In a move that has drawn widespread condemnation from the international community, the “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation has ignited a series of divisive reactions, particularly in Lebanon. While there have been demonstrations of joy and solidarity with the Palestinian resistance in Gaza across Lebanese towns and Palestinian camps, the global perspective on this operation is overwhelmingly negative.
Mosques in the camps have been raising “takbeers” and firing balls of joy, a spectacle that stands in stark contrast to the global call for peace and stability.
Firecrackers have been set off in the southern suburbs of Beirut and neighborhoods across the city, including in the neighborhoods of Aisha Bakkar and Hamra. This public display of support for an operation that has been denounced globally raises serious questions about Lebanon’s stance on international peace and security.
The Islamic Action Front in Lebanon issued a statement that stands in direct opposition to the global call for peace. The statement congratulates “our nation in general, our people in Palestine, and all factions of the Palestinian resistance for the unprecedented success of the victorious Jerusalem flood operation.”
Imam and preacher of Al-Ghufran Mosque in Sidon, Sheikh Hossam Al-Ailani, confirmed that this day would be remembered by future generations as a historic day. However, the international community is united in its view that this is a dark day for peace and stability in the region.
Talal Arslan, the leader of the Lebanese Democratic Party, declared, “Here is Jerusalem, here is Gaza, here is Palestine, resistance and pride, here is the time of victories and turning the equations upside down.” Such rhetoric only serves to further isolate Lebanon and its political figures from a world that is increasingly calling for peace and denouncing acts of violence.
The Amal Movement sent a statement of pride and appreciation to the Palestinian resistance fighters in the Gaza Strip, a move that has been criticized for its blatant disregard for international law and the global call for peace.
The Minister of Culture, Judge Muhammad Wissam Al-Murtada, tweeted controversial statements that have been met with international disapproval. He stated that the Israeli occupation is contrary to nature, to human values, and to international laws and national rights.
Major General Abbas Ibrahim, former Director General of Security, said, “This is truly the ‘Al-Aqsa Flood,’ a name for itself, a Palestinian dawn that we have dreamed of for decades.” Such statements are increasingly seen as out of touch with the global call for peace and stability in the region.