Saturday, 28 August 2021

جريمة حسان دياب


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يعرف الذين ينادون بمثول الرئيس حسان دياب أمام المحقق العدلي طارق البيطار، أنّ الأمر ليس مثولاً، بل قبول الاستدعاء كمُتهم، وهو ما يعني التعرّض لتجربة شبيهة بتجربة الضباط الأربعة في جريمة اغتيال الرئيس رفيق الحريري، وهو ما تكشفه مذكرة الإحضار والتلويح بمذكرة توقيف، فعلى هؤلاء عدم التذاكي والقول علناً إنهم يطالبون بتوقيف الرئيس دياب كمُتهم بجريمة تفجير المرفأ دون مواربة، ودون حديث عن أنّ الجميع تحت سقف القانون، لأنّ الحقيقة هي انّ الجميع ليسوا تحت سقف القانون بدليل السؤال لماذا حصر الادّعاء بالرئيس دياب دون سائر رؤساء الحكومات، والنترات التي تفجرت في المرفأ بقيت ست سنوات في عهود ثلاثة رؤساء حكومة سواه، ولا يشفع لهؤلاء ما لم يقدّموا رواية مقنعة لانتقاء اتهام دياب، بأن يثقلوا آذاننا بالمقولة السمجة للثقة بالقضاء ورفع الحصانات، للتهرّب من النقاش الجدي في جريمة حسان دياب.

جريمة حسان دياب ليست أنه رئيس حكومة وأنّ الموقع يمثل طائفة، كما ذهب كلام بيان رؤساء الحكومات السابقين، وكلام مفتي الجمهورية، والا لماذا حصر به دون سواه من رؤساء الحكومات المتعاقبين على ملف النترات، أمر الاتهام والملاحقة، وليست جريمة حسان دياب التي تستوجب الملاحقة هي التهاون الوظيفي أو التقصير الإداري، كما تقول مطالعة القاضي بيطار، وإلا لارتضى المحقق العدلي المعادلة التي ينص عليها الدستور وتدعو لمحاكمته أمام المجلس الأعلى لمحاكمة الرؤساء والوزراء، لأنه لا يتطلع في حالة التقصير الإداري لما هو أكثر مما يخشى أن يفعله هذا المجلس، فلماذا يخوض معركة الصلاحيات ضدّ النص الدستوري غير آبه بالتبعات، هل هي الشجاعة في ملاحقة المجرم، طالما انه لن يستطيع فعل المثل مع الوزراء النواب المحميّين بالحصانة النيابية التي لن يجرؤ المحقق العدلي على كسرها، لأنّ كلّ اجتهاداته لن تنفع في تخطيها، وهو يسلّم بذلك بدليل طلبه رفع الحصانة عن الوزراء النواب تمهيداً للسير بملاحقتهم، وهكذا يصبح المجرم الذي يجب إذلاله وتوقيفه هو حسان دياب حصراً، وهذا هو التفسير الوحيد لإصرار المحقق العدلي على رفع سقف الملاحقة والسير بها منفردة أمام الإستحالة التي تواجهه في سواها، اي في حالة النواب والمدراء العامين الذين فشل في نيل الإذن بملاحقتهم.

حسان دياب مجرم الجمهورية، ليست قضية لإرواء عطش الغضب لدى أهالي شهداء التفجير من باب الشعبوية، بل العكس هو الصحيح، يتمّ الاستقواء بآلام هؤلاء الموجوعين للاحتماء بهم لمواصلة الملاحقة، والقضية ليست كما قال بيان رئاسة الجمهورية، بأنّ الخلاف مع ملاحقات المحقق العدلي وانتقادها، هو مشاركة بتهميش القضاء، وأن مجرّد أن تتمّ الملاحقة من المرجع القضائي المختص بحق الموقع الدستوري، فذلك لا ينتقص من هذا الموقع، فنحن يا فخامة الرئيس أمام حملة ديماغوجية للنيل من حسان دياب والاحتماء بالعنوان القضائي، ولا نريدك أن تتورّط في توفير الغطاء لها، فالرئيس دياب الذي تختلف معه على الكثير من الأداء خصوصاً عدم دعوته للحكومة الاجتماع لا يستحق هذا العقاب، ونحن مثلك لنا الكثير من الانتقادات على الرئيس دياب، لكننا نعذره، ونحمّلكم كحلفاء له جميعا دون استثناء مسؤولية الكثير مما ننتقده عليه، بسبب تحمّله منفرداً مسؤولية ضخمة في ظرف شديد القسوة، وفي وقت تخلى عنه جميع الحلفاء، واعتبارهم لوجوده على رأس الحكومة مجرد ملء لوقت ضائع، بعضهم لوهم المجيء بالرئيس سعد الحريري، وبعضهم لوهم المجيء بمرشح يعتقدون انه الأصلح لبرامجهم، لكن هل تعلمون جميعاً لماذا يلاحق الرئيس دياب وما هي جريمته؟ لو علمتم لقلتم كوطنيين لبنانيين رفضوا الانصياع للمشيئة الأميركية، أُكلنا جميعاً يوم أُكل الثور الأبيض!

