The conditions under which the Palestinian people live, and have lived since 1948, and the fact this has been allowed to exist must rank as the worse failing of the world revolutionary movement. Marx wrote that no people will ever be free if they continue to oppress another and the failure of revolutionary movements in the advanced imperialist and capitalist countries to prevent their rulers from giving uncritical and unsurpassed support for the neo-fascist Zionist State of Israel only accentuates their weakness to challenge their own capitalist nation-state.
One of the other failings that people generally demonstrate is a lack of understanding of the past, of an inability to look at the whole picture. The constant attacks by the Israelis on Gaza and the Occupied West Bank are rarely seen in the context of the crimes committed against the Palestinian people over decades. The fact that Hamas continues to send rockets (which have little effect in terms of damage to either property or lives) is seen more as bloody mindedness than an expression that the Palestinian people will never surrender, whatever is thrown against them.
I’m no fan of Hamas but the failings of earlier organisations that have taken the leadership of the armed and political struggle has meant that increasingly those Palestinians, especially the young, who will not be cowled by brute Fascist force, are turning towards the only organisation that says, at the moment, (Hamas will betray the people if the conditions are right – as time will undoubtedly show) it will never give in until the Palestinians are free.
Generations of Palestinians:
- have been turned into refugees, been forcibly evicted from their homes and farms or seen them destroyed in front of their eyes;
- have had to suffer the indignities of being constantly stopped and searched at checkpoints merely because they want to follow a lifestyle that most people consider normal;
- have seen modern towns being built on land which is considered by the international community as being occupied and upon which the occupier has no right to build and then to see that this same international community does nothing to prevent this in any meaningful way;
- have seen the leaders of the so-called ‘free world’ condemn the Palestinians when they make any sign of resistance yet say little (and do even less) when the Fascist Israeli Defence Forces invade Gaza or the West Bank with overwhelming military force to sow death and destruction;
- have witnessed a people who suffered under the racist Nazi fascists use that experience not to challenge and oppose such genocide in the present but to use the same strategy and tactics against people who are closest to them in their genetic make up – the victims of anti-Semitism are anti-Semites!;
- have been forced into the diaspora (a term that used to be used almost exclusively by and about the Jews) in order to live a life that has any semblance of normality;
- have seen the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Al-Fatah (and other political and military organisations) take up their banner for liberation only to then just fade away or evolve into movements that exist only to benefit their own supporters with their biggest fights limited to who can get their noses deeper into the trough of corruption;
- have seen their finest sons and daughters take up the struggle and then for many of them to die in the attempt or face decades of imprisonment.
The Palestinian people will not be able to gain their liberty and regain their country on their own. They are too few, have too few true friends and virtually live in a small island surrounded by hostility. Even those who profess an allegiance to the Palestinian cause often do so for their own selfish political and economic reasons.
The capitalist and imperialist ‘west’ cannot in any way countenance a free and independent Palestine as this would necessarily mean the destruction of their client and willing puppet in the State of Israel, which would last no time at all if the huge amounts of political, economic and military aid were withdrawn.
The erstwhile Socialist states that once fought for the cause of the Palestinians have been corrupted into capitalist states and if they are not now directly involved in the carve up of the region it is only because they are involved in similar activities elsewhere.
International support is limited to marches in major cities at times of an explosion of Zionist violence resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, the injury to thousands and the destruction of what little they had in the first place. Constantly organising buses to London achieves nothing neither does a campaign of writing to MPS – which seems to be the substance of the activity of solidarity organisations at the moment.
The only way to really help the Palestinians is by making sure that capitalist governments find supporting Israel a more expensive proposition than not. It was ultimately the Vietnamese people who achieved liberation through their own efforts and sacrifice but the opposition in countries throughout the world meant that many governments were reluctant to actively support the American Imperialists and their lapdogs.
But in all the killing and destruction, the lies and the dissimulation (it seems it’s OK to kill people or at least destroy their homes as long as you phone up or send a text message before you do so – such are the advances in telephony), the repeated cries that the criminal is the victim, the crocodile tears of the imperialists and the actual tears of the Palestinians the real reasons for the escalating situation in the Middle East gets lost. Hence this page.
The aim of the pages associated with this one is to provide some of the facts and history of the struggle of the Palestinian people and the way that they have been so badly served by the so-called ‘international community’.
Realising that what has happened to the Palestinians is all part of the ‘conspiracy’ of capital to maintain its control of the lives of everyone in the world might (although I’m not holding my breath) make people think about their own situation in a time of ‘austerity’. In supporting the Palestinian struggle people throughout the world might learn to fight for their own liberation from the excesses of the capitalist system under which they live.
For more details about supporting the struggle of the Palestinians visit the PSC website.
