Palestine has a fixed position in Shiite thought: Lebanese professor
TEHRAN – The director of the Center for Political Studies at the University of Lebanon says Palestine is alive in the thinking of Shia leaders and thinkers.
“The status of Palestine is frozen in the thinking of the Shiite leaders who have spoken about the liberation of Palestine and support for the Palestinian resistance,” Dr Talal Atrissi told The Tehran Times.
Imam Musa al-Sadr in Lebanon and Imam Khomeini have always supported the Palestinian cause, notes Atrissi.
“Imam Khomeini insisted, not only on the intellectual and political level but also on the practical level, on the arming of the Palestinian people and the need to support the resistance groups by all means”, he underlines. .
Here is the text of the interview:
Q: Today, after decades of struggle, how do you assess the Palestinian situation?
A: After decades of struggle, the Palestinian cause is still alive where the Palestinian people support this cause and defend their lands.
There is still a Palestinian resistance movement made up of different factions fighting inside Palestine.
“Indeed, some Arab countries consider the terrorist movements of Hamas and Hezbollah, while they are only resistance movements facing the Israeli occupation.On the other hand, some believe that claims negotiations can solve the Palestinian problem. This approach still exists, but it got stuck after twenty years of negotiations.
There are those who believe that peace and normalization with Israel will solve the Palestinian problem and end the state of hostility with Israel, and this is what some Gulf (Persian) states have done. But all in all, after all these years, Palestine is brandishing the slogan of resistance as a humanitarian goal, and therefore there is still a feeling that the occupation of Palestine is an unnatural measure.
Q: How do you assess the role of Arab countries when they approach the Palestinian-Israeli conflict?
A: Unfortunately, the Arab role is generally not positive, as some Arab countries have normalized their relations with Israel, opened consulates and embassies and received Israeli delegations as if they were not an enemy of Arabs and Arabs. Muslims.
The Arab League is no longer taking a firm stance on Israel, and therefore the Arab situation today is catastrophic as far as the Palestinian cause is concerned. Indeed, some Arab countries consider the terrorist movements of Hamas and Hezbollah, while they are only resistance movements facing the Israeli occupation.
Therefore, the Arab position today is not divided between those who normalized ties with Israel and those who reconciled with Israel, nor did anything for Palestine. They believe in negotiation and political solutions to resolve this conflict.
Q: How do you rate America’s role in supporting Israel over the past decades?
A: America’s support for Israel is one of America’s steadfast policies. The United States of America has always stated that its strategic interests in the Middle East (West Asia) are to protect Israel’s oil and security.
Israel is an advanced military fortress for the West and for defending the interests of the West in the Middle East (West Asia); and for this reason, the United States has always supported Israel in all its wars and aggressions.
Q: What is the status of Palestine in the thinking of Shia leaders and academics?
A: The status of Palestine is frozen in the thinking of the Shiite leaders who have spoken of the liberation of Palestine and support the Palestinian resistance. Imam Musa al-Sadr in Lebanon always used to say, “I support the Palestinian cause, because the resistance is just and Israel must be crushed. There can be no reconciliation with him, and Palestine must be liberated.
Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Imam Khomeini issued a fatwa that Muslims must financially support Palestinian resistance groups.
After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the first country to open an embassy for Palestine was the Islamic Republic.
Imam Khomeini insisted, not only at the intellectual and political level but also at the practical level, on the arming of the Palestinian people and the need to support the resistance groups by all means so that the resistance movement can continue and attempt to end the Israeli occupation. Thus, there is a common goal for Shia and Sunni scholars which is the Palestinian cause and the restoration of the rights of the Palestinian people.