطة التحول نحو المقاومة المسلحة.

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استند الإمام إلى مشروعه بجعل المقاومة الهادفة لتحرير القدس مشروعاً يتغذّى من مكانة شهر رمضان لدى المسلمين، وما يرتبط بقيمه التي ترتكز على تشاطر الشعور بالحرمان، وعلى الاستعداد للتضحية من أجل مسح دمعة محروم، وعلى الاقتراب من مفهوم التوحيد القائم على رفض ألوهية قوى الدنيا، وعدم محاباتها، ورفض الخضوع لها، والخوف منها، أو السعي لمراضاتها، على قاعدة أن التوحيد يعني أن الله واحد، فهو إما أن يكون الله أو أميركا، وإذا كان الله يدعوك للقدس وتنهاك أميركا عنها فأيّهما ستختار؟ وإذا كانت أميركا تدعوك للتطبيع وينهاك الله عنه فأيّهما ستطيع؟ وسنة بعد سنة، كان اتساع الإحياء وتجذره، يجعل من اليوم العالمي للقدس نهراً شعبياً عالمياً جارفاً تتوسّع روافده وتزداد غزارة وتدفقاً وغضباً، وكان إيقاع هذا التعاظم يلقى صداه في فلسطين. وكان تنامي المقاومتين الشعبية والمسلحة في فلسطين يزيد هذا النهر الجارف إدراكاً لموقعه في مشروع التحرير والمقاومة.

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لا يمكن كتابة تاريخ تحوّل الداخل الفلسطيني نحو خيار المقاومة بعد هزيمة عام 1982 للمقاومة الفلسطينية في لبنان أمام جيش الاحتلال، دون الانتباه لمكانة ثنائيّة تصاعد المقاومة في لبنان بوجه الاحتلال وحضور اليوم العالمي للقدس، ولا يمكن كتابة تاريخ تحوّل الانتفاضة نحو المقاومة المسلحة وصولاً لتحرير قطاع غزة، منذ اندلاع الانتفاضة الثانية عام 2000، دون الانتباه لمكانة ثنائية انتصارات المقاومة في لبنان وتعاظم حجم حضور اليوم العالمي للقدس، وها نحن مع مرور أربعة عقود على إعلان اليوم العالميّ للقدس. وفلسطين في خط المواجهة الأول، تستنهض العالمين العربي والإسلامي لنصرتها وقضيتها، ندرك أن ما كان في معركة سيف القدس، وما سيكون في الأيام المقبلة لهذه السنة وللسنوات المقبلة، ونحن نترقب التحوّل الثالث بتزاوج الانتفاضة الشعبية والمقاومة المسلحة في مشروع التحرير، لن يكون بعيداً عن إيقاع الحضور المتنامي لإيران والجمهورية الإسلاميّة فيها على مستوى المنطقة والعالم، ودرجة إخلاصها لقضية فلسطين ومشروع المقاومة فيها، ولا هو ببعيد عن الموقع المحوري للمقاومة الإسلامية في لبنان ودرجة صدقها في اعتبار قضية فلسطين والمقاومة لأجل تحريرها، قضية وجود ومصير. وبالتأكيد في قلب هاتين المعادلتين سيظهر حجم الأثر الذي تركه الإحياء المتنامي لليوم العالمي للقدس، داخل فلسطين وخارجها.

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عندما قال الإمام الخميني مع وصوله الى مطار طهران، اليوم إيران وغداً فلسطين، لم يكن يطلق مجرد شعار مبدئيّ، بل يعلن بدء تنفيذ خطة كان يملكها، ستتكفل ببصمة حضوره وهو غائب أن تمتلك ديناميكيّة تحقيقها.

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‘Temporal and Spatial’ Division: Why Israel’s Endgame at Al-Aqsa Mosque Will Fail

April 27, 2022

Thousands of Palestinians rally in Gaza in solidarity with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Ramzy Baroud

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

Starting on April 15, the Israeli occupation army and police raided Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied East Jerusalem on a daily basis. Under the pretense of providing protection to provocative ‘visits’ by thousands of illegal Israeli Jewish settlers and rightwing fanatics, the Israeli army has wounded hundreds of Palestinians, including journalists, and arrested hundreds more.

Palestinians understand that the current attacks on Al-Aqsa carry deeper political and strategic meanings for Israel than previous raids.

Al-Aqsa has experienced routine raids by Israeli forces under various guises in the past. However, the significance of the Mosque has acquired additional meanings in recent years, especially following the popular Palestinian rebellion, mass protests, clashes and a war on Gaza last May, which Palestinians tellingly refer to as Saif Al Quds – Operation Sword of Jerusalem.

Historically, Haram Al-Sharif – or the Noble Sanctuary – has been at the heart of popular struggle in Palestine, as well as at the center of Israeli policies. Located in the Old City of Occupied East Jerusalem, the Sanctuary is considered one of the holiest sites for all Muslims. It has a special place in Islam, as it has been mentioned in the Holy Quran and frequently in the Hadith – the Sayings of Prophet Mohammed. The compound contains several historic mosques and 17 gates, along with other important Islamic sites. Al-Aqsa is one of these mosques.

