As long as the Zionist settler state continues its genocidal and ethnic cleansing war against the people in Gaza and the ‘West Bank’ this page will not be updated BUT the latest news/opinions/videos etc. will by posted on October 2023 – Palestine’s ‘Tet’?
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.]
Israeli forces shot an 11-year-old Palestinian boy in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet seriously injuring him in late May in the southern occupied West Bank.
Israeli settler, soldier shoot and kill Palestinian boy (1st August 2022)
Israeli sniper kills 16-year-old Israeli sniper kills 16-year-old Palestinian boy in Jenin (2nd August 2022)
Israeli airstrike kills 5-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza (5th August 2022)
Why Israel hates the Palestinians so much (12th August 2022)
A dangerous message’: How the West is enabling Israel’s orgy of violence against Palestinians (12th August 2022)
Israel raids offices of 7 Palestinian Organizations (20th August 2022)
Remembering the Sabra Shatila Massacre, forty years later (2nd September 2022)
On the evening of September 14, 1982, we became aware that the President-elect of Lebanon had been assassinated. Around the break of dawn on the following day, we heard planes flying low into Beirut. Within hours, sounds of heavy artillery and machine guns could be heard close by. It continued all day and soon the periphery of the camp was hit relentlessly.
Like many Palestinians, I’m not mourning for the Queen. (16th September 2022)
Elizabeth’s death should serve as a reminder of the atrocities committed by the British Empire in Palestine.
The Palestinian territory Israel has turned into a firing zone: meet the cave-dwelling people of Masafer Yatta. (3rd October 2022)
The people of Masafer Yatta are determined to hold on to their cave-dwelling lifestyle. “I was born in this cave and gave birth to all 12 of my children here,” says Hajja Halima Abu Younis, an 82-year-old woman from Jinba, one of 33 villages in this semi-desert region at the southern tip of the occupied West Bank.
Israeli occupation is illegal under international law: UN Commission (22nd October 2022)
There are reasonable grounds to conclude that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is now unlawful under international law due to its permanence and the Israeli Government’s de-facto annexation policies, according to the first report to the General Assembly issued today by the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel.
Gaza’s food system has been stretched to breaking point by Israel. (25th October 2022)
“Control oil, and you control nations; control food and you control people.” This aphorism, often attributed to Henry Kissinger, recently came to mind when I saw first hand how both strategies have been effectively deployed in Israel’s occupation and blockade of Gaza.
Israelis take note: Armed resistance to occupation is legal, not terrorism. (18th November 2022)
Despite what international law says, the Israeli public has internalised the notion that, by definition, there is no legitimate Palestinian struggle for national liberation.
Israeli forces shoot and kill 14-year-old Palestinian girl near Ramallah. (16th November 2022)
Two Israeli soldiers then picked up Fulla on the stretcher, placed her in the back of an Israeli military vehicle, and drove away, according to information collected by DCIP. Israeli forces then handed Fulla off to the Palestinian liasion, which transferred her to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where doctors pronounced her dead.
Why German state racism is now directed at the Palestinians. (23rd November 2022)
There are troubling insights to be gained into modern European racism from the German arts community’s decision to revoke a lifetime achievement award to the respected British playwright Caryl Churchill over her trenchant support for the Palestinians.
Fascism: Israeli Style (2nd December 2022)
Israelis dismiss charges of “apartheid against Palestinians” as anti-Semitic propaganda, but Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government will confirm the apartheid nature of the regime, and will provide hints of fascism, Israeli-style. Netanyahu is not a fascist, but he is a racist and he is considering appointing to his government people who are dangerous racists. No government in Israel over the past seven decades has had government appointees so alien to the ideals that accompanied the creation of Israel.
Israeli forces shoot, kill 15-year-old Palestinian girl in Jenin. (12th December 2022)
Jana Majdi Issam Assaf, 15, was shot by Israeli forces between 10 and 11 p.m. on December 11 in the Al-Bayader neighborhood of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank, according to documentation collected by Defense for Children International – Palestine. Jana sustained three gunshot wounds while on the roof of her family home while Israeli forces conducted arrest operations in her neighborhood. Neighbors found Jana’s body around midnight, after Israeli forces withdrew from the area, and a Palestinian ambulance transferred her to Jenin hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
How to trash a movie [Farha] in support of a lie. (15th December 2022)
The cover-up of Israel’s genocide of the Palestinians during the Nakba continues.
