Posts in: middle east

Freedom Socialist editorial: Defend Palestinian hunger strikers

June 2017

Fifteen hundred Palestinian political prisoners launched a hunger strike on April 17, ongoing as of this writing. They are protesting abominable conditions in Israel’s privately run prisons. Their demands include decent medical treatment; an end to solitary confinement and Israel’s policy of renewable detention without trial; relocation to facilities in the Palestinian territories; reinstatement of… Read more »

Israel’s deadly siege of Palestinians in Gaza

October 2017

Residents of the Gaza Strip are caught in a brutal nightmare they cannot escape. In 2006, Israel imposed a military and economic blockade by land, air and sea. This coastal enclave is now a maximum security prison for Palestinians. Israel sends bombs and drones against fathers, mothers, and children, whose crime is being born in… Read more »

No to U.S. bombing of Syria!

April 7, 2017

The Freedom Socialist Party forcefully condemns the latest U.S. attack in the Middle East – the cruise missile strikes against Syrian airfields on April 6. Two days earlier, the Bashar al-Assad regime had launched a vicious, abhorrent attack on civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, apparently using chemical weapons. This assault drew the wrath… Read more »

Open Letter to Seattle Mayor, Police Chief, and Director of OPA, July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017

On June 10, 2017, a broad coalition of community organizations came together under the banner “Seattle Stands with our Muslim Neighbors.” This solidarity action was called in response to the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America (“ACT”) organizing a nationwide day of protests against Islam, including in front of City Hall in Seattle. ACT announced… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, August 2016

August 2016

1946 GEORGIA: A JIM CROW EXECUTION Family fights for long-denied justice Editor’s note: The family of James Lee Allen asked for help in getting a posthumous pardon for Allen from the state of Georgia. In 1946 Allen, a Black teen, was executed. He was 14 years old when he “confessed” to the crime of raping… Read more »

Blaming Kurds for terrorism in Turkey

August 2016

Whenever there is a murderous assault on civilians in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempts to accuse the Kurdish independence movement rather than ISIS, whose atrocities in the region are notorious. After suicide bombers attacked Ataturk airport in Istanbul, killing 42 people and injuring 239, Erdogan hedged, saying that “the bombs that explode in our… Read more »

Freedom Socialist opinion: Pro-Palestinian boycott rattles Zionists

October 2016

The battle between the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) campaign and the Zionist establishment is heating up. The movement is led by activists who tell the truth about Israeli oppression of Palestinians. Palestinians in Israel confront discrimination in education, housing, jobs, and virtually every aspect of social life. In the Occupied Territories, they face everything from bombing to… Read more »

We fight dictatorships, imperialist aggression and Daesh. We reject the politics of “national security”, racism and austerity. It’s time to mobilise!

January 13, 2016

Over recent months, people across the Middle East have been hit by an intensification of conflict in Syria and Iraq. That escalation has been sponsored both by global imperialist powers – chiefly the USA, Russia and European countries – and regional imperialist actors including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Iran. These conflicts are the product… Read more »

Anti-fascists vow to not let Paris attacks fuel Islamophobia

17 November, 2015

Counter-rally called in Melbourne to oppose Reclaim Australia On November 22, Melburnians will counter-rally in Melton against the far-right, anti-Muslim Reclaim Australia (RA), which is planning rallies in several Australian cities. Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (CARF), organiser of the counteraction, says that the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut make confronting RA all the… Read more »