هناك دبلوماسي أميركي شهير خرج عام 2005 وفي ذروة التحضير لاقتحام قصر بعبدا بتجيير مسيرات 14 آذار نحو القصر، وقال أمام زواره على العشاء وكانوا بالعشرات، اليوم سيدفع الرئيس إميل لحود ثمن تجاهله لوزيرة خارجية الولايات المتحدة الأميركية مادلين أولبرايت عام 2000، ونقول اليوم يُراد أن يدفع الرئيس حسان دياب ثمن تجاهله لتعلميات السفيرة الأميركية، يوم قال لها رداً على تدخلها في تعيينات مصرف لبنان، أجد نفسي مضطراً لتذكيرك بأننا نتحدث عن مصرف لبنان المركزي وليس عن المصرف الفدرالي الأميركي!

المطلوب صورة لحسان دياب مكبّل الأيدي، وراء القضبان، ليس للقول بأنّ القضاء أعلى من الجميع، ولا للقول لقد كشفنا المجرم الذي فجر المرفأ وها هو يلقى العقاب، بل للقول هذا هو مصير من يفكر ان يتجرأ على المشيئة الأميركية، فليكن عبرة لمن يفكر بالتجرّؤ، وواشنطن تثأر ولو متأخرة، قد لا يكون القاضي بيطار على علم بذلك، لكن هناك من يعلم ورسم هذا السياق وجعله سقفاً لمعيار نجاح المحقق العدلي في المهمة، وليس مهمّاً ان يزعج هذا الكلام الرئيس دياب، فهذا الكلام ليس لنيل رضاه، لكن قول الحق واجب ولا يجب ان نخشى فيه لومة لائم.


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Pregnant Palestinian Prisoner Appeals for International Intervention to Release Her

 August 27, 2021

Anhar al-Deek, 26, is expected to have a cesarean delivery while in Israeli custody. (Photo: via Social Media)

Palestinian Anhar Al-Deek, who is nine months pregnant, has appealed for international intervention to release her from Israeli prison, so she can have her baby at home.

Twenty-six-year-old Al-Deek from the Kafr Ni’ma town, west of Ramallah, has sent a letter to her family urging them to call on the international community to help secure her freedom.

“What should I do if I give birth far from you? I am tied up, how can I give birth via cesarean section when I am alone in prison?” Anhar wrote in her letter to her family, adding: “I am exhausted, and I had severe pains in the pelvis and severe pain in my legs due to sleeping on the prison beds. I do not know how I want to sleep on it after my delivery operation.”

“How do I want to take my first steps after the operation, and how the warden holds my hands in disgust.”

“Israeli prison administration still wants to put me in isolation, my son and me,” she warned.

Anhar has been imprisoned for five months on charges of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack near an illegal settlement outpost, however, no verdict has yet been issued against her yet.

The Israeli prison authorities allowed her husband to visit her only once since her arrest.

Anhar’s mother, Aisha Al-Deek, told Anadolu that her daughter is living in a difficult psychological state, and there are real fears for her life during the birth.

Anhar has been diagnosed with depression and is fretting over her baby being delivered in squalid and dirty conditions, she added.

“We have contacted all the competent human rights and official bodies, consuls and embassies. We do not want anything but to allow Anhar to deliver her baby outside the prison,” Anhar’s mother said.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)


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Sayyed Nasrallah: Third Iranian Ship to Be Loaded with Fuel, Dispatched to Lebanon

August 27, 2021

Marwa Haidar

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announced on Friday that a third Iranian ship will be loaded with fuel and dispatched to Lebanon.

In a televised speech via Al-Manar, Sayyed Nasrallah said that due to the fuel shortage in the country a deal was reached with Iran to send a third ship to Lebanon.

Sayyed Nasrallah was speaking on the fourth anniversary of Second Liberation, when territories in eastern Lebanon were liberated by Hezbollah and Lebanese Army from ISIL and other Takfiri terrorist groups.

Sayyed Nasrallah said that the victory during the Second Liberation was part of the universal war on Syria.

His eminence hailed sacrifices by the Lebanese Army and the Lebanese Army, pointing to the battles which the Syrian Army were taking part in from the Syrian side.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the latest developments in Afghanistan is a defeat to the United States, calling on the people of the region not to bet on the US occupation.

