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.

The Borough Assembly of Vila Franca de Xira passed a motion of solidarity with the Palestinian people that demands the release of Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli jails, the end of the blockade of Gaza Strip, the realization of the right of the Palestinian people to an independent state and that the Portuguese Government condemns unequivocally the attacks perpetrated by the State of Israel.

The motion was approved with 11 votes in favour, being 5 from CDU (Democratic Unit Coalition of the Communist Party and the Green Party), 5 from the Socialist Party and 1 from the Left Block, and 2 votes against from a coalition of Social Democratic Party, Land Party Movement and Popular Monarchic Party.



Setúbal hosted the 2nd Meeting for Peace promoted by the CPPC – Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation together with 11 other organizations, including MPPM – Portuguese Movement for the Rights of Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East.

With the support of the Municipality of Setúbal, the second edition of the Meeting for Peace was held on Saturday 5 June at the Luísa Todi Municipal Forum, continuing an initiative that began in Loures on October 20, 2018.

MPPM – the Portuguese Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East denounces the  purchase by Lisbon transport company Carris of fifteen articulated trams to the multinational CAF, which is involved in the construction and operation of the Jerusalem Light Rail, an instrument of the consolidation of Israel's colonial rule in the city.

It was recently announced that a contract has been signed between Carris, a company wholly owned by the municipality of Lisbon, and CAF, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, SA, a multinational company based in the Spanish Basque Country, to supply fifteen articulated trams beginning in 2023.

The MPPM was awarded with the Municipal Medal of Merit of Palmela - Silver Degree - International Solidarity in a ceremony carried out today, June 1st, the Day of the Municipality, in the Municipal Theatre of São João.

The Mayor, Álvaro Balseiro Amaro, and the President of the Municipal Assembly, Ana Teresa Vicente, delivered the Medal and the respective Diploma. It was received, in representation of the MPPM, by Carlos Almeida, Vice-President, in the presence of the Ambassador of Palestine, Nabil Abuznaid.

The proposal for the attribution of the Medal was approved, unanimously, in a City Council meeting on May 5, and, also unanimously, in a Municipal Assembly session on May 13.

The Platform for Peace and Disarmament, of which MPPM is a member, promoted yesterday May 31, in Lisbon, a debate under the theme «This Banner of Hope: A Look at the Palestinian Question».

With the support of the Foundation José Saramago, the event took place outside the Foundation offices and was moderated by Simão Bento (Projecto Ruído), with a significant attendance of a young and interested audience.

Idália Tiago (Foundation José Saramago) recalled José Saramago's commitment to the cause of Palestine to justify the full suitability of this initiative in the Foundation's space.

The initial speeches were made by MPPM (Raul Ramires) and MDM (Women's Democratic Movement).

1. MPPM – the Portuguese Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East - welcomes the unconditional ceasefire in Gaza that came into effect this Friday, May 21, and which ends 11 days of barbaric and intolerable bombing, in which Israel caused the death of almost 250 Palestinians, including 65 children, and injured nearly two thousand, causing widespread devastation in an already impoverished territory.

2. MPPM considers the ceasefire to be a victory of the heroic resistance of the entire Palestinian people, in Gaza, in East Jerusalem, in the West Bank, in the diaspora, but also among those who have Israeli citizenship.

The unity of all Palestinians around their national cause, which has emerged in these days, is a precious asset and the key to achieving future advances.

This Tuesday, May 18th, MPPM – the Portuguese Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East – promoted, at Casa do Alentejo, in Lisbon, a Meeting to mark the 73 years of the Nakba.

Israel's brutal offensive in recent weeks against the Palestinian population in Jerusalem has made it clear that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine is an ongoing process.

On May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was self-proclaimed over the ruins of more than 500 Palestinian towns and villages, over some 15,000 Palestinian dead and over the theft of the property of the more than 750,000 Palestinians forced from their homes and land.

In 1967, Israel occupied all of historic Palestine, imposing a racist, colonial and apartheid regime on the Palestinians.

Against the perpetuation of this injustice, the Palestinian people resist, every day, in Sheik Jarrah, in Hebron or in Gaza.

In what were possibly the most attended demonstrations of solidarity with Palestine, held in Lisbon and Porto, hundreds of people responded this Monday to the call of CGTP-IN — General Confederation of the Portuguese Workers, CPPC — Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation, and MPPM — Portuguese Movement for the Rights of Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East, to affirm out loud that the resistance of the Palestinian people will triumph over Israeli barbarism, to the despair of its accomplices.

In Lisbon, Martim Moniz Square was completely filled with a very heterogeneous attendance, including many young people and strong representations of communities from Arab and Islamic countries.

Maria do Céu Guerra, president of MPPM, opened the public event by reciting the poem «Identity Card», by the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwich.

This was followed by the intervention of Gustavo Carneiro, member of the CPPC National Board.


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