“No to the Deal of the Century”

The International Jerusalem Day is commemorated this year amid the unceasing US-Zionist plots against Arab people, especially after the US President’s acknowledgment of Jerusalem as capital of the Zionist entity and the declaration of annexing Golan to the occupying entity.

Many rallies were held yesterday in Syrian, Iranian cities and other parts of the world to  mark the International Jerusalem Day and express solidarity with the Palestinian people to support Palestinians who are facing the dangerous prospect of a sellout of their rights through a notorious US plan called the "deal of the century".

The rallies were an opportunity to reject US President Donald Trump’s ill-famed plan and a summit  due to be held in Bahrain later this month to market the US project. In Damascus, a huge rally was held in Souk al-Hamidiyeh with the participation of  scores of intellectuals and representatives of Palestinian resistance movements. The participants  affirmed that Palestinians, Arab and Muslim people will not sell Jerusalem and will work for the liberation of  the city  soon.

The participants hailed the great sacrifices offered by the Palestinian people in confrontation of the racist oppressive measures taken by the Zionist occupation forces against them. They emphasized that the Palestinian Cause will ever remain the central cause of the Arab people as Palestine is the heart of the nation and its compass and the eternal capital of Palestine. They also  expressed appreciation for the stances of the Syrian leadership and people in support of the Palestinian cause, calling for a popular Islamic stand against the puppet regimes to push them to adopt decisions compatible with the aspirations of their peoples.

Resistance of Israeli occupation will continue unabated

Lebanese and Arab people commemorate these days the 19th anniversary of the liberation of South Lebanon from Israeli occupation. As the Arab people mark this  anniversary, they remember with pride the great sacrifices offered by the Lebanese national resistance men who forced the Israeli occupation  to withdraw from South Lebanon in a humiliating way.

This year's anniversary coincided with the intensification of the US, Israel and their allies' attacks against the resistance axis with the aim of weakening this axis, liquidating the Palestine question , perpetuating the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories and making Israel invade the Arab homeland politically, economically and culturally.

The US-Zionist attack targets Syria, as it represents the beating heart of the resistance axis, especially following the failure of the eight year terrorist war in which they exported terrorists from more than eighty countries and supported them logistically and financially through the petro-dollar states to destroy Syria and divide it.

Following their failure, the US and Israel resorted to another kind of terrorism, namely economic terrorism through tightening the economic embargo and the unilateral coercive measures imposed on Syrian people.  Trump's administration  also adopted  another  notorious decision recognizing the Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan in a flagrant violation to the relevant  UN resolutions.

However, Syrian people have been defying these illegal measures and decisions  through their national solidarity and rallying behind their army and leadership.

 As for the Lebanese national resistance, the US and Israeli occupation authorities have described it as “a strategic threat” to Israel in an attempt to mobilize support and provoke the international community against it.

The United States and the Zionist regime are conspiring against Hezbollah in a bid to weaken popular support for the movement which  has been standing firm in the face of US and Israeli hegemonic schemes for the Middle East region.

Moreover, the US and Israel are working these days to implement the so-called Deal of the Century, which aims, among other things,  to liquidate the Palestine question and wipe out the Palestinian inalienable rights, especially the repatriation right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their indigenous homeland and perpetuate the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories.

The US is working in cooperation of some Gulf states to implement the ill-famed  Deal of the Century through organizing an economic conference in Bahrain next month in support of US President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for “peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians with the aim of liquidating the Palestine question and to enabling Israeli companies to invade the Arab homeland.

The US-Zionist schemes also targets Iran through tightening economic sanctions against it, because of its essential role in resisting Israeli occupation and US plans.

May 25 does not only mark the 19th anniversary of the liberation of South Lebanon from 22 years of Israeli occupation and oppression by the Lebanese Resistance, but also the liberation of Lebanese political prisoners from the infamous Khiyam prison. On 23 May 2000, 144 Lebanese prisoners were liberated from Khiyam, 2 days before the complete withdrawal of the occupation forces.

About 3000  Lebanese resistance men stormed Khiyam, the site of infamous torture of Lebanese resistance men , breaking the locks with axes and crowbars. Set up by the Israelis in 1985 on a hill in the village of Khiyam in the South Lebanon Governorate, the Khiyam prison was considered to be one of the most ruthless detention and interrogation centers in the Middle East.

While the Israelis governed the prison, which included 67 cells and more than 20 solitary confinement cells, they used the South Lebanon Army (SLA), an Israeli proxy militia  to execute their orders.

Over 5,000 Lebanese, including 500 women, were imprisoned in Khiyam prison over the years. The  Lebanese citizens who participated in all forms of resistance to the occupation and its proxy forces were tortured brutally inside the notorious prison. The prison after its liberation became a museum and symbol of the torture of the occupiers and the victory of the Lebanese people and their resistance, of their freedom obtained through struggle and years of resistance.

 The victory in South Lebanon and the liberation of Khiyam remains an anniversary of liberation and a promise for future victories over torture, oppression and occupation.

Trump's notorious decisions and illegal measures would not weaken the resistance axis. Rather, it will strengthen it to press ahead with resistance acts until the liberation of all the occupied Arab territories and the establishment of the Palestinian  state with Jerusalem as its capital.

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Syrians will remain steadfast in the face of economic embargo

The failure of the US, Israel, their Western allies and regional and Arab tools to subjugate the Syrian people over the past eight years through supporting Takfiri terrorists coming from different parts of the world, pushed them to think of a new form of terrorism, namely economic terrorism.

  Economic terrorism is a new form of the US-Western war waged  against the Syrian people to achieve the goals they failed to realize through the field war despite of financing and arming terrorist organizations. 

Economic terrorism started on ground through a stifling siege on the importation of oil derivatives. Tightening the embargo and punitive measures on the companies and states which deal with Syria was the reason behind the long lines of cars seen around gas stations in Syria.

On Nakba Day, Palestinians are more determined to restore their rights

As the Palestinians across the world are  marking  the 71st anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), the US continued to take aggressive measures against the Palestinian and Syrian people that started in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel followed by the  provocative  decision of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, and recently recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Occupied Syrian Golan.

These provocative measures are grave developments that put Washington on the same side as occupation and the violation of international law. They  place the United States at a position of complete bias in favor of the occupation and the violation of international law and resolutions.

Syrian Martyrs Write Stories of Glory and Honour

Today, the Syrian people mark Martyrs’ Day with joy and pride in the landslide victories and achievements made by the Syrian Arab Army against terrorism and western states which support it. Inspired by the great meanings and sublime values of Martyrs' Day, Syrian people and army are following in the footsteps of their fathers and forefathers defying new forms of terrorism, especially the economic terrorism, represented by the  unfair sanctions and the coercive unilateral measures imposed on the Syrian people with the aim of making them succumb to the American Zionist diktat. Inspired by the great valiant deeds and heroic steadfastness of Syrian martyrs, Syrian people will be able to defeat the new American Zionist aggression and the economic embargo imposed on Syria.

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