From his retreat in the mountain of Hjoula, in Byblos, one of the oldest Phoenician regions, north of this capital, the Lebanese progressive fighter proudly recalls the 10 years he spent in “Socialist Cuba, the Cuba of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and a heroic people.”
The door to his home opened to a Prensa Latina team and in every word, phrase or memory of the fighter, nostalgia and pride for witnessing up close the achievements and determination of a small country against the most powerful imperialism in the world.
Surrounded by the tranquility and natural beauty of his village, the former member of the leadership of the Lebanese Communist Party described Cuba as a land where nobody surrenders and wished it joy, prosperity and more progress in the future with confidence and optimism.
After 63 years of Revolution, the political scientist also stressed the Cuban people’s will to strengthen its path in the face of the longest and hardest blockade in history imposed by the Government of the United States.
Stressing the internationalist nature, Ismail emphasized that “Cuba has never failed to express its solidarity with the legitimate causes of the Arab peoples, especially the resistance of the Palestinian people.”
In August 1991, he returned definitively to Beirut and since then ties of brotherhood, struggle and commitment bind him to Cuba’s truth and the ideal of a world of peace.