Since US President Donald Trump is trying to fulfill his campaign threats, other nations are expected to keep a watchful eye on his moves, says a commentator.
Everybody “should monitor Trump’s comments very closely and not fall into the fallacy of thinking that he may not do what he says because he actually is doing what he has been preaching during his campaign,” says Alexander Azadgan, a senior geopolitical analyst from Tehran.
“My consultation to everyone is to keep taking Mr. Trump seriously, he is going to fulfill a lot of his campaign promises as we have been seeing with his executive actions some of which are absolutely illegal,” Azadgan told Press TV on Wednesday.
In response to a conventional missile test by Iran, US President Donald Trump has taken hostile stance toward Tehran, saying that the Islamic Republic ‘is playing with fire.’
Trump argued that ‘nothing is off the table’ as far as Iran’s missile program is concerned.
The threat that “all options are on the table is not new” because the United States has been using such a rhetoric since the Islamic Republic of Iran came into establishment, he said.
Trump, like his predecessor Barack Obama, tries to mislead the public opinion about Iran’s defensive capabilities, while Iranians have every right under the United Nations’ regulations to defend themselves in the face of foreign threats.
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“It (Iran) has a right to defend itself and its missile technology for example and the testing of the recent missile was completely within the norms of the law and the parameters that the Iranians or any other nations have,” he concluded.
The occupation prison administration isolated Comrade Walid Daqqa on January 25, 2017, transferring him from Ketziot prison to solitary confinement in Ramon prison, under the pretext of unauthorized communication with his lawyer. This is a flimsy excuse being used to target the comrade because he represents an influential leadership role in the prisoners’ movement as one of its key figures, particularly at this time of the targeting of the Palestinian people in occupied Palestine ’48 through home demolition, killings in cold blood and the adoption of racist laws in the occupation Knesset, as part of the systematic displacement and targeting of the Palestinian people.
The isolated comrade is from the village of Baqa, detained since 1986 and serving a life sentence alongside his comrades Ibrahim and Rushdi Abu Mokh. He has suffered years of severe health problems. We urge all forces to pressure to ensure his treatment and care for his health. The targeting of Comrade Daqqa is a part of the targeting of the symbols of all of the national liberation forces in occupied Palestine, and the targeting of those who raise the banner of memory and national identity, such as Comrade Daqqa.
We hold the occupation and its prison administration fully responsible for the life and safety of Comrade Walid Daqqa and see this isolation as an attempt to sentence him to slow death. We in the PFLP Prison Branch and the national and Islamic forces and the prisoners’ movement have sent a clear message to the prison administration that they will be held accountable for the consequences of isolating Walid, and the seriousness of this decision.
In this context we urge all national and Islamic forces and the struggling Palestinian masses to launch a broader struggle in support of the comrade Walid Daqqa and all isolated prisoners.
It should be noted that Comrade Daqqa has a distinctive experience within the prisons as a leading cadre of the prisoners’ movement and has become a prominent writer whose stories and writings about the life of prisoners have been published and widely shared outside the prisons, including inspiring a play performed in multiple theaters.
The comrade has also played an important role in terms of academic education for prisoners and himself completed his masters degree in ptison. Because of his continued commitment, prominence and charisma, he has remained continually targeted by the prison administration
The United Nations as well as the world leaders and people should put pressure on Israel in order to help Palestinians who are suffering from Israelis’ racist policies, says a political expert.
“Sanctions are the only option now by … the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop the violations of [recent] UN resolutions,” Yousef al-Helou, a journalist and political commentator from London, said on Tuesday.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction in December 2016, but Israel defied the document by building new settler units in occupied territories.
“People inside the occupied territories are dismayed by the … so-called international community for not taking practical steps on the ground to put an end to these violations,” Helou added.
In the absence of real moves to push Tel Aviv to stop its anti-Palestinian policies, Israel has found an opportunity to speed up its settlement activities without being concerned about any condemnation from world powers, the scholar said, adding that Israel thinks it is “above the international law” and is a “rogue” regime, which does not respect the United Nations’ resolutions.
In a rare move, the German government has postponed a summit between Israeli and German officials scheduled for May 10 in Jerusalem al-Quds. Germany is trying to express its protest against Tel Aviv’s defiance of international calls to stop settlement construction on Palestinian territories.
Helou also stated that condemnations on the part of some international leaders and United Nations’ officials are actually “ineffective” and cannot do anything to reduce sufferings of the Palestinian people in the real world.
He said the Israeli regime has received “green light” from the new US administration to do whatever it wants, as US President Donald Trump has not condemned construction of new settlements in Palestinian territories.
Pointing to the destruction of Palestinians’ homes in the West Bank, Helou noted that Israelis’ harsh measures against the Palestinian people would cause more “escalation” and tension.