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US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia received unprecedented attention from the global and regional media and some tried to portray it as historical Saudi achievement .But this visit was invested in the media to enhance Saudi image after being shaken because of its war in Yemen and its involvement in the aggression and terrorism against Syria for more than six years.

Continued Fight against Terrorism

The terrorists attacks that targeted Tehran a few days ago would not be the last as long as Saudi Arabia and other Arab and regional countries are offering financial and military support to terrorist and takfiri groups such as ISIS and al-Nosra Front with the aim of achieving political objectives that serve the Zionist project in the region. Syria, Iran and the resistance are the targets of such terrorist attacks, because they categorically reject the American and Zionist hegemony in the region. The heroic steadfastness of the axis of the resistance and the great achievements realized in the field of combatting terrorists are behind the escalation of takfiri terror attacks in Syria and Iran.

The Saudis are certainly going to perish: Ayatollah Khamenei

They oppress their own people in this manner, and oppress the people of Yemen and Bahrain in other ways. But they are going to perish.

On the first day of Ramadan, the month of the Holy Quran's revelation, a bonding ceremony with the Holy Quran was held at the Imam Khomeini(ra) Hussayniyeh, in the presence of Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

Welcoming the first day of Ramadan, today, among a group of Qur'anic scholars (reciters), the Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated: From all over the vast garden, called Iran, flowers representing the Quran are blossoming: one by one they reveal themselves. Thus, the seeds of our Holy Quran have been sprinkled upon these lands. This is the art of the revolution, according to Tehran Times.

Palestinians, adamantly adherent to the right of return

Palestinians across the world are  marking today the 69th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), when hundreds of  thousands of Palestinians were forcibly evicted from their indigenous homeland by the Zionist terrorist gangs.

As the Palestinians commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Nakba Day, they are more determined to liberate their occupied lands and establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. They are also more determined to the repatriation right which has been guaranteed by UN resolutions.The hunger strike declared by Palestinian and Syrian detainees in the Israeli jails is considered a continuation of the struggle launched  by their fathers and forefathers immediately after the Nakba Day. Thousands of Palestinian detainees have declared an open hunger strike in Israeli jails to protest against the dire conditions they face as a result of the racist practices committed by the Israeli occupation authorities against them and the Israeli rejection of their legitimate demands, while the Syrian captives, led by Sedqi al-Maqt, joined the strike.

Martyrs, beacon for Syrians to continue sacrifices

More than 100 years ago, the Syrians revolted against the tyranny of 400 years of Ottoman occupation, with the occupiers using all forms of crimes to terror and deter the Syrians from fulfilling their goals in freedom and independence.

Since the Othman Empire had lost the World War I, it adopted a policy to oppress and replace all forms of nationalism, even if that meant annihilation of a number of the region’s peoples. Yet, the Syrians remained firm in their adherence to their identity, language and civilization, with an increased awareness on the importance of culture and nationalism and more secret meetings and forums to discuss methods of countering and overcoming occupation.

The story of the Martyrs Day dates back to the beginning of the 20th century when Arab political figures and intellectuals started speaking of Arab nationalism. The Arabs' demands were of a reformist nature, limited  to autonomy, use of Arabic in education, and changes in conscription in the Ottoman Empire in peacetime for Arab conscripts that allowed local service in the Ottoman army. The Arab calls for independence reached peak with the holding of Arab Conference in Paris, 1913 under the leadership of intellectual Abdul Hamid al-Zahrawi. They produced a set of demands for greater autonomy within the Ottoman Empire. However, the Ottoman authorities launched a wide scale arrest campaign against Arab intellectuals and people turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the Arab legitimate demands.

On May 6, 1916, Jamal Pasha publicly executed twenty-one Arab intellectuals and politicians simultaneously in Damascus and Beirut for alleged anti-Ottoman activities. The date, May 6, is commemorated annually in both countries as Martyrs' Day. Since then, Al-Marja Square began to be known as Martyrs Square in memory of martyrs who are the noblest of mankind and the most generous people. Jamal Pasha’s oppression did not force the Arab people to halt their unabated resistance to the Ottomans and they pressed ahead with their struggle until they forced the Ottomans out of their homeland ending a four century occupation. However, the Arabs fell under a new conspiracy represented by the ill-famed Sykes-Picot Accord which divided the Arab countries between Britain and France as if they were their inheritance. Once again, the Arab people started a relentless struggle until they won independence.

Martyrs Day is a call for going forward in fighting against aggression and dangers facing the homeland. Syrians are offering sacrifices in their fight against terrorism and Erdogan’s and some Arab regimes-backed Takfiri plot targeting Syria’s security and stability.

The path of martyrdom is the only one to have victory and the Syrian army is the hope for liberation. As the war on Syria enters its seventh year, the 6th of May brings to mind stories of heroism, glory, commitment and all sacrifices that the Syrians have made to defend the independence of their homeland and its territorial integrity over the years.

Nowadays, the Martyrs’ Day is an opportunity to honor and pay tribute to all Syrian mothers and their sons for their sacrifices to confront the terrorist war waged on their country since 2011.

 Martyrs have become a beacon to the Syrian people to continue sacrifices to achieve victory and preserve Syria’s dignity and sovereignty.

Martyrs and martyrdom memory consolidate the confidence to go forward in the struggle against terrorism, confront any aggression, restore the rights and to liberate the occupied land.

Martyrs’ Day is an occasion for inspiring the meaning of sacrifices and continuing the march of struggle for liberating the occupied Syrian Golan, achieving new victories, eliminating terrorism and restoring security and stability to all Syrian areas. Martyrs’ Day is also an occasion to promote the culture of resistance and the values of martyrdom and to strengthen the confidence in the Arab fighters away from frustration and despair.

K.Q.