PFLP banner displayed by Montreal protesters

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PFLP, Fatah flags displayed in Montreal pro Palestinian protest 29 May 2021 Photo: screenshot Facebook Shihab

On May 29, 2021 a pro-Palestine was held in Montreal. Activists dispayed the large banner with the logo of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and waved the Fatah flag.

In 2003 Canada designated PFLP as a terrorist organization. According to Public Safety Canada:

Formed in 1967, the goals of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) are the destruction of the State of Israel and the establishment of a communist government in Palestine. During the 1970s, the group took part in some of the boldest terrorist attacks of the period, such as hijacking three civilian airliners in one day and storming the Vienna headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Since 2000, the PFLP has turned increasingly to the use of suicide bombers, guerilla tactics, car bombings, and mortar strikes. The PFLP was also responsible for the first assassination of a cabinet minister in Israel’s history, killing Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi in 2001. In 2014, the PFLP claimed responsibility for a November gun and knife attack at an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in West Jerusalem that killed 6 people. More recently, on June 16, 2017, two coordinated attacks targeting Israeli police officers were carried out near the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s walled old city.

The word “Fatah” is a reverse acronym of the Arabic Harekat at-Tahrir al-Wataniyyeh al-Falastiniyyeh, meaning the Palestinian National Liberation Movement. The Fatah flag features a grenade with crossed rifles superimposed on the map of Israel to emphasizes its adherence to the armed struggle for the “liberation” of entire land of Palestine (aka Land of Israel) including the the territory on which the State of Israel was founded.

PFLP banner Photo: screenshot – Facebook Shihab