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Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat on May 1: The popular classes of Palestine are on the front lines of revolution

Posted in PFLP, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, delivered a special message from prison via the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat to the forces and movements of the Left in the world on the occasion of International Workers’ Day, marking a renewed landmark of revolutionary struggle against imperialism, Zionism and fascism and the forces of class and social exploitation. Sa’adat said in the statement that the open-ended hunger strike being waged currently by the Palestinian prisoners’ movement is the most prominent national site of confrontation with the Zionist occupation and its racist settler-colonial laws. He urges the expansion of the campaign for boycott and the isolation of the occupation at an international level.

Comrades and friends

Revolutionary greetings,
Greetings of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,
Greetings to the strugglers for justice, freedom, equality and progress everywhere.

Greetings to you from inside the prisons and cells of Zionism, and salutes to all those who celebrate today, who march and participate in this day, in the lighting of the flame of this immortal, human, day, the first of May, the day of workers, the people, and the struggling classes. This is the day in which we together renew our primary commitment to defend the rights and interests of the impoverished and struggling classes with a fundamental interest in progress and change, the classes that were and still are the front line of the revolution, standing against the savage forces of capitalism, occupation, colonialism and racism.

Greetings from the camps of our people in the homeland and in the Diaspora, these Palestinian camps that were and still are strongholds of resistance, popular resistance and revolution, the birth of the front of popular classes, struggling workers, poor revolutionaries and revolutionary intellectuals. Our Palestinian camps, the incubator of the revolution and the popular intifada, are living these days under harsh and difficult conditions, both within and outside Palestine. Despite oppression, exclusion, marginalization and siege, the masses of our people continue to fight for their sacred right to return to their land and to the homes, villages and towns from which they were forcibly displaced.

Our message today is to all the revolutionary forces in Latin America and Africa, in the Philippines, Turkey and Greece, in the belts of misery and the struggling cities everywhere: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine stands with you on May 1, renewing its commitment to the relentless and unconditional defense of the rights of the exploited, confronting the domination of colonialism, the forces of exploitation and the tools of class and social oppression. We call for the widest international left alliance to confront the camp of exploitation and capital and build the alternative, a socialist society.

May 1 was and will remain a day of struggle and adherence to the fundamental principles that the revolutionary, democratic left was created to achieve. The values of a society of justice, freedom and equality, working to consolidate the values of international and human solidarity to serve the people, for the well-being and dignity of humanity. One of our common tasks is to defend the rights of refugees everywhere and to defend migrants and the impoverished classes, especially those living in the midst of imperialist countries.

From here, from the Israeli prison cells, where our brave and beloved ones are fighting a new heroic epic that is entering its 15th consecutive day in the battle of the open hunger strike, we call upon you to uphold these values and put them into action by supporting the struggle of the prisoners and putting pressure on your governments to boycott, divest from and sanction the occupation state. The isolation of the occupation state, besieging it on a popular, international level, means that the date of freedom for our people and for all prisoners inside the prisons of “Israel” approaches ever more closely.

Comrades,

Today, almost everywhere, our Palestinian people are facing a campaign of relentless and unprecedented wars against our national liberation movement. A broad economic, political and security campaign led by the United States and Israel and the reactionary forces in the region is a war aimed first and foremost at the popular classes, seeking to liquidate the cause of the Palestinian people and the rights of the Palestinian people.

What is happening in the Arab world and the region generally demands that all the forces of the international left must unite and come together to face the threatened disasters, woes and wars in the region, especially if Trump and his right-wing racist, fascist camp succeed in implementing their plans to swallow the wealth of the Arab nation. And therefore, we in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine call upon you to bang on the walls of silence in your society against the Trump camp, run today by a handful of generals and major corporations.

Comrades and friends everywhere,

Today, the Israeli racist entity is further rooting its settlement laws and institutionalizing them in all of the details of the lives of the Palestinian people within the occupied territory and throughout our historic homeland, with the aim of imposing an enhanced form of subjugation based on oppression, exploitation, apartheid, siege and starvation. Israel is trying to impose this new order of subjugation on the masses of our people, inside occupied Palestine 1948, in the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, even if some details differ here and there.

Our Palestinian liberation struggle is entering a new and difficult stage of struggle, but we have a deep confidence in the will of the masses of our people, our courageous workers, and their revolutionary capacities are firmly established and stronger than anything.

We promise that the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine will remain on the front lines to confront imperialism, Zionism and the forces of injustice and social oppression in Palestine and in the region. Because this is our responsibility. This is our duty. This is the path we choose to achieve our people’s goals of return, liberation, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on all of the land of historic Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital, the eternal and united capital of the Palestinian people.

Long live May 1, a day of freedom and struggle
Long live international solidarity
Victory to the Palestinian prisoners in the battle of freedom and dignity
Freedom for all political prisoners in the world
Victory is certain

Your comrade,
Ahmad Sa’adat
General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Ramon Prison
May 1 2017

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The Hezbollah – Lebanon’s Broad Front Resistance Movement

Posted in Anti-Zionism, Internationalism, Solidarity, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

Forget Israeli, Brit, US and EU Imperialist propaganda – make up your own mind..

