Monday, 18 December 2017

Al-Quds Is Arab At 5PM!

When the Maqdisi [Jerusalemite] weapon is his body, the battle from start to finish becomes a battle of will. The dominant faith of the people of Al-Quds is challenging the armed “Israeli” soldiers and police unarmed. That is what the residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip say. The mere lifting of the Palestinian flag signals the start of a battle in which more than twenty soldiers gather around one person to take the flag away. This is a small scene of the Intifada memoirs in Al-Quds.
AlAqsa Mosque
At 5PM Al-Quds time, the youths will chant: “From border to border, every inch of you will return.” Then the voices will rise louder and louder: “Unity, national unity, all of AlQuds is Arab.” This is what the scene has become in Bab Al-Amoud during the evenings these days. But it does not stay the same for long. Suddenly young people take out the Palestinian flags, which infuriate the “Israeli” police. The Maqdisis always decide to highlight what unites them and affirms the Arabism of their city. They dream that the temporal and spatial expansion of Arabs and Muslims in the city will prevail. This is how they regard the Palestinian flag; it is one with the gate of Al-Quds and its Ottoman wall, as if “Israel” had nothing here.
At this moment, the [“Israeli”] soldiers are amassing and frowning – they try to make their faces look like a knife that can cut anything. The soldiers take turn watching the protesters who are holding their country’s flag while the others look at their commander, who orders them to move and practice the “hobby” of oppressing the Mdqdisis. The orders are given to put down this dreaded flag, and if possible have it torn-up and stepped on. The most important thing is not to leave it raised.
This is how the battle for the Palestinian flag begins. One of the enemy’s soldiers attacks to snatch the flag from the hand of the one lifting it. His heavy, large hand falls on the flag, trying with all his might to strip it from its owner. But he is surprised that this is not an easy process, and his military training did not teach him how to snatch the flag. The young men are doing their utmost to preserve what has become a symbol for their home, land, and Al-Quds.
Another soldier joins the battle to wrest the flag and help his friend win. Then, the soldiers multiply, forming a large mass around one Palestinian. The sight of this hybrid human mass of several nationalities is horrifying. Only weapons scattered on the backs of the soldiers and their legs can be seen. As for their hands and feet, they are hitting and kicking the Palestinian, who lost his strength and is on the ground, on his head, back and feet.
While the young man’s body fuses with the land of Al-Quds, the soldiers tie his hands behind his back, take the flag from him, and drag him to the interrogation center and then to a prison cell. Despite that the unarmed protesters try to free him from the hands of the soldiers, but the military rings that surround him and gradually expand prevent them from doing so. At this moment, another Palestinian flag flies again. The scene is repeated, more arrests until the demonstrators are attacked.
Near Bab al-Amoud, which has become the most important and symbolic place for demonstrations, is Sultan Sulaiman Street that borders it to the north. There, dispersing the demonstrators is not only limited to suppressing and threatening them with arrest, the cavalry squad of the “Israeli” police also take part. The black horses have prominent muscles and a height of some two and a half meters. When they approach, one no longer feels that they are the gentle animals raised and domesticated by humans. They stalk the demonstrators with a level of hate equivalent to that of the “Israelis.” Not only do they intimidate and attack them, but they also drown them with their manure, perhaps to add to their psychological pain.
All of the above has become a daily sight in the occupied city since US President Donald Trump stood on his platform on December 6 and delivered his speech in which he said: “It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of “Israel”.” The streets of Al-Quds rose as a result especially during the first Friday following Trump’s declaration.
That Friday has a story in Al-Quds. Palestinians coming from the West Bank, Al-Quds and the other cities gather after performing Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Their chants takeover the mosque’s courtyards as the worshippers decide to march towards Bab Al-Amoud. A human flood almost sweeps away all that comes in its way. They march towards Bab Al-Nasser, one of the gates of Al-Aqsa, at a uniform pace. Facing them are dozens of soldiers, trembling and gathering at the corner of the gate not trying to intercept the demonstrators.
The lucky one was the one at the front of the march. He feels as if he posses super powers as thousands of Palestinians and Muslims of other nationalities march behind him. They empower him as he approaches the military checkpoint and the dozens of soldiers who closed the road connecting Bab al-Amoud and al-Aqsa to pierce the barrier at all costs.
On the other side, the occupation soldiers amass more and more as the demonstration approaches. The way in which they stand makes you think that an ant cannot get through them. But soon this belief falls apart when the distance between the demonstrators and the soldiers narrows. The fight begins. It does not discourage the demonstrators from reaching Bab Al-Amoud. The scene of amassing, chanting, arrests and the crazy oppression begins. The only difference from one day to the next, during the daily Maqdisi scene, is that the old faces who came out the day before are replaced with new ones who are also arrested. Meanwhile, the occupation increases the number of its soldiers and barricades as much as it can.
Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper, Translated by website team
18-12-2017 | 07:55
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Ibrahim Abu Thuraya: The Man Who Taught Lessons in Courage

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Israeli occupation soldiers shot dead a wheelchair-bound man with no legs during Friday protests in Gaza against US decision to recognize Al-Quds as Israeli capital.
Disabled Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, 29, was taken to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after being shot by occupation troops but was later pronounced dead.
Abu Thurayeh, who had previously lost both his legs during the 2014 Israeli war on the besieged enclave, local media reported.

