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Why is Al-Quds absent?!

(Al Quds, Palestine-file photo)

by Maysaa Ibrahim, Al Ahed news

There… in Occupied al-Quds a number of hidden facts that turn the bride of capitals and the center of divine religions into a black nightmare.

Not only does the “Israeli” excavations under al-Aqsa Mosque reach deep into 14 meters, but also the occupation’s constructions under the Holy mosque form a whole city that is able to accommodate millions.

Moreover, “Israel” continues to build tunnels from Silwan to other towns and cities to reach al-Aqsa.

This comes as ancient monuments and stones are deposited in “Israeli” museums and there are around 104 synagogues, including four large ones, that seize al-Aqsa.

Amid all this, the “Israeli” cleansing continues: the number of “Israeli” settlements inside the occupied city reached 29 as there exists a million “Israeli” settler compared to only 150 thousand Palestinians living on their occupied al-Quds territories.

Meanwhile, the “Israeli” identity has been recently given to the Palestinians sealed with the term “a temporary resident”, so that the Palestinian can be displaced from his city at any moment.

In conclusion, a great warning is issued: Al-Quds is in the last term of being completely Judaized.

This is the case of al-Quds today: sad streets, minarets, and wells that wait to be a lead news in our bulletins, a slogans above other logos, a title in the traffic of our series, a nationalist and patriotic project in face of racism, occupation, and Judaization.

The Secretary General of the Islamic Christian Agency to Support al-Quds D. Hanna Issa recalls how he once read all the Arab newspapers to find that its pages are empty of any news on al-Quds.

“Years ago, forty to fifty foreign media outlets used to contact us to get info regarding al-Quds,” he remembers, lamenting that the number today ranges from seven to ten foreign media outlets only.

According to Issa, the Arab media suffers death when it comes to the Palestinian cause in general, and Occupied al-Quds, in particular.

He also criticizes addressing the issue in an old, inaccurate, and dangerous manner, away from scientific terms.

In this context, Issa faults the promotion to the desecration of the “Israeli” settlers to al-Aqsa Holy Mosque as a so-called “Jewish pilgrimage to the mosque”.

“Muslims are the ones who perform pilgrimages to al-Aqsa and not the Jews,” explains Issa, criticizing the Arab and Islamic countries ill-performance in their duties towards the “holy land “.”
Perhaps, the experience of the director Basil Khatib confirms this fact.

The experience that lasted for twenty years built a conviction within the Syrian Palestinian director that “Any idea that deals with al-Quds or the Palestinian issue is forbidden, as if there is an implicit decision not to approach this subject,” Khatib says.

Furthermore, he mentions how the decision-makers in the production companies and channels reject each proposal in this area, although the approach is often launched from the humanitarian aspect of the tragedy: the tragedy of the Palestinian person, who was snatched from his land.

The painful reality indicates, according to the director of “Al-Quds and I” as well as other works that deals with the Palestinian issue and its symbols, the sickness of this nation.

“The relationship between the Arab and Islamic nation on one side and the attacks on the Holy city on the other side is the real index to the healthiness of this nation,” he clarifies, and points out that “our enemies succeeded in absenting al-Quds from the circle of our daily interests.”

However, it seems that they failed in making Khatib abandon what he considers a national and moral position, not just a work of art.

“Between al-Quds and my soul there exists a story of passion and love that was born when I was preparing to the “Al-Quds and I”, Khatib reveals.

He goes on to say: “Despite the fact that I have never visited al-Quds, I am fully aware of its neighborhoods and streets,” promising with a film that details the real events of a character that lived in al-Quds. The film, according to the director, is entitled “Life”.

For his part, the Palestinian journalist and analyst Nasser Laham is in daily coverage to al-Quds as well as to the diaries of its people.

“Al-Quds have been standing in the waiting queue since a hundred years. It waited to a victory heading from Baghdad, Algeria or any other Arab capital,” he confirms.

Moreover, the Palestinian reporter laments that “as al-Quds waited for the Arab armies to save it, it faces today a complex reality.”

On this level, Laham stops at what he called “the serious, intentional and deliberate reconstruction of the Arab consciousness through the way the Arab media approaches al-Quds cause.”

Based on his experience, he cites how the Arab satellite channels limit al-Quds issue to broadcasting the scenes of prayers inside al-Aqsa Holy Mosque. “The media cartels smartly worked on this side over the past years.”

Laham recalls a letter written by a group of intellectuals and released prisoners for the Arab States, ten years ago. The letter warned the Arab states that “Israel” is turning al-Quds into a big settlement…into a capital for Jews and settlers. It further urged the Arabs to provide support for al-Quds via construction projects: schools, universities, theaters, and transportation lines.

However, all what the the Arabs agreed on was to support the Palestinians with “Rahman” [Another Arabic name for al-Mighty God] meals.

“Do the Palestinian people need food? Do they need the Rahman meals?” Laham wonders angrily.

He also emphasizes: “We need the Rahman swords, armies, and men.”

However, Laham assures that al-Quds and its people didn’t surrender.

He proudly tells how al-Quds people refuses the Australian or Canadian citizenship added to $ 25 thousand dollars in exchange of their identity and land.

Quoting the people of the Holy city, the reporter stresses: “We will accept the debates, speeches, and letters. However, our city will have its own decision.”

“Al-Quds is the one that orders, roars, and decides,” he confirms pointing out that “as our city historically decided, it will draw its own future.”

And based on the historical determinism, Laham assures that “al-Quds will remain to the Arabs.”

Why? A word that is strongly present. Why is al-Quds absent? Why doesn’t it penetrate into our satellite channels? Why do we ignore its sufferings?

The Palestinian National Council member Salah Salah views that there are a variety of reasons for this painful reality that emptied the issue from any duties or obligations and turned it into utterances and slogans.
“Our enemies and the conspirators succeeded in tearing the Arab community apart so that the Arab countries became occupied with their internal conflicts, forgetting all about their common enemy,” he adds.

In addition, he states that the “Israeli” enemy and its supporters created another enemy to the Arabs, i.e. Iran. “They made Iran the enemy, despite being the only country to expel the “Israeli” ambassador and to hand the embassy to Palestine Liberation Organization.”

Salah unveils that “the US devoted millions of dollars to achieve the goal of distorting the image of Muslims and Arabs.”

“What does al-Quds and Palestine mean today to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, for example,” he asks, noting that “in its meeting with the US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Arab delegation refrained from discussing the issues of al-Quds, Judaization and the apartheid wall.”

On this level, Salah elaborates: “On the contrary, they rushed to agree on US orders to resume negotiations with the “Israeli”. This gives the “Israeli” enemy more time to complete its project to establish their state on all of Palestine.”

However, Salah assures that “the absence of al-Quds from the official Arab positions does not mean its absence from the conscience of the Arab peoples.”

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