The Lebanese Forces: A Long Bloody History

17 Oct, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Ali Jezzini

The LF started as a military wing of the Lebanese Front and committed horrible atrocities during the Lebanese Civil War. However, this did not prevent it, openly and discreetly, from attempting to stir up a second one.

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Thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian nationals lost their lives in the Sabra and Shatila, and Karantina massacres.

On Thursday, hundreds of citizens were marching towards the Palace of Justice in Beirut. Protesters desired to object to the politicization of what was supposed to be a uniquely juridical process regarding the Beirut Port explosion that rocked the city almost a year and a half ago. 

The demonstration was supposed to be a peaceful act but the reaction the protesters received was not – some did not make it back home to their families. According to security reports cited by various Lebanese media outlets, it is almost certain that at some point in the march, the latter came under fire from snipers belonging to the Lebanese Forces Party (LF). The ambush left 7 people dead including Maryam, a mother of 5, who was deliberately sniped while attempting to get her children to safety after hearing gunfire.

Some hours after the ambush, the Lebanese army issued a statement saying that the rooftops that the snipers were firing from were clear and that arrests were made, without disclosing details about the conducted operation. Amal Movement and Hezbollah issued a statement regarding the armed attack on the peaceful demonstration that took place today in Tayouneh. Both parties blamed the incident on the LF party.

According to a Hezbollah official, Hashim Safi Al-Din, both parties never made the call to the streets and that the organization did not oppose the protests since the Lebanese security forces had it under control. “What was unforeseen was for a certain party to decide to commit murder using military tactics,” Safi Al-Din added. 

How peaceful protesters were shot brought back dark days to the residents of the area – days where innocent people were shot across what was called the Green Line separating Beirut, east and west. Many residents could recall the story of a friend or a relative who was shot by Lebanese Forces snipers during the 1975 Civil War that devastated the country for 15 years: Civilians could be buying groceries, taking kids to school, taking a shower, or just making a living like Ali Ibrahim, a motorbike delivery worker that was killed by the same snipers on Thursday.

A history of massacres

The Lebanese Forces were the armed wing of what was called the Lebanese Front that was formed in 1976 during the eve of the Lebanese Civil War. The armed militia is infamously known for numerous notorious mass murder events against Palestinian and Lebanese Civilians. The Karantina Massacre was not the first one committed by the LF, but the scale was horrendous. One of the poorest areas in Beirut, inhabited by Palestinian, Lebanese, and Syrian nationals was invaded and its inhabitants were massacred mercilessly. Reports indicate that about 1500 people lost their lives, while the survivors were forcefully evicted from their homes.

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Karantina Massacre, 1976 (Françoise Demulder)

The Sabra and Shatila refugees camp that was inhabited by Palestinian refugees alongside their Lebanese neighbors experienced tragedy on a larger scale. The crimes took another toll, as they were perpetrated with the help and assistance of the Israeli Invasion forces in 1982. Numbers are still contested to this day, but the toll of the victims surely surpasses a thousand and could amount to 3500. Women and children were not spared, as bone-chilling images and testimonies still conjure the horror of the massacre.

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Sabra and Shatila Massacre, 1982 (Institute for Palestine Studies)

Although the Lebanese Forces (1976), as a military wing of the Lebanese Front, and the Lebanese Forces Party (1990) are not the same thing theoretically, however, they bond on the same ideological grounds. The latter is derived from the former, demonstrating the long rift between factions of what was called the Lebanese Front, which was mainly comprised of Phalengists.

Samir Geagea, the head of the current LF party, has a long history of massacres as well. As a demonstration of the formerly mentioned rift, in 1978, Geagea headed an assassination squad that broke into Tony Frangieh’s premises, the head of a rival faction named Al-Marda, and assassinated Frangie with his family, including his wife and his 3-year-old child.

Nahr al-Mawt massacre in 1990 was the last episode of a long series of massacres. In that incident, the LF shot at protesters just before the war ended. The shooting took the lives of 23 unarmed civilians after they marched to an LF checkpoint demanding the removal of barricades that were blocking the Nahr al-Kalb tunnel. Geagea was convicted later on in 1994 for killing former PM Rashid Karami in 1988, in addition to the bombing of Sayidat al-Najat church in Jounieh killing 10 people and wounding 54.

Post-2005 release

Following Geagea’s release from his incarceration amid political turmoil following the assassination of PM Rafik Hariri, it would seem that he and his party would choose to drop arms and wear neckties, but that was never an option. Geagea claimed that he meditated and reviewed his actions during the Civil War, not to repent, but only to conclude that what he did was right.

Without getting into the details of the public Lebanese political debate, what Geagea and his party tell in private suggests more solid evidence of their intentions in continuously destabilizing the country to serve his sectarian goals.

A WikiLeaks document dating back to May 2008 reveals that Geagea was keen to inform the US embassy in Lebanon of his possession of about 7,000 to 10,000 combatants that are ready to fight Hezbollah. In said document, he urged the embassy to send arms and munition. Geagea never changed his stance; al-Akhbar, a Lebanese newspaper, reported in October 2020 that the LF leader urged Walid Jumblatt, a Lebanese PM, to resign with his parliamentary group, and promised to follow suit. He told Jumblatt that he is ready to fight Hezbollah, raising his combatants’ number to 15,000. Jumblatt responded by describing any attempt to open a military conflict as madness.

In another leak, this time from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs archive, the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon sent a cable back home asking the Kingdom to support the LF since Geagea “is the closest to the Kingdom among the Christian leaders and has a firm stance against the Syrian regime; on top of that, he is willing to do what the Kingdom demands of him.” In a second leak, Geagea proceeds to ask for Saudi funding – the ambassador comments in the cable, describing the LF as “the real force that he relies on to deter Hezbollah and those behind it in Lebanon.”

A warlord pushing for a civil war

In an interview with SBI on Friday, Geagea reiterated his ‘no regrets’ stance regarding the ambush and killings of unarmed protesters, blaming the incident on the victims, despite all reports indicating that the perpetrators were LF members. With LF being the weaker faction in this cauldron, it is difficult to find a logical reason as to why they would add more massacres to their long list. It might be that Geagea hopes to start a civil war, as he already hinted on various occasions mentioned before.

The ‘ex-warlord’ probably bets on entangling foreign powers into a hypothetical civil war, namely the US and “Israel”, against his number one rival in Lebanon – Hezbollah. This has been also sustained by Safi Al-Din in his friday’s speech during the victims’ funeral. Safi Al-Din blamed the United States for being behind the incident, saying they are pushing LF to spark a civil war in Lebanon. He also accused the Lebanese Forces of executing US orders in exchange for a payroll.

Two things seem to be certain. The first is, despite the horrors that could face Lebanese society, particularly the LF society, with a second episode of a civil war, Geagea doesn’t seem to hold any regard for that. The second is that the Lebanese faction that desires civil war is incapable of starting one – while the capable tries to avoid it at any cost. For that, another civil war may be far-fetched for the time being. 

Eastern Christianity Fell into the Last Ambush in East Beirut, But ‘for Every Samir there’s a Habib’


Samir Geagea - Habib al-Shartouni

Samir Geagea, Lebanese politician, head of parliament bloc, war criminal, and US proxy is working overtime to ignite a redo of the Lebanese civil war that lasted 15 years between 1975 and 1990, the civil war that destroyed much of the country and led to a massive exodus of mainly the Christians. Naram Serjoon, a Syrian author has a radical idea to prevent new massacres and a new civil war in Lebanon, it worked before to wake up the Christians of Lebanon from sacrificing themselves for the evil plot Geagea is tasked by his western and Saudi sponsors, the following is the translation of his latest post.

It is said that the history of life on earth is a history of death, the process of extinction and fading affected 90% of the earth’s creatures; I fear that this prophecy will apply to the Eastern Christian existence, which is eroding and vanishing, it seems that a shot of mercy on this existence will be fired from Christian hands but at the same time, only a Christian hand will save Eastern Christianity.

I am writing these words and my pen is trembling, and my heart is trembling from the cold, and here I am writing a prophecy as if it were a vision, and a vision as if it was a prophecy, and my prophecy and my vision look to the East, which has changed a lot so that the Jews became more than the Christians in less than fifty years. The Zionist project was able to uproot Christianity from the East by uprooting its nails that were embedded like wedges throughout the East. I look around and I do not see except the bleeding of the Christian demography. This Eastern bleeding of Christians is not a coincidence and is not innocent, as if someone wants to say that the East is pure Islam and that the West is an overwhelming Christianity, and that the conflict between East and West is a conflict between Christianity and Islam, and it is Israel that will represent the remnants of Christianity through The Old Testament, and that the relationship of the East with Christianity will be limited to Jewish Israel.

In the twentieth century, the biggest loser from the friction with Western European colonialism was Eastern Christianity. Antioch and its church were appended to Turkey. Antioch Christians became isolated as a weak minority in a Turkish Islamic sea. The Christian presence isolated from the Christianity spread in the Levant kept shrinking and eroding until the Christian presence in Antioch almost became extinct, which is a natural result of isolating the Christian enclave of Antioch and separating it from the large natural Christian body in the Levant.

Then two projects were advanced in the region through the Sykes-Picot project. The most losers of these two projects were the remnants of the Eastern Christian bloc in the Levant, and these two projects are the Francophone project and the Anglo-Saxon project.

The Anglo-Saxon project created the Jewish-Zionist project that swallowed Palestine and completely eradicated its Christians, only 1% of the historical Christians of Palestine remain in all of Palestine today, that is, Christianity has been eradicated from Palestine, what is the use of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher when there is no demographic mass around it? Today, it has turned into a tourist attraction under the supervision of Israel.

The Francophone project created the state of Greater Lebanon and designated it to be a Christian state with a Christian majority. But this entity called Christian Lebanon separated the Christians of Lebanon from the Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and Jordan. The Christians of Lebanon were attached to European Christianity because this French Christian entity, by design, began to feel that it was threatened by its Arabic and Islamic environment and that there was no way to preserve it except by European protection. This made the relationship with his Arabic and Islamic surrounding tense which caused civilian wars in which all of the Christians joined and lost their youth in religious tribulations that led many of them to emigrate, and Christian Lebanon turned into a European protectorate at odds with its surroundings and always suspicious of it.

For Every Bashir there is a Habib

When the West invaded Iraq and launched the Arab Spring project in Syria and took care of the growth of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) and gave them names like Jaysh al-Islam, Jaysh al-Jolani, Ahrar al-Sham and Sultan Murad as armies of liberation and freedom, it was aware that the first to pay the price would be the Christian presence in the East. Nevertheless, it turned a blind eye to the violence that pushes Christians to emigrate and flee like what the Zionists did to the Jews of Iraq when they blew up synagogues and Jewish neighborhoods to force Iraqi Jews to flee to occupied Palestine. Indeed, the Christians disappeared from the Nineveh Plain and from the Syrian Jazira region, and the Christians evaporated from areas that were Christian for the past two thousand years. I learned from well-known and respected Syrian Christian personalities that the Christians of Syria received a share of the extinction, and that their numbers decreased, and that there were those who were working to displace them and facilitate their migration under the pretext of protecting them. The West dismantled the Iraqi army, which was the cover for all Iraqi Christians and Muslims, but Christians were targeted with covert violence, in particular, to force them to flee.

Likewise, the West, with its support for the so-called Syrian revolution, expelled the Syrian army and the Syrian state from the Syrian Jazira and from the Christian areas. In fact, the West saw that ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra were expanding in Lebanon from the Syrian border, nevertheless, it did the impossible to stop the Syrian army and Hezb Allah and prevent it from confronting ISIS and Al-Nusra in Lebanon although far and near knew that this Islamist terrorist wave would uproot Christians either by terrorizing and intimidating them or by launching religious guardianship on them to force them to leave. It is very difficult for anyone to convince me that the West did not see this fate and this path. The West is not naive to believe that the Islamists will leave the Christians to live in safety.

There is no doubt that the Islamist wave has annihilated a lot of Christian demography and kept it away from the scene and the demographic map, but the last remaining scene remains of the Christians of the East who are pushed to a new holocaust this time by a crazy and extremist Christian, Samir Geagea, the one who boasts that he has thousands of experienced fighters to defend Christianity and East Beirut even though these gunmen watched the advance of ISIS and al-Nusra in Lebanon and their spread and did not move a finger to protect any Christian, rather, Geagea’s effort was to defend Jabhat al-Nusra.

It is strange that Geagea realizes that any battle with any party in Lebanon will end with his complete crushing, Western countries will not intervene to protect him because he will not be more precious than the Christians of Al-Quds (Jerusalem,) Palestine, Iraq, and eastern Syria whom the West saw with its own eyes dispersing, shrinking and extinct and not move a finger.

Samir Geagea wants one thing, and that is to lure Hezb Allah into a battle with him, even if it is a losing battle, if Samir Geagea loses the battle, this will cause a natural sympathy and Christian bias towards him, and a part of the Christians of the Aounist movement will be inclined towards him.

