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Zionist ideology:  Of apartheid, terror, and crimes against humanity (December 24, 2008)

Israel is the last apartheid State in existence and still going strong, boasting its rights to be a pure Jewish State and that the “Palestinians do not exist” as Golda Meir PM stated in 1967. Before I start my essay, let me offer a very restricted sample of terror activities of this Apartheid State since its inception as an implant State in the 20th century.

Deir Yasin (April, 1948): 254 civilians shot dead by the Menahem Begin’s terrorist Irgun militia that had demolished King David Hotel during the British mandate. Deir Yasin was a village that didn’t even permit combatants to pass through and had a pact of non-aggression with the neighboring Jewish settlements.

Begin wrote: “After Deir Yassin the Irgun entered Haifa as if slicing into butter” The arch terrorist Begin was later rewarded for all his terrorist activities to become a Prime Minister of the State of Israel.

Balad al-Cheikh (December, 1947): 60 Palestinian civilians shot in their homes by the official Palmach army.

Sasa (February, 1948): 60 Palestinian civilians killed and 20 houses demolished by the Palmach army.

Haifa (April, 1948): 100 Palestinian civilians fleeing the City were killed and 200 severely wounded.

Qibiya (October, 1953): 42 Palestinian civilians killed and 41 houses blown out by Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. The village of Qibiya was in Jordan but Israel wanted revenge 4 years later because it had resisted Israel terrorists’ infiltration.

Kafr Kassem (October, 1956): 47 Palestinian peasants returning from their fields to the village were shot dead.  Colonel Melinsky told the commander Shadmi: “No sentimentality. Let God have mercy on their souls”.  Kafr Kassem was not even within the State of Israel when Israel decided to invade Sinai.

Khan Younis (November, 1956): a Palestinian camp of refugees under the UNRWA was occupied by the Israeli army; 275 civilians massacred.

Rafah (November, 1956): a refugee camp directed by UNRWA was invaded by Israel “Defense Forces”; 111 civilians massacred. 

Sabra and Chatila (refugee camps in Lebanon; September, 1982): over 2,300 civilians massacred during two nights and three days of bestial behavior never seen in modern history.

Qana (south Lebanon): 200 civilians dead and 200 severely injured in a compound run by the UN Peace keeping forces; Shimon Peres (the supposedly “peace-loving” person) was Prime Minister; the bombing was pre-meditated.

Qana again (July 2006): 40 civilians, mostly children huddled in the basement, died buried under a bombed building.

Jenine (2005; a Palestinian camp in the West Bank): 500 civilians crushed under the Merkava tanks during three days of demonic genocide.  Israel did not allow any UN investigation of the slaughter.

In 1948, the United Nations divided Palestine in two States: Israel and Palestine. Israel didn’t care: it invaded the Palestinian lands and claimed it as its own. The villages and cities of Qazaza, Jaffa, Tanoura, Tireh, Kfar Huseinia, Haifa, Abou Shusha, Saris, Biddu, Lod, Bayt Surik, and on and on all destroyed, the civilians killed and massacred, and the names of the villages changed to Hebrew names.  The irony is that all the famous Zionist terrorists were rewarded with the highest government posts; Ben Gorion PM, Golda Meir PM; Begin PM, Shamir PM, Sharon PM, Ehud Barak PM, and not counting the successive Defense Ministers such as Moshe Dayan and the sorts.

 Israel has invaded tiny Lebanon more than six times and destroyed completely its infra-structure more than eight times, for no reasons whatsoever, and displaced more than one million Lebanese citizens four times from south Lebanon.  Why?

What threat a defenseless Lebanon was to Israel if not for its resilience and complex social composition that make this State immune to accepting a virtual peace treaty?

Tiny Israel has more fighters plane of the latest versions (more than 500) than France; can tiny Israel, with no substantial economy to rely on, be able to afford such a fleet if it was not the mercenary military outpost State to the US Empire in the Middle East?

Tiny Israel, smaller than New Jersey, has more nuclear war heads than France (the same nation that provided Israel with its first central atomic capability in 1956).  Can tiny Israel with less than 5 million Jews be able to acquire such an arsenal if it was not the watchdog of the US Empire in the Middle East?

Tiny Israel, with no economy that matter, allocated more than two billion dollars to build a stupid barrier more than 800 km to separate itself from the Palestinians in order to convince its citizens that apartheid is an excellent policy.  Israel withheld needed budget to raising the standard of living of the poorer immigrants who have been struggling with their lethal mistake of coming to this forsaken land of crimes and terrors.

