Events in Denmark, Germany and France commemorate PFLP’s 47 years of struggle

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The Middle East Group of the International Forum organized an event in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 12, marking 47 years of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The event included a video greeting from Leila Khaled, a strong speech that was met with enthusiastic interest and support, and a presentation on the politics and history of the PFLP by Irene of the International Forum, which summarized the history of the PFLP from its founding on December 11, 1967 until today, including the Zionist assassination of Comrade Abu Ali Mustafa and the imprisonment of Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat.

The evening included Palestinian food made by Abu Samra of the Palestinian community in Denmark and a screening of the film, “Leila Khaled: Hijacker.” Participants discussed issues raised by the film, and future events to support Palestine and for the Boycott Israel campaign.

copen4 copen3 copen2 copen1The Committees for a Democratic Palestine in Berlin, Germany held a community event marking the 47th anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on December 13.

The event gathered together members of the Palestinian community in Berlin and supporters of the Palestinian cause. The hall was decorated with Palestinian flags, PFLP banners, and a slideshow highlighting historic and present-day images of PFLP leaders, martyrs, events and demonstrations.

Basila Sobeihi, Palestinian poet, delivered a poem saluting the Palestinian people and the struggle of the PFLP, while Dr. Moannas al-Abyad delivered solidarity greetings to the PFLP from the Fateh movement.

Kholoud Daibes, the Palestinian ambassador to Germany, spoke at the event, saluting the work of Palestinians in Germany in holding this and other events that highlight the Palestinian cause, as well as the Palestinian struggle for rights and sovereignty. Doris Ghannam spoke on behalf of BDS Berlin about the growing movement internationally to support the Palestinian people through boycott, divestment and sanctions against the racist occupation state, and popular action to cut the support lines given to occupation, oppression and apartheid by the German government and the European Union.

Comrade Khaled Barakat delivered the main speech of the event, in which he spoke about the founding, history and political orientation of the Front as a central occasion in the history of the Arab radical revolutionary left, committed to all forms of struggle and resistance and with the highest conviction in the inevitability of victory.

“The Front was born from a protracted struggle from the Nakba of 1948…in response to the violent defeat in 1967. It was born from the womb of a major Arab movement, the Arab Nationalist Movement. It was born of the torment and struggle of refugees in the camps at a critical period in the history of the Palestinian people. It was not created through the decision of an intelligence agency, nor a resolution of the reactionary Arab regimes. It was created with the line of Al-Hakim [George Habash] and his comrades, when he announced in Amman, that with these guns, the masses of Palestinian and Arab workers and peasants will turn defeat into victory,” said Barakat.

Discussing the present situation, Barakat said, “Our people today live a constant state of siege, at an exceptional time in history. This is a difficult and complex time, and all of us must be patient and yet see clearly, without confusion. Quite frankly, we say: the enemy camp remains the same. It is known: global imperialism, Zionism, the reactionary Arab regimes and the client classes of the occupation. This camp is still working to liquidate the Palestinian cause, and wants it to be forgotten and to impose upon us our terms of surrender, isolation and siege wherever the Palestinian people are. In the West Bank, in Jerusalem, in the occupied lands of 1948, in Gaza, in every Palestinian refugee camp in exile and diaspora, this camp wants to impose upon us a form of siege. This is the bitter and extraordinary reality that must be matched by exceptional struggle from our side.”

He contrasted the path of revolution and the path of Authority, noting that the martyrs who fought and died for Palestine did so for the Palestinian revolution and not for an authority. “What is needed today is to move the Palestinian cause forward, to a time of revolution, and restore the true image of the Palestinian people and their cause. The original image: a people fighting for their homeland, to recover their rights, not scattered groups of people concerned with power, authority, salaries, cars and individual solutions. Not individual solutions: collective solution. A national democratic liberation project is the heart of national unity, that highlights the role and leadership of Palestinian youth and supports their initiatives; that celebrates the role of Palestinian women and seeks to achieve and implement equality between men and women. A national liberation project centers workers and the poor in the revolution and builds trade union organizations where working people struggle. The academic, the intellectual, the writer, the doctor, the engineer, artist, craftsperson and student have key roles to play. National liberation brings us together, unites us and frees the power of the Palestinian people….is this a project that can be achieved with the support of Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and systems of tyranny? This is a project that can only be built by the Palestinian people, and Palestinian communities in Europe have a central, active and leading role to play in developing and initiating this program,” said Barakat.

Discussing the needs of the Palestinian movement today, Barakat said: “What is needed today is to drag the leaders of the enemy to international courts. This struggle today paves the way for future generations; these crimes have no statute of limitations. We must launch a Palestinian youth movement in Europe, and build bridges of cooperation with the Palestinian people in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and occupied Palestine…work to activate and develop the boycott campaign and isolate the Zionist entity in every city, state and global capital. Today, we must build Palestinian social and cultural centers in each major city in the diaspora, and to strengthen the role of the student movement in universities internationally and support the resilience of our students inside Palestine and in the refugee camps.”

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Anti-imperialist collective Coup Pour Coup 31 painted a graffiti mural marking the 47th anniversary of the PFLP at the Autonomous Social Center of Toulouse, France.

“Our anti-imperialist collective Coup Pour Coup 31 supports the Palestinian resistance and in particular its progressive and revolutionary wing, mainly embodied today by the PFLP….On the occasion of the anniversary of the PFLP we reaffirm that the project of a free and democratic Palestine from the river to the sea lives, in the heart of the Palestinian people and their Resistance!”

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By: Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine

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