No to Rapprochement with Israel and Usurpation of Palestinian Natural Resources!

Birzeit University was raided by Zionist forces in early January. They first opened fire on and then captured five students who have become leading figures in the Palestinian cause. 

The on-going ethnic cleansing operation conducted by the Zionist Israel in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, which had ceased for a while thanks to the resistance of the dwellers, and international solidarity, re-accelerated, with the unlawfully demolition of the Selhiye family’s house. It can be considered to be a harbinger of a new wave of attacks on the neighborhood. 

The very same day Israel targeted the Bedouin communities inhabiting in the Naqab region, attacking those who defied planting trees in their centuries-long lands for Jewish enclaves projected for future.      

As we have pondered on what to do to stop those Zionist aggressions and atrocities, Erdoğan said on January 17th that Israeli President Herzog would visit Turkey, foreshadowing that the commercial, military and intelligence-sharing relationships would “normalize” and accelerate!     

Zionist Israel, which is an ethnically-discriminatory, racist and expansionist state, is an outpost at the service of imperialism, which had massacred millions of people; which had replenished the jet fighters bombarding the Turkish National Assembly on July 15th; which is enemy of Turks, Kurds, Arabs, Persians and other people of the region. 

If you ask based on the above what “normalization” means, it is that we will make a deal with the devil to be accomplice in usurping and marketing Palestinian natural gas. 

We call on our people to force the government not to make a deal with the devil because we do not have even a shred of interest in colluding with Zionism and imperialism. What are in favor of us are the victory of Palestine and the demise of the imperialist outpost.

AKP government should halt the normalization process and sever the diplomatic, commercial, military and intelligence-sharing relationships with Israel!

Down with imperialism!

Down with Zionism!

Down with Zionist Israeli State!

Free Palestine from the River to the Sea!

First screening of the Fedayin documentary with Turkish subtitles took place in Paris

As the “Friends of Palestine against Imperialism and Zionism”, and in partnership with the United Campaign for Freedom for George Abdallah and ADHK, we organized the screening of the documentary “Fedayin: George Abdallah’s Combat” in Paris on Friday, January 21. The screening took at the Dersim Cultural Center in Paris, with the Turkish subtitles that were recently translated by the militants of the Friends of Palestine against Imperialism and Zionism. While the majority of the audience consisted of people originally from Turkey, comrades from France, Bangladesh Tunisia and Morocco were also present.

In the stand we set up at the entrance of the event, we presented Turkish and English leaflets introducing our platform to the participants, as well as the French translation of the text entitled “Freedom for George Ibrahim Abdallah” adopted by the 6th Congress of the DIP (Revolutionary Workers Party) from Turkey.

The event started with a minute of silence observed for the martyrs of the revolution. A militant from the United Campaign for Freedom for George Abdallah first introduced comrade George Abdullah and his struggle in French. Our comrade, the representative of the Friends of Palestine, addressed the participants in Turkish, stressing our determination to take George Abdullah from the clutches of French imperialism, and urged all participants to participate in the rally that will be held at the Administrative Court during the hearing on January 27.

The screening and the ensuing exchanges came to an end with an appeal to come together for the rally on January 27th.

The Palestinian people want to overthrow the regime of Mahmoud Abbas, murderer of Nizar Banat!

Nizar Banat, known for his staunch opposition to the collaborationist Mahmoud Abbas government, was taken into custody early this morning by the security forces of the Palestinian Authority. Soon thereafter it was announced that he passed away while under custody. But neither his family nor the Palestinians trust this statement.

The family members who gave an interview to the Anadolu Agency said that their home was stormed early in the morning and Nizar Banat was beaten with iron bars. The cause of this hatred is undoubtedly his scathing criticism of the Mahmoud Abbas administration. Banat was already taken into custody before and furthermore, he applied to participate in the recently canceled elections with his independent list.  

On the other hand, protests started around noon at various points of the West Bank, condemning the collaborationist Mahmoud Abbas government and accusing it of murder. The participating Palestinians chanted “Esh shaab yurid iskat en nizam” (“The people want to bring down the regime”), a famed slogan of Arab revolutions, while the Palestinian Authority police responded harshly with force.   

We, the Friends of Palestine against Imperialism and Zionism, condemn the murder of Nizar Banat. This murder is another dagger on the back of the Palestinian people by the collaborationist Mahmoud Abbas administration. The collaborationist administration indefinitely postponed the elections since it knows well that Palestinians would bury them in the ballot box, and with the guilt of being unable to do anything against the increasing Zionist attacks in May, is resorting to attacks against the opposition. But the slogans chanted by the people pouring into the streets today will most certainly come to pass and the people will drive away the collaborationists together with the Zionists!

Down with the Zionist State of Israel!

