On Wednesday, July 1 at 7pm the Workers Party’s Christchurch branch will be hosting the local launch of our national campaign of material support for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The event will be taking place at the WEA, 59 Gloucester St.
The film “Leila Khaled: hi-jacker”, about one of the leading figures of the PFLP, will be shown and there will be a couple of short speeches about the situation in Israel/Palestine and a message from the PFLP will be read.
“This film about a Palestinian woman hijacker challenges our assumptions
about those who resort to violent means in response to oppression and gives us access to the politics of one of the most troubled regions of the twentieth century. It also complicates the current discourse on Islam and terrorism by its deliberation on the meanings of terms such as “terrorist”, interrogating and asking if one person’s terrorist could be another’s freedom fighter. Especially relevant in the context of today’s highly polarized conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine”
The new solidarity t-shirts which we have produced to raise funds for the PFLP will be on sale. All profits from the t-shirts, which will sell for $30, are going to the PFLP.
The PFLP is a secular socialist movement for the liberation of Palestine. It’s the second-largest component of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation). Unlike Fatah, the largest group in the PLO, the PFLP doesn’t receive funds from western governments to sell out the struggle; unlike the Islamist groups, it doesn’t get funding from right-wing Arab regimes to promote an Islamic republic in place of the existing state of Israel. Instead, the PFLP fights for the emancipation of the Palestinians and a society in which Jewish and Palestinian people can live on an equal basis, advancing to socialism.
We support the PFLP calls for:
1- A demand to the international community for the immediate lifting of the PFLP from the so called “terrorist list “in the EU and North America. This is an important and historical task for all progressive movements, for our resistance and it is a battle that we must win against capitalism and imperialism.
2- The immediate release from an Israeli jail of comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, General Secretary of the PFLP. Sa’adat has been held in Israeli prisons since March 14, 2006 and he was transferred to Al Majdal (Asqlan) prison where he is in solitary confinement.