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[16 Sep 2012]


Thirty years ago, the Israeli army invaded Lebanon and occupied the capital Beirut. Occupants launched Lebanese militias against Palestinian refugee camps and, in Sabra and Shatila, many hundreds - possibly thousands - of Palestinians, mostly women and children, were savagely massacred. On 16 December of that same year, 1982, the UN General Assembly classified the massacres (no votes against) as an act of genocide. All those responsible for the massacre remain unpunished, including Ariel Sharon, then Israel's defense minister and military chief of the invasion of Lebanon, and who would later become Prime Minister of Israel.

The massacre of Sabra and Shatila is a particularly heinous in a long series of crimes that have marked the history of Israel, from its inception to the present day. Yet earlier this month of September 2012, Israel repeatedly bombed the Gaza Strip, causing casualties among the civilian population. According to the latest annual report (2011) of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), since the beginning of the second Intifada in September 2000 until the end of 2011, the Israeli military killed 6721 people in the occupied territories, of which 1258 (24.3%) were minors. The number of injured stood at 19,728, of whom 6073 (30.8%) minors.

On the thirtieth anniversary of the barbaric massacre of Sabra and Shatila, the Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and Peace in the Middle East (MPPM):

  • Condemns the ongoing crimes of the Israeli occupation and the silence that surrounds them, in particular the silence of the Portuguese government
  • Calls for strengthening the solidarity of the Portuguese people to the cause of liberation of the Palestinian people and demands that are fulfilled the many promises and UN resolutions that never, for decades, were out of the paper, requiring the withdrawal of Israel from occupied territories in 1967 and the constitution of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital and a just solution to the Palestinian refugee situation
  • Warns that the continued Israeli aggression towards neighboring countries are eloquent testimony that should not be underestimated the permanent threat of an Israeli attack against Iran that, if consummated, would constitute a tragedy of enormous proportions for the region and for the world.

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[05 Jul 2012]


In the passage of the 50th anniversary of the independence of Algeria, MPPM sent the following message to His Excellency Ms. Fatiha Selmane, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria in Lisbon


The Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and Peace in the Middle East (MPPM) is honored to salute and congratulate Your Excellency, the heroic Algerian people and its Sovereign institutions - of which your Excellency is the high representative - for the passage of so glorious date, the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of independence.

There were many decades of resistance and popular struggles in towns, cities and fields against foreign occupation and colonialism, to the sacrifice of the peaceful protesters at the colonialist massacre at Sétif on May 8, 1945, which paved the way for the uprising of 1 November and for the 8 years of the Great National Liberation War. This was victorious, in spite of the disproportion of forces, due to the growing popular participation - including the Algerian women heroines - until the proclamation of independence on 5 July 1962.

The democratic and revolutionary independence of Algeria at that time had a profound impact, first in the Algerian society, its standard of living, economy and culture. Then, on the Maghreb, Black Africa, Western Europe. The revolutionary national liberation movements of the then colonies of Portuguese fascism could significantly advance in their struggle. Portuguese antifascist and democratic forces benefited from the hospitality of the rulers and the people of Algeria.

Today, with capitalism in a long crisis with no end at sight, the international and regional situation is totally different. Major Western powers distort and falsify an "Arab Spring" that barely blossomed to be transformed into its opposite and lead to more wars of aggression in the Middle East and the neocolonial recovery of resources and strategic positions that had been lost for these powers

However what stands in Algeria - despite difficulties, disagreements, threats at borders, interference and ambitions of great powers - is the deep attachment of its people to the cause of independence, sovereignty, peace and social progress proclaimed on 5 July 1962.

Hoping that so just aspirations can be defended and meet progress, both with regard to the great common cause, the liberation of Palestine and the Peace in the Middle East, and the achievement by the Algerian people of a happy future, we salute with all respect, sincere friendship and highest consideration.

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[18 Jun 2012]


Two years ago, on 18 June, José Saramago, President of the MPPM, entered the pantheon of defenders of the two great indivisible causes of humanity - national and social liberation and peace among peoples.

In the recent seminar on "The Question of Palestine and the Peace in the Middle East," sponsored by MPPM, with the participation of Ambassador Abdou Salam Diallo, Chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Representative of Palestine to the UN, was underlined Saramago's historical contribution to the cause of Palestine and the formation and growth of the MPPM.

From what precedes and because increasingly worsen the wars of aggression, the dangers of war, and the threat of war in the Middle East - and is blocked by Israel, the U.S. and other Western powers the way for the exercise of the rights of the Palestinian people - we call, on this date, to join in memory of Saramago, the solidarity initiatives, from the MPPM and other movements, with the Palestinian people and against wars of aggression.

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