The Hezbollah S.G. also slammed the delay in government formation, calling on the Lebanese officials to meet the people’s demands.

Sayyed Nasrallah voiced rejection to a decision in which a subpoena was issued for caretaker PM Hassan Diab, describing it as politicized.

Second Liberation

Talking about the occasion, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the Second Liberation took place thanks to the Resistance weapons and to sacrifices by Hezbollah fighters, Lebanese Army and Syrian Army.

“We insist to mark this occasion in order to take lessons from the dangerous experience and challenges our country was passing through.”

“What happened in the barrens in Bekaa years ago was part of the universal war waged against Syria, and part of a great scheme in the region.”

Sayyed Nasrallah said Lebanon was targeted by the ISIL scheme, stressing that the battle against the Takfiri group was joint on two fronts: The Lebanese and the Syrian.

His eminence said that both ISIL and Nusr Front had the same ideology, pointing to the backing which such groups were offered by several international powers.

“ISIL was made by the US. Donald Trump repeatedly said that the group was created by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.”

“The Resistance had intervened in the battle in Bekaa barrens after the Lebanese state abandoned its responsibility to liberate its territory.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah lashed out at the US, noting that Washington was pressuring the Lebanese Government to prevent the Lebanese Army from taking part in the battle against Takfiri groups.

“The Second Liberation was part of the victory against ISIL and terror across the region.”

Sayyed Nasrallah underlined importance of the trilogy of Resistance, Army and People.

“As we say to the Israelis, we say to the Takfiris: ‘If you repeat (the crime) We shall repeat (the punishment)’.”

Afghanistan

Stressing that the US scheme in the region is being defeated, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the latest developments in Afghanistan prove that all pretexts used by the US are deceiving and aim at occupation and expanding influence.

“What we witness today in Afghanistan is a pure defeat. It’s also a moral failure when the US and UK troops leave the Afghans who help them while take their police dogs, cats and alcoholic drinks.”

“The US administration had transferred ISIL membered to Afghanistan in a bid to destabilize Asian neighbors and Russia.”

Blockade on Lebanon?

Sayyed Nasrallah, meanwhile, hit back at those who deny that the US has been imposing a blockade on Lebanon.

“Yes Lebanon has been blockaded by the US for years. The US has been preventing several states from investing in Lebanon or even offering aids to Lebanon.”

“When the US issued the so-called Caesar Act it was not targeting Syria only, but also Lebanon. When the US ambassador says that the US will allow the entry of the Egyptian gas via Syria, then she is acknowledging that her country has been blocking such projects in the last three years.”

“If Lebanon really concerns the US then it shall give it waiver to import the Iranian fuel.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah announced that the third Iranian ship will be loaded with fuel and dispatched to Lebanon.

“We have agreed with our brothers in Iran to load the third ship with fuel and dispatch it.”

Gov’t Formation, Subpoena for Diab

Sayyed Nasrallah slammed delay in government formation, citing the urgent need to deal with the sufferings of the Lebanese people.

“Neither the blood of Tleil explosion victims, nor Lebanese people’s sufferings had prompted the Lebanese officials to fasten the formation of the new government.”

Commenting on the decision in which a subpoena was issued for caretaker PM Hassan Diab, Sayyed Nasrallah described the move as politicized voicing rejection to the decision taken by the judge Tarek Bitar who is investigating the Beirut Port investigation.

Imam Moussa Al-Sadr Abduction Anniversary

Sayyed Nasrallah said that the abduction of Imam Sayyed Moussa Al-Sadr is a painful incident “as it posed an aggression on Lebanon, its people and Resistance.”

“The abduction of Imam Sayyed Moussa Sadr was a scheme against the Resistance and the project of liberating Palestine.”

“We vow that we will keep going on the path of Imam Sayyed Moussa Al-Sadr.”

Source: Al-Manar English Website


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Friday, 27 August 2021

Daraa Cleaning Update: 45 Additional Terrorists Shipped Out to the North

 

 ARABI SOURI 


Daraa Balad green buses to evict ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists to northern Syria

Daraa witnessed series of developments in the past 24 hours with the terrorists holed in its southern neighborhoods known as Daraa Balad stalling the implementation of the ceasefire and their buddies out of the area are escalating their terrorist attacks against the Syrian army and the civilians.

The second batch to be shipped out of Daraa Balad which was supposed to take place yesterday were evicted today, 45 terrorists and their families were loaded to the green buses and shipped to NATO pariah Erdogan of Turkey in the north.