Lebanon: An improbable Statehood in the making (Part 2, February 20, 2008)

Note:  I added four footnotes for current development    

Under the leadership of Hezbollah, the Shias in the south and the Bekaa Valley are basically the main caste shouldering the heavy burden of defending Lebanon from the frequent aggressions of Israel.  Without the Shiaa, south Lebanon would have long been swallowed by Israel and Lebanon divided and scraped from the number of independent States.  It is the Shiaa who forced Israel to withdraw unconditionally from the south in May 24, 2000.  It is the Shiaa who foiled the strategy of Israel of reconquering the south of Lebanon in July 2006 and installing a Pax Americana in the Greater Middle East.  

Hezbollah split from the main “Amal” Shiaa movement around 1983 and adopted an ideology tightly linked to the Khomeini hardliners in Iran and is made responsible for the suicide attacks against the US and French headquarters in Beirut.  Hezbollah was the only resistance movement allowed by Syria to operate against Israel’s occupation in the south of Lebanon since 1991 when the US Administration permitted Syria mandate over Lebanon for over 15 years.  Syria had prohibited all the other Lebanese nationalistic and progressive parties to resume their liberation resistance during its occupation of Lebanon. 

After the assassination of Rafic Hariri PM in 2005 and the withdrawal of the Syrian troops from Lebanon we have been experiencing a serious void in the legitimacy of the current government.  The entente between the Tayyar political party of Michel Aoun (Free Patriotic Movement for Reform and Change) and Hezbollah has allayed the perception that schemes for a recurring civil war in under planning.  The patient internally non-violence strategy of Hezbollah in conducting non-cooperation activities against an unjust and usurping government has permitted the Lebanese population to gain the assurance and relief that another civil war is not feasible.  

This Seniora’s government and its allies have been plundering the public treasury for the past three years and for the last 15 years under Rafic Hariri; this continuous regime has been spreading poverty and deepening the indebtedness and ineptness of Lebanon, with the explicit support of the Bush administration, under the guise of empty rhetoric of democracy, security and independence from Syria’s indirect involvement in Lebanon.

  Consequently, the Shiaa have proven to be the legitimate sons of an independent Lebanon and have paid the prices of martyrdom, suffering, sacrifice and pain in order to be the guarantor for the emergence of a Nation against all odds.  It is the sacrifices of the Shiaa and their patience to suffer for the benefit of all Lebanese that is providing them with the leverage of flexibility, intent to change, learn from experience and improve.  The successive unilateral withdrawals of Israel from Lebanon since 1982 without any preconditions have given the Lebanese citizen grounds to standing tall. 

Our main problem is that the International requirements of Lebanon and our local politics are at odds.  The USA, Europe and Saudi Arabia would like to settle the Palestinian refugees as Lebanese citizens with full rights and thus avoiding the corny problem of their legitimate rights to be repatriated to Israel as stated in the UN resolution of 194.  The Monarchy in Saudi Arabia has been viewing the Palestinian question as a major liability since the extremist party of Hamas has taken power in Gaza; Saudi Arabia is exhausted of paying the bills everytime Israel destroys the infra-structure of Lebanon and covering some of the expenses of the Palestinian refugees and would like an end to this conflict that is hampering the internal stability of the Wahabi Saudi regime. Israel invasions of Lebanon and its genocide tactics against the Palestinians are done at the urging of the USA 

The two main local movements of the Future Party and Hezbollah are more than content for this unconstitutional political dilemma which suits their short-term interests.  The Future is satisfied with its dominance among the Sunnis in Beirut and the North and thus, giving the Palestinian refugees citizenship might create an unknown variable that could disrupt the majority of the Sunni allegiance to the Al Moustakbal.  Consequently, the Hariri clan cannot disobey the Saudi orders but it cannot shoot itself in the foot.  Externally, the Hariri clan is pro Saudi but in reality it is very cozy with the Syrian position on the Palestinian refugee status as its strongest card during the negotiations with the USA and afterward.  The unstable constitutional political system in Lebanon may delay indefinitely any serious pressures from Saudi Arabia and the USA to resolving the Palestinian refugees’ question.  Hezbollah is weary of having to deal with a constitutional government and negotiate returning its arms to the Lebanese army.  Thus, the two main parties in Lebanon are supporting each other practically and just playing the game of opposing forces.

