As you probably already heard, Fidel Castro died yesterday.
While for many he was a champion of the poor and symbol of liberation who overthrew a dictator and brought free education and health care to the masses, he was ultimately a brutal dictator and thug who executed thousands of opponents, imprisoned tens of thousands, suppressed freedom and democracy and destroyed the Cuban national economy.
So it is no wonder Cuban exiles in Florida took to the streets to show how they really felt.
Naturally, he palled around and found common cause with other brutual thugs and terrorists of the 20th century, including arch terrorist Yasser Arafat.
So it is no surprise the palestinians mourn the passing of this evil tyrant.
Palestinian leaders on Saturday expressed their condolences for the death of Fidel Castro, a Cuban leader and revolutionary who passed away late Friday at the age of 90, and remembered his stark support for the Palestinian people and their struggle for freedom and independence.
The head of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), Salim al-Zanun highlighted in a statement the historical relationship between the Palestinian struggle and Cuba, and recognized the late President Yasser Arafat’s relationship with the deceased Cuban leader, who broke off diplomatic ties with the state of Israel in 1973 and was one the first countries to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) after its founding in 1964.
Al-Zanun added that Cuba today still believes in the justice of the Palestinian cause and continues to support the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, return, and an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) memorialized the late leader in a statement, underscoring that Castro had “consistently stood with the oppressed peoples of the world in their confrontation with imperialism, Zionism, racism and capitalism.”
The PFLP celebrated the Cuban revolution, which ousted the US-backed Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, saying that the revolution “belonged to the entire people,” and united workers and peasants to ensure the victory of their revolution, adding that Cuba has remained “an example of the nationalization of production, the division of wealth, and the construction of exceptional free education and health care systems.”
“From Angola to South Africa, Palestine to Mozambique, Bolivia to El Salvador, Castro’s legacy of international revolutionary solidarity and struggle continues to serve as an example in practice that transcends borders toward revolution, democracy and socialism,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Democratic Union also expressed sadness over the death of the celebrated leader, with the group’s Secretary-General Zahira Kamal saying that Castro’s death was an important moment for the Palestinian people, and extended their condolences to the Cuban people and all of his supporters around the world.
Similarly, Secretary-General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Nayif Hawatmeh said that “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.”
Similarly, many on the Left, and those who otherwise lack any moral compass, paid tribute to him – I guess free healthcare trumps all the executions and repression of his own people (including gay people).
In many ways, after 1959, the oppressed the world over joined Castro's cause of fighting for freedom & liberation-he changed the world. RIP pic.twitter.com/ReOLnMCxE7
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) November 26, 2016
UN Secretary-General on Castro's death: "He was a strong voice for social justice…"
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) November 26, 2016
1. Today the world lost an iconic revolutionary leader Fidel Castro who liberated his nation from all vestiges of imperialism.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 26, 2016
And while the current US President put out this lame statement:
His soon-to-be-successor impressed me with his moral clarity on this:
Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel…
Unfortunately, none of this is parody. This is the bizarro world in which we live, where evil is touted as good, and good is touted as evil.