11 August 2006

Palestinians Withstand Zionist Terrorism, Continue Resistance

Since Apartheid Israel decided - several weaks ago - to launch yet another invasion into Lebanon, the world has watched the Resistance there use a combination of superior tactics, smarter leadership, and steadfastness to annihiliate and embarrass the Zionist Land-Grabbers. Because their courageous Resistance has so changed the equation in the region, many people (and among them I count myself) have become fixated on Lebanan and lost sight of the ongoing Resistance in Occupied Palestine as another site of Zionist collapse.

The question of Palestine is central to the fight for Lebanon. One recalls that Apartheid Israel first decided to escalate their genocidal campaign to cleanse the region of Arabs and Muslims by attacking the Palestinian Resistance on the flimsy pretext of recovering one captured Land-Grabber and stopping the rocket attacks launched from occupied Palestine into Apartheid Israel. As in Lebanon, the Zionist's efforts to achieve their aims - while brutal, indescriminate, and criminal - have achieved nothing. And while it remains less capable militarily of inflicting losses upon the Land-Grabbers, ongoing Resistance to Apartheid Israel in Palestine has forced the Zionist colony to respond in the same tactically ineffective way in Palestine that it has in Lebanon: by using Uncle Sam's bombers, bulldozers, tanks and helicoptors to slaughter Palestinians.

On Friday, Ma'an provided details from a number of recent reports detailing Apartheid Israel's atrocities in occupied Palestine.
July 2006 was Gaza's bloodiest month in almost two years, according to a special report issued by the Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG).

The group... specified that, from 27 June to 8 August, "Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip resulted in the deaths of 170 Palestinians, including 138 civilians (some 25 per cent of whom were children), 14 security officers, and 15 armed Palestinians". The group added that "an additional 506 Palestinians were injured".

On the other hand, the Israeli peace organization "B'Tselem", said that "163 Palestinians were killed in Gaza last month due to the Israeli armed operations", adding that "78 of them were civilians".
As in Lebanon, because Apartheid Israel cannot effectively combat the Palestinian Resistance directly, it lahses out, expressing its inability and frustration by slaughtering innocent civilians. While its blitzkrieg has predictably massacred a high number of civilians, it has failed to stop rocket attacks or locate the captured Land-Grabber.

The blitzkrieg and resulting slaughter of the innocent in Occupied Palestine has obviously taken an enormous toll on the people living there, but it has not defeated them or compelled them to acquiesce to Apartheid Israel's terrorist tactics. Just the opposite, in fact. Another report in Ma'an provides details of the extensive ongoing operations undertaken by the Palestinian Resistance against their occupiers.
Palestinian resistance fighters have launched a number of homemade projectiles into Israeli towns along the edge of the Gaza Strip, early on Friday morning.

The Al Aqsa Brigades and the Al Mujahideen Brigades, both military wings of the Fatah movement, and the National Resistance Brigades, the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), have claimed joint responsibility for launching two homemade projectiles into the city of Ashkelon early on Friday morning, stating that "they will continue their resistance against the Israeli occupation".

In addition, the Al Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, along with The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, have claimed responsibility for launching two homemade projectiles into the kibbutz of Nahal Oz, east of the city of Gaza, on Thursday night.

In a joint statement released by The Al Quds Brigades and Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the two militant groups said that "the launching operation was in response to the ongoing Israeli aggressions and the assassination policy that the Israeli forces carries out against the leaders, where the last was the assassination of two leaders of the Al Quds Brigades, in the city of Jenin on Thursday, and another two on Gaza, in addition to the ongoing massacres in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories".
One must always keep in mind that Apartheid Israel's attack on Lebanon was preceded - and in many ways anticipated by - an operation carried out by the Palestinian Resistance. Judging by the support given to Hizbullah by the Palestinians and the example set by the Palestinian Resistance of tenaciously resisting occupation and Apartheid, it becomes clear that both those resisting Zionism in Lebanon and those fighting it in Palestine see themselves aligned, more than ever, against a common enemy.
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