In fact, it is the end of the illusions about the nature of the Israeli state and the Zionist project. The aspiration of the Palestinian people to continue their struggle for freedom will never end. Over the past decades, forces attempt to convince us that Israel could be a democratic project or “partner” when in fact it is a settler colonial, racist, apartheid regime. Those in the “international community” who call on Palestinians to support a two-state solution simultaneously fail in any way to stop Israel from building settlements, confiscating land, demolishing houses, practicing every form of ethnic cleansing against Palestinians whether they were in Haifa and Akka or Jerusalem, let alone Gaza.
What is dead are these illusions, and the historical exit which we in the PFLP stand for is the only “solution”: which is the liberation of all of historic Palestine and establishing a democratic, secular society in a Palestinian state throughout Palestine, where all people live in equality, regardless of their color, race, sex, religion or language. And because we understand that a “state” represents a class, we stand for socialism and a state of the popular classes and not the state of the capitalists, whether they are Palestinians or Israelis.
How is it possible to overcome Israel’s geographical and physical division of the Palestinian people? Today half of the Palestinian population in historical Palestine is less than 20 years old. It means they born and grew up after Oslo agreement, with the wall and the military checkpoints, unable to know each other and contact each other. This division creates different kinds of resistance against the same occupation. How can the youth overcome this separation and renew a national liberation movement, destroyed by Oslo and the weakening of the PLO (in favor of the PA, which represents only the Occupied Territories)?
This is a very important question. Our society, our people, are youthful, and this is a promising fact in and of itself: the fact that the majority of our people are youths. But I want to answer your question about the dispersion of Palestinians. Palestinians have lived on their land for thousands of years as one people, together. The catastrophe that they faced in 1948 — the orchestrated, designed catastrophe — was exactly this, displacing Palestinians from their land and preventing them from practicing their natural right to return. After 1948, our people found themselves living in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and inside their own homeland. Many of them have had to migrate to the Gulf countries, Latin America, Europe and North America trying to find a living and sustain themselves due to the misery and oppression of exile. I’m not sure if your readers, for example, know that there are over 500,000 Palestinians in Chile, or that there are 250,000 displaced Palestinians who remain internally displaced inside Israel.
This reality was created by the colonialist powers and by Israel, and the way that Palestinians could unify themselves is through their revolution and their collective political project, a liberation project that can ensure all of their rights. And these rights can be identified in our view as their right to return and self-determination on their own homeland, to practice with their free will their political choices and the kind of future they wish to build. The same is true today. Creating these islands and isolated contingents of Palestinians is part of creating a state of siege that every Palestinian segment is facing. This state of siege is orchestrated to create a situation for Palestinians that restricts their ability to struggle, as they seek basic survival — being able to go to school, to eat, to live. These are existential, individual and collective questions as well, and they prevent Palestinians from being able to mobilize and struggle for their cause and their liberation.