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One of the experiences of struggle and resistance highlighted by Aznárez is the Clandestine News Agency (ANCLA), promoted by Rodolfo Walsh in June 1976. A few years earlier, the author of Operation Massacre He worked in the Cuban agency Prensa Latina, which emerged in the context of the Cuban Revolution (January 1959).

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On March 25, 1977, Walsh “made public the Letter to the genocidal Military Junta. In it he detailed in detail the atrocities committed against the people by the three armed and police forces (…). He signed the letter with his name”; the letter was distributed by the media and correspondents; the same day, after an ambush, the writer, translator and member of Montoneros (a Peronist guerrilla organization) was assassinated by members of the Navy.

Dyskolo has edited, in the collection Chroniclesthe book the palestinian revolutionwith the series of articles published by Walsh in the newspaper Noticias, between June 14 and 17, 1974 (the newspaper was founded in 1973, it was linked to the montaneros and reached circulations of more than 100,000 copies; in News, journalists such as Juan Gelman, Horacio Verbitsky, Silvia Rudni or Paco Urondo participated). The book with the selection of texts was published in May 2005 by Último Recurso.

The first article, entitled the palestinian revolution, saw the light after the presence -in May 1974- of Rodolfo Walsh in Beirut; He “he walked among the ruins of Lebanese villages bombed by Israeli aircraft; he interviewed the main leaders of the Palestinian resistance ”, points out the Dyskolo publishing house.

After the Yom Kippur War (20 days in October 1973, ended with the defeat of Egypt and Syria against Israel), the Geneva Peace Conference was convened. “Three million Palestinians dispossessed of their homeland question any peace settlement in the Middle East,” the author of Who killed Rosendo? (The figure refers to the expulsion or displacement of the indigenous Palestinian population -the
Nakba– from 1948: the state of Israel was established in May).

Rodolfo Walsh interviewed a 7-year-old Palestinian boy in a school for orphans south of the Lebanese capital; his father -already deceased-, was fedaí (Palestinian guerrilla fighter) and he affirms that he will be too; Next, Walsh reproduces the words of Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel between 1969 and 1974: “Palestinians? I do not know what that is?” He adds that it is the argument used in Algeria, Vietnam and the Portuguese colonies “to deny the existence of liberation movements.”

The article deals with other relevant episodes, such as the battle of March 21, 1968 in the Jordanian city of Karameh; Rodolfo Walsh interviewed in Beirut, at the office of Fatah (National Movement for the Liberation of Palestine), one of the members of the Central Committee, Abu Hatem; “In karameh the Palestinian Revolution created the circumstances of its own growth. The whole Arab world reached out to us. Conversely, our enemies redoubled their efforts to destroy us,” the Palestinian leader declared.

The also author of reference in police literature (holiday in red Y Ten Argentine detective stories) mentions the Deir Yassin massacre as an example of “Zionist terror”, a “model of warning” before 100 million Arabs; 20 years earlier (April 1948), in this village located on the outskirts of Jerusalem, members of the Zionist paramilitary organizations Irgun and Banda Stern “entered house by house with blood and fire, massacring 254 men, women and children (…) ”.

The crimes caused the mass flight of Palestinian civilians. Walsh points out –among those responsible for the scavenging- Menájem Beguín, commander at the time of the Irgun; Prime Minister of Israel (1977-1983) for the right-wing Likud party and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1978.

An article by the Argentine intellectual and fighter –Terror in the Middle East-, dated June 24, 1974 in Buenos Aires, refers to the impact of Rocket rockets in the villages of Lebanon (the country in the Middle East was hosting 300,000 Palestinian refugees at the time). Officially designated as a “guerrilla base”, Israeli aircraft destroyed the Palestinian refugee camp of Nabatiyeh (southern Lebanon) in May 1974.

In another camp located in southern Lebanon -Ain el Hue-, and around the same time, “not even the market remained, under the 250-kilogram Israeli bombs,” wrote Rodolfo Jorge Walsh, and concluded: “The list is endless. Between 1949 and 1964 the Arab countries denounced 63,000 acts of aggression (…); later no one kept track, the ‘retaliation’ became a habit”.

Are Rodolfo Walsh’s texts on Palestine valid? The United Nations has blamed the Israeli security forces – in a June 24 news note – for the murder of the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh; the reporter for the Al-Jazeera channel was working in the city of Jenin (occupied West Bank) when she was shot dead.

Likewise, Telesur and Prensa Latina have echoed the arrest of more than 3,800 Palestinian citizens -during the first half of 2022- by Israeli forces (9,700 arrests during the last year); Currently, they added, 4,650 Palestinians remain imprisoned in Israeli jails.

The information came from the Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Commission; the Palestinian Prisoners Society; the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights NGO; and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center. In June, 464 people were arrested in the occupied territories, the NGOs denounced (including 18 women and 70 minors).

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