By Ibrahim al-Amin
Thirty-one years ago today, young men emerged to stand in the face of the Israeli occupation, insisting that resistance was their duty and fate. On 16 September 1982, the day Israeli troops entered West Beirut, an alliance of nationalist and leftist parties formed the Lebanese National Resistance Front, referred to as “Jammoul” in Arabic.
Thousands joined the movement to prevent the Israelis from entering Beirut. Many paid a heavy price with their lives, others spent years of their youth in one of Israel’s many detention camps – not to mention those that to this day still live with the scars of that war.
It is the occasion when we ask that annoying question: If Jammoul were around today, how would it have dealt with the situation we find ourselves in? And I am not talking to the left, but to all those who consider the Zionist state and its Western imperialist backers the greatest danger to the well-being of their land and people.