Arabs observed a bloody anniversary around the globe in 2008. Sixty years earlier, the Settler State known as Israel was founded on stolen Palestinian lands. Al Nakhba, (the catastrophe) was preceded by years of terrorism by organised Zionist gangs. The Palestinian people are in exile or else trapped in two enclaves, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. As the Freedom Socialist Bulletin goes to press, Israeli rockets and planes have been pounding Gaza for days, and now 20,000 ground forces have invaded the tiny territory. This is not a war but a one-sided bloodbath.
Zionism is an extreme form of religious fundamentalism, based on the premise that the Hebrew god gave Palestine to the Jews. It is also an extreme form of nationalism. Ignoring thousands of years of occupation by the Arab peoples, Zionism holds that only Jews have a right to live in the territory of the Biblical Israel. After World War II, European politicians used the ideology as an excuse to rid themselves of Jewish refugees displaced by Nazism. It also had the effect of establishing an imperialist outpost to thwart the aspirations of Arab nationalists. Precisely because it is an unwanted enclave, Israel resembles a fortress and is little more than a police state. As such, it is a death trap for Arabs and Jews.
Aggressors always blame their victims. That’s key to the propaganda surrounding the mass murder of Gazan residents. The hard facts are that, using tactics borrowed from Nazism, Israel has turned Gaza into a concentration camp, starving people of work, medical treatment, fuel and food. Why is it a surprise that in desperation people fight back by any means possible? All of the deaths and the misery arising from the occupation are wholly and solely the consequence of the Israeli elite’s calculated viciousness.
Resistance from within. The citizens of Israel are not the enemies of their Arab neighbours. Many refuse to serve in the military because of its oppression of Arabs. Many are protesting against the bombardment and 70% oppose any land invasion. But they cannot throw off tyranny by themselves. If their power were threatened, Israel’s leaders would have no qualms in turning against ordinary Israelis. Once and for all, working people must join hands across the globe and force imperialism to put an end to the terrorism of its Middle Eastern representatives.
Stop the persecution and slaughter of Palestinians! End all support for the Israeli government! Get the settlements out of the West Bank and the Golan Heights! Imperialists out of the Middle East — now!