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PFLP mourns and salutes Comrade Fidel Castro, a revolutionary inspiration for the world

Press Release

Fidel Castro with George and Hilda Habash

Fidel Castro with George and Hilda Habash

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine extends its condolences to the Cuban people, the Palestinian people and the revolutionary movements of the world upon the loss of the former prime minister and president of Cuba and the historic international revolutionary leader, Comrade Fidel Castro Ruz, on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Castro’s internationalist revolutionary commitment to fighting imperialism and capitalism – manifest in the revolutionary victory against US imperialism and its puppet Batista regime in the 1959 Cuban revolution – consistently stood with the oppressed peoples of the world in their confrontation of imperialism, Zionism, racism and capitalism. Throughout his life, Fidel was a supporter and an example of revolutionary struggle in Latin America, in Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, El Salvador and throughout the continent. From Angola to South Africa, Palestine to Mozambique, Bolivia to El Salvador, Castro’s legacy of international revolutionary solidarity and struggle continues to serve as an example in practice that transcends borders toward revolution, democracy and socialism. Read more »

Palestine-Israel: Obama’s Final Days

Tareq Baconi
Al-Shabaka Policy Briefing

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American presidents have more than once used their final days in office to make crucial decisions regarding Israel/Palestine. Ronald Reagan recognized the PLO in 1988. Bill Clinton issued the Clinton Parameters in 2000.

If President Barack Obama intends to salvage some of his legacy as power transitions from the Democrats to the Republicans, he has a number of options.

The simplest, most powerful, and least destructive measure would be an explicit reaffirmation of the illegality of any form of Israeli sovereignty beyond the 1967 line, including East Jerusalem. Read more »

Cuba still pursuing Security Council over Palestine

Prensa Latina

Cuba has once again denounced the UN Security Council’s failure to act in response to Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people, despite global support for the occupied Arab nation’s cause, reported Prensa Latina.

Photo: Telesur

Photo: Telesur

In an open debate on the situation in the Middle East, Cuba’s permanent representative, Ana Silvia Rodríguez, denounced the Security Council’s failure to adopt a single resolution demanding Israel end its aggressive policies and colonial practices against the Palestinian people.

“The council’s failure to take action in the face of such acts is alarming. It is unacceptable that the Security Council should continue be held hostage by the veto, or the threat of veto, by the United States, preventing the organisation from fulfilling its responsibility and protecting the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” she stated.

The ambassador reiterated Cuba’s call for the organisation to fulfill the responsibility afforded it by the UN Charter to maintain peace and international security, highlighting that it must adopt decisions demanding that Israel immediately cease its occupation of the West Bank, including West Jerusalem, and the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Read more »

Cuba reiterates solidarity with Palestine and calls for peace



Cuba has called in Geneva for a definitive, just and lasting peace for all peoples of the Middle East, noting that in this context the Palestinian cause cannot continue to be ignored.

Speaking at a UN international conference in support of Palestinian-Israeli peace, Anayansi Rodríguez, Cuba’s permanent representative at the UN in this city, noted that the island recognized efforts undertaken to date toward resolving the situation.

She highlighted the need for a genuinely viable and sustainable solution, which must include an end to Israeli occupation, promote peaceful co-existence between two independent states, on the basis of the establishment of Palestine as a sovereign state according to its pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, as well as a just solution to the issue of Palestine refugees.

‘We express our full support for Palestine’s right to become a member of the United Nations and we deplore the fact that this continues to be blocked by allies of Israel which, through their silence and compliant attitude, ensure the impunity of the former and continuation of the status quo, which is unacceptable,’ she stated. Read more »

Israel-Turkey’s “diplomatic victory” leads to incremental genocide: Pepe Escobar

Whatever deal has been struck still leaves Palestine under a horrendous, medieval siege. Israeli historian Ilan Pappe was not far off the mark when he qualified it as “incremental genocide.” It’s like this was a post-modern normalization of relations with apartheid South Africa.”

Pepe Escobar

Pepe Escobar

In an exclusive interview with the English section of, independent geopolitical analyst Pepe Escobar sheds light on Turkey-Israel relations and the issue of Palestine.

The following is the full text of the interview:

What’s behind the new deal between Turkey and Israel?