But for Palestinians, the significance of Al-Aqsa has gained additional meaning due to the Israeli occupation which, throughout the years, has targeted Palestinian mosques, churches and other holy sites. For example, during the 2014 Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs said that 203 mosques were damaged by Israeli bombs, with 73 being completely destroyed.

Therefore, Palestinian Muslims, but also Christians, consider Al-Aqsa, the Sanctuary and other Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem, a red line that must not be crossed by Israel. Generation after generation, they have mobilized to protect the sites though, at times, they could not, including in 1969 when Australian Jewish extremist, Denis Michael Rohan carried out an arson attack in Al-Aqsa.

Even the recent raids on the Mosque were not confined to the bodily harm and mass arrest of worshippers. On April 15, the second Friday of Ramadan, much destruction took place at Al-Aqsa, where the Mosque’s famous stained-glass windows were shattered and furniture inside was left broken.

The raids on the Haram Al-Sharif continue, at the time of writing of this article. The Jewish extremists are feeling increasingly empowered by the protection they are receiving from the Israeli military, and the blank check provided to them by influential Israeli politicians. Many of the raids are often led by far-right Israeli Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir, Likud politician Yehuda Glick and former government minister Uri Ariel.

Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, is undoubtedly using the raids on Al-Aqsa as a way to keep his often rebellious far-right and religious constituency in line. The sudden resignation on April 6 of Idit Silman, a member of the Yamina right-wing party, left Bennett even more desperate in his attempt to breathe life in his fractious coalition. Once a leader of the Yesha Council, an umbrella organization of West Bank illegal settlements, Bennett rose to power on the back of religious zealots, whether in Israel or in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Losing support of the settlers could simply cost him his post.

Bennett’s behavior is consistent with those of previous Israeli leaders, who have escalated violence in Al-Aqsa as a way to distract from their own political woes, or to appeal to Israel’s powerful constituency of rightwing and religious extremists. In September 2000, then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon raided the Mosque with thousands of Israeli soldiers, police and like-minded extremists. He did so to provoke a Palestinian response, and to topple the government of his archenemy Ehud Barak. Sharon succeeded, but at a high price, as his ‘visit’ unleashed the five-year-long Second Palestinian Intifada, also known as Al-Aqsa Intifada.

In 2017, thousands of Palestinians protested an Israeli attempt at installing ‘security cameras’ at the entrances of the holy shrine. The measure was also an attempt by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appease his right-wing supporters. But the mass protests in Jerusalem and the subsequent Palestinian unity at the time forced Israel to cancel its plans.

This time around, however, Palestinians fear that Israel aims at more than just mere provocations. Israel plans to “impose a temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa Mosque”, according to Adnan Ghaith, the Palestinian Authority’s top representative in East Jerusalem. This particular phrase, ‘temporal and spatial division’, is also used by many Palestinians, as they fear a repeat of the Ibrahimi Mosque scenario.

Following the killing of 29 worshippers in 1994 at the hands of an Israeli Jewish extremist, Baruch Goldstein, and the subsequent killing of many more Palestinians by the Israeli army at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron (Al-Khalil), Israel partitioned the mosque. It allocated a larger space to the Jewish settlers while restricting access to Palestinians, who are allowed to pray at certain times and barred at others. This is precisely what Palestinians mean by temporal and spatial division, which has been at the heart of Israeli strategy for many years.

Bennett, however, must tread carefully. Palestinians today are more united in their resistance and awareness of the Israeli designs than at any other time in the past. An important component of this unity is the Palestinian Arab population in historic Palestine, who are now championing a similar political discourse as that of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In fact, many of the defenders of Al-Aqsa come from these very communities. If Israel continues with its provocations in Al-Aqsa, it risks another Palestinian revolt as that of May, which tellingly started in East Jerusalem.

Appealing to rightwing voters by attacking, humiliating and provoking Palestinians is no longer an easy task, as was often the case. As the ‘Sword of Jerusalem’ has taught us, Palestinians are now capable of responding in a unified fashion and, despite their limited means, even putting pressure on Israel to reverse its policies. Bennett must remember this before carrying out any more violent provocations.

The New Palestinian Generations’ Intifada: A Matter of Time Until ‘Israel’ Will Fail

April 24 2022

By Mohammad Youssef

Palestine again and again puts the ‘Israeli’ occupation entity at a very sensitive crossroad of its history. The Palestinian people and their diverse resistance groups never fail to surprise the world by their deep and genuine sense of creativity when it comes to the resistance. More surprising is the deep attachment and embracement of the new generations to the cause of struggle and resistance.

The latest confrontations between the ‘Israeli’ occupation forces and the Palestinians at the holy al-Aqsa Mosque are reminiscent of the days of the previous Intifadas [uprisings] where the ‘Israelis’ were humiliated and brought to their knees.

