Arab Times

‘Don’t lose hope, re­turn to God for lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine’

‘Will nor­mal­iza­tion stop Zion­ist poli­cies in Arab lands?’

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“SCORES of civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions from pub­lic ben­e­fit so­ci­eties, sports and artis­tic unions and po­lit­i­cal cur­rents have is­sued a joint state­ment call­ing on the Kuwaiti gov­ern­ment to re­main stead­fast in its stance on re­ject­ing nor­mal­iza­tion of ties with the Zion­ist en­tity,” colum­nist and for­mer MP Mubarak Fahd Al-Duwailah wrote for Al-Qabas daily.

“The state­ment, that was signed by all the po­lit­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual trends in the coun­try, ex­cept whose af­fairs are man­aged by some par­ties from out­side the geographic­al bor­ders, has con­demned the poli­cies of this mon­strous en­tity in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries, and this state­ment.

“The ques­tion that arises to­day is, does nor­mal­iza­tion with this de­formed en­tity con­trib­ute to solv­ing the Pales­tinian prob­lem? Will this nor­mal­iza­tion stop the Zion­ists’ poli­cies in an­nex­ing more Arab lands? Will Is­rael stop hunt­ing, op­press­ing, im­pris­on­ing and killing Pales­tinian youth? Some Arab coun­tries nor­mal­ized their re­la­tions with Is­rael forty years ago, so what was the result? Did the Zion­ists stop sup­press­ing the Pales­tini­ans?

“They con­tin­ued to an­nex more and more lands and prop­er­ties of le­git­i­mate landown­ers? At the time of writ­ing this ar­ti­cle, they are bomb­ing our peo­ple in Gaza and de­mol­ish­ing homes against the wishes of their own­ers?

“To­day, the whole world feels the ri­ot­ing and the ar­ro­gance by the Is­raelis and their dis­re­gard for UN res­o­lu­tions, and to­day most of the world’s peo­ples sym­pa­thize with the own­ers of the cause and the land, and we hear lot of state­ments of con­dem­na­tion even from the Euro­pean coun­tries, over Is­rael’s un­prece­dented atroc­i­ties in the land of Pales­tine.

“But after we fully nor­mal­ize ties with Is­rael, we will not find any­one to adopt our cause, nor will we hear those who de­nounce our en­emy and de­nounce the crimes of this en­emy. Some of us tried to sat­isfy the Amer­i­cans by open­ing a com­mer­cial of­fice with the Zion­ist en­tity, but this trade ex­change did not ben­e­fit some of them, but rather con­trib­uted to reviving the Zion­ist econ­omy at the ex­pense of the first cause of the two Arab and Is­lamic na­tion (the Pales­tinian cause).

“To­day, we find peo­ple try­ing to res­cue Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion cam­paign with this nor­mal­iza­tion. The Is­raeli Prime Minister Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu has an­nounced that stop­ping the set­tle­ment pol­icy and an­nex­ing Pales­tinian lands is only a tem­po­rary de­ci­sion, and in fact we Arabs do not need such an an­nounce­ment, be­cause we have bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ences with this en­tity after sim­i­lar nor­mal­iza­tion from sev­eral Arab coun­tries, from which we only gained more shame and loss of more land.

“Some of the neg­li­gent and dis­cour­aged peo­ple who are af­fil­i­ated with us, as Arabs and Mus­lims, are call­ing on the gov­ern­ment of Kuwait not to take a po­si­tion on this is­sue, and on the same day thirty Kuwaiti en­ti­ties called on the Kuwaiti gov­ern­ment de­mand­ing to re­ject nor­mal­iza­tion and to con­tinue the stead­fast po­si­tion.

“In this con­nec­tion, we say these peo­ple are hold­ing the Arab govern­ments ac­count­able for the dam­age that has be­fallen the Pales­tinian cause, be­cause these govern­ments were busy in their mil­i­tary coups, build­ing jails and the op­press­ing of their peo­ples.

“Any­way, these peo­ple are right in this con­nec­tion although they are liars, be­cause they were the ones who wel­comed these govern­ments who came to power rid­ing on the back of a mil­i­tary tanks. They are the same peo­ple who sup­ported these govern­ments to op­press their own peo­ple and never de­nounced the im­pris­on­ment and killing of free peo­ple.

