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19th Congress of KKE




Honorary distinction of KNE from the Palestine State for its practical solidarity

The ambassador of Palestine in Greece, Marwan Toubassi, awarded Nikos Ambatielos, Secretary of the CC of KNE, with the medal of the president of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, for the solidarity that KNE expresses in practice with the struggle of the Palestinian people.

Below is the statement of comrade N. Ambatielos:

“Firstly, we would like to thank you for today’s very interesting update and of course for the honorary distinction towards the Central Council of KNE for its stable and steady solidarity with the Palestinian people. We think that the time that this honorary distinction is taking place is also very important and useful, during a period when the USA and Israel are adding flames to the fire in the already flammable region of the Middle East and the Balkans.

 

We want to reassure you that the thousands of members and friends of KNE will continue to give their best in the solidarity with the Palestinian people and the peoples of the region that suffer from the imperialist barbarity, in all ways and forms that we can reach the Greek people and the Greek youth in order for it to express its whole support as well.

As KNE, as well as the KKE, we would like on the occasion of today’s awarding to condemn the continuation of the occupation violence with new bombings in the Gaza Strip, as well as the recent announcement of Donald Trump regarding the recognition of the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory, which are the continuation of the sharpening of the aggression of these forces, the USA and Israel, in the region. A year after the respective action of the US president regarding the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem and the “recognition” of it as the capital of Israel, we think that there is much proof on how they fuel this aggression.And all these just a few days – like the ambassador said – after the trilateral summit of the Heads of State and Government of Greece- Cyprus- Israel, which shows that whatever “opportunities”, like Mr. Tsipras said, i.e. opportunities for the capital, that are created through the reinforcement of the military, political and economic cooperation with the state of Israel, will be dipped in the blood of the Palestinian people, the sufferings and problems that the peoples of the region face. These actions embolden the Israeli and US aggression in the region. We are making and we will continue to make an even greater effort to inform the people and the youth about these developments, so that they will get past the bait of the beautiful statements that were made public after the trilateral summit and to understand the dangers that arise for both the Palestinian and the Greek people.

You know that we are in solidarity with your just struggle for a unified independent Palestinian state at the bordersof 1967 and with East Jerusalem as its capital, in order for the youth of Palestine to live free in a free homeland and to realise its dreams and its expectations for a life without occupation. You know that we will strengthen our internationalist struggle with organisations all over the world, as well as our struggle in Greece, for the joint struggle together with you for your just demands.

Unfortunately, our country is an active and not a passive part of these plans. In this effort, the SYRIZA government, with the tolerance and support of the rest of the bourgeois parties, has become the flag-bearer of the US-NATO interests in the region. US bases in Greece are appearing out of nowhere, our country unfortunately is becoming a launching pad forinterventions, just like recently in Syria; US ships go through the country, they are supplied, moored and equipped here. Along with our solidarity, we have a special task to stop our country from being an outpost of the USA in the Balkans and the Middle East. And we like to believe that in the battles that we have ahead of us, in the elections as well, especially the EU parliamentary elections, but also in the municipal-regional and the parliamentary ones, a strong message will be sent towards this direction through the reinforcement of the KKE.

Finally, for us, our friend is the fighting Palestinian people, every young man and woman of Palestine that fights in this just struggle and our enemy is NATO, the EU and the governments that support and arm the murderous machine of Israel. To paraphrase a statement that was made in the trilateral summit, that the prime minister of Israel Netanyahu considers the prime minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, a friend, for us their policy is hostile and the just struggle of the Palestinians is friendly.

We thank you again for this honorary distinction and we are sure that we will meet in the many initiatives that we have ahead of us- just like we have already co-organised many initiatives- in order for the Greek youth to express its solidarity with the Palestinian people.”



KNE 2011