Oct 2, 2006, 00:24
For over seven months now, the Palestinian people have been subjected to intensive pressure from the United States, Europe, Israel and some perfidious Arab regimes for the purpose of brining us to our knees and forcing us give up our rights to freedom and independence.
The Jewish-influenced Bush administration utilized America ’s immense resources and powers to blockade and strangle the Palestinians financially by warning banks operating in Palestine that their assets would be confiscated if they carried out any dealings with the democratically-elected government.
The bullying tactics worked and the banks, including the Arab Bank, cowered under pressure and refused to transfer aid money from Arab and Muslim states into the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Israel , for its part, not only withheld hundreds of millions of dollars of Palestinian customs money, which it levies on imports destined to the West Bank and Gaza , but resorted to manifestly criminal measures like barring Palestinians from accessing food and work.
This is mainly done by erecting hundreds of roadblocks in the West Bank which prevented ordinary Palestinians from reaching their jobs and places of work.
And in Gaza, the Nazi-like Israeli regime closed all exists from Gaza, including the Rafah border crossings, suffocating the Gaza economy and causing agricultural produces, upon which thousands of families depend for their livelihood, to rot.
Similarly, Europe , which had created Israel at the Palestinian people’s expense, froze all sorts of assistance to the Palestinians to force their government to recognize Israel and accept its Nazi-like occupation.
The European stand was especially unethical since it ignored completely the fact of the occupation, which is actually an act of rape, while making brazen demands on its miserable victims.
Interestingly, some Arab regimes that are at Israel’s and America’s beck and call have also chosen to join the anti-Palestinian chorus by barring Palestinian officials from visiting their capitals where the Mossad enjoys a virtual carte blanch to implant spies, recruit informers and closely monitor all free voices in these countries.
In short, the Palestinian people have been facing a real conspiracy, aimed at forcing us to surrender to the ZioNazi occupation.
In fact, American and Zionist officials declared repeatedly that the goal is to force the suffering Palestinian public to turn against their elected government and bring it down in the hope that a more "moderate" government would be formed.
Such a government would conceivably act as a quisling entity and sacrifice Palestinian national goals in return for some financial aid which in any case would go to the pockets of the notoriously corrupt people ejected by Palestinian voters in the January elections.
Fortunately, and despite the induced starvation and the daily killings in Gaza and the West Bank , the Palestinian people haven’t committed national apostasy as the enemies have hoped all along.
The massive rally in Jabalya refugee camp on 29 September, which attracted tens of thousands of people, is another testimony to the faithfulness, dignity and enduring vigor of our people.
This huge rally which the western and some Arab media reported with a conspicuous grudge communicated a message of faithfulness and defiance and steadfastness to all parties concerned. It is a message that says " we are willing to go hungry, but we will never commit national adultery by doing Israel ’s bidding by turning against the elected government."
Yes, hunger has a painful sting especially during the holy month of Ramadan. However, the Palestinian people have demonstrated repeatedly that no matter how painful is the sting and how abject is the poverty, they will not betray their own cause.
This lofty and moral stand is after all consistent with the Arab and Muslim traditions of not succumbing to coercion, as the Arab proverb goes "a dignified woman would rather go hungry than sell her body."
Our people are not naïve or stupid or cheap. They know certainly that the chalice offered by America and Israel and the perfidious Arab regimes in return for recognizing Israel is a poisoned drink, they know that if they allowed themselves to be bullied into recognizing Israel, they would be forced to give up al-Quds al Sharif and al Masjidul Aqsa and the paramount right of return for Palestinian refugees. They know that America is a liar, a big liar, that should never be trusted or believed. They know that should we give up now, we will get neither freedom nor statehood, in addition to losing our national dignity.
The huge rally in Jabalya is not an isolated event. According to an opinion poll conducted by Dr. Khalil Sheqaki recently, Hamas has more or less maintained its popularity among Palestinians despite the draconian sanctions. In fact, there are genuine indications that Hamas would win once again if elections were to be held now.
Finally, a word to those Palestinians who are coordinating and conniving with the enemies and conspiring to bring the government down. What you are doing is a grand treachery because working with the enemies against your own people is an unforgivable act of treason. Besides, you know for sure that America is the tormentor of our people and nothing good can really come from it.
Now is your chance to repent during this holy month of repentance.
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