This will divide the Christians more and open a Christian-Christian conflict, and if it appears that he is winning, it will be an attractive factor for Christian elements from the other Aounist camp as well because victory has an attraction like happened with the Islamists who won at the beginning of the battles of the Arab Spring and the Syrian war, which encouraged many to join them to enjoy victory and the attachment with the new glory.

What matters is that Christians will be lured to a Christian – Christian war or a Muslim – Christian war or a Shiite – Christian war, whatever the results are, it will be catastrophic on the Christians of the East. Their intense presence in Lebanon may end whatever the result of the conflict will be because the war will not be merciful and immigration will be easier for Christian youth because this violent engagement in free internal conflicts will only be bad results on Christians because they will find themselves in the midst of a long civilian battle will be bleeding their money and their youth, many of them will find the doors for immigration open and welcoming and this mass exodus will be the shot of mercy on the Christian presence in Lebanon.

Perhaps the Christians of the East and Lebanon, in particular, do not realize what trap and ambush they are being led into by the recklessness of Samir Geagea, who puts the Christians of Lebanon against their will in the face of Hezb Allah and the Axis of Resistance that challenged America itself and the West and will not allow Geagea to harm Hezb Allah. Samir Geagea will be extremely naive if he thought Israel would go to war for him. Rather, Israel’s ultimate ambition will be to split the alliance between Michel Aoun and Hezb Allah and for Geagea to relieve it from paying the blood of the confrontation with Hezb Allah, as it did with the Islamist youth who paid their blood and it left them to die on its behalf.

But if this war breaks out, it will isolate the Eastern Christians and turn them into a strained entity that is afraid for its existence that will end by natural shrinkage and contraction. And if the strong Christian presence in Lebanon ends, this will mean a message to those who remain from the Christians of the East that the East is no longer for them and they must prepare their departure because in any change in the political systems, trends, and conflicts, they will be forced to enter into alliances they do not want and they will be a weak minority that will be swept away by political passions.

Unfortunately, if Hezb Allah refrains from punishing Samir Geagea because it is aware of the sensitivity of the situation and the game targeting Christians, its main allies in Lebanon, it will encourage Samir Geagea to commit more foolishness and recklessness. Perhaps there will be no equation with the least losses, except to return to a Christian equation that said previously “for every traitor, there is a Habib, and for every Bashir (Gemayel) there is a Habib”. It is the equation established by the hero Habib al-Shartouni, the Lebanese national Christian, the son of the martyr hero Anton Saadeh.

As the hero, Jules Jamal, the Syrian Christian who carried out the death sentence against the French (Christian) destroyer Jean Bar in Port Said, Habib Al-Shartouni was a Lebanese Christian who executed a traitorous Lebanese Christian in defense of the name of the national Eastern Christianity. This heroic act was a reason for the Lebanese Christian national forces to wake up and take the initiative from the reckless and adventurous Christians and bring the Christians of Lebanon back to the heart of the national scene that created the fall of May 17 (accord), and that created the phenomenon of Hezb Allah, whose back was supported by Christian patriotism, without them, it would not have been easy to achieve the liberating of the south (from Israel in 2000) and defeating Israel in 2006.

Habib al-Shartouni’s work was a message that everyone understood, and heroism that saved a lot of Christian and Lebanese blood. Will the youth of Christian Lebanon do it and bring us a hero that saves us the trouble of punishing Samir Geagea and launches an equation (for every Samir there’s a Habib)? Be fully confident that this equation will awaken the lunatics in the Lebanese Forces (Radical right-wing LF Militia) from their delusions, dreams, and indiscretion, and restore many of them to their senses and rationality, which are manipulated by the Israeli propaganda outlets that publish scenes of violence in the name of the Lebanese Forces as if they are calling for holy Christian jihad.

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Lebanese fascist group fires on peaceful protest, sparks wider conflict

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‘Great Strength’: Houthis Reveal Details Of Large-Scale Operation In Ma’rib (18+ Video)

On September 17, the Houthis announced that they “liberated” more than 1,600 square kilometers in the central Yemeni province of Ma’rib from the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies during a recent large-scale operation.

The operation, codenamed “Great Strength,” saw the Houthis and their allies imposing control of the districts of Medghal and Majzar. The Mass Millitary camp also fell into the hands of the Houthis. The camp was one of the Saudi-led coalition main bases in Ma’rib.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, claimed that the coalition used to shelter elements of al-Qaeda and ISIS in the camp.

During Operation Great Strength, the Houthis’ Missile Force carried out a total of 161 attacks. 128 of the attacks were against targets in Yemen, while 33 were launched against targets deep inside Saudi Araba.

The Houthis’ Air Force also carried out 319 attacks with drones. 136 attacks targeted Saudi-backed forces in Yemen and 183 targeted Saudi Arabia.

‘Great Strength’: Houthis Reveal Details Of Large-Scale Operation In Ma’rib (18+ Video)

According to Brig. Gen Sari, the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies sustained heavy losses as a result of Operation Greater Strength. Around 3,000 Saudi-backed fighters were killed, 12,400 others were wounded and 550 were captured. Furthermore, 1,500 vehicles of Saudi-backed forces were destroyed, burned or damaged.

In the course of the operation, the Houthis documented 3,290 airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition warplanes. The airstrikes failed to stop, or even slow down the group’s advance in Ma’rib.

Last week, the Houthis announced that they captured the districts of Mahliyah and Rahbah in Ma’rib after advancing from the nearby province of al-Bayda during the third phase of Operation Evident Victory.

The Houthis have been advancing towards Ma’rib city and nearby oil fields for well-over six months now. All attempts to stop them by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies were a complete and utter failure.

Operation Great Strength was not the end of Houthi operations in Ma’rib. The Yemeni group will not likely stop its operations in Ma’rib before capturing the provincial center.

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Sabra and Shatila Massacre Anniversary September 1982 – Never Forget


Sabra and Shatila Massacre - Lebanon September 1982

Sabra and Shatila massacre is the most horrific, most heinous, ugliest war crime deliberately committed by armed forces against innocent civilians, rather refugees in their houses in the camp they were sieged in, what makes it more heinous is the criminals are known and they are not prosecuted, they are celebrated as heroes by their supporters.

We are commemorating the 39th anniversary of this disgusting massacre that not even ISIS committed similar to it in the same place despite the number of beyond horrific massacres this US-sponsored anti-Islamic terrorist organization has committed.

The video is available here and on BitChute.

Video report transcript:

The massacre is one of the most horrific things written in the history of the entire world, it is the massacre of Sabra and Shatila, which was committed by the Israeli occupation forces in Beirut on this day, 39 years ago, which claimed the lives of thousands of innocent Palestinian people.

The massacre was pre-planned by the Israeli occupation forces, which set out in the dark on the night of September 16, 1982, to commit murders that lasted for 48 hours in collusion with groups of the Lebanese Forces militia and the so-called South Lebanon Army, the proxy agent at the time, against the Palestinians and Lebanese residing in Shatila camp and the neighboring Sabra neighborhood.

The Israeli occupation vehicles sealed the escape exits of the camp and did not allow entry until after the massacre ended on September 18, when the world woke up to one of the most heinous massacres in history and to find thousands of dead bodies of women, children and the elderly who were killed in a way that shames humanity.

Despite the ugliness of the massacre that the world woke up to, the ‘international community’ did not bring the perpetrators and try them by any court, and none of them were punished for what they have committed. The matter was limited to investigation committees that reached results that were not followed by legal follow-up.

The number of martyrs who fell as victims of this massacre is not clear, as estimates indicate the death of about seven thousand martyrs, and the pictures of children who did not exceed the age of three and four while they were in their pajamas and their blankets stained with their blood, and the families killed by the Israeli occupation forces while they slept, remain a living witness that will not go away and evidence of the ugliness of the crime.

End of the Report.

Samir Geagea, the head of the Lebanese Forces militia was sentenced to prison for life in Lebanon for a number of other crimes including the bombing of a church while holding a mass, the slaughtering of the whole family of his political opponent, the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rachid Karami and a Lebanese army officer with him, and he was pardoned by the US and Saudi proxy Lebanese politicians, he didn’t spend the rest of his days repenting and asking for forgiveness, he’s the head of a block in the Lebanese parliament and a staunch opponent of the majority of the Lebanese people working publicly for the Saudi regime.

None of the Israeli officials is prosecuted or tried at a court of justice, some of them were left to commit series of other war crimes in Lebanon and in Palestine, including against Gaza, and around the world bombing, assassinating, and instigating strife, all in the guise of ‘fighting terrorism’ following the steps of their main patron, the United States of America post-September 11. the USA invaded two countries and slaughtered over a million people in Iraq alone, displaced millions of others avenging the killing of around 3000 of its people in the 2001 attacks, how should the relatives of the 7000 victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacre avenge the massacre? And we’re not talking about the Iraqis, Syrians, Libyans, Palestinians, Somalians, Yemenis, Serbians, to count a few.

The next time the US or European officials ever mention the need to prosecute war criminals around the world ask them about the accountability for Sabra and Shatila massacre victims, then ask them about the other war crimes they’ve committed and ask them to at least shut up.

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Yemeni Resistance Reveals Details of Operation ’Severe Punishment’ Against Saudi Aggressors In Marib

September 17, 2021 

Yemeni Resistance Reveals Details of Operation ’Severe Punishment’ Against Saudi Aggressors In Marib

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Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree announced in a press conference on Friday the details of a wide-scale military operation carried out by the Yemeni resistance.

Saree announced the results of wide-scale qualitative military Operation “Severe Punishment” that was carried out in Marib Province where large swathes of territories have been liberated.

The operation lasted for several months and achieved its goals successfully, Saree said, adding that mercenaries were kicked out of the liberated areas.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces started a new phase of liberating Yemen from invaders and occupiers, opened new paths, and followed tactics that suit the military operation’s geography,” the spokesman said.

The Rocketry Force and the Propelled Air Force carried out dozens of successful military operations, 128 of which took place inside Yemen and 33 others were carried out in the Saudi depth, Saree added.

Badr, Nakal, Qassem, Zolfikar, and Quds2-type missiles were used during the series of operations.

Meanwhile, the Propelled Air Force carried out 319 operations that targeted the enemy on its land, in addition to 183 other operations that targeted the aggressors on Yemeni ground.

Furthermore, Saree explained, the Engineering and Anti-armored Units played a major role in this battle.

“The Rocketry and Aerial Force targeted gatherings and sites belonging to mercenaries and forces of the coalition of aggression against Yemen inside the occupied Yemeni territories,” he said, noting that during the course of Operation “Severe Punishment”, the coalition of aggression waged hundreds of strike in the area.

The Yemeni Armed Forces monitored more than 3290 strikes in attempts to hinder the progress of the Yemeni Armed Forces, the forces of aggression also targeted civilians during that period.

Among the most important results of Operation “Severe Punishment” was gaining huge amounts of heavy weapons.

The duration of the operation extended from March 2020 to November 2020 in which 3000 members of the enemy were killed, 12400 sustained injuries, and 550 others were detained.

“Our forces managed to liberate around 1600 square kilometers of Marib during the operation,” Saree said, naming in particular the directorates of Medghal and Mejzar in the province.

Additionally, among the most important results was the liberation of Mas Camp, one of the biggest bases that have been used by the enemy over the past years.

“We hail the resistance role played by our people in Marib during this operation,” Saree noted, concluding that “Our cause is to liberate Yemen.”

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and regional allies, launched a war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah resistance movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases.

The Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees, however, have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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Saudi Arabia Considering “Israeli” Made Military Systems

September 15, 2021

Saudi Arabia Considering “Israeli” Made Military Systems

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At a time Palestine and its people are still suffering the apartheid entity’s brutality and occupation, Saudi Arabia has reached out to Tel Aviv about the possibility of procuring “Israeli”-made missile military systems.

In this context, Breaking Defense has learned that the Saudi step comes when the American systems the Kingdom has for so long relied upon have been removed.

Sources here have confirmed an AP report from the weekend that American THAAD and Patriot batteries have been quietly removed from Prince Sultan Air Base, located outside of Riyadh.

Although a withdrawal of air assets from the region had been expected for several months, it was unclear exactly when US assets would head elsewhere. Now, “Israeli” sources say, Saudi Arabia is seriously considering its alternatives.

Specifically, the Saudis are considering either the Iron Dome, produced by Rafael, which is better against short range rockets, or the Barak ER, produced by IAI, which is designed to intercept cruise missiles.

“Israeli” military sources told Breaking Defense that such a deal would be realistic, as long as both sides received approval of Washington; one source added that Saudi “interest in the ‘Israeli’ systems has reached a very practical phase.”

Those same sources say that the Saudis have had low-level talks with “Israel” for several years about such systems, but that the talks began to take on more energy once it became clear America would remove its air defense assets from the Kingdom.