The steadfastness of the resistance in the battlefield, along with the persistent and continuous struggles of the people to defend al-Aqsa Mosque portends of a new unprecedented era of struggle that will tighten the noose against the ‘Israelis.’

The recent coordination among the Palestinian resistance factions and the harmony with the struggling people is portraying a new horizon for the whole cause.

This has started since the resistance imposed a new equation which extends its protection formula beyond the Gaza Strip to include al-Aqsa Mosque and the West Bank alike. This is going to activate the new equation into its full strength and this will definitely usher in a new strategic phase of the resistance where the military operations collaborate with the people’s uprising in a steadily ascending order. Such a thing will cause a war of attrition to the enemies and will surely result in a catastrophic loss to the ‘Israeli’ entity.

The so-called legitimacy of the Zionist existence will continue to erode in the eyes of the world and the international community. This will put the enemies in a very tough position as they strive to strip themselves from the image of being a racist apartheid entity.

The continuous crimes perpetrated by the ‘Israelis’ against the Palestinian civilians and their sacred places whether Christian or Muslim have intensified the world’s anger against them.

‘Israel’ is digging deeply in its chronic crises and is losing the capability to make any initiative to rid itself from this dilemma.

The Palestinians never cease to generate new creative methods to diverse their struggle and create very tough and complicated situations to the ‘Israeli’ leadership whether political or military. 

‘Israel’ nowadays has been put into a very viscous cycle of impotency towards the occupied Palestine and its honorable people.

The ‘Israeli’ military might is proving futile to silence the Palestinian military determination of the resistance to fight back. Meanwhile, all the sinister plans and conspiracies are not capable of twisting the will of the new generations to continue the struggle in different ways and methods.

Surely, these days are not the best for the ‘Israelis’ but definitely they are to the Palestinians. Our hopes are pinned on this generation of Intifada that will build upon the past experience and will put the ‘Israeli’ entity into a deadlock and a strategic labyrinth.

Not much time will pass when ‘Israel’ will fail and Palestine will prevail!

مقاومة الشعب الفلسطيني تردع حكومة العدو وتكرّس قواعد جديدة للصراع

الخميس 21 نيسان 2022

حسن حردان

تحوّل نوعي في الصراع يتحقق على أرض فلسطين المحتلة لم يسبق ان حصل منذ نشأة الكيان الغاصب وتماديه في عدوانه وارتكاب جرائمه وتغوّله في تهويد الأرض والمقدسات.. هذا التحوّل النوعي تجلى في نجاح مقاومة الشعب الفلسطيني في إعادة تثبيت معادلة «سيف القدس» مرة ثانية، وهي المعادلة التي حمت المقدسيين في حي الشيخ جراح في المرة الأولى، واليوم تحمي باب العمود والمسجد الأقصى من اعتداءات وتهويد الصهاينة المحتلين.. هذه المعادلة قوامها العناصر التالية:

العنصر الاول، هبّة أبناء فلسطين للدفاع عن الأقصى من هجمات واعتداءات قوات الاحتلال والمستوطنين الصهاينة الذين يحاولون تكرار ما حصل في الحرم الابراهيمي في الخليل من تقسيم زماني ومكاني جديد في المسجد الأقصى في سياق مخططهم التهويدي وإعادة بناء ما يُسمّى بهيكل سليمان.. غير انّ مقاومة الشعب الفلسطيني حالت دون تمكن المستوطنين من تحقيق هدفهم بفرض التقسيم المكاني والزماني في الأقصى، كما  أجبرت حكومة العدو على منع مسيرة الأعلام التي نظمها المستوطنون برئاسة النائب الصهيوني المتطرف ايتمار بن غفير، من الوصول إلى باب العمود، خوفاً من تفجّر المواجهات على نطاق واسع.. حيث قرّر رئيس وزراء العدو نفتالي بينيت منع بن غفير من الوصول إلى باب العمود، وقال: «لا أنوي السماح لسياسة صغيرة بتعريض حياة البشر للخطر.. لن أسمح لاستفزاز سياسي بتعريض جنود الجيش وأفراد الشرطة لخطر وجعل مهمتهم أصعب.. نحن في مرحلة خطيرة قابلة للانفجار وهناك الكثير من المناسبات القريبة التي تستدعي البقاء في حالة تأهّب».

