The Intifada in its fourth year
Sayyed Fadlullah: The
Palestinians need, now more than ever ,all the Arab and
Muslim support they can get.
Asked in his weekly
seminar the following question :How do you view
the political prospects of the Intifada as it begins its fourth year??
The Religious Authority
Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said:
The Intifada has, indeed, represented
the culture of resistance, steadfastness and confrontation against the
Israeli occupation, despite all the attempts of the American
Administration, working jointly with Israel, to spread the culture of
capitulation by killing the spirit of life and giving and by
suggesting to the Palestinians that the Intifada will not yield
To achieve this goal, Israel resorted
to a campaign of terror assassination and intimidation against the
Intifada factions. But it discovered that the Intifada is not Hamas,
Jihad and Al-Aqsa Brigades only; it is the entire Palestinian people
who cannot be subdued, although Sharon imagined that he could finish
it in 100 days.
Yet, despite all what has been
achieved, we need to continue to watch closely the current
international status and developments.
In this respect, we notice that America
does not want to see Israel defeated in the region. The entire region
has become a unified front in which America exerts pressures in all
directions to prevent any Israeli defeat even at the psychological
level. To do this, America had spread chaos and instability in the
region to confront and forestall any popular pressure that was turning
into an active and vibrant movement against the American occupation in
Iraq and the Israeli occupation in Palestine.
Therefore, although we feel that the
Palestinian people has been able to overcome several political and
military pressures and that they have become mature enough to study
all their previous experiments and draw the appropriate conclusions
that will enable them to continue their struggle, we fear that the
future will carry further pressures and a tighter siege, accompanied
by Arab and international efforts to make them feel tired and
fatigued. In this respect, we look at the demonstrations in the
capitals of the world including Paris, London… and we do not find
that there are similar demonstrations in the Arab lands, despite the
fact that the threats are by no means less than they were three years
ago, when the Intifada started.
The Palestinians, now more than ever,
need the support of the Arab and Islamic peoples who should pressurize
their regimes and compel them to take concrete actions.
This emotional coldness might
contribute in the success of the plans and projects of others towards
Palestine and ultimately in the region.
Thus, we have to benefit from all these
demonstrations of support to link the occupation in Iraq with that in
Palestine, since what America is doing in Iraq aims at protecting
Israel and helping it to serve as the military base that thwarts any
attempt by any party to regain any element of strength in the
region... The escalating threats against Lebanon, Syria and Iran are
but a new attempt to silent all the voices that wish to support the
Palestinians in their fight against, the Israeli occupation or the
Iraqi people in their resistance of the occupation of Iraq and the