Saud-Backed Forces Share Footage From The Houthis’ Recent Attack On Mokha Port (Video)
Two screen grabs side by side from the footage released by the JF-WCY investigation committee.

The Houthis (Ansar Allah) carried out the September 11 attack on Mokha Port on the western coast of Yemen using two ballistic missiles and six suicide drones, an investigation committee run by Saudi-backed forces on the western coast of Yemen revealed on September 15.

At a press conference, Brigadier General Sadiq Doweed, co-chair of the Saudi-backed Joint Forces on the Western Coast of Yemen (JF-WCY), shared never-seen-before footage of the attack and showcased the wreckage of Houthi drones and missiles.

Brig. Gen. Doweed claimed that half of the suicide drones launched by the Houthis on September 11 were shot down before they could reach Mokah Port.

The wreckage and the attack footage suggest that the Houthis carried out the attack with Bader-1P precision-guided artillery rockets, which has a range of 150 km, and Samad-3 suicide drones, which has a range of 1,000 km. Both weapons can hit their targets with pinpoint accuracy as demonstrated during the attack on Mokah.

Saud-Backed Forces Share Footage From The Houthis’ Recent Attack On Mokha Port (Video)
The Badir-1P rocket. Click to see full-size image.

Saud-Backed Forces Share Footage From The Houthis’ Recent Attack On Mokha Port (Video)
The Samad-2 suicide drone. Click to see full-size image.

The JF-WCY acknowledged that the attack inflicted heavy losses on Mokah port. According to a report by the investigation committee, four residintal buildings, 14 offices, three warehouses, one observation tower, 23 vehicles, two patrol boats and two water tanks were damages or destroyed as a result of the Houthis’ attack.

Mokah port reopened last July after six years of closure. The attack took place a few minutes after the arrival of a delegation from the Saudi-backed Yemeni government to inaugurate the port.

The attack demonstrated the Houthis’ ability to strike any target within Yemen with extremely high accuracy. The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies appear to be unable to stop these attacks.


Kingdom of Blood Thirsty Rulers: Another Saudi Detainee from Qatif Executed

September 6, 2021

Kingdom of Blood Thirsty Rulers: Another Saudi Detainee from Qatif Executed

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The Saudi regime committed yet another crime against opinion prisoners from Qatif eastern province as Adnan Mostafa al-Sharfa was pronounced executed upon a decree by the kingdom’s bloodthirsty rulers.

In allegations to justify the crime, the Saudi interior ministry claimed that al-Sharfa was smuggling weapons and attacking the security forces.

The ministry’s statement mentioned that the execution was carried out upon a royal decree.

The Saudi regime authorities seldom carries out the executions in an attempt to disguise its criminality, especially in the eyes of the western public opinion. saudi arabia executionsSaudiArabiaHumanRights

Yemen Defense Forces Not Far From Recapturing Whole Marib – Report

September 1, 2021

Yemen Defense Forces Not Far From Recapturing Whole Marib - Report

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Yemen’s allied defense forces decisively escalated their counterattacks on Saudi Arabia’s allies in Marib, the capital of a hugely strategic west-central Yemeni province of the same name, and are reportedly on the verge of recapturing the whole city.

The Yemeni army and Popular Committees were reported on Tuesday to have advanced as far as the city’s “government buildings.”

The advancements were made possible, despite heavy Saudi bombardment of the flashpoints in the city from above, Yemen Press Agency reported. It came after the forces successfully pushed back against the kingdom’s allies there, namely Riyadh-backed militants and al-Qaeda terrorists, the outlet added.

The terrorists, it added, have been forced to abandon their positions and beat a retreat towards the city’s administrative buildings.

The Yemeni forces “are not far from” reestablishing Sanaa’s sovereignty over the city, Yemeni media sources noted.

The two sides are now engaged in intense confrontation “using heavy weaponry,” local sources noted.

The Saudi-led coalition, meanwhile, tried to shift the Yemeni allies’ attention away from their pending victory by trying to create diversionary clashes in other places. It, however, failed in its bid, the Yemeni outlets said.

The locals said the coalition’s forces had suffered considerable human and material losses during the developments. “A large number” of the enemy’s military commanders were either killed or injured during the advances, they announced.

The coalition invaded Yemen in March 2015 in a self-proclaimed bid to restore power in the country to Saudi Arabia’s favorite officials.

Seven years on, however, it is still nowhere close to realizing that avowed aim.

The invasion has, meanwhile, killed tens of thousands of Yemenis in the process. The military aggression and a simultaneous siege of Yemen has also turned the Arab world’s already poorest nation into the scene of, what the United Nations has deplored as, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Yemeni forces have invariably retaliated heavily against the war, striking targets that lie as far as the capital of the kingdom itself and its war ally, the United Arab Emirates.

Pledging never to lay down their arms until Yemen’s complete liberation, the forces have been focusing on Marib and its surrounding province’s recapture for many months now.

Given its strategic location, the province’s liberation is expected to open the floodgates of further victories for the Yemenis.

According to Yemen’s Ambassador to Tehran, Ibrahim al-Deilami, the war in Marib is currently underway in “more than 50 fronts.”

The Yemeni counterblows have managed to fully liberate as many as nine of the province’s 14 districts so far.

Iran, Hezbollah and Lebanon – No Strings Attached!

August 26, 2021

Iran, Hezbollah and Lebanon – No Strings Attached!

By Staff

The relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia has always been eye-catching for regional observers.

For decades observers have seen the Middle East through the prism of a Saudi-Iranian cold war. During the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, Gulf States particularly Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, lent more than $37bn to Saddam Hussein’s war effort.

According to a report by The Economist, this binary view of a “proxy war” has outlived its usefulness—because the Saudis lost. They failed to build a deep well of support in other Arab countries, settling for ineffective chequebook diplomacy with fickle politicians and warlords. Iran is undeniably the strongest foreign actor in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

The Saudis still fight a rearguard action in Yemen, but their six-year war against the Yemeni Ansarullah revolutionaries, has been all in vain. Diplomats from the Gulf curtly describe several Arab states as “outside the Arab fold”, The Economist report explained.

It was a victory for Iran, not to mention, for the Axis of Resistance – which according to many includes resistance factions in Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Yemen.

Lebanon, a small Middle Eastern country, has been an important outlet to Mediterranean for many Arab countries, notably Saudi Arabia. It is also home to the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.

In the past year, the country has been plagued with a suffocating economic crisis. Life in Lebanon is defined by petrol queues, lengthy blackouts and growing hunger. Lebanon’s bankruptcy stems from decades of misrule by the political class.

Hezbollah, founded in the 1980s, resisted the “Israeli” entity for its occupation of south Lebanon. Many Lebanese, regardless of sect or political persuasion, saw this as a legitimate struggle. The group’s popularity soared after the “Israeli” withdrawal in 2000, and stayed high even after war with the entity in 2006, which began with the capture of two “Israeli” soldiers. Arabs of all stripes cheered it for giving the “Israeli” entity a bloody nose, a feat no Arab state had managed in decades.

The Lebanese Resistance movement has not only protected Lebanon militarily, but it has attended to the medical and social needs of the all Lebanese.  

Today, with the worsening of the economic situation in Lebanon, Hezbollah and its allies promoted the notion of a resistance economy in Lebanon. In April, Hezbollah trumpeted the Sajjad card, a ration-card scheme named after the 4th Shia Imam Ali ibn Hussein Zein al-Abidin [AS] that offers discounts to participants.

However, the indignities that define life in Lebanon have not spared anyone. Pharmacy shelves are bare: expats visiting for the summer stuff their suitcases with medicines, not only prescription pills but even basics like paracetamol that are unavailable in the country. Petrol stations, if not closed, have hours-long queues that snake for blocks.

The situation has been getting even worse no thanks to the Western siege, which Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has repeated in various speeches.

To the West, the “Israelis” and the locals, Sayyed Nasrallah offers more than empty words. In a televised speech during the 2006 “Israeli” aggression on Lebanon, the Resistance Leader told his viewers to look out to sea. Moments later a missile slammed into an “Israeli” destroyer off the coast, damaging the vessel and killing four sailors.

Sayyed Nasrallah supported peaceful anti-government demonstrations in 2019 and endorsed economic and political reform. However, His Eminence cautioned protesters from being infiltrated by a fifth column on the payroll of foreign embassies.

As for the economic crisis, Sayyed Nasrallah urged the Lebanese to bypass the Western siege and look east to Asian powers such as China, which stand ready to pour billions into Arab economies despite howls of outrage from the Americans.

Hezbollah remains the “Israeli” entity’s strongest Arab foe. Generals in Tel Aviv acknowledge that another war with the group would be painful. Aside from a few brief border skirmishes, however, it has not fought the entity in 15 years.

The Resistance Leader at various occasions reiterated the unconditioned Iranian support to the Hezbollah, Lebanon and the Lebanese. Most recently, His Eminence thanked Iran for its willingness to aid Lebanon with its oil and gas crisis. Sayyed Nasrallah further welcomed UNCONDITIONED aid from any country provided that it would ask nothing in return from Lebanon.

The first Iranian ship carrying fuel sailed last Thursday. It has been followed by a second ship days after… more ships are expected to come.  

“A second ship will set sail in the next few days, and it will be followed by others,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. “We will continue this process as long as Lebanon needs it,” His Eminence said. “The aim is to help all Lebanese, [not just] Hezbollah supporters or the Shia.”

Raisi Lauds Yemeni People’s Steadfastness for 7 Years

August 25, 2021

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen

In a response sent to Yemen Supreme Political Council President Mahdi al-Mashat, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi reiterates his country’s solidarity with the Yemeni people against the aggression.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Parliament, August 21st 2021
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in the Parliament, August 21, 2021

The Yemen Supreme Political Council President, Mahdi al-Mashat, received a thank-you letter from Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in reply to his congratulatory letter on his victory in the presidential elections.

Al-Masirah reported that the Iranian President lauded the steadfastness of the Yemeni people against the aggression for the 7th year in a row, stressing his country’s solidarity with the Yemeni people’s plight in their battle against the brutal blockade and acts of aggression. He also stressed his keenness on expanding the horizons of cooperation between the two brotherly countries and peoples in different fields, in service of their common interests.

The Iranian President had received, early this month, “Ansar Allah” Spokesperson Mohammad Abdul Salam, who headed the national Yemeni delegation. During the meeting, President Raisi said that the epic resistance and steadfastness the Yemeni people have embodied so far have astounded the world.

Raisi had declared in his inauguration speech on August 5 that his administration “will stand beside the oppressed wherever they may be, in Europe, America, Africa, Yemen, Syria, or Palestine.”

NSO Group’s Spyware Used on Bahraini Activists – Report

August 25, 2021

NSO Group’s Spyware Used on Bahraini Activists - Report

By Staff, Agencies

In the course of violating human rights in the Bahraini kingdom, nine activists from Bahrain had their iPhones hacked by advanced spyware made by the ‘Israeli’ company NSO Group, the world’s most notorious hacker-for-hire firm, a cybersecurity watchdog reported on Tuesday.

Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto said NSO Group’s Pegasus malware successfully hacked the phones between June 2020 and February 2021. Those reportedly hacked included members of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and two political dissidents living in exile. At least one of the activists lived in London when the hacking occurred, Citizen Lab said.

Citizen Lab said it has “high confidence” that at least four of the activists were hacked by the Bahraini government, which has a history of using commercially available spyware.

One of the activists targeted is Moosa Mohammed, who said he was previously a victim of spyware, in 2012.

“When I fled torture and persecution in Bahrain, I thought I would find safety in London but have continued to face surveillance and physical attacks by Gulf regimes,” he said.

The government of Bahrain, a tiny island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia that’s home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, has a long history of suppressing dissent. Bahrain’s National Communication Centre dismissed Citizen Lab’s findings as “misguided” and said in a statement the country is committed to safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

NSO Group said in a statement that it had not yet seen the report, but questioned Citizen Lab’s methods and motives. “If NSO receives reliable information related to the misuse of the system, the company will vigorously investigate the claims and act accordingly,” the company said.

Citizen Lab found that in some instances the malware infected targeted iPhones without the users taking any action — what’s known as a zero-click vulnerability.

Bill Marczak of Citizen Lab said the exploits worked against a recent versions of the iPhone’s operating system, adding that there’s “no indication that the bugs exploited have been fixed.”

Ivan Krstic, head of Apple Security Engineering and Architecture, said such attacks are costly and often have a short shelf life. “They are not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users,” he said in a statement, adding that Apple constantly adds new protections for its devices and data.

The new report is the latest unwelcome news for NSO Group. The firm was the focus of recent reports by a media consortium that found the company’s spyware tool Pegasus was used in several instances of successful or attempted phone hacks of business executives, human rights activists and others around the world.

Yemen’s Children Are Dying of Starvation, Saudis Suffer Obesity

August 24, 2021

Yemen’s Children Are Dying of Starvation, Saudis Suffer Obesity

Saudi Arabia in Yemen for seven years has committed crimes that were not done by the armies of Hulagu and Genghis Khan, with the countries they invaded. Its siege caused Yemen to reach a great famine and a tragedy described as the worst in the world.

