"The Palestinian cause is not a cause for Palestinians only, but a cause for every revolutionary, wherever he is, as a cause of the exploited and oppressed masses in our era."
— Ghassan Kanafani (غسان كنفاني)
Life in Gaza
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Gaza issued a statement on July 10, describing the heinous crimes committed by the Zionist occupation forces in the Gaza Strip as a war of overall aggression which exceeds all limits of logic and humanity. It called for the resistance factions to escalate strikes in each areas, including rockets and missiles, to compel the occupying entity to pay a price for its aggression.
The occupation forces are escalating their attacks on Gaza, including bombing and demolishing family homes inhabited by children, women and elders, targeting journalists, the latest of which was the assassination of journalist Hamdi Shehab yesterday, targeting medical personnel and ambulances, health centers and hospitals. All of this reflects the state of bankruptcy which the criminal enemy has reached, its confusion and inability to confront the resistance.
The Front denounced the extreme official Arab silence and international indifference in the face of the destruction in the Gaza Strip, asking if the bodies of women, children and elders pulled from under the rubble of destroyed homes are not sufficient to spark the conscience of international humanitarian agencies and the world, and promising that their Palestinian blood will not have been shed in vain.
The Front dismissed the emergency hearing of the Security Council called by the Arab Group, noting that it comes far too late, after over 80 martyrs and thousands of wounded, the destruction of homes and infrastructure, urging real international action to hold the occupation state accountable for its crimes.
The Front also renewed its call for the necessity of the leadership in power in the PLO to join the International Criminal Court and seek to bring the criminal enemy to trial for its crimes committed against the Palestinian people. Continued postponement is a betrayal of the blood of the martyrs.
The Front also reaffirmed the unity of our people in all locations against the horrific Zionist attack, calling on our people in the West Bank to take to the streets and escalate confrontation against the occupation army and settlers, and for the military wings of the armed resistance there to move to strike the occupation everywhere. Further, it called upon all members of Palestinian security agencies to reject the constraints and obligations of Oslo and instead join the Palestinian people to confront the occupier and protect the people.
[A] Jew always has a much higher soul than a gentile, even if he’s gay.” - Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs in the current Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, member of the Jewish Home party.
“Gentile sperm leads to barbaric offspring.” - Rabbi Dov Lior, Chief rabbi of settlements in Hebron and Kiryat Arba, head of the Council of Rabbis of Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank], and leading figure in the religious Zionist movement.
“[Most of the] Muslims that arrive here do not even believe that this country belongs to us, to the white man.”- Eli Yishai, Then-Minister of the Interior in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition government.
"Goyim [non- Jews] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel… Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat… With gentiles, it will be like any person: They need to die, but God will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that one’s donkey would die, they’d lose their money. This is his servant. That’s why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew." - Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Late influential spiritual leader of the Shas party, which was a part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government from 2009-2012.
"If we go on like we have until now, we will lose the Galilee. Populations that should not mix are spreading there. I don’t think that it is appropriate for [Jews and Arabs] to live together.” - Ariel Atlas, Then- Minister of Housing in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition government.
“Racism originated in the Torah… The land of Israel is designated for the people of Israel.” - Rabbi Yosef Scheinen, Head of the Ashdod Yeshiva (religious school).
First Drink (Water + Salt) #مي_وملح
A video a friend of mine from Gaza made surrounding the abuse Palestinian prisoners face on a daily basis with their struggle in hunger strikes.
While you’re still trying to figure out where you stand in this “two sided” “conflict”, Gaza is being bombarded. Over ten family houses have been struck; 14 people killed and 25 are injured so far.
Even if you lose.
Liberate your right to be.
Photo: Domicanan Republic
This is the hardest picture I’ve seen
In my view it is a matter of basic socialist principle that we should not take sides in this, or other, military conflicts between capitalist states and their associated bands of armed thugs. It is a matter of principle that we should support those among our Ukrainian and Russian friends and comrades who have refused to think up justifications for state, or state-sponsored, killing. Various Ukrainian and Russian socialists and anarchists have urged support for working-class communities against the divisive horrors that war brings, for those trying to strengthen working-class organisation in the face of those divisions, and for families who refuse to send their sons to fight. (Examples from Ukraine here, here and here, and from Russia here. If you don’t see English straight away, scroll down.) It is also a matter of socialist principle that we should support the anti-fascist activists in Crimea who have been arrested by the new authorities (see here), as well as those on trial in Russia itself arising from the Bolotnoe case that started with the big anti-government demonstrations of 2011-12.
In addition to these practical issues, we need to consider what these events mean for socialism as a set of ideas. By supporting armed reactionaries like the leaders of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” in the name of “anti fascism”, those “neo-campists and post-Stalinists” are turning the very meaning of “anti fascism” on its head. By supporting one side or the other in this military conflict – which can only weaken and divide social and labour movements in Ukraine – they and other “socialists” and undermining the forces on which socialism relies to change the world. To rescue, and develop, the meaning of “socialism” itself, we need to rediscover and develop the anti-militarism that should be at its core.