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From 50 Years Ago: Governments and Guerillas

Vol V, No 38 september 19, 1970

Governments and Guerillas

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is only one of the smaller guerilla organisations among the eleven that constitute the Palestine Liberation Organisation, has succeeded in creating the conditions which it was aiming for. The Front, under its leader and articulate ideologist, George Habbash, has always maintained that the basic enemy is not the Zionist State of Israel but the imperialist forces which created it and continue to support it. The PFLP feels that without the economic, political and military backing of the United States and other Western European countries the State of Israel would cease to exist. At the same time, the Front is strongly against all the Arab governments which are considered to be corrupt and socially unconscious cliques which exploit the common people of the Arab countries and in turn are exploited by either the United States or the Soviet Union. It is these regimes which must be fought simultaneously with the struggle against Israel and her imperialist backers. This is to be done by the increasing politicisation of the Arab masses through political education and armed struggle. Only through this multi-faceted struggle within the context of the international fight against imperialism, the Front believes, can there be any hope of a successful outcome to the liberation of Palestine.

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