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Sayed Nasrallah: A new Balfour Declaration, A new Palestinian Intifada

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The blood of Palestinians had not yet cooled down, when talk of a third intifada was back underway in the streets of Palestine. This followed the recent speech of US President Donald Trump in which he revealed that the US would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in a move recognizing Occupied Al-Quds as the capital of the Israeli regime. One of the most prominent figures who stands in face of the Israeli regime, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah voiced his support for a third Intifada to defend al-Quds and uproot the occupying regime.

Since the grassroots Intifada (uprising) which first begun in 1987 after years of Palestinian silence under Israel’s occupation, the Palestinian resistance manifested itself in different ways. This resistance is made up of the people, with members both young and old, who have, for long years, tasted the bitterness of occupation, along with violence and death, and realized that what has been taken by force can only be retrieved by force.

The Palestinians stood in face of the Israeli occupying forces with their hands holding slingshots and stones, sounding their rejection to land theft, killing, torture, imprisonment, deportation, house demolition, and the like. Their means of resistance advanced and changed with time, but the stones are still to be found in the hands of young boys here and there. The Israeli soldiers attacked the Palestinians time after time with different types of arms, mostly riding their tanks or using them as bunkers in the streets. The first intifada lasted six years.

On September 28, 2000 after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon walked into Al-Aqsa mosque with his security guards, a second intifada erupted; dubbed the al-Aqsa intifada. In that second uprising, the young boy Muhammad al-Durra was caught live on camera killed by the Israelis as he was trying desperately to hide behind his father.

During the past two decades, Israel launched a number of wars against the Palestinians, with the Gaza Strip being under blockade since the Israeli withdrawal in 2005. There have been a number of attempts for peace talks and negotiations that proved futile at the end of the day, not because there was no mutual trust between the two sides (which is what mainstream media outlets constantly claim) but because the Israeli regime is an apartheid state that has no legitimate right in establishing a state on the occupied land of Palestine.

Following the Trump declaration, (that the US formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli regime and that it will begin the process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to the city) voices across the Arab and Muslim worlds, and at the international level, sounded rejection to the step, reassuring that occupied al-Quds is the capital of Palestine and always will be.

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, whom Israeli commanders have time and again admitted they fear, condemned the US’s constant support of the apartheid regime, calling for a new Intifada, not only inside Palestine but also across the world through organized protests and rallies to condemn the decision. The Hezbollah leader, whose party defeated Israel numerous times in its wars and aggressions against Lebanon, warned that some voices will downplay the level of Trump’s decision, which resembles a second Balfour Declaration. He underscored that Israel does not care the Arabs, Europeans, Russians or Chinese say, and that what truly concerns it is the American position.

“The most important response would be a Palestinian uprising and an Islamic summit that would declare Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Palestine,” he stressed.

He pondered as to the fate of the Al-Aqsa mosque, and the Palestinians in East Al-Quds and their properties after this American decision, noting that "following Trump's decision, Israel would stop at nothing to push Palestinians from their homes and confiscate their properties, farms and gardens and also build settlements without restrictions.”

"Trump says that there is no Palestinian cause today, and the fate of the Palestinian cause is at stake. What would be left of the cause when you take Al-Quds out of it? Trump is saying that the Palestinian cause has ended and those who believe in negotiations must pay attention to his words," Sayed Nasrallah stressed.

He also pointed out that there is no doubt that there are other places, which are less sacred than al-Aqsa mosque, such as the rest of the West Bank, the Occupied Golan Heights and Kafar Shuba Hills that will be open to similar actions if Muslims remain silent in response to Trump's decision."

Trump's decision forms a great insult to millions of Muslims and Christians who felt offended by the transfer of occupied al-Quds to the Israeli control, not to mention in being against all international resolutions.

Sayed Nasrallah urged Muslims and Arabs to continue their protests against this outrageous step and emphasize the importance of the issue of Palestine for all Muslims, so that nobody would ever dare to do such things. He further called on scholars to hold meetings on this issue and on all people to reflect their rejection and anger on social media and voice their condemnation of Trump's decision. He also called on Arab states to at least summon their ambassadors from the United States.

In addition, he emphasized that "all kinds of overt and covert contact as well as normalization with Israel be cut by all Arab states, not to mention all diplomatic ties, and that the move be followed by expelling Israeli ambassadors from all Arab capitals. He highlighted that an Intifada is the most meaningful and important response to the US-Zionist move.

The Palestinian cause is a central cause, not only to the Palestinians, but also to the Arab and Muslim worlds, as well as movements and NGOs across the world that stand in support of the Palestinian people. It is worth noting that a change in the mindset of the people is important to realize an actual change on the ground. There remain many lessons in history that the US and Israel have failed to learn.

Heba Morad

Heba is a freelance writer.

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