Palestinian sources said Iran has resumed funding to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, with offices in Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and West Bank. They said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was channeling funds to both the military and political wings of the Marxist PFLP.
“IRGC has expanded support to Palestinian groups, regardless of ideology, willing to fight Israel,” a source said.
PFLP has not provided details of the purported Iranian funding, renewed in mid-2013. PFLP political bureau member Abu Ahmed Fuad said his militia was willing to work with the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah.
“We will be on the side of our brothers in Hizbullah if they gave us a role in resisting the occupation,” Fouad said in an interview with Al Mayadeen television in mid-December 2013.
Over the last 20 years, PFLP, with headquarters in Damascus, declined from its status as a leading member of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The militia, a supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has claimed responsibility for rocket attacks on Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Sources indicate that IRGC was prepared to arm and equip PFLP. They said the Palestinian militia, which long underwent training by the Assad regime and Hizbullah, intended to renew its command structure.
“Following the resumption of Iranian support, there will soon be a dramatic increase in the strength of the PFLP’s military wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, after the internal reorganization of the group is completed,” a PFLP source told the London-based Al Monitor website.