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Imperialists celebrate 70 years of Israel with a bloodbath

The Palestinian Authority, under the leadership of Abbas and Fatah, has proved in the last two decades – beyond any doubt – that the pretence of building an independent Palