PALESTINIAN REACTIONS TO THE WAR IN LEBANON.
“I am telling you that the Zionists are in horror, fear, confusion, and that their political and military leaders are in disagreement... They are living in shelters in fear. They are living like mice and rabbits [in shelters], unable to go out. Their people screamed and yelled, by the thousands, [they are] interested in leaving, interested in going to America, to Europe and Britain...” A religious leader on official Palestinian TV [August 4, 2006].
“Yesterday dozens of residents participated in a procession in the streets of Ramallah, in order to show solidarity with the Lebanese people… The participants praised the heroism of the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, who took two Israeli soldiers captive, and expressed their joy over the continuing falling of resistance missiles on the Israeli cities and settlements.”
[Al-Ayyam, July 17, 2006]
“…Regarding our ties with Hezbollah, we are proud and boastful of our good relationship with them… Whether the victory will be achieved here or there, it is a victory of both peoples against the common enemy… To Mr. Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the resistance we say…: And you, Oh master of the resistance! Oh Abu-Hadi [Nasrallah nickname], we tell you that we in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are all your brothers and your sons, we are all soldiers in the same battle you direct....’”
Imad Abu-Hamad, commander of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 14, 2006
“Palestine shows solidarity with itself, while showing solidarity with Lebanon, since the Lebanese resistance stands tall to protect the Arab Nation…’”.
Poet and journalist Ahmad Dahbor, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 11, 2006
“…It is an honor for the Palestinians that sister Lebanon will win, because she [Lebanon] always supports Palestine.…”
Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah movement Central Committee and Palestinian Ambassador in Lebanon, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 11, 2006
“Hezbollah has killed 120 Israelis, while during the Intifada the Palestinians killed over one-thousand Israelis, but what makes the difference is that against Hezbollah, Israel felt the defeat.”
Nasser Al-Laham, chairman of the independent news agency “Ma’an”: Palestinian TV open-wave broadcasts ‘Good Morning Palestine’, August 17, 2006
“If Israel succeeded during the cursed Six-Day War to defeat three Arab armies… and to end the war within six days, well now starts the fourth week [of the war in Lebanon], and they are not capable of finishing the war…The Jews have experienced five wars. We have never seen such disgrace, shame, and fear among their ranks, as in this war.”
[From a religious sermon by Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Bahar, a Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council – Palestinian TV, August 4, 2006]
“Yesterday in the town of Salfit, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine held its third party convention… The participants congratulated the heroes of resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, and sent messages of solidarity and support for the resistance and the Lebanese people for their great victory and the strong stance of Hezbollah fighters against the Israeli military demolition machine…”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 20, 2006]
“Israel is capable of destroying everything, but she will not be able to get a victory and defeat the resistance… because the resistance… is a cultural, mental, and ideological stat among the peoples of the region…and here we witness, after more than a month, the defeat of the Israeli occupation army…"
[Dr. Hasan Abu-Hashish, aid to the deputy of the information minister, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 20, 2006].
“Oh dear brothers, we are under a vicious attack by the enemies of humanity and religion, by the Zionist criminals… We emphasize that the Zionist military structure has been defeated! They are not able to win the military battle, not in Palestine, nor in Lebanon. They are however interested in justifying their defeat by killing children, wrecking homes, cutting off electricity, wrecking hospitals and institutions, but this is indeed a defeat in itself… They are the defeated, they are the ones who lost, and we – in God’s will – are winning because the flag of Islam will continue to fly in Palestine and in Lebanon despite their anger and wrath…”
[Friday sermon Palestinian TV, August 4, 2006, Shiek Dr. Ahmad Bahar, Hamas member of Palestinian Legislative Council]
“I call the Palestinians to make maximum use of the Lebanese model for handling a crisis and for the united and non-compromising stand … I warn against the policy of weakening the aims that any move towards normalization... is attempting to spread.”
[Dr. Hasan Abu-Hashish, aid to the deputy of the information minister, AL-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 20, 2006].
