When a true hero dies sadness is overpowered by a sense of gratitude and responsibility. Fidel Castro’s passing away leaves all those of us convinced that justice, freedom and equality are possible with these revolutionary emotions. Our gratitude goes to his commitment to the struggle and courage to attempt almost impossible feats.
The Cuban revolution lead by Fidel Castro and his comrades turned a group of two dozen revolutionaries in a victorious force that has won the support of the population and taken power right in the backyard of the United States. The Cuban revolution and its charismatic leaders have remained until today a symbol of determination and confidence that people can create the world they are aiming for.
For the Palestinian people in particular, Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution have been a crucial and ongoing support in their struggle. Cuba has been the entry point for the Palestinian struggle into Latin America, the place where ties with the liberation struggles of the region have been formed. This support has been ongoing and Fidel Castro was among the eminent figures that have signed the statement ‘In Defense of Palestine’, issued on August 4 2014 by the Network in Defense of Humanity (REDH), which exhorted the world to
“[...] join the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of the terrorist state of Israel as it is time for active and creative solidarity beyond mere statements of condemnation. We have failed the more than 1600 people assassinated in Palestine in the last weeks as much as the over 9000 injured since the beginning of the terrorist operations called hypocritically ‘Protective Edge’. We ask the end of the apartheid and genocide as well as of the illegal walls and settlements. [...]”
Moreover, it was Cuba’s internationalism that has inspired many movements around the world and has built initiatives such as the Tricontinental Conference, celebrated exactly 50 years ago in La Habana, that formed a unique alliance to ‘end the system of oppression and exploitation of colonialism, neocolonialism and imperialism’. We need such alliances to day more than ever. We feel a deep sense of responsibility to ensure that the path begun will be broadened and we develop every day new experiences, initiatives and ideas that allow us to move towards the revolutionary ideas of liberation. In occasion of the Congress of the Communist Party in 2011 Fidel Castro wrote:
"The new generation is being called upon to rectify and change without hesitation all that should be rectified and changed ... Persisting in revolutionary principles is, in my judgment, the principal legacy we can leave them."
As Palestinian movements we will continue in revolutionary principles upholding his legacy that binds the people’s struggles across the globe.