Union condemns Palestinian Authority suppression of popular demonstrations to lift sanctions on Gaza, calls for action

A statement issued by the Union of Palestinian Communities and Institution – Europe

On the Palestinian Authority’s suppression of the peaceful popular demonstrations in Ramallah and Nablus

The Union of Palestinian Communities and Institutions – Europe condemns in the strongest terms the heinous crimes committed by the Palestinian Authority’s security forces in Ramallah and Nablus. We hold the leadership of the Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization fully responsible for this brutal repression and for the consequences of this behavior that violates the national ethics and human values of struggle held dear by our Palestinian people.

What took place yesterday at the hands of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank – and the unjust sanctions imposed by its leadership, outside the bounds of legality, upon our Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip – emphasizes the nature of this security authority as an agent for the occupation. One of its primary functions is to serve as a security guard for the interests of the Zionist entity that enables the ongoing oppression and siege of our people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It also participates in besieging the Palestinian resistance and attempting to pass suspicious political deals at the expense of Palestinian legitimate national rights and the dignity and rights of all people.

As the occupying entity is engaged in all types and forms of aggression, siege, arrests, land confiscation, home demolition, starvation, massacres and other crimes, the Palestinian Authority is embarking on a path that complements the role of the occupier. It imposes more sanctions on our people, closing the doors of national dialogue and dealing with the masses of the people with attacks and insults.

The Union condemns these practices as criminal and calls upon the masses and the organizations and institutions of the Palestinian and Arab communities in Europe, especially the Palestinian youth, to shoulder their responsibilities and organize the widest possible youth and popular mobilization to actively support our steadfast peoplein Palestine. This includes supporting their struggle through building pressure on the occupation – and on the Palestinian Authority and its embassies and representatives abroad – in line with the will of the Palestinian people to lift their grip on Gaza and the West Bank. This requires expanding the circle of this popular campaign to lift the sanctions on Gaza to reach all Palestinians in exile and diaspora on the European continent.

The Union sees that the battle to break the siege and lift the sanctions, and the popular movement confronting the Palestinian Authority’s attacks on the dignity and rights of our people in occupied Palestine, is an integral part of a comprehensive national struggle that cannot be separated from the tasks of the Palestinian national liberation movement.

We demand that the PA security forces immediately release all political prisoners and detainees.

Our greetings and salutes for a speedy recovery to the wounded.

Shame on those who violate the rights and dignity of the Palestinian people!

Union of Palestinian Communities and Institutions – Europe