[Ppnews] PFLP statement
Political Prisoner News
PPnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed Mar 15 21:04:35 EST 2006
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Condemns the Arrest
of Its General Secretary and Calls on All to Shoulder Their Responsibilities
by The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Ramallah: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemns
all those who directly or indirectly caused the criminal arrest of
its General Secretary, his comrades, Brother Fu'ad ash-Shawbaki, and
numerous other militants of various patriotic and Islamic forces who
were subject to arbitrary political imprisonment based on
American-Zionist dictates. The PFLP declares that the invader forces
committed the crime of that arrest, as well as the attack on the
Jericho prison and the destruction of the Muqata'ah building inside,
with the complicity of America and Britain, as the officials of the
Palestine Authority -- their minds controlled by the fear of the
Israeli response to anything that they might do -- trembled and
wavered. This followed the naive faith they had put in agreements,
even those under the protection of America and other such
countries. Ehud Olmert, meanwhile, sought at this moment to prove to
the Israelis that he is the spitting image of Sharon so that he and
his party might gain politically and in the coming elections.
The PFLP states that it had delivered an official memorandum in the
name of its Political Bureau to the Executive Committee of the
Palestine Liberation Organization and its Chairman in the presence of
the Patriotic and Islamic forces in which it demanded that the order
of the Palestine Supreme Court to release the General Secretary of
the Popular Front be carried out and stated that the PFLP took full
responsibility for his life and security. But this document was not
treated seriously. Nor was serious attention paid to the American
and British warnings issued on the 8th of March that indicated that
the Anglo-American protection of the prison was going to be lifted.
The Popular Front declares that it holds the Israeli occupation and
the leadership of Israel and its security agencies responsible for
any harm that might be done to the life of the General Secretary of
the Popular Front or his comrades. It also holds responsible America
and Britain, which abandoned their commitments to protect the
prisoners, thereby confirming the Anglo-American collusion and
participation in the crime.
The Popular Front declares that the battle to free Ahmad Saadat and
his comrades has not ended and would never end until he is
released. The PFLP, and with it all the patriotic forces, will
continue to press the Palestine Authority to carry on pursuing the
case inasmuch as it is an assault on its sovereignty and a violation
of an abominable agreement signed under a hail of bullets in the
Muqat'ah in Ramallah.
The Popular Front calls on the Patriotic and Islamic forces, the
organizations of Palestinian civil society, and all the forces for
freedom and justice in the world to continue to act in rejection of
this American-backed Israeli piracy and to press for the liberation
of the General Secretary from his new place of imprisonment.
The Popular Front declares that this crime will in no way reduce its
will, which has been baptized in the blood of the martyrs and is
experienced in the ways of struggle. Its response to the crime will
be painful. The PFLP calls for an end to depending on illusions
connected with agreements that are violated before their ink is
dry. The flimsy excuse that the continued confinement of the General
Secretary and his comrades was for their protection has been torn
apart by the treads of tanks and bulldozers. Protecting him outside
the prison would have been easier than leaving him inside the
facility where at every minute he could be targeted for death.
The Popular Front concludes its declaration by appealing for an end
to pinning hopes on the promises of America and others that yield
nothing but temporary, transitional agreements that bring us back to
the Oslo whirlpool. The PFLP calls for a continuation of the
comprehensive Palestinian national dialogue aimed at strengthening
national unity on clear and deeply rooted bases that bolster the
steadfastness and resistance of our people. It also calls for the
establishment of a patriotic coalition government and for the
rebuilding of the Palestine Liberation Organization on democratic
bases and with the participation of all, inasmuch as it is the
supreme authority of our people and their sole, legal representative
wherever they are located.
15 March 2006.
Arabic original at www.pflp.net.
The English translation was provided by Muhammad Abu Nasr.
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