Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is participating in the Fifth International Assembly of the International League of People’s Struggles in Manila, the Philippines. ILPS is an international anti-imperialist alliance of mass organizations and progressive and revolutionary social movements around the world. Samidoun is a member of ILPS; Mohammed Khatib of Samidoun in Europe is representing the network as a resource person for the Assembly on the struggle of Palestinian political prisoners, and Aiyanas Ormond of Samidoun in Canada will also be representing ILPS Canada and several mass organizations in Vancouver.
The Assembly will include meetings, workshops and voting sessions on struggles and movements of peoples around the world. Hundreds of organizations are participating in the assembly, which also comes as part of an international protest against APEC, the Association of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, which has played a major role in undermining the sovereignty of formerly colonized nations and developing countries for the benefit of multinational corporations and promoting international mining interests which have been devastating to agricultural and working class communities and the environment in the Philippines and internationally.
Mohammed Khatib of Samidoun will also participate in an event at the University of the Philippines in Manila, speaking about the struggle of Palestinian political prisoners and joining in the launch of the Philippines-Palestine Solidarity Association.
Samidoun is joining fellow Palestinian and Palestine solidarity leaders, activists and organizations participating in the ILPS conference, including Leila Khaled, Palestinian resistance leader and Political Bureau Member of leftist Palestinian political party, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Khaled spoke at the International Women’s Assembly on 11 November, focusing on the struggle of Palestinian women as well as the case of imprisoned Palestinian leftist parliamentarian and political leader Khalida Jarrar. Khaled also participated in an international event denouncing the APEC conference on 12 November, in support of an international popular movement against imperialism, capitalism and exploitation.