Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Doctor

The most frequent posters on walls throughout the West Bank are those commemorating George Habash, who died of a heart attack earlier this year. Known throughout the Arab world by the honorific, Al Hakim ("the wise one" or "the doctor"), Habash graduated as a doctor but devoted his life to the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

He founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in 1967, after the disastrous war with Israel which led to the ongoing military occupation and colonisation of the remaining 22% of Palestine.

Dr Habash, a Christian, is held in high regard throughout the length and breadth of Palestine, and everywhere people speak of his passing with regret. The red flag of the PFLP flies beside the green of Hamas and the yellow of Fatah in the towns and villages.

RIP George Habash.

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