The President of the Palestinian National Authority, Comrade Mahmoud Abbas will address the UN General Assembly and submit an official request for Palestinian statehood to the UN Security Council making clear the popular Palestinian yearning for freedom that would accompany a recognition of their country as an independent, sovereign state and 194th permanent member of the United Nations.
The SACP is highly pleased by this move and takes the opportunity to congratulate the Palestinian Authority and all the people of Palestine in this initiative.
We welcome all clear indications, that such a commitment by the Palestinian leadership, was preceded by conscious effort to forge a common, non-sectarian, unifying strategic consensus on the overall political tasks faced by Palestinian people, especially under new conditions in the Middle Eastern and some Arab countries.
In support of this effort, we reaffirm our long-held view for an independent, viable, sovereign Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
The SACP calls for widespread support of this position by all our people, the working class and the poor, to end the apartheid bloodshed; the psychotic Zionist settler activity and more towards ending a manifestly sustained political and economic warfare against Palestine.
Attempts by the US and western countries to gridlock the Palestinian leadership in ineffectual dialogue with an impervious Israel are disgusting. They have for a considerable time not delivered Palestinians the peace dividend. We condemn them as standing on the side of injustice.
The rest of the progressive international movement should step up their popular pro-Palestinian struggles for freedom, democracy and peace and direct their efforts at the tragedy of Zionism.
Our government should be congratulated for taking a principled and reassuring stance in support for the full recognition of Palestinian statehood, together with solidarity movements with millions of our people, actively campaigning in mass solidarity promotion of the Palestinian cause for freedom.
Issued by the SACP | 23 September 2011
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