On International Women's Day, MPPM honours women around the world - at home, in the fields, in factories or in offices - who fight for peace and freedom, against oppression, discrimination and injustice.

In this year 2023, which marks 75 years since the Nakba - the ethnic cleansing that accompanied the creation of the State of Israel - in this year when the repression, injustice, racism and segregation that victimise the Palestinian people not only continue but worsen, the MPPM pays special tribute to Palestinian women who, despite the harsh conditions, continue to resist, to work, to bring up their families, to educate their children.

This year 2023 is on track to be the deadliest for Palestinians living in the West Bank. The brutality of the occupation army and the settlers protected by it has no limits. Until yesterday 73 Palestinians were killed by the occupier, including an elderly woman.

Peace yes! War no! shouted the hundreds of people that filled on the 16th February, the Camões Square, in Lisbon, answering to the call of CPPC – Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation, which the MPPM supported, along with two dozen and a half other organizations.

A similar initiative had already taken place in Viseu, on the 11th February, and others took place, on the 16th February, in Évora and Setúbal, and others are still scheduled for 17th February, in Coimbra and Corroios, and the 18th February in Porto.

The Portuguese Parliament approved the Draft Vote no. 207/XV, "Of Solidarity with the Palestinian People", presented on 6 December last by the Communist Party Parliamentary Group, which thus joined the solidarity expressed on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, promoted annually by the United Nations.

The Vote was considered by the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Assembly of the Republic in its meeting of 3 January 2023 and was approved with the favourable vote of the Communist and Socialist parliamentary groups; the Social Democratic and Chega (far right) parliamentary groups votied against, and the Liberal Initiative parliamentary group abstained. The Block of the Left, PAN (Persons, Animals, Nature) and Free Party were not represented.

This is the text approved:

Draft Vote No. 207/XV/1.a

In Solidarity with the Palestinian People

The City Council of Almada, south of Lisbon, approved, on 5 December, a motion of solidarity with the Palestinian people, proposed by the councillor of the Block of The Left, which had the votes in favour of the councillors of the Socialist Party (5), the coalition Communist and Green Parties (4) and the Block of the Left (1) and the abstention of the councillor of the Social Democratic Party.

The motion recognises that there will be no peace without guaranteeing the self-determination of the Palestinian people and resolves, in order to reaffirm its commitment to defend the end of the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to the constitution of a sovereign and viable state.

It salutes the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and recommends the Government to defend the creation of the State of Palestine, condemn the Israeli occupation and apply sanctions to illegal settlements.

The City Council of Palmela, in the district of Setubal, unanimously approved, on the past 7th of December, a motion in which it deliberates to "join, once again, the celebrations of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and the struggle for self-determination of the Palestinian people" and to "continue to demand the fulfilment of the United Nations Resolutions, the respect for International Law and the end of the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel".

The motion begins by recalling that 29 November marked 75 years since the adoption of the so-called "Partition Resolution", "from the outset, unusual because the UN was not vested with any sovereignty over the country" and "while the state of Israel was quickly formalised, the independent state of Palestine never materialised."

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.


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