The organizations that make up the Movement of Solidarity with Cuba, this time led by the Caribbean Committee against Apartheid in Palestine, presided over by lawyer Lalu Hanuman, commemorated two historical dates of great significance: the 71st Anniversary of the illegal partition of Palestine and the second of the passage to the immortality of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Dr. Fidel Castro. For the purposes of the first date an allegorical documentary was exhibited to the indiscriminate exclusion of the Bedouins in their own land, on the basis of which a debate was later generated to stimulate the exchange of information and the mobilization of public opinion around the Palestinian cause . The Cuban Ambassador was invited to speak on the legacy of Fidel, with emphasis on his contribution to the liberation of Africa and the right of the Palestinian people to have a sovereign and independent State.
In his appearance, Ambassador Francisco Fernández illustrated with examples how the internationalist legacy of the Commander in Chief is well known for the solidary presence of the Cuban Revolution on virtually every continent, including his decisive role in the struggles for the liberation of Africa, from Algeria and Ethiopia in the north, up to Angola and Namibia in the south. Therefore, he considered it pertinent to commemorate these two dates to highlight the main moments in which his humanist and revolutionary vocation determined his undisputed leadership in defending the noble cause of the Palestinian people. First, he wanted to highlight as a historical antecedent that Cuba was one of the thirteen countries in the world and the only Latin American that in 1947 opposed the partition of Palestine in the UN.
And to put that principled stance in context, the Ambassador outlined the main moments in which Fidel shone on the world stage, turning the Palestinian cause into a banner of struggle. A few months after the revolutionary triumph of 1959, Raúl Castro and Che Guevara were sent to Cairo to establish links with the African liberation movements and visited Gaza. In 1964 Cuba recognized the creation of Al-Fatah, and years later also collaborated with two other emerged fronts, which were the main arms of the PLO, while favoring an alliance with the progressive Syria that sustained that struggle. In 1973, Cuba broke relations with Israel, receiving Yasser Arafat as head of state in Cuba in 1974, while in 1975 UN Resolution 3379 was co-opted to recognize Zionism as forms of racism and discrimination. In 1978 Cuba rejects the dismal Camp David Accords and instead recognizes the quadripartite front composed of Algeria, Libya, Syria and the DPR of Yemen that was of great support to the Palestinian people. In 1987 Fidel was a faithful defender of the Intifada and in 1996 he led the call to the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean to join that support, which was reflected in the declaration of the Tricontinental Conference convened in Havana. In addition to condemning all and each of the Israeli genocidal aggressions throughout these years, in 2011 Fidel criticized President Obama's speech at the UN for being immoral and unethical in trying to justify the occupation of the Palestinian territories. In 2015 our Foreign Minister ratified Cuba's position in favor of the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to have their own State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, respecting the borders established before the 1967 war. Thus another glorious page of the legacy of Fidel (Cubaminrex-Embacuba Barbados)