Down with the collaborationist Mahmoud Abbas Administration!

Friends of Palestine Against Imperialism and Zionism

Le peuple palestinien veut renverser le régime de Mahmoud Abbas, assassin de Nizar Banat!

Nizar Banat, connu pour sa ferme opposition au gouvernement collabo de Mahmoud Abbas, a été placé en garde à vue tôt ce matin (le 26 Juin) par les forces de sécurité de l’Autorité palestinienne. Peu de temps après, il a été annoncé qu’il était décédé alors qu’il était en détention. Mais ni sa famille ni les Palestiniens ne font confiance à cette déclaration.

Les membres de la famille qui ont accordé une interview à l’Agence Anadolu ont déclaré que leur maison avait été prise d’assaut tôt le matin et que Nizar Banat avait été battu avec des barres de fer. La cause de cette haine est sans aucun doute sa critique cinglante de l’administration de Mahmoud Abbas. Banat avait déjà été placé en détention auparavant et en outre, il a demandé à participer aux élections récemment annulées avec sa liste indépendante.

D’autre part, des manifestations ont commencé vers midi en divers points de Cisjordanie, condamnant le gouvernement collaborationniste de Mahmoud Abbas et l’accusant de meurtre. Les Palestiniens participants ont scandé « Esh shaab yurid iskat en nizam » (« Le peuple veut renverser le régime »), un slogan célèbre des révolutions arabes, tandis que la police de l’Autorité palestinienne a répondu durement avec force.

Nous, en tant que « les Amis de la Palestine contre l’Impérialisme et le Sionisme », condamnons le meurtre de Nizar Banat. Ce meurtre est un autre poignard sur le dos du peuple palestinien par l’administration collabo de Mahmoud Abbas. L’administration collabo a reporté indéfiniment les élections car elle sait bien que les Palestiniens les enterraient dans les urnes, et avec la culpabilité de n’avoir rien pu faire contre les attaques sionistes croissantes en mai, recourt à des attaques contre l’opposition. Mais les slogans scandés par les gens qui affluent dans les rues aujourd’hui se réaliseront très certainement et le peuple chassera les collabos avec les sionistes !

A bas l’État sioniste d’Israël !

A bas l’administration collabo de Mahmoud Abbas !

les Amis de la Palestine contre l’Impérialisme et le Sionisme

We were in front of the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul to protest the Mavi Marmara Massacre

We held a protest in front of the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the Mavi Marmara massacre, releasing a press statement emphasizing that the massacre is yet another example of the atrocities having since 1948 been committed by the terrorist entity. And we stated that Zionist massacres have been emboldened not only by imperialism and regional reactionary regimes, but also by the despotic regime in Turkey which betrays the Palestinian cause both by maintaining burgeoning trade relations with Israel and by turning a deaf ear to the pleas of the Palestinian people for boycotting and imposing sanction against Israel. We underlined also that the only true ally of the Palestinian people in Turkey are the laboring classes.

Press release

Venue: Israel Consulate, Istanbul

Date: May 31st 2021

Time: 12:30

Palestine is still in war!

No liberation is possible,

Without the demise of Israel,

Without the defeat of imperialism!

Zionists had stormed the Mavi Marmara flotilla on May 31st2010, murdering ten of its crew members. That bloodshed has since been a litmus test for those claiming to be anti-imperialist and anti-Zionist.

The despotic regime in Turkey, which has pretended to stand by Palestine, failed the test when it signed a treaty with Israel in December 2016 just for the sake of a handful of natural gas, which would lead to dropping the assault-related charges against the Zionist entity.   

The despotic regime, which had taken a “stern” stance against the attacks on the Sheikh Jarrah and Gaza strip, was once more caught red-handed when it was exposed that IsraeliMinister of Energy Steinitz would visit Turkey as the first step of normalization process. 

We, as Friends of Palestine against Imperialism and Zionism, invite you to attend our press release to be held in front of the Israeli Consulate to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the Mavi Marmara massacre and to condemn those who have overtly or covertly collaborated with Israel.

Notre message de solidarité avec le Collectif Palestine vaincra

Chers camarades du Collectif Palestine Vaincra,

Nous, en tant que “Les Amis de Palestine contre l’impérialisme et Sionisme”, voulons bien transmettre notre plus chaleureuse sentiments de solidarité. L’entité Sioniste mène une campagne de terrorisme ouverte contre le peuple palestinien et toutes les instances qui osent montrer leur soutien vis-à-vis la résistance héroïque en Palestine. Nous considérons les menaces de dissolution contre votre collectif, tout comme la campagne contre Samidoun, un exemple infame de cette agression Sioniste qui dépasse les limites de Palestine et une partie des agressions, organisée par les Sionistes et leur laquais comme gouvernement Macron. Chers camarades, permettez-nous d’exprimer notre solidarité inconditionnelle dans votre lutte, jusqu’au jour où on détruira l’entité Sioniste – par tous les moyens possibles.