All of the United Nations’ reports about the Yemeni issue were neglected by the Saudi and Emirati regimes. The most prominent of reports was written by the Executive Director of the World Food Program David Beasley, in which he confirmed the death of a Yemeni child every 75 seconds in Yemen.

Speaking to the United Nations Security Council, Beasley said, “I was in Yemen, where more than 16 million people are facing a crisis that reaches the level of hunger and worse.” He warned that 400,000 Yemeni children may die this year, if no urgent intervention is made. “As we sit here, a child dies every minute and a quarter. Are we going to turn our backs on them and look in the opposite direction?” he asked.

A report denounced the West’s lack of awareness of the tragedy of Yemen; rather, they are racing to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, colluding with them in the aggression against Yemen. Only 1-7 billion dollars were collected out of the 85/3 billion dollars demanded by the United Nations to help Yemen in facing famine, diseases and disasters of war, which UN General Antonio Guterres described as a “death sentence” for Yemenis.

“The Food Program has announced that nearly a third of families in Yemen suffer from malnutrition and rarely consume foods such as beans, vegetables, fruits, dairy products or meat, as there are families who live on leaves,” the report further stated.

Yemeni vs. Saudi Kids

The report compared the peoples of Yemen and Saudi Arabia and said that the situation is completely different. As Yemenis die of starvation, Saudi officials discuss how to confront obesity, which threatens 70% of the Saudi people.

Because of over-eating, the rate of food loss and waste in Saudi Arabia reaches more than 33%, which is more than 40 billion riyals annually [approximately $11 billion], according to the Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadhli, who called for a highly effective mechanism to reduce the amount of food lost and wasted.

The consultant in laparoscopic and obesity surgery, Dr. Ayed Al-Qahtani, had stated that Saudi Arabia is one of the Arab countries that suffers the most from obesity and severe obesity, with the real obesity rate suffered by individuals in Saudi Arabia is 70%.

Al-Qahtani also mentioned that the number of children suffering from obesity has reached about three and a half million children, at a rate of 18% of children of the kingdom, which calls for the intervention of the concerned authorities to put an end to this scourge that threatens the lives of children in the future.

Sayyed Nasrallah: More Iranian Ships to Follow, Iranian Drilling Companies Ready to Extract Offshore Oil and Gas

August 20, 2021

Sayyed Nasrallah: More Iranian Ships to Follow, Iranian Drilling Companies Ready to Extract Offshore Oil and Gas

Zeinab Essa

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Sunday a speech during the memorial ceremony of martyr Hajj Abbas Al-Yatama.

At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah offered condolences to the family of martyr Al-Yatama as well all his beloved people, congratulating them for the fact that this prominent leader has reached his goals. “I personally know martyr Al-Yatama, who belongs to the generation of Hezbollah’s establishment in 1982,” he said, noting that “When speaking about people like Hajj Abbas Al-Yatama, I like to recall the founding generation of the Islamic Resistance, they’re the people of 1982.”

On the characteristics of the martyr, His Eminence highlighted that “Martyr Abbas had a beautiful soul, like his beautiful appearance. He was brave and courageous.”

He recalled that Abu Maitham “joined this resistance at the age of 17, and soon his personal characteristics became evident in front of his brothers. Martyr Abbas started as a fighter, then a trainer and later assumed various leadership responsibilities. He was personally present in the field operations.”

According to the Resistance Leader, “Among the personal characteristics of the martyr Abbas were faith, etiquette, forbearance, patience and good behavior. He further possessed excellent leadership capabilities.”

“Martyr Abbas was one of the military leaders in the South. He is from Hermel and he was as a resistance’s military leader in the South,” he stated, pointing out that “Martyr Abbas, like his brothers, the rest of the martyrs are witnesses that the honorable people of this region embraced the resistance and sacrificed it with the best of their youth.”

In addition Sayyed Nasrallah unveiled that “Abu Maitham was among the military leaders who took part in the July war in South Lebanon, and he was the one who wrote the letter of the Mujahideen [for me] during the war, which conveys his loyalty to the resistance.”

Sayyed Nasrallah further revealed that “When the events in Syria began, martyr Abbas was one of the first leaders who joined the battle and was present in the most dangerous places. Abu Maitham has been to the most dangerous zones from Aleppo, to the besieged city and airport, as well as the road of Ethriya-Khanaser.”

“Martyr Al-Yatama was a field commander next to senior Syrian Army commanders, resistance leaders such as Haj Mustafa Badriddine, and Iranian Generals in Syria, atop of whom was martyr leader Hajj Qassem Soleimani,” His Eminence added.

Emphasizing that “The secret of the resistance’s strength is that it has never sought gains here or there,” Sayyed Nasrallah lamented the fact that “Since the establishment of the state, the Bekaa region has received nothing but deprivation and negligence, but return it has offered honesty, the best of its youth and pure blood.”

“These people spared nothing, neither in confronting the Zionist scheme nor the American project. The people of Baalbek-Hermel did not wait for anyone to defend their villages and all of Lebanon,” he said.

Moving to the political front, Hezbollah Secretary General explained that “The Americans do believe that we are people who seek the worldly life, as if by threatening us with this life they might be able to change our stance. They didn’t understand until now what does it mean to belong to the Islam pf Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] and the Karbala of Imam Hussein [AS].”

In parallel, His Eminence clarified that “The battle that is being waged in Lebanon against the resistance and the true national forces has been run by the American embassy since 2005. However, they have failed.”

On this level, he uncovered that “Tens of billions of dollars have been spent since 2005 in order to distort the image of the resistance, and they failed.”

“The US seeks to set Lebanon under its control so that it does not pose any threat to “Israel”,” Sayyed Nasrallah reminded, warning that “The US embassy in Lebanon is responsible for targeting the livelihood of the Lebanese people as it interferes in every single aspect.”

He also underscored that “The US and Saudi embassies have been working in the past years to ignite a civil war in Lebanon. The American embassy wants to make Lebanon move into chaos. It seeks to strike the Lebanese society and the Lebanese person with his dignity and family.”

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that “After spending $30 billion for political parties that were not able to serve them, they turned to the civil society.”

Urging the Lebanese state to shoulder its responsibility in facing the current crisis, he viewed that “It is not Hezbollah that can open the country in front of Chinese and Russian companies for investment. This is the state’s duty. We urged them to buy from Iran by the Lebanese pound, and they replied that the Americans would put us on the sanctions list. We offered the state options and proposals for which it turned a deaf ear, and Lebanon continued in the path of declining.”

Amid this negligence, Sayyed Nasrallah clearly announced: “Our second ship will sail from Iran within days, and other ships will follow.”

He further stressed that “It is not a matter of one ship or two; this is a path which we will keep moving on as long as Lebanon needs it,” noting that “The goal is to help all the Lebanese people and ease their sufferings.”

However, His Eminence assured that “We-in Hezbollah- are neither a substitute for the state nor for importing companies or stations. We do not want to compete with anyone.”

“We will bring in fair amounts of oil derivatives to ease the pressure against companies, gas stations and the black market,” he said, noting that his party seeks “to break the greedy prices and ease the people’s sufferings.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say: “We are not supposed to bring Lebanon’s full demand of gasoline and diesel but rather good quantities that alleviate pressure off the companies and the stations.”

Once again, he urged the government to alleviate the suffering of the people and assume its responsibilities.

In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah denounced “Those monopolizing oil derivatives” calling for arresting and imprisoning them.

Regarding US ambassador Dorothy Shea’s initiative towards Lebanon, His Eminence welcomed the Egyptian gas, the Jordanian electricity project and anything that might help Lebanon.

However, His Eminence reminded that “If the US seeks to help Lebanon, it should lift its veto on providing support to Lebanon.”

To the Lebanese people, he elaborated that “What is important for the Lebanese to know is that the proposal of the American ambassador requires a period between 6 months and 1 year to be done. The US project needs negotiations with Syria and could not be performed in the dark night.”

“The US ambassador is talking illusions, but in case her project could be achieved we won’t be annoyed as this means breaking the siege on Lebanon and Syria.”

To the US administration and its ambassador in Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “If you want to help Lebanon, tell your administration to stop preventing other countries from helping Lebanon, and we wouldn’t want neither your initiative nor your money.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah asked “Who will shoulder the responsibility for the Tuleil incident in Akkar, and where did the investigations reach?”

To the Lebanese government, Hezbollah Secretary General said: “If you accept, we have companies that are able to extract oil and gas and sell it. The companies that I mentioned are not afraid of the “Israeli” bombing, and they can extract gas and oil and sell it. If the companies fear “Israel” and the sanctions, we are willing to bring an Iranian drilling company to extract offshore oil and gas, and let “Israel” bomb it.”

“The Resistance after July 2006 war became stronger and after every battle it maintained its existence and ended stronger than before,” he said, concluding that “The enemy and the Americans, and their affiliates, will discover that their popular and political losses will be very huge.”

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Protesters Block Entrances at Raytheon Plants in UK, US

August 12, 2021

Protesters Block Entrances at Raytheon Plants in UK, US

By Staff, Agencies 

Activists announced that they blocked entrances to the Raytheon facility in British Portsmouth Thursday morning in protest.

Two protestors have been arrested, The FANG Collective, which describes itself as a community organizing and direct action group based in Pawtucket, said late Thursday morning.

In a Tweet, FANG said its “blockade stopped work at Raytheon for over 5 hours.”

In protest early Thursday morning, two people attached themselves to vehicles to block the road, while others held banners and chanted slogans, FANG said.

They said they were protesting Raytheon’s weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and ‘Israel’ as well as “their involvement in enforcing the US-Mexican border.”

FANG said it organized the protest with RAM INC [Resist and Abolish the Military Industrial Complex]. The groups said they also wanted “to raise concerns about the influence that weapons contractors like Raytheon have over elected officials.”

The Portsmouth police confirmed that they sent officers to the scene this morning. Tweets from the protestors indicated that the Middletown police and Ports Fire Department was also at the facility.

“Fire department is beginning to attempt extraction with heavy machinery. They are blocking lines of sight,” FANG tweeted.

At about 8:30 a.m., FANG tweeted, “One person has been extracted from the vehicle, and loud machinery can be heard from the other. The entrances are still blocked. It has now been 3 hours.”

Raytheon issued the following statement: “We respect the right to lawful and peaceful protest.”

Elsewhere, a group of activists blocked the entrance to a Raytheon Technologies plant in Rhode Island on Thursday morning to protest the company’s role in the “killing of civilians” and “other human rights abuses.”

Some members of the Fang Collective chained themselves to a car next to the guard shack at the entrance to the Portsmouth plant.

US Preventing Political Solution in Yemen – National Delegation

August 12, 2021

US Preventing Political Solution in Yemen – National Delegation

By Staff, Agencies

The head of the Yemeni National Delegation Mohammad Abdul Salam stressed on Wednesday that the United States is preventing a political solution in Yemen from being reached.

“US intervention in Yemen led to the violation of national sovereignty through brutal aggression, and Saudi Arabia and the UAE were brought in to execute this aggression” Abdul Salam said in a tweet.

He pointed out that the US imposed a stifling siege on the Yemenis, which resulted in disasters that affected all aspects of life, pointing out at the same time that US worked to activate al-Qaeda and Daesh [the Arabic acronym for ‘ISIS/ISIL’ terrorist group]. “We believe that Saudi Arabia is only the face of the aggression against Yemen, and that the UAE is working behind it,” the head of Yemen’s National Delegation and the Ansarullah spokesman went on to say.

Abdul Salam further stressed the need to create a joint administration from the people of Marib Governorate, to maintain security and stability, and to expel al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorists. The initiative requires commitment to share with other provinces oil and gas and to repair the Safer-Ras Issa pipeline.

The initiative also requires ensuring freedom of movement, releasing all kidnapped people, compensating those affected, and returning the displaced from Marib, he added.

In earlier remarks following the appointment of the new UN Envoy to Yemen, Abdul Salam stressed that United Nations only works in the context of the countries of aggression and works within the allowed margin. He pointed out that “the problem is not in changing a person or not. The problem is that countries of aggression do not have a decision to stop the aggression and establish peace.”

Sayyed Safieddine to Al-Ahed: Hezbollah Established Its Equation with the Enemy, Mobilized To Confront Internal Crisis السيد صفي الدين لـ”العهد”: ثبّتنا المعادلة مع العدو.. ومستنفرون بمواجهة الأزمة الداخلية

Sayyed Safieddine to Al-Ahed: Hezbollah Established Its Equation with the Enemy, Mobilized To Confront Internal Crisis

By Mayssaa Moukaddem
In the spirit of the anniversary of the victory of Lebanon and its people in July 2006 and with the anniversary of the second liberation approaching on August 28, Al-Ahed News met with the Head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council His Eminence Sayyed Hashem Safieddine.

