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Message of Condolences
on the Death of Dr. Ahmad Maslamani

For the International League of Peoples' Struggle
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
January 8, 2008

The International Coordinating Committee (ICC) and all the member-organizations of the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS) express deep sorrow over the passing away of ICC member Dr. Ahmad Maslamani and convey sincerest condolences to his family, his comrades in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), his colleagues in the Union of Health Work Committees and in the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, all his friends and the entire Palestinian people whom he served with complete dedication and with utmost competence.

We salute him and honor him as a hero of the Palestinian people, an exemplary fighter for freedom and justice and an outstanding exponent of international revolutionary solidarity. He was a well-grounded national leader in the struggle against the Occupation, living and working closely with the people and sharing their weal and woe. He was a founding member of the Union of Health Work Committees in 1985 and became the director from 1992 onwards. He became a member of the steering committee of the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign in 2004. He was a member of the Central Committee of the PFLP.

We are proud of his participation in the Second International Assembly of the ILPS and his election as a member of the ICC in 2004. He has accorded honor to the ILPS by joining it and linking it to the just struggle of the Palestinian people. We were deeply moved when he was arrested and imprisoned by the Israeli Occupation in the Ashkelon prison from 2005 to 2006. We participated in the international campaign for his release. We admired him for having been detained as many as four times for extended periods and for always rejoining the struggle of his people and remaining steadfast.

We commend Comrade Maslamani for having been a militant in the Palestinian struggle for national liberation throughout his life. He was a pillar of the Palestinian mass movement during the second Intifada. He fought for the Palestinian homeland and the return of the refugees. He campaigned for the rights of his people in Jerusalem and for the dignity of establishing the Palestinian capital in this sacred city of his birth. He stood for the Palestinian people against the drive of the Palestinian Authority to sideline them.

In the remaining months of his life, he was active in the struggle. He was a leading figure in the popular demonstration for Palestinian rights against the Annapolis conference in November. He also played a prominent role in defending the Madrid Forum for a Just Peace in December and in preventing the Spanish government from high jacking the forum and turning it into an event for "normalization" and submission to the Occupation. He was deeply pleased by the demonstration and resistance of the participants outside of the conference hall.

The death of Comrade Ahmad Maslamani is a great loss to all of us. But we are consoled by the fact that he lived a meaningful and fruitful life of struggle for the Palestinian people and the entire humankind. He leaves with us significant contributions to the struggle. He bequeaths to us a brilliant legacy. He remains an outstanding revolutionary model whom we can and must emulate. Thus, he continues to live in our hearts and minds and in the revolutionary movement.###

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