The Democratic Palestine Committees and the supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine celebrated the 49th anniversary of the founding of the PFLP with a rally in Berlin, Germany. Participants in the event included the first prisoner of the PFLP in occupation prisons, Sakhran Sakhran, Palestinian ambassador Dr. Kholoud Daibes, and representatives of Arab community and Palestine solidarity groups.
The event took place with the participation of hundreds of attendees despite Zionist attempts to shut down the event and prevent it from taking place in Berlin. Speakers noted that the location was changed due to political pressure by Zionsit organizations against the PFLP anniversary event and a Palestinian community event to commemorate the villages of the Houla area destroyed in the 1948 Nakba.
Featured at the Berlin gathering was a performance by Raj’een Dabkeh Troupe, a Palestinian dabkeh troupe based in Brussels, Belgium.
Comrade Ibrahim Ibrahim delivered the main speech at the event, recalling the history of the PFLP and the leading role of prisoners in the movement. He saluted in particular imprisoned Lebanese internationalist struggler Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, held for 32 years in French prisons. He presented an overview of the program of the Popular Front and its confrontation of racism, Zionism and imperialism with the goal to liberate Palestine from settler-colonial occupation and establish a democratic Palestine through all means of struggle.
He also emphasized that the Palestinian liberation movement is part and parcel of the forces of democracy, progress and socialism in the world confronting all forms of imperialism, oppression and racism, calling for the intensification of the boycott of Israel. He also urged the need to mobilize the Palestinian communities in exile to make 2017 a year of struggle and escalation in popular, media and political struggles on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
Speakers at the event also included representatives of various Palestinian and Arab community groups, the BDS movement, and other organizations.