France: Call for an International Month of Action for the Release of Georges Abdallah

The following is an English translation of the statement and call to action from ‘Pour la Libération de Georges Abdallah,’ a coalition fighting for the release of Georges Abdallah, Lebanese political prisoner of the French state and fighter for Palestinian national liberation. We share this as supporters of Georges Abdallah, to educate our readers on activity taking place in his name in France. While we do not endorse all of the groups involved, this repost is meant to encourage our readers to come to their own conclusions in support of political prisoners around the world.

Since the arrest of Georges Abdallah, many groups and support committees have gradually been created to fiercely defend our comrade and demand his release. We have always recognized and proclaimed this fact as the founding heritage of our struggle. In 2015, however, for the fifth anniversary of the demonstrations organized in Lannemezan by these long-standing activists, a desire was also expressed to intensify the struggle and to coordinate the existing forces to amplify the mobilization and achieve a real change in the balance of power. Hence the Unitary Campaign for the Liberation of Georges Abdallah has been formed on the basis of the following statement, written back then:

“We, the participants in the Lannemezan support meeting that took place after the demonstration of October 24, 2015 for Georges Abdallah, call for the intensification of the mobilization campaign for the release of our comrade Georges Abdallah.

“We recognize ourselves in the political identity of Georges Abdallah, Arab fighter and resistant, Lebanese communist, today’s symbol of the fight against imperialism, Zionism, capitalism and Arab reactionary states. Georges Abdallah has been a political prisoner of the French state for more than three decades to the applause of the United States and the Zionist entity. His fight is ours. We want a free and victorious Palestine. We want the end of colonialism throughout the world and in all its forms, the end of capitalism and exploitation, and we support the struggle of peoples against all oppressions. We recognize ourselves in Georges Abdallah’s fight against the war of invasion of Lebanon by the Zionists and for the liberation of Palestine that he led before being arrested in 1984 by the French police. We recognize ourselves in his unfailing revolutionary commitment during his 3 decades of incarceration and his fierce fighting determination in the face of class justice. And we will be by his side on the day of his release to continue to fight with him.

“We are internationalists and we are fully aware that it is the French state that keeps Georges Abdallah in prison. It is this French state and its successive governments on the right and on the left claiming to be republican or claiming to be socialist that conditions the release of this uncompromising militant on his disavowal. For more than 30 years, Georges Abdallah has been standing in front of his jailers and like thousands of Palestinian prisoners; he does not give up. He resists and fights for freedom.

“The decision not to release Georges Abdallah is a political decision and that is why our fighting is based on a political round.

“We call on all militant forces, support committees, associations, parties, unions to express their solidarity and to multiply initiatives to make the cause of Georges Abdallah known and to raise the demand for his release.

“We call for a national campaign for the release of Georges Abdallah, carried out in accordance with his commitments and his path. We also call for the multiplication of international initiatives; as Leila Khaled of the PFLP has truthfully declared: ‘Georges Abdallah is a symbol for revolutionaries across the world.’

“We call for this campaign to be carried out on two main axes:

1. support for the Palestinian people and their fight for victory; solidarity with the struggle of Palestinian prisoners and the defense of the right of return and self-determination of Palestinians.

2. support for popular neighborhoods and their struggles for emancipation; solidarity with victims of repression; support for revolts against police violence; fight against state racism.

“We are calling for strong moments of mobilization: gatherings and demonstrations in Lannemezan, Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux, Brussels, Beirut … For meetings in different cities of France, Europe or the Arab world . The involvement of the Lebanese and Palestinian forces who put forward the cause of Georges Abdallah (PFLP, LCP); we call for support from political parties that are in accordance with Georges Abdallah’s request for release (PCF, NPA, CNT, FA, PIR, etc.); for the organization of events on common mobilization dates (Earth Day, International Day of Political Prisoners, First of May etc.) and for the multiplication of awareness efforts among the mass-media (L’Humanité, Politis, Le monde diplo, activist radios and press).

“We are now designating the common targets to be challenged: the French and Lebanese authorities. Several actions have already taken place in different cities of France (against Valls, Taubira, F. Hollande) and we must multiply these actions. The United States, civil party in the lawsuit and still active in blocking the release of Georges Abdallah, must also be fought and the Lebanese authorities must position themselves firmly for the release of Georges Abdallah.”

One, two, three, a thousand initiatives for the release of Georges Abdallah!

He is part of our struggles; we are part of his fight!

Palestine shall live, Palestine shall triumph!

The victory or the victory!

Lannemezan, October 24, 2015

This line of defense of our comrade on this political basis is still ours today: Georges Abdallah, on a daily basis, is part of our struggles and no militant act is carried out without our reaffirming that we are part of his fight. For five years, this battle on the political ground, effectively conducted in compliance with the commitments of our comrade and his career, has been waged everywhere and by all of us, along the lines mentioned in the 2015 declaration but also more broadly within all social and political struggles, through demonstrations, rallies, meetings, solidarity meals, calls for signatures, letters addressed to the French and Lebanese authorities and weeks of coordinated action between all the forces engaged in this fight for the release of Georges Abdallah. This commitment in Paris, in the regions, at the national level and now also widely at the international level – because of the investment of all the supporters in Georges Abdallah, in the diversity of our expressions – increases every day a little more the pressure exerted; and the multiple reactions – read in the press, also perceptible through the responses of the Keepers of the Seals and the Ministers of the Interior who followed one another in the letters of elected officials or even reflected in the exceptional visits carried out to our comrade by political and religious representatives in high places or by the response launched by the French President, during his visit to Beirut, to Lebanese activists demanding the release of Georges Abdallah – all these reactions are as many signs to be grasped of the justice of the struggle waged and that we must continue on the same dynamic and energy by seeking to challenge the representatives of the French State even more directly when possible or even by mobilizing all together to strike with one hand.

