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Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (Palestine)

Al-Jabha al-Dimuqratiya Li-Tahrir Filastin

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الجبهة الديموقراطية لتحرير فلسطين, Al-Jabha al-Dimuqratiya Li-Tahrir Filastin (Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine), [before 1974, the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PDFLP)]

[Democratic Front for the Liberation of (Palestine)]
image by Jaume Ollé
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According to Anders Jerichow's PLO – partisaner eller terrorister, Samlerens Forlag, Copenhagen, 1978, the Palestinian People's Liberation Front was splintered in three in 1969:

I guess the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine is another (new/alternative?) name for PDFLP.
Ole Andersen, 18 Oct 2000

Israeli newspaper Yediot Akhronot of 19 August 2001 shows this flag hoisted during a Palestinian demonstration in Gaza. Palestinians have so many groups and subgroups that it is almost impossible to keep track of their flags. However, the inscription drove me to the calculated guess that this is the flag of the DPLO (Democratic PLO), a communist-orientated "refusal" (i.e. opposed to the Israel-Palestinian Oslo Agreements) organization, in the "old" days quite active in terrorists attacks. Today it has lost ground to other extremist organizations.
Anonymous, 25 Aug 2001

I cannot make out an inscription on the flag – perhaps your image is clearer – but the symbol (minus the "rainbow" on top) is that of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) – a communist organization, as the symbol indicates, which may have been part of the PLO umbrella but now is opposed to any peace talks. I am not sure if the "rainbow" indicates that it is a separate organization, or just an added design element for the flag (red, of course, requiring a white border for the star). The "rainbow" is black-white-green (metal separating colors), the remaining Pan-Arab (and Palestinian) colors, along with red, already present.
Nathan Lamm, 26 Aug 2001

A better-quality photograph of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, from Yahoo! News Photos.
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From the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism website:

The DFLP (a.k.a. Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PDFLP) Hawatme) is a Marxist-Leninist and formerly pro-Soviet group that split from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in 1969. (...) At the Spring 1977 Palestine National Council meeting, the DFLP gave full support to the Palestine national program, seeking the creation of a Palestinian state in any territory liberated from Israel.

Santiago Dotor, 10 Apr 2002


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