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The Founding Conference of the Resistant Arab People’s Alliance

2. February 2006


Towards A Resistant Arab People’s Alliance

In continuation of the preparatory meeting which was held in Cairo in March 2005, and to the ongoing dialogue about the necessity of forming a coordination body for the principled Arab activists and organizations who oppose defeatist and opportunist positions, and who are in confrontation with the Imperialist and Zionist projects, and are dedicated to the interests of the people; this is an open call for participating in:

The Founding Conference of the Resistant Arab People’s Alliance

On the following basis that was the product of the preparatory meeting:

By comprehending the nature of the struggle in the Arab Homeland, and for the confrontation of the Imperialist and Zionist attacks on our Arab countries, and due to the increase of defeatist attitudes, a number of organizations and activists took the initiative of stressing the necessary foundations for the formulation of a principled resistant vision, and they agreed on the following foundations as a basis for building a Resistant Arab People’s movement that is unified with the principled international anti-Imperialist, anti-Zionist movements.

First: Imperialism is the main enemy of the people, and it is not “one” but multiple. The biggest, most influential, more developed and most aggressive of Imperialisms is the US Imperialism. US interests may conflict with other Imperialisms, but that does not mean in any way that the other Imperialisms are allies to our struggle. This also does not mean that there are any uncertainties towards the priority of the struggle against the US Imperialism which will deepen the contradictions between it and the other Imperialisms. We stress here on the Imperialist content of what is called “globalization” on the light of what is mentioned above, and as represented by the “Bigger Middle East” project nowadays.

Second: The ruling classes and regimes in the Arab countries are subordinate classes of Imperialism and represents Imperialism’s interests, and they cannot be on the side that supports peoples’ rights. The so called “reform” that these regimes promise to implement is a big lie. Therefore, the struggle against the regimes is an important part of the struggle against Imperialism.

Third: The struggle against Imperialism in the Arab East (Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria …) is a continuation of the struggle against Colonialism and subordination, and represents now the main center of struggle against Imperialism globally. The defeat of Imperialism in the Arab East will be a main step towards the defeat of Imperialism on the Arab and the global levels.

Fourth: We stress on the illegitimacy of the Zionist racist entity, and the refusal of its transformation into a normal, continuous and accepted state in the Arab region, because the real normal relationship with this entity (past, present and future) is the relationship of resistance and the dismantlement of the colonized occupation. We also stress that the main contradiction in our region is between the Arab liberation project on one side, and Imperialism and Zionism and their projects on the other. The struggle between them can not end by any settlement: it is a struggle of existence. Any project that includes the integration of this entity in the Arab region is a project of hegemony and must be resisted. Therefore Anti-Normalization on all levels, locally and globally, must be upheld and maintained since normalization is an important means for supporting Zionist hegemony. Also, the right of return of the Arab Palestinian people to their original cities and villages is an unconditional, absolute right, it is both a personal and a collective right that can not be delegated or renounced, and no authority has the right to negotiate it or give it up in any form. We stress here that this right is a collective Arab right and is a part of the Arab liberation project.

Fifth: The complete refusal of the occupation of Iraq and all its secretions and products.

Sixth: We stand in the trench of the resistance by all means against occupation, and on the top of these means is Armed Resistance.

Seventh: The so-called “International Legitimacy”, reflect and strengthen the US and Imperialist hegemony over the world. The legitimacy we acknowledge stems from people and their natural, historic and ethical rights, thus the people have the right to accept or reject “international resolutions”.

Eighth: The unity of struggle in the Arab Homeland, which is based on humane non-chauvinist principles that respects the diversity in culture, ideology and belief, is the basis of achieving victory, and at the same time it is the basis of achieving Arab Unity as a humane project that will add to the Internationalist struggle which will ultimately lead to the decisive defeat of Imperialism.

Ninth: The struggle for Liberation and Democracy is a state of continuous confrontation with Imperialism and their subordinate regimes. Liberation and Democracy are only achieved on the basis of securing the economic and social interests of the popular classes and the sovereignty of people over their land and resources.

Tenth: The refusal of foreign funding, and the governmental and non-governmental organizations that are based on foreign funding, and their agendas, as they are tools to strengthen Imperialism and fragment basic Arab issues into bits and pieces that are isolated from the historic and militant context. They are also tools for weakening the Arab revolutionary project, and the “domestication” of intellectuals.

Eleventh: We stress the importance of theoretical analysis that is based on a dynamic and evolving knowledge to understand and comprehend the structure of Imperialism and its colonialist project in the Arab region and the world, and to understand the nature of the ruling dictatorship regimes. We also stress on the necessity of the formation of an Arab People’s strategy that will defend Arab causes and rights, and defend all the causes and rights of peoples’ struggles around the world for liberation and progress, which is the correct prelude for effective peoples’ action that will in turn, enrich the political attitudes and correct them.

Twelfth: Any individual or organization, on the Arab or global levels, who agrees on the basic points mentioned above, is part of the anti-Imperialist anti-Zionist front, and is an ally in the struggle. (Note: this call is open for development on the basis of the foundations mentioned).

We put forward the following format for the conference, a format that was developed according to your notes and remarks:

Aims of the Conference:

1- Crystallizing a principled Arab resistant project for confronting the neo-colonialist project.
2- Formulating a work program for all the resistant Arab groups and individuals that will participate in the conference.
3- Forming a secretariat the will follow-up the execution of the work program.
4- Coordination between the Arab resistant groups and individuals and the similar forces in South America.

Theme of the Conference:

Imperialism and Arab Popular Resistance, as a main theme that contains relevant issues like: The “Broader Middle East” project, the situation in Iraq, the situation in Palestine, the “American Democracy” projects, normalization…etc.

Date and Place of the Conference:

Cairo, Monday 27/3 to Wednesday 29/3/2005

Conference Papers:

Participation through papers is open to all. Papers are to be received via e-mail no later than March 10, 2006; Papers presented must focus on analyzing the present situations and their future development and should answer the question: “What to do” in confrontation. Priority will be given to the papers that fulfil this requirement to be presented and discussed in the conference sessions.

All submitted papers will be distributed on the participants before the date of the conference.

Conference Results:

1- A political statement.
2- A practical plan for confrontation.
3- An Executive Secretariat.

Important Notes:

1- This conference belongs to all of its participants; therefore each participant will be responsible for his/her travel and accommodation expenses.

2- We encourage anyone who can cover the expenses of other participants to contact us for arrangements.

3- We ask participants who are unable to cover their expenses to contact us to try to arrange things for them within our capabilities.

4- Participants should fill-in the participation form which will be distributed with the final invitation.

6- Deadline for submission of conference papers: March 10, 2006.

Please send your suggestions, remarks and papers to the following addresses: