(Al Quds Day, Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2013)
by Nour Rida, Al Ahed news
Hizbullah Secretary General, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah surprised the thousands of Lebanese gathered in Sayyed al-Shuhada complex in Beirut’s southern suburb , Dahyeh, as he arrived into the complex in person to share the event in a rare live appearance with the people of the Resistance and deliver his speech.
Breaking the usual appearing via video-link, His Eminence said today we are in greatest need of commemorating al-Quds day.
Sayyed Nasrallah reminded of Imam Ruhollah Khomeini’s statement on al-Quds day in the month of Ramadan 1399 AH (August 1979), a statement made in the first few months after the Islamic Revolution victory.
Heeding Imam Khomeini’s Call
“Imam Khomeini issued a statement in which he called for defending all oppressed peoples worldwide, which would be the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan every year,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
Imam Khomeini had said on that day “I advise the Palestinian authorities to give up frequent travels to external powers and instead extend the helping hands to the Palestinians. By relying on God, the Almighty, they can undertake an armed struggle against “Israel” until the demise of this regime. Since these types of travels discourage the people from struggle against this brutal regime. I assure you that neither the West nor the East will promote the Palestine cause, but reliance on God, the Almighty, and armed struggle against “Israel” can defeat this regime.”
“The aim of Imam Khomeini’s call is to remind the Muslims and the world of the Palestinian cause, to prevent them from forgetting it, to benefit from mobilization, to rescue al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Palestine from the hands of the Zionists and shed light on what Palestine and its people are suffering from, be it siege, Judaization, starvation or the demolition of holy sites,” he uttered.
Thanking the people who came to take part in the ceremony while fasting despite the hot weather, “Today, on August 2, 2013, we critically need to commemorate the occasion, and I thank all of you for heeding the call of Imam Khomeini.”
Palestine from Sea to River, “Israel” World Threat
According to Sayyed Nasrallah, “The Palestine we talk about is the entire Palestine from sea to river, the entire land should be returned to its people, no one in this world, young or old, prince, king, president or government, should give up one iota of Palestinian sand, or a single drop of its water or oil.”
“Imam Khomeini described “Israel” as a cancerous gland, a deadly cancerous tumor, and the only solution is to persist and eradicate it,” he expressed.
“”Israel” postures a grave and permanent threat not only to Palestinians, but also to all the states and peoples of this region and its capabilities, security, dignity, safety and sovereignty,” Sayyed Nasrallah explained adding, “anyone who denies that would be practicing obstinacy. Hence, it is not only an existential threat to Palestine’s people, but also to all the peoples of the region.”
He further elaborated that the end of “Israel” is in the interest of the entire Islamic world and the entire Arab world; it is also a national interest for every country in the region.
“All those who stand in face of the Zionist project and resist against it anywhere in the world is defending Palestine as well as his own country, his people, dignity, the future of his children and grandchildren,” he expressed.
Palestine Central Cause
Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that every Palestinian and Arab, whether Muslim or Christian, in fact every person in this world should bear responsibility, as this cause is a right cause, it is a tragedy that all should care for.
According to Sayyed Nasrallah, the responsibility includes “the political stance, the popular solidarity, the media position, the financial support to the Palestinians and the insistence on “Israel’s” illegitimacy”, and all hardships Lebanon and the region live is due to giving up on this cause.”
Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say that some countries and governments prevent prioritizing the Palestinian cause through inventing wars and conflicts to divert attention from the central and main cause, that of Palestine. “First they spoke of communist expansion and Palestine was forgotten and they spent billions and came up with books, conference and wars. Then they invented the Iranian and Persian expansion and a war that cost billions was waged against Iran. Had they spent only one fifth on Palestine, it would have been liberated.”
Guarantees were given to the US that arms obtained by the Arab states would not be used against “Israel”.
Sectarianism to Derive Attention from Cause
Hizbullah SG highlighted “They then used the so-called ‘Shiite expansion’, they said the priority is confronting the Shiite threat because it poses a greater threat to the nation than the Zionist scheme. To many, “Israel” is not a threat or an enemy anymore.”
Even worse that than this, Sayyed expressed, is “that they gave some local political conflicts a sectarian nature.”
Giving examples on such, he underscored “In Egypt, there is a critical political rift, but it is political and not sectarian. The same applies to Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. But when it comes to countries that have diversity, such as Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Bahrain, the political conflict is turned into a sectarian conflict, which is a destructive weapon.”
“Isn’t it time for the peoples of the region to realize that some parties seek to destroy the region and its countries, armies and peoples. They don’t only want to divide the nations but also to fragment the peoples into sects,” Sayyed Nasrallah wondered.
“Isn’t it time for the peoples of the region to point their fingers at the countries sponsoring this destructive, malicious scheme, which is the most dangerous scheme our region has witnessed?” he also asked.
Palestine Should Bring People Together
On the behalf of Hizbullah, Sayyed Nasrallah called on all sides to find common ground, sort out disagreements, as there are certain destructive disagreements that shake the economy and security.
“We in Hizbullah also reiterate we will stand by Palestine and the Palestinian people, we are keen on strong ties with all Palestinian factions and forces, even though we might have differences on certain issues related to Palestine and Syria.”
Thanking Syrian and Iranian efforts on reviving the Palestinian cause and defending it, Sayyed Nasrallah iterated “they have presented so much for Palestine and al-Quds, also to the Resistance movements in Palestine and Lebanon which led to the defeat of the Zionist entity.”
In his opinion, the Palestinian cause should bring all the peoples together despite any differences.
Sayyed Nasrallah, who assured the Resistance will remain alert and ready to protect Lebanon and its people along with the Lebanese army, reminded of absented Imam Sayyed Moussa Sadr, urging the Libyan authorities to bear responsibility of his kidnapping.
Shiite Hizbullah to Defend Palestine Indefinitely
Moving on to another point, Sayyed Nasrallah focused “They want the Shiites outside the equation concerning the Arab-”Israeli” conflict, meaning also Iran out. Hence, we tell the US, “Israel”, Britain and all their tools, we also tell the friend and the enemy, we, the Shiites of Ali bin Abi Taleb will not give up on Palestine and Palestinian sanctities.”
“We in Hizbullah, are among those who were raised up on the Resistance project, we were educated on confronting the “Israeli” enemy, defending Palestine and al-Quds, also the sovereignty of Lebanon. We sacrificed our souls and blood for the sake of this path, with the leaders starting Sayyed Abbas Moussawi and reaching Haj Imad Moghnieh leading the way,” Sayyed Nasrallah detailed.
Wrapping up his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah said “We in Hizbullah, the Muslim Ja’afari Shiites will not give up on Palestine, al-Quds, or the sanctities of the Ummah.”