Anniversary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

Palestinians celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the PFLP throughout Palestine and exile
Ramallah | Tulkarem | Nablus | Arraba | Beddawi camp, Lebanon | Al-Buss camp, Lebanon | northern Gaza and Rafah | Dheisheh

As tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza City on December 11, 2010 to mark the 43rd anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, celebrations took place throughout Palestine and in refugee camps throughout the Arab world.

Ramallah

In Ramallah, hundreds of students from Al-Quds Open University, members of the Palestinian Student Action Front, held a university rally marking the anniversary. The student organizers spoke about the important role of the Palestinian student movement in building national consciousness and providing progressive leadership in the political, social, academic and trade union fronts in Palestine.

Comrade Omar Shehadeh spoke on behalf of the PFLP, saying that we celebrate this anniversary as a mark of renewing our rejection of surrendering the rights of our people and bowing down before the Israeli occupier, and in an emphasis on continuing resistance in the face of settlements, Zionism and imperialism.

In a word, the Popular Front delivered by Omar Shehadeh, said: “we celebrate the anniversary Launches comes within the framework of the renewal to reject people for surrendering and bending high” of the Israeli occupation, and an emphasis on the continuation of Palestinian resistance in the face of the settlement project, and a rejection of the policies of imperialism in the region.

He saluted the students, paying tribute to the role of university students in building the Palestinian revolution, and called upon the students to continue to fulfill that role.

Comrade Shehadeh discussed the Front’s continuation of its policy of boycotting the PLO Executive Committee so long as it continues to undemocratically embrace futile negotiations with the occupier at the behest of the United States. He said that the harvest of 17 years of negotiations has been the Judaization of Jerusalem, the construction of the apartheid wall, the siege on Gaza, the building of settlements, the violation of human rights, and the continuation of arrests and land confiscation.

He said that the Front’s decision to boycott the Executive Committee meetings is a decision to confront a dangerous threat to the Palestinian people and to demand an end to hegemony in the PLO. He emphasized that no approach of the Palestinian leadership can be effective without discarding entirely the endless circle of Oslo, and demanding international recognition of the full rights of the Palestinian people.

He concluded by paying tribute to the prisoners inside the occupier’s jails, led by General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and paying special greetings to Comrade Sumoud Kharajeh, a university student held in Israeli jail.

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Tulkarem

The PFLP in Tulkarem held a mass rally on December 10, 2010 to mark the 43rd anniversary of the launch of the Front, attended by members, cadres and supporters of the Front and national forces, as well as a delegation from Abnaa el-Balad in Palestine ’48.

Rafat Balawi, the governor of Tulkarem, spoke, saluting the PFLP, its leadership and the masses of the people, calling for Palestinian unity and resistance to defeat Israeli racism, occupation and oppression.

Raja Igbarieh, representative of Abna’a el-Balad, spoke about Palestinian rights throughout Palestine, saying that the “negotiations” project has only harmed the Palestinian people and their national rights. He said that it was important to rethink the call for an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza, raising the call for one democratic state in all of historic Palestine.

Comrade Nasser Abu Aziz, a member of the Central Committee of the Front, spoke, emphasizing the Front’s commitment to the masses of the Palestinian people, and to build national unity and a democratic, representative PLO, to unify the resistance and reject U.S. and Israeli hegemony

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Nablus

On December 11, 2010, under the slogan of “Victory through unity, steadfastness, and resistance,” the PFLP in Nablus held a mass rally marking the 43rd anniversary of the Front amid a harsh winter storm.

Palestinian flags and PFLP banners led the march from the PFLP office in Nablus, attacked by the Israeli occupation forces in 2004, down Palestine Street, chanting national slogans, to the memorial to the martyrs of the Front and then to the reception hall at Effendi Theatre.

Comrade Khalida Jarrar, member of the Political Bureau of the Front, gave the main address at the rally, telling of the PFLP’s central role in the Palestinian national movement, and how it continues to play a major role in the forefront of the Palestinian progressive movement and labor struggle. She reviewed the history of the PFLP from the time of the Arab Nationalist Movement and the founding of the Front by Comrade George Habash and his comrades, the leadership of the martyred General Secretary Abu Ali Mustafa, assassinated by the occupier, to today’s General Secretary, Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned leader.

She emphasized the need to end the internal division and turn all attention to the occupation, the enemy of all of our people at home and in exile and diaspora.

Comrade Mohammed Kanaaneh, general secretary of the Abnaa el-Balad movement in occupied Palestine ’48 also spoke at the rally, saluting the inspiring and ongoing role of the Popular Front and its leaders, particularly Comrade Sa’adat, and its role as a beacon of adherence to national rights and principles and national unity.

The event concluded with national songs and debkeh, as well as greetings and speeches from various national forces and popular movements.

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Arraba

On December 10, 2010, the PFLP in Arraba, outside Jenin, the hometown of Abu Ali Mustafa, held a mass march and rally commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the Front.

