A delegation of the French anti-imperialist collective Coup Pour Coup 31 traveled to Lebanon, in cooperation with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The delegation this summer was invited to visit a number of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, and is planning future projects of solidarity to be developed in the comming year.
The delegation also worked to affirm and build connections with the movement in Lebanon for the liberation of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Lebanese Arab struggler for Palestine, imprisoned in France since 1984.
Who is Georges Abdallah?
George Abdallah is a Lebanese struggler, born on 2 April 1951 in Kobayat in northern Lebanon. Our delegation met with members of the International Campaign for the Liberation of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah in Lebanon, including his brother, Robert Abdallah.
Georges Abdallah is a struggler for the Palestinian cause. In 1971 he joined the ranks of the PFLP, a Marxist organization of the Palestinian resistance. He struggled, among others, in Baddawi Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.
On 14 March 1978, three days after a Palestinian resistance operation inside occupied Palestine that was launched from southern Lebanon, the Zionist army invaded Lebanon, attacking Palestinian organizations south of the Litani River (which marks the border of southern Lebanon). The Zionist army killed 1186 Lebanese civilians, and forced 285,000 refugees to flee, damaging 82 villages and razing 6 villages entirely. Georges Abdallah fought in the ranks of the PFLP during this invasion and was injured on this occasion.
After months of aggressions of all kinds (aerial and naval bombardments, helicopter raids, and armed attacks through the mercenary army they supported, the South Lebanon Army), the Israeli army invaded Lebanon on 6 June 1982.
On 16 and 17 September, the massacre of Sabra and Shatila (Palestinian refugee camps in West Beirut) – the Israeli army encircled the two camps, which all Palestinian fighters had left, leaving mostly women, children and elders in the camps, and allowed the killers from fascist Christian militias to enter, observing the massacre. Between 1,000 and 5,000 civilians were murdered in cold blood.
Georges Ibrahim Abdallah is a communist activist and anti-imperialist fighter. Despite almost 32 years in prison, he does not deny his revolutionary ideas. The progressive and revolutionary organizations of Lebanon support his release and are involved in the campaign in Lebanon.