Les Amis de Palestine contre l’impérialisme et Sionisme

Liberté pour Ahmad Sa’adat et tous les captifs politiques palestiniens !

Le Mouvement des Amis de la Palestine contre l’Impérialisme et le Sionisme demande qu’Ahmad Sa’adat et ses 4500 compatriotes palestiniens soient libérés des prisons israéliennes. Les captifs de cet État illégitime comprennent 160 enfants et quelque 450 palestiniens qui n’ont jamais fait l’objet d’accusations ou de procès, détenus selon une pratique sioniste appelée « détention administrative », qui est ouvertement contraire aux principes fondamentaux du droit internationalement acceptés.

Sa’adat, le secrétaire général du Front Populaire de Libération de la Palestine (FPLP), est condamné à 30 ans par les occupants sionistes le 25 décembre 2008, après avoir été violemment enlevé de la prison de l’Autorité palestinienne à Jéricho en 2006, où il avait été tenu sous la garde américaine et britannique.

Quel moment historique qui trace à merveille une ligne audacieuse entre les oppresseurs et les opprimés ! Les impérialistes, les sionistes et leur régime fantoche d’un côté, la résistance communiste palestinienne de l’autre.

Le camarade Sa’adat a combattu le capitalisme, le racisme, l’apartheid et la colonisation en tant que membre de son organisation. Bien que sa captivité soit un scandale pour tous les palestiniens, aujourd’hui, ses camarades portent sans relâche le drapeau de l’émancipation. Les perdants sionistes sont clairement conscients du fait qu’ils doivent emprisonner chaque palestinien pour arrêter la lutte glorieuse des palestiniens.

Aujourd’hui, nous nous associons à l’appel du Réseau de Solidarité des Prisonniers Palestiniens Samidoun et appelons une fois de plus à la libération immédiate de Sa’adat des prisons sionistes, comme nous l’avons fait à maintes reprises. Nous soulignons également la condition sine qua non d’une véritable amitié avec le peuple palestinien et d’un réel soutien aux captifs palestiniens : un boycott efficace de l’entité sioniste, y compris une interdiction totale du commerce avec Israël et la fin immédiate de toutes les relations militaires et de renseignement avec. Une condition sine qua non que les gouvernements turcs ne remplissent jamais !

Combattons le sionisme et l’impérialisme, pour la liberté de Sa’adat et tous les captifs palestiniens !

Combattons les collaborateurs traîtres appelés l’Autorité palestinienne, pour l’émancipation des palestiniens !

Combattons les régimes arabes réactionnaires, pour que la volonté de tous les peuples de la région devienne réalité !

Combattons pour une Palestine libre, démocratique, laïque et socialiste du fleuve à la mer!

Freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat and All Palestinian Political Captives!

The Friends of Palestine Against Imperialism and Zionism Movement demands that Ahmad Sa’adat and his fellow 4500 Palestinians be released/freed from Israeli prisons. This illegitimate state’s captives include 160 children and some 450 Palestinians who have never faced any charges or trials, held under a Zionist practice called the “administrative detention,” which is obviously contradictory to even the internationally accepted basic principles of law.

Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), is sentenced to 30 years by the Zionist occupiers on 25 December 2008, after being violently abducted from the Palestinian Authority’s Jericho prison in 2006, where he had been held under U.S. and British guard.

What a historical moment that marvellously draws a bold line between the oppressors and the oppressed! The imperialists, Zionists and their puppet regime on the one side, the Palestinian communist resistance on the other.

Comrade Sa’adat fought against capitalism, racism, apartheid and colonization, as a member of his organization. Although his captivity is an outrage for all Palestinians, today, his comrades are carrying the flag of emancipation restlessly. The Zionist losers are clearly aware of the fact that they must imprison every single Palestinian in order to stop the glorious struggle of Palestinians.

Today, we join the call of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and once again call for Sa’adat’s immediate release from the Zionist prisons, as did we many times before. We also do stress a sine qua non of a real friendship with the Palestinian people and a real support to the Palestinian captives: An effective boycott of the Zionist entity, including a full ban on trade with Israel and an immediate end to all military & intelligence relations with it. A sine qua non that Turkish governments never fulfil! 

Fight Zionism and imperialism, for the freedom of Saadat and other Palestinian captives!

Fight the traitor collaborators called the Palestinian Authority, for the emancipation of the Palestinians!

Fight the reactionary Arab regimes, for the will of all peoples of the region to become the reality!

Fight for a free, democratic, secular and socialist Palestine from the river to the sea!

No to Trump’s imperialist plans! No to any normaliation with Israel! Long live the intifada!