Members and supporters of the PFLP, as well as represntatives of the national and Islamic factions and popular institutions participated in the march, which held up Palestinian flags and PFLP banners, singing national and revolutionary songs.

Comrade Jaffer Abusalah delivered the main speech on behalf of the Front, emphaisizing that this was a time in which national unity and a new national political path based on resistance and defending Palestinian rights, rejecting futile negotiations and U.S. hegemony, was deeply needed. He demanded an immediate end to negotiations and security cooperation with the occupation, denouncing the PA security forces’ prosecution of activists and resistance fighters.

Comrade Abusalah saluted all of the Palestinian prisoners, comrade Sa’adat at their head, in the prisons of the Zionist enemy, and in particular, the prisoners serving long sentences. He noted that this was also the 23rd anniversary of the first Intifada, marking that anniversary and commemorating the prisoners who have been inside the jails of the occupier since before that Intifada.

The event closed with solidarity speeches, poetry and Palestinian national dance.

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Beddawi Camp

The PFLP in northern Lebanon held a mass rally marking its 43rd anniversary on Friday, December 10, 2010 in Beddawi refugee camp, with the participation of members and supporters of the Front, mass organiations in the camp, and representatives of Lebanese political parties and social and cultural institutions.

The marchers carried Palestinian flags, PFLP banners, and portraits of PFLP leaders, Dr. George Habash, Abu Ali Mustafa, Ghassan Kanafani, and imprisoned General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat, beginning in front of the PFLP office in the camp and proceeding to the martyrs’ cemetary

Comrade Emad Awadallah spoke on behalf of the Front, saying that “forty-three years later, we still hold high this banner. Generations will pass and will not weaken our will. We will remain loyal to our people and to the achievements of those who built this front, their great memory and their noble march.”

He emphasized that the cause of Palestine is the iconic symbol of freedom and justice to all progressive forces in the world, remembering the commitment to the masses of Al-Hakim (Dr. George Habash), the courage and integrity of Abu Ali Mustafa, the brilliance of Ghassan Kanafani and the commitment of Wadi’ Haddad, a legacy that continues today.

Comrade Nabil Said, a member of the Lebanon Central Committee of the Front announced the beginning of activities marking the passing of Dr. George Habash in January 2008 as a continuation of the anniversary events, before the march closed with national songs and art.

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Al-Buss Camp

The PFLP in el-Buss camp in Lebanon marked the 43rd anniversary of the Front’s founding on December 10, 2010, in a rally widely attended by political, social, and cultural organizations in the camp as well as members and supporters of the Front.

Comrade Ahmed Murad, member of the Lebanon Central Committee of the PFLP, spoke on behalf of the Front, emphasizing that the road of struggle and resistance would continue until liberation. He emphasized adherence to the national rights of the Palestinian people. He added that the option of unity, steadfastness and resistance are the cornerstones of the protection of rights and the achievement of victory.

Comrade Murad spoke about the suffering of the Palestinian people in Lebanon, saying that the Palestinian presence in Lebanon is a forced and temporary measure, until we are able to return to our land and homes from which we were uprooted in 1948. He affirmed the rejection of all resettlement and displacement plots, and stressed that the camps are emblems of steadfastness and resistance, rejecting any attempt to portray them as lawless. He said further that the Palestinian people in Lebanon are the people of resistance in the face of any Zionist aggression aimed at undermining Lebanon and its resistance.

In conclusion, Comrade Murad paid tribute to the imprisoned Secretary-General, Comrade Ahmed Sa’adat, and to all prisoners in Israeli jails. He also saluted the fallen leaders and comrades George Habash, Abu Ali Mustafa, and Ghassan Kanafani, Wadih Haddad, Guevara Gaza and the long convoy of martyrs of the front and the revolution.

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Northern Gaza and Rafah

The PFLP in northern Gaza organized a march on December 10, 2010 marking the 43rd anniversary of the launch of the PFLP, marching from the north of Beit Hanoun through Sheikh Zayed and Beit Lahiya neighborhoods. Hundreds of cars and motorcycles and thousands on foot participated in the procession, urging participation in Saturday’s mass rally.

Comrade Mohammed Yahya, member of the Central Committee in the are, praised the comrades of the Front and its role in building national unity. He sent greetings from the north of Gaza to Comrade Sa’adat, saluting the imprisoned comrades.

The Front in Rafah also held a similar motorcycle caravan, carrying red PFLP banners and Palestinian flags throughout Rafah’s neighborhoods, calling upon all to participate in the mass rally on Saturday in Gaza City.

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Dheisheh

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Bethlehem area held a march on December 11, 2010 in order to promote the large commemoration of the Front’s anniversary that will take place on Wednesday, December 15

Members and supporters of the Front marched through the streets and alleys of the camp, accompanied by a sound car, chanting slogans against Palestinian division, demanding an end to security cooperation with the occupier and playing revolutionary songs.

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