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Trump’s Al-Quds Decision, an Opportunity?

President Trump’s Al-Quds announcement represents a great threat that might change into a realistic opportunity.
US President Donald Trump unilateral recognition of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Zionist entity is a real crime. Trump shattered seventy years of international consensus, in violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions. His decision shows his alignment to “Israel” and gross disregard for the rights of Palestinians, it also threatens the stability and safety of the whole region.
The protest by the aggrieved in the Arab and Muslim World and their calls for justice will not bring any result, as the Arab rulers are more concerned in securing their thrones.
Most of them have bought into the fraudulent US and Saudi-created “threat” that Iran poses, relegating the just cause of the Palestinians to total irrelevance. The grand plan now is to form this grand alliance against the resistance movements and Iran, the only bulwark against their hegemony.
Jerusalem, which houses the al-Aqsa compound, belonged to the international community under the administration of the UN. It was granted this special status for its importance to the three Abrahamic religions.
The Zionists have distorted and misrepresented the history of the region established by Islam over the past 1300 years. They have overturned the demography of Palestine, controlling and Judaizing the Old City and East Jerusalem as a whole.
The Trump declaration recognizing Al-Quds as the capital of the Zionist entity shatters the illusion of the USA as an “honest broker” interested in a just resolution of the struggle.
The world reaction so far has been a categorical refusal for the US decision. This is a good position to be built upon and to invest in the world diplomacy and politics to exercise more pressure on the American administration to take back its decision.
The Zionist Project has taken a step forward in entrenching ‘Israel’ as the forward base for Western powers intent on dominating the Islamic world. Therefore, the Islamic world should adopt a different position and steps its efforts to meet the challenges and thwarts the American attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause. However, the main response should start from Palestine, and it should be met by genuine strong support from the Arab and Islamic governments and people.
A third intifada (uprising) against the oppressors in Occupied Palestine is a must. If it happens, it will represent the beginning of a real confrontation that carries the hope of sabotaging the US Israeli plots, and it might open the way for a real liberation of the land and people.

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ليس استعراضاً ولا افتعالاً… بل بعضُ حرب

ليس استعراضاً ولا افتعالاً… بل بعضُ حرب

ديسمبر 18, 2017

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ليس استعراضاً ولا افتعالاً… بل بعضُ حرب

– القولُ بأنّ فلسطين هي البوصلة وأنّ القدس تحتلّ اليوم في ظلّ المخطط الأميركي «الإسرائيلي» السعودي لتضييعها، لأنه عندما تهون القدس يهون سواها، ولأنّ مَن يتجرأ على القدس يتجرّأ على كلّ ما عداها، يعني بالسياسة، أن تتصرّف الأحزاب وأن يتصرّف المثقفون، وأن تتصرّف وسائل الإعلام، التي تشهر هذا التعريف وتلتقي على هذا التوصيف، بما يتناسب معه، وأن تستنفر ما لديها وما حولها وما بين يديها، لترجمة هذا الموقف، وأن تسعى لنقله كسلوك إلى أوسع دائرة تمتلك قدرة التأثير فيها وعليها، ومسؤولية الأحزاب والنخب والإعلام في القضايا الكبرى، تبدأ من هنا، كيفية تحويل الأولويات التي تفرض حضورها كقضايا، إلى أولويات في وعي الناس، لأنّ سائر أشكال المواجهة، بما فيها المقاومة كفعل يصل حدّ الاستشهاد، يبدأ من هذا الوعي، ويشكّل ترجمة له، وكلما اتسعت دائرة الإيمان بهذه المعادلة وتجذّر تأثيرها في الوجدان الجمعي للناس صارت قضية، وصارت هي القضية.

– السوريون القوميون الاجتماعيون، لا يحتاجون لإثبات ثلاثٍ من خصالهم، أنهم جدّيون بكلّ ما يتصل بالعقيدة، والقدس وفلسطين بعضٌ جوهري وأساسيٌّ من عقيدتهم، وأنهم لا يؤمنون بالأفعال الاستعراضية في قتالهم وممارسة مسؤولياتهم، ولا يفتعلون المناسبات لمنحها مرتبة ليست لها في أولويات النضال القومي. ومن وحي هذه الثلاث، أحيا القوميون، كقوميين وكسوريين وكاجتماعيين، للقدس أسبوعاً ممتداً على مساحة تأثيرهم وانتشارهم، فالمقاومة جوهر مسؤوليتهم القومية، وهذه قضيتها وهؤلاء هم ناسها، والقدس عاصمة سورياهم، وهذه حربها، والمجتمع هو النسيج المعني الأوّل بإعلان الاشتباك، تجمّعاً وتظاهراً وانتفاضاً وصولاً لحدّ المقاومة الشاملة، لتنطلق من تعبئة طاقات القوميين وناسهم ومدى تأثيرهم، الحملة التي سيتولّونها حيث يتوسّع المدى ويمتدّ المزيد من التأثير، أفقياً، ولتتركّز خطط العمل الأعمق بينهم للأشكال الأشدّ حسماً وتأثيراً بوحي هذه التعبئة، فتُستنهض الهمم والقامات التي يخرج منها المقاومون والاستشهاديون، ويتعمّق ويتجذّر الفعل عمودياً.

