[News] PFLP leader Leila Khaled blasts Palestinian Authority

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PFLP leader Leila Khaled blasts Palestinian Authority

By Staff |
May 4, 2010
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Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from 
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

(Also available from Fight Back New Service - an interview with Leila 
Khaled on the Israeli attack on Gaza, conducted in Beirut, Lebanon 
Jan. 1, 2009 by Fight Back! editor Mick Kelly. 

Comrade Leila Khaled calls for dismantling the Authority that 
undermines the Palestinian national cause

Comrade Leila Khaled, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular 
Front for the Liberation of Palestine called for dismantling the 
Palestinian Authority if that body is the cause of Palestinian 
division, speaking in Damascus on April 27, 2010.

Comrade Khaled said that the internal division among Palestinians "is 
threatening the Palestinian national project." She said Palestinians 
"have not struggled throughout their history for an Authority, but 
for a homeland for a displaced people and people under occupation."

Comrade Khaled questioned the usefulness of an Authority that turned 
the Palestinian people into a people begging at the gates of the 
donor countries and the International Monetary Fund, emphasizing that 
the Authority does not represent our people because it are the 
product of Oslo and those who promote the division, which only 
benefits the occupation.

Comrade Khaled spoke at an event held in solidarity with Palestinian 
political prisoners, commemorating Prisoners' Day, in Jermana refugee 
camp, and attended by leaders of the PFLP and other Palestinian factions.

"In the light of the division, no one has the right to appoint 
himself as an authority of the homeland and the people," Khaled 
explained, saying "the Authority does not represent our people, 
because it is the product of the Oslo Accords, and anyone behind the 
division is behind the occupation, which only propagates our 
geographic separation.

"What is obstructing the restoration of unity is sitting in Ramallah 
and Gaza," she said. Comrade Khaled called upon the masses of our 
people in the camps to express their positions against the division 
to the Palestinian leadership and protest that any continuation of 
division only emphasizes that they do not represent our people.

She stressed the utter failure of the Authority and its repeated 
chasing after "negotiations" with the racist Zionist Netanyahu 
regime, despite his refusal to stop settlement activity and his 
insistence upon affirming that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of 
the State of "Israel," noting that Israel does not want negotiations 
without these conditions, which should end any reliance on the 
so-called "peace process."

She condemned the leadership's abandonment, persecution and 
repression of all forms of struggle and resistance and affirmed that 
all forms of struggle, including the leading role of the armed 
struggle, are necessary to achieve our return and the restoration of 
Palestinian rights. She demanded that the Palestinian leadership rise 
to the level of our people's sacrifices and correct its path in order 
to confront the enemy and all of its schemes of walls, settlements 
and oppression.

Comrade Khaled expressed her pleasure to meet with the people of 
Jaramana camp, and paid tribute to the prisoners, headed by 
imprisoned PFLP General Secretary Comrade Ahmad Sa'adat and all of 
the heroes of the prisoners' movement. She emphasized the 
determination to liberate them, emphasizing their daily role in 
confronting the occupation and their own sacrifices and the 
sacrifices of their families. She stressed the achievements of the 
prisoners' movement and its consistent role in unifying Palestinian 
ranks and rejecting occupation plans to split and divide the prisoners.

In conclusion, Comrade Leila Khaled greeted the women of the camp, 
the mothers of martyrs and prisoners, the Palestinian mother who is 
raising her children in an environment of patriotism and sacrifice, 
pledging to continue the resistance as long as children hold stones 
in their hands and men and women hold guns in their hands and dream 
of return and independence.

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