The site said “Oorian 21” ( OrientXXI ) French The documentary entitled “fedayeen .. the struggle of George Abdullah” re – investigation into the condemnation of the oldest political prisoner in France 36 years ago, trying to put the context of years of armed struggle , which led to the arrest and imprisonment of activist Lebanese Communist who He never disavowed his principles and commitment.
The site stated that the film is based on rich archive photos, some of which are not published in France, and on the testimonies and analyzes of the prisoner’s relatives in Lebanon and France, such as his two brothers, his lawyer, his comrades in the struggle and activists who mobilized for his release, as well as former political prisoners such as Jean-Marc Royan from the “Labor” organization Al-Mubasher, the French leftist, Bertrand Sassoy of the Belgian Communist Fighting Cells, and others.
The film “Fedayeen … The Struggle of George Abdullah” – which was shown at the Luminor Cinema in Paris on May 29, 2021 – appeared in theaters on November 22, 2020, during the sixth edition of the “Siney Palestine” festival.
The film’s camera starts with a tracking shot in the middle of a huge crowd of protesters in front of the French embassy in Beirut on July 14, 2019, and they left angry at this prisoner whose imprisonment continues for 35 years and makes George Ibrahim Abdullah the oldest political prisoner in Europe, after he refused the conditional release demanding Dozens of times since 1999, which confirms that he is a hostage to the policy of loyalty and collusion with the United States and Israel, especially after the suspension of his conditional release in 2013 by Interior Minister Manuel Valls, after sentencing judges approved it, and refused to sign the order for his deportation to Lebanon. .
An expensive struggle
George Abdullah – as the site says – was arrested in 1984 for possession of forged papers, a charge at that time light “because we are in a completely different political context, before the arsenal of anti-terrorism laws,” as confirmed by the prisoner’s lawyer, Jean-Louis Chalancet. The Committee for Solidarity with Arab and Middle Eastern Political Prisoners demanded his release along with Anis Naccache, who tried in 1980 to assassinate Shapur Bakhtiar, the former prime minister of the Shah of Iran.
However, the French Minister of the Interior at the time, Charles Pasqua, did not hesitate to refer to my two brothers, George Abdallah, Robert and Maurice, as the perpetrators, and their pictures were posted everywhere, and the press echoed that accusation unanimously even though the two men did not leave Lebanon, adding a new accusation to George. Abdullah, who found weapons used in the 1982 assassination of Charles Ray, the US military attaché in Paris, and Yaakov Parsementov, an Israeli member of the Mossad, in one of his houses.
However, George Abdullah did not admit the accusations leveled against him during his criminal trial in 1987 before a special court, but he did not distance himself from acts of violence, and challenged the legality of the judges ’ruling in a case related to the struggle against imperialism. Complicity in murder, “but he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The site commented that this ruling appeared to be prejudice, and this was confirmed throughout the period of his detention, but George Abdullah did not bow, and he continued to show his solidarity, even through a hunger strike, with many political prisoners, most of whom are Palestinians, of whom about 7,000 are now in Israeli prisons. .
The centrality of the Palestinian cause
The struggle of George Abdullah was never separated from the Palestinian cause that he got acquainted with in northern Lebanon, where he was born in Qobayat and witnessed the formation of refugee camps after the Nakba. To join the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
George Abdullah moved to the south during the Israeli invasion, and was wounded in 1978, and lived the Lebanese civil war, which at its height killed more than 25,000 people in Beirut, and in August 1982 10,000 guerrillas left Lebanon, leaving the population in the hands of the Lebanese right, backed by Israel. This led to the Sabra and Shatila massacre.
After that, George Abdullah separated from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to establish the Lebanese revolutionary armed factions, convinced that the battle should be moved to the heart of imperial capitals to break the criminal grip that crushes the peoples of the Middle East. Many groups organized in the armed struggle in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium and Japan showed their support for the Palestinian resistance.
George Abdallah is still in pretrial detention in Lanemisan in the Pyrenees, where demonstrations are held regularly to release him, and to remind him that he is not alone, and he is there paying a heavy price for his struggle in the face of a policy that has changed its scope and rules, and shows the public opinion that he paid too much for his commitment, His struggle and the struggle of his people are necessary for the continuation of the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.