– القوميون بعضٌ فاعل من أمّة ومن مجتمع، يستهدفهما الخطر فيستشعرونه بقوة ويحضرون، والجاري حرب كاملة، وما يقومون به هو بعضُ هذه الحرب المعاكسة، وهذه رسالتهم وواجبهم ومسؤوليتهم، لكنّها رسالة أيضاً لسواهم من الأحزاب التي تؤمن بما يؤمنون من مكانة لفلسطين والقدس والمقاومة، ليفعل كلّ منهم وفق خصوصية إيمانه، وتميّز أدواته ما يلزم. فالمجتمعات عندما تُستَهْدف ولا تجد حكوماتها، أو تجدها وتفتقد لديها المقدرات اللازمة، أو تسشعر حجم المعركة واتساع الحاجة لشراكة المجتمع فيها، ليسند الحكومات أو يصوّب مسارها، أو يزيد من مقدّراتها، لا يصدق الحديث عن استنفارها من دون أن تنهض أحزابها وتتقدّم الصفوف، فهي السيوف التي تمتشقها المجتمعات والأمم في الملمّات، ولا يتأخّر القوميون عن تلبية النداء، وهذه رابعة خصالهم وها هم قد بدأوا.


الناشف: لا خيار غير القوة لانتزاع حقنا القومي في كل أرضنا في فلسطين ولا يصنع النصر إلا 

احتفال حاشد لـ «القومي» في جلّ الديب تحت شعار: «من أجل القدس وكل فلسطين.. غضب ومقاومة»

اعتدال صادق شومان

«لم يتسلّط اليهود على جنوب بلادنا إلا بفضل يهودنا الحقيرين في ماديتهم، الحقيرين في عيشهم، الذليلين في عظمة الباطل» وهم «أعظم من بلائنا من يهود العالم» سعاده .

وها هو الخطر اليهودي يستفحل مجدداً.

والتاريخ يعيد نفسه دوماً. فيروي لفلسطين الكنعانية حكاية، ولقدسها حكاية، حكاية استكملها «ترامب» مستكملاً مسيرة أسلافه المرابين فـ»يمنح القدس» ويشرّع اغتصابها، و«على عينك يا عرب»!..

فليس قرار ترامب «الاعتراف رسمياً بالقدس عاصمة لإسرائيل» إلا النتيجة الحتمية لمسيرة الذل والهوان تلك. فالقرار لم يأتِ من عدم، بل من لواحق وعد بلفور لو أنه قُتل ليطوّق به رقاب ووجوه مَن تبقى من قادة «أمّة العرب» يلوذون بصمتهم المتواطِئ صمٌّ بكمٌ لا يبصرون، وقلوب مُغلقة دون المأساة عن القدس «عروس عروبتهم»، تستصرخهم فالعدوان مبين على مدينة المآذن والمدائن ودرب من مرّوا إلى السماء، هي القدس تنادي، أليس من مغيث منتصر يرفع الضيم عنها؟ أين شهامتكم؟ إن كنتم عرباً، سوِّدت وجوهُكم من عرب، ومن.. قمم.

فليذهبوا.. فليذهب ملوك العرب بسيوفهم الصدئة، التي باتت لا تُشهر الا للرقص بها، فليرقصوا كيفما شاؤوا من الجذل. وفيا ذلّ قومٍ لا يعرفون ما هو الشرف وما هو العار.

غير أن للقدس عشاقاً أحراراً تسكن في مهبّ أرواحهم، تراهم العين حيث تديرها، و ما سجدوا الا لاسمها رغم الدمع واللهب، لبّوا نداء قدسهم، ينتصرون لها فخرجوا غضباّ ومقاومة..

مقولتهم: إنهم «أصحاب الحق الطبيعي والشرعي في فلسطين وإنه لنا وليس لغيرنا أن يقول الكلمة الأولى والأخيرة في مصيرها»، وقد أعلنوها حرباّ من أجل فلسطين.

وإن «محق الدولة الجديدة المصطنعة» هو «عملية يعرفون مداها» قالوا… وما زالوا يقولون لا خلاص لنا إلا بالقوة المنظمة.

برغم أن لا سلاح للقوميين، قالها لهم الذين حملوا أسلحة تُطلق إلى «الخلف»، فأضلوا وجهة العدو، وأضاعوا الطلقات هدراً، كما فلسطين. ولم يبقَ باليد سلاح ولا حيلة، وبدلاً من إزالة الكيان الصهيوني من الوجود وإعلان تحرير فلسطين، حُرّرت اتفاقيات الهدنة بين «العرب» و«العصابات» التي صار إسمها «اسرائيل»، لتتوالى النكبات وقد أسموها نكسات، وصار الهّم «إزالة آثار العدوان» هو المطلب والمرتجى، وليس «كيد العدا».

