The Palestinian resistance factions, popular committees and youth movements of Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon held a popular festival to celebrate the cancellation of the “permit system” to enter the camp, which had been in place since the end of fighting in the camp in 2007. Comrade Marwan Abdel-Al, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and leader of its branch in exile, spoke at the event to congratulate the Palestinian people for their achievements in Nahr el-Bared on July 27, 2012.
Comrade Abdel-Al said that the cancellation was a final admission of the innocence of the people of the camp, recognizing the sacrifices of the pure blood of the people of the camp that had been shed in attacks on the camp. He saluted the Palestinian and Lebanese forces who had struggled to secure the rights of the people of the camp and all Palestinians in Lebanon. He addressed the youth movement, saying that the youth movement are the heirs of the Palestinian national movement, and have shown their dedication and bravery throughout this time, and will not tire until the completion of the reconstruction of all of the camp.
The decision by the Lebanese authorities to cancel the permit system is attributed to the sit-in staged by the young people of the camp, which began after a Palestinian youth on a motorcycle was stopped by soldiers outside the camp and had to flee after he was discovered to not have any papers. The sit-in grew in size and strength as people were inspired by their actions. Nearby camps and villages sent messages of solidarity and offered to block roads in support of the sit-in.
Abdel-Al added that “we love Nahr el-Bared, but we have a date with return, to return to the Galilee, to Palestine and all of its villages and towns, the people of this camp answered the call to the march of return in Maroun al-Ras because we will not accept any alternative to Palestine. We are guardians of our right as Palestinians, from generation to generation.”