The following is from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-Leninist organization and a leading force in the resistance in Gaza.
Comrade Taher: The road of “negotiations” is closed, the road that is open is unity based on resistance and rights
Comrade Maher Taher, member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and leader of its branch in exile, stated in an interview with Al-Jazeera on January 15, 2009, that “Israel can assassinate the martyrs of Gaza, kill women and children and destroy our buildings stone by stone with American airplandes and bombs, but it cannot and will not be able to destroy our will to fight, our resistance and our life.”
Comrade Taher continued, “I say to the martyrs that what the occupier wanted from this battle is to march us down the road to surrender for our people – to accept the Road Map, Annapolis and the decisions of the Quartet, to force the Palestinian people in this way into political concessions. Our response is Palestinian national unity on a real and solid basis, not on the basis of Oslo, Annapolis, and America and the Bush administration as a reference. This road is closed. The road that is open is of national unity on the basis of resistance, steadfastness and adherence to the full rights of our people.”
He called on behalf of the PFLP for a unified national command comprising all Palestinian factions, to be built on the strength of Hamas, Fateh, the PFLP, Islamic Jihad and all of the factions of our people, saying that those who relied on political settlements with Zionist murderers and criminals must reexamine their policies. He said that the Palestinian people will no longer accept this following these massacres and crimes.
Comrade Taher warned that security cooperation with the occupier must be ended immediately and that political arrests and detentions must also end immediately. He called for an immediate end to the arrests of the sons of the resistance in the West Bank, saying that such security cooperation with the enemy is completely unacceptable.
Instead, he said, unified national leadership and a clear political program can consolidate the energy of our people who have not and will not raise the flags of surrender even after 20 days of massacre in Gaza.
Comrade Taher said further that the assassination of Said Siyam will not achieve the criminal occupier’s objective, saying that his blood is alongside the blood of Yasser Arafat, Abu Ali Mustafa, Ahmad Yassin, Ghassan Kanafani, Fathi Shikaki, Khalil al-Wazir and many other martyrs of our people and all of our brave martyrs – children, men, women, and elders, who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of our people. He reiterated that our response to massacres and assassination is resistance and steadfastness, and that the blood of the martyrs will not be spilled for nothing.
He warned that this is an effort to force people into political concessions in light of the balance of power, and to give up our national rights to independence, to return, to sovereignty, to self-determination, to a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and that the opposite will happen – the unity of all factions on the basis of firm political convictions and upholding the rights of our people.
Discussing the nature of the Palestinian Authority, Comrade Taher pointed out that the members of the Legislative Council and the government cannot leave Palestine without the agreement of Israel and that the PA practice of “negotiations” has only damaged the Palestinian cause. He called instead for unity based on the prisoners’ document of national reconciliation that upholds the right of resistance, the Palestinian national principles and rebuilding the PLO with the participation of all national and Islamic forces.
Comrade Taher further said, speaking about the Egyptian initiative, “We want to stop the aggression and these massacres must end, and after the withdrawal from Gaza and the opening of the crossings and the lifting of the siege we can discuss any issues, but we will not and cannot give up our right to resistance.” The occupier believes, he notes, that through this terror and killing it can kill our resistance, but our people will not give up, noting that our people have been fighting for over 60 years and continue to hold fast to our resistance and will continue to do so until victory.