P.E. – It’s all about gas, gas, gas. Netanyahu himself said on the record that the deal with Turkey is essential to unblock further, immensely profitable eastern Mediterranean gas deals. And here we get to the heart of the matter – the “secret” of the Israeli maritime blockade on Gaza. Palestinians are not allowed to access their own territorial waters because Israeli drilling platforms and export pipelines must be “protected” – even by Iron Dome missile interceptors (protected from what? Palestinian fishermen with “dangerous” fishing nets?)

Palestinians cannot even develop their own gas fields in Gaza’s territorial waters. Land grab meets water grab. Read more »

Mishaal: Regional plots target both Ramallah, Gaza


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Chairman of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mishaal stated that there are plots targeting both Gaza and Ramallah in an attempt to impose a Palestinian leadership that serves a regional agenda, not Palestinian interests.

Speaking at a media meeting in Doha on Wednesday, Mishaal stressed that Hamas will not allow outsiders to meddle in Palestinian affairs.

“Hamas and Fatah have their differences, but they also share common ground that we can build upon through dialogue,” he underlined.

He confirmed that lifting the siege on Gaza remains a Turkish condition for normalizing relations with Israel, noting that Turkish officials have assured the movement in this regard.

“Our top priorities are ending the internal division, supporting resistance and the ongoing uprising, and protecting Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said.

“Ending the Gaza siege is one of our top priorities,” he said, at the same time stressing that Hamas seeks to spare the Gaza Strip a new Israeli war.

Why It’s Dangerous to Conflate Hamas and Daesh

Belal Shobaki
Al Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network

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While Israel’s efforts to link Palestinian resistance to its military occupation to global terrorism are not new, it has expanded its propaganda to address Arab as well as Western audiences. By so doing, it is clearly seeking to exploit the global aversion to movements that have drifted towards extremism and terrorism while claiming to represent Islam. “Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared at the United Nations in 2014. Yet better than anyone else, Netanyahu and the Israeli political establishment know that Hamas and Daesh are not related, as do those Arab regimes that also tar all Islamic movements with the same brush to serve their own ends. 1

Not only are Hamas and Daesh unrelated, they are bitter enemies, and Daesh has denounced Hamas as an apostate movement. Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Belal Shobaki discusses the major ways in which Hamas differs from Daesh including its approach to jurisprudence; the position vis-a-vis the nature of the state; and relations with other religions. He makes the case that it is especially important for the Palestinian national movement to rebut the attempts to conflate Hamas with Daesh and points out the dangers of not doing so. Read more »

Realigning EU Policy in Palestine: Towards a Viable State Economy and Restored Dignity

Sami Abdel-Shafi
Source: Chatham House

While EU policy towards Palestinian economic development has long been subordinate to a stalled and dysfunctional peace process, this paper argues that the EU should rethink its policy and decouple economic development from the political process.

A Palestinian boy carries strawberries in a strawberry field in Beit Lahia, Gaza, December 2014. Photo: Getty Images.

A Palestinian boy carries strawberries in a strawberry field in Beit Lahia, Gaza, December 2014. Photo: Getty Images.

Executive Summary

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Mishaal deplores settler’s killing of toddler, calls for response

Source: Palestine Information Center

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mishaal denounced the murder of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsheh in Jewish settlers’ arson attack on his parents’ home yesterday in Nablus as a “heinous crime against the Palestinian people and the entire humanity.”

In press remarks on Friday, Mishaal said that such crime vindicated further that the essence of the conflict is the occupation and its settlements.

He added that “the settler’s burning of this toddlers today and earlier 16-year-old child Mohamed Abu Khudair would only be quenched by sweeping the occupation and its settlements off the Palestinian land.”

The Hamas official called for responding to this new crime and the repeated violations against Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque through escalating the resistance against the Israeli occupation state and its settlers.

Hamas Press Statement On Formation of a New Palestinian Government

Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement

In light of claims that PLO executive committee has commissioned Azzam al-Ahmad to make consultations on forming a new government that would replace the national consensus government to be dismissed, Hamas stresses the following:

1. The PLO executive committee is not pertinent to the government’s formation. Consequently, it is required that the provisional leading frame be called to follow up all files of reconciliation.