العنصر الثاني، تحرك أبناء الشعب الفلسطيني في كلّ أماكن تواجده في فلسطين المحتلة والشتات نصرة للأقصى والمدافعين عنه، حيث اندلعت المواجهات مع قوات الاحتلال في مدن وبلدات ومخيمات الضفة الغربية المحتلة، الى جانب بعض الهجمات المسلحة مع جنود العدو، فيما نظمت التظاهرات والاعتصامات في قطاع غزة والشتات، مما حال دون تمكن الاحتلال والمستوطنين من الاستفراد بالمقدسيين ومناصريهم من المناطق المحتلة عام 1948، وزاد من قلق القادة الصهاينة من احتمال تطور الأوضاع إلى اندلاع انتفاضة فلسطينية في حال جرى السماح للمستوطنين في التمادي في مخططهم التهويدي في الأقصى وباب العمود…

العنصر الثالث، استنفار فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية في قطاع غزة واستحضارها لمعادلة «سيف القدس» مرة ثانية في حالة تجاوز الاحتلال والمستوطنين الخطوط الحمراء الفلسطينية، المتمثلة بحماية المسجد الأقصى وعروبة القدس من التهويد… وقد تبع ذلك تسخين بالنار لجبهة المواجهة بين قطاع غزة ومستوطنات غلاف غزة.. مما أشعر العدو بأنّ الوضع لا يحتمل المناورة، فتحرّكت الوساطات الدبلوماسية لتهدئة الوضع وحضر وفد أميركي إلى فلسطين المحتلة لهذه الغاية، وهو أمر يؤشر إلى حاجة حكومة العدو إلى التهدئة وإيجاد مخارج لتراجعها عن التصعيد.. إلى جانب الخشية الأميركية من ازدياد التوتر واحتمالات التصعيد في المنطقة وخروج الوضع عن السيطرة والذهاب إلى مواجهة أوسع، حسب ما ذكرت مصادر «إسرائيلية» لصحيفة «معاريف»…

ماذا يعني هذا التراجع الصهيوني عن الذهاب إلى مواجهة واسعة مع الشعب الفلسطيني ومقاومته؟

انّ هذا التراجع الصهيوني يعني الأمور التالية:

اولاً، انّ كيان العدو بات يعاني من مأزق نابع من انسداد الآفاق أمامه لأيّ مواجهة واسعة على غرار المواجهة الأخيرة التي أنتجت معادلة «سيف القدس» الردعية.. وهذا الانسداد في الآفاق إنما يعود إلى سببين:

السبب الاول، أنّ ايّ تصعيد في المواجهة لن يفضي إلى أي نتيجة أفضل من النتائج التي أفضت إليها المواجهات السابقة، بل ستقود إلى مزيد من تآكل قوة الردع لجيش الاحتلال على أرض فلسطين المحتلة، وبالتالي تعزيز القناعة لدى الشعب الفلسطيني ومقاومته بالقدرة على تحقيق المزيد من الإذنجازات مما يصبّ في تعزيز خيار الصمود والمقاومة.

السبب الثاني، أنّ حكومة العدو لا رؤية لديها للذهاب إلى حلّ سياسي على قاعدة حلّ الدولتين، مما يبقي الوضع متوتراً وقابلاً للانفجار لأنّ الشعب الفلسطيني لن يرضى الاستكانة والقبول بالأمر الواقع الصهيوني…

ثانياً، وحدة الشعب الفلسطيني في كلّ أماكن تواجده في داخل فلسطين المحتلة وخارجها في مواجهة العدوان الصهيوني، حيث بات يصعب على الاحتلال اللعب على التناقضات الفلسطينية في ظلّ تماديه في اعتداءاته وجرائمه.. هذه الوحدة تجسّدت في معركة «سيف القدس» الأولى وتتجسّد اليوم في مواجهات الأقصى وقبلها في مخيم جنين، حتى أصبحت سلاحاً من أسلحة المقاومة… وسبباً في الصمود وتحقيق النصر ..

ثالثاً، وحدة فصائل المقاومة في غرفة عمليات مشتركة في اي مواجهة مع الاحتلال، باتت أيضا عنصرا من عناصر القوة الفلسطينية.. والتي تستدعي بالطبع المزيد من الارتقاء والتعزيز من خلال وضع استراتيجية متكاملة للنضال الوطني الفلسطيني.

هذه العوامل التي أجبرت العدو على عدم الذهاب إلى مواجهة واسعة، وألزمته بلجم المستوطنين ومنعهم من التمادي في اعتداءاتهم تجنباً لخروج الأمور عن السيطرة وانفجار واسع النطاق.. تؤشر إلى أنّ مقاومة الشعب الفلسطيني ووحدته في مواجهة الاحتلال نجحت في تحقيق تحوّل نوعي في الصراع مع كيان الاحتلال تجلى في تكريس قواعد جديدة لهذا الصراع على أرض فلسطين المحتلة، وهو الأمر الذي فاقم من مأزق كيان العدو الصهيوني…

Assassination of Khalil al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) Commemorated in Gaza (PHOTOS)

April 17, 2022

Palestinians in Gaza commemorate the assassination of Palestinian leader Khalil al-Wazir by Israeli forces in 1988. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Palestinians in Gaza take part in a rally on Saturday, April 16, marking the 34th anniversary of the assassination of Palestinian leader Khalil al-Wazir by Israeli forces in Tunisia.