Sayyed Safieddine to Al-Ahed: Hezbollah Established Its Equation with the Enemy, Mobilized To Confront Internal Crisis

 Sayyed Safieddine outlined a number of positions and said “the equation [with the enemy] was confirmed by the missiles that were launched, and if the ‘Israelis’ think they can change the rules and requirements of this equation, they won’t be able to.”

“The readiness of the resistance is permanent; it is ready to deter the enemy when it commits any aggression regardless of any internal political or regional changes,” he added. “The equation of the army, the people, and the resistance stands and is stable, successful, and productive.”

With respect to the anniversary of the Beirut Port explosion, Sayyed Safieddine reiterated Hezbollah’s belief that “not explaining what happened and not providing a report, vision, or narrative of what happened means that the door will remain open to speculation, jurisprudence, and interventions.”

“Defining and describing what happened sets the course for the investigation so that people are made aware, and in this matter, we see that things are not right.”

Responding to a recent attack from Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Sayyed Safieddine told Al-Ahed that Riaydh “has failed. It has failed in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon, and it has failed in its wrong choices when it adopted purely American policies contrary to the interests of the people. Your problem is that you have failed. Why do you want to blame us for your failure?”

“You spent tens of billions of dollars in the wrong place, at the wrong time, on the wrong cause. These are your mistakes. You allied with those you thought were serving your policies, but they were powerless.”

Regarding the living condition, the head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council announced that “at the level of our special programs in Hezbollah, we are today in a state of complete mobilization, and all our formations are working in the service of the people.”

Sayyed Safieddine unveiled the Imam Al-Montathar Fund, which was formed four months ago and consists of donations made by full-time employees and contractors in Hezbollah from their salaries. “The sums of money have become large, praise be to God, and they are being spent in the service of the people, and the day will come when we will announce all these sums.”

Sayyed Safieddine stressed that “the resistance was established in the name of God and as a result of the sacrifices of these good and pure people. These people have never let it [the resistance] down, and it will never let them down. The resistance stands with its people and the covenant that it made to them. This resistance is always with them in all fields and arenas, defending their dignity, causes, and pride. It stands by them, speaking the language of honesty, the language of the heart, logic, reason, and truth. We are fully and completely confident, as we faced many difficulties in the past and overcame them, I am certain that we will overcome these difficulties that come in a new guise, method, and style.”

Below is the full transcript of the interview:

Escalation in the south:

– After the response of the Islamic Resistance to the recent “Israeli” raids that constituted a violation of the rules of engagement established in 2006, does Hezbollah think that the rules of engagement have been established again? Is “Israel’s” decision to refrain from responding a sign of deterrence and an unwillingness to launch a war, or is it a preparation for something greater, especially when we consider what was reported by the “Israeli” media, which quoted a senior security official who said “the ‘Israeli’ army is working to formulate responses against Hezbollah in multiple ways, both publicly and in secret?

In the end, military action is not a picnic. Rather, it is hard and tiring work in which things happen from time to time at the level of readiness, the battle, and friction that may be uncalculated, deliberate, or unintended. These are partial and simple matters, and they were contained by the people involved.

Yes, it is very natural for some media professionals or some politicians, who we know do not support the resistance and harbor hostility towards it and plot against it, to try and take advantage of any event and try to exaggerate it. But we still believe that the popular and political environment that incubates the resistance is strong, large, and dominant in Lebanon.

Beirut Port explosion and political investment

– In the context of the anniversary of the port explosion, the technical report on the causes of the explosion is still kept secret. Who is responsible for this ambiguity? Does Hezbollah have any doubts about the reasons why this report has not been issued yet?

Not just Hezbollah, but everyone is eager to know what happened in the catastrophic August 4 explosion. Everyone wants to know what happened so that things are clear and the truth is clear because not explaining what happened and not providing a report, vision, or narrative of what happened means that the door will remain open to speculation, jurisprudence, and interventions. The Lebanese imagination is very broad. We know that some politicians, media professionals, and malicious parties in Lebanon receive money to promote malicious political goals and objectives. They do not care about the feelings of the families of the martyrs or about the horrific consequences they are trying to impose on the Lebanese. All of them will benefit from the lack of clarity about what happened.

Fuel and people’s needs

We have a set of programs that cover agriculture, loans, and helping people secure their most basic needs. This is different from what we do through the ministries of health and industry and our efforts through various other ministries. This is an aspect that is usually not highlighted – most people keeping track and the politicians in the country know perfectly well that some of the issues that were resolved, even partially, whether we’re talking about subsidies or other things, Hezbollah and its ministers and members of the parliament played a major role in that resolution, and this is our duty.

As for our special programs in Hezbollah, we are today in a state of complete mobilization, and all our formations are working in the service of the people in the health and agricultural sectors and in securing foodstuffs and the necessary medicine through all the projects that we presented. The Sajjad card is one of these items that, God willing, will see remarkable development in the coming weeks.

Among the things that Hezbollah launched after the speech of His Eminence the Secretary-General is the formation of a fund that we called the Imam Al-Montathar Fund. This fund consists of donations provided by full-time and contractors in Hezbollah from their salaries. The goal is for all our brothers to participate in solving the economic and living problems and to stand by our people to whom we are ready to give blood so that it remains strong, stable, solid, and dear. This fund was formed four months ago, and there is a substantial sum of money now, praise be to God, and the day will come when we will release all the figures. But these are large sums being spent in the service of the people and on various important projects that serve the people, whether in securing foodstuffs for the needy or supporting projects that contribute to agricultural production. What is important is that it reaches people and serves them directly. Praise be to God, the Imam Al-Montathar Fund, which the full-timers and contractors contributed to financing has now large sums of money that are being spent in the service of the people.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our loved ones, dear ones, and brothers working in Hezbollah for their efforts in developing this fund, and I invite them to continue to do so. I also know that many of our brothers, full-timers and contractors, are contributing to funds located in their villages, neighborhoods, and towns to support the needy. This is our culture and the aspirations of our young mujahideen as well as our brothers and sisters, may God protect them all.

– Did the leadership of Hezbollah conclude that the time has come to import fuel from Iran? Is there a date for the implementation? Is there a similar step with regard to medication?

Committing to timetables with such files is wrong. We do not want to commit ourselves and the people to specific times. The reason is that there are serious challenges and complications, and we are working to overcome these obstacles. Some people imagine that as soon as we say that we want to bring gasoline and diesel, it means that it will come directly. The issue is more complicated than this, but the decision has been made. God willing, these steps will become visible in the next few days through actions and not words.

I have my insight

– To commemorate Ashura this year, Hezbollah chose the slogan “I have my insight.” What is the link between the slogan and the stage we are living in?

I would like to clarify that this phrase is for the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, peace be upon him, who was the ideal of patience, insight, and endurance to save the path he belongs to, which is the path of authentic Islam and the legacy of the Messenger of God [PBUH]. We quoted this slogan from the words of the Commander of the Faithful [PBUH] because we know that this stage requires intuitive insight and beautiful patience at the same time. It is beautiful patience and intuitive insight that can give us the ability to endure and face events so that we can all overcome them. All those who believe in the blessed Husseini approach and the blessed Islamic approach, know very well that this approach takes important steps forward. Today, problems are placed before him, he is wronged and attacked, despite all the sacrifices, victories, and achievements he has made. Preserving these achievements, victories, results, and values as well as all of the people’s sacrifices requires patience and insight. This is what we learned from the Commander of the Faithful, and this man who was present in Karbala. Karbala was mountains of patience, insight, and clear vision. If the companions of Imam Hussein [PBUH], whom he described as the best of companions and the most loyal companions, did not possess a clear vision, they would not have stood firm and fought until martyrdom. If they did not possess great patience, they would not have been able to withstand all these pressures from the armies that gathered around them. The example of patience and insight are Imam Zein Al-Abidin [PBUH] and Sayyeda Zeinab [PBUH], who remained on the path and approach with these two concepts in addition to all faith and religious values and brought religion to the shore of safety. 

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السيد صفي الدين لـ”العهد”: ثبّتنا المعادلة مع العدو.. ومستنفرون بمواجهة الأزمة الداخلية

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في اجواء ذكرى انتصار لبنان وشعبه في تموز 2006، ومع اقتراب ذكرى التحرير الثاني في 28 آب، التقى موقع “العهد” رئيس المجلسالتنفيذي في حزب الله سماحة السيد هاشم صفي الدين، الذي أطلق جملة من المواقف، أكد خلالها أن “المعادلة (مع العدو) تم تثبيتها والتأكيد عليها من خلال  الصواريخ التي أطلقت، وأن الاسرائيلي اذا كان يفكر أن بامكانه أن يغير قواعد ومستلزمات هذه المعادلة من طرفه فهو غير قادر على ذلك”، مشددا على أن “جهوزية المقاومة دائمة، وهي حاضرة لردع العدو عند القيام بأي اعتداء بغض النظر عن أي تغيرات وتبدلات ساسية داخلية أو سياسية اقليمية على مستوى المنطقة” وأن “معادلة الجيش والشعب والمقاومة قائمة وثابتة وناجحة ومنتجة”.

وفي ما يرتبط بذكرى انفجار مرفأ بيروت، جدد السيد صفي الدين تأكيد حزب الله أن “عدم تبيان ما الذي حصل وعدم تقديم تقرير أو رؤية أو سردية لما حصل يعني أن الباب سيبقى مفتوحا أمام الاشتهاءات والاجتهادات والتدخلات والاستثمارات” وأن “تحديد وتوصيف ما الذي حصل يحدد الكثير من الاتجاهات التي ينبغي ان يذهب اليها التحقيق حتى يكون الناس على بيّنة، وفي هذا الموضوع نحن نرى الأمور غير سليمة وغير صحيحة”.

وحول الهجوم الأخير لوزير الخارجية السعودية على حزب الله، قال السيد صفي الدين لموقع “العهد”: “السعودية فشلت، فشلت في اليمن وفي سوريا والعراق وفلسطين ولبنان، وفشلت في خياراتها الخاطئة حينما اتخذت سياسات أميركية محضة خلافًا لمصالح الشعوب. مشكلتكم أنكم أنتم فشلتم لماذا تريدون أن تحملونا فشلكم؟”، وتابع “أنتم أنفقتم عشرات المليارات من الدولارات في المكان الخطأ، في التوقيت الخطأ، في القضية الخطأ، في الساعة الخطأ، هذه أخطاؤكم أنتم. أنتم تحالفتم مع من اعتبرتم أنهم يخدمون سياساتكم لكنهم كانوا عاجزين”.

في الشأن المعيشي، أعلن رئيس المجلس التنفيذي في حزب الله أنه “على مستوى برامجنا الخاصة في حزب الله نحن اليوم في حالة استنفار كاملة، وكل تشكيلاتنا تعمل في خدمة الناس” كاشفا عن صندوق الامام المنتظر (عج) الذي تشكل منذ 4 أشهر وهو عبارة عن التبرعات التي يقدمها العاملون في حزب الله من المتفرغين والمتعاقدين من رواتبهم الخاصة، وأنه الى الآن “أصبحت المبالغ كبيرة بحمد الله وهي تصرف وتنفق في خدمة الناس وسيأتي يوم نعلن عن كل هذه المبالغ”.

وشدد السيد صفي الدين على ان “المقاومة التي انطلقت على اسم الله وعلى تضحيات هؤلاء الناس الطيبين الطاهرين المضحين الذين ما خذلوها يوما وما خذلتهم يوما هي مع شعبها وأهلها على العهد الذي كانت عليه، هي دائما معهم في كل الميادين والساحات تدافع عن كراماتهم وقضاياهم وعزهم وتقف الى جانبهم لتتحدث معهم بلغة فيها كل الصدق ولغة القلب والمنطق والعقل والحق، ونحن على ثقة كاملة وتامة، كما واجهنا في السابق صعابا كثيرة وتجاوزناها، هذه الصعاب ذات الثوب الجديد والطريقة الجديدة والاسلوب الجديد أقطع واجزم أننا سنتجاوزها”.

وفي ما يلي نص المقابلة:
* التصعيد في الجنوب

ـ بعد رد المقاومة الاسلامية على الغارات الاسرائيلية الأخيرة التي شكلت خرقًا لقواعد الاشتباك منذ الـ 2006، هل يعتبر حزب الله أن قواعد الاشتباك ثُبتت من جديد؟ وهل الانكفاء الاسرائيلي عن الرد هو ارتداع وعدم رغبة في الحرب، أم أنه تحضير لما هو أكبر، خصوصًا مع ما نقلته وسائل اعلام اسرائيلية عن مسؤول أمني كبير من أن “الجيش الاسرائيلي يعمل على بلورة ردود ضد حزب الله من خلال طرق ووسائل متعددة منها ما هو علني ومنها ما هو سري”؟

نحن تعودنا على الطريقة الإسرائيلية في التعاطي مع هذه الملفات، حينما يكون وضعه غير مساعد وهو مضطر الى أن يستجيب لمقتضيات تثبيت المعادلة القائمة يتحدث عن وعود في المستقبل علنية أو غير علنية. في نهاية المطاف نحن نعرف أننا في مواجهة مع الاسرائيلي على مدى الأيام والساعات. لكن ما يهمنا الآن هو ليس المواجهة بمعناها الواسع والعريض انما ما يهمنا هو تثبيت المعادلة، أن المعادلة تم تثبيتها والتأكيد عليها من خلال هذه الصواريخ التي أطلقت، وأن الاسرائيلي اذا كان يفكر أن بامكانه أن يغير قواعد ومستلزمات هذه المعادلة من طرفه فهو غير قادر على ذلك. هذا هو الأساس في هذه المواجهة بعيدًا عن أي تكهنات وتحليلات ووعود اسرائيلية لشأن داخلي سياسي، هذه الوعود مرتبطة بالمشكلة السياسية التي تعانيها الحكومة الاسرائيلية الجديدة.