غير أن ثوار الحزب السوري القومي الاجتماعي، لم يذعنوا لأمر الاستبعاد، فتنكّبوا أسلحتهم وولّوا عيونهم شطرَ جنوبهم السوري، وعلى خطى «حطّين» لم يخطئوا بوصلة الشرف ذوداً عن حقهم بأرضهم، فخرجوا للقدس مناصرين، منهم القائد سعيد العاص وحسين البنا ومحمد زغيب وعبد القادر يعقوب وفتحي الأتاسي وعزيز حوّاط ومحمد قناعة… إلى آخر لائحة شهداء الشرف العريضة للسوريين القوميين في جبهة المقاومة المسلحة، يطوّعون الوسائل الممكنة وغير الممكنة.

إنّ إنقاذ فلسطين.. هو عندهم «أمر لبناني في الصميم، كما هو أمر شاميّ في الصميم، كما هو أمر فلسطينيّ في الصميم»، ولأنه كذلك كان يوم التداعي إلى «يوم الغضب القومي من أجل القدس وكل فلسطين». ودعماً لانتفاضتها المجيدة، فخرجوا يعبّرون عن ثورتهم وغضبهم في أكثر من مدينة على مدى تراب الوطن السوري، كما في المغتربات، بالتزامن مع التحرّكات الشعبية والتظاهرات الغاضبة في كثير من دول العالم العربي والإسلامي والدولي، تنديداً بالقرار الوعد الجديد.

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Confronting israel with stones and courage

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian man while on patrol in Gaza during the first intifada.
Patrick Robert Corbis
The people of Gaza took pride in confronting their occupier during the first intifada.
Around noon each day, young men would gather at the entrance of Maghazi refugee camp. When an Israeli tank passed, they would pelt it with stones.
Israel responded by using cannons that were capable of firing the rocks back at the camp’s residents. But the young men kept on resisting.
Amin Abu Mandeel, a resident of Maghazi in central Gaza, recalled how he used to fill bottles with urine and excrement and then hurl them at Israeli soldiers.
When Israel imposed a curfew on the camp, Abu Mandeel and some other youth hid on nearby farmland. After they managed to throw stones at Israeli soldiers, the youth would flee into an orchard and take cover amid its trees.
“We were defying them, as much as we could,” said Abu Mandeel.
The first intifada broke out 30 years ago this month. It erupted in Gaza before spreading to other parts of Palestine.
Muhammad Ali Ismail – also living in Maghazi – lost his father, Ali, in the incident that catalyzed the uprising.
Ali was one of four Palestinians killed when an Israeli truck crashed into two cars.
It was widely believed among Palestinians that the collision was deliberate.
“I feel so proud that my father was one of the first martyrs,” said Muhammad.

Backdrop of brutality

The incident took place against a backdrop of brutality. Earlier in 1987, for example, an official Israeli commission authorized the use of “physical pressure” – a euphemism for torture – on detainees.
In early October of that year, schoolchildren and university students in Gaza had gone on strike to protest at how Israel killed three people near al-Bureij refugee camp. The protest was attacked by Israeli forces.
Similar demonstrations were held in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. For example, a general strike was called when George Shultz, then US secretary of state, visited Jerusalem in October that year.
On 29 November 1987 – the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people – Israel shot protesters in both Gaza and the West Bank. A number of young people were also shot two days later during protests in the Khan Younis area of Gaza.
Despite being a child, Muhammad helped the uprising. During its later stages, he was assigned by young men to monitor the whereabouts of Israeli soldiers.
On one occasion, he was stopped by Israeli troops. “A soldier asked me why I was in the street,” he said. “By then, my mother had come over and rescued me from the soldier.”

Community spirit

Wasif Abu Mashayikh, another resident of Maghazi, noted the strong community spirit that was evident during the intifada. Examples of cooperation ranged from providing food and drink to those involved to rallying around the families of people killed by the Israeli military.
“All forms of enjoyment would be halted – including wedding parties – when someone was killed,” he said. “That is how solidarity was shown to people who were killed or wounded.”
Muhammad Abu Sisi, who lives in Jabaliya refugee camp, north of Gaza City, recalled that news traveled fast of the collision on 8 December 1987.
“The next day all schoolchildren in the area came out to protest around the Israeli military posts,” he said.
His brother Hatim was one of the first young people killed by Israeli troops during the intifada. “He was hit by a live bullet right in his chest,” Muhammad said.
The ceremonies paying tribute to Hatim lasted for many days. The Israeli military “tried to force us to wrap them up,” Muhammad said. “Apparently, they wanted to contain our anger.”
If that was the military’s intention, then its efforts failed. Daily confrontations against Israeli soldiers continued, even when young Palestinians were killed and seriously wounded.
Many people in Gaza displayed great courage during the uprising.
Latifa al-Taluli – also known as Um Suhail – lives in the center of Jabaliya camp. Confrontations between local youth and the Israeli army often took place next to her home.
When one young man was captured, she and a neighboring woman “snatched him back off the Israeli soldiers,” she said.
“We had an important role,” she added. “If we wanted to help rescue a young man, we would pretend that he was our son.”
More than 1,000 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces between 1987 and the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993. At times during the intifada, more than 200,000 people in Gaza and 1 million in the West Bank were placed under total curfew.
On a positive note, the first intifada exemplified the resourcefulness of Palestinians. With schools and universities closed, communities organized their own classes in homes and houses of worship, undeterred by Israel’s violent efforts to thwart such gatherings.
By confronting Israel with little more than stones and courage, Palestinians made the outside world aware of their struggle for justice and equality. The widespread protests witnessed in response to last week’s announcement by Donald Trump, the US president, on Jerusalem underscore how that struggle is still very much alive.
Rami Almeghari is a journalist and university lecturer based in the Gaza Strip.

