The Importance of International Solidarity: DPRK – Palestine

It is not that spectacular that many of the trendy “lefties” in the West supports the struggle of the Palestinian people against Zionism, as there’s not one single soul who’s aware of the genocide that is carried out by the Israeli imperialists. It is unfortunate though that many of the very same people who consider themselves supporters of Palestine are anti-DPRK (and also against other friends of the Palestinian people, such as Syria). In some cases, these people are simply brainwashed, but in other cases we are talking about opportunism. If the imperialist media reported about atrocities committed by the Palestinian authorities on a regular basis, the opportunists would drop their support for Palestine without a question.

The Palestinian people’s struggle will always be justified nonetheless. It is not up to no trendy “lefties” to tell any people who is oppressed by imperialism how they should carry out their struggle or who their friends are. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Palestine have always been friends. A solidarity meeting took place in April this year to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties between DPRK and Palestine. Since the birth of the State of Palestine, both DPRK and Palestine have established embassies in each others countries. On one side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), you can see the south Korean puppet regime along with its imperialist overlord of the United States, Japan, Israel and other united imperialist forces. Long before some Western countries who have well-established relations with Israel, the DPRK have already been giving Israel harsh and well-deserved criticism. “In order to conceal its true colours as a harasser of Mideast peace the successive rulers of Israel have been apt to talk about the ‘missile deal and nuclear cooperation’ between the DPRK and Mideast countries. Not content with this, Israel recently went the lengths of hurting the DPRK’s dignified social system.”

To see who is on whose side of the DMZ gives you a good idea of how different countries see and governments view vital issues such as human rights. South Korea who’s backed by the imperialist forces have been recognised by them as the legitimate government of Korea while the anti-imperialist forces have recognised DPRK as the legitimate government of Korea. We have of course those countries that once were anti-imperialist and later turned to the imperialists. When money and capitalism became prioritized over freedom and liberty, some countries wanted to open more doors to their markets by trying to build relationships with the south Korean fascist regime. The Palestinian people is far away from even having that opportunity as long as the Israeli oppressor is stealing their land.
The day when the Palestinian people defeats the Zionists it is doubtable that they will forget who their real friends are and the opportunists that we are coming across in the West won’t be among them.

The Korean- and Palestinian people share many important things in common – their struggle against a foreign aggressor on their respective lands, freedom and sovereignty for the people, but the most important that they share is the ideal of it. As the two peoples of Korea and Palestine have forged together as brothers in arms against common imperialist foes, it is hard to see that the friendship bonds between the two would be broken naturally, unless a pro-imperialist coup would succeed. An attempted coup was carried out by US-backed Fatah fighters in June 2007, but failed.

During a Reception given by the Palestinian Ambassador in Pyongyang for the anniversary of the birth of Dear Leader Kim Jong Il, the Palestinian ambassador said in his speech that “Kim Jong Il’s revolutionary career is an outstanding example as a state leader possessed of brilliant idea and creative caliber. He devoted himself to the freedom of the country and its people’s happiness and the victory of the oppressed people’s struggle”, the ambassador noted, adding:
“The Korean people are making a fresh leap and innovations in all fields for building socialist economic construction under the leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un who is leading the all-out advance for building a thriving nation as the successor to the cause of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.” The story that Jandallae Safarini (aka Kim Jong Il’s Palestinian foster daughter) have to tell us really demonstrates the love and care that Dear Leader Kim Jong Il showed for everyone (Read more here).

The solidarity between the two and the support that the DPRK gave the Palestinian people in their just struggle for their land can even be displayed in military strength. During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, DPRK sent fighter jets (and other non-combat personel) and they were involved in direct fighting with the Israeli Air Force. The first clash between the Korean pilots and the Israelis took place during October 6 – the first day of the war. There were of course more interceptions that took place during the war. This was indeed a show of solidarity with the Arab peoples, but a victory against Israel would also result in that the West Bank and Gaza would become Palestinian territories as per claims by Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Since the creation of the State of Palestine in 1988, DPRK recognises the sovereignty of the State of Palestine over all of Israel, except for the Golan Heights, which the DPRK recognises as part of Syria.

The DPRK have, and will always, provide support in fields such as diplomatic, educational and military, to the Palestinian people in their righteous struggle for freedom and independence. The fact that the DPRK is providing arms and trainings to liberation movements in the Middle East is very disturbing to the imperialists. The United States claims that no less than five DPRK vessels were interdicted while “carrying weapons intended for Iran or one of its non-state allies like Hamas and Hezbollah”. Moreover, DPRK has a long history of supporting Palestinian militant groups. Back in the 1970s, Pyongyang is believed to have provided support to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Yasser Arafat visited the DPRK repeatedly during his leadership of the PLO and PLO militants reportedly used to train in the DPRK. The US imperialists who’s constantly trying to cripple the social system and economy of the DPRK even “ordered” the DPRK to pay $378 million in 2010, for a PFLP-led attack on Lod Airport in Israel in 1972. When Israel bombing campaign against civilians that killed over 2100 Palestinians (the vast majority were civilians) in Gaza in the summer of 2014, the DPRK was once again up in court along with Israel for their support to Hezbollah as Hezbollah caused damages to American-Israeli citizens by rocket attacks during the Second Lebanon War of 2006… but then again, a US court have ordered Iran to pay $10.5 billion for 9/11 even though Iran wasn’t involved in any way with 9/11 or any of the organisations accused of being so.

What Israel and the Zionists think of the DPRK and Marshal Kim Jong Un is not a secret and they have stated as mentioned in the beginning of this article their hatred for the DPRK. On August 25, 2015 The “independent” Zionist paper, the Jerusalem Post had the following headline: Indeed, North Korea is directly linked to just about every menace facing Israel, and it is time for the Jewish state to do something about this threat. When Generalissimo Kim Jong Il said “I am the object of criticism around the world. But I think that since I am being discussed, then I am on the right track.” it was aimed at the imperialists. The DPRK have even dismissed Israel as an imperialist satellite as one reason not to recognise the Israeli state. And Dear Leader Kim Jong Il was well aware of that.

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