نحن لاحظنا خلال ساعات المواجهة التي حصلت أنه كان هناك فرق لدى الاسرائيلي بين المستوى السياسي والمستوى العسكري. العسكري كان من الواضح أنه لا يريد التصعيد باتجاه الحرب لأن ليس له مصلحة في ذلك، وهذا حديث آخر، وبين السياسي الذي كان مربكا واستمر النقاش الى ما يقارب منتصف الليل حتى حسموا خياراتهم بعدم التصعيد. وهذا دليل على أن القيادة السياسية في “اسرائيل” ما زالت حديثة العهد وتخاف من اي مغامرة سياسية غير محسوبة، ونتنياهو بالانتظار.

ـ هل المقاومة الإسلامية في لبنان جاهزة لخوض مواجهة عسكرية مع العدو الاسرائيلي حاليًا؟ وهل هناك من يضمن أن أي مواجهة مقبلة لن تتطور وتتوسع الى حرب اقليمية؟

هناك قاعدة اعتمدها حزب الله في عمل المقاومة الإسلامية طوال كل السنوات الماضية، هي جهوزية المقاومة الدائمة والحاضرة لردع العدو عند القيام بأي اعتداء بغض النظر عن أي تغيرات وتبدلات ساسية داخلية أو سياسية اقليمية على مستوى المنطقة. البعض دائما يحاول الربط بين الوضع السياسي الداخلي أو الوضع السياسي الاقليمي وبين ما تقوم به المقاومة ونحن نقول ان هذا الربط ليس صحيحا وليس موفقا ولا يمكن الركون اليه دائما. لا يعني ذلك أننا نعيش في عالم آخر، نحن نعيش في لبنان والمنطقة الا أن وظيفة المقاومة في جهوزيتها الردعية هي وظيفة مختلفة ولا تتأثر كثيرًا بالوضع السياسي الداخلي والاقليمي.

القاعدة الثانية في عملنا كمقاومة اسلامية أننا لم نسع في يوم لحرب ولا نسعى في يوم الى حرب. لا أحد يتخيل أو يتصور أو يحلل أن المقاومة الاسلامية هي في طور الدخول في حرب، ابدا هذا ليس من أهدافنا، نعم اذا فرضت علينا الحرب نكون دائما في جهوزية.

ـ في الداخل، عاد الهجوم على حزب الله من بوابة قرار السلم والحرب، واتهام المقاومة بتحويل لبنان الى ساحة لتحقيق أهداف ايران، كما تحدثت بعض الصحف كـ “النهار” عن ضعف أصاب معادلة “الجيش والشعب والمقاومة” خصوصًا بعد أحداث شويا وخلدة، وظهور عدم احتضان شعبي للمقاومة من قبل فئات، وأيضًا بعد بيان الجيش الذي أثار استغرابًا وظهر بمظهر “المحايد” بأفضل الأحوال بين المقاومة والعدو، ما هو تعليقكم؟

معادلة الجيش والشعب والمقاومة قائمة وثابتة وناجحة ومنتجة، لا يعني ذلك أن الأدبيات التي يستخدمها الجيش هي نفسها الأدبيات التي تستخدمها المقاومة، لكل موقعه وأدبياته وظروفه، أما حين نتحدث عن هذه المعادلة فنحن نتحدث عن هذا التماسك على مستوى الرؤية ومستوى الجبهة ومستوى العدو، هذا لم يختلف لا شعبيا ولا سياسيا ولا عمليا على مستوى ما نواجهه مع العدو الاسرائيلي. اما حصول بعض الأحداث الطفيفة فيتم تطويقها بلحظتها وهذا يحصل. في نهاية المطاف العمل العسكري ليس نزهة، بل هو عمل فيه مشقة وتعب وفيه أمور تحصل بين الحين والآخر على مستوى الجهوزية والمعركة والاحتكاكات التي قد تكون غير محسوبة أو مدروسة أو غير مقصودة. هذه أمور جزئية وبسيطة وتم تطويقها من قبل نفس أهالي الذين وقعوا بالتباس معين أو دفع بهم للوقوع بالتباس معين.

نعم بعض الاعلاميين أو بعض السياسيين الذين منذ اليوم الأول نعرف أنهم لا يؤيدون المقاومة بل يضمرون لها العداء ويكيدون لها، من الطبيعي جدا أن يحاولوا الاستفادة من أي حدث لتكبيره وتعظيمه. الموضوع ليس كذلك، ما زلنا نعتقد أن البيئة الشعبية والسياسية الحاضنة للمقاومة هي بيئة قوية وكبيرة وغالبة في لبنان.

* انفجار مرفأ بيروت والاستثمار السياسي

ـ في أجواء الذكرى السنوية لانفجار المرفأ، ما يزال التقرير التقني حول أسباب الانفجار طي الكتمان. من يتحمل مسؤولية هذا الغموض؟ وهل لدى حزب الله ريبة من خلفيات عدم صدور هذا التقرير؟

ليس لدى حزب الله فقط، بل كل حريص على معرفة ما الذي حصل في الانفجار الكارثي في 4 آب، كل حريص يريد ان يعرف ما الذي حصل لكي تكون الأمور واضحة والحقيقة بيّنة، لأن عدم تبيين ما الذي حصل وعدم تقديم تقرير أو رؤية أو سردية لما حصل يعني أن الباب سيبقى مفتوحا أمام الاشتهاءات والاجتهادات والتدخلات والاستثمارات، والمخيال اللبناني الموجه واسع جدا. ونعرف أن بعض السياسيين والاعلاميين والمغرضين في لبنان موجودون ويتقاضون أجورًا وأموالًا للترويج لأمور وأهداف سياسية خبيثة. هم لا يهتمون لا بمشاعر ولا بأحاسيس أهالي الشهداء ولا بالنتائج البشعة التي يحاولون فرضها على اللبنانيين. كل هؤلاء سيستفيدون من حالة عدم وضوح ما الذي حصل.

السيد صفي الدين لـ"العهد": ثبّتنا المعادلة مع العدو.. ومستنفرون بمواجهة الأزمة الداخلية

بالنسبة الينا منذ اليوم الأول كان المطلوب أن يقال للبنانيين سواء من القضاء أو الجهات المعنية التي يمكنها ان تتحدث، في الحد الأدنى من القضاء أو الجهات المعنية في التحقيق أن تقول ما الذي حصل، ليس منطقيا أن يتم تراشق الاتهامات يمينا وشمالا دون ان يفهم الناس ما الذي حصل. وبعد ان يفهم الناس ما الذي حصل يمكن أن يتم الحديث عن مسؤولية ما حصل. أما أن يبقى ما حصل غامضًا ثم نريد تحميل المسؤوليات هكذا فهذا أمر غير متوازن وغير منطقى وغير طبيعي. الذي حصل في المرفأ هل هو اهمال اداري فقط، هل هو اهمال أمني، هل هو اهمال أمني واداري، هل هو عمل عبثي جاء من جهة أو من الخارج؟ تحديد وتوصيف ما الذي حصل يحدد الكثير من الاتجاهات التي ينبغي ان يذهب اليها التحقيق حتى يكون الناس على بينة. نعم في هذا الموضوع نحن نرى الأمور غير سليمة وغير صحيحة.

ـ  هذا الاستثمار السياسي والاستغلال الاعلامي وكم الاكاذيب والاضاليل التي ترمى لاتهام حزب الله بالمسؤولية وراء انفجار المرفأ، هل يعيدنا الى أجواء العام ٢٠٠٥؟ ومن هو المحرك الاساس وراء ما نشهده؟ هل هي تصفية حسابات داخلية أم أن المحرك طرف خارجي؟

يجب أن نميز بين أمرين حين نتحدث عن انفجار المرفأ، بين عوائل الشهداء والضحايا وبين الاستثمار والاستغلال. نحن حتمًا مع مشاعر وأحاسيس وكل ما تشعر به أية عائلة فقدت عزيزها، هؤلاء في نهاية المطاف شهداء وضحايا سواء ضحايا الاهمال أو العبث أو ضحايا الفساد. بالنهاية هؤلاء ضحايا نتضامن معهم الى أبعد الحدود، ونحن أكثر الناس معرفة بهذه الأحاسيس لأننا قدمنا شهداء ونقدم دائما شهداء وهذه هي سيرتنا. هذا لجهة، والجهة الثانية هي الاستغلال.

الاستغلال والاستثمار ليس فقط عمل سياسي، بل عمل سياسي غير أخلاقي. في السياسة أيضا هناك أخلاق وغير أخلاق. أن يجوّز بعض السياسيين لأنفسهم استغلال هذه الدماء والمشاعر والأحاسيس لحشدها في بوتقة سياسية وهدف سياسي محدد فهذا غاية الاستخفاف بالمشاعر وعدوان آخر على الشهداء والضحايا وهذا نوع جديد من أنواع الفساد الذي أرادوا أن يغرقوا الساحة اللبنانية فيه من 2005 الى اليوم. هذا نمط. هم ينتمون الى مدرسة في الحقيقة فشلت في لبنان ولم تعط أي نتيجة. من 2005 الى اليوم ما الذي حصدوه؟ حصدوا مزيدا من الأحقاد والتحريض والتفرقة بين اللبنانيين والاستثمار على هذه التفرقة لجلب الخارج ليمدهم بالمال والدعم في زمن الانتخابات وغير زمن الانتخابات. جربوا هذا في 2005 والى الآن وفشلوا في السابق. هم الآن يعيدون تجربة فاشلة بائسة يائسة عديمة الجدوى لها أضرار وأذية على عوائل الشهداء والمضحين، وعلى لبنان ووحدته ولحمته في وقت يحتاج فيه لبنان أكثر من أي وقت مضى الى التماسك لمواجهة أزماته المتتالية والصعبة.

ـ شن وزير الخارجية السعودي مؤخرًا هجومًا جديًدا على حزب الله متهمًا اياه بأنه وراء أزمات لبنان، وداعياً السياسيين في لبنان الى مواجهته، أي رسالة يوجهها الى الداخل اللبناني؟  

لو سألنا كل السياسيين اليوم والمطلعين في لبنان والمنطقة، هل نجحت السعودية في سياساتها الخارجية؟ الجواب فشلت. دائما السعودي يريد أن يحمل فشله على الآخرين، واليوم “طالع معه” أن حزب الله هو العدو رقم واحد، مثل بعض السياسسين في لبنان. يا أخي أنتم فشلتم. السعودية فشلت، فشلت في اليمن وفي سوريا والعراق وفلسطين ولبنان وفشلت في خياراتها الخاطئة حينما اتخذت سياسات أميركية محضة خلافًا لمصالح الشعوب. مشكلتكم أنكم أنتم فشلتم، لماذا تريدون أن تحملونا فشلكم؟ وموضوع لبنان ليس كما يتحدث السعودي على الاطلاق. دائمًا يتحدث الأمراء السعوديون عندما يلتقون مع بعض اللبنانيين أو غير اللبنانيين، يقولون نحن أنفقنا مليارات الدولارات ولم نحصد سوى العداوة. ليست المشكلة في من هو معكم ومن هو ليس معكم. أنتم أنفقتم عشرات المليارات من الدولارات في المكان الخطأ، في التوقيت الخطأ، في القضية الخطأ، في الساعة الخطأ، هذه أخطاؤكم أنتم. أنتم تحالفتم مع من اعتبرتم أنهم يخدمون سياساتكم لكنهم كانوا عاجزين. السعودي يعرف أكثر من غيره أن فشله في الساحة اللبنانية هو نتجية أخطاء في الخيارات الاستراتيجية والخيارات التكتيكية، وما حصل في لبنان مشكلته بأيدي الذين صنعوا هذه الطبقة السياسية التي كانت تنتمي في معظمها الى السياسة السعودية والأميركية.

