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Syria entrenched in liberating Palestine: Saeb Shaath

Syria historically acting as a resistance movement more than a state within the Palestinian struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

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Press TV has conducted an interview with Saeb Sha’ath, author and Middle East, on the issue of a Palestinian group forming combat units to liberate occupied lands in the Golan Heights.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: Let’s look at the significance of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s General Command (PFLP). What has happened since we haven’t really heard from them for several decades and now all of a sudden they’re saying they are willing, ready and able to liberate the Golan Heights?

 

Sha’ath: Let me correct this fact: the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s general command (PFLP) led by Ahmad Jabril was not idle for 40 years, not even for a day – they are engaged today in Damascus protecting the Palestinian refugees from the terror attacks in Syria.

 

For that matter its leader Ahmad Jabril lost his son just a few years ago, Jihad (Jabril), in a Zionist assassination, since Jihad was leading military operations for the group in the West Bank during the second Intifada.

 

The PFLP-GC, carried out many major attacks against the Zionist entity during the second Intifada. During the last war in Gaza last November, they attacked military posts in Tel Aviv – declared and claimed responsibility by the PFLP-GC. So, they weren’t idle.

 

Let me explain two important points here before I get into the significance of that: the occupied Golan Heights and the 1973 war. During that war according to senior Egyptian and Zionist sources as well – and I want to repeat what they told the commander of the Egyptian Second Army…Field Marshal Shazly,then , and repeated by Mohammed Hasaneen Hikael couple of months ago who was the late President Naser Information Minister and considered no. one political thinker in the Arab World  

 

He said during that war the Syrian army reached Huleh Lake and captured all of the Golan Heights and a significant part of northern Palestine including cities and Lake Tiberias, which surprised military planners on the Zionist and the American side at that time.

 

And sources said the Egyptian army used to receive 900 air sorties a day –‘Israeli’- while Syria Front used to receive 5,000 sorties a day. So we know what was going on.

 

And then the Egyptian President Sadat agreed to a ceasefire with ‘Israel’ without consulting his partners in that war, without even letting them know. And that’s why ‘Israel’  since has focused all its capabilities at the Golan Heights and captured half of it.

 

Press TV: I want to get to the point of why now that they are announcing that they are definitely going to try and liberate the Golan Heights at this point in time?

 

Sha’ath: Palestine is part of something geographically and historically called (Bilaad El Sham) or Greater Syria. So the Palestinians and the Lebanese they know that they belong to this identity – their mother is Syria.

 

 

And the Palestinian resistance has a duty and feels their duty to liberate the Golan Heights as their duty to liberate Jerusalem or West Bank or Gaza or any part of Palestine for that matter.

 

And the same thing for the Lebanese resistance -Their mother is Syria and Syria historically acting as a resistance movement more than a state within the Palestinian struggle for the liberation of Palestine. And that’s why sometimes you can see there are differences in tactics between Syria as a government and some Palestinian resistance -groups. But as strategy Syria is entrenched in the liberating of Palestine.

 

The PFLP General Command, they’ve taken that step to prove they are a part and they belong to that strategy of liberating Golan and focusing on the Golan as well. And they are in the Gaza Strip; they were part of defending the Gaza Strip during the last war.

 

 

Press TV: How do you think this announcement has affected Tel Aviv itself? Do you think it is having an effect on them – tell me your perspective on that aspect of this?

 

Sha’ath: The Zionist entity is terrified now. And the reasons for that are on the back of the meeting between the Russian foreign minister and Kerry, the United States foreign secretary.

 

On that, they are scared now for a week the talk is going on: that the Golan Heights is going to be opened for the resistance; that’s going to bring a lot of troubles to them since a lot of the Palestinians and Lebanese and Syrians were itching to open this front that was sealed with the armistice agreement after the 1973 war.

 

And now they see there is a quality of a kind of weaponry in the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance hands . They are worried and they are bringing many, many troops to the Golan Heights area.

