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The DFLP Pays Tribute to Fidel
By: Juan Dufflar Amel
March 30, 2017

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) paid a deeply-felt tribute in remembrance of the Historic Leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, during the celebration of the 48th anniversary of the founding of that combat-hardened organization held at the Arab Union of Cuba.

In his address on the occasion of the commemoration, Walid Ahmad, DFLP representative in Cuba, signified that Fidel, an exceptional anti-imperialist and internationalist leader, will always be present in hearts and consciences and will continue to be a source of inspiration for national liberation movements, democracy and socialism, as will be the case of Commander Hugo Chávez, leader of the Bolivarian Revolution.

“We go alongside Cuba on its firm and ceaseless battle of over 55 years against the criminal blockade”, affirmed Walid, who is also member of the Palestinian National Council.

Ahmad analyzed the developments in the Orient and the painful situation in which those brother countries live and pointed out the high amount of damages affecting the Palestinian cause, which is the cause of everyone.

He added that we are aware of the fact that the policy of the new United States Administration has an interventionist character and is more aggressive, as is expressed in the increase of its military force in our region to promote local wars and to fragment Arab countries. In this sense, we do not cease to express our support for a democratic solution that would allow the Saharawi people to decide their destiny.

He highlighted that the DFLP is a new leftwing party that upholds the banner of resistance on one hand and the national program on the other, on the path of return, self-determination and independence.

We celebrate this anniversary at a time in which the Israeli aggression against our people is increasing, backed by the new United States administration, with the aim of preventing the creation of the Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital, within the borders prior to June 4 1967, the liberation of Palestinian political prisoners and the right of refugees to return.

The Front argues in favor of passing on to a struggling stage, of mobilization of political and popular forces, against Israeli occupation and colonization.

In this context, the Front calls for breaking free from the chains of the Oslo Agreement, to once again retake the resistance and the Intifada, and to develop it with the goal of turning it into a national insubordination inside the territories occupied since 1967, to internationalize the cause in the UN Security Council and the General Assembly, to convene the implementation of UN resolutions, within the framework of an international conference, the results of which should lead to the exercise of international resolutions and human rights.

He finally thanked Cuba’s solidarity and the solidarity of other countries for their sustained and unflinching support for the Palestinian people.

“The Cuban people and its Communist Party, we shall always remain alongside the Palestinian people, displaying the firmest and most permanent solidarity, defending in each trench its right to an independent State with its capital, East Jerusalem; also defending the return of the territories occupied by Israel, the liberation of prisoners and the return of refugees”.

That was what Clara Pulido, coordinator for North Africa and the Middle East of the Department of International Relations of the Party, stated in her address.

Again, she said, the Palestinian cause convenes us, and on this opportunity, it is to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the DFLP, an organization that remains firm and struggling, together with its people, in an unflinching way, in order to recover its inalienable national rights.

She denounced that, after the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House, the United States has awarded a green light to the Netanyahu government for the construction of five thousand homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, and also more than 127 billion dollars that would allow it to carry forward its policy of racist and colonialist repression.

After pointing out that unity is unavoidable in order to confront the Zionist occupying force, she quoted the words of Commander in Chief, Fidel Castro Ruz, who pointed that this was a supreme asset and a legitimate desire of the peoples of the world in order to preserve international peace and security, and that it means sharing in the struggle, the risks, the sacrifices, the ideas and strategies.

On the other hand, Carlos Luis Estanga, official from the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and on behalf of his Ambassador, Alí Rodriguez Araque, extended to the DFLP a revolutionary, solidary, anti-imperialist and deeply chavista greeting, on the occasion of the forty-eighth anniversary of its founding.

To speak of the DFLP, he added, is to speak of forty-eight years of internationalist, armed struggle together with leftwing forces and forces of progress and popular democracy throughout the world.

When he reiterated the solidarity of his country with the Palestinian people and with its just cause, he recalled that, among the very first contacts to establish relations with the Bolivarian Revolution –with Commander Hugo Chávez as its leader— were those that were established by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine through comrade Walid Ahmad.

In the political-cultural soirée, a documentary was screened that centered on Samir Al-Isawwi, an outstanding Palestinian combatant who suffers a long jail sentence and is subjected to cruel tortures in Zionist prisons.

The activity was also presided over by Akram Samhan, Ambassador of the State of Palestine, and Alfredo Deriche Gutiérrez, President of the Arab Union of Cuba.

Leaders of diverse social organizations and from the State, ambassadors and officials of the diplomatic corps also took part, as well as Palestinian students of ELAM, who interpreted folkloric dances of their country.


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