Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Nakba Ends With Tragedy

By Ahmed al-Jarallah
This commentary was published in The Arab Times on 17/05/2011

The recent celebration of the anniversary of the occupation of Palestinian territories resulted in a series of tragedies along the border where the so-called resistance group continues to engage in war. The slogans used by the group as cover fell when it spilled the blood of demonstrators.

The situation is the same in South Lebanon in which Hezbollah is incapable of protecting the demonstrators from Israeli gunshots, despite the threats from its Secretary General. This is also the case in Golan Heights where the protesters went alive and returned dead. The Syrian soldiers did not take any step while watching the Israelis spill the blood of the people of Palestine and Syria. The demonstrators did not consider the entry to the occupied Syrian city of Majdal Shams an opportunity to liberate the territory, as if they were not really keen on liberating Golan. It appears that the liberation, based on the projection of Syria, will start from Tel Kalkh with several tanks firing on their houses, instead of Majdal Shams.

The fabricated stories about resistance, challenge and the liberation of Palestine, which have been spreading for 63 years and used as slogans or justification for certain actions, were exposed long ago. The number of refugees has continued to rise, instead of allowing people to return to their homes; hence, the settlement has become the ultimate alternative. This has been happening due to the effort to protect the systems without touching the leaders, who destroyed the country and its people, as if it were a garden. Over the last six decades, the Arab countries have not offered anything to the Palestinians, except their service as loyal protection groups used as scapegoats to settle regional and international scores. The most painful part for the Palestinians was the transformation of their land into a venue for countries to compete for trade and slogans.

Syria’s inability to implement internal reform to provoke Israel, which has not engaged Syria in a fight over the border since 1974 or even protest, similar to what happened a few days ago, was a misplaced priority. For the last few decades, the Syrian government has been hiding under war support and imagined strategic stability, while spending the national wealth in favor of a few from the ruling family.

Is the blood of Palestinians and some Arabs so cheap for certain governments to use as propaganda? Did the indictment of Hezbollah on the so-called “Jewish crime” exonerate the group, as well as the Iranian and Syrian leaders from bearing the responsibility for their botched adventure and drama that occurred on the Lebanese-Israeli border? Does this entail the recurrence of the 2006 incident which destroyed Lebanon and claimed 1,200 Lebanese? After the incident, Hassan Nasrallah appeared on a satellite television station, saying he would not have taken such an action if he had only known the magnitude of Israel’s reaction.

Do the endless crises mean the adventure-seekers will never learn from their previous experiences? They have been dragging the Arab world into war to achieve personal goals that are not related to the Palestinian issues. They have transformed revolutionary guns into mercenary weapons in wars between Arabs, in addition to civil wars between governments and citizens, similar to the current situation in Libya where the group of Ahmad Jibril has been fighting against the citizens.

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