This blogname was derived from the novel The Secret Life Of Saeed The Pessoptimist by the Palestinian Israeli Emile Habiby: absurdism as weapon against the (ir)realities of daily life in Palestine/Israel. (The subtitle is from a book by Dutch author Renate Rubinstein. It could as well be my motto).
My real name is Martin (Maarten Jan) Hijmans. I've been covering the ME since 1977 and have been a correspondent in Cairo. I started my 'Abu Pessoptimist' blog in January 2009 out of anger during the onslaught in Gaza. The other one, The Pessoptmist, is meant to be a sister version in English. (En voor de Nederlandstaligen: ik wilde in november 2009 een tweede blog in het Engels beginnen en ontdekte te laat dat als je één account hebt, een profiel dan meteen ook voor allebei de blogs geldt. Vandaar dat het nu ineens in het Engels is... So sorry.)
Hariri urges all Lebanese to stop cooperating with Special Hariri Tribunal
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday called on all Lebanese to boycott the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which looks into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. “Whoever cooperates with the Special Tribunal is working against the Resistance,” he said in a televised speech, adding that the STL is sending all data gathered on Lebanon to Israel.The Hezbollah chief also said that investigators from the STL have threatened some people, including doctors.
“We have evidence to prove it.”
He addressed the issue of Wednesday’s incident in Dahiyeh, asking, “Why would the STL need the medical records of women affiliated with Hezbollah? Who of you would agree to allow someone to look at the medical records of your women?”
An STL team was attacked by a group of around 30 women at a gyneacology clinic in Hezbollah-controlled Dahiyeh, southern suburb of Beirut, snatching a briefcase but causing no injuries The investigators had scheduled a meeting with Dr. Iman Charara – who runs the clinic.The-Hague-based STL condemned the incident, saying no act of violence would prevent the probe from moving forward.
Nasrallah also said that the international tribunal was given access to all telecommunications information since 2003, files of students enrolled in Lebanese universities between 2003 and 2006 as well as the fingerprints of 893 Lebanese people.
He added he received information that the US is pressuring STL Prosecutor General Daniel Bellemare to speed up the process of issuing the verdict, reiterating that members of his party will be indicted in the Rafik Hariri murder.“We have reached a very dangerous point where we can no longer remain silent…Our honor has been breached.”