PFLP Engaged in the Intifada, Plays Important Role in Confronting Monopolistic Leadership

iyad-awadallahAfter one hundred days of this intifada, it is clear that it is continuing and expanding and will continue to do so in order to achieve the goals and rights of the Palestinian people, said Comrade Iyad Awadallah, member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Those that seek to oppose or avoid this intifada are on the losing side of history, said Awadallah. In an interview on Al-Aqsa TV, Awadallah said that “opening the all-out confrontation with the occupation is the choice of our people to achieve their objectives, and demonstrates the complete failure of the path of the so-called ‘peace process.’”

Awadallah said that the entire Palestinian people, in Palestine and in diaspora and exile, are well aware of the situation and are ready to offer enormous sacrifices to achieve their goals and continue the intifada and resistance to achieve them. “The path of the monopolistic Palestinian leadership over the past two decades has failed entirely, has reaped no benefits but has brought only destruction, and has achieved none of the objectives of our people,” said Awadallah.

Awadallah pointed out that throughout the recent Zionist aggression on the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian people demonstrated their support and embrace of the resistance, and thwarted all of the enemy’s plans to divide the people from the resistance. Since the outbreak of the intifada, the Popular Front has expressed its support and engaged its comrades and cadres; tens of martyrs and hundreds of wounded and prisoners have come from the ranks of the Front, said Awadallah, noting that the Front continues to work with all Palestinian forces to provide the political, media and economic continuity necessary for the intifada.

He demanded that the Palestinian Authority end the damaging and dangerous security coordination with the occupier, emphasizing that it has achieved nothing but destructive results for the Palestinian people. The Palestinian masses wish to join and engage with the intifada, and the security services have the responsibility to protect and defend our people, not the occupier, emphasized Awadallah. Furthermore, the political discourse of the Palestinian leadership should come in line with the popular mood and rise to the level of the great sacrifices of the Palestinian people.

Far from being outside the intifada, the Palestinian factions are engaged in the intifada, said Awadallah; the majority of the youth involved in actions and the strugglers and martyrs who are engaged in resistance are part of these factions, and it is the responsibility of the factions to play a bigger role in supporting, escalating and continuing the uprising through strengthening the steadfastness of our people.

Awadallah denounced the action of the Ministry of Health in Ramallah in excluding the name of the martyr Nashat Melhem from the list of martyrs, describing this action as an authoritarian and wrong approach of the Authority.

He noted that the PFLP plays an important role within the Palestine Liberation Organization in confronting the actions of the monopolistic leadership of the Authority and has succeeded on multiple occasions in the Central Council and the Executive Committee in stopping dangerous decisions contrary to the Palestinian national consensus and thwarting the attempt to convene the Palestinian National Council without consensus and under the unilateral decision of PA President Abu Mazen.

Awadallah held Abu Mazen accountable for the failure to convene the new provisional and inclusive leadership of the PLO, which would work to rebuild Palestinian institutions and build national unity and national strategy on the basis of escalating the intifada and confronting the occupation.

PFLP condemns PA intelligence director’s statements on security coordination, arrests of Palestinian resistance

121122-pa-security-forcesThe Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the remarks of Majed Faraj, director of intelligence in the Palestinian Authority in “Defense News,” in which he claimed responsibility for the PA stopping 200 resistance actions and arresting 100 Palestinian activists during the uprising.

Comrade Abdul-Alim Da’na said that the role of security coordination is to attempt to contain the popular intifada and its confrontation of the occupation. He noted that there is nothing new about security coordination, saying that it has not stopped for even one day.

Comrade Mahmoud al-Ras said that the interview and its claims were shameful, indicating that the PA security apparatus is acting as a “gun for hire that protects the security of armed settlers that attack our children under the noses of these security forces and their leaders, who coordinate with the occupation and boast of frustrating hundreds of resistance action,” noting that these security forces did not stop or thwart settler attacks or protect the Palestinian people.

Further, the Front joined with the Islamic Jihad Movement and Hamas in issuing a statement of severe condemnation of Faraj’s statements, noting that they “came in the context of terror and extremism afflicting our region and the world, so that these statements also constituted an extreme insult to the march of our people, their struggles and sacrifices, and at the same time promote national division.”

The three organizations noted that “these statements reflect the Authority’s insistence on the continuation of security coordination, and more seriously, equate the resistance of our people against occupation and their struggle with terrorism, which we reject…We reaffirm our rejection of the involvement of Palestine, its cause and its people in a game of axes and alliances under the banner of ‘fighting terrorism.’ It must always be noted that the sponsor of the Zionist terrorism against our people is the same U.S. administration that provides [the Authority] with these positions that do not reflect the concerns and aspirations of the Palestinian people.”

Cuts to UNRWA health services to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are arbitrary and provocative

unrwaprotUNRWA’s policies of reducing health services to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are dangerous, arbitrary and provocative and must be immediately reversed, said Comrade Marwan Abdel Al, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Lebanon.

In an interview, Abdel Al noted that there was a crisis between Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and UNRWA, due to the decision by UNRWA to reduce the funding that it provides for the hospitalization of Palestinian refugees in the camps in Lebanon, from 100% coverage in Palestinian Red Crescent hospitals, government hospitals and some contracted private hospitals, to 95% in Red Crescent hospitals, 85% in Lebanese government hospitals and 80% in some other hospitals, while canceling contracts entirely with some private hospitals and limiting the ability of hospitals to transfer Palestinian patients to private or public hospitals. In response, protests have quickly developed from one camp to another in rejection of this action.

Abdel Al said that the UNRWA actions can only be described as provocative, as the health services file is extremely sensitive as it directly affects the lives and health of the general public, and negatively impacts the reputation of UNRWA and its humanitarian role.

Abdel Al said that these actions come in a context of ongoing and fundamental changes in the operation of UNRWA, reducing its role, noting that this is a political action. In addition, he noted that there is a natural increase in health costs and keeping a flat budget is in effect a budget cut; furthermore, there has clearly been mismanagement of the health department which has created budget deficits that cannot be balanced on the backs of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.