Our picture of the day from Sunday December 11th 2016 shows the left-wing, Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) movement celebrating its 49th anniversary in the besieged Gaza Strip.
PFLP was established after the war of 1967 and the devastating defeat of the autocratic Arab governments which were quick to give up the fight after large early successes for the aggressor Israel.
PFLP drew it’s ideology from Marxism-Leninism and its spirit from Che Guevara.
It was to be a guerilla organization which would not only seek a national liberation from an occupier, but through revolutionary methods the liberation of the people of the ways the society oppresses. Fight for reedom and fight for progress were to be united, people were to be liberated from the shackles of the occupier as well as those of put them on the traditional, conservative society.
PFLP has always punched above its electoral support among the Palestinian population, drawing to it many of the most talented secular individuals and as a result of the position as the spear-point of the liberation struggle it has also always been seen as Israel as a much bigger threat than its military capabilities would lead to expect.
ADDENDUM: THE PALESTINIAN STRUGGLE IN THE WESTERN PROPAGANDA
The so-called ‘West’ has always simplified the Palestinian national struggle, diminishing it to caricatures and stereotypes while making opposing Palestinian liberation to be a part of a ‘bigger fight’ to better protect the occupier and usurper Israel in the ‘Western’ public’s eyes and imagination.
Today the politicians and the media in the ‘West’ use the main Islamist resistance movement Hamas as the big boogeyman threatening peace loving Israel, and as a result politicians, political pundits and journalists give to the ‘Western’ audiences an impression that the occupation is really about poor little Israel defending itself against the big bad Hamas, which is supposedly really just the same as al-Qaeda – while Israel itself supports al-Qaeda’s local franchise in Syria and the ‘West’ arms and funds more radical Islamist movements than Hamas.
No other Palestinian resistance factions are given notice. The ‘Western’ media repeated endlessly during the 2014 attack on besieged Gaza that Israel “is fighting Hamas” when Israel was attacking and being resisted by the armed wings of over a half a dozen both national and Islamist resistance factions, many of the former staunchly left-wing like PFLP.
In the 1970s and early 1980s the vanguard of the Palestinian resistance were the left-wing movements like PFLP and then Israel’s oppression of Palestinian national struggle was often put in the terms of ‘fighting global communism’.
Israel oppressing Palestinians – just like it’s then fellow Apartheid-state South Africa oppressing ‘blacks’ and ‘coloured’ – was excused and justified on these terms. Palestinians gaining their freedom would mean ‘a victory for communism’.
To protect the colonialist Apartheid state of Israel Palestinians were and are made to be part of ‘bigger threat’ that can then be claimed to unify Israel and the so-called ‘West’, while Palestinians’ defeats at the face of vastly more powerful enemy are mocked as signs of their supposedly inherent weakness and Israel is declared to be invincible (even when it isn’t, like in Lebanon in 2006).
This is according to Umberto Eco’s description of ‘eternal fascism’, where the enemy used to unify the fascists must be both terribly powerful and very weak, something to justify everything that is done against it but also so weak so that the fascists can despise and loath the victims while ensured of ‘victory’ – which can never be complete. The threat must continue to exist somewhere, no matter how great the ‘victories’.
The ‘Jewish Bolsheviks’ could be send to concentration camps from the areas ruled by the Third Reich, but then they continued to exist in the form of Soviet Union – an existential threat in ‘eternal facism’ can recede but can never vanish behind the political horizon.
In the past, the favourite victim ‘eternal fascism’ in the ‘West’ were the Jews – now it’s Palestinians when it comes to mix of internal and domestic policies in the Anglo-Saxon countries. Attacks on Palestinians are part of the political rituals in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, before audiences which often know very little of Palestinians beyond that they must be ‘bad’ because they ‘want to destroy Israel’.
Israel is praised and Palestinians are belittled, mocked, stereotyped – and made at the same time to be a terrible threat to the ‘Beacon of Freedom’ Israel, which as a result is forever on the edge of ‘The New Holocaust”, needing constant stream of financial, military and political support.