The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine confirmed that the upsurge in individual resistance actions carried out by heroic Palestinian youth throughout the occupied homeland are important operations that must continue, escalate and evolve, and need popular support in the West Bank and Jerusalem in various forms in light of the occupier’s continuous crimes against our people.
The PFLP emphasized that these resistance actions have taken multiple forms, including resistance with knives; this stems from the resolve and determination of the Palestinian youth to restore their land and their rights of which they are deprived, and their conviction in the justice of their cause.
The Front said that the Zionist enemy should know that every Palestinian is a potential guerrilla to confront the occupation and the settlements; there is no place to find security or stability as a colonizer. The Palestinian people will not give up their rights until the last drop of blood in their veins.
The Front also emphasized the need to support these individual actions on an organized level through the immediate call to form a unified national leadership in all areas, to manage and lead this battle and to elevate the level of resistance actions to deal serious blows to the Zionist entity and the settlers. The Front also emphasized the need to embrace the families of the heroic guerrillas, and provide whatever they need to support them, and to defend them from attacks by the occupation.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the Zionist campaign against Comrade Leila Khaled, Palestinian national figure and member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP and her visit to South Africa, noting that these attacks only confirm the correctness of the Front’s commitment to resistance and of Leila Khaled’s struggle.
The PFLP noted that this political and media attack on Khaled and the Palestinian resistance was launched in response to the tour taking place early next month in nine cities in South Africa. It is an extension of earlier Zionist attempts to block her participation in demonstrations, lectures and meetings in various cities around the world and an ongoing Zionist campaign to silence Palestinian revolutionary voices.
The Zionist occupation has seen that South Africa and its own struggle against settler colonialism and apartheid has inspired heavy losses on a political and economic level and that the South African movement has played a major role in revealing the criminal and racist face of Israel to the world.
The Front noted that no one has forgotten that the Zionist state supported the racist system of apartheid in South Africa at the same time that the Palestinian people supported the struggles of their brothers and sisters in the African National Congress until their victory over the apartheid regime.
The Front expressed on its own behalf and that of the Palestinian people its salutes and greetings for the South African people and social movements, and the supporters of the Palestinian people who took the initiative to invite Comrade Leila Khaled, particularly BDS South Africa, whose boycott campaign has been growing with great resonance. This movement succeeded in mobilizing hundreds of thousands to take to the streets against the assault on Gaza and formed a real force to pressure the occupation politically and economically in South Africa.
The Front criticized the silence of the Palestinian embassy in South Africa on this Zionist campaign. Comrade Leila Khaled is a member of the Palestinian National Council and it is the responsibility of the embassy to condemn these kinds of attacks on a member of the PNC.
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.
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.”
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!”
From Our PFLP Comrades
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine salutes the masses of the Palestinian people in the West Bank, in Jerusalem, and occupied Palestine ’48 as they take qualitative actions and embody steadfastness and popular intifada and confront the occupier. This is the true picture of our people, their will and their commitment, which cannot and will not be defeated by Zionist crimes, the conditions of the moment, Arab complicity and international collusion against the Palestinian people and cause.
The Front saluted the escalating heroic operations against Israeli soldiers and settlers in occupied Palestine, especially in the West Bank and Jerusalem, noting that this is an expected response to the crimes of the occupation and that resistance is the most effective method to defend our people against the systematic Zionist war on their existence.
The Front noted the role of liberated prisoners in these heroic operations as an indication of the fact the the prisons of the occupation have been and continue to be schools to produce revolutionary heroism and sacrifice, which is a major component of our Palestinian people and their struggle against the occupation.
The PFLP noted the Israeli Ministerial Committee’s approval of proposed legislation applying Israeli law to the settlers in the West Bank as a serious development and an attempt to impose “facts on the ground” and annex the West Bank settlements to the occupation state.
The Front also denounced the recent ocucpation actions, especially the attempt to destroy Palestinian homes in Jerusalem and declare them “illegal” and the campaign of incitement against our people in occupied Palestine ’48, the demolition of the homes of the families of those who carry out operations against the occupiers, and the escalation of settlement construction, as revealing the true racist face of state terror that is inveighed against our people in occupied Palestine. They are confronting malicious attempts to break their will and force them to surrender and submission.
The Front urged the masses of our people in every part of Palestine to continue and escalate the popular struggle to an overwhelming popular intifada against the Israeli occupation, and for our people in the Diaspora to escalate their support for the struggle inside.
The Front also demanded that the Palestinian Authority and its security forces adopt a national stance to serve the people, by ending security coordination and any ties with the criminal occupier, and instead change the function of the security agencies to provide security to our people to protect them from Zionist attacks, and confront Israeli policy and practices based on a comprehensive national strategy that ends negotiations with the occupation state and prioritizes national unity.
The PFLP renewed its call for the formation of popular protection committees to confront the attacks by settlers against our people. The Front also called for an urgent meeting of the provisional leadership of the Palestinian national movement and the PLO, including all factions, to discuss the escalating Zionist aggression, and develop a unified national plan to support the steadfastness of our people and their intifada in the face of the occupation, and for the Palestinian official leadership to immediately join the International Criminal Court to prosecute the occupation for its escalating crimes against our people.