Zionism, anti-Semitism and Ken Livingstone (2nd May 2017)
Israeli forces shoot and kill 15-year-old Palestinian boy (4th December 2020)
Israeli forces break Palestinian boy’s jaw during arrest (12th December 2020)
Israeli authorities isolated 108 Palestinian children in solitary confinement (14th December 2020)
2021 starts with continuing Zionist attacks on the Palestinian population (30th January 2021)
On British colonialism, anti-Semitism, and Palestinian rights (5th March 2021)
Israeli settlers target Palestinian children with violent attacks (3rd April 2021)
9th April 1948 – Deir Yassin Massacre (9th April 2021)
Break the fear barrier and speak up for Palestine (15th May 2021)
The ‘Palestinian Problem’ is really the Israeli Problem (22nd May 2021)
How Israel weaponizes International Law (7th June 2021)
Israel and its allies’ profit from oppressing Palestinians (22nd June 2021)
Israeli forces shoot and kill 11-year-old Palestinian boy in Hebron (29th July 2021)
Israeli settlers abduct, brutally assault 15-year-old Palestinian boy (1st September 2021)
Britain is ensuring the death of a Palestinian state (23rd September 2021)
Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity (2nd February 2022) An article where Amnesty International introduces its Full Report. Why it took the organisation so long to realise the true situation in Palestine is not really a mystery – more of a crime. See also the reports by Human Rights Watch, A threshold crossed, and This is Apartheid by the Israeli organisation B’Tselem – which both address the same issue.
The inextricable link between Zionism, colonialism and imperial power – this is a podcast. It’s got an annoying (and redundant) song for the first 90 seconds but stick with it. (2nd February 2022)
Israeli forces shoot, kill 16-year-old Palestinian boy near Jenin (14th February 2022)
End Administrative Detention: Palestinian Prisoners (15th February 2022) – this is a link to a short video.
Israeli authorities extend Palestinian teen’s detention without charge (17th February 2022)
Israeli forces shoot, kill 13-year-old Palestinian boy near Bethlehem (23rd February 2022)
Israeli forces shoot, kill 16-year-old Palestinian boy in Jenin (31st March 2022)
Judge, Jury and Occupier – Israel’s military court system in the Occupied West Bank – a report by War on Want (6th April 2022)
Israeli forces shoot, kill 16-year-old Palestinian boy near Bethlehem (14th April 2022)
17-year-old Palestinian boy succumbs to injuries after Israeli shooting (15th April 2022).
Injuries suggest that Shawkat was struck with an exploding bullet that ruptured his blood vessels and veins. The use of expanding and exploding bullets is a violation of international humanitarian law and amounts to a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
UK trade deal with Israel sends a clear message: Apartheid is rewarded (25th April 2022)
Gaza marks another grim anniversary (10th May 2022)
One year since deadly hostilities that killed scores of civilians.
Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh assassinated by Israeli Army troops in Jenin Refugee Camp (11th May 2022)
Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank. The 51-year-old, covering an Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp when she was shot in the face by a single bullet despite wearing a press vest
Thaer Khalil Mohammad Maslat, 16, was shot with live ammunition in the chest by Israeli forces around 10 a.m. on May 11 in the occupied West Bank city of Al-Bireh, just west of Ramallah.
Why we’re trying to shut down Israel’s arms factories in Britain (17th May 2022)
A co-founder of activist group Palestine Action outlines why it seeks to close down Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest arms company, from its UK sites, amid the firm’s growing collaboration with Boris Johnson’s government.
Israeli forces use Palestinian girl as a human shield in Jenin (19th May 2022)
Israeli soldiers forced Ahed Mohammad Rida Mereb, 16, to stand in front of an Israeli military vehicle, on May 13 around 8 a.m., in the Al Hadaf neighborhood of Jenin as Palestinian gunmen shot heavily toward the Israeli forces’ position. Israeli forces ordered Ahed to stand outside the military vehicle for around two hours while they sat inside.
The blood of a famous journalist, no matter how brave and experienced she was – and she was – is no redder than the blood of an anonymous high school student who was traveling home in a taxi full of women in this same Jenin a month ago.
Is denying the Nakba antisemitism? (26th May 2022)
If expelling people because they are different does indeed constitute “anti-semitism,” then the Nakba — in which roughly 750,000 Palestinians were either expelled from their homes by Israeli forces or fled constitutes a vast “antisemitic” atrocity.
For Palestinians in Gaza, Freedom is Priceless. (17th June 2022)
This month marks the 15th anniversary of the Israeli government’s closure of the Gaza Strip, which effectively confines more than 2 million people into a 40-by-11-kilometer (25-mile by 7-mile) strip of land. Israeli authorities’ sweeping restrictions on the movement of people and goods separate Palestinians there from the rest of the world. Senior Web Producer Paul Aufiero speaks with Israel and Palestine Director Omar Shakir and Senior Research Assistant Abier Almasri about their new report, what’s happening inside Gaza, and the people whose lives are being put on hold.
2006 audio emerges of Hillary Clinton proposing rigging Palestine election. (21st June 2022)
Unearthed tape: ‘We should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win’
[This article was originally published in 2016 – ten years after the interview – but has only just come to our notice. Although the most striking comment is that which has an immidiate impact upon Palestine it is interesting to read her comments in the light of the present situation in the Ukraine and the hawkish stance she has been taking since the war began.]