State Terror: Official Israeli Policy
Israel terrorizes Palestinians.
by Stephen Lendman
Israeli state terror targets Palestinians ruthlessly. Incidents include crimes of war, against humanity and genocide, land theft, institutionalized racism, oppression, intimidation, militarized occupation, and contempt for all rule of law principles and democratic values.
Political prisoner Ahmad Saadat is right saying "Zionist war criminals are the ones who must be prosecuted." More on his day in court below.
He's General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and a recognized and admired national leader. In 2002, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a range of "security related" political offenses.
None have legitimacy. No legitimate court would recognize them. They include membership is a so-called forbidden organization, various alleged security related offenses, and "incitement" for condemning Israel's murder of his predecessor, Abu Ali Mustafa.
On August 27, 2001, two (Boeing produced) Israeli attack helicopters fired rockets at his Ramallah office and assassinated him. Over 50,000 mourners attended his funeral. The PFLP renamed their armed wing the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades.
He believed legitimate resistance includes armed struggle. Asked about risks he and others took, he said:
"We all are targeted as soon as we begin to be mobilized. We do our best to avoid their guns, but we are living under the brutal Zionist occupation of our lands, and its army is only a few meters from us. Of course we must be cautious, but we have work to do, and nothing will stop us."
He, Saadat, Ghassan Kanafani, PFLP founder George Habash, and countless less well known freedom fighters never gave an inch in struggling for right over wrong. Nor do current PFLP leaders and other like-minded Palestinians.
Saadat and other resistance leaders are targeted for their prominence. In Saadat's case, it's also for belong to a so-called prohibited organization.
PFLP was founded on December 11, 1967. It courageously resists Israeli oppression. It seeks long denied liberation.
It accuses Israel of "brutal aggression against our people - murder, destruction, assassination, house demolitions, the uprooting of trees, land expropriation, settlement expansion, the continued construction of the Apartheid Wall, a suffocating political and economic siege, torture, and massive oppression."
It supports right over wrong. Israel calls PFLP members terrorists. They're heroes.
For over 40 years, Saadat was targeted ruthlessly. He's been arrested numerous times, tortured, imprisoned on false charges or none at all, kept in punishing long-term isolation, and brutalized other ways. He calls himself "a prisoner for freedom."