Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ahmed Jibril and the PFLP-GC

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) is usually described as a pan-Arab, secular, Marxist-Leninist group. Yet, in the early '90s, the group adopted a religion-inspired rhetoric that is quite unique for such organization. On March 5, 1989, Ahmed Jibril pledged to carry out "the Islamic verdict, to protect Islam and its prophet."Jibril, who had served in the Syrian army with the rank of captain, formed the PFLP-GC in October 1968. Jibril broke away from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine for political reasons. Among Palestinian organizations, the PFLP-GC stands out for its adamant rejection of any political settlement with Israel.Since its creation, the PFLP-GC has received financial assistance from Syria, Libya and Iran. The sponsorship from such sates has enabled the group to operate in the international arena to achieve its aims, namely to consistently and systematically oppose negotiations with Israel (1). Read full story

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