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.