Thursday, 12 February 2009

Martyrs Draw our Path to God


Mohamad Shmaysani


It is the blood of patriots that keeps nations alive.
It is also the blood of leaders, cadres, fighters and patriots that has been giving Hezbollah momentum and drawing its clear and evident path to God.

A year ago, the Israeli Mossad assassinated Hezbollah’s resistance commander martyr Imad Moghniyeh (Hajj Redwan) in Damascus.
He is known as the leader of the two victories. Hajj Redwan was the architect of the 2000 liberation of most of Lebanese territories from Israel’s 22-year occupation and the man who marked the beginning of Israel’s end when he ‘destroyed the third temple’.
It is the creators of this malicious entity who predicted that their first defeat will bring Israel’s end.

In a movement like Hezbollah, a resistance that chose death over humiliation, oppression and occupation it is not likely that the killing of its leaders and cadres will stop. Hajj Redwan was simply the last, at least for now.

"Those martyrs presented the good example, achieved liberation, and are still defending the country and supporting the resistance in Palestine. They are still raising the banner, the ensign, the flag that we vowed together not to drop. The flag will never fall. On the contrary, it will pass from one shoulder to another and from one hand to another until it is raised up high over our mountain tops and over the dome of our beloved 'Aqsa' and until our Lebanese, Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic lands are free from occupation," Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said during the funeral of martyr Ghaleb Awali – a Hezbollah cadre assassinated in July, 2004.

The ensign that is moving from one hand to another was first carried by "the sheikh of the martyrs of the Islamic Resistance" Sheikh Ragheb Harb who once said: "A position is a weapon and a hand shake is acknowledgment", referring to the acknowledgment of Israel. His positions prompted the Israelis to detain him, what sparked an uprising across south Lebanon to demand his release. Israel couldn't quiet him so it found no other solution than to kill him on February 16, 1984. Israel thought that, by killing Sheikh Harb, it will go on with its scheme more smoothly. However, his blood, like the blood of those who will follow him, was destined to draw the path of resistance and jihad.

A few years later, Lebanon witnessed another Israeli assassination of a resistance figure. This time, it was Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Abbas Moussawi. He was on his way back home after having marked the eighth anniversary of Sheikh Harb's martyrdom when his car was hit by rockets launched from Israeli warplanes causing his death, his wife's and their son Hussein. Sayyed Mussawi's fundamental will was: "Preserve the resistance."

Once again, a leader's martyrdom had given the resistance movement momentum. Eleven years later, the Israeli occupation targeted a key resistance figure, Abu Ali Rida Yassin. The now strong resistance retaliated and bombed Zionist targets. Israel backed for eight years, before Said Harb, another resistance commander, fell martyr. At that same day, resistance fighters carried out two military operations against Israeli posts and shelled Zionist settlements with 'Katyosha' rockets.

Still, the procession of martyrs never stopped, as it’s not meant to stop before complete victory. On August 1999, resistance commander Ali Hasan Dib, known as Abu Hasan Salame, was targeted by a bomb explosion on the 'Abra-Hilaliye' road in southern Lebanon. Collaborator Mahmoud Rafeh had played a significant role in his assassination. Rafeh is under arrest and awaits trial and perhaps the gallows. He was also involved in the assassination of resistance commander Ali Hussein Saleh in the Kafa’at region in the southern suburb of Beirut on August 2003.

11 months have passed before another resistance figure joined the procession. Ghaleb Mohamed Awali was assassinated when a bomb planted in his car exploded in the 'Moawwad' region in the southern suburb of Beirut.

Last but for sure, not least, top commander Imad Moghniyyeh joined his brothers and all the Islamic resistance martyrs who made us proud and rendered our enemy defeated.

And the procession of martyrs continues…

Israel on High Alert on Moghniyeh's 1st Martyrdom Anniversary ink

Hanan Awarekeh

12/02/2009 Since his martyrdom on 12 February 2008, Israel found itself living the obsession of Hezbollah’s retaliation for its senior commander Imad Mogniyeh’s assassination (Hajj Redwan).

Instead of feeling safe, Israel is now more than ever, living in a constant state of alert and fear for its existence as Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed a year ago that “the blood of martyr Imad only makes us stronger and gives us additional motive to continue the road with a wider perspective,” adding that martyr Moghniyeh’s blood would serve in wiping out Israel.

The Israeli occupation army on Thursday continued its heightened state of alert declared several days ago, particularly on the northern border, in a bid to “thwart any attempt by Hezbollah to launch a retaliatory attack”.

According to estimates in the Israeli defense establishment, however, the Lebanese resistance organization may also act on a later date. As Israel prepares for a possible attack on the northern border, the heightened state of alert continues worldwide for fear of an attempt to attack Israeli targets abroad, according to Israeli security sources. Several moves have been taken in recent weeks in a bid to thwart and disrupt attempts to carry out such an attack against Israeli targets abroad.

"Hezbollah views Israel as responsible for Moghniyeh's assassination and has vowed to avenge his death," an Israeli security source said. "All the relevant elements have been prepared accordingly for a long time now. This alertness will continue in the future as well according to evaluations of the situation."

Alongside the severe travel advisory issued ahead of the anniversary of Hajj Redwan's assassination, the security around senior Israeli occupation officials has been tightened.

As reported by Ynet, the Ministerial Committee on Shin Bet Affairs recently decided to step up the security abroad of four Knesset members with security-related background. The MKs in question include former Defense Minister Amir Peretz (Labor), former Minister for Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), Chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tzachi Hanegbi (Kadima), and MK Isaac Ben-Israel (Kadima).

Hezbollah’s “Parental Pride” in Hamas

When Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, was assassinated last February, one of the major projects he had been working on for nearly two years was to teach Hamas the lessons Hezbollah learned during the 22-year Israeli occupation of much of Lebanon as well as the 2006 Israeli aggression against Lebanon. The current conflict in Gaza may indicate how well Hamas learned from “Hajj Radwan,” Moghinyeh’s nom de guerre.

It was Israel that killed Imad. One reason was that he was deeply involved in training Hamas with the Hezbollah model of Resistance. He is known to have been very proud of the Palestinians and stated shortly before his death to Party colleagues: “They (Hamas) are becoming a very good resistance force.” Some in Lebanon refer to Hamas as the JV (Junior Varsity) or “red shirts” as opposed to the Hezbollah “Varsity” or “blue shirts,” and “Hajj Radwan” is the coach of both. In another Report to the Party, he expressed his admiration for their ability reporting that, “they are proving day after day that they are powerful people capable of facing all challenges.” More

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