۲۵ آبان ۱۴۰۲
۱۶ نوامبر ۲۰۲۳
In Israel and the Gaza Strip, two catastrophes occurred one after another: the Hamas attack on the Jewish State — with numerous civilian casualties, hostage — taking-and the Israeli retaliatory strikes on the Gaza Strip, many times exceeding in brutality, the number of civilian casualties, especially women and children.
Edward Said: Oslo
Neither Arafat nor any of his Palestinian partners who met the Israelis in Oslo has ever seen an Israeli settlement. There are now over two hundred of them, principally on hills, promontories and strategic points throughout the West Bank and Gaza. Many will probably shrivel and die, but the largest are designed for permanence. An independent system of roads connects them to Israel, and creates a disabling discontinuity between the main centres of Palestinian population. The actual land taken by these settlements, plus the land designated for expropriation, amounts – it is guessed – to over 55 per cent of the total land area of the Occupied Territories. Greater Jerusalem alone, annexed by Israel, comprises a huge tranche of virtually stolen land, at least 25 per cent of the total amount. In Gaza settlements in the north (three), the middle (two) and the south, along the coast from the Egyptian border past Khan Yunis (12), constitute at least 30 per cent of the Strip. In addition, Israel has tapped into every aquifer on the West Bank, and now uses about 80 per cent of the water there for the settlements and for Israel proper. (There are probably similar water installations in Israel’s Lebanese ‘security zone’.) So the domination (if not the outright theft) of land and water resources is either overlooked, in the case of water, or, in the case of land, postponed by the Oslo accord.
Ria Russian Imperialism Muslim Terrorists
At the same time, in Western countries themselves, fewer and fewer people believe what Zelensky and Netanyahu, Polish leaders and Biden, Scholz and American fans of Israel tell them, in other words, that Europe and the West are threatened by "Russian imperialists" and "Muslim terrorists." The peoples of the West are afraid — but they are not afraid. But all the horror stories of Zelensky and Netanyahu are already designed exclusively for the Western world, because the rest of the world does not even laugh, but simply resents listening to their outright lies.
The world would rather show solidarity with our corpses than honor our resistance
With Palestinians breaking free of their besieged ghetto, we suddenly hear the all-too-familiar chorus of “the cycle of violence” and other such clichés. As usual, this fixation on pacifism only arises when the oppressed strike back at their oppressors. It seems that the refusal to live in a cage is not a convincing explanation for violence and armed resistance.
Regardless of whether Israelis were killed or not, there was no way Palestinians could have launched an effective resistance campaign without being widely condemned or demonized.
Even when resorting to tactics such as BDS campaigns to effect change, Palestinians were quickly rebuked, with critics likening the tactic to a “Nazi campaign,” and eliciting draconian legislation to legally ban the practice in places like the United States. In 2018, Gaza launched the unarmed Great March of Return to challenge the occupation and demand the right of return. It was dubbed a “riot,” and met with sniper fire, killing over 300 Palestinians, and creating an entire generation of maimed youth. Palestinian administrative detainees — prisoners held without charge, trial, or access to lawyers — are demonized for daring to go on hunger strikes. Even merely trying to access the International Criminal Court, which in theory should be the most agreeable arena to air grievances in the supposed “rules-based-international-order,” was met with hostility and rejection.
In Friday's resolution vote, which took place on the eve of the show's final, Germany's lower house said the actions of the BDS were reminiscent of the "terrifying" Nazi campaign against Jewish people under Adolf Hitler.
"The 'don't buy' stickers of the BDS movement on Israeli products [could be associated] with the Nazi call 'don't buy from Jews', and other corresponding graffiti on facades and shop windows," the non-binding resolution said.
Last week, Israeli news outlets reported that Netanyahu wanted to expedite passage of the bill, a message that comes as Palestinian hunger strikers’ health is deteriorating. Israel’s Channel 2 reported that Netanyahu noted “in Guantanamo the Americans are using the method of force-feeding too.”
The U.S. military has long used force-feeding to Guantanamo in response to hunger striking prisoners who are protesting their indefinite detainment. Force-feeding attracted widespread attention during a mass strike last year at the Cuba facility, and President Obama criticized the practice, though his administration continues to utilize it. Force-feeding has been denounced as torture by United Nations officials.
We affirm that it is impossible to achieve regional peace while overlooking the Palestinian cause or attempting to ignore the rights of the Palestinian people. We stress that the Arab Peace Initiative, backed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, is an essential reference to this end.
We condemn all forms of hatred and discrimination, and all acts that perpetuate hatred and extremism.
Emphasize on that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and call on all Palestinian factions and parties to unite under its umbrella and shoulder their responsibilities under a PLO-led national partnership.
Emphasize commitment to peace as a strategic choice, aiming to end Israeli occupation and resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict in accordance with international law and relevant legitimate decisions, including UN Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 497 (1981), 1515 (2003), and 2334 (2016); emphasizing adherence to the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 in its entirety and priorities as the unified Arab consensus and the foundation for any peace revitalization efforts in the Middle East.
Emphasize the immediate need for the international community to launch a serious peace process to establish a two-state solution that fulfils all legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, notably their right to realize an independent, sovereign state along the June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital to in security and peace alongside Israel, aligning with international legitimacy and the complete framework of the Arab Peace Initiative.