“Con­se­quently, we have ob­served to­day how these peo­ple are in a state of de­spair and frus­tra­tion and look­ing for any hope to solve the Pales­tinian cause and the lib­er­a­tion of Jerusalem, be­cause they see that such a lib­er­a­tion, can be re­al­ized through the sub­ject to the Zion­ists and even­tu­ally ac­cept the re­al­ity such as it is, ig­nor­ing the fact that such de­featism will con­duce only to more losses and a day will come when the Zion­ists will come knock­ing at our doors in the Gulf.

“We say to those mis­er­able peo­ple who have lost hope in lib­er­at­ing Holy Jerusalem that the so­lu­tion is to re­turn to God in our life, in our ideas, and in build­ing our so­ci­eties, as long as there is a na­tion that lives on the land of Pales­tine and raises its voice, hope is there, and God’s prom­ise to them will be ful­filled to en­ter Jerusalem and lib­er­ate it from the filth of the usurp­ing Zion­ists.”


“I have the honor to be from the first gen­er­a­tion of the eight­ies, the golden gen­er­a­tion in my eyes filled with good mem­o­ries the beau­ti­ful de­tails of which we are miss­ing these days,” colum­nist Dr Ab­dur­rah­man Al-Issa wrote for Al-Anba daily.

“One of these de­tails is ‘Ma­jid Mag­a­zine’ and ‘Baraem Al Iman’ mag­a­zine that my mother was keen to bring to me. At that time I read the first ar­ti­cle on the Pales­tinian cause and the Pales­tinian strug­gle and the crime of the Jews who had en­tered through the gate of Bri­tish Man­date from var­i­ous places, to oc­cupy Arab land and up­root a good peo­ple from its land as they up­root olive trees and es­tab­lish an ab­nor­mal en­tity on the Arab ruins that they called a state, when the Stern and Ha­ganah gangs built a state.

“This is how my up­bring­ing was and this is how I lived, grew up, and learned, both in school and at home, that Pales­tine is our first is­sue, and it is a cause of eter­nal right. Com­pare those days to those in which we live to­day, and the fever of the race to nor­mal­ize ties with the Zion­ist en­emy, es­pe­cially this fever has reached us, the chil­dren of the Gulf, in our own home and in our thought

“We have be­come im­mune in­tel­lec­tu­ally, at least against the pro­pa­ganda of nor­mal­iza­tion, to­day and un­for­tu­nately, we see and hear from some po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural or me­dia elite, words that make the heart heavy with pain about the ne­ces­sity of nor­mal­iza­tion, the ben­e­fits of nor­mal­iza­tion and the gains of nor­mal­iza­tion, as if they just dis­cov­ered that the Zion­ists are ‘good’ peo­ple, and we have missed much good and we are cut off from them, and some dared con­sciously and said, ‘Pales­tine is not my cause’ while some said the nor­mal­iza­tion of ties with Is­rael ‘is a sov­er­eign de­ci­sion and the mat­ter is over’.

“And some of them de­clared that are thus try­ing to re­move the blame from them after the ar­gu­ments have been ex­hausted, since it is log­i­cal and self-ev­i­dent that there are no eco­nomic ben­e­fits or de­vel­op­men­tal gains with an ‘en­emy’ who day and night is look­ing for any op­por­tu­nity to be­tray us and our peo­ple in Pales­tine.

“Per­son­ally speak­ing, I have never heard of any Jew in any coun­try through­out the world say­ing that ‘Is­rael is not my cause’ or ‘Zion­ism is not my cause’, be­cause the Jews are ei­ther in­volved in sup­port­ing the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion of the Arab ter­ri­to­ries or stand­ing marginally with­out is­su­ing state­ments due to their fear of re­ac­tion of the Zion­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions against them.

“But un­for­tu­nately, I found some of our peo­ple who say ‘Pales­tine is not my cause’ as if this strug­gle and this pure blood that is shed and flow ev­ery day ev­ery­where means noth­ing for these peo­ple.

“Who­ever wants nor­mal­iza­tion with the usurper let him go to nor­mal­iza­tion. I have a firm con­vic­tion that they will be­tray you at the first given op­por­tu­nity, as usual, and on my be­half I will not give the op­por­tu­nity for the en­emy to prac­tice its might on my Pales­tinian broth­ers, be­cause it is a cause of right, jus­tice and logic.

