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22 octobre 2020

Campagne pour la libération d’Ahmed Sa’adat, secrétaire du FPLP


Tenth anniversary of the attack on Jericho and the kidnapping of Sa’adat: Time does not erase the crime

On this day in 2006, ten years ago, heavily armed Zionist forces, stormed Jericho prison with tanks and various types of weaponry in a premeditated plan, with the full complicity of British and U.S. forces. They attacked the prison and kidnapped Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and his comrades who carried out the assassination of Zionist official Rehavam Ze’evi in response to the assassination of PFLP General Secretary Abu Ali Mustafa, Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Majdi Rimawi, Hamdi Qur’an and Basil al-Asmar.

Ten years after this crime, the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat reaffirms once more that this crime, in addition to being one more chapter in the Zionist crimes against the Palestinian people and the targeting of Palestinian leaders, was also a treacherous action by the Palestinian Authority. The PA’s pursuit, entrapment and persecution of Ahmad Sa’adat and his comrades, its detention and imprisonment of them in Jericho prison under U.S. and British guard, all led up to the storming of the prison and the kidnapping of the comrades by the occupation forces.

The leadership of the Authority and its security forces played a major role in this crime and yet continue the crime on a daily basis by continuing security coordination with the occupation forces. These security forces at an institutional level serve a functional role that has never been the defense of the Palestinian people or the protection of the resistance, but instead acting in the interests of the occupation and the service of its goals and plans.

The circumstances of the attack on Jericho prison are similar to the assassination of the martyred struggler, Omar Nayef Zayed, inside the Palestinian embassy in Bulgaria, and demonstrate the clear complicity of the Authority and demonstrate that it has done nothing to change its practices in the interests of the Palestinian people.

We affirm today that we have not forgotten this crime, and that its impact has not lessened by the passage of time, and are certain that the Palestinian people and their revolutionary courts will hold all those complicit with these crimes accountable.

Sa’adat on Omar Nayef Zayed: One betrayal, from Jericho to Bulgaria

Ahmad Sa’adat, imprisoned Palestinian leader and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, issued a statement along with his fellow imprisoned PFLP comrades, on the killing of freed prisoner, and Sa’adat’s comrade, Omar Nayef Zayed in the Palestinian embassy in Bulgaria on Friday morning.

Sa’adat said that Nayef Zayed struggled until his last breath for Palestine, saying that the Mossad – the Israeli intelligence service – the Bulgarian authorities, and the Palestinian Authority, represented by its President Mahmoud Abbas, Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki and Ambassador Ahmad al-Madhbouh all have a direct responsibility for this crime.

Sa’adat said that such a crime, in which the Zionist intelligence and the role of the Palestinian Authority come together directly, is reminiscent of a series of events and practices of the Authority, particularly the imprisonment of Sa’adat and his comrades in Jericho prison and then their kidnapping by the occupation and the attack on the prison, leading up to this ugly event inside the Palestinian embassy in Bulgaria. “The collusion of the Palestinian Authority and the Zionist intelligence through security coordination leads to serious crimes and results to which the Authority is not immune. It is part and parcel of the continuation of security coordination and reliance on a settlement with this criminal enemy,” said Sa’adat.

He called for a popular trial of Palestinian officials responsible for the events leading to this crime, sayingthat it was “premeditated.”

“The assasination of Nayef Zayed carries with it many questions and suspicions which must be investigated and exposed: particularly, the lack of formal protection for the comrade martyr and the absence of the security and intelligence services of the Authority from the embassy at the moment that his life was taken. This is particularly true in light of what we learned from the comrade directly through his family, that he was under constant pressure from the embassy staff and the ambassador, and that the ambassador frequently warned him that the Mossad could attack him at any moment,” said Sa’adat.

He also said that this incident raises questions about the discussion of the issue of Nayef Zayed between Palestinian officials and the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, who met with the leadership of the PA and Abbas on Wednesday of this week, whether it was not raised, or what discussions took place on his case at that time. Sa’adat concluded by extending his and his comrades sincere condolences to the family of Omar Nayef Zayed, who have given many martyrs, prisoners, and wounded in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

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About : Ginette Hess Skandrani

Écologiste, membre co-fondatrice des Verts, présidente de "La Pierre et l'Olivier" réseau de solidarité avec le peuple de Palestine, Co-fondatrice de la commission d'enquête non gouvernementale sur la vérité en Libye,