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Sunday, 17 December 2017

إعادة البوصلة نحو فلسطين وإشعال الانتفاضة وعزل أميركا



ديسمبر 16, 2017
قرار الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب العدواني على القدس بالاعتراف بها عاصمة للدولة الصهيونية العنصرية الاستيطانية المغتصبة لأرض فلسطين العربية منذ عام 1948 كان بمثابة الزلزال الذي هزّ المجتمعات العربية والإسلامية والدولية وأدّى إلى تداعيات ونتائج غاية في الأهمية:
أولاً: كشف الوجه الحقيقي للولايات المتحدة الأميركية بأنها لا تقلّ عداء للحقوق العربية في فلسطين ودعماً وانحيازاً لكيان الاحتلال في فلسطين، وأنّ أميركا ليست على الحياد أو وسيطاً، كما حاول المراهنون على المفاوضات أن يوهموا أنفسهم ويقنعوا به الرأي العام لتبرير السير في المفاوضات. فأميركا تثبت من خلال هذا الإعلان، بأنها كانت تخدع هؤلاء المراهنين على التسوية وأنّ سياستها كانت ولا زالت تقوم على دعم كيان الاحتلال وتمكينه من تحقيق أهدافه عبر توفير كلّ المناخات المواتية لفرض مخططاته ومشاريعه. وهذا الإعلان يتوّج الدعم الأميركي غير المحدود للكيان الصهيوني عسكرياً ومالياً وسياسياً ودبلوماسياً.
ثانياً: توجيه ضربة قاصمة لحلّ الدولتين، والتأكيد مجدّداً لمن راهن على أوسلو لإقامة دولة فلسطينية في الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة وعاصمتها القدس، أنّ أوسلو كان شركاً أميركياً «إسرائيلياً» استدرجت إليه منظمة التحرير، وكانت نتيجته إلهاء الفلسطينيين بمفاوضات عقيمة مجرّد ملهاة على مدى 25 عاماً تمكّن خلالها الكيان الصهيوني من الحصول على اعتراف منظمة التحرير بشرعية احتلاله لأرض فلسطين التي احتلت عام 48 وإبقاء الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة والقدس مناطق متنازع عليها خاضعة للتفاوض. فيما نجح هذا الكيان بالاستفادة من المفاوضات والتنسيق الأمني بين السلطة الفلسطينية والاحتلال بموجب أوسلو، وقام ببناء عشرات آلاف المستعمرات في الضفة والقدس وجلب مئات آلاف المستوطنين إلى فلسطين المحتلة.
ثالثاً: تأكّد بشكل لا شكّ فيه أن لا سبيل أمام الفلسطينيين سوى المقاومة المسلحة والانتفاضة الشعبية الحاضنة للمقاومة، اللغة الوحيدة التي يفهمها المحتل والمستعمر، وأنّ خيار المقاومة أثبت أنه هو الأكثر واقعية والأقصر لتحرير الأرض واستعادة الحقوق. ولهذا فقد أدّى إعلان ترامب إلى إشعال الانتفاضة الفلسطينية الثالثة التي كانت أصلاً ناراً تحت الرماد وتنتظر حدثاً لتتفجر. وبسرعة منقطعة النظر اتسعت رقعة الانتفاضة لتشمل كلّ أرض فلسطين التاريخية وتوحّد من جديد نضال وكفاءة الفلسطينيين للتأكد أنّ الوحدة الحقيقية إنما تتحقق في ميدان التصدّي للاحتلال.
رابعاً: أسهم إعلان ترامب في كيّ الوعي العربي فاستفاق الشارع العربي بكلّ فئاته وتلاوينه واضعاً حداً للنتائج السلبية التي تمخّضت عن سنوات الحرب الإرهابية التكفيرية الأميركية الصهيونية التي أدخلت العرب في حروب استنزفت قدراتهم ودمّرت مقدّراتهم وأبعدتهم عن قضية فلسطين، وكان كيان العدو يراهن عليها، وبدعم أميركي، من أجل التمكن من تصفية القضية وتطويب كامل فلسطين للصهاينة وتحويل القدس عاصمة أبدية للكيان الصهيوني وجعل الدولة الصهيونية «دولة طبيعية» في المنطقة.