“As for those who were un­able to sup­port the truth by in­tent or even by sup­pli­ca­tion, I say to these peo­ple that you lose, lest to say you lose too much.”

“How painful it is to see some negative things in­side my beloved coun­try Kuwait, mak­ing it suf­fer from a se­ries of chronic diseases. I am now in the sev­enth decade of life, yet I still hear prob­lems from my child­hood which have not been solved, although we have been en­joy­ing many achieve­ments through the years – thanks to God, the boun­ties of oil and the gen­eros­ity of Kuwaiti men in var­i­ous fields,” colum­nist Dr Adel Fa­had Al-Misha’al wrote for Al-Rai daily.

“It is un­fair to say that all govern­ments have not ac­com­plished any­thing. This is un­fair and far from ob­jec­tiv­ity. I am sur­prised as some ig­nore the achieve­ments in in­fra­struc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, health, cul­ture, arts, sports, so­cial and other fields that Kuwait has pre­sented in a bid to be one of the best in the Gulf and to com­pete in the Arab world. How­ever, reach­ing the top is one thing, and stay­ing on top is an­other thing.

“On the other hand, this means cer­tain is­sues still live with us and we grew up with them. We are still suf­fer­ing from them. I am sur­prised that no so­lu­tion has been found de­spite the pas­sage of all these decades.

“When­ever I sit with peo­ple in di­waniyas and other places, their con­ver­sa­tion fo­cuses on the topic of the hour – a sur­pris­ing or shock­ing is­sue, while the truth is that we know all our pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives.”

“A few years ago, the Min­istry of Health ter­mi­nated the only ex­pa­tri­ate doc­tor in his spe­cial­iza­tion due to his age and he re­turned to his coun­try. How­ever, the min­istry ex­pe­ri­enced a ma­jor prob­lem after he left, so they asked him to re­turn un­der a spe­cial con­tract with higher salary. He is still on top of his work and he does it whole­heart­edly,” colum­nist Es­sam Ab­du­latif AlFu­laij wrote for Al-Anba daily.

“This was re­peated with sev­eral doc­tors whose ser­vices were ter­mi­nated due to age, so some of them went to the pri­vate sec­tor. We lost their ex­pe­ri­ences. The Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC) ben­e­fited from this ex­pe­ri­ence through age amend­ments and is­suance of spe­cial con­tracts, which in­cluded univer­sity and ju­di­cial pro­fes­sors.

“To­day, this is re­peated through de­ci­sions to ter­mi­nate all ex­pa­tri­ate em­ploy­ees in the coun­try for the same rea­son – age. This is due to pop­u­lar re­ac­tions with­out tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the need for their ser­vices, or their psy­cho­log­i­cal, so­cial and hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tions. Each of them has his own cir­cum­stances and sto­ries, so do not gen­er­al­ize the de­ci­sion.

“On my way back from an Arab coun­try 30 years ago, I talked to some­one sit­ting next to me. He said he had been in Kuwait since he was a small child with his fa­ther. He had not gone back to his coun­try for 20 years as his heart re­mains here. This is the case for tens of thou­sands who grew up here and lived in com­fort, se­cu­rity, psy­cho­log­i­cal and so­cial sta­bil­ity, wish­ing to die on this land.”

“The corona pan­demic has forced the world to aban­don the for­mal ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and then use e-learn­ing as an al­ter­na­tive to com­plete the study, which may last for some time. There­fore, we must stop com­par­ing which of the two sys­tems is bet­ter, more ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive,” colum­nist Pro­fes­sor Dr Faisal AlSharaifi wrote for Al-Jarida daily.

“Tech­nol­ogy, with its ap­pli­ca­tions, has allowed us to com­plete the school year de­spite all the voices re­ject­ing dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion.

“Dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion plat­forms can­not be a sub­sti­tute for for­mal ed­u­ca­tion, but due to the ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances brought about by the pan­demic, we no longer have teach­ers in front of us. In­stead, re­al­ity is sim­u­lated and there is a need to take ad­van­tage of ev­ery­thing avail­able in or­der to ex­pand the stu­dent’s knowl­edge and search for all avail­able means to re­al­ize the course ob­jec­tives.

“We have to dis­cover many strengths with our stu­dents. We must search for a way to communicat­e in­for­ma­tion to help the stu­dents and com­pen­sate them for the les­sons and prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions they had prior to the pan­demic.

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