The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Gaza City organized a mass rally and military march with thousands of cadres, members and supporters of the Front and hundreds of fighters with the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades. The event came in celebration of the victory of the Palestinian people in Gaza in the recent aggression, and in commemoration of the 13th anniversary of the assassination of Abu Ali Mustafa, General Secretary of the PFLP, on August 27, 2001, by a US-made missile fired by the Zionist airforce into his Ramallah office.
Marchers carried Palestinian flags, PFLP banners and resistance images from the region and around the world, saluting the Lebanese resistance and Latin American nations and people who stood consistently with Palestine.
Comrade Jamil Mizher, member of the Political Bureau and leader of the PFLP’s branch in Gaza, saluted the masses of the Palestinian people who defined the meaning of resistance and struggle as they confronted the Zionist war machine, its genocidal massacres and systematic destruction, killing and displacement of thousands.
He saluted the Palestinian people on behalf of imprisoned General Secretary Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, the Deputy General Secretary, Abu Ahmad Fouad, and Comrade Khalida Jarrar, the PFLP leader and member of Parliament resisting the unjust expulsion order against her in Ramallah.
Mizher said that the “legendary steadfastness of our people and their valiant resistance which continued for 51 days, has made a strategic change in the Arab-Zionist struggle and has raised our political and military approach to a new level, despite the siege and the destruction of the Zionist aggression by land, air and sea.”
He saluted the over 2143 martyrs whose blood was shed on the road to victory, led by the leaders Mohammed Abu Shamala, Raed al-Attar, Mohammed Barhoum, Daniel Mansour, Salah Abu Hassanein, Shaaban Dahdouh, Zakaria Abu Daqqa, and comrade fighters of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, Mahmoud Osama Abbas Abu Omrein and Abdul Rahman Hadayed. “The arms of the resistance will remain directed at the occupation and any attempts to remove them will fail and will not succeed,” said Mizher.
He pointed to the important role of the prisoners in the Israeli jails, always on the front lines confronting the occupier, pledging to dedicate all efforts and resources to free them from the occupier’s prisons.
He noted that this achievement “after 51 days of pain and pride…comes alongside the memory of the 13th anniversary of the martyrdom of…Comrade Abu Ali Mustafa. Today, we emphasize that the Palestinian people remain committed to the principles and objectives to which he dedicated his life to achieve, and for which he paid dearly. He believed…in the inevitability of victory over the criminal Zionist enemy and that the path of resistance is the only way to sweep the occupier from every inch of our land.”
He saluted growing international solidarity with Palestine around the world, saluting those who “filled squares in Europe, North America, Latin America..and South Africa,” saluting the governments of Latin American nations, including Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia, who took official actions to break with the occupier.
Mizher noted that “This battle fought in the Gaza Strip was a battle of the Palestinian people everywhere under the slogan of the unity of the land, the people and the cause, in Gaza, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Haifa, al-Khalil, the Galilee, and every village and every camp, in the homeland and in diaspora, a struggle for freedom, independence and return…on the road to the strategic solution, the establishment of a democratic Palestine on the entire Palestinian national soil.”
Mizher emphasized, in conclusion, that this is a historic opportunity, created by the sacrifices, steadfastness and courageous resistance of our people, and the only option is to march forward, with national unity and resistance, to defeat the occupier.
Comrade Abu Jamal of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades spoke, urging the importance of the unified resistance front in achieving “the victory in this battle as a milestone on the path to liberation.” The Brigades emphasized that the resistance is ready for any battle and that it will not be broken and will continue, so long as the enemy remains on Palestinian land.
Abu Jamal noted that the Brigades lack faith in the concept of truce or ceasefire, and will never cease resisting until the Zionist occupation is uprooted.
He saluted the fighters who showed such bravery and caused severe losses to the occupation special forces, in Rafah, Gaza, Beit Hanoun, Shujai’ya, Khan Younis and throughout the Strip. The Brigades saluted the brave Palestinian people for their steadfastness, and all the people of the world who stood with the just Palestinian cause.