Israel’s far-right government removes the mask that enabled western complacency. (18th December 2022)
It assumes that until now, Israel was indeed a western democracy, and that it is now visibly becoming something else. The truth, however, is less about Israel fundamentally changing, and more about it shedding its masks and disguises.
Year-in-review: A deadly year for Palestinian children. (23rd December 2022)
This year was particularly deadly for Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. In addition to killing Palestinian children with impunity, Israeli forces systematically detained and ill-treated hundreds of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system, threatened to demolish dozens of Palestinian schools, and escalated efforts to silence and eliminate Palestinian civil society and human rights organizations.
3D analysis shows how Israeli troops fired into group of civilians. (10th March 2023)
In an incident last month that left two Palestinians dead, troops shot at least 14 times in four seconds while civilians would have been visible.
Label Israel what it is — an apartheid state. (20th March 2023)
The killing of the Palestinian people continues at full throttle. Not a day goes by without maiming, injuring, imprisoning, condemning schools, displacing families, and demolishing Palestinian homes. Yet, when somebody points to the similarities to pogroms, apartheid countries, Kristallnacht, and other examples of state terror, western leaders act incredulous and condemn the people who point to the similarities. They sidestep the actual crimes and terror committed and sanctioned by a powerful state and concentrate on those who stand with the Palestinians.
For Palestinians, Israel’s ‘Fight to protect democracy’ is bitterly surreal. (22nd March 2023)
You simply cannot call a state ‘democratic’ that legalizes privileges for Jews and denies equality and right to self-determination for the other half of the population under its control – the Palestinians.
Palestinians have every right to resist occupation. (16th April 2023) Short podcast – referencing the shooting of three British women in the occupied west bank.
Ursula Von der Leyen slammed for ‘You have literally made the desert bloom’ message to Israel. (27th April 2023)
EU President Ursula von der Leyen has been criticised for making ‘racist’ remarks in her recent speech about Israel Independence Day.
Nurredin Amro’s epic battle to save his home from demolition. (4th May 2023)
The demolition of Palestinian homes and lives is not a humanitarian tragedy, like an earthquake or tsunami, but a policy of apartheid in the service of ethnic cleansing. The campaign against Nurredin is part of a long-term, systematic, multipronged process of forced displacement and transfer — crimes against humanity. Israeli officials don’t hide this.
After 75 years, What future for Palestine-Israel? (9th May 2023)
75 years after the Nakba, Palestine-Israel is one state under Israeli sovereignty but unequal. The struggle for a more equitable and democratic future will be long and ferociously resisted. That does not make it any less worth fighting for.
Khader Adnan’s last hunger strike. (18th May 2023)
The truth about Israel exposed – the banned video Israel doesn’t’ want you to see.(31st May 2023)
The never endding Nabka.
Israeli forces’ systemic denial of fair trial rights to Palestinian child prisoners amounts to arbitrary detention. (1st June 2023)
Israeli authorities’ systematic denial of fair trial rights to Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank and prosecuted in Israeli military courts constitutes arbitrary detention, Defense for Children International – Palestine said in a report released today.
US says Roger Waters has long history of denigrating Jews. (8th June 2023)
The Biden administration is weighing in on the controversy over Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, saying his recent performances in Germany were antisemitic, an assessment shared by many in Israel and the pro-Israel community.
The USS Liberty: a well-planned accident. (8th June 2023)
Today marks the 56th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, which has been described by too many U.S. and Israeli accounts as an accident. In fact, the attack took place after eight hours of aerial surveillance by Israel, and it involved a two-hour air and naval attack that killed 34 sailors and wounded an additional 172 servicemen. This marked a casualty rate of 70% in a crew of 294.
As Israel smashes up Jenin, its British apologists are enabling this violence. (5th July 2023)
“The scenes in Jenin have been terrifying. There is live fire in every direction, and homes are being demolished. The sound of screams are hard to forget. They keep being replayed in my head. The biggest shock was when the Israeli forces came out of the jeeps and started firing bullets at us and our cameras when they saw us.”
Weaponised antisemitism crushed the political left. Now it’s the cultural left’s turn. (5th July 2023)
We have reached the seemingly absurd point that a political leader famed for his anti-racism, a rock star whose most celebrated work focuses on the dangers of racism and fascism, and a renowned film maker committed to socially progressive causes are all now characterised as antisemites.
In Jenin, Israel is unveiling the next phase of Apartheid (6th July 2023)
Palestinians in West Bank cities are fast discovering that if their expulsion won’t be possible, Gazafication will be their future.
