Marking May 1, International Workers’ Day, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Beit Sahour unveiled a mural by Palestinian artist Yousef Katalo, honouring al-Hakim, Dr. George Habash, the founder of the Front and the Arab Nationalist Movement.
The event was attended by leaders of the PFLP including Comrades Khalida Jarrar, Bashir al-Khairy and Abdel Rahim Mallouh; Palestinian women’s organizer Abla Sa’adat, the wife of the imprisoned PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat; Archbishop Atallah Hanna; and Mohammed Kana’aneh, leader of the Abna’a el-Balad Movement in occupied Palestine 1948, cadres, members and supporters of the Front and people of Beit Sahour and the area.
The mural represents themes of return and self-determination, central political concepts for al-Hakim, and was developed by writer and journalist Nassar Ibrahim and designed by Yousef Katalo and executed by the members of the Front in Beit Sahour with excellent community participation.
The event included a recorded message from Lama George Habash, al-Hakim’s daughter, thanking the comrades of the PFLP and the people of Beit Sahour and all those who participated in completing this work that celebrates the thought and principles of the conscience of the Palestinian revolution and his faithfulness to the rights of the Palestinian people to liberation, self-determination and return.
Archbishop Atallah Hanna saluted the people of Beit Sahour and discussed the unity of Palestinian Muslims and Christians in the national struggle for liberation. He denounced reports of attempts by the Zionist forces to enlist Palestinian Christians in the occupation army, emphasizing that Arab Christians will only be soldiers for the Palestinian and Arab cause.
Comrade Khalida Jarrar, speaking on behalf of the PFLP, spoke of al-Hakim’s transformative role in the Palestinian national and pan-Arab struggle, saying that his comprehensive vision remains a model for revolutionary parties. She said that it is no coincidence that the mural is unveiled on May Day, as al-Hakim stood always with the working class and the oppressed. She thanked all who contributed to the construction of the mural, noting the symbolism in the image including the key of return and the sun of freedom.
The mural is near the YMCA and Al-Quds Open University, 5 meters by 4 meters. Following the unveiling of the mural, a PFLP delegation visited released prisoners in Dheisheh refugee camp, emphasizing the importance of solidarity with administrative detainees on hunger strike.