These terrorists and those of the first batch are mainly not from the southern Syrian region at all, the first batch which was evicted the day before yesterday entered Turkey and some reports indicate they’re already on their way to Europe, the Europeans must rejoice now with the people they funded now coming to them, most of the terrorists removed already from Daraa in both batches are from the ISIS terrorist group which was serving as a buffer to protect Israeli settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan.

  • A Syrian Army soldier was murdered and 8 others injured in a terrorist attack that targeted a truck carrying food to the Syrian troops. The attack, a roadside bomb explosion, took place on the road connecting Nawa and Sheikh Miskeen towns in the western Daraa countryside.
  • Judge Faisal Khalil Al-Awadh was killed in front of his house in the town of Nawa in Daraa northwestern countryside, the terrorists on their motorbikes shot the judge yesterday evening, the judge specialized in real estate disputes succumbed to his wounds upon arrival to the hospital.
  • Several civilians were injured at the Al-Saraya barrier that separates the Daraa Balad district infested by the terrorists and the liberated area when the terrorists opened fire at them from their barricades behind the barrier. The civilians were gathered at the Al-Saraya barrier anxiously awaiting the terrorists’ eviction to return to their homes occupied by the terrorists.

Whatever the attempts by the terrorists are to impede the implementation of the ceasefire agreement to remove them from the southern region, the Syrian Army had made the final decision to clean it and restore peace to this strategically sensitive region and to allow more than 50 thousand Syrians to finally return to their homes after a whole decade being displaced in other Syrian cities.

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‘Blood for Blood’: On Jenin and Israel’s Fear of an Armed Palestinian Rebellion

 August 26th, 2021

Jenin Feature photo

By Ramzy Baroud

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What is currently taking place in Jenin is indicative of something much larger. Israel knows this, thus the exaggerated violence against the camp.

The killing of four young Palestinians by Israeli occupation soldiers in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, on August 16, is a consequential event, the repercussions of which are sure to be felt in the coming weeks and months.

The four Palestinians – Saleh Mohammed Ammar, 19, Raed Ziad Abu Seif, 21, Nour Jarrar, 19, and Amjad Hussainiya, 20  – were either newly born or mere toddlers when the Israeli army invaded Jenin in April 2002. The objective, then, based on statements by Israeli officials and army generals, was to teach Jenin a lesson, one they hoped would be understood by other resisting Palestinian areas throughout the occupied West Bank.

In my book, Searching Jenin, published a few months after what is now known as the ‘Massacre of Jenin’ or the ‘Battle of Jenin’, I tried to convey the revolutionary spirit of this place. Although, in some ways, the camp was a representation of the wider Palestinian struggle, in other aspects it was a unique phenomenon, deserving of a thorough analysis and understanding.

By the end of that battle, Israel seemed to have entirely eliminated the armed resistance of Jenin. Hundreds of fighters and civilians were killed and wounded, hundreds more arrested and numerous homes destroyed. Even voices sympathetic to the Palestinian struggle have underestimated Jenin’s ability to resurrect its resistance under seemingly impossible circumstances.

Writing in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on June 10, 2016, Gideon Levy and Alex Levac described the state of affairs in the small camp. “Jenin, always the most militant of the refugee camps, was battered and destroyed, suppressed and bloodied, by Israel. These days its spirit seems to be broken. Every person is dealing with his own fate, his own private struggle for survival,” they wrote. The title of their article was “Jenin, Once the Most Militant of Palestinian Refugee Camps, Waves a White Flag”.

Being suppressed and shattered by an overwhelming force, however, is entirely different from “raising the white flag”. In fact, this truism does not just apply to Jenin but to the entirety of occupied Palestine, where Palestinians, at times, find themselves fighting on multiple fronts: Israeli occupation, armed illegal Jewish settlers, and the co-opted Palestinian Authority.

However, May 2021 changed so much. The Israeli attempt at ethnically cleansing Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, the subsequent war on Gaza and the unprecedented uprising of unity, bringing all Palestinians, everywhere, together, lifted Jenin and other Palestinian areas from their state of despondency. The stiff resistance in Gaza, in particular, has had a direct impact on the various fighting groups in the West Bank, which were either disbanded or marginalized.

An unprecedented scene in Ramallah, on May 17, tells the whole story. Tens of fighters, belonging to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which is affiliated with the Fatah movement – the political party that dominates Mahmoud Abbas’ PA – marched on the streets of Ramallah, where the Authority is situated, in a relatively calm environment. The fighters chanted against the Israeli occupation and their ‘collaborators’ before clashing with Israeli soldiers, who were manning the Qalandiya military checkpoint.