National Hunger Strike 35th Anniversary Commemoration – Derry Sunday 21 August 2016

Posted in Alex McGuigan, Commemoration, Human Rights, Hunger Strikes, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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The National Hunger Strike 35th Anniversary Commemoration leaves Rosemount in Derry at 2pm where it will make it’s way with the Red Flag of International Socialism leading the Colour Party to the Irish Republican Socialist Movement memorial in the City Cemetery.  Transport arrangements can be arranged via the IRSP HQ at Costello House, Belfast; the Derry offices of the IRSP or via your local IRSP representative

“Must we live in the shadow of the tyrant in the chains of slavery?  And must we die to shake the shackles from our limbs and taste the fruits of liberty?

Surely it is not to much to ask for freedom and lasting peace in our native land?  And surely it is not too much to be treated as we truly are – soldiers of Ireland and of the Irish People”

(INLA Volunteer Mickey Devine who laid down his life for political status on 20 August 1981)

 

 

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Saoirse go deo!

 

 

Alex McGuigan, Belfast

PFLP: Heroic individual resistance actions require popular support, must inspire leadership

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 11, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

Source: PFLP

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.

Source: PFLP

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Bloody Sunday March for Justice – 1 February 2015 Derry

Posted in Bloddy Sunday with tags , , , , , , , on January 29, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

 

Source: Bloody Sunday March For Justice Website

The march will leave Creggan shops at 2.30 pm sharp and will makes it way over the original route ending up at Guildhall Square in Derry City Centre. Guest speakers are the Reverend Osagyefo Sekou from Missouri USA and the anti-austerity, anti-water charges Dublin TD Clare Daly.

In keeping with this year’s theme of Resist! various groups and campaigns will be represented on the day in a show of solidarity and also to highlight their concerns whether it be the state of the current murder investigation into the deaths on Bloody Sunday 1972 or more recent opposition to water charges in the South, the impending impact of welfare cuts in the North or the continuing persecution of the people of Gaza or indeed the ongoing racist behaviour by US state police against black communities right across America today.

Source: Bloody Sunday March for Justice Website

There is also a full and diverse programme of events organised by the Bloody Sunday March Committee during the week leading up to Sunday’s march which can be accessed via this link!

All freedom loving people should attend the March For Justice!

 

The images of the 14 unarmed victims murdered on Bloody Sunday in Derry, 1972 by the British Army: Patrick (‘Paddy’) Doherty (31), Gerald Donaghey (17), John (‘Jackie’) Duddy (17), Hugh Gilmour (17), Michael Kelly (17), Michael McDaid (20), Kevin McElhinney (17), Bernard (‘Barney’) McGuigan (41), Gerald McKinney (35), William (‘Willie’) McKinney (26), William Nash (19), James (‘Jim’) Wray (22), John Young (17), John Johnston (59)

 

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

Posted in PFLP, PFLP/IRSP Solidarity with tags , , on December 17, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars

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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

PFLP calls for broad participation in days of action to free Ahmad Sa’adat, Georges Abdallah

Posted in Ahmad Sa’adat, Anti-Zionism, Palestine, PFLP, PFLP/IRSP Solidarity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars

 

Source: Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 07:04 AM PDT

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine calls upon all to participate in the activities and campaigns that have been launched to support the Palestinian prisoners in occupation prisons and demand their freedom. Events, organized by the Palestinian prisoners’ movement, the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, and organizations around the world supporting Palestine, will take place on October 17-25, demanding freedom for Palestinian prisoners and focusing on the case of imprisoned General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat, denied family visits by occupation forces, and imprisoned Arab struggler Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, held in French prisons for 30 years.

The Front praised Sa’adat for rejecting the denial of family visits, refusing to sign the order denying him visits with his family, and noted that he is planning to launch an open hunger strike if the prison authorities do not cancel the order denying family visits and end the ongoing policy of depriving hundreds and thousands of prisoners of their most basic human rights. It urged all to raise their action and commitment to meet this challenge and stand with Sa’adat and his fellow Palestinian political prisoners as they demand their rights, especially the most basic right to family visits.

The Front said that the denial of family visits is being imposed in order to isolate Palestinian prisoners from the national movement, and a desperate measure aimed at breaking the will of the leadership of the prisoners’ movement. It noted that this is a new form of isolation, recalling that Sa’adat has been denied access to most of his family members since being kidnapped from Jericho prison on March 14, 2006 by invading occupation forces, and was held in isolation with no family visits at all for three years. It noted also that there are a large number of prisoners who are suffering from these unjust orders which escalated against them during the Zionist aggression against Gaza.

The Front demanded that Palestinian official institutions, especially embassies and missions around the world, uphold their responsibilities to their people on the issue of the prisoners, and called on international human rights bodies to take responsibility and expose and act against these violations of prisoners’ rights, saying that there is a need for concerted effort to “bang on the walls of the tank” and expose the struggles of the prisoners’ and their oppression inside the enemy prisons, in particular the orders of occupation authorities prohibiting family visits.

The Front also saluted and urged additional events in solidarity with Arab struggler Comrade Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, held in French prisons for 30 years, to put pressure on French authorities for his release. The struggle to free him is an extension of the struggle against the policy of imprisonment and isolation by the Zionist occupation against our Palestinian and Arab prisoners.

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