Free Ahmad Sa’adat!

The following is from the website of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The PFLP is a Marxist-Leninist organization that has been waging armed struggle against U.S./Israeli occupation for 40 years. For more on the trial of PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat, see Freedom Road Socialist Organization’s 2007 statement, Freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat – a fighter for the liberation of Palestine, and the website www.freeahmadsaadat.org

Illegitimate trial of Comrade Leader Ahmad Sa’adat postponed until November 25

The military occupation court faced by General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Comrade Leader Ahmad Sa’adat, convened on September 25, 2008, announcing that the illegitimate trial of Comrade Sa’adat has been postponed until November 25, 2008.

Comrade Sa’adat’s trial has been continually postponed and delayed since he was initially abducted by the Israeli occupation forces in March of 2006. Throughout the course of the trial, Comrade Sa’adat has refused to recognize the legitimacy of the courts or their authority over Palestinians under occupation. He has stressed that it is not only the right, but the duty of all Palestinians to reject occupation and oppression and that the military mechanisms of occupation have no legitimacy over an occupied people, and has proclaimed his willingness to speak before the court about the Palestinian cause, but never to be a “witness” in its illegitimate proceedings. 

Comrade Sa’adat was abducted by the Israeli army on March 13, 2006, from the Palestinian Authority prison in Jericho, where he had been held since 2002 under U.S. and British guards. He had been illegitimately held by the PA for four years, along with five other Palestinians, including Comrades Majdi Rimawi, Ahed Ghoulmeh, Basil al-Asmar and Hamdi Qur’an, and Fuad Shobaki, at the behest of Israel, the U.S. and Britain, and has faced this trial for his work as a national and political leader of the Palestinian people since that time.

3 responses to “Free Ahmad Sa’adat!

  1. Being Palestinian in Israel is like being Black in the American South during the time of segregation. There’s no way this man will get a fair trial. Already, Israel holds countless numbers of Palestinian political prisoners in their dungeons. I wish the best for this man.

  2. Julia, thanks for the comment. That’s a good comparison to draw!

    I don’t know how familiar you are with all of this, but the reality is, from a Marxist perspective, both the Palestinians and African Americans are oppressed nations struggling for liberation.

    Have you ever read Harry Haywood? He wrote a ton about the African American liberation struggle. See, for example, “The Struggle for the Leninist Position on the Negro Question in the United States” and compare that, for example, to the PFLP’s “Strategy for the Liberation of Palestine“. We can also take it a little farther and compare it with something like “The Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party” by Mao Zedong, who strongly influenced by Harry Haywood in the U.S. and the PFLP in Palestine, along with countless other revolutionaries all over the world.

    At the core of these analyses are some similar points about the relationship between national oppression and imperialism, the role of the working class in the fight for national liberation, the need for revolutionary theory (Marxism-Leninism), and so on.

  3. Julia makes a profound (and profoundly correct) insight when she says “Being Palestinian in Israel is like being Black in the American South during the time of segregation.” This comparison exposes the essentially colonial relationship that Israel was built on in relation to the Palestinian people, as well as the colonial relationship that the U.S. was built on in relation to Black people (as well as Native Americans, Chicanos, and later Puerto Ricans and Hawaiians).

    Inherent in this comparison is the understanding that Black people in the US are not just racial minorities that are discriminated against on a racial basis, but are actually oppressed peoples who have been historically constituted through the process of slavery and later Jim Crow segregation into a national formation with a land base in the Southeast, and who have a just struggle for self-determination.

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