  Furthermore, The USA has decided after the fiasco of the July war in 2006 that no more investment in time on Lebanon is appropriate at this junction.  We have to wait for a new US administration to decide whether it is willing to re-open the file of the Near East problems.

The allies to the two main parties are side shows; they know it and they cannot change camps with the deep mistrust for the other side pledges and dependent policies to foreign powers.  Thanks to the vehement rhetoric against Syria or its allies in Lebanon by Walid Jumblatt and Samir Geaja, the Future party has been able to give the impression that it is against the Syrian regime while practically it agrees with the Syrian positions and would like to keep the present status quo in Lebanon’s political system of the Taef Constitutional amendments.  

General Michel Aoun has realized that he has been taken by the sweet tender offers of Hezbollah but he cannot shift allegiance or form a third alliance since non resolution of the situation is the name of the game until further agreement among the main Arab states and the main superpowers. Recently, General Aoun has demonstrated his independence by visiting Syria for 5 days amid a popular welcome to re-establish entente between the two people, if not the regimes.

So far, the polemics among the government’s allies and the opposition political parties are not shy of harboring sectarian allegiances in their charged speeches but somehow they failed to discuss the actual caste, or closed religious system in our social structure, which is the fundamental problem toward a modern state of governance. I do not believe that any fair and representative electoral law is of utility unless the basic caste system is recognized as a sin and altered accordingly to represent an alternative for the citizen joining a united and free status under one State. 

The first step is to instituting a voluntary State marriage law and letting the situation unfold into a more liberal understanding of the need of the people.  The road is very long and arduous before the beginning of a semblance of trust among the Lebanese is established.  However, I feel that the Shiaa under the leadership of a wise and disciplined Hezbollah and their corresponding Christian Free Patriotic movement are leading the way for a semi-autonomous Lebanon, at least in its internal restructuring.  I believe that the necessities of survival would loosen up many stiff ideological and caste roadblocks toward a reformed political system and the institution of a governing body that abide in integrity, accountability and justice for all.

It is a fact that extremist Sunni “salafist” ideology is gaining quickly in all the Arab and Moslem World, out of desperation and the widespread illiteracy and lack of job openings. (See note 3).  Maybe our mix of all kinds of sects might be a rampart to our moderate liberal tendencies.

The spirit of Statehood is coming from an unforeseen quarter; mainly the Shiaa caste freshly arriving in the social and political scene around 1970.  This disinherited caste was already a majority when the civil war of 1975 broke out and it suffered from the total ignorance of the central government for infrastructure and social services and had also to suffer the humiliation and atrocities of frequent Israeli air raids and land attacks and bombing of their villages under the disguise of dislodging the Palestinian guerillas.  

The Shiaa caste is opening up to almost all sects and managed to ally with large sections of many other castes.  This extending arm might be considered as necessary out of the realization that they are a majority in Lebanon and a real minority in the neighboring States of Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. This necessity is a blessing to Lebanon because the main major caste is encouraging unity against foreign invaders. 

In the event that Hezbollah maintains its strength then it can be forecasted that the economic strategy of Lebanon will shift from tourism and third sector (the Hariri’s clan strategy) into more emphasis on agriculture and small and medium industries, many of it geared toward guerilla warfare.  This is how the future looks like to me if no overall peace treaty with Israel is realized any time soon.

 

I used the term “Statehood” for Lebanon in a general sense to convey that a form of unity is developing in the conscious of the Lebanese but this notion of Nation is far from appropriate to Lebanon simply because experiences since independence could not provide any evidence to a unified people under legitimate and responsible central governments.  Lebanon is fundamentally an amalgamation of castes that enjoy self-autonomy.  I still believe that the Syrians, Lebanese, Palestinians, and Jordanians naturally form a Nation and they should generate a common market with separate recognized States.

I am convinced the Taef Constitution was meant to have total entente among the various main three religious castes in Lebanon before starting to elect a new president to the Republic; the entente should involve everything from election law, to the constitution of the government and other priorities.  This fact translates into agreement among the main Arab States and the main superpowers on how Lebanon should be governed during six years.  Unless the Lebanese leaders and political parties get together to review the Taef Constitution and be willing to pay the price of deciding to have a mind of their own then Lebanon is de facto under the UN protectorate.

 

Note 1: the current Dawha agreement translated the spirit of Taef in its temporary execution until the Parliamentary election takes place.