This line of conduct, Georges Abdallah continues to give us its keys on several occasions, in his statements, he highlights the strength of this united and coordinated solidarity. So, let us simply recall here again some of his messages where he encourages us to continue in this direction:

“Let us encourage, ever more comrades, the various processes of convergence of struggles at the local level as well as at the regional level and even more so at the international level” (Georges Abdallah – statement of October 20, 2018)

“This change in the balance of power goes first and foremost through the inclusion of this united approach in the overall dynamic of the ongoing struggle by increasingly assuming the ground of the anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist struggle” because “it is not a question of act as if we do not know that the said justice is always a class justice in the service of a class policy inscribed in the global dynamics of a class war on a national and international scale” (Georges Abdallah – declaration of June 23, 2018).

It is in this sense and always faithful to this line and to the principles of political action recalled here that we are calling today for, no longer an international week of action but a full month of action so that all of us, support for our comrade, we do not leave a free political space at the local, regional, national and international level without putting on the agenda the demand for the release of our comrade Georges Abdallah.

In Albertville, Amiens, Annecy, Aubagne, Aubervilliers, Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Gennevilliers, Grenay, Grenoble, Lannemezan, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montauban, Montpellier, Morlaix, Nanterre, Nîmes, Paris, Pau, Saint-Denis , Saint-Etienne, Tarbes, Thionville, Toulouse, Troyes; in the Alpes-Maritimes, in Corsica, in Finistère, Gers, in Gironde, in Haute-Marne, in Hautes-Pyrénées, Hérault, Ile de France, Lot-et-Garonne, in the North and Pas de Calais, in the Pays de Cornouaille, in Poitou-Charentes, in Puy-de-Dôme, in the Rhône-Alpes region, in Seine-Maritime and in the Tarn-etGaronne. ; in Algeria, Germany, England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Greece, India, Italy, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Morocco, occupied Palestine, Peru, Poland, Romania, Tunisia, Turkey – everywhere in France and in the world where the fight of Georges Abdallah is relayed and the demand for his release carried, wherever we are all – active solidarity support for our comrade -, let’s increase the mobilization actions and intensify the pressure on the representatives and places of power of the French State so that the current Minister of the Interior may finally sign the expulsion notice conditional on the release of our comrade and that this fight to kill this iniquitous real perpetuity be won.

All of us – anarchists, autonomists, anti-fascists, anti-imperialists, anti-Zionists, communists, democrats, environmentalists, internationalists, libertarians, Marxist-Leninists, Marxist-Leninist-Maoists, rebellious republicans, revolutionaries, Trotskyists; involved in parties, unions, fronts, campaigns, associations, collectives, committees, movements and multiple networks; engaged alongside our comrade in the political struggles for Palestine, in support of the Intifada and against Normalization; for the defense of peoples’ struggles and their resistance; for the defense of political prisoners and revolutionary prisoners; against imprisonment; against police violence; for the defense of immigration and working-class neighborhoods; against racism; for the defense of workers, their achievements and their rights; for that of yellow vests; for the fight for the emancipation of women; against torture and the death penalty – let us mobilize once again, all together where we are, in this diversity that is ours, from September 22, 2020 to October 24, 2020 so that on this date, the tenth demonstration in Lannemezan may be the last one and that we can finally materialize this deep desire that we have all carried within us for so many years: “we will be at his side on the day of his release to continue to fight with him!”

One, two, three, a thousand initiatives for the release of Georges Abdallah!

He is part of our struggles; we are part of his fight!

Palestine shall live, Palestine shall triumph!

The victory or the victory!

Paris, September 19, 2020

Premiers signataires : Campagne unitaire pour la libération de Georges Abdallah – Campagne internationale pour la libération de Georges Abdallah – Samidoun Palestinien Prisoner Solidarity Network – Campagne internationale pour la libération d’Ahmad Sa ‘âdat et ses camarades – CLGIA – Le CRI Rouge pour la défense des prisonniers révolutionnaires – Jeunes révolutionnaires – CAPJPO-EuroPalestine – Comité d’action et de soutien aux luttes du peuple Marocain – PIR – ANC – UJFP – Collectif Palestine Vaincra – Secours Rouge International – Comité tunisien pour la libération de Georges Abdallah – FUIQP – Appel belge pour la libération de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah – International Prisonners’News – Association de palestiniens en Ile de France – AFPS34 – AFPS 63 – Couserans-Palestine – Action Antifasciste 79 – ISM-France – Collectif Investig’Action – Compagnie Jolie Môme – Unité Communiste – Comité de défense des Internés des Camps du Sud (Algérie) – Association Car t’y es libre – Conseil syndical 09(Ariège) de solidaires – PRCF

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