* الوضع الحكومي

ـ عاد الوضع الحكومي الى تعقيداته السابقة بعد أجواء تفاؤلية أشيعت قبيل تكليف الرئيس ميقاتي، هل لحزب الله دور حالي في تذليل العقبات؟ وفي حال الفشل مجددًا بتشكيل حكومة، الى أين نحن ذاهبون، خصوصًا وأن الحديث يدور عن أن نادي رؤساء الحكومات السابقين لن يكون مشاركًا في تسمية أي رئيس مقبل؟

نحن في السابق قمنا بجهود كبيرة لتذليل العقبات من أجل أن تبصر الحكومة النور من اجل اللبنانيين جميعا وقلنا اكثر من مرة وتحديدا في تسمية الرئيس ميقاتي أن هدفنا هو أن تكون هناك حكومة. اليوم موضوع تشكيل الحكومة هو أولوية لكل اللبنانيين ولمصلحة جميع اللبنانيين نتيجة الوضع المعيشي والمالي والاقتصادي والمآسي التي يعيشها اللبنانيون وهي أكبر من كثير من السياسات التكتيكية والداخلية والداخلية التي يذهب اليها البعض رأينا المطلوب أن تتشكل حكومة. اذا لم تتشكل هذا حديث آخر، وان شاء الله تتشكل.

– هل حزب الله ما زال مطمئنا الى شعبيته وبالتالي الى نتائج الانتخابات النيابية المقبلة؟

بغض النظر عن الانتخابات نعتبر أنه ما زال مبكرا الحديث عن الانتخابات النيابية. لا نريد أن نتحدث عن حزب الله وتأييده من زاوية انتخابية. أما اذا تحدثنا عن شعب المقاومة نحن نعتقد ان شعب المقاومة ثابت صلب متماسك قوي رغم كل الحملات الاعلامية التي يواجهها وهو شعب واعٍ وخبير، واختبر الكثير من التجارب التي حاول البعض من خلالها النيل من حزب الله ومن هيبته ومن قوته ومن قدرته. شعبنا يعرف تماما حجم الحملة التي تشن على حزب الله وحجم الأموال التي تنفق من أجل تشويه صورة حزب الله ومن أجل تحميل حزب الله كل موبقات الفساد الموجودة في البلد، ولسنا قلقين من هذه الجهة أبدا. نعم نحن واجبنا أن نسعى دائمًا لأن نكون معهم. بالنتيجة شعبنا هو نحن ونحن والمقاومة والشعب جهة واحدة، يجب أن نكون في خدمة هؤلاء الناس من أجل تأمين الاحتياجات واللوازم الضرورية والحياتية.

* المحروقات وحاجات الناس

ـ أين أصبحت خطة حزب الله في مواجهة الأزمة الاقتصادية والمعيشية لا سيما في بيئته؟ ما هي التقديمات الحالية وماذا تغطي؟

لدينا مجموعة من البرامج تم الاعلان عنها على المستوى الزراعي ومستوى القروض ومستوى مساعدة الناس في تأمين الاحتياجات الضروية، هذا غير الذي نقوم به من خلال وزارتي الصحة والصناعة والجهود التي نقوم بها مع الوزارات المختلفة، هذا جانب عادة لا يتم تسليط الضوء عليه، ومعظم المتابعين والسياسين الموجودين في البد يعرفون تماما ان بعض الامور التي كانت تجد حلولا ولو جزئية سواء في الدعم أو في غير الدعم كان لحزب الله ولوزارئه ولنوابه الدور الكبير في الوصول الى نتائجها وهذا واجبنا على أي حال.

أما على مستوى برامجنا الخاصة في حزب الله فنحن اليوم في حالة استنفار كاملة، وكل تشكيلاتنا تعمل في خدمة الناس، في الجانب الصحي والزراعي وفي جانب تأمين المواد الغذائية وتأمين الدواء الضروري من خلال كل المشاريع التي قدمناها، وبطاقة السجاد هي أحد هذه البنود التي ان شاء الله ستشهد تطورًا ملحوظًا خلال الأسابيع الآتية.

من جملة الأمور التي أطلقها حزب الله بعد كلام سماحة الأمين العام دام حفظه هو تشكيل صندوق أسميناه صندوق الامام المنتظر (عج)، هذا الصندوق هو صندوق التبرعات التي يقدمها العاملون في حزب الله من المتفرغين والمتعاقدين من رواتبهم الخاصة، والهدف أن يشارك كل إخواننا في الحل للمشكلات الاقتصادية والمعيشية والوقوف الى جانب شعبنا الذي نحن جاهزون أن نعطيه الدم ليبقى قويا وثابتا وراسخا وعزيزا. هذا الصندوق تشكل منذ 4 أشهر والى الآن أصبحت المبالغ كبيرة بحمد الله وسيأتي يوم نعلن فيه عن كل هذه المبالغ لكنها مبالغ كبيرة تصرف اليوم وتنفق في خدمة الناس، وفي مختلف المشاريع المهمة التي تخدم الناس سواء في تأمين المواد الغذائية للمحتاجين أو دعم المشاريع التي تساهم في الانتاج الزراعي، المهم أنها تصل الى الناس وخدمة الناس بشكل مباشر. والحمد لله صندوق الامام المنتظر(عج) الذي ساهم في تمويله المتفرغون والمتعاقدون أصبح فيه مال وفير ويصرف في خدمة الناس.

ويهمني أن أتقدم بالشكر الجزيل من أحبائنا وأعزائنا وإخواننا العاملين في حزب الله على جهودهم في تنمية هذا الصندوق وأدعوهم الى الاستمرار في ذلك. كما لا أنسى أن هناك عددًا كبيرًا من أخواننا المتفرغين و المتعاقدين كلٌّ في قريته أو في حيه أو بلدته يساهمون في صناديق موجودة في كل هذه البلدات من أجل دعم المحتاجين في كل تلك البلدات، وهذه هي ثقافتنا والمتوخى من شبابنا المجاهدين وإخواننا وأخواتنا حفظهم الله جميعًا.

ـ هل وجدت قيادة حزب الله أن الأوان قد حان لاستقدام المحروقات من ايران؟ هل من موعد لبدء التنفيذ؟ وهل هناك خطوة مشابهة في ما يتعلق بالدواء؟

التوقيت في مثل هذه الملفات خطأ. نحن لا نريد أن ندخل أنفسنا وندخل الناس معنا في توقيتات محددة والسبب أن هناك تعقيدات ليست سهلة ولا بسيطة ونحن نعمل على تذليل هذه العقبات. بعض الناس يتخيل أنه بمجرد أن نقول اننا نريد أن نأتي بالبنزين والمازوت يعني سيحضر مباشرة، الموضوع أكثر تعقيدًا من هذا، لكن القرار متخذ وإن شاء الله هذه الخطوات ستظهر لاحقا في القادم من الأيام من خلال العمل وليس القول.

* “إن معي لبصيرتي”

– اختار حزب الله لاحياء عاشوراء هذا العام شعار “إن معي لبصيرتي”، ما هو الرابط بين الشعار والمرحلة التي نعيشها؟

يهمني أن أوضح أن هذه الكلمة هي لأمير المؤمنين الامام علي بن ابي طالب عليه السلام الذي كان المثل الأعلى في الصبر والبصيرة والتحمل لانقاذ المسيرة التي ينتمي اليها وهي مسيرة الاسلام الأصيل وهي ارث رسول الله (ص). نحن اقتبسنا من كلام أمير المؤمنين(ع) هذا الشعار لأننا نعلم أن هذه المرحلة تحتاج في آن واحد الى البصيرة الثاقبة والصبر الجميل. الصبر الجميل والبصيرة الثاقبة هما اللذان يمكنهما أن يعطيانا القدرة على التحمل ومواجهة الأحداث لكي نتخطى نحن جميعا. كل الذين يؤمنون بالنهج الحسيني المبارك والنهج الاسلامي المبارك، يعلمون جيدا أن هذا النهج يخطو خطوات مهمة نحو الأمام. اليوم توضع أمامه مشاكل ويظلم ويعتدى على هذا النهج رغم كل التضحيات وكل العطاءات والانتصارات والانجازات التي حققها. الحفاظ على هذه الانجازات والانتصارات والنتائج والحفاظ على هذه القيم وكل تضحيات الناس يحتاج الى صبر جميل وبصيرة ثاقبة. هذا ما تعلمناه من أمير المؤمنين(ع) وهذا الذي كان حاضرا في كربلاء. كربلاء كانت جبالًا من الصبر وجبالًا من النظر الثاقب والرؤية الواضحة. أصحاب الامام الحسين (ع) الذين يقول عنهم إنهم خيرة الأصحاب وأوفى الاصحاب لو لم يمتلكوا رؤية واضحة وجلية لما صمدوا ولما قاتلوا حتى الشهادة، ولو لم يمتلكوا صبرا عظيما لما تمكنوا من تحمل كل هذه الضغوطات من هذه الجيوش التي اجتمعت حولهم ومثال الصبر والبصيرة هما الامام زين العابدين(ع) والسيدة زينب (ع) اللذان اكملا الطريق والنهج بهذين المفهومين مع كل القيم الايمانية والدينية وأوصلا الدين الى شاطئ الأمان.

* وعد المقاومة

– في شهر آب الذي يجمع بين ذكرى تحقيق الانتصار في حرب تموز 2006، وذكرى التحرير الثاني في 28 آب، ما هي رسالة المقاومة الى جمهورها؟ وما هو وعدها؟

المقاومة التي انطلقت على اسم الله وعلى تضحيات هؤلاء الناس الطيبين الطاهرين المضحين الذين ما خذلوها يوما وما خذلتهم يوما هي مع شعبها وأهلها على العهد الذي كانت عليه. هي دائما معهم في كل الميادين والساحات تدافع عن كراماتهم وقضاياهم وعزهم وتقف الى جانبهم لتتحدث معهم بلغة فيها كل الصدق ولغة القلب والمنطق والعقل والحق. المقاومة هي في موقعها العادي والطبيعي والضروري للدفاع عن قضايا أمتنا وكل قيمنا وكل مقدساتنا. ونحن على ثقة كاملة وتامة، كما واجهنا في السابق صعابا كثيرة وتجاوزناها، هذه الصعاب ذات الثوب الجديد والطريقة الجديدة والاسلوب الجديد – وكل الصعاب كانت نتاج الخبث الأميركي والاسرائيلي ومن معهما – هذه الصعاب الجديدة أقطع واجزم أننا سنتجاوزها بمزيد من التحمل وبمزيد من العمل والجهد شرط أن نبقى حاضرين في الساحة، لأن الصبر وحده دون العمل لا يعطي نتيجة. نصبر ونعمل. نتكل على الله عز وجل ثم نقدم على القيام بواجباتنا.

وعدنا أننا سنقوم بكل ما هو ممكن وكل قدرة متاحة بين أيدينا للوصول الى تحقيق الأهداف المرجوة والمطلوبة ومن بين الأهداف تخليص الناس من هذه الصعاب التي يعيشونها اقتصاديا وماليا ومعيشيا.

Was the Tanker Attack an Israeli False Flag?

AUGUST 10, 202121

An incident that could lead to a much bigger war


Source: The Unz Review

In the United States we now live under a government that largely operates in secret, headed by an executive that ignores the constitutional separation of powers and backed by a legislature that is more interested in social engineering than in benefitting the American people. The US, together with its best friend and faux ally Israel, has become the ultimate rogue nation, asserting its right to attack anyone at any time who refuses to recognize Washington’s leadership. America is a country in decline, its influence having been eroded by a string of foreign policy and military disasters starting with Vietnam and more recently including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and the Ukraine. As a result, respect for the United States has plummeted most particularly over the past twenty years since the War on Terror was declared and the country has become a debtor nation as it prints money to sustain a pointless policy of global hegemony which no one else either desires or respects.

It has been argued in some circles that the hopelessly ignorant Donald Trump and the dementia plagued Joe Biden have done one positive thing, and that has been to keep us out of an actual shooting war with anyone able to retaliate in kind, which means in practice Russia and possibly China. Even if that were so, one might question a clumsy foreign policy devoid of any genuine national interest that is a train wreck waiting to happen. It has no off switch and has pushed America’s two principal rivals into becoming willy-nilly de facto enemies, something which neither Moscow nor Beijing wished to see develop.

Contrary to the claims that Trump and Biden are war-shy, both men have in fact committed war crimes by carrying out attacks on targets in both Syria and Iraq, to include the assassination of senior Iranian general Qasim Soleimani in January 2020. Though it was claimed at the time that the attacks were retaliatory, evidence supporting that view was either non-existent or deliberately fabricated.

Part of the problem for Washington is that the US had inextricably tied itself to worthless so-called allies in the Middle East, most notably Israel and Saudi Arabia. The real danger is not that Joe Biden or Kamala Harris will do something really stupid but rather that Riyadh or Jerusalem will get involved in something over their heads and demand, as “allies,” that they be bailed out by Uncle Sam. Biden will be unable to resist, particularly if it is the Israel Lobby that is doing the pushing.

