Leaders from the Palestinian Authority on Saturday mourned the death of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, lauding him for identifying with the Palestinian cause and being ‘a champion’ for the people.
Castro, who had close ties with former Palestinian Authority chairman terrorist Yasser Arafat, died on Friday in Havana at the age of 90.
The head of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), Salim al-Zanun, recognized Arafat’s strong relationship with Castro and said that the historical relationship between Cuba and the Palestinian Authority played a big part in this, Palestinian news reported.
According to Al-Zanun, even without Castro, Cuba is a country that still identifies with the “Palestinian cause”.
The terrorist organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) commended Castro for “consistently standing with the oppressed peoples of the world in their confrontation with imperialism, Zionism, racism and capitalism.”
“Cuba stood with the Palestinian people and their liberation movement in all facets of international struggle, building a revolutionary alliance for collective movement against imperialism, colonialism and its particular manifestation in Palestine, Zionism,” a statement posted on the PFLP website on Saturday said. “Zionism has been a key weapon of racist oppression, a fact recognized by Fidel Castro and the Cuban people and state.”
In 2014, during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza to root out terrorists launching rockets, Castro accused Israel of practicing a new “form of fascism” in the war against terrorism.
In an article entitled “The Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza” published in Cuba’s official online paper Granma, Castro wrote: “I think a new and disgusting form of fascism is an emerging force in this watershed moment in human history.”