خامساً: سقوط الرهان الصهيوني الأميركي على يأس الشارع الفلسطيني والعربي والإسلامي، وأنّه لن يتحرّك في أعقاب قرار ترامب، وكان يتصوّر البعض في دوائر صنع القرار في واشنطن أنّ ردة الفعل العربية والإسلامية ستكون ضعيفة وكذلك كان تقدير المعلقين الصهاينة، لكنهم فوجئوا بردّة الفعل العارمة. لم يتوقعوا أن يحصل هذا التضامن العارم في العواصم والمدن العربية والإسلامية كلها. كما سقط الرهان على جعل شعوب العالم تنسى فلسطين وقضيتها العادلة فاندلعت تظاهرات عارمة في العواصم العالمية لا سيما في دول أميركا اللاتينية، فيما لم تبقَ دولة في العالم إلا وأعلنت رفضها ومعارضتها لقرار ترامب ودعت إلى التراجع عنه، ووجدت الولايات المتحدة نفسها في حالة من العزلة الدولية الشاملة، والتي عبّر عنها بوقوف جميع أعضاء مجلس الأمن الدولي الـ 14 ضدّ القرار الأميركي.
يجب أن يؤدّي ما حصل إلى إنتاج مرحلة جديدة تكون بمستوى انتفاضة الشارع العربي في فلسطين والدول العربية وانخفاض العالم الإسلامي والدولي، تؤسّس لإعادة توحيد الموقف حول خيار المقاومة وإسقاط الخيارات السابقة التي راهنت على حلّ الدولتين والمفاوضات.
مَن تابع ردود الفعل يلحظ أننا أمام انتفاضة شعبية عربية انتفاضة شعبية في كلّ الدول العربية، مسلمين ومسيحيين، وتظاهرات في كلّ العواصم والمدن العربية، إجماع شعبي عربي يعانق الانتفاضة الثالثة التي اشتعلت في فلسطين ويزيد من زخمها، الأمر الذي جاء مخالفاً لتوقعات ترامب ومستشاريه، وأيضاً جاء مخالفاً لتوقعات الصهاينة.
والواضح أنّ شروط تفجر واستمرار الانتفاضة الثالثة باتت متوافرة، وهي ليست مجرد احتجاج أو ردّ فعل مؤقت سينتهي بعد يومين أو ثلاثة أو أسبوع، لكن ما هو مطلوب أن تكون هناك مقاربة سياسية فلسطينية جديدة تقوم على بلورة مشروع وطني تحرّري يشكل قطيعة مع المسار السابق لصالح خيار الانتفاضة والمقاومة، لا سيما أنّ خيار التفاوض ثبت فشله وبات الاستمرار فيه يعني الاستسلام لقرار ترامب الذي لم يترك للشعب العربي إلا خيار المقاومة لردّ العدوان وحماية عروبة القدس وتحرير فلسطين.
المشروع السياسي التسووي أسقطه ترامب بقراره، والمشروع البديل هو مشروع المقاومة والانتفاضة، وكلّ كلمة تقال يجب أن تصبّ في خدمة تعزيز وتزخيم ودعم والانتفاضة والمقاومة وتوحيد الصف، والتركيز على إيجابيات ما حصل من نهوض شعبي منقطع النظير لم يسبق له مثيل في تاريخ الصراع مع كيان العدو الصهيوني والتضامن مع نضال وكفاح الشعب العربي في فلسطين.
من هنا يمكن القول إنّ القدس أعادت البوصلة نحو فلسطين واستنهاض الأمة وشعوب العالم، وأشعلت الانتفاضة، ووجّهت ضربة قوية للاحتلال الذي أُصيب بصدمة لم يتوقّعها، كما لم يتوقّع الأميركي أن يجد نفسه وحيداً، في مجلس الأمن والعالم أجمع لتُمنى السياسة الأميركية بهزيمة هي الأولى لناحية أثرها وتداعياتها على مكانة وهيبة الولايات المتحدة في العالم. في وقت مُنيت حربها الإرهابية في سورية والعراق بهزيمة مدوّية، وانتصر محور المقاومة وحليفه الروسي وإسقاط أحلام أميركا وكيان الاحتلال الصهيوني بإسقاط سورية وإقامة نظام تابع لأميركا والقضاء على المقاومة وعزل الجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية وروسيا والصين وإعادة تعويم مشروع الهيمنة الأميركي على العالم وتمكين الكيان الصهيوني من تصفية القضية الفلسطينية والإعلان عن الدولة الصهيونية العنصرية وعاصمتها القدس. ولهذا فإنّ قرار ترامب جاء بنتائج عكسية لما كانت تسعى إليه كل من واشنطن وتل أبيب. لا سيما أنه أعلن في أجواء انتصارات محور المقاومة التي أسهمت في تغيير موازين القوى في المنطقة والعالم في مصلحة تعزيز خيار المقاومة والانتفاضة في فلسطين واستنهاض الأمة للدفاع عن عروبة فلسطين التي تشكّل قلب الأمة وعنوان نضالها التحرري وحماية وحدتها وعروبتها.
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Why Washington’s Support For Israel Remains Unconditional


