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Today marks the 74th anniversary of the Nakba - the catastrophe that accompanied the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and resulted in the violent expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes, villages and towns to make way for newly arrived Zionist settlers.

Almost three quarters of a century later, and despite international recognition of the legitimacy of the Palestinian cause and the struggle of its people for their inalienable rights, the anniversary of the Nakba in 2022 remains marked by the brutal reality of Israeli occupation and repression of the Palestinian people, continued ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population, and violations of international law by the State of Israel with persistent acts of war against neighbouring countries.

Today is Land Day in Palestine. On this day in 1976, the Israeli army brutally suppressed a wave of protests, including a general strike, by the Palestinian population against a plan to expropriate land between the villages of Sakhnin and Arraba, north of Nazareth, within the borders of Palestine occupied by the State of Israel in 1948. As a result, six Palestinians were killed, about a hundred were injured, and an undetermined number of many hundreds were arrested.

Forty-six years later, the Palestinian people face an extensive and renewed campaign of expropriations, with particular focus on East Jerusalem, prolonging the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people concomitant with the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. This campaign is accompanied by the announcement of the construction of new settlements and the intensification of the processes of enlargement of those already in existence.

On this International Women's Day 2022, MPPM pays tribute to women around the world and their struggle for peace, equality, freedom, justice and the elimination of all forms of discrimination. A fight they have fought in the past and continue to fight today, sometimes discreetly and simply, sometimes at great risk.

Special tribute to women who, as a result of wars and other aggressions, are deprived of their freedom, forced to leave their homes, subjected to physical and psychological abuse, or lose their lives.

Constant homage to Palestinian women, who live on a daily basis a system of occupation, colonization, and apartheid with its procession of violence and discrimination.

Dear Mariza

You have an enormous talent that allows you to imprint a singular stamp on your singing. With talent comes natural public recognition. And public recognition means that millions of people follow your career and seek inspiration in your actions and words. This means, then, an added responsibility for the artist, for the fado singer.

Sophia left us these immortal verses: "We see, we hear and we read, we cannot ignore". That is the responsibility of all of us in times when so many drop their eyelids or look away.

We cannot ignore the hundreds of United Nations resolutions condemning Israel for its policy of occupation and violation of international law.

We cannot ignore positions such as that of Human Rights Watch, an international NGO based in New York, which has described the Israeli regime as apartheid.

Answering to an appeal of twenty organizations, with MPPM (Portuguese Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East), CPPC (Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation) and CGTP-IN (General Confederation of Portuguese Workers) as the first promoters, hundreds of people gathered in Praça Luís de Camões, in Lisbon, to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Waving flags of Palestine or waving placards demanding the End of the Apartheid Wall, the End of the Occupation, Freedom for Palestinian Prisoners, or the Right to Return of Refugees, the demonstrators shouted their certainty that Palestine Will Win!

There was no lack of an international component, with posters like "Where Are You, EU?", "It Is Not About Being Anti-Semitic, It Is About Being Pro-Human Rights" or "Free Palestine, End Apartheid".

In a joint initiative of CPPC (Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation), CGTP-IN (General Confederation of Portuguese Workers)  and MPPM (Portuguese Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East), joined by other organizations, many dozens of people gathered in Palestine Square, in Oporto, to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Maria Spínola, Cristina Nogueira (CGTP-IN), José António Gomes (MPPM), and Ilda Figueiredo (CPPC) spoke at the meeting.

The speeches underlined the urgency of saying no to aggression, occupation and humiliation by Israel, which continues to disrespect international law and the rights of the Palestinian people, and demanded the Portuguese government and all governments to fulfill what they proclaim and promise, putting an end to connivance.

MPPM – Portuguese Movement for the Rights of Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East condemn the unacceptable and inhuman situation to which the Israeli authorities subject thousands of Palestinians under administrative detention - detention without charge or trial, indefinitely extendable - and in particular the Palestinian activists on hunger strike, whose lives are in danger.

On 21 October last, United Nations experts warned that Kayed Al-Fasous (who completed 115 days of hunger strike on 6 November 2021) and Miqdad Al-Qawasameh (108 days on hunger strike) were, already then, in imminent danger of death, and are currently in intensive care.

MPPM – Portuguese Movement for the Rights of Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East vehemently repudiates the illegalization by the Israeli government of Palestinian human rights organizations based in the occupied West Bank and demands that the government of Portugal firmly condemn that decision and demand its revocation.

1. Last week, Israel's Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, designated six Palestinian civil society associations as "terrorist organizations": Addameer - Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq - Defending Human Rights, DCI-P - Defense of Children International - Palestine, Bisan Center for Research and Development, UAWC - Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and UPWC - Union of Palestinian Women Committees.

MPPM – Portuguese Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East - expresses its deep concern for the physical integrity, if not the lives, of Palestinian resistance fighters held by Israel, and calls on the Portuguese government to take the necessary actions to ensure that Israel respects the rights of Palestinian prisoners in its custody.

MPPM – the Portuguese Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East - regrets that, while solidarity demonstrations with the oppressed Palestinian people take place all over the world of football, the Sport Lisboa e Benfica football club chooses to partner with the oppressor, Israel.

Benfica announced on its official website that it has just established a partnership with the Israeli Academy of Football Excellence (AFEX). This  liaison aims to organize Football Camps, in Tel Aviv, between the 25th and 29th of July of this year.

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