Al-Wazir, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Jihad, was killed on April 16, 1988. Israel only admitted to his assassination in 2012, almost 25 years later.  

Al-Wazir was a Palestinian leader and co-founder of the political party Fatah. 

During his career, he was a member of the Palestine National Council, the Central Council of the PLO and the Higher Military Council of the Palestinian Revolution and deputy to the General Commander of the forces of the Palestinian Revolution.

He was accused by Israel of being one of the main architects of the first popular Palestinian Intifada of 1987, which he supported until Israeli military unit Sayeret Matkal, led by Major Moshe Yaalon (who later became Minister of Defense), assassinated him at his house in the Sidi Bou Said neighborhood in Tunis.

(All Photos: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

Israeli occupation forces storm Al-Aqsa mosque, assault worshippers

 April 15, 2022

Source: Agencies + Al-Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net 

A new Palestinian has fallen; Shawkat Kamal Abed was martyred following the injuries he sustained in Jenin yesterday.

Palestinian civilians confronting occupation forces in Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli occupation forces violently stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque at dawn on Friday, emptying it of worshippers.

According to Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent, occupation forces fired sound grenades, teargas, and rubber-coated metal bullets at worshippers, injuring a number of them.

Our correspondent added that “occupation forces pursued the worshippers, assaulting them, and evacuated most of them from Al-Aqsa’s courtyards, shutting all gateways there, except for Bab Huta.”

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 59 injuries have so far been transported to Al-Quds hospitals amid confrontations between Palestinians and occupation forces in Al-Aqsa, adding that reporters and medics are among those injured and that most injuries were in the upper parts of the body.

Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent stressed that occupation forces were obstructing the work of ambulances arriving at Bab Al-Asbat.

Palestinian factions call for a popular march

Palestinian Resistance factions in Gaza called for a popular march after today’s Friday prayers in support of Al-Quds and the West Bank.

Palestinian factions in Gaza had announced on Thursday a general mobilization in all places where the Palestinian people are present, inside Palestine or in the diaspora. The factions declared in a statement that they have decided to keep the joint operations room open in order to pursue developments and make the necessary decisions, stressing the factions’ unity against the occupation and aggression.

A new martyr in Jenin

The Palestinian Health Ministry announced this morning the martyrdom of Shawkat Kamal Abed due to injuries he sustained in Jenin yesterday. 35 other Palestinians were asphyxiated from inhaling gas during their confrontations with Israeli occupation forces in Beita, south of Nablus. 

Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent had reported yesterday that two martyrs fell by Israeli occupation fire after the IOF stormed a town near Jenin: Martyr Shas Kamamji, the brother of prisoner Ayham Kamamji, and martyr Mostafa Abou Al-Rab.

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‘Israel’ Terrified by Jenin’s Resistance, Tends to Collective Punishments in Attempt to Regain Its Prestige

April 11 2022

By Staff

The latest heroic operation of martyr Raad Hazem in Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street, which shocked the ‘Israeli’ entity’s security and military establishment, and exposed its failures to the world, has gained a wide range of interest and attention both in media and among people.

In comments written be Amos Harel for ‘Israeli’ daily Haaretz, the author compared the first three operations against Zionist targets, which preceded martyr Hazem’s operation, considering that the common thread between those three operations in Bir Sabe’, Hadera, and in Bnei Brak, “was the near-complete lack of a common thread.”

“The perpetrators did not act under any organizational framework and came from different areas, according to intelligence agencies,” Harel went on to explain.

He said the three operations share a feature which is that they occurred in the evening, during TV newscasts [in Hadera and Bnei Brak they even overshadowed a diplomatic summit taking place concurrently.] This may be due to perpetrators’ preference for operating under the cover of the dark, but it may also indicate a desire on their part for maximum attention, Harel claimed.

This is why the author considered that ‘Israeli’ media played right into the perpetrators’ hands on Thursday night, in reference to the most recent operation of martyr of Jenin, Raad Hazem, in Dizengoff Street.

The TV broadcasts, particularly on Channel 12, reflected a dual loss of control: First, by security forces who failed to control the arena where the hunt for the attacker was taking place [there was apparently difficulty in coordination between the police and the ‘Israeli’ military special forces mobilized to Tel Aviv]; and second, by the broadcast editors, who allowed too close a look at the security forces’ work, Harel wrote.

Haaretz’s military correspondent and analyst didn’t limit the concern about possible intelligence damage [the exposure of covert agents and methods of operation], but also about an almost intentional encouragement of public panic. It was in evidence in some of the previous broadcasts, but it seems that this time a line has been crossed.

In discussions with the ‘Israeli’ political echelon over the weekend, the Zionist regime’s security establishment continued to voice reservations about imposing a general closure on the occupied territories and preventing workers from entering the occupied territories and worshipers from entering holy al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan.

