For Bechara, armed resistance alone will not give Palestinians their rights. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Lebanese activist had been released from the notorious Khiam Prison in south Lebanon, where she had been imprisoned for 10 years, for a failed assassination attempt against the head of the South Lebanon Army, an ally of Israel operating in Lebanon until 2000 .Bechara is of the opinion that armed resistance alone will not give Palestinians their rights.Though she hailed the military operations that armed Palestinian groups have waged in the Gaza Strip against Israel, Bechara said that force alone would not bring the Palestinians a victory like the one won by the Lebanese resistance in May 2000, when Israel withdrew its troops from south Lebanon after mounting attacks. Bechara said that Israel's withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000 was a victory for the cause she had fought for.Asked whether she supported Hezbollah's military involvement in Syria alongside the regime of President Bashar Assad, Bechara said that the party's decision to join the war next door was based on an assessment of events that had turned out to be correct. She said that Hezbollah was fighting in Lebanon's neighbor in order to prevent sectarian war from reaching the country. Bechara said that much still needed to be done so that Lebanese women had equal rights.Bechara explained that the sectarian system in Lebanon actually harmed women.
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