2. Hamas calls upon the Palestinian factions that signed the Cairo agreement to initiate a comprehensive dialogue in order to fully implement reconciliation agreements and its different files, mainly the formation of a national unity government.

3. In accordance with what has been agreed upon in the reconciliation agreement, the new government to be formed must be a caretaker government, and not committed to a political program.

4. Before it tends to its tasks, the new government must obtain the vote of confidence from the Palestinian Legislative Council “PLC”.

5. The new government must settle the file of Gaza staff immediately with no preconditions.

The Islamic Resistance Movement- Hamas
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Haniyeh asks Malaysia to help stop bloodshed in Yarmouk camp

Palestinian Information Center

Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman

Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman

Ismail Haniyeh, deputy chairman of Hamas political bureau, asked the Federation State of Malaysia to intervene to halt the bloodletting in Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria.

Over a phone call on Tuesday evening, Haniyeh offered his condolences to Malaysian premier Dato Najib Razak over the death of his office director along with other staff in the Malaysian recent plane crash, according to a statement issued by Haneyya’s office. Read more »

Hamas calls for an end to clashes in Yarmouk

Middle East Monitor

Before the Syrian civil war began, Yarmouk had a population of approximatey 150,000

Before the Syrian civil war began, Yarmouk had a population of approximatey 150,000

Hamas called on Saturday for an immediate end to armed clashes in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk on the outskirts of Damascus. The deputy leader of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement said that the organisation is following the situation in Yarmouk “closely and with deep concerns”. Ismail Haniyeh called for the refugees in the camp, and other Palestinians in Syria, to be side-lined from the ongoing civil conflict.

Another member of the Hamas political bureau, Izzat Al-Reshiq, condemned the “vile aggression” against Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk, which “aggravates” an already dreadful situation. “This adds to the suffering and pain caused by hunger and thirst, disease, bombing and murder,” he insisted. He called for an international effort to save the refugee camp from the ongoing attack and lift the lengthy blockade. Read more »

PFLP condemns US-supported aggression on Yemen

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemns the US-backed aggression on Yemen, in a statement released March 29, expressing concern about the implications of these developments and their inherent risks at all levels.

The PFLP emphasizes:
1. its condemnation of the US-backed aggression on Yemen, rejecting any interference in its internal affairs.
2. the adoption of dialogue as a means to resolve internal issues and for a path of democratic and peaceful change determined by the Yemeni people.
3. that it is the duty of the Arab nation and the Arab League to instead assist Yemen to resolve the crisis in order to achieve the aspirations of the Yemeni people for democratic governance, protect the freedoms of all, and protect them from sectarian or tribal conflict. Read more »

Hamas and Islamic Jihad hold joint meeting in Gaza


Zahar: We have developed the resistance and The West Bank is our strategic element to liberate Palestine.

Mohammed Al Hindi and Mahmoud Zahar

Mohammed Al Hindi and Mahmoud Zahar

Hamas Political Bureau member Mahmoud Al Zahar told a joint Hamas-Islamic Jihad political meeting in Salahuddin Alayoubi Mousque in Gaza last weekend that the resistance has worked on the development of its arms to confront the Zionist occupation, and it will never hand them over to anyone, near or far.

He confirmed that they consider the West Bank an essential strategic element in the liberation of Palestine, and called on its people not to pursue the security coordination program which damages their resistance.

His statements were made together with leader of Islamic Jihad Mohammed Al Hindi to members of both movements during a political meeting to review the latest developments in the Palestinian arena. Read more »

Abbas should fire Habbash immediately

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
Palestinian Information Center

Mahmoud Habbash

Mahmoud Habbash

Mahmoud Habbash, the outspoken aid of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has always been a divisive voice at the Palestinian political arena ever since he fled Gaza seven years ago.

Almost every Friday, he gives a virulent sermon at the small mosque at the PA headquarters in Ramallah, during which he emits all his bile and vindictiveness on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance group.

Needless to say, this is not how the dignified Friday pulpit should be used. The Friday sermon should be an occasion for fostering hope and unity among Muslims. It shouldn’t be used as a divisive tool to spread disunity, tumult and hatred.

The PA itself had issued stiff rules barring Mosque imams (Friday speakers) from indulging in divisive politics.