As part of countermeasures, and on the advice of the ‘Israeli’ Shin Bet spying agency, the Jalameh checkpoint, connecting Jenin with the occupied territories, has been shut down. The intention is to apply targeted economic pressure on the city. Zionist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett asked to look into more sweeping cancellations of work permits for the relatives of the perpetrators of the recent operations. The measure represents a collective punishment, although it is more targeted one.

Fearing the fact of being in the midst of a ‘terror wave’, as they refer to it, the Zionists admitted that there is no reason to assume it will stop soon. Meanwhile, the Zionist occupation military will resume attacks on the city of Jenin and its refugee camp.

For the time being, Harel was aware that such measures will draw increased resistance from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and possibly also local Fatah operatives in Jenin.

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جنين غزة جديدة

الإثنين 11 نيسان 2022

 ناصر قنديل

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لا ينفصل التفكير بمخيم جنين في عقول القيادات الإسرائيلية السياسية والعسكرية عن التفكير بغزة، ففي عام 2002 عندما اقتحم جيش الاحتلال مخيم جنين بعد قتال امتدّ لأيام وأسابيع، وانتهت بالمجزرة التاريخية التي نفذها شاؤول موفاز رئيس أركان جيش الاحتلال يومها، كانت المعركة التي أطلق عليها جيش الاحتلال تسمية السور الواقي، تشتمل على عمليات توغل في قطاع غزة، سمّيت بمعركة الأنفاق يومها، وكان رهان الاحتلال على مذبحة جنين لردع غزة التي كانت تتنامى فيها ظاهرة المناطق المغلقة بوجه جيش الاحتلال، أملاً بتفادي معركة اقتحام مكلفة لغزة، كان يحاول دائماً تفاديها. ولم يكن من باب الصدفة أن الاحتلال عندما قرّر الانسحاب من غزة وتفكيك مستوطنات غلاف غزة عام 2005، قام بالتزامن بتفكيك أربع مستوطنات ومعسكر في غلاف جنين وهي «قديم وغنيم وحومش وصانور ومعسكر دوثان»، بل إن الاحتلال عندما قرر الانسحاب من طولكرم عام 1995 وضمّها إلى مناطق سيطرة السلطة الفلسطينية، وهي من المناطق المحتلة عام 1948 بخلاف كل مناطق التفاوض في اتفاقات أوسلو المحتلة عام 67، فعل ذلك لقرب طولكرم من جنين، وتشكيلهما معاً ثنائياً للمقاومة، وخشيته من أن تشكل طولكرم لاحقاً لساناً لجنين داخل حدود الـ 48 يشكل الدخول السهل إليها بالنسبة للمقاومين دخولاً الى عمق الكيان.

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ليس بين قيادات الاحتلال مَن يزعم بأن جذوة جنين قد أطفئت عبر مذبحة عام 2002، ففي كل مرة كانت تشتعل المواجهات بين شباب وصبايا فلسطين وجيش الاحتلال كان النصيب الوافر للحضور لمخيم جنين. وفي كل مرة كانت الضفة الغربية والمناطق المحتلة عام 48 تشهدان تصاعداً في عمليات المقاومة، كانت عين الاحتلال على جنين، حيث نبع لا ينضب للمقاومين، وعندما تمّت عملية نفق الحرية التي انتهت بتحرير عدد من المقاومين الأسرى لأنفسهم، كانت عين الاحتلال على جنين، فإذا بلغوا المخيم تغيّرت طبيعة المواجهة، وربما تكون قد دخلت في نفق آخر. وفي هذه الموجة الصاعدة الأخيرة من عمليات المقاومة لم يكن خافياً أن لجنين مكانة خاصة، سواء في عدد الاستشهاديين الذين شكلوا عناوين هذه الموجة الصاعدة، أو في حالة النهوض المقاوم التي عرفها المخيم وعبر من خلالها عن الانتقال الى مرحلة جديدة من المواجهة مع الاحتلال.

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بين كل مناطق الضفة الغربية تشكل جنين مدينة ومخيماً وجواراً بؤرة مثالية للمقاومة، وعقدة صعبة التفكيك على الاحتلال. ففي جنين تتركز الهياكل العسكرية المنظمة لقوى المقاومة بكل فصائلها من سرايا القسام الى سرايا القدس الى تشكيلات الجبهة الشعبية، ولكن أيضاً وقبل كل شيء في جنين تربض البنية الصلبة لكتائب شهداء الأقصى، ويتركز الحضور المقاوم لحركة فتح المتمايز بقوة عن مناخ انخراط الكثير من كوادر فتح في أجهزة السلطة وتورّطها مع الاحتلال عبر التنسيق الأمني. وكل معركة مع جنين مرشحة للتحول الى معركة مثلثة، مع غزة حيث البنى الداعمة لفصائل المقاومة التي تملك رأس حربتها في جنين، ومع فتح التي تملك بنيتها النضالية الصافية وكوادرها المشبعة بروح المقاومة في جنين، ومع الضفة الغربية التي تشكل جنين قلعتها وملجأ مقاوميها الملاحقين من السلطة والاحتلال، ومشكلة الاحتلال أنه إذا أراد تفادي مواجهة مجهولة النهايات وتخرج عن السيطرة، مع غزة وفتح والضفة، فعليه أن يتفادى مواجهة مفتوحة مع جنين، فبعض قادة الاحتلال يقولون إن معركة شاملة للسيطرة الكاملة على جنين وتجريدها من مقاومتها وأسلحتها قد تؤدي الى تفكيك السلطة وفرز حركة فتح بصورة لا يحتملها الاحتلال، وقد تؤدي الى حرب مفتوحة مع غزة، وقد تؤدي الى اشتعال انتفاضة شاملة في كل أنحاء الضفة الغربية.