Why Washington’s Support For Israel Remains Unconditional
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY | 17.12.2017 | OPINION

Why Washington’s Support For Israel Remains Unconditional

On December 8 the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tweeted that Washington “will not be lectured to by countries that lack any credibility when it comes to treating both Israelis and Palestinians fairly” which was an insulting rejection of international reaction to Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. She did not mention the unpalatable fact, reported by the New York Times, that the UN Security Council “has adopted a number of resolutions, dating back 50 years, aimed in part at preventing Israel from claiming sovereignty over all of the holy city.”
In 1968 the world instructed Israel, by UNSC Resolution 252, to annul actions aimed at changing the status of Jerusalem, “including expropriation of land and properties thereon” and to “rescind all such measures already taken and to desist forthwith from taking any further action” in regard to the city. It could not be more clear that Israel’s current actions continue to add to its flagrant illegalities of decades.
Exactly a year ago, the Security Council’s Resolution 2334 unequivocally condemned Israel for building yet more settlements in Jerusalem and other occupied territories because construction “has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution.”
Only a few minutes after this Resolution, President-elect Trump, due to enter the White House a month later, angrily tweeted that “As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.” We had been given fair warning that the new American President would ensure that the Middle East policy of the United States, always pro-Israel, would crash into top gear and destroy all hopes that a peaceful solution could be reached about the appalling situation in Israel’s colonies. Trump would declare Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.
Trump at the Wall in Jerusalem on 22 May 2017
As with so many important matters of international policy, Trump rode roughshod over the hopes and aspirations of yet more millions of people and scornfully ignored the entire world, with the exception of one country. He told Netanyahu in February that “I’d like to see you pull back on settlements for a little bit,” which was an absurd and meaningless statement. He knew perfectly well that Netanyahu and the Zionists would continue their policy of illegal occupation and persecution, and now they’re going to go at full speed.
As noted by the analyst Jonathan Freedland, “The Old City of Jerusalem contains the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest mosque in Islam, to say nothing of its enormous significance to Christians, meaning that even the slightest move there is felt by billions.”
The only people who support Trump’s deliberately disruptive decision are, as described by the Washington Post, “mostly anti-Islam European leaders holding little political power.” They include the president of the Czech Republic and two of Europe’s most rabidly bigoted right-wing extremists, Geert Wilders of the Netherlands and Hans-Christian Strache of Austria’s Freedom Party.
Trump’s malevolent provocation has been condemned most forcefully, including in the United Nations where Britain, France, Sweden, Germany and Italy issued a joint statement outside the council’s chambers condemning their American ally’s change of position, saying it was “not in line with Security Council resolutions and was unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”
Jerusalem December 8, 2017
The strange thing, however, is lack of condemnation within the United States, especially as a Brookings Institution survey released on 1 December found that 63 per cent of Americans are against the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem and only 31 per cent in favour. A handful of legislators criticised Trump, but as reported by Israelʼs Haaretz newspaper, although there some Democrats disagreed, it was apparent that “members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move”. Brookings, moreover, found that only 34 per cent of Americans thought their government should “lean towards Israel” in “mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Which leads to the matter of Israeli influence in the United States. If over 60 per cent of American citizens are opposed to the Trump decision, how can it be that their elected legislators are so much in favour?
The answer lies in the money.
Open Secrets records that “The Republican Jewish Coalition spent $80,000 lobbying in 2016, and J Street [an Israel lobby] spent $400,000. But topping them both was the longtime giant in the arena, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC], which poured more than $3.6 million into lobbying efforts for the year.” The amounts of money donated by pro-Israeli groups and individuals to politicians seeking election are immense. Legislators have been bought by people supporting Israel, and they are not going to raise any questions about Israel’s blatant violations of UN Security Council resolutions. Of equal significance, these pro-Israeli proxies were interfering with the electoral process of the United States.
During presidential and Congressional election campaigns, AIPAC and other agents working on behalf of Israel were attempting to influence candidates at the behest of a foreign power. And they succeeded — as demonstrated by the lack of protest in Washington about Israel’s flagrant violations of international law.
It is therefore not surprising that in January it was reported that “the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan measure that rebukes the United Nations for criticising Israeli settlements.” The House resolution “declares unwavering support for Israel and insists that the United States reject any future UN actions that are similarly ‘one-sided and anti-Israel’.”
But little critical is said in the US mainstream media about reasons for the unconditional support for Israel on the part of the legislators in Washington. And it is not only Congress and Trump who so ardently support Israel, for, as the Jerusalem Post reported on December 12, Vice President Pence was “one of the most enthused advocates of the [Jerusalem decision] — one warmly welcomed by the Israeli government. His trip there [from 20-23 December] will be a triumphant tour and defence of the policy from a true believer who has supported recognition of Jerusalem for many years.” Before becoming vice president, as a Republican representative for Indiana, the true believer Congressman Pence scored $206,192 in donations from pro-Israel sources.
As reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in March 2017, when Vice President Pence spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual convention, attended by 18,000 AIPAC activists, he was lavish in his praise of Israel. Not only that, but he recognised the massive influence that Israel had exercised over the 2016 elections and declared “Thanks to the support of so many in this room, President Trump won a historic victory. . . The United States will no longer allow the United Nations to be used as a forum for invective against Israel.”
America’s mainstream media has been devoting enormous energy and time into examining alleged interference in the 2016 elections by other countries. But it is intriguing that it doesn’t inquire into the impact that Israel has had and continues to have on the democratic processes of the United States. It seems that unconditional support can be purchased.
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From ‘Russia-Gate’ to ‘israel-Gate’, As one fake scandal fades, a real one emerges