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Iran’s ‘logical path’ to saving JCPOA

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

Tehran has never severed ties with the IAEA

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is proposing a logical path to the US for its full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Zarif said the United States should first return to the full compliance and then Iran will reciprocate after rapid verification of Washington’s compliance. Zarif also stressed that all sanctions imposed by Former President Donald Trump must be removed. This comes as Iran and the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal end another round of talks aimed at reviving the agreement. More negotiations are set to be held next Wednesday.

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

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Thousands of political prisoners in Bahrain are facing deaths

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation

Saeb Shaath Said “Thousands of political activists, political ‎dissidents, opposition figures, women and even ‎children in Bahraini prisons are facing deaths ‎
cleric …Sheikh Isa Qassim …has warned of that ‎and demanded their immediate release ,,,,,, he ‎called on the Al khalifa regime to choose between ‎the deaths of the dissident inmates and their ‎release…‎

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation …‎”

Shaath explained

“That is to force them to stop demanding Al ‎Khalifah regime to allow reforms for ‎establishing of a just and fair system that ‎reflects and represents the people interests .‎
On April 6 2020, 21 International ‎human rights organisations among ‎them were Amnesty international and ‎human rights first
‎ called on the Bahraini regime to release ‎all political prisoners ….as the release of ‎‎1,486 prisoners on 17 March 2020 only ‎included 394 prisoners sentenced on ‎political charges….‎
‎While the western governments applause ‎Bahrain’s so called great amnesty .‎”
‎ Saeb Shaath noted that “Most political opponents, activists, ‎human rights defenders, and journalists ‎remain incarcerated.‎
‎ Among them are influential members of ‎Al Wefaq party such as former ‎secretary-general Hassan Mushaima, ‎and Sheikh Ali Salman, ‎
as well as human rights activists ‎Abdulhadi Al Khawaja and Nabeel ‎Rajab”.‎
‎ Shaath added ” the hypocrisy of the west shines by keeping ‎closed eyes over atrocities committed by the ‎Bahraini regime against the prisoners … All ‎are well aware that Bahrain carries out ‎the execution of political prisoners. ‎
Bahraini authorities habitually diluting ‎human rights abuses by sentencing or ‎executing prisoners during holidays or ‎on days of religious celebrations to ‎prevent any reaction from international ‎institutions or media.‎”

Shaath concluded by saying ” Its well documented that the actions of ‎the Bahraini regime violate ‎international law and Bahrain’s ‎international human rights obligations, ‎
including the UN Convention Against ‎Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or ‎Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ‎
the International Covenant on Civil and ‎Political Rights, the International ‎Covenant on Economic, Social, and ‎Cultural Rights along with the Arab ‎Charter of Human Rights “..‎

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Who is behind the assassination of Iranian Scientists?

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.”

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US officials say Zionist entity “Israel” was behind the assassination: New York Times “One American official — along with two other intelligence officials — said that “Israel” was behind the attack on the scientist,” The New York Times reported on Friday.

Fakhrizadeh’s name was mentioned multiple times in a presentation in 2018 by Zionist entity “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which he repeated baseless claims about the Iranian nuclear program. Netanyahu described the scientist as the director of Iran’s nuclear program and threatened, “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”

The Tel Aviv regime has made several attempts over the past years to throw a wrench in Tehran’s peaceful nuclear work. The regime has been behind the assassination of several Iranian nuclear scientists. It has also conduced cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear sites.

Dmitry Polyanskiy @Dpol_un “That’s a telling analysis from @nytimes reflecting readiness of US establishment to give green light to political extra territorial assasinations. Not a thing to boast for a democratic country! #Iran #Fakhrizadeh”.

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.” @aaronjmate .

The senior Iranian defense official was assassinated near the capital Tehran in a terrorist attack. In a statement, the Defense ministry said the vehicle of the head of the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was targeted by terrorists.

The Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said the act of cowardice shows the desperate warmongering of its perpetrators adding that there are serious indications of an Israeli role in the assassination. Zarif also urged the international community, especially the EU, to end QUOTE “their shameful double standards and condemn the Iranian defense official’s assassination.

Between 2010 and 2012, four other Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated. Tehran and western intelligence agencies have long put the blame on Zionist entity “Israel”, an accusation that was never rejected by officials of the Israeli regime.

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