On May 5, 2019, a new Israeli bombing of 250 “military targets” in the Gaza Strip, whose greatest lethal load fell on the civilian population, resulted in 25 fatalities, more than 140 injured and completely of partially destroyed approximately 500 homes and different buildings. On this occasion, the assassins of the Palestinian people also returned to the practice of selective assassination, killing Ahmed Judari with the impact of a missile aimed at the vehicle he was driving and justifying their bombing of popular neighborhoods with the supposed objective of attacking the houses of the heads of the Gaza militias.
This attack, the most serious one since the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip in 2014, is part of a genocidal escalation against the Palestinian people, implemented by the Netanyahu government with the full support of Trump. In Gaza, an open-air prison for two million Palestinians, the genocidal project is complemented by a complete asphyxiation of its population, deprived of the most elementary rights.
On top of the punishment that having more than 50% unemployment, precarious water, electricity and sanitation services implies, these days the Gaza population is on the verge of social collapse due to the total blockade of the gendarme state, by air, sea and land. They are prevented from shipping food in, and the lack of funding for the projects that feed more than one million inhabitants of the Strip -as reported by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA)- places its inhabitants on the verge of a tremendous famine.
The brutality of this new military escalation is the Israeli response to a growing resistance of the Palestinian people against the Zionist occupation, which, in response to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of the Israeli enclave, has been carrying out massive demonstrations every Friday at the border, in the so-called “Great Return March”. These actions bravely defy the gendarme’s bullets, which have already killed 200 and wounded thousands, yet is unable to break the Palestinian protest.
This new attack also constitutes a reprisal in the face of a growing defensive military response of the Gaza people, who, despite the total disparity of resources, surpassed the anti-missile system called “iron dome” with more than 700 rockets that impacted in urban conglomerates, causing casualties in the invading population and forcing it to take refuge in bunkers, breaking the hitherto invulnerable Israeli armor.
The rope is becoming increasingly tense in Palestine and the region. Thus, while a new generation of young Palestinians revolts against a true apartheid regime, Trump and Netanyahu prepare what they call “the pact of the century”. This is a solution that seeks to “pacify” the area, leaving aside all the sovereign rights of the Palestinian people. In exchange for an ambiguous regional status and a promise of increased funding, Palestinians are expected to resign themselves to not having defensive military forces, leaving these in hands of the Israeli army, and accept that the territories illegally occupied by Israel through their settlers in the West Bank be legitimized, as well as the Golan Heights taken from Syria after the last Arab-Israeli war. The demand for the return of more than 6 million Palestinian refugees in neighboring countries would be eliminated forever.
The new “pact” abandons the “two states” policy ratified in the 1993 “Oslo accords”, which, at the time, endorsed the Palestinian leadership of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas of the PLO, with the representatives of the Israeli government , Simon Perez and Moses Rabin, the US president and secretary of state, Bill Clinton and Warren Christopher, and the Russian chancellor Andréi Kozyrev. These agreements, which constituted a serious betrayal of the fight to liquidate the imperialist enclave and conquer a secular, democratic and non-racist Palestine, are now considered obsolete by the Trump administration.
As in that agreement, this new pact aims -behind some promises of minor concessions- to advance in its true objective: to definitively defeat the struggle of the Palestinian people. And on the road, exterminate and eradicate what remains of the Palestinian population. Something that Zionism has been pursuing without success since the founding of the Israeli State in 1948, because, despite the constant killings and persecutions, the Palestinians have never stopped fighting.
The policy of the hawks of Trump and Netanyahu is complemented by the “doves of peace” of the European Union, the UN and most of the Arab bourgeoisie, who speak out and condemn the Zionist massacres, but admit the Israeli genocidal state in the “community of nations”, maintain business and diplomatic relations with Israel, while it advances in a policy of extermination similar to what the Nazis did with the Jews in World War II.
The cynicism of European governments has no limits. Days after condemning this new attack on the Gaza Strip, they held the annual Eurovision festival in Israel, legitimizing the theocratic, racist and genocidal regime. The same goes for the Arab governments, those who directly support Israel like Saudi Arabia or Egypt, as well as those who condemn it with a false anti-imperialist discourse but do not support the struggle of this heroic people of the Middle East.
The young Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank, who are the vanguard of the fight against the Zionist monster are not alone. They have the sympathy of the people who fight against imperialist barbarism in the region and the entire planet. On May 15, a new anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe) was celebrated, which is the Arab date of rejection of the creation of the genocidal state of Israel and new mobilizations and actions in solidarity with the Palestinian people have been carried out in different parts of the world, with the march led by Ahed Tamimi which mobilized thousands through the streets of London standing out.
It is an essential task of all those who claim to be anti-imperialist and advocates of democratic rights to support the worldwide campaign for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS)” to the State of Israel. An initiative that was founded in 2005 with the concurrence of more than 200 organizations and is getting stronger all over the world, bringing together political and social organizations, as well as numerous intellectuals and artists of world renown.
After the latest attack and confrontations, a fragile ceasefire in Gaza is in force, but new confrontations in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are approaching, within the framework of a region where the struggle between the revolution and the imperialist counterrevolution is becoming increasingly acute, as evidenced by the growing US military escalation in the Persian Gulf to reinforce its imperial blockade against the Iranian people.
The revolutionaries that come together in the International Socialist League (LIS) call on people to mobilize to stop the Zionist attacks in Gaza, to end the Israeli blockade of the Strip, for the liberation of Palestinian political prisoners, to confront the new imperialist “pact of the century” and support the struggle of this heroic people to recover their territories and defeat the imperialist enclave.
- No more repression of the Palestinian people!
- Immediate end to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip! Immediate humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza!
- Immediate freedom for Palestinian prisoners!
- Support for the Palestinian struggle to recover their usurped territories and the return of all exiles!
- Support for the international campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)!
- Down with the Zionist state of Israel!
- From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!
- For a free Palestine, one solution, socialist middle east!