Perhaps one of the more interesting news plus analysis articles along those lines that I have read in a while appeared last week in the Business Insider, written by one Mitchell Plitnick, who is described as president of ReThinking Foreign Policy. The article bears the headline “Russia and Israel may be on a collision course in Syria” and it argues that Russia’s commitment to Syria and Israel’s interest in actively deterring Iran and its proxies are irreconcilable, with the US ending up in an extremely difficult position which could easily lead to its involvement in what could become a new shooting war. The White House would have to tread very carefully as it would likely want to avoid sending the wrong signals either to Moscow or Jerusalem, but that realization may be beyond the thinking of the warhawks on the National Security Council.

To place the Plitnick article in its current context of rumors of wars, one might cite yet another piece in Business Insider about the July 30th explosive drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman in the northern Indian Ocean, which killed two crewmen, a Briton and a Romanian. The bombing was immediately attributed to Iran by both Israel and Washington, though the only proof presented was that the fragments of the drone appeared to demonstrate that it was Iranian made, which means little as the device is available to and used by various players throughout the Middle East and in central Asia.

The tanker in question was the MT Mercer Street, sailing under a Liberian flag but Japanese-owned and managed by Zodiac Maritime, an international ship management company headquartered in London and owned by Israeli shipping magnate Eyal Ofer. It was empty, sailing to pick up a cargo, and had a mixed international crew. Inevitably, initial media reporting depended on analysis by the US and Israel, which saw the attack as a warning or retaliatory strike executed or ordered by the newly elected government currently assuming control in Tehran.

US Secretary of State Tony Blinken, who could not possibly have known who carried out the attack, was not shy about expressing his “authoritative” viewpoint, asserting that “We are confident that Iran conducted this attack. We are working with our partners to consider our next steps and consulting with governments inside the region and beyond on an appropriate response, which will be forthcoming.”

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) also all too quickly pointed to Iran, stating that “The use of Iranian designed and produced one way attack ‘kamikaze’ UAVs is a growing trend in the region. They are actively used by Iran and their proxies against coalition forces in the region, to include targets in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.”

Tehran denied that it had carried out the attack but the Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz was not accepting that and threatened to attack Iran, saying predictably that “We are at a point where we need to take military action against Iran. The world needs to take action against Iran now… Now is the time for deeds — words are not enough. … It is time for diplomatic, economic and even military deeds. Otherwise the attacks will continue.” Gantz also confirmed that “Israel is ready to attack Iran, yes…”

New Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also made the same demand, saying Israel could “…act alone. They can’t sit calmly in Tehran while igniting the entire Middle East — that’s over. We are working to enlist the whole world, but when the time comes, we know how to act alone.” If the level of verbal vituperation coming out of Israel is anything to go by, an attack on Iran would appear to be imminent.

After the attack on the MT Mercer Street, there soon followed the panicked account the panicked account of an alleged hijacking of a second tanker by personnel initially reported to be wearing “Iranian military uniforms.” The “…hijacking incident in international waters in the Gulf of Oman” ended peacefully however. The US State Department subsequently reported that “We can confirm that personnel have left the Panama-flagged Asphalt Princess… We believe that these personnel were Iranian, but we’re not in a position to confirm this at this time.”

So, the United States government does not actually know who did what to whom but is evidently willing to indict Iran and look the other way if Israel should choose to start a war. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan is right to compare the drone attack on the Mercer Street to the alleged Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964, which was deliberately distorted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration and used to justify rapid escalation of US involvement in the Vietnam War. Buchanan observes that it is by no means clear that Iran was behind the Mercer Street attack and there are a number of good reasons to doubt it, including Iranian hopes to have sanctions against its economy lifted which will require best behavior. Also, Iran would have known that it would be blamed for such an incident in any event, so why should it risk going to war with Israel and the US, a war that it knows it cannot win?

Buchanan observes that whoever attacked the tanker wants war and also to derail any negotiations to de-sanction Iran, but he stops short of suggesting who that might be. The answer is of course Israel, engaging in a false flag operation employing an Iranian produced drone. And I would add to Buchanan’s comments that there is in any event a terrible stink of hypocrisy over the threat of war to avenge the tanker incident. Israel has attacked Iranian ships in the past and has been regularly bombing Syria in often successful attempts to kill Iranians who are, by the way, in the country at the invitation of its legitimate government. Zionist Joe Biden has yet to condemn those war crimes, nor has the suddenly aroused Tony Blinken. And Joe, who surely knows that neither Syria nor Iran threatens the United States, also continues to keep American troops in Syria, occupying a large part of the country, which directly confront the Kremlin’s forces. Israel wants a war that will inevitably involve the United States and maybe also Russia to some degree as collateral damage. Will it get that or will Biden have the courage to say “No!”

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is

«انتقامٌ» معجّل من الخضري ورفاقه | «حماس» ــ السعودية: طريق مسدود



الإثنين 9 آب 2021

«انتقامٌ» معجّل من الخضري ورفاقه | «حماس» ــ السعودية: طريق مسدود
كان رئيس المكتب السياسي لـ»حماس» ناشد الملك سلمان الإفراج عن معتَقلي الحركة (أ ف ب )

بعد بروز مؤشّرات، خلال الفترة القصيرة الماضية، إلى إمكانية حلحلة السعودية ملفّ معتَقلي حركة «حماس» لديها، خصوصاً في ظلّ التحوّلات الأخيرة في السياسة الخارجية للمملكة، جاءت أحكام الأمس، القاسية والصادمة، بحقّ أولئك المعتقلين، لتطمس أيّ أمل في هذا الإطار. هكذا، انتقمت الرياض من محمد الخضري ورفاقه، بعدما باءت محاولاتها «قبْض» ثمن للإفراج عنهم، مرتبطٍ بعلاقات «حماس» الإقليمية، بالفشل،غزة | بعد مرور عامين على اعتقال كوادر حركة «حماس» في السعودية، وفشل الوساطات العربية ومقترحات صفقات التبادل مع اليمنيين للإفراج عنهم، أصدرت محكمة سعودية، أمس، أحكاماً قاسية – وصلت إلى السجن 22 عاماً بحقّ بعضهم – ضدّ 66 فلسطينياً وأردنياً بتهم الانتماء إلى حركة «حماس» و«دعم الإرهاب». وبحسب مصادر فلسطينية، فقد حكمت المحكمة الجزائية السعودية على كلّ من: محمد العابد بالسجن لـ22 عاماً، ومحمد البنا 20 عاماً، جمال الداهودي 15 عاماً، أيمن صلاح 19 عاماً، محمد أبو الرب 18 عاماً، موسى أبو حسين 4 سنوات، شريف نصر الله 16 عاماً، باسم الكردي 7 سنوات، صالح قفة 5 سنوات، وأيمن العقاد 4 سنوات. كذلك، حكمت على ممثّل «حماس» في السعودية، محمد الخضري، بالسجن 15 عاماً، مع وقف التنفيذ لمدة نصف عام نظراً إلى وضعه الصحّي الصعب، فيما برّأت كلّاً من محمد قديح، أدهم غزال، محمد يعيش، محمد أسعد، محمد رواح. وخلال المحاكمة، منعت السلطات السعودية حضور عوائل المعتقلين، باستثناء شخص واحد من كلّ عائلة، وسط حالات من الإغماء والانهيار بين الأهالي، جرّاء الأحكام الصادمة.

وجاء إصدار هذه الأحكام بعد وقت قصير من دعوات فلسطينية وأردنية إلى الإفراج عن المعتقلين وإغلاق ملفّهم، فضلاً عن إطلاق رئيس المكتب السياسي لحركة «حماس»، إسماعيل هنية، مناشدة إلى ملك السعودية، سلمان بن عبد العزيز، لإطلاق سراح الأسرى، انطلاقاً ممّا سمّاها «المواقف التاريخية السابقة للمملكة في دعم الشعب الفلسطيني وقضيّته». وعلى رغم ما بدا أنه استبشار فلسطيني بتقريب موعد المحاكمة، خصوصاً إثر بروز مؤشّرات إلى إمكانية إنهاء هذا الملفّ بعد استضافة قناة «العربية» السعودية رئيس إقليم الخارج في «حماس»، خالد مشعل، قبل أسابيع، إلّا أن الأحكام جاءت صادمة للحركة، التي توقّعت، على الأقلّ، أحكاماً مخفّفة عن معتقليها، بل والحكم بالبراءة على بعضهم. وفي هذا الإطار، تقول مصادر في «حماس» لـ«الأخبار» إن الوساطات والمباحثات بين الحركة والسعوديين وصلت إلى طريق مسدود نهاية الشهر الماضي، ليجري تعجيل المحاكمة التي كانت مجدولة في تشرين الأول الماضي، بعد رفض «حماس» ربط ملفّ معتَقليها بقضايا سياسية تتّصل بعلاقات الحركة في المنطقة والإقليم.

رفضت «حماس» ربط ملفّ معتَقليها بقضايا سياسية تتّصل بعلاقات الحركة في المنطقة والإقليم

وفي ردود الفعل على الخطوة السعودية، أعلنت حملة «الحرية للخضري والمعتقلين الفلسطينيين في السعودية»، ومعها لجنة المعتقلين الأردنيين في السعودية، أنهما ستستأنفان ضدّ الأحكام الصادرة أمس، وذلك بعد 40 يوماً من النطق بالحكم، وفق ما ينصّ عليه قرار المحكمة. وفي الإطار نفسه، وصف القيادي في حركة «الجهاد الإسلامي»، خضر حبيب، في تصريحات صحافية، الأحكام السعودية ضدّ المعتقلين الفلسطينيين بأنها «سياسية وباطلة ولا سند قانونياً لها، وهي طعنة في خاصرة الشعب الفلسطيني وقضيّته، وتسيء للعلاقات التاريخية بين المملكة والشعب الفلسطيني، ولا تصبّ إلّا في مصلحة الاحتلال».

أما حركة «حماس» فاستهجنت، في بيان، الأحكام الصادرة «بحق عدد كبير من الإخوة» الفلسطينيين والأردنيين، لافتة إلى أن «هؤلاء لم يقترفوا ما يستوجب هذه الأحكام القاسية وغير المبرّرة، فضلاً عن المحاكمة، فكلّ ما فعلوه هو نصرة قضيتهم وشعبهم الذي ينتمون إليه، من دون أيّ إساءة إلى المملكة وشعبها». ودعت الحركة، القيادة السعودية، إلى «سرعة الإفراج عنهم وإنهاء معاناتهم ومعاناة عائلاتهم التي مضى عليها ما يزيد على السنتين».

حملة دوليّة لإنهاء الاعتقال الإداري

أعلنت لجنة للأسرى مُشكَّلة من قِبَل القوى الوطنية والإسلامية والمؤسّسات العاملة في شؤون الأسرى، أمس، انطلاق الحملة الوطنية والدولية للمطالبة بإنهاء الاعتقال الإداري الذي يطال 450 أسيراً فلسطينياً. وفي مؤتمر متزامن بين غزة ورام الله، أُعلن عن الحملة الجديدة من أمام مقرّ «اللجنة الدولية للصليب الأحمر» في غزة، وكذلك مقرّ الأمم المتحدة في رام الله، بمشاركة الفصائل الفلسطينيّة والمؤسّسات الحقوقية المعنيّة بالأسرى ومتضامنين.

وقال عضو المكتب السياسي لحركة «الجهاد الإسلامي»، خالد البطش: «من غزة المحاصرة، وفي هذا المؤتمر التزامني بين غزة والضفة في (ما يمثّل) موقفاً موحّداً، نعلن عن انطلاق الحملة الوطنية لكسر ملفّ الاعتقال الإداري وإنهاء هذه المعاناة». وأشار البّطش إلى أنّ «الأسرى الفلسطينيين يعانون من قانون الاعتقال الإداري الذي ورثه الاحتلال من الانتداب البريطاني قبل قرابة 100 عام». وطالب «جميع المؤسّسات الحقوقية على مستوى فلسطين والعالم، باتّخاذ خطواتٍ قانونيّةٍ من أجل وقف ذلك الاعتقال»، داعياً «برلمانات الدول العربية والإسلامية والبرلمانات الحرّة في العالم الغربي إلى الوقوف مع أسرانا»، حاضّاً «الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة»، أيضاً، على «عقد جلسةٍ طارئةٍ وعاجلة من أجل إنهاء الاعتقال الإداري إلى الأبد».

وستبدأ الحركة الأسيرة في السجون بخطوات تصعيديّة من أجل كسر هذا النوع من الاعتقال التعسّفي، في وقت يواصل فيه 13 أسيراً إضرابهم المفتوح عن الطعام، من بينهم 12 أسيراً رفضاً لاعتقالهم الإداري. ويُعدّ أوّل مَن بدأ بالإضراب من بين هؤلاء الأسير سالم زيدات من بلدة بني نعيم في الخليل، والمضرب منذ 28 يوماً، لتلحقه مجموعة من الأسرى الذين شرعوا بإضرابات مسانِدة على دفعات، بحسب «نادي الأسير الفلسطيني».

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