Oct 172016

moataz-zawahreh1The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Dheisheh refugee camp commemorated the one-year anniversary of the slaying of Comrade Moataz Zawahreh, 27, by occupation forces as he protested in a mass demonstration as part of the rising intifada in Dheisheh.

On October 12, large crowds in Dheisheh attended the commemoration, including freed prisoners such as the recently-released Malik al-Qadi, representatives of all Palestinian political parties and institutions, and his comrades in the PFLP. Many families of martyrs and prisoners also attended the event.

moataz-zawahreh2Hassan Abdel Jawad spoke on behalf of the PFLP saluted Moataz Zawahreh, who returned from his travels abroad in France to support his brother, Ghassan Zawahreh, on hunger strike in occupation prisons. Within days of his arrival in Palestine he was slain by occupation forces. He emphasized the importance of the collective Palestinian memory of those who struggle and sacrifice for their people and liberation.

He noted the ongoing struggle to confront the occupation, including the re-arrests of Ghassan Zawahreh, Nidal Abu Aker and many others, emphasizing the commitment of Moataz and his comrades to national and social liberation, Palestinian national unity, and bringing an end to the Oslo path in its entirety. He saluted the martyrs and the prisoners, led by imprisoned PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and fellow leaders such as Marwan Barghouthi.

moataz-zawahreh4Issa Qaraqe of the Prisoners Affairs Commission spoke, saluting Moataz’ maturity and commitment to always confront the ooccupation. Ahmad Zawahreh spoke on behalf of the family of the martyr, noting that Moataz was going to visit Ghassan in prison the day before he was killed, only to be barred by occupation forces at the wall of the prisons. He emphasized that his brother represented the struggle of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian sacrifices for return and liberation.

The event also included the screening of a short film about the life of the martyr and the performance of Palestinian national songs and poetry by Ibrahim Abu Laban, Ashraf Abu Shamma and Abu Abdullah Haniha.

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