As a tribute from one dictator who supports terrorism to another whose brutal dictatorship murdered as many as 100,000 people, on Sunday Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ordered that Palestinian flags in public offices be flown at half-staff to honor Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, 90. who died on Friday in Havana.
Abbas penned a letter offering his “deepest condolences” to Castro’s younger brother and current Cuban President Raoul Castro, describing Fidel Castro as someone “who spent his life fighting for the causes of his country and people and the causes of right and justice in the world.” Abbas was not alone among Palestinian leaders; The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Palestinian terrorist group, lauded 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. Zionism has been a key weapon of racist oppression, a fact recognized by Fidel Castro and the Cuban people and state.”
The leader of the PFLP, Ahmed Sa’adat, called Castro the “leader of the great revolution.”
The Palestinian National Council, the Palestinian Democratic Union and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) also lauded Castro and mourned his death.
The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported DFLP Secretary-General Nayif Hawatmeh said “the departure of the comrade, the leader, the friend, the great revolutionist, the patriot, and the nationalist Fidel Castro is a great loss for all revolutionist and nationalist forces around the world.”
Castro loved fellow murderer Yasser Arafat; when Arafat visited Havana in 1974, Castro bestowed on Arafat the Bay of Pigs Medal, one of the country’s highest decorations, for his “struggle against imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism.”
In the 1980s, Castro’s provided military support for the Fatah movement and training for Palestinian terrorists during the First Intifada in 1987.
The Palestinians were not unaware of what close pals Castro and Arafat were: