Israel’s war of conquest targets the unarmed

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On a Tuesday morning in June, using a captured soldier as the pretext, Israel sent missiles, tanks, aircraft and soldiers into the Gaza Strip, murdering Palestinian civilians, wrecking bridges and roads, closing the borders, and cutting off electricity to Gaza’s 1.4 million residents — more than half of them children. A doctor reported injuries from new fragmentation bombs that cause burning from the inside, consuming body tissue.

As an Israeli Marxist charged, it was a “systematic, massive campaign of state terrorism carried out by the fourth strongest army in the world against mainly unarmed civilians.”

Barely two weeks later, using two captured soldiers as the excuse, Israel launched a heavy air attack on Lebanon, killing civilians and destroying the airport runways and main highway. Hezbollah guerilla fighters fired back with rockets. As the fighting continues, Arab tourists are fleeing Lebanon and Jewish residents in Nahariya are diving for bomb shelters.

“The Government Is Losing its Mind,” declared an editorial headline in Israel’s main newspaper, Ha’aretz. Obviously, Israel is intent on either exterminating all resistance or beating it into submission. It is as grisly and futile a foreign policy as the U.S. wars against Iraq and Afghanistan.

And let us not forget that there’s money to be made through warfare. Israel is purchasing up to $210 million of jet fuel from U.S. corporations to aid in its quest “to keep peace and security in the region.”

Loud, militant and massive pressure, especially from U.S. workers, is the only thing that can force the arrogant White House to call off Israel, its proxy in the Middle East. Join the protest demonstrations!

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