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Via Prawer Won’t Pass Campaign
By Ibrahim al-Amin, Al-Akhbar
Who made the decision to strike such a painful blow to the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon by assassinating one of its military commanders, Hassan al-Laqqis? Who planned the operation, and who decided on carrying it out at this particular time? On what basis, and in whose interest? And what were the intended goals of this potentially explosive action?
All indications are that Israel was behind the assassination, with a slim possibility that another party was involved. That’s why it did not take long for Hezbollah – based on its long experience with the Israelis – to point the finger at Tel Aviv, even though the occupation’s Foreign Ministry was quick to deny its involvement.
On the same day as the attack, Western diplomatic sources were reported to be worried that Israel’s intent goes beyond removing one of its opponents, suggesting that the Western-Iranian nuclear agreement was the real target of the operation. Israel is angry that its Western allies would go so far in exposing its strategic interests to danger, revealing deep contradictions in their relationship to the Zionist state for the first time.
But let us look at how Israel conceived of this particular adventure.
The Intifada Youth Coalition stated that it launched on Monday [December 2, 2013] what it called the Convoy of Steadfastness and Justice, to challenge the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza, by sailing towards international waters.
In its statement, the coalition stated that the Palestinians will not allow Israel’s illegitimate and unjust siege to continue, and will break it.
It said it would be sailing beyond the six nautical miles, unilaterally set by Israel, in order to raise international attention and awareness regarding the ongoing suffering which Palestinian fishermen face due to escalating Israeli attacks.
The coalition said that twenty Palestinian boats, also carrying journalists and international peace activists, would be sailing out of Gaza.
The Israeli Navy deployed additional ships close to the Gaza coast in an attempt to stop the Palestinian boats.
Haifa, Occupied Palestine: Day of Rage against the apartheid Israeli Prawer Plan to expel tens of thousands of Bedouins, November 30, 2013.
Photos by Akrm Drawshi
According to Palestinian sources, Israeli warplanes launched at least seven airstrikes in the north and south of the coastal enclave on Tuesday.
They were the second such attacks in recent weeks.
A spokesman for the Israeli army claimed that the airstrikes were conducted in retaliation for one rocket that had been fired from Gaza into the occupied Palestinian territories earlier in the day.
Last week, the Tel Aviv regime carried out two airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military frequently bombs the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming the attacks are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured.
The 1.7 million Palestinians of the Gaza Strip are living in what is called the world’s largest open-air prison as Israel retains full control of the airspace, territorial waters, and border crossings of the territory.
Gaza has been blockaded by the Israeli regime since June 2007, a situation which has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
Philadelphia: Drop the charges against Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh now! November 13, 2013
Photo by Joe Piette
Updated 9:00 pm: At least 15 people were killed and 95 hurt in Tripoli after a peaceful demonstration calling on unruly militias to leave the Libyan capital turned violent on Friday, an official said.
The militias are holdovers from the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi and are a powerful force in the increasingly lawless North African country.
"Fifteen dead and 95 wounded, several of them seriously, have been admitted to Tripoli hospitals," a health ministry spokesman said.
He was unable to give a breakdown between those killed in the demonstration and those who died in a subsequent assault on the militia headquarters.
"It’s total confusion," he said.