This event was quite unusual, for it ushered in the return of a phenomenon that Israel, with the help of its ‘collaborators’, had crushed during the Second Palestinian Intifada –  or uprising – between 2000-2005.

The Israeli military understands that the May war and uprising have triggered an unwelcomed transition in Palestinian society. Long-suppressed, occupied Palestinians are ready to rebel, eager to move on, beyond octogenarian Abbas and his corrupt clique, past the stifling factionalism and self-serving political discourses.  The questions are how, where and when.

This is precisely why Israel is back in Jenin, once more trying to teach the nearly 12,000 refugees there a lesson, one that is also meant for Palestinians throughout the West Bank. Israel believes that if the nascent armed resistance in Jenin is suppressed now, the rest of the West Bank will remain ‘quiet’.

Searching Jenin Book

According to Palestinian journalist, Atef Daghlas, the Israeli occupation forces killed ten Palestinians during their frequent nightly raids on Jenin. Eight of the victims have been killed since the end of the Gaza war alone. There are two main reasons behind the increased number of casualties among the Palestinians in the last few months: first, the increased number of Israeli raids – where occupation soldiers, often disguising themselves as Palestinians, enter the camp at night and attempt to capture young Palestinian fighters; second, because of the growing number of youth enlisting in various resistance groups. According to Daghlas, the rifles carried by these youth are purchased by the young men themselves, as opposed to being supplied by a group or a faction.

“Blood for blood, bullet for bullet, fire for fire,” were some of the chants that echoed in the Jenin town and its adjacent refugee camp, when the Palestinian residents carried the bodies of two of the four killed youth, before burying them in the ever-crowded martyrs’ graveyard. The fact that Jenin is, once more, openly championing the armed struggle option is sending alarm bells throughout occupied Palestine. Israel is now worried that an armed Intifada is in the making, and Abbas knows very well that any kind of Intifada would spell doom for his Authority.

It is obvious that what is currently taking place in Jenin is indicative of something much larger. Israel knows this, thus the exaggerated violence against the camp. In fact, two of the bodies of killed Palestinians are yet to be returned to their families for proper burial. Israel often resorts to this tactic as a bargaining chip, and to increase the psychological pressure on Palestinian communities, especially those who dare resist.

It might be relevant to note that the Jenin refugee camp was officially formed in 1953, a few years after the Nakba of 1948, the year when historic Palestine was destroyed and the State of Israel was created. Since then, generation after generation, Jenin’s youth continue fighting and dying for their freedom.

It turns out that Jenin never waved the white flag, after all, and that the battle which began in 2002 – in fact in 1948 – was never truly finished.


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‘If Israel harms Iran fuel ship to Lebanon, Quds liberation war to begin’: Qandil

 AUGUST 26, 2021

‘If Israel harms Iran fuel ship to Lebanon, Quds liberation war to begin’: Qandil

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/if-israel-harms-iran-fuel-ship-to-lebanon-quds-liberation-war-to-begin-qandil/

Description:

Senior Lebanese political analyst Nasser Qandil warns Israel of ‘the war that will dismantle Israel’ if Tel Aviv obstructs or attacks an Iranian tanker currently on its way to supply Lebanon with critical fuel supplies.

The unprecedented and daring move to ship fuel from Iran directly to Hezbollah was announced days ago by the Lebanese movement’s Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Source: Al-Manar TV via Kalam Siyasi (YouTube)

Date: August 20, 2021

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Transcript:

Nasser Qandil, Senior Lebanese Political Analyst:

This conformity, what they call ‘strategic timing intelligence’. Before us lies a regional-international scene, in which the US has failed in Afghanistan. This collapse…just listen to what NATO and NATO leaders are saying, that there is no longer any reason for NATO to exist! After all, what is military force good for if the very concept of intervention for the sake of producing (new) political (conditions/realities/equations) is seen by the (US) president as outdated, and if this military force is going to be devoted to protecting the US homeland and national security?

This means that there is no longer any need for a global strike force, because it is incapable of producing (new) political (realities/equations). This is what Biden’s (new) dicourse reveals, that state building cannot be approached by way of military force.

Later on, we’ll also start to hear the consequences of this decision on US companies and rich, industrial American states, because why should I remain part of a federal government and finance it if it won’t open up markets and secure raw materials for me?

Amid this (US) collapse, the first side to make use of this opportunity – amid this new regional-international equation – was Hezbollah and its decision to bring in fuel-laden ships to Lebanon, because it made use of this vacuum, this weakness, this collapse, but did so for the greater good. It also made use of Israel’s weakness and decline.