The destruction of this Palestinian community was greenlit by Israel’s Supreme Court. (13th July 2023)
The stories of the Palestinians struggling against Israel’s decades-long attempts to expel over 1,000 people from their homes in the Masafer Yatta region of the West Bank — the largest expulsion in the occupied territories since 1967.
Israel killed civilians, targeted hospitals in Jenin with US weapons and support. (15th July 2023)
Israel could not mount its military operations against Palestinians without $3.8 billion in annual U.S. military aid.
Jenin is just the start: Did Palestinians finally bury the ghosts of the past? (14th July 2023)
For the older generation, time has stood still. But it has not. The new Palestinian generation has buried the ghosts of the past and moved on. And now, they are ready to speak for themselves and to fight for themselves. Jenin is just the start.
Israel does not have a right to self-defense for its occupation. (15th June 2023)
Israel’s “right to defend itself” is invoked constantly by its supporters, but international law says Israel cannot simultaneously occupy Palestinian land and attack it as a “foreign” threat, or treat those resisting as enemy combatants.
Palestinian resistance will not be snuffed out by Israel. (19th July 2023)
The Israeli incursion into Jenin showed the violence of occupation and blatant disregard for Palestinian rights. At least 133 Palestinians have been killed by Israel since the start of this year alone.
Bobby and the Lobby (4th August 2023)
The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss Robert F. Kennedy Jr. backing out of an Israel-Palestine dialogue he’d agreed to with Blumenthal, and his deepening involvement with some of the Israel lobby’s most extreme figures. (Video podcast).
Zionism’s ethnic cleansing has been accomplished through the sword and the gavel. )12th August 2023)
Political Zionism, as laid down in the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897, has been brutal from the beginning — a colonial racist movement aimed to take someone else’s land for its own exclusive use. The only way to accomplish this goal was through forced population transfer. This crime, so hideous that it is deemed a war crime and a crime against humanity, served as the foundation of Zionism as well as Israel, where the forcible removal of Palestinians and the installment of its own identified privileged settler group on that same land formed the basis of the state.
‘It’s like 1948’: Israel cleanses vast West Bank region of nearly all Palestinians. (3rd September 2023)
In mere months, entire Palestinian communities between Ramallah and Jericho have been chased out by settler violence and state policies — paving the way for a total Israeli takeover of thousands of acres of land.
UN Committee releases exhaustive study on the legality of Israel’s occupation. (5th September 2023)
‘The study is the most comprehensive and persuasive analysis of why the Israel occupation has now become illegal. It will be the intellectual and political touchstone on Palestine and international law for some time’ says Michael Link, UN Rapporteur.
Israel’s humiliating practice of strip-searching Palestinian women. (6th September 2023)
It’s clear the demand that women strip in front of armed, masked female soldiers can’t be interpreted as an “operational necessity,” but rather a method of humiliation for its own sake, for the larger purpose of automatic punishment, oppression and intimidation. If there are any actions over which the black flag of illegality flies, this is unquestionably one of them.
Israeli forces shoot, kill 15-year-old Palestinian boy in Arroub refugee camp. (10th September 2023)
Milad Monther Wajih Al-Raei, 15, was shot in the back by Israeli forces around 8:30 p.m. on September 9 at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp, opposite an Israeli military tower, near Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.
The twisted Israeli logic of murdering Palestinian children and what can we do to stop it? (12th September 2023)
Israel kills Palestinian children as a matter of policy. This claim can easily be demonstrated and is supported by the latest findings of a Human Rights Watch report.
How the UN furthers Palestinian oppression. (2nd October 2023)
The current secretary-general’s position on resistance is just the latest manifestation of the UN’s long record of dispossessing the Palestinian people of their lands
Palestinian resistance in Gaza launches unprecedented surprise attack on Israel. (7th October 2023)
At around 6:30 a.m., Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza launched a surprise attack on Israel from land, sea, and air, as thousands of rockets have been launched into Israel and reportedly dozens of Israelis, including soldiers, have been killed and abducted by the resistance.
The West’s hypocrisy towards Gaza’s breakout is stomach-turning.(8th October 2023)
This is the first time Palestinians, caged in the coastal enclave, have managed to inflict a significant strike against Israel vaguely comparable to the savagery Palestinians in Gaza have faced repeatedly since they were entombed in a cage more than 15 years ago, when Israel began its blockade by land, sea and air in 2007.
They’re repeating the word ‘unprovoked’ again, this time in defense of Israel. (8th October 2023)
We’re seeing the western political/media class bleating the word “unprovoked” in unison again, this time in reference to the massive multi-pronged operation launched by Hamas against Israel on Saturday morning.