Beirut Int’l Forum 2009

Since the inception of the permanent and pre-emptive imperial war by the US against the resistance under the guise of fighting Islamic terror, we have been proposing an anti-imperialist alliance with the Islamic parts of the popular resistance. Despite the growing Islamophobia the idea has been winning ground in the movement ever since with the due ups and downs.

There have been several occasions and moments of which one of the highest was the Beirut International Forum from 16-18 January, 2009, in a joint effort of the Lebanese left and Islamic forces of the Hezbollah milieu. Unfortunately the conditions to lend continuity to the initiative were not ripe. We continue, however, to promote the project of an Anti-imperialist Front.

In the same trench with anti-imperialist and marxists

Interview with Ali Fayyad, MP of Hezbollah, Lebanon
Conducted by the Sumud delegation in Beirut, August 6, 2010

Sumud: Can you give us some basic information on Hezbollah?

“A common state of Muslims, Christians and Jews without Zionism”

Interview with Abu Obaida Shakir, representative of Islamic Jihad in Lebanon
by Mohamed Aburous
Abu Obaida Shakir
In the frame of the Sumud mission to the Ain el Hilweh refugee camp in July/August 2010 we met Abu Obaida Shakir, IJ’s spokesman for the camp.

Founded in 1983 the “Islamic Jihad” (IJ) has been the first Islamic organisation which took up arms and joined the struggle for the liberation of Palestine. It offered the first Islamic alternative to the secular project of Arafat even before the Muslim Brotherhood created Hamas and embarked on the armed struggle.

Lebanon: no substantive change for Palestinians

New law on civil rights promised much but brings only cosmetics
by Franklin Lamb
A 15-Minute Sop for Refugees - The members of Parliament decided to do essentially nothing to meet Lebanon’s legal, moral, religious, social and political obligations to her unwanted refugees.

“Palestinian guests in Lebanon are working with total freedom. First of all we do not refer to them as “refugees”. They are our brothers who are suffering and in a very difficult situation that they did not cause and they have lost their country. They sought our help in Lebanon as brothers. You Americans really need to understand that in our Arab, Muslim, and Christian culture, you help your brother. You share with him your loaf of bread. You split it in half and give half to your brother.

Salafi leader Khattab calls for Sunni-Shia reconciliation

Mohamad Aburous
Interview with Jamal Khattab, leader of the Haraka Islamiyyah Muhjahida (Jihadic Islamic Movement, JIM), conducted in the Palestinian refugee camp Ain el Hilweh, Lebanon, in summer 2010.

Founded in 1975 by Ibrahim Ghonaim the Haraka Islamiyyah Muhjahida is considered to be the oldest Islamic movement within the Palestinian refugee camp Ain el Hilweh, Lebanon, which embarked on the armed struggle in order to liberate Palestine. It participated in the resistance against the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1978 and 1982. In 1990 Jamal Khattab took over the leadership of the group. As a graduate from the American University of Beirut he shaped a moderate face for the movement and focused on media work.

War threats and conclusion of a successful project

Last Report from the Sumud delegation
Elisa Wiener
Amid war threats Sumud concludes its project with screening the films produced with the youth of the camp. It met also Hezbollah' MP Ali Fayyad.

Tuesday, August 3: A new war to come?

Beirut and South Lebanon: Sumud visits memorials of martyrdom and victory, Part II

South Lebanon: on the footsteps of the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance
Mohammad Aburous
Hezbollah victory exposition in Mlita
Martyrdom and victory are the two faces of the same coin, mostly. The rather sad visits to the martyrs memorials in Beirut were necessary to understand the historical process the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance had to pass through, until a victory could be realised in 2000 by the Israeli unconditional withdrawal from South Lebanon. The war of 2006 was a second victory of the resistance, who was able to humiliate the Israeli army and survive its fierce offensive. In this spirit, the delegation moved on to the South on Friday morning 30th July.

First stop was the village Maghdusheh up the hill above the camp. In 1986, the village had witnessed one of the most crucial battles of the Palestinian resistance against the then pro-Syrien Amal militia. The Palestinian counter-attack to take over the hill put an end to months of a starvation siege imposed by Amal, forcing a cease-fire and free access to the camp.

Beirut and South Lebanon: Sumud visits memorials of martyrdom and , Part I

Beirut: Martyr memorials and the load of history
Mohammad Aburous
On the morning of Thursday, July 29th, Sumud’s delegation, Nashet’s activists and the young participants of the short-film workshop headed to Beirut, where visits of specific places and Palestinian and Lebanese political forces were scheduled.

The first station was the Market of Sabra. Sabra is a poor district of Beirut, which has merged together with the Palstinian refugee Camp Shatila. In Sabra, the population is mixed: Lebanese of all confessions, Palestinian and other poor foreigners live there. Sabra and Shatila are considered as one and the same place, in particular when mentioning the 1982 massacre.

Film workshop hunts every-day-life in the refugee camp

2nd report by the int'l Sumud brigade 2010 in Ein el Hilweh, Lebanon
Elisa, Ulrike & Mohammad
Already on Sunday evening, the first brain storming supplied the basic idea of the documentary film. The link between the short film workshop for the youth and the documentary film of the international participants could be elegantly established by the idea of turning selected teenagers into the main film character: Show me YOUR camp!

In this way, the teenager, also making his own short film, will show the place which formed his personality and options: the camp. Along with two selected teenagers, the every-day-life of youth in the camp is to be shown. By this the audience can get an impression of the situation, the daily struggles and they ways and means to succeed them.

Sumud gives first signals of solidarity and starts film workshop

First Report from the international brigade 2010 in Ein el Hilweh, Lebanon
Elisa Wiener and Mohammad Aburous
Members of the Sumud 2010 Delegation arrived in Beirut and Sidon, where Nashet activists were awaiting them to accompany them to the Palestinian refugee camp Ein el Helweh. 17 participants had made their way from Austria, Germany and Italy to Lebanon to send a signal of constructive, creative and political solidarity. The delegation is accommodated in the Sumud Centre, which was renovated in 2009 in the course of the first Sumud volontary mission.

Straight after the arrival work began. The missing facilities for the multi media centre were purchased. After a first get together, Nashet organised a tour through the Camp. Those delegation members who had already taken part in the mission 2009 were immediately recognised by the inhabitants who welcomed them warmly. This first tour through the Camp allowed for an important impression of the Camp’s intensive political history and present. Posters and pictures of martyrs are everywhere, as well as symbols of Palestinian organisations and banners with political slogans.

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