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Opinion: Resistance and Faith of Galilee

Submitted by Damir Nazarov

Reader Submission (GPA– Galilee is a region of historical importance in the north of Palestine bordering on Lebanon.

After Palestine had been occupied, this very region was subject to frequent attacks by Palestinian guerrillas of Fatah and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) from the territory of Lebanon. However, the civil war that broke out along with Zionist invasion forced the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) presided by late Arafat leave the state and dislocate to Tunis.

Nevertheless, the rival did not celebrate long: secular Palestinian groups who were in a constant state of disputing with each other were replaced by one of the most powerful Islamic organizations in the entire history of Islam – Hezbollah. According to Bilal Saab (expert of Monterey Institute of International Studies, Washington) “Hezbollah is the most resilient and militarily capable sub-state actor the world has ever known, period.”

Man waving Hezbollah flag
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Frequent conflicts and rivalry for leadership between the Palestinian groups, of course, prevented from combating Zionism in a proper manner; the situation was overclouded by frequent plots designed by secular Arabian regimes. However, the situation in Lebanon changed soon after the Iranian Revolution and appearance of one of the first products of the Revolution’s export. In place of the Palestinians’ scattered fractions, a strictly ideology-based, military-political organization which managed to consolidate and operate at the state level and, thus, created far more problems both for the Zionists, and the West, emerged.

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It was about to become evident that as Hezbollah improved in military terms and as Iran enhanced its political positions at the international level, the Lebanese party and its allies would soon pose the major military threat to occupants of Palestine.

Galilee is associated with interesting facts: the thing is that Iranian Muslims participated in its liberation. This was described by the British writer and Orientalist Edward Browne. In the first volume of his book Tarikh-i adabiyat dar Iran (Literary History of Persia), he writes:

“Galilee is associated with interesting facts: the thing is that Iranian Muslims participated in its liberation. This was described by the British writer and Orientalist Edward Browne. In the first volume of his book Tarikh-i adabiyat dar Iran (Literary History of Persia), he writes:“After the defeat of the Persians at Qádisiyya, for example, some four thousand soldiers from Daylam (near the Caspian Sea) decided, after consultation, to embrace Islam and join the Arabs, whom they aided in the conquest of Jalúlá, after which they settled in Kúfa with the Muslims.”

“After the defeat of the Persians at Qádisiyya, for example, some four thousand soldiers from Daylam (near the Caspian Sea) decided, after consultation, to embrace Islam and join the Arabs, whom they aided in the conquest of Jalúlá, after which they settled in Kúfa with the Muslims.

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Thus, the Iranian Muslims then took immediate part in the liberation of Palestine.

Now, let’s remind ourselves of Hezbollah’s military plans as to occupied Palestine.

October 2, 2012, Hezbollah published the map of Galilee’s liberation.

In 2014, the Zionists portal Walla published vast information on preparation of the Zionist army should the war with Hezbollah be relocated to the territory of Galilee.

The Zionists acknowledged great capabilities and much more of Hezbollah in this relation in April 2017.

By comparing the historical fact and realia of today, we can observe the same picture: direct and indirect participation of the Iranian Muslims in the fight for one of the major Islamic holy places. It is absolutely not a secret that Hezbollah coordinates with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). This connection is not even a tandem – it is rather a new sort of army of our time, and the Muslims have become pioneers of this warfare and politics style.

This post was originally written and submitted by Damir Nazarov.

This piece is of strictly analytical nature; the author’s opinion may partially or fully contradict the editors’ view.