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مشكلة الاحتلال في التفكير بـاقتحام وتمشيط جنين لا تقلّ عن مشكلته في التساكن مع جنين، فيوماً بعد يوم تتحول جنين إلى غزة ثانية، حيث تتشكل بنية عسكرية منظمة، وتبدأ الأنفاق بالظهور، وتتحوّل الكهوف والمغر في جوارها الى قواعد عسكرية منظمة، وتتموضع فيها أسلحة نوعية، وتشكل قاعدة انطلاق تملك طرق الوصول السهلة الى عمق الأراضي المحتلة عام 1948، وتشكل تدريجياً قاعدة تقود مواجهات الضفة الغربية، وسرعان ما ستتحول بقوة التشابك السكاني والجغرافي إلى بقعة زيت تكبر فتكبر حتى تلتحق بها مدن ومخيمات جديدة في الضفة.

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يقول بعض الخبراء في كيان الاحتلال إن نهاية الكيان وتفككه يبدآن من جنين، بمجرد التسليم بأن جنين غزة أخرى لا يجب التورّط في حرب مفتوحة معها، ويقول آخرون إن نهاية الكيان وبدء تفكّكه يبدآن من جنين عندما تقرر حكومة الكيان اقتحام جنين فتشتعل حرب جديدة مع غزة وتتحوّل فتح إلى جسم منتفض ومقاوم، وتشتعل الضفة الغربية في حال انتفاضة وعمليّات مسلحة واشتباكات متنقلة، فبدلاً من خطر خروج جنين عن السيطرة تصبح الضفة وربما كل المنطقة خارج السيطرة.

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النقاش المفتوح داخل الكيان حول جنين يستعيد النقاش المفتوح حول غزة قبل أعوام، تماماً كما كان النقاش المفتوح حول غزة استعادة للنقاش الذي كان قبله حول جنوب لبنان، وتلك هي شارات انحلال الكيان نحو زوال محتوم لا يملك قادته فعل شيء لردّه أو تفاديه.

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من فلسطين سيأخذ العالم العِبَر…

 الأحد 10 نيسان 2022

 د. عدنان منصور _

 فلسطين العصية دائماً على الغزاة الصهاينة، تنتفض وتثور مجدّداً أمام العالم كله في وجه القتلة المحتلين، لتذكر القوى الغربية الحاضنة للصهاينة منذ قرن من الزمن، بشعاراتها المزيّفة التي لا تنفكّ عن ترديدها باستمرار، وتمليها علينا، لتطالبنا على الدوام، باحترام مبادئ الحرية، والديمقراطية، وحقوق الإنسان!

 جرائم مستمرّة ضدّ الإنسانية ترتكبها دولة الاحتلال «الإسرائيلي» بحق الفلسطينيين منذ إعلانها، ضاربة عرض الحائط كل القرارات الدولية. إذ لا أحد في الغرب، وعلى رأسه الولايات المتحدة، والاتحاد الأوروبي، له الشجاعة، والجرأة، والضمير الحي، على انتقاد أو إدانة الممارسات الإرهابية التي تقوم بها «إسرائيل»، او اتخاذ العقوبات ولو بحدّها الأدنى ضدّها، مثل ما يفعله تعسفاً بحق أفراد وهيئات ودول، كروسيا وإيران وسورية وكوبا، وفنزويلا، وكوريا الشمالية، والعراق، واليمن، ولبنان وغيرها.

 الصمت الغربي حيال جرائم العدو «الإسرائيلي»، لا سيما صمت الولايات المتحدة والاتحاد الأوروبي، ليذكرنا بصمت القبور، وبالمعايير المزدوجة التي تتصف بها سياساتهما، واللذان لم يخرجا يوماً عن انحيازهما الأعمى، ودعمهما المطلق للعدو، والوقوف الى جانبه، في الوقت الذي يتجاهلان فيه بالكامل حقوق الشعوب العربية، وبالذات حقوق الشعب الفلسطيني، والقرارات الأممية ذات الصلة. فردود فعلهما تقتصر على الأسف، والقلق، والدعوة إلى التهدئة وضبط النفس، دون النظر مباشرة الى أساس العلة، وحقيقة ما يجري منذ عقود على أرض فلسطين، والى ما تمارسه سلطات الاحتلال «الإسرائيلي» من سياسات عنصرية فاقت كلّ حدود، وتطهير عرقي اعترف به المؤرخون الصهاينة الجدد أمثال إيلان پاپ، وبني موريس وغيرهما.

