MPPM marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, this Tuesday, November 29th, with a public session at Casa do Alentejo, in Lisbon, which was attended by around one hundred people.

Before starting the session, Carlos Almeida, vice president of the MPPM, who moderated due to health problems of the president Maria do Céu Guerra, proposed a minute of silence in memory of the five Palestinians who were killed this day by Israeli occupation forces.

Then, a simple homage to José Saramago [Nobel Prize for Literature 1998], a militant of the Palestinian people's cause and founder of the MPPM, on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of his birth, began.

Unable to attend, Pilar Del Rio, Saramago's widow, sent a message from the Guadalajara Book Fair in Mexico, where she is staying, symbolically engraved on the United Nations stand.

This November 29th marks the passage of three quarters of a century since the approval of Resolution 181 by the UN General Assembly, providing for the partition of Palestine, then under British Mandate. But if in 1948 the State of Israel was created, no independent State of Palestine has ever seen the light of day.

The decolonization of Palestine never took place. The British colonizer was replaced by a state of settlers from the four corners of the world, which not only appropriated a territory that far exceeded what was foreseen in Resolution 181 of 1947, but has maintained, since 1967, the remaining Palestinian territory under occupation.

With the participation of more than thirty people including several immigrated Palestinian citizens, took place, on November 28th, 2022, in the auditorium of the UNICEPE Bookstore, in Oporto, the Solidarity Session with the Palestinian People, held on the initiative of MPPM, in the context of the Journeys of Solidarity with Palestine 2022 programmed by the movement for Coimbra, Oporto, and Lisbon.

José António Gomes, writer and member of the MPPM's board of directors, gave an introduction to the session and highlighted the main political points of the statement released by the movement on November 28th.

As part of the Journeys of Solidarity with Palestine 2022, MPPM received the invitation of the Real República Ay-Ó-Linda, a fraternity in the university city of Coimbra, to animate a debate on the Palestinian Question.

The session, which took place on Wednesday, November 23rd, was moderated by Carlos Almeida, vice-president of the MPPM, and counted with the active participation of members of the fraternity and other students.

He addressed the historical roots of the Palestinian Question and the daily occupation and segregation to which the Palestinian people are subjected.

A lively and participated debate followed, and perspectives were opened for future initiatives in Coimbra

The MPPM - Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East - denounces and condemns the brutal escalation of violence by the Israeli occupier on the Palestinian people, in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, and at the same time salutes the demonstrations of unity, expressed both in the popular resistance in occupied Palestine and in the coming together of political forces recently gathered in Algeria.

Israeli repression in the occupied Palestinian territories is assuming enormously serious proportions, which must be brought to an end without delay. Palestinian assassinations by Israeli repressive forces are almost daily, as are acts of violence carried out by settlers throughout the West Bank.

MPPM - Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and Peace in the Middle East condemns the raid and closure by the Israeli occupation forces of the offices of several Palestinian civil society organizations and criticizes the inertia of the international community — including the Portuguese government — in demanding Israel to reverse the designation of six of the organizations as "terrorist organizations".

In the early hours of Thursday, August 18, the Israeli army invaded and closed the offices of seven Palestinian civil society and human rights organizations in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. The organizations' offices were ransacked and their equipment confiscated. The doors were sealed and a military order was posted declaring the organization "closed by force in the name of security in the region and to combat the infrastructure of terrorism".

The MPPM - Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East - denounces and strongly condemns the new aggressive escalation of Israel against the Palestinian people, and in particular against Gaza.

Following military moves and provocations of various kinds that had been taking place in the last few days, the State of Israel has again bombed the Gaza Strip on a large scale since last Friday, 5 August.

On the morning of Sunday 7 August, less than 48 hours after the beginning of this wave of attacks, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported 31 deaths, including six children and four women. There were also more than 265 wounded. Among the many civilian facilities hit by the Israeli shelling was Al-Quds University in northern Gaza. Also the Jabalia refugee camp was bombed on Saturday night resulting in the death of several children.

The Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was evoked in the public session with which the MPPM - Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East - marked the Nakba Day, on May 24, at Casa do Alentejo, in Lisbon.

António Delgado Fonseca, a military participant in the 1974 Carnation Revolution,chaired the meeting and recalled that the Palestinian people continue to face daily aggressions, expropriations and expulsions that continue since the ethnic cleansing that accompanied the creation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.

Journalist José Goulão denounced the contrast between the attention given to certain conflicts, namely the war in Ukraine, and the silence covering the violent occupation of Palestine by Israel.

Giulia Daniele, Researcher at ISCTE's Center for International Studies, focused on an extensively sustained characterization of Israel as an "apartheid state".

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.

On May 1st, CGTP-IN, the largest labour confederation in Portugal, organizes marches and concentrations all over the country.

MPPM joined the celebrations in Lisbon participating in the march between Praça Martim Moniz and Alameda Afonso Henriques.

At Alameda MPPM had a booth where we had a display highlighting the effects of the Zionist occupation and where we made available Palestinian products and informative leaflets.


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