‘…We increased the shelling of the colonies surrounding the Gaza Strip, and we also escalated the military activity in the [West] Bank, in coordination with Hezbollah’s brave resistance, so that the enemy will be between two jaws of resistance in the south and the north. Yesterday the occupation retreated from southern Lebanon and afterwards from the Gaza Strip. And tomorrow, by Allah’s will, they will retreat from the [West] bank and hence become prisoners of their own racist fence…’”
[Imad Abu-Hamad, commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Gaza: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 14, 2006]
‘The Lebanese and Palestinian experience should be studied and benefited from. This proved that the Israeli army is defeated in the face of desire and good planning. Especially note the Israeli [civilian] evacuation and flight from the North [of Israel due to Hezbollah shelling of cities] proves that these are Palestinian cities and not Israeli ...’ ”
[“Dr. Attallah Abu-Al-Soboh, Minister of Culture: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 11, 2006]
“Brave battles of Hezbollah against the elite [Israeli] unit 51 of Golani… Breaking Israel’s war conception of quick resolution, talking initiative …. A small organization [Hezbollah] succeeded in beating Israel… If Hezbollah was a state, their achievements regarding Israel would have been great… Because they [Hezbollah] are like a lightweight boxer competing against a heavyweight boxer, and managing to reach the 15th round...”
PA analyst Hani Al-Masri Palestinian TV on August 2, 2006
Sheik Hian Idrisi: “The Zionist project is currently in retreat due to the reality in which we live . They hoped for a completely Jewish state, but now, we are a thorn in their throats. They hoped, following their unilateral retreat from Gaza, that the [PA] missile [attacks] would cease and that the attacks against them would stop, and they would be satisfied with the West Bank. But the brothers in Gaza, who were under siege after this withdrawal, finding themselves in an enclave, did not stand arms folded, but continued [to fight].
Host Sheik Jamal Bawatna says that if this is about Jihad and resistance, one should note the origins. He mentions an episode from Muslim tradition, when Fatima was attacked and Mohammad was patient and didn’t react with Jihad, until gathering a large army... ‘This proves that the resistance against the enemies must be done with wisdom. Before we open a front, we must study the situation carefully...’
Sheik Idrisi: “The fighting creates many worries for the enemy. Many regions [in Israel] which are near Lebanon and Gaza have been paralyzed, and the people disappeared. We pray to Allah that they will not return ... Eventually Allah, may he be praised and glorified, will bring the Muslims the victory, and bring defeat to the infidels… The enemy stole our land, stole the historic land of Palestine."
TV program “Religion and Society” Palestinian TV, July 23, 2006:
“The fighting brothers… we tell the monster entity state that by Allah’s will, they will not be able to accomplish their goals... I tell you that the Zionist people are in horror, fear, confusion, their political and military leaders are in disagreement. I tell you that they are horrified. More than two million Zionists are not able to leave their shelters. They live in fear inside the shelters. They live like mice and rabbits, they can not leave. Their people screamed and yelled, by the thousands. They are interested in leaving [Israel]. One is interested in going over there, to America, to Europe and Britain. Negative migration has started… We have not witnessed the destruction of Jaffa, Haifa, and in Allah’s will [soon], Tel-Aviv – except during this fifth war, this war, in which the noble, the believers, and the loyal fight in Palestine and in Lebanon.”
Sermon of Sheik Dr. Ahmad Bahar, Hamas member of Palestinian Legislative Council: Palestinian TV on August 4, 2006
“Parliament member Bassam Al-Salhi, general secretary of Al-Shaa’b [‘the people’s] party... called to carry on the struggle and the resistance. He [also] called the people in power to [show] unity and learn from the Hezbollah experience in Lebanon in order to face the challenges…”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 13, 2006]
‘Despite the military arsenal that the forces of occupation hold, and despite the USA support and the international silence, they did not mange to achieve their goals and their aspirations, due to the strong-standing of our people in sister Lebanon, and due to the brave Islamic resistance’. He called to learn from the lessons of the confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel, in a way that will strengthen the Palestinian capability to inflict casualties among the forces of the occupation.”
[Parliament member Dr. Marwan Abu-Al-Ras, head of the Palestinian Religious Teachers Society in the Gaza strip, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 20, 2006]
“Who leads wars...in this world that are meant to destroy the universe and to terrorize? This is America! Who produces means of terror and destruction in this world other than America?.. Who builds prisons and adopts a policy of human rights violations other than America?...Who deprives aid to the poor of the world except America? What weapons were used to murder the family of the girl Ghaliya if not American weapons?...Today, America has become the leader of the war against the world.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
“This attack harms all of mankind, because it is barbaric. It is motivated by primitive ethnic motives which are nourished by a dinosaur empire, that is the United States ... which described the current events as self-defense.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 3, 2006]
“No Zionist politician can doubt who made the decision to attack Lebanon – whether it was the Zionist entity or the administration of tyranny in Washington. Since this [attack] is the supreme policy that is organically connected to the direct American interest.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 15, 2006]
"I have a special message to the Arabs of Haifa, to your martyrs and to your wounded. I call you to leave this city. I hope you do this. ... Please leave so we don't shed your blood, which is our blood."
