Palestinian Issue will Never Die

The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 32/40 of 1977, called for observation of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29 every year. This is to remind the world the legal and moral responsibility towards the Palestinian cause and the sufferings of the Palestinian people, and to urge the world to support them in accordance with international resolutions. The same day in the year 1947, the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 of partition.

The Palestinian issue is still alive despite the passage of more than a hundred years since it was first raised. It faced continuous conspiracies of the world Zionist movement, colonial countries, particularly Britain, the United States, and the backwardness of Arabs.

During this period, the Palestinian people were exposed to wars of extermination, displacement, horrific massacres, ethnic cleansing, systematic destruction, operations to uproot them from their roots, demolition of homes, obliteration of their rights and national identity. This led to hundreds of thousands of martyrs, wounded and disabled people. More than a million citizens were arrested, and executions were done on orders of military courts, or in cold-blooded executions, often in front of cameras.

Victory is possible, and certainly achievable, because of many weaknesses of the occupation power, particularly in the wake of the regional and international changes which are taking place. The old unipolar world is collapsing, and a new multipolar world is emerging. It is possible to defeat the occupying power despite some of its elements of strength.

[by Hany Al Massry in Arab 48]

Iranian Concerns in Afghanistan

The US presence in Afghanistan has been a double-edged sword for Iran. Despite Tehran’s tacit support for Washington in the months following September 11, 2001, former US President George W. Bush’s speech on the “axis of evil” in 2002, in which he also mentioned Iraq, Iran, and North Koreas, contributed to making the American presence in Afghanistan the most important challenge for Tehran.

All these years, the security cover of the United States was beneficial, including to Tehran. Now, like Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries, Iran is concerned about the new escalating security challenges on its long borders with Afghanistan. The two countries share a border of about 900 kilometres, punctuated by active informal crossings often used by drug smugglers and for international human trafficking. This is a source of tensions on both sides. Iran’s population is predominantly Shiite, but Sunni minorities mostly live in the areas close to the border with Afghanistan. Iran hosts about 3.6 million Afghan refugees, whose number has increased since the Taliban movement seized power last August, as hundreds of thousands of civilians fled to it, using unofficial border crossings.

The latest manifestation of the critical situation in Iran was the outbreak of clashes between the border security forces on both sides two days ago. Although the matter was settled between them and declared that it was just a border “misunderstanding”, it reflects the increasing potential security tensions and the escalating security challenges facing Tehran from the Afghan side.

[by Huda Rauf in Independent Arabia]

Compiled and Translated by Faizul Haque

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