Fra Hughes 💣writing in Jude Collins on 5 November surveys the Israeli onslaught on the civilian population of Gaza. 

The long anticipated speech by Hasan Nasrallah, leader of the social,political and resistance group Hezbollah has given us an insight into what reaction we might expect from them in the coming weeks and months as Israel continues its murderous assault on Gaza.

Hezbollah as an organisation only exists to protect the people of Lebanon from the repeated invasions carried out on their lands by Israel and as a national liberation army determined to liberate the Sheba Farms which Israel illegally occupies.

Under international law Hezbollah has the right to use all means necessary to end this illegal occupation

In fact all the national liberation movements in the region exist as a direct result of the establishment of a foreign alien group of European colonial settlers, who usurped their land through violence, massacres and expulsions.

Hezbollah exists, Hamas exists, the Polular mobilisations units in Iraq exist, the Ansarallah movement in Yemen exists and the resistance groups in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan Heights exist as a direct result of Israeli and American occupation of and interference on their lands.

Many thought Nasrallah last Friday might declare war on Israel. In his speech which I encourage everyone to watch and listen to, he outlined Hezbollah’s ongoing response to events in the occupied territories.

Firstly he reminded the world that the Palestinian military operation Al Aqsa Storm was conceived and implemented by the unified Palestinian resistance as a stand alone operation.

He went on to outline how the resistance groups in the region act in the interests of their separate national concerns and not in coordination but support each other in their strategic objectives.

Iran stands accused by the West of directing every action carried out by the various resistance factions but this is untrue. They support the Axis of resistance in the region of which they are a member but only in a contributory manner.

Hezbollah’s actions taken against the Israeli military occupation in the Sheba Farms are primarily designed to draw hundreds of thousands of Zionist military personnel away from onslaught on Gaza and the West Bank

As much as 30% of all Israeli military aircraft, army, special forces and navy are facing Lebanon and not Gaza.

This is how sections of the Axis of resistance are helping the besieged peoples of Palestine.

He stated unequivocally that Hezbollah has no fear of the American naval battle groups currently stationed off the Lebanese coast and warned Israel - all options are on the table.

There was an implication that any attacks on Lebanese civilians may be mirrored by the resistance groups in Lebanon.

There are credible reports that both Amal and the Communist Party of Lebanon may be re-forming armed groups to defend the nation and wider region.

Blinken is travelling around West Asia in an attempt to get governmental actors to support American and Israeli strategic objectives on the war on Gaza.

While he talks publicly about a humanitarian pause and a limitation of civilian casualties he refuses to call for a ceasefire.

He is trying to get Jordan and Egypt to absorb the Palestinian population into their countries in support of Israel’s dream of expelling all the Palestinians from their ancestral lands and occupy all of Palestine unopposed.

Blinken’s goal is to prevent a wider conflict, thus allowing Israel unfettered time and space to destroy Gaza, while exploring all options to have the Palestinian people relocated as refugees once again, forced to leave their homes, many for a third time from 1948, 1967 and now 2023.

The Americans offered to wipe out Egypt’s international banking debts if they accept 2.2 million Gazans into the Sinai.

Iraq’s largest geographical governate which is apparently run by pro-Western politicians has also been touted as a possible relocation centre.

If Palestinians in Gaza flee for their lives in a third wave of ethnic cleansing at the hands of Zionist terrorists they will never be allowed to return.

A tent city, poor sanitation, no education, no employment, no health care, no life, is the fate that might lie before them.

Daily life with hope, security, safety and a future which we take for granted is but a dream for the oppressed people of Palestine and that was before this current round of slaughter.

Hamas is a legitimate national liberation army.

The events of October 7, 2023 are a direct outworking of the Zionist occupation of Palestine for over 100 years.

Long before its self-declared existence in 1948, Zionists were involved in emigration to Palestine changing the demographics and using violence against the indigenous people.

Hamas, the PLO, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Islamic Jihad and many others exist as national anti colonial liberation movements.

Anyone who has lived or lives under colonial occupation must support these liberation movements around the globe

The whole Axis of resistance in West Asia are justified in their strategic and political aims, they are a reaction, a response, a result of oppression and occupation.

Israel

Israel, born in the blood of Palestinians, built on the broken bones, broken homes, broken hearts and broken dreams of a people who were disarmed by the British prior to the Zionist putsch continues to exist only with the financial and military support of America and the European Union.

It exists as a Western colonial proxy state used to divide Arab from Persian and Muslim from Jew.

Israel is a cancer in the body politic of West Asia and like all cancers if untreated it will kill the host.

Do not be under any illusion - Israel was defeated on October 7.

The American response in immediately dispatching naval battle groups and rearming the apartheid rogue regime is testament to that.

Israel has not the military capacity to occupy Gaza without American support and without the American threat to other regional actors to stand aside or face a violent attack from their naval and aerial task force.

Netanyahu is not directing the war. Israel does not want this war. It is America which wants to reassert its influence over the region through this proxy war being waged in the interests of American foreign policy and not in the interests of Israelis or Palestinians.

While Blinken espouses sound bites for the digestion of the Western audience, Netanyahu says no to a ceasefire until the job is done, we are simply watching the old good cop, bad cop, one two shuffle.

America by simply telling the Israeli junta to stop, would end the aggression in a minute. The fact that America refuses to do this should answer any questions you might have about who is behind the carpet bombing of Gaza and why.

The call by some politicians in Ireland to expel the Israeli Ambassador until there is a ceasefire in place, in my opinion is a populist cynical sop to appease their support base, akin to allowing a child abuser to return the family home once the abuse stops. And we all know how that turns out.

Fra Hughes is a Belfast based writer and activist.