2006 - Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah:
"To the [Arab] Kings and Presidents: Poverty is killing us... yet you are still searching for the way to provide aid... like the armies of your predecessors in the year of 1948, who forced us to leave [Israel], on the pretext of clearing the battlefields of civilians... "
[Fuad Abu Higla, columnist official PA daily Al Hayat Al Jadida, in an article before an Arab Summit, critical of Arab leaders for a series of failures. Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, March 19, 2001]
“One must settle accounts with their murderers and resist [fight] its aggression.” Member of the Knesset, Azmi Bishara
"The popularity of Hezbollah has grown substantially among the Arabs in Israel… the first time there is a feeling of returning the honor, and that the people are feeling for the first time that there is a group which resists [fights-ed.] and stands firm against the Israeli army."
Ra’oda Att’allah, Director of the Arab Culture Society in Haifa:Al-Ayyam, August 8, 2006
“Hezbollah raised our heads and lifted our spirit.”
[Ali Mana, relative of 2 Israeli Arabs killed by Hezbollah missile:Al-Ayyam, August 8, 2006]
“Resistance [Hezbollah attacks] is not terror but it is a moral value. As for terror, the state [Israel] carries it out." [Wasil Taha, Arab Knesset Member, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 6, 2006]
"Solidarity with these heroes [Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists] is the least [we can do]." [Arab Knesset Member, Chairman of Balad Party, Azmi Bishara, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2006]
“America, Britain and Israel will not succeed to defeat the peoples in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan... This is a war against Islam and against the Arabs.” [Muhammad Hasan Kan’an, Chairman Arab National Party, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 6, 2006]
"The Palestinian and Lebanese resistance returned the confidence to the Arab-Islamic identity after years of defeats."
[Arab Knesset Member, Chairman of Balad Party, Azmi Bishara, Al-Ayyam, August 8, 2006]
“A look at the region in which we live teaches that the two biggest liars are Ehud Olmert and George Bush, who lead the world to carnage, destruction, and massacres.'
[Raa’d Salah, Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Al-Ayyam, August 8, 2006]
"The Palestinian people and the people of Lebanon are the winners because they have justice, whereas Bush and Olmert are the losers because they have falsehood". [Raa'd Salah, Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 8, 2006]
“This war forced all the factors to choose between the imperialistic Zionist and reactionary Arab camp [on one hand] or the ‘peoples’ and their resistance [movements]. We chose the ‘peoples’ and their resistance [movements] in Beirut, Palestine, Iraq and Somalia…We are not just against the war, but we are also in favor of the resisting people [i.e. terror]. Therefore, we do not want their fake democracy in Iraq."
[Raja Aghbariyah, Secretary of Israeli Arab Movement, “Abna Al-Balad”,Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 8, 2006]
Family of young Arab girl, Du’a Abbas, killed by Hezbollah rocket: "Blamed the government of Israel for the killing of their daughter." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2006]
"The Israeli politicians chose war and they are responsible for what is happening."
[Dr. Mansur Abbas, Chairman, Conference of the Southern Wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, and cousin of the young girl mentioned above Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2006]
"Israel's goal has been to expel civilians after organized massacres, of which the most well known are Dir Yassin and dozens more like it. To expel them in order to settle in their place in 1948... [Now] Israel targeted the civilians in Lebanon as a direct continuation of the historic chain, in a bloody red moment in Qana: First, to punish those who supported the resistance, second to expel the civilians in the South to the North in order to cause additional communal tension in Lebanon and third, to nourish the barbaric desire for revenge. This was a planned and intended attack. Israel is a terrorist state." [Arab Knesset Member, Chairman of Balad Party, Azmi Bishara, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 4, 2006]
“What happened in Nazi Germany 60 years ago occurs today in Baghdad, Gaza and Beirut.” [Nimer Nimer, Israeli Arab author, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 6, 2006]
"They [Lebanese children] are victims of a culture of criminal, savage and barbaric [Israeli] aircraft. One must settle accounts with their murderers and resist [fight] its aggression."
[Arab Knesset Member, Chairman of Balad Party, Azmi Bishara:Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 4, 2006]
"In the city of Nazareth a public conference was held the day before yesterday in support of Lebanon and of Palestine." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 6, 2006]
"Thousands of Palestinians from “the interior” participated yesterday in a demonstration that was organized by Balad [Israeli Arab political] party to protest the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza strip and to protest the barbaric offensive against the Lebanese people." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2006]
“Occupation and invasion = terror”; “Resistance = right and obligation”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2006]
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