However, it has been repeatedly noted that Habbash, who was PA Minister of Religious Affairs for years, was the one who violated these rules.

This is really symptomatic of a deep dichotomy between what the PA says and what it does.

Bomb Gaza!!! Read more »

PFLP rejects appointment of biased Mladenov as UN envoy to the region


Kayed Ghoul

Kayed Ghoul

The appointment of Nikolay Mladenov as United Nations envoy to the so-called “Middle East peace process” is the antithesis of any effort to lead to real peace with justice in the region, said Comrade Kayed al-Ghoul, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Mladenov is known for his statements in support of the Zionist state and justification of its crimes against the Palestinian people since he was foreign minister of Bulgaria. The United Nations’ claim to seek real peace in the region will be belied if it continues to provide cover for the crimes of the occupation, said al-Ghoul.

Al-Ghoul said that the appointment of Mladenov in this position is a further attempt by powerful parties in the international organization, particularly the United States, to strengthen the position of the occupation state in international institutions addressing the Palestinian cause and the “Arab-Israeli conflict.” Read more »

PFLP denounces al-Habbash’s sermon supporting monopolization of Palestinian voice and political direction of PA leadership

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the statements of Mahmoud al-Habbash at Friday prayers on December 26, in which he trumpeted the right of the Palestinian Authority and its monopolistic official leadership to pursue its political project with no regard to the vision or input of the Palestinian people and their political parties, a project reflected in the infamous UN Security Council draft that threatens Palestinian fundamental rights. The Front also demanded accountability from PA President Mahmoud Abbas in reference to the statements in al-Habbash’s sermon, which Abbas attended, in the following statement:

“In his sermon at Friday prayers on Friday, December 26, Mahmoud al-Habbash, former minister, Chief Justice of Palestine, and presidential adviser for religious affairs, shouted at the top of his voice from the pulpit that the Palestinian leadership will continue on its current path enthusiastically, with or without the Palestinian factions and political parties. Read more »

Switzerland hosts Conference of High Contracting Parties to Fourth Geneva Convention

Swiss Confederation

Destroyed civilian targets, Gaza City, August 2014.

Destroyed civilian targets, Gaza City, August 2014.

Bern, 17.12.2014 – Representatives of 126 High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention met in Geneva today to adopt by consensus a ten-point Declaration recalling applicable international humanitarian law (IHL) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East-Jerusalem. The conference was hosted by Switzerland in its capacity as Depositary of the Geneva Conventions.

The ten-point Declaration adopted by consensus by the Conference today reaffirms fundamental principles of international humanitarian law which all High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War must respect. It emphasizes that these principles also apply to non-state actors. The Declaration reaffirms the outcome documents of two previous conferences of 1999 and 2001 and reiterates legal obligations relating to developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 2001. Read more »

PFLP: Draft UN resolution of “French initiative” threatens Palestinian rights

Press Release
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine unequivocally rejects the so-called “French Initative” being sponsored at the United Nations by the Jordanian regime as a dangerous threat to Palestinian refugees’ right of return that undermines Palestinian rights in the United Nations under the guise of support for a “Palestinian state,” said a spokesperson for the Front.

The draft resolution before the UN Security Council provides no enforcement mechanisms nor penalties upon the occupying power for its continued flagrant violation of international law, occupation, imposition of apartheid and denial of Palestinian refugees’ fundamental rights for the past 66 years. On the contrary, unlike the resolutions which the Security Council has so eagerly passed against Iraq, Syria, Sudan and other countries, it contains no requirements, mandates or penalties whatsoever but rather presents a false view of the “conflict” as one between equal parties with legitimate rights and interests. Read more »

Jordan submits draft resolution on Palestine to UN Security Council

by Julie Webb-Pullman

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Jordan formally submitted Wednesday a draft resolution to the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council on behalf of Palestinians, calling for an end to Israeli occupation by a negotiation process.

The document calls for borders based on 4 June 1967 lines with possible limited land swaps, Palestinian sovereignty, the return of refugees, a shared capital in Jerusalem, total withdrawal of Israeli forces by the end of 2017, and the addressing of other outstanding issues such as water.

The already-weak language of the resolution is expected to be further watered down before the resolution is voted on.


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