Nasrallah, Blinken, Hamas And Israel

Fra Hughes 💣writing in Jude Collins on 5 November surveys the Israeli onslaught on the civilian population of Gaza. 

The long anticipated speech by Hasan Nasrallah, leader of the social,political and resistance group Hezbollah has given us an insight into what reaction we might expect from them in the coming weeks and months as Israel continues its murderous assault on Gaza.

Hezbollah as an organisation only exists to protect the people of Lebanon from the repeated invasions carried out on their lands by Israel and as a national liberation army determined to liberate the Sheba Farms which Israel illegally occupies.

Under international law Hezbollah has the right to use all means necessary to end this illegal occupation

In fact all the national liberation movements in the region exist as a direct result of the establishment of a foreign alien group of European colonial settlers, who usurped their land through violence, massacres and expulsions.

Hezbollah exists, Hamas exists, the Polular mobilisations units in Iraq exist, the Ansarallah movement in Yemen exists and the resistance groups in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan Heights exist as a direct result of Israeli and American occupation of and interference on their lands.

Many thought Nasrallah last Friday might declare war on Israel. In his speech which I encourage everyone to watch and listen to, he outlined Hezbollah’s ongoing response to events in the occupied territories.

Firstly he reminded the world that the Palestinian military operation Al Aqsa Storm was conceived and implemented by the unified Palestinian resistance as a stand alone operation.

He went on to outline how the resistance groups in the region act in the interests of their separate national concerns and not in coordination but support each other in their strategic objectives.

Iran stands accused by the West of directing every action carried out by the various resistance factions but this is untrue. They support the Axis of resistance in the region of which they are a member but only in a contributory manner.

Hezbollah’s actions taken against the Israeli military occupation in the Sheba Farms are primarily designed to draw hundreds of thousands of Zionist military personnel away from onslaught on Gaza and the West Bank

As much as 30% of all Israeli military aircraft, army, special forces and navy are facing Lebanon and not Gaza.

This is how sections of the Axis of resistance are helping the besieged peoples of Palestine.

He stated unequivocally that Hezbollah has no fear of the American naval battle groups currently stationed off the Lebanese coast and warned Israel - all options are on the table.

There was an implication that any attacks on Lebanese civilians may be mirrored by the resistance groups in Lebanon.

There are credible reports that both Amal and the Communist Party of Lebanon may be re-forming armed groups to defend the nation and wider region.

Blinken is travelling around West Asia in an attempt to get governmental actors to support American and Israeli strategic objectives on the war on Gaza.

While he talks publicly about a humanitarian pause and a limitation of civilian casualties he refuses to call for a ceasefire.

He is trying to get Jordan and Egypt to absorb the Palestinian population into their countries in support of Israel’s dream of expelling all the Palestinians from their ancestral lands and occupy all of Palestine unopposed.

Blinken’s goal is to prevent a wider conflict, thus allowing Israel unfettered time and space to destroy Gaza, while exploring all options to have the Palestinian people relocated as refugees once again, forced to leave their homes, many for a third time from 1948, 1967 and now 2023.

The Americans offered to wipe out Egypt’s international banking debts if they accept 2.2 million Gazans into the Sinai.

Iraq’s largest geographical governate which is apparently run by pro-Western politicians has also been touted as a possible relocation centre.

If Palestinians in Gaza flee for their lives in a third wave of ethnic cleansing at the hands of Zionist terrorists they will never be allowed to return.

A tent city, poor sanitation, no education, no employment, no health care, no life, is the fate that might lie before them.

Daily life with hope, security, safety and a future which we take for granted is but a dream for the oppressed people of Palestine and that was before this current round of slaughter.

Hamas is a legitimate national liberation army.

The events of October 7, 2023 are a direct outworking of the Zionist occupation of Palestine for over 100 years.

Long before its self-declared existence in 1948, Zionists were involved in emigration to Palestine changing the demographics and using violence against the indigenous people.

Hamas, the PLO, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Islamic Jihad and many others exist as national anti colonial liberation movements.

Anyone who has lived or lives under colonial occupation must support these liberation movements around the globe

The whole Axis of resistance in West Asia are justified in their strategic and political aims, they are a reaction, a response, a result of oppression and occupation.

Israel

Israel, born in the blood of Palestinians, built on the broken bones, broken homes, broken hearts and broken dreams of a people who were disarmed by the British prior to the Zionist putsch continues to exist only with the financial and military support of America and the European Union.

It exists as a Western colonial proxy state used to divide Arab from Persian and Muslim from Jew.

Israel is a cancer in the body politic of West Asia and like all cancers if untreated it will kill the host.

Do not be under any illusion - Israel was defeated on October 7.

The American response in immediately dispatching naval battle groups and rearming the apartheid rogue regime is testament to that.

Israel has not the military capacity to occupy Gaza without American support and without the American threat to other regional actors to stand aside or face a violent attack from their naval and aerial task force.

Netanyahu is not directing the war. Israel does not want this war. It is America which wants to reassert its influence over the region through this proxy war being waged in the interests of American foreign policy and not in the interests of Israelis or Palestinians.

While Blinken espouses sound bites for the digestion of the Western audience, Netanyahu says no to a ceasefire until the job is done, we are simply watching the old good cop, bad cop, one two shuffle.

America by simply telling the Israeli junta to stop, would end the aggression in a minute. The fact that America refuses to do this should answer any questions you might have about who is behind the carpet bombing of Gaza and why.

The call by some politicians in Ireland to expel the Israeli Ambassador until there is a ceasefire in place, in my opinion is a populist cynical sop to appease their support base, akin to allowing a child abuser to return the family home once the abuse stops. And we all know how that turns out.

Fra Hughes is a Belfast based writer and activist.

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