On December the 11th 1967, in the wake of the Arab defeat in the 6 day war, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) was founded with the catch cry “Resistance until Victory”. On the 42nd anniversary of its founding the PFLP released a statement calling for an official announcement from the Palestinian Leadership to declare the “utter failure of the ‘negotiations’ and the entire Oslo process, the reliance on the United States and the so-called roadmap”. Recent opinion polls would indicate that this position is supported by over 70 percent of the population in the West Bank and Gaza, who believe that OSLO has either harmed, or made no difference to the Palestinian cause. A clear condemnation, from Palestinians, of over a decade of negotiation with the occupier.
The PFLP sees that “the link between the interests of imperialism and the continued existence of Israel will make the war against the latter basically a war against imperialism”, exposing the obvious contradiction of an Imperialist lead Peace Process. Unlike the collaborationist Fatah, who have tired of the ‘Armed Struggle’, the PFLP continues to see Political and Military Unity as a crucial step to confronting both the Zionist enemy and Imperialism in the Middle East. Polls suggest that 50 percent of Palestinians support resistance operations against Israeli targets, with the bulk of that support coming from the Gaza Strip where recently a PFLP rally massed 70,000 members and supporters.
Citing the courageous efforts of Arabs resisting in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon the PFLP call for “a united resistance front” and a “National Dialogue Committee” to be based on the Prisoners’ Document (National Reconciliation Document), written in 2006 in an Israeli jail by representative members of Fatah, Hamas, DFLP, Islamic Jihad and the PFLP. With Ahmad Sa’adat, general secretary of the PFLP, still illegally detained in an Israeli jail the PFLP also highlighted the need for the “immediate release of all Palestinian political prisoners” in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Recognising the role that the Palestinian Authority plays in the occupation, its ‘security co-operation’ with the occupier, the PFLP calls for Palestinians to “fight against corruption” and to help “address the rampant unemployment, poverty and hunger faced by our people.” 42 years after the founding of the PFLP they remain a force in Palestinian politics. Consistently polling as the third largest Palestinian faction behind Fatah and Hamas with an unwavering commitment to their goal “the establishment of a democratic state on all of the national soil of Palestine where all enjoy equal rights without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sex or religion”. There is reason to be positive with polls indicating rising support, up to 30 percent, for the Single Secular State and 70,000 people gathered in Gaza to celebrate 42 years of resistance under the banner of “Unity, Steadfastness and Resistance - Towards Victory!”