 لقد تجاهل الغرب عن عمد، الممارسات التعسّفية القمعية التي يلجأ اليها المحتلون الصهاينة، وأيضاً المجازر التي ترتكبها قوات الاحتلال الصهيوني، والاستبداد الذي تمارسه بحق الفلسطينيين وهي ترتكب الجرائم تلو الجرائم ضدّ الإنسانية.

 إنه نفاق الغرب، وكراهيته وتواطؤه، وحقده وسياساته الظالمة حيال هذه الأمة وشعوبها. سياسات تبقى هي هي، لم تتغيّر ولم تتبدّل، لا تزال على حالها حتى اليوم.

 على أبواب واشنطن وأوروبا، وحلفائهم، تسقط حقوق العرب والفلسطينيين، والقرارات الدولية، ويسقط معها المجتمع الدولي. وفي داخل مجالسهم وقاعاتهم الحكوميّة ترتفع أصواتهم المدافعة والمؤيدة للكيان الغاصب، متجاهلين بالكامل حقوق الشعب الفلسطيني، وقرارات الأمم المتحدة التي تنتظر التنفيذ. لكن الشعارات والمبادئ «الإنسانية» التي يتعاطون بها مع الكيان «الإسرائيلي» المحتلّ، بما فيها الدعم الكامل الذي يوفّرونه له، تظهر جليّة، لكنها تختفي أمام الجدار العازل للشعب الفلسطيني وقضيّته وحقوقه المشروعة!

إنّها المقاومة وحدها، ولا غيرها، تعيد القدس وكلّ فلسطين الى أحضان الأمة. وهذا ما تجسّد في نفوس المقاومين الذين يعرفون جيداً الغاية والوسيلة التي يجب أن يتعاطوا بها مع المحتلين.

 إنه شعب جسور، لن ينام الثأر في صدره وإنْ طال مداه. فهو أدرك ذاته، وحدّد هدفه السليم، وأمسك ببوصلته التي تشير له، أنه من القدس وحيفا ويافا (تل أبيب)، ومن كلّ قرية في فلسطين يبدأ تحرير كامل الأرض، ومن فلسطين يبدأ تحرير الأمة من العملاء، والخونة، وبائعي قضاياها القوميّة.

 متى سيدرك المحتلون، أن لا أسلحة الدمار التي يمتلكها المحتلّ الصهيوني، ولا جهوزية قواته الأمنية والعسكرية، ولا مناوراته وقببه الحديدية، وصواريخه الاعتراضية، تستطيع ان توفر الأمن والأمان لـ «الإسرائيليين»، ولا أن تخمد روح الثورة، وتنتزع المقاومة من قلوب الفلسطينيين.

 سيأتي اليوم الذي سيعلم فيه الغاصب المحتلّ، مهما طال الزمن، أنّ صاحب الأرض ليس كاللقيط المستوطن، وأنّ المتجذّر فيها ليس كسارقها، وانّ الشعار الذي رفعه هرتزل وزانجويل Zangwill مع مطلع القرن العشرين، من أنّ فلسطين أرض بلا شعب، لشعب بلا أرض، ليس إلا وهماً. وانّ المحتلين لوقت، والمقاومين لكلّ الأوقات.

 إنها حرب الإرادات، والصراع المتواصل الذي لن يتوقف بين المقاومين والمحتلين. وما دام هناك عرق ينبض في مقاوم، فلا إرادة تعلو فوق إرادته .

 عندما يقارع أطفال وشباب فلسطين جنود الاحتلال، ويواجهونهم بكلّ شجاعة لم يشهد العالم مثيلاً لها، نقول: لا خوف بعد الآن على فلسطين، وفيها شعب يستحقّ الحياة لا يستسلم ولا يركع، ولا يستكين حتى يرى دولة الاحتلال تلفظ أنفاسها الأخيرة على يديه.

 إنه شعب استثنائيّ شجاع، أصبح أنشودة وأمثولة حيّة لشعوب العالم كلها، متمسك بأرضه لا ينسلخ عنها أياً كانت الممارسات الإرهابية للاحتلال ضدّه. هو مؤمن إيماناً قاطعاً، ومصمّم على استعادة كلّ فلسطين، وتصفية حسابه مع الدولة «الإسرائيلية» المؤقتة.

 إنّها مسألة وقت، لكنه بكلّ تأكيد آتٍ آتٍ، ولا مفرّ عندئذ للقتلة الصهاينة من يوم موعود يدفعون فيه الثمن الغالي على ما ارتكبوه بحق شعب آمن، وبحق الأمة على مدى أكثر من قرن من الزمن .

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*وزير الخارجيّة والمغتربين الأسبق

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