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PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: Convicted terrorist ‘extraordinary figure of struggle’

Al-Quds, Palestinian daily  |
Headline: “Ahmad Sa’adat – A unique struggle experience and an unbreakable Palestinian revolutionary who refuses to give in"

"Director of the research and documentation unit in the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Abd Al-Nasser Awni Farawneh threw light on the struggle experience of leader Ahmad Sa’adat, Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), who is sitting in the occupation's prison. This was for the 11th anniversary of his kidnapping from the Jericho Prison by the occupation.
In a report he published yesterday [March 14, 2017], Farawneh said: 'Ahmad Sa’adat is a unique case and an amazing national experience of an extraordinary struggle figure who is worthy of honor and praise.' He called on everyone who loves Palestine, its people, the resistance, and the revolution, and who struggles for freedom and honor to examine 'his [Sa’adat’s] experience in depth, to turn his long pages [in the annals of Palestinian history], and to review his different stages and varied stops [on his journey].' He emphasized that it is a complete revolutionary experience worthy of research and studying and deserving of being learned by the generations.
In the report that threw light on the history of Sa’adat, Farawneh said: ‘At the height of our path of struggle, the PFLP had the right to be proud that it was one of its founders and the one that stands today at the head of its pyramid. It is enough for us to be proud that he is a Palestinian, and there is no need for us to be affiliated with the Popular Front or to have been affiliated with it at any time or to have acted as part of it or its committees in order to write or read about this national revolutionary and examine his revolutionary experience against the Israeli occupation.’ He also added: ‘It does not matter if he is a Palestinian - Muslim or Christian, in any case we honor his path of struggle and his national positions, and it is enough for us to be proud that he is a fighter that has dedicated his life to resisting the occupation, struggled for Palestine and its liberation, and was arrested after he avenged his people and nation.’

Before his arrest in October 2001, Ahmad Sa’adat was chosen as secretary-general of the PFLP after the assassination of Secretary-General Abu Ali Mustafa, after his office was blown up by occupation airplanes on Aug. 25, 2001. In the middle of January 2002, the PA arrested him together with four of his comrades after his organization took responsibility for the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze’evi on Dec. 17, 2001…
Farawneh emphasized the status of Sa’adat and his role, and said: ‘Palestine loved him, and his people were proud of him. Free people loved his personality, and his name was repeated by revolutionaries of the world with love and pride. His comrades were proud of his history, his acts of heroism, and his unprecedented courage in challenging and resisting the occupation, and the resistance has allotted him a prominent place in its pages of praise and pride.’ He added: ‘The Palestinian revolution has engraved his name in the pages of its enlightening history, alongside the processions of great leaders that preceded him in the struggle, arrest, and Martyrdom (Shahada). He is a great patriot and of high political value and respectable national status. He is one of the symbols of the modern Palestinian revolution, and one of the prominent people who knew well the art of resistance and covert activity within Palestine.’”

Ahmad Sa’adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.

Abu Ali Mustafa - Secretary-General of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP, which rejected the Oslo Accords (1993), has planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967 and throughout the Palestinian terror campaign between 2000-2005 (the Intifada).