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In Photos:
`Unity, Steadfastness and Resistance - Towards Victory!`

Dec. 13, 2009 4:23 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 13, 2009 4:23 P.M.)
Click the image to enlarge or see more photos from Saturday`s rally.

Over 70,000 members and supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) converged on Gaza City to mark the secular-nationalist movement`s 42nd anniversary on Saturday.

The second-largest PLO faction was founded in 1967 after the Six-Day War by the late George Habash, a physician and refugee from Lydda, Palestine, known as Lod in present-day Israel.

Under the slogan of "Unity, Steadfastness and Resistance - Towards Victory!" PFLP politburo member and Gaza leader Rabah Muhanna called for "maintenance and escalation of resistance in general and armed struggle in particular against the Zionist enemy."

He emphasized that the path of negotiations, from Oslo to Annapolis, "has clearly reached a dead end, and there must be a declaration by all Palestinian forces of the final death of the path of so-called `negotiations` and the immediate end of the so-called `transitional period,` including a complete end of all security coordination with the occupier."

Al-Mazah Sammouni, who lost 29 members of her family in Israel`s December 2008-January 2009 assault on Gaza, also spoke, saying she "came here today not to cry or to mourn for my family ... who suffered under the fires and missiles of the occupation like thousands of martyrs of our people, but I come to express my pride for their sacrifices and commitment."

Amna Rimawi, head of the village council of Beit Rima and the wife of imprisoned Majdi Rimawi, one of the PFLP members responsible for the assassination of ultra-rightist Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze`evi, also spoke at the rally.

Rimawi expressed her greetings on behalf of the families of the prisoners and called upon the captors Gilad Shalit not to weaken their demand that Israel release hundreds of Palestinians in exchange for the captured Israeli soldier. "The families and the prisoners know the only means for their release comes through the resistance," she said.

Mohammad Khalidi, an unemployed Palestinian laborer, spoke wearing his old work uniform, denouncing poverty and unemployment he said was caused by the Israel-Egypt siege and occupation. "We are here to affirm our steadfastness as workers in the face of the Zionist war machine, the unjust siege, and deadly unemployment."

The rally, chaired by Hani Al-Thawabteh, member of the PFLP Gaza branch's Central Committee, and Shireen Abu-Oun, also included poetry, artistic presentations, and dozens of congratulatory messages from the PFLP leadership abroad, including Hilda Habash, the wife of George Habash, and supporters of the PFLP`s imprisoned secretary-general, Ahmad Sa`adat.
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