The following is from the website of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-Leninist organization that has been waging armed struggle against U.S./Israeli occupation for 41 years:
Comrade Leila Khaled, member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP, stated her greetings and pride in Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, the leader of the Front, for his heroic stand and his refusal to recognize the illegitimate court during the illegal sentencing that took place on December 25, 2008.
In an interview with Al-Quds satellite channel, Comrade Khaled stated that the trial of Comrade Sa’adat is a trial of the Palestinian national movement as represented by the General Secretary of the Popular Front and the struggling masses of our people.
Comrade Khaled held the Palestinian Authority responsible for the unjust ruling, noting that it was the Authority that held him for 4 years the Guantanamo Palestine prison in Jericho, and that the Authority agreed on his detention as part of the security cooperation, and that the prison from which he was kidnapped was guarded by PA security forces.
Comrade Khaled commended all of the prisoners in the occupation jails and noted that the prisons are filled with activists and fighters who struggle for their people and against the occupation. She demanded an end to the destructive and futile negotiations between the PA and Israel, noting that the release of the prisoners will not come from begging the occupier.
She stressed that the urgent task for the Palestinian people is to build national unity based on resistance to the occupation and upholding its principles, noting that victory cannot be achieved without unity. The leaders of the Palestinian people in prison, she noted, including Comrade Sa’adat, Dr. Aziz Dweik, and Marwan Barghouthi, continue to call for national unity.
She concluded by saying that our people have no choice but the path of resistance, and that so long as there is occupation, there will be resistance, which will not be stifled under the guise of “negotiations” or “calm.”