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Below is a statement released by the Prison Branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on April 16, Palestine Prisoners’ Day; this was also the day before the mass hunger strike began: 

Palestinian Prisoners’ Day is a day of challenge and confrontation, emphasizing the issue of prisoners

On the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, we salute every prisoner, the heroes and heroines of the battles of will and steadfastness, to every flower and cub, to the sick prisoners, administrative detainees and imprisoned leaders, led by the imprisoned General Secretary, Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, Marwan Barghouthi, Hassan Salameh, Wajdi Jawdat, Anas Jaradat, Bassam Kandaji and the long line of leaders who represent the national struggle and the prisoners’ cause.

On this occasion, we make a particular salute to the martyrs of the prisoners movement and to all of those engaged in confrontation and the struggle for victory. We are firmly committed to see each battle of confrontation with the Prison Service and its instruments of repression and intelligence agencies as a collective battle. Every action initiated by any faction is all of our battle.
We also congratulate the longest-serving woman prisoner, Lena Jarbouni, on this occasion of her freedom after 15 years in Israeli jails.

In this context, we affirm that we stand hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder in any struggle waged by the prisoners, and we consider the decision to engage in the battle of dignity and honor against the jailer, beginning on Monday, April 17, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2017, to be one which we support and which we are part of. This comes in two ways, both through the decisions and guidelines for the comrades to engage in the battle, and through approving a program of support for the strike in all prisons and among our comrades outside.

In this context of high appreciation and support for this battle and all the heroic prisoners who will engage in it, we affirm our continued struggle for (more…)

The article below is taken from Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.  Please support their work.  You can donate to them here.  

14 March 2017 marks the 11th anniversary of the attack on Jericho prisonby Israeli occupation forces and the abduction of six Palestinian political prisoners. Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, his comrades Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Majdi Rimawi, Hamdi Qur’an and Basil al-Asmar, along with Fateh veteran leader Fouad Shobaki, were seized from the PA prison after US and British guards suddenly left their posts in a violent attack by Israeli occupation forces. Today, all six of the kidnapped Palestinians remain imprisoned. Two Palestinians were killed and 23 injured by occupation forces as they waged a military assault on the prison.

The attack on Jericho prison not only reflected yet another Israeli crime against the Palestinian people and the targeting of one of Palestine’s most prominent political leaders, Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Palestinian leftist party, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. It also clearly indicated the joint role of imperialist powers like the United States and the United Kingdom and the devastating impact of Palestinian Authority “security coordination” with Israel.

This anniversary is particularly poignant today, following the Israeli assassination of (more…)

The following statement was released by the Prison Branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on January 3:

freedom4The resolution of the government of the Zionist occupation with respect to the imposition of new sanctions on Palestinian prisoners comes in the context of the overall attack being waged against the Palestinian people, from the continuation of settlements, the Judaization of Jerusalem, the imprisonment of the bodies of the martyrs, to the daily attacks against our people and attempts to crush their ongoing resistance. The decision taken against the prisoners is an escalatory step as we have seen in the Nafha prison yesterday, with the isolation of a group of leaders, including the leader Comrade Kamil Abu Hanish. This action means that the year 2017 will be a year of confrontation inside the prisons. These sanctions will not pass! We will not accept these policies that attempt to divide the prisoners and engage in micro-targeting. We will face them united, and the prison sections will remain a square of (more…)

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This morning (NZ time) the UN Security Council passed a resolution – 14 votes for, none against, one abstention (guess who?!!) – condemning Israeli settlements on the West Bank. The resolution was jointly put forward by Venezuela, Malaysia, Senegal and NZ (who are part of the fluctuating section of UN Security Council members). I watched the vote and discussion live on al-Jazeera while eating breakfast.  Al-Jazeera is not without its own political drawbacks but, given the crap nature of what passes for ‘news’, let alone ‘analysis’, on NZ television, it is a godsend.

The imperialist powers are a bit pissed that Israeli just ignores them over the settlements. The favoured imperialist solution is a two-state set-up, while Israeli policy generally indicates the Zionists simply want to swallow up the West Bank and make it part of a greater Israel state.

Figures for the numbers of settlers are provided on wikipedia: “The total population of all settlements in the West Bank was nearly 400,000 in 2014, excluding East Jerusalem. As of December 2015, altogether over 800,000 Israeli Jews resided over the 1949 Armistice Lines (including east-Jerusalem neighborhoods), constituting approximately 13% of Israel’s Jewish population.”

So, even though a two-state ‘solution’ would leave Israel dominant and foist a (more…)

The PFLP released the following statement on November 26:

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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-habashCastro’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 (more…)

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Statement by the PFLP Prison Branch, October 22, 2016:

The recent storming of section 3 in Gilboa prison and the participation of the deadly repressive units in this invasion and abuse of prisoners, including the use of tear gas, and the transfer of prisoners elsewhere, comes in the context of ongoing and escalating actions by the Zionist prison administration against the Palestinian prisoners’ movement. This is also highlighted by the continuing and systematic policy of medical neglect, which led to the death of the prisoner Yasser Hamdouna.

Repression is continuing daily through raids on rooms and sections, as has taken place in Nafha and Eshel, and through the denial of family visits through the confiscation of visit permits. We also see continuing attacks on prisoners, especially children and teens, and the worsening conditions of daily life. This is taking place amid the escalation of the use of administrative detention and the constant renewal of administrative detention orders.

In light of the continuation and escalation of these policies by the prison administration and its tools of repression, we emphasize that the intifada of the prisons and the battle of the prisoners is brewing under the surface and is now approaching, requiring a broad movement to confront these policies.

In the framework of this escalation against the prisoners, we call upon the masses of the Palestinian people to (more…)

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Comrade Khalida Jarrar, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has said that the attendance of a Palestinian leadership delegation, headed by PA president Mahmoud Abbas, at the funeral of war criminal Shimon Peres embodies the humiliating relationship of this defeated “leadership” with the occupation, saying that such a leadership cannot represent the aspirations and hopes of our people.

In an interview with Sawt al-Shaab radio, Jarrar said “How can the leadership of an occupied people participate in the funeral of the perpetrator of massacres against its people, including the attack on Qana in 1996, knowing that this war criminal is also a founder of the settlements, developer of nuclear weapons, and responsible for the killing of our people in occupied Palestine ’48 on Land Day 1976?”

Jarrar said that this action by the PA leadership was a direct (more…)