We held a demonstration in the front of the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul / Turkey to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Second Intifada and the 38th anniversary of Sabra and Shatila massacres and to protest the attempts for the so-called “normalization” process initiated first by Trump’s “Deal of the Century” and then promoted by the treaties signed between Israel and some Arab states.

Our banner read “No to Trump’s imperialist plan and normalization with Israel! Long live Intifada!” in Turkish, Arabic and English. Some of our slogans were: “Free Palestine from the sea to the river!”, “Expel the Israeli ambassador!”, “Sever all relationships with Israel!”, “Israel will be defeated! Palestine will win!”   

Below you’ll find a translation of the statement read there by Kutlu Dane, one of our spokespersons: 

Dear reporters, and friends of Palestinian people,

Today we are here, in front of the Israel’s so-called consulate, once again to release a press statement about two Palestinian-question-related anniversaries alongside a string of recent political developments. The statement is intended both to reiterate our support to the right to return and to condemn the Zionist Israel and its imperialist collaborators. 

The Zionist entity founded at the expense of expelling hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their lands in 1948 has been touted, unfortunately successfully, by Zionists as a civilized and modern state. The Consulate building behind us is one of the places where that propaganda aimed at whitewashing Israel’s crimes is manufactured and disseminated. 

38 years ago, Phalangists under Zionist auspices committed a massacre in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in Israeli-besieged Beirut, with a death toll of 3.000. Israeli occupying forces helped their phalangist allies by launching flares to illuminate the camp area and blocking the gates to prevent refugees from surviving the attack.

Israel and its cohorts perpetrated that crime within a couple of days, before the international force deployed to protect the camps arrived and after the Palestinian resistance organizations had left Lebanon as stipulated in the international treaty. Hence that was a premeditated ignominious mass murder and an ethnic cleansing inspired undoubtedly by the methods of Nazis. If Anne Frank had been still alive, we are sure that she would have spitted on the faces of those barbarians and that she would have mourned for her Palestinian sisters and brothers killed in those camps.  

Sabra and Shatila massacres were also assaults against the right to return.

But the Palestinian people have never kneeled down! Having experienced many massacres inflicted by Zionism almost since 1930s, the Palestinian people have embarked on a world-renowned and inspiring struggle, which reached its climax in the intifadas of 1987 and 2000. This week is the anniversary of the latter, which had begun on September 28th 2000. That great uprising during which 4.000 Palestinians, including 11 year old Muhammed Al-Durra who was shot dead hiding behind his father, have been martyred had shown the whole world how barbaric Zionism was.     

Second Intifada was an upheaval for the Palestinian people to claim their right to return.

As thousands of Palestinians have been martyred for the cause, a section of the Palestinian leadership had already begun to act in cahoots with the illegitimate Israeli state. The cause was betrayed first by Anwar Sadat, and then by Arafat in 80s. The negotiations called Oslo Process have resulted eventually in the Palestinian Authority, which does dirty jobs in the West Bank for Israel! That imperialism and Zionism collude, overtly or covertly, with the reactionary Arab regimes unfortunately diminishes the hopes to return of the Palestinian people. Recognizing the Zionist entity, Arab countries which have turned into lackeys of the US imperialism pave the ways for more brutality against the Palestinian people. The so-called “normalization” process initiated by Trump’s “deal of the century”, which demands total surrender of the Palestinian people in return for a small land and a share from oil revenues, is now enhanced by the treaties signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Oman and Saudi Arabia wait for their turn.

That so-called normalization is nothing but an attack on the right to return.

But we would like to make sure that Zionists’ flagrant moves will never make us fear. Neither the Palestinian people nor we give up fighting. Just look at the anti-Zionist protestors flocking to the streets of Manama, Cairo, Latin America, Europe and USA or at the unbreakable resistance of the gallant Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

Palestinian people’s fight for the right to return will last till Israel is destroyed!

On the other hand, Turkish governments’ criticism towards the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain is clear example of hypocrisy. Turkey has “normalized” its relationship with Israel long before those countries did! We forget neither the strong economic, intelligence and military collaborations between Turkey and Israel nor how you withdrew the Mavi Marmara case. Stop using Palestine as a bargaining chip for natural gas found in the Eastern Mediterranean! Expel the Israeli ambassador! Sever all relationships with Israel!  

We would like to emphasize that we hold that demonstration on the call of Samidoun (Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network) and pro-Palestinian organizations. We will keep fighting against Zionism and acting in solidarity with the Palestinian people till the day Israel is destroyed! 

We will do so till the last intifada, which will be the last nail in the coffin of Israel, and lead to a free, secular, democratic and socialist Palestine from the sea to the river!  

Friends of Palestine Against Imperialism and Zionism

September 25th 2020