Palestinian leader: Paris bombings “responsibility of imperialism, colonialism and reactionary forces”

Posted: November 17, 2015 by Admin in Anti-social activity, At the coalface, France, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Middle East, PFLP, Terrorism

paris-350x175The article below is from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and appeared on their site on November 14.

Responsibility for the heinous massacre that took place in Paris last night, claiming the lives of at least 120 innocent people, lies primarily with colonialism, imperialism, and the murderous criminal takfiri* forces, and particularly with the United States, the French state and their reactionary tools in the region, said Comrade Khaled Barakat, coordinator of the international Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat.

In an interview with the PFLP information department, Barakat said that “the fascist right wing and the Zionist enemy are the sole beneficiaries of this heinous crime, which is a net profit for them. Arabs, and in particular Palestinians, are and will pay the price of both the attacks that took place in Bourj al-Barajneh in south Beirut against innocent people, and those in Paris, also against civilians.” Barakat pointed to “a wave of racism that some are trying to incite in Lebanon against our Palestinian people, which is even more severe in colonial France, where we are witnessing rising waves of racism and hatred against migrants, refugees and poor citizens, particularly Arabs and Africans in Europe.”

Barakat pointed out that “France’s bloody colonial history in Algeria, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere in the Arab world is still fresh in the Arab popular memory, while France continues to this day to support the racist Zionist state and the reactionary Arab regimes with arms supplies and deals. The French state is hostile to the right of the Palestinian and Arab peoples to self-determination and liberation, while inside France, multiple forms of racism and oppression are practiced against poor and working-class Arabs and Muslims. All of these factors weaken Arab solidarity and can distort the image of the reality of this crime.”

“The way to hit U.S. and European imperialist interests today is not through crimes and bloody massacres against civilians in the streets of Paris, London and New York, but to challenge those interests by organizing popular Arab movements, strengthening solidarity campaigns and real revolutionary anti-imperialist movements, and confrontng the colonial policies of the West through mobilizing the masses – students at universities, workers in trade unions, members of churches and other public institutions and social sectors,” said Barakat. “We must normalize the people’s resistance and the forces of the resistance, and strengthen the role and the voice of Palestinian and Arab communities in the West,” particularly at this time of increased racist oppression and threats.

“The reactionary, obscurantist takfiri groups are a natural product of the current reality in the Arab world, amid massive underdevelopment and the power of vicious reactionary regimes and tools of imperialism, particularly the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. We also note the destructive role played by countries such as Turkey and other NATO allies in the region,” said Barakat.

Barakat said that such entities as “Al-Qaeda,” “Al-Nusra,” “ISIS” and other obscurantist, reactionary takfiri forces will not last long as a force and are “in the process of disappearing, partially at the hands of those who have shaped them, after being used to achieve specific goals, employed in the creation of chaos, sabotage and sectarianism, and failing to achieve the objectives of imperialist and reactionary Arab forces in a number of regions and countries.”

  • A takfiri is a Sunni Muslim – in particular Wahabbi/Salafist – who declares other Muslims (eg Shi’a) to be apostates, not true Muslims.
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  1. Peter says:

    ‘Barakat said that such entities as “Al-Qaeda,” “Al-Nusra,” “ISIS” and other obscurantist, reactionary takfiri forces will not last long as a force and are “in the process of disappearing, partially at the hands of those who have shaped them, after being used to achieve specific goals, employed in the creation of chaos, sabotage and sectarianism, and failing to achieve the objectives of imperialist and reactionary Arab forces in a number of regions and countries.”’

    What specific goals? What imperialist and reactionary Arab forces do they serve? My understanding was that these groups operated out of the control of the traditional capitalist class in power in many Arab countries, and are motivated, especially ISIS, by an apocalyptic world vision.

  2. Muhammad says:

    Peter,
    The first thing that we have to notice is that historically and traditionally the Islamists (both Political Islamists such as Muslim Brotherhood or what you referred to as ‘apocalyptists’ and I refer to as jihadists) were not in the Socialist camp but in the Imperialist one.

    Also we have to notice that the jihadist ideology takes its theological justification from the Salafi interpretation of Islam which is very unconventional and restrictive compared to other branches if Islam, let alone it was designed to violently purify Islam by targeting other Muslims.

    The first Salafi movement, namely the Wahhabi movement, emerged in mid-18th century Arabia. The Saudi-Wahhabis were the unshakable allies of the British against the Ottoman Empire, which was the rival of the British at the time. This alliance ended in 1932 when an state was awarded to the Wahhabi movement, namely Saudi Arabia.

    After that we can look at the Saudi-US alliance. Particularly from 1962 onward, when the Saudi government decided to propagate Wahhabism as a global project. Backed by millions of petrol dollars, the very ideology of ISIS was exported to poor and troubled states such as Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan, etc. and to Western Europe and North America under the cover of multiple charity organisations and building mosques. you might also be interested to know who built a mosque in Dunedin or Christchurch because I’m sure “Muslims” (by that I mean all of their traditional branches such as Sunnis, Shi’a and Sufis) have their own problems and they don’t care whether Christchurch and Dunedin have mosques or not!

    From the US perspective all of there activities where fine as long as they deter “Communism” in 1960s, 70s and 80s. In fact the US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan did their best to establish multiple jihadist groups in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union when occupied Afghanistan in 1979 and pulled back in 1989. The very mujahedin were trained and funded by CIA in Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia provided the ideology and also the needed fund. All of the later jihadist violent, from Al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the today’s ISIS by one way or another has to to with Afghanistan of the 1980s.

    Today’s Syria is similar to the case of Afghanistan of the 1980s. Currently there are around one thousand jihadist groups operating in Syria. Each of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United States and Jordan support specific groups among these thousand groups. They don’t need to directly give weapon to ISIS. As soon as Saudi Arabia send weapon to, for instance, ‘The Army of Islam’, which they openly support, the weapon would go to ISIS given that these groups are either eventually share one ideology and cooperate with one another or they take each other properties and territories when they fight one another in Syria.

    This is the third time that France become subject to the terrorist attacks in only one year. All of these attacks were undertaken by the Assad’s “opposition” whom France supports. Yet, whenever France president released a statement about Syria he said “Assad must go”. Not because he doesn’t know who would replace Assad (which obviously the jihadist would) but because France is the second weapon exporter to Saudi Arabia after the US.