I don’t think that the Israelis will refrain from striking Lebanon because the Lebanese people stand behind the resistance (i.e. Hezbollah), rather, it will be because “Israel” knows (the realities) in terms of sheer (military) power. What I mean to say is that that Sayyed Hassan (Nasrallah) sufficed himself to the equation that…

Host:

…I wanted to leave it to you to explain this matter, because a large portion…

Nasser Qandil:

(Nasrallah) said that (the Iranian fuel-laden ship) was ‘Lebanese territory’, nothing more, but Israel should read into this. You yourselves (i.e. the Israelis) are saying that ‘Sayyed Hassan is provoking you, that he wants a war’. You yourselves are saying that ‘he has a surplus of power, enough (power) for him to launch a war and destroy us, and we don’t want to give him any pretexts’. You are the ones saying that ‘the equation of (Israel harming the people & city of) al-Quds will ignite a regional war (with the Resistance Axis) is an invention…’ – and I’m only telling you what the Israelis are saying – ‘…that was invented by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in order to justify going into a confrontation in which he will use this surplus power (of the Resistance Axis) to destroy Israel.

Maintain your sanity! Any attack on this ship will spell the beginning of the war that will end Israel. This [attack] isn’t something that will end with a retaliation on an (Israeli) gas platform (or something of the like). This is something that will be the beginning of…

Host:

You’re trying through this analysis to explain a large portion of something that Sayyed (Hassan Nasrallah) left open for interpretation (during his speech)?…

Nasser Qandil:

I don’t claim to have (confirmed) information around this…

Host:

I only said analysis…

Nasser Qandil:

I’m just saying that if there is a voice of reason among the Israelis, he’d grab those hot-headed (Israeli official colleagues) by the ears, and he’d tell them to sit aside and not get (Israel) involved, (he’d get them) to turn a blind eye to this (Iranian) ship (headed to Lebanon) and let it arrive safely, because this resistance (i.e. Hezbollah) possesses the power, strength, and will to enter into a legitimate confrontation. So do not give it the justification to enter into the war that will destroy Israel and dismantle it.

Heading to (the liberation war) of al-Quds will begin if Israel does something to make going into (such a) war legitimate. And the legitimacy of (such a) war, in terms of the life and death of people, will be morally, religiously, patriotically and humanely unquestionable (if Israel does anything to that Iranian ship).


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Twitter Suspended My Account to Appease the Zionist Lobby; Help Me Get It Back!

 Source: Al Mayadeen

Laith Marouf

Twitter supports the rights of Zionists to harass Palestinians on its platform and threaten their livelihood and their income.


Twitter Suspended My Account to Appease the Zionist Lobby; Help Me Get It Back!

My 11-year-old Twitter account has been permanently banned by the USA-based social media platform. In its email to me announcing the decision, Twitter quotes 4 of my tweets as evidence of the accusations that I am in violation of their rules against “hateful conduct”, and that I “promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.” Twitter further states: “Additionally, if we determine that the primary purpose of an account is to incite harm towards others on the basis of these categories, that account may be suspended without prior warning.”


There are many things that could be said about the legality of Twitter granting itself the power to judge speech or to levy accusations of crimes actionable under the Criminal Code of Canada and Title 18 of the US Code of Laws. By appointing itself judge, jury and executioner, and claiming the power to permanently sully the reputation of individuals, it usurps their rights under the basics of Natural Justice and Common Law, denying their right to the presumption of innocence, to knowing their accuser and the accusations against them, to cross-examine their accusers and present a defense, and finally to be judged by their peers.    

But in my opinion, the most flagrant violation of rights in the decision to ban me lies in equating the political ideology of Zionism with a race, ethnicity, or a national origin; and, more importantly, to imply that opposing the Settler Colonial ideology of Zionism, and the violence, genocide, and infanticide that are results of its quest to create an exclusively “Jewish” State; is in itself an act that “promotes violence against” or “directly attack or threaten” other people. 

Zionism: a political ideology, not a race, ethnicity, national origin or religion 

Let us unpack this for a minute. Zionism is a political ideology, like Capitalism or Communism, etc. Those who adhere to Zionism come from all walks of life. Therefore, criticizing Zionism is not targeting anyone based on their “Race”, as there is no such thing as a Zionist race; all kinds of abhorrable people pronounce that they are Zionist, from Irish-American President Biden to Brazilian President Bolsanario. Criticizing Zionism is not targeting anyone based on their “ethnicity”; there are Zionist Germans, Zionist Anglos, Zionist French, etc. Criticizing Zionism is not a hateful conduct based on someone’s national origin, as there are many “Israeli” Palestinian citizens and a plurality of other Israelis who are not Zionist. And finally, criticizing Zionism is not targeting anyone based on its religious affiliation, for the largest numbers of those who call themselves Zionists are Christian North Americans and Europeans, and there are many followers of the Jewish faith that reject Zionism.