Looking back to the months preceding the operation against Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972, Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon had been subjected to merciless bombardment from Israeli fighter jets. Homes were destroyed and people were burnt alive.
Fatah leader Abu Dawud tells the story in his memoirs (he was the chief of the Munich operation — not Abu Hasan Salameh, as faulty Israeli intelligence would have it). Dawud’s memoirs were supposed to be translated by St. Martin’s Press in New York years ago, but Zionist organizations have made a fuss, and prevented the publisher from releasing it.
The Fatah organization did not conceive the plan out of nowhere. In fact it was Palestinian refugees who pressured their organization to take revenge; they were angry that Israel would get away with continuous deadly raids (the Lebanese government before the civil war in 1975, was beholden to the U.S. and Israel never defended Lebanon from Israeli attacks).
There was sustained, mass pressure on Fatah to do something, anything, to show that the Palestinians were not helpless. Abu Iyad (second-in-command, after Arafat within Fatah) conceived this ill-advised plan, which, like many PLO operations, failed (the outcome remains murky and it is likely that German police killed most of the hostages in the shootout).
Hamas, for example, is not a member of the PLO and yet today it represents the bulk of the Palestinian public. This article was clearly inserted by order of the U.S. and Israel who fear a legitimization of the popularity of Hamas in the wake of Oct. 7. Hamas has become widely popular not only among the Palestinians but also among the Arab public. Its commanders are now cult figures, and the images of the spokesperson of its military wing, Abu `Ubayda, can be seen in many Arab and Muslim capitals.
Secondly, the representatives of Israel, although they were absent from Riyadh, can rightly write down a resounding victory to their credit. For the simple reason that all the fiery and emotional speeches demanding to bring down all earthly and heavenly punishments on the heads of Jews ended in an enchanting zilch, although some players tried to persuade their brothers in faith to take decisive action.
Blackmailing America with oil and demanding that it withdraw its support for Israel at this historic moment is unrealistic. There are no levers and instruments of influence.
We are witnessing the collapse of the hope that the Arab and Muslim world in a broader sense is about to unite and not let the Palestinian brothers get hurt, crushing the hegemony of the United States and its loyal vassal in the person of Israel. At this point in history, the score is one-zero in favor of the united American-Israeli team, which, even without appearing in Riyadh, achieved the desired result.
Israel's Economy Set to Shrink 11% as Hamas War Escalates: JPMorgan
We have to recognize the fact that in the first month of the SMO, Russia had already incurred hundreds of kilometers into Ukrainian territory while using only 70-80k total men against a highly NATO-trained and NATO-funded AFU force of 250-700k (depending which source you trust). In only a week and change, Russia had captured the major city of Kherson, surrounded Mariupol and Kiev, etc.
The IDF—with a total force of now over 500k against a Hamas force of as little as 5,000, barefooted soldiers—has advanced a couple kilometers in a month of war, and has shown no serious evidence of having eliminated even an appreciable number of enemy combatants.
در تاریخیتِ این جنگ، کشتار انسانستیزانهی حماس نقشی ایفا نمیکند. برای جنگی که امروز علیه مردم فلسطین و با اسم رمز «حماس»، برای نابودی زندگی و تاریخ فلسطین در جریان است، حماس «نعمتی» است مغتنم، نعمتی که در مالیخولیای جنگافروزان و جنگطلبانِ نژادپرست اسرائیلی، اگر وجود نمیداشت، باید «اختراع» میشد و «غنیمتِ» حضورش به هیچ «تئوریِ توطئه»ای نیاز ندارد.
سرمشق بمباران غزه، بمباران درسدن در پائیز 1944 بود. در عرض یک شب 773 هواپیمای انگلیسی برای «نابودی نازیها» صدها تُن بمب روی شهری 630 هزار نفری ریختند و 80 هزار انسان را به هلاکت رساندند. روز بعد هواپیماهای امریکایی به شهر حمله کردند و 25 هزار انسان دیگر را کشتند. الگوی محاصرهی غزه، محاصرهی سنندج در بهار 1358، و کشتارها در مریوان، پاوه، مهاباد، قارنا و بسیاری روستاهای دیگر در کردستان است. سرمشق بمباران غزه، بمباران کردها از سوی رژیم صدام در 25 اسفند 1366 است، کشتاری که به یکباره 5 هزار نفر، و از آن میان 2 هزار کودک را هلاک کرد.
درست است. واقعیت این است که سرکوبگران قلدرمنشی که غزه را با خاک یکسان میکنند، حتی با برقراریِ آتشبسی یکروزه مخالفاند. آیا در عطف به این «واقعیت» میتوان تحمیل آتشبسی دو ساعته را پیشرفت و دستاوردی «واقعگرایانه» تلقی کرد؟ درست است. واقعیت این است که گزمگانِ سرکوب و تحمیلِ حجاب از هیچ شرارتی خودداری نمیکنند. ژینا و آرمیتا، نمونههای دردناک این واقعیتاند. آیا در عطف به این «واقعیت» باید به «شُلحجابی» رضایت داد و آن را پیشرفت و دستاوردی «واقعگرایانه» دانست؟ پاسخ زنان جسور و شجاع روشن است؛ و هیچ رویکردی خیالپردازانهتر از رویکردِ «واقعگرایان» نیست.