The Connolly Youth Movement is proud to add it’s signature to the following statement.
Freedom for Palestinian political prisoners and for the internationalist fighters: Illich Ramirez Sanchez and George Ibrahim Abdallah!
The undersigned Communist and Workers Parties, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners (April 17), express their solidarity with all Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, as well as with the internationalist fighters for the Palestinian cause: Illich Ramirez Sanchez and George Ibrahim Abdallah.
In this sense, we reiterate our demand for the respect of human rights and the immediate release of all Palestinians illegally detained for fighting against the policy of extermination and occupation of the Zionist regime.
Likewise, we raise our voice for the freedom of the internationalist fighters:
- George Ibrahim Abdallah, of Lebanese nationality, member of the Lebanese Communist Party and activist for the Palestinian cause, who was arrested in Lyon, France, in 1984 and sentenced without evidence to life imprisonment in 1987. In 2003 the justice system authorized his release, but the pressures of Zionism and US imperialism have kept him kidnapped for more than 39 years in prisons in France.
- Illich Ramirez Sanchez, of Venezuelan nationality, member of the Communist Youth of Venezuela (JCV) in his youth who joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine while studying at the Patricio Lumumba University, Moscow. He was kidnapped in 1994 in Sudan and sentenced in 1997 in Paris. He has been held for 29 years in French prisons and is denied his legitimate right to be repatriated to his country of origin, as allowed by international treaties.
We take this opportunity to reiterate our condemnation of the genocidal policy of the Zionist State of Israel against the Palestinian people, as well as our firm solidarity with the Palestinian cause and their legitimate struggle against the Zionist occupation, the right to self-determination and the return of Palestinian refugees to their lands.
Freedom for all Palestinian political prisoners!
Freedom for George Ibrahim Abdallah!
Freedom and repatriation for Illich Ramirez Sanchez!
Long live free Palestine!