So, if there is no “other” as defined by Twitter, how can its accusations of “hateful conduct” that “promote[s] violence” or “direct attacks” or “threaten” be accepted? Although there are no valid “victims” in the accusations by Twitter, let us nevertheless take a look at the language it finds threatening and hateful. 

Twitter objects to my use of the following terms: 

– Zionism is Jewish White Supremacy, Genocide and Infanticide. 

– Apartheid Canada and Apartheid “Israel”.


Zionism is a Settler project to Colonize Palestine with European citizens some of which professed Judaism and to create an Imperialist beachhead colony that perpetually causes war in Western Asia and North Africa, and physically fractures the geographic continuity of the Arab world. To create and maintain the Colony, Zionism and its followers committed and continue to perpetrate Genocide against the Indigenous population of Palestine and  Infanticide against the Palestinian children. Zionism works to maintain the White Supremacist Imperialist structures that oppress the Arabic-speaking people; i.e. Zionism is Jewish White Supremacy. Since the Balfour Declaration by the British Empire, and the official launching of the Zionist Colony, more than a million Palestinians were murdered, and since only the beginning of 2021, Apartheid Israel killed at least 200 Palestinian children.

As for Apartheid “Israel” and Apartheid Canada, not much needs to be said when every major human rights organization on the planet – and in historic Palestine – have labeled the Colony as Apartheid, and when thousands of Indigenous children are being excavated from mass graves in Apartheid Canada, and the whole world knows about the Infanticide Camps nefariously named Residential Schools.

In any case, whether you agree with my opinion or not, they all fall under fair and free speech and do not target, harass or advocate violence against a group of people based on their religion, ethnicity or national origin. Looking at the tweets in question, it is clear the complaint against me came from a man named Mark Goldberg. I’ll explain a few things below.

Media Law and Policy, from CRTC to Twitter

I work as a Consultant for Broadcasting Law and Policy, specifically the rights of Indigenous Nations, Racialized communities and/or those who are living with disabilities; communities granted Protections with laws and policies, i.e. Protected Groups. My work can be viewed here.

Part of my work is testifying at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in Canada on files like the license renewal of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, and its compliance with its license conditions and Broadcasting Act provisions, in regards to the rights of Protected Groups to Access, Reflection and Employment at the network.

My work naturally attracts the attention of individuals who support the Zionist ideology. To them, it is very angering to see a Palestinian citizen of Apartheid Canada appearing at the Commission speaking about these important issues.

In that light, Mr. @Marc_Goldberg, who himself is very involved in the Broadcasting sector and hosts an annual conference for the industry, began harassing me online; first in a general manner, and then specifically in regards to my comments at the CRTC during the CBC hearing. 

On the 22nd of January, 2021, Goldberg tweeted attacking CMAC’s presentation at the hearing, targeting our suggestion that CBC reporters have a duty to point out when the Canadian state violates its treaty obligations with Indigenous Nations. 


Later in the day, Goldberg tweeted a second attack on CMAC, in regards to the CBC administration banning the use of the word ‘Palestine’ on its platforms, and attached a link stating “Palestine doesn’t exist”. 


Because we are both involved in Journalism and Media Production and Policy, and are Public persons and have no private life as such, I did not make a Twitter complaint against him. 

Unfortunately, my policy of respecting his right to free speech led Goldberg to increase his harassment. As the most recent war in Palestine raged two months ago, Goldberg posted a link to a funding grant I received from the CRTC. The file was related to a CRTC call for comments on how the Commission can deliver on its duties as laid out in the Accessible Canada Act (ACA). CMAC, where I work as a Senior Policy Consultant, helped Indigenous and Racialized Communities living with disabilities to participate and produce interventions on the record that would address their rights as prescribed by the ACA. 


Mr. Goldberg was asking how someone like me (a Palestinian) would get funding for this work at the CRTC. He was putting my livelihood and income at risk, and, therefore, bullying me in my workspace that he is also present in. Hence, he was crossing the threshold between Verbal Harassment to Physical Harassment that causes financial harm. Even then, I believed that I could just respond through the exercise of free speech, pointing out how his opinions, which I disagree with and find racist, don’t seem to be stopping the CRTC from participating in his annual industry conference. 


Mr. Goldberg harassed me for months publicly on Twitter, on Hearings I participated in at the CRTC, all relating to the rights of Indigenous and Racialized peoples and/or living with disabilities. Mr. Goldberg attempted to harm my livelihood because he disagreed with my opinions that are protected under the law at the Commission; a Tribunal with powers superseding a Federal Superior Court, where I am held legally responsible under the law for what I say. Because Mr. Goldberg knew he could not challenge my work at the CRTC because it was legally sound, he chose to harass me on Twitter. And when he lost the public debate online after I engaged him, he had the audacity to complain to Twitter about my replies to his harassing posts regarding my work and income.

