Tuesday, December 9, 2008

PFLP calls for an end to the "calm" with the occupation and the creation of a united armed resistance front

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

PFLP calls for an end to the "calm" with the occupation and the creation of a united armed resistance front

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a statement calling for an end to the so-called "calm" or "truce" with the occupation, noting that the experience of this "calm" has been a sword upon the neck of our people and a pretext to justify occupation, closures and continued aggression upon our people. The PFLP called instead for an organized and united front of armed resistance and response to Israeli attacks.

The Front called for this resistance front to hold collective leadership to decide when, where and in what ways and forms to respond to the occupation and aggression and to not allow the involvement of the armed groups in internal Palestinian affairs, but rather to direct that attention to resisting the Israeli enemy.

The PFLP statement said further that this "calm," in the end, benefited the Israeli enemy, as crossings have remained even more tightly closed and the Israeli aggression against our people did not stop, and in fact killed and wounded dozens from the period from June 19, 2007 until now.

The statement said further that the calm should not be extended, and that instead, a policy of self-defense and continuing response to Israeli aggression is required.

In addition, Comrade Jamil Mizher, member of the Central Committee of the PFLP, confirmed in a televised interview with BBC Arabic that the Front opposes the continuation of the "calm," and that the occupation was the beneficiary of this calm. Comrade Mizher said, "The Zionist occupation is the beneficiary of the truce, which brought no good to the Palestinian people. The occupier continues to close the crossings, tighten the grip on the Gaza Strip, and create a prison that is a terrible threat to life and health. Palestinians are living under disastrous health and environmental conditions that are unprecedented and very serious at all levels."

Comrade Mizher called upon all resistance forces to reevaluate the "calm," saying that the alternative is an agreement among all resistance forces and factions to form a united resistance front to coordinate the armed resistance, build national unity and uphold the Palestinian cause.

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