 

Note 2:  The Future movement of the Hariri clan (Saad Hariri is a Saudi citizen) is practically pro-Syrian but it cannot overtly open up to the Syrian regime as long as Saudi Arabia is not currently in good term with President Bashar Assad.

 

Note 3:  The Sunni “salafist” movement expressed its strong arm tendencies in the Palestinian camp of Nahr Al Bared; the Lebanese army destroyed the camp along with the extremist Sunni group and the ramifications are not over in our internal strife.

 

Note 4:  The social/political structure is held by 19 recognized castes or columns that grow at different paces in demography.  Thus, the top of our Temple must be very flexible and changeable when foreign powers decide to destabilize the tacit agreement among the caste political feudal leaders.

Introspection (continue 11)

Something about my primary and secondary schooling

My brother and I were enrolled in a French Catholic Brethren school in Beirut, Furn El Chebak, and my sister Raymonde at a Sisters’ French school nearby.  I could not write or speak a word of French and had to waste another school year to catch up with my French.  My aunt Therese, who lived with us for three years before she forced herself to get married and whom I missed very much, used to be very patient teaching me French.

I recall the first time I was asked to memorize a few French history sentences about “Chevalier Bayard sans peur et sans reproche” and Therese was patient with me for over three hours.  Therese was training us for “dictee” spelling and I was awful and my pieces were fraught with mistakes even after several trials.  At the end of the year, I was one of the best in French and succeeded in both the Lebanese and French certificates. Therese used to take me to movies and buy me French books, “collection green and rose”, and she was basically my unique buddy.

I had no social life outside my family and the family of my aunt Montaha on the next parallel street.  The next school year, I was so good in French that I used to come from school and read French books till it was time to go to bed. I recall that I visited only once a friend at his house and was amazed at the freedom that he enjoyed and the collection of songs that he owned; it was Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Rolling Stones period.  I never received friends at my home and was never asked to be visited.

Dad purchased a black and white TV in 1964 and then a music box, basically as decoration in the salon but which we used occasionally as we grew up.  My parents were well off financially at the time but they cared less for entertainment; and we never demanded anything since we were not used to luxury life and luxury items.  Luxury is a training exercise and you have to be trained to spend money until you get proficient in looking luxurious.

Dad would never give us pocket-money and I never asked him to.  I used to save what I received on special occasions like Christmas and Easter.  I do not recall that I ever asked dad for money, either out of pride or because I reduced drastically my range of desires for products.  When I was about 18 I started taking the tramway alone and saw movies alone and roamed the streets alone for many years alone.  Even during my university years I traveled alone and never missed a new theater performance or a good movie whether commercial or projected at cultural centers.  Maybe Ghassan was a bit shyer than me; I recall during my class of “cinquieme” that once Ghassan needed badly to go to the toilet but refrained from asking permission.  Ghassan left a long trail of excrement on the street on his way home.

Girl helpers

At the time it was the custom for well off family to hire girl child helpers from Syria around Safita.  My family was no exception. The father of any of these children between 10 to 12 years old would visit once a year to collect his money and leave.  We had three child helpers. The first one was named Salimeh and she was my age of 12 but was taller, robust and all muscles; I recall that I used to box her buttocks, hard as rock.  She was not pretty but she loved us dearly and we got used to liking her cheerful attitude.

The next one was even younger and she used to get lost everytime she had to accompany my sister Raymonde from school.  Once, she lost her way and Raymonde was already at home and she saw Raymonde on the balcony and hollered to her to come down to join her and go home.

The third helper was short, hard working and pretty; she had a round face and very large drooping eyes. She was in love with me but I was at the age when I could not stand romance.  I was glad when her father took her away but she was in cry and would not leave.  This girl helper was the last that mother hired.  I guess mother realized that these kids were more of a hassle to her as we had grown up a bit.

Mother was hard on the helpers and she made them wake up very early and work all day long for over 13 hours, but mother was meticulous that they keep clean, eating of our own food and wearing decent clothes.  It was hard for me to accept the conditions of these helpers once I became conscious of their alienation away from their homes for over two years sometimes.

The late author, Mai Ghoussoub described the life of one these kid helpers in her book “Farewell Beirut” and how she turned out to be a ferocious and fearless fighter during the civil war; most importantly, she never tried to get any revenge on her “masters” even though the eldest son had raped her and she was confined never to leave the apartment; the girl was just utterly happy to feel free.


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