I hope this lays out the Legal Obligations of Twitter in regards to these specific tweets. The posts Mr. Goldberg complained about, are related to work and speech I presented at a Tribunal of the Canadian Government, where I was/am legally liable for my work. My interventions were accepted on the record of the CRTC. Therefore, in deeming my tweets violent and discriminatory, Twitter is assuming powers by superseding those of the CRTC and usurping the legitimate appeal process that requires complaints to be presented to a Federal Court of Appeal in Canada or to the Governor in Council (the Cabinet of Ministers). (You can watch/listen to CMAC’s oral presentation at the hearing, where we open with “Apartheid Canada” and speak of Palestine, at this link

My assessment of why Mr. Goldberg targeted my account is confirmed by his latest tweet on the subject, where he gloats about having my account suspended and seems to suggest he is also targeting Carleton University professor, Dwayne Winseck. 


Finally, Twitter quotes a fourth tweet I made in its email, outlining its decision to suspend my account. In that tweet, I stated: “if you come to my home and try to steal it or harm my children, it will lead to a bullet in your head.” 


Obviously, there is no promotion of violence against any “Protected Groups” in this statement, except if you consider House Thieves or Children Killers are protected groups. What is ironic about this tweet is the fact that I wrote it, while visiting my wife’s family in Louisiana, a “Stand your grounds” state, where by law a person has the right to shoot and kill anyone who invades their home and harms their children. Of course, we know that “Stand your grounds” doesn’t apply to Black/Brown/Arab peoples, and is a privilege reserved for White Colonists in the USA or Apartheid “Israel”. By dictating that my post was promoting violence, Twitter is asserting that  Colonists have the full right of looting, pillaging and murdering children; considering that the settler’s behavior supersedes the rights of the Colonized populations to defend themselves. 

Twitter usurped the powers of Courts and accused innocents of legally actionable crimes under the criminal laws of Canada and the USA. It denies the basic rights guaranteed under Natural and Common Law, including the presumption of innocence, the right to cross-examines the accuser, and the right to be judged by equal peers. It appoints itself as judge, jury and executioner; and shields Supremacy, Genocide, Infanticide and Apartheid from criticism. It supports the rights of Zionists to harass Palestinians on its platform and threaten their livelihood and their income. Furthermore, it asserts that any fight back against this behavior is threatening, violent and itself a form of harassment.

Private Corporations and the rights to free speech

In my 20 years of activism for the liberation of Palestine, I have faced many injustices similar to this Twitter Ban, and almost all stem from the same speech. In 2001, I was the first Arab candidate to be elected to a student union executive in Canada; at Concordia University in Montreal. Within months I was expelled summarily through a Dictate from the President of the University for writing that “Zionism is Jewish Supremacy”. During our 6-month court battle, Concordia argued that it is not a public institution but, rather, a private corporation that can refuse service to any “customer” (not student?!?). This is the same argument that Twitter makes. Although the judge erroneously agreed that Concordia is a private corporation, he nevertheless ruled that it cannot expel a customer without affording them the basics of Natural Justice and Common Law when it accuses them of crimes prescribed in the Criminal Code and that if it did not do so, it then would be violating the Canadian Charter of Right and Freedoms (Constitution). Concordia had no choice but to reinstate me as a student and then afford me an internal hearing that abides by the minimums of Common Law. Naturally, I won in the tribunal under these conditions. 

A year later, the Chair of the Department of History at Concordia, who was also the Chair of the Zionist lobby group, the Human Rights League of B’nai B’rith, decided to accuse me of promoting hate because I said Zionism is Jewish Supremacy and that “Israel” is an Apartheid state. The internal Concordia tribunal that was convened to rule over these accusations, after months of deliberations, also found that my statements are covered under fair speech and cannot be considered hate speech no matter how appalled and angered my critics were. 

Given that none of the Tweets quoted in the decision to suspend my account can be construed as promoting hate or violence against a Protected Group; given that it is clear my accuser is actually harassing me online; given that the grave accusations leveled against me are actual crimes in the Criminal Code of Canada; given that my basic rights under Natural Justice and Common Law dictate that I must have a fair trial before being found guilty of such crimes; the only legal and ethical thing Twitter can do is to remove the suspension on my account and restore my tweets.

I urge all readers to tweet this article at @Twitter @TwitterSuppport and @Jack and ask for my account to be reinstated. 


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