The Guardian • Issue #2097

Statement on the death of the activist, Comrade Mahmoud Al-Aqqad, member of the Central Committee of the Palestinian Communist Party

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  • Issue #2097
Comrade Mahmoud Al-Aqqad

It is with great sadness that the Secretary-General of the Palestinian Communist Party, members of the party, and its youth received news of the death of the freedom fighter, comrade Mahmoud Hassan Abdel Qader Odeh (Al-Aqqad), who passed away on Sunday, 28 April at the age of 84 years. The activist Mahmoud Al-Aqqad was one of the first generation of the party and a member of the Central Committee of the Palestinian Communist Party. He participated in re-establishing the party in 1991. Your death, my comrade, is considered a great shock and a huge loss for all comrades. We will remain loyal to your path and loyal to the party.

Al-Aqqad was born in 1940, from the village of Ijzim in the Haifa District, where he completed his studies in the first grade of primary school before the Nakba. He was born into a poor peasant family. In his childhood, the he experienced the injustice of feudalism and the terrorism of the Zionists who were constantly attacking Palestinian villages before the Nakba, and this created an awareness in him despite his young age, as he linked the two feudal lords.

He reached the conclusion that the enemies of the people and the homeland were the Arab feudalists and the Zionist movement. His family settled in the village of Ijzim and his father began working in agriculture for the feudal lords there. He noticed the feudal lords exploiting the peasants there and not giving them their rights.

During his visit with his father to the city of Haifa, he came across some publications of the Palestinian Communist Party and read about the Soviet victory in World War II, which attracted him despite his father’s telling him that these were atheists and one should not read them. He was only 8 years old at the time.

In 1948, in the wake of the Nakba (catastrophe) that befell the Palestinian people, he and his family were displaced from the village of Ijzim, where the family returned to their hometown, the village of Salfit, where Mahmoud completed his studies. In secondary school, comrade Mahmoud met comrade Ahmed Al-Sayyid, who was a member of the Jordanian Communist Party. In 1954, he joined the Jordanian Communist Party and began his struggle in the party.

In 1956, during the tripartite aggression against Egypt, he volunteered to defend the Suez Canal with a group of patriotic students. Comrade Mahmoud Al-Aqqad fought in the Suez Canal against the tripartite aggression, returning home.

On 24 April 1957, martial law was declared as a result of the demonstrations that took place in Jordan. Mahmoud was one of the most active comrades at that time. He was pursued by Jordanian intelligence and charged with leading armed gangs. He was sentenced to death in absentia in a Nablus court, along with five other comrades.

In 1991, after the coup against socialism and the revisionist approach taking control of the party, changing its name, and abandoning Marxist-Leninist principles, comrade Mahmoud Al-Aqqad was one of the first comrades who played a major role in re-establishing the Palestinian Communist Party, specifically with his companions, the late Hussein Al-Qahah, the late Muhammad Alqam, and the late Basem Shuqair, Jihad Aoun Allah, and his companion, Ahmed Al-Damas. Al-Aqqad continued party work despite his advanced age. He was elected a member of the Central Committee of the Palestinian Communist Party in 2008.

“To this day, I still believe in Marxism-Leninism, its values, and its pragmatism, and I consider it to be the only solution for the peoples of the world to reach safety. Whoever betrayed and sold out, history will not have mercy on them and will judge them for what they did to the party.”

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