As one fake scandal fades, a real one emerges
Life is full of surprises. Like that time you were counting on a new bike for Christmas, and were totally certain your parents were going to come through, and then – lo and behold! – on Christmas morning there it was: a spanking brand-new Segway! The final evidence that, despite your best efforts, you’d always be a nerdy little dork. (And yes, a pocket calculator turned up in your stocking,)
That’s just what happened to #TheResistance this holiday season. For months they’ve been salivating heavily in anticipation of the turning of Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor now charged with lying to the FBI. Flynn has admitted doing so on at least two occasions, both involving his answers to questions about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kisylak. During the transition – after Trump’s election but before he took office – Flynn was talking to the Russians about two subjects: the possible blowback from the Obama administration’s decision to impose more sanctions and close the Russian compound in Maryland, and the Russian position on the controversial UN resolution condemning Israel for building yet more “settlements” on Palestinian land.
The incoming Trump team was “intensely focused on improving relations with Moscow and was willing to intervene to pursue that goal,” as the New York Times phrased it, even as the war cries in the Democratic party got louder and demagogues like Adam Schiff waved the bloody shirt of Russia-gate. That took balls: and here’s another instance where the alleged non-interventionists ensconced in the world of thinktanks and academia fail to give the Trump people the credit that is their due.
Think about it, folks: both the US and the Russians possess enough nuclear firepower to destroy all life on earth several times over. This sword of Damocles is hanging over us by a thread, just as it loomed large during the last cold war with Moscow. It’s a  machinery of annihilation that is set on hair-trigger alert, and any number of events could unleash it: a miscalculation, a foolish bluff, a misunderstanding, a technical glitch, a showdown similar to the Cuban missile crisis. All that stands between us and utter extinction is the hope that this apparatus of death can be restrained by mutual agreement. Bravo to the Trump administration for making peace a priority. If this is now a crime, and even “treason,” as the mouth-breathers of #TheResistance would have it, well then let the Washington Inquisition make the most of it.
I feel obligated to repeat my admonition of the various Beltway careerists who light up the small firmament of anti-interventionism: why no defense of the White House on this vitally important issue?
Given the scope of a special counsel’s powers, and the wide berth he is given to pursue possible violations to the law far removed from his original mandate, perhaps we should have expected that some other foreign connection would come to light. Flynn was instructed by none other than Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law, to approach “every member of the Security Council” to block the resolution condemning the seizure of Palestinian property. The Russians were directly contacted by Flynn, who asked them to veto the resolution in the Security Council.
Flynn’s unsuccessful efforts on behalf of the Israelis were the fruit of an Israeli appeal to the incoming Trump administration. The day after Flynn’s conversation with the Russian ambassador on this subject an anonymous Israeli official told CNN “that Israel – and reportedly the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, himself – had contacted Trump to seek his assistance in killing the resolution.”
As special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe continues, the full extent of the covert Israeli effort to undermine what was then US policy will come to light, and this may prove to be the most revealing aspect of the whole affair.
What’s interesting is that an Israeli official would come right out and brazenly boast of having turned to the Trump team to stop the resolution:
“The official – in comments that may come back to haunt the White House – said that Israel had ‘implored the [Obama] White House not to go ahead and told them that if they did, we would have no choice but to reach out to President-elect Trump.
“‘We did reach out to the president-elect,’ the official added, ‘and are deeply appreciative that he weighed in, which was not a simple thing to do.’”
By inserting that information into the public record, the legal case against both Flynn and possibly other figures in the Trump administration is considerably strengthened. Which makes one wonder: did the Israelis deliberately burn Trump?
Yes, I’m indulging in pure speculation, and yet why would an Israeli official openly discuss such a delicate matter? Even as the outgoing Obama-bots were setting the trapfor Flynn – an effort Tel Aviv may well have been privy to – the Israelis were letting the world know that they had the Americans in their pocket.
This is more grist for Mueller’s mill: aside from that, Kushner has financial and political links to Israel, and these are now likely coming under the special counsel’s scrutiny. One can now see what direction this investigation may be taking us: Instead of revealing collusion between the Trump team and the Russians, the Flynn indictment exposed Kushner’s collusion with Israel.
Has Russia-gate morphed into Israel-gate?
If this is, indeed, the direction Mueller is taking, then this development is certain to end the fondest hopes of #TheResistance. Because it’s highly unlikely any public official, no matter how compromised, is going to be prosecuted for collusion with the Israelis and/or their American lobby. The last time US law enforcement tried that was back in 2009, in the Larry Franklin spy scandal, in which two employees of AIPAC, the powerful Israeli lobby, were prosecuted for procuring vital secrets from National Security Council analyst Larry Franklin. That case was dropped because pursuing it would have revealed yet more secrets.
That was a case of outright espionage: “collusion” is a far different – and much vaguer – matter. In any event, the fact is that after what seems like years of accusations, not a single iota of actual evidence has corroborated the charge that the Trump campaign plotted with Putin to deprive Hillary Clinton of her divine right of succession to the Oval Office. The foundational myth upon which the Mueller investigation rests – the idea that Russia was behind the WikiLeaks email dump – was never real to begin with: the Mueller probe, therefore, once launched, branched out into a more general look at foreign influence on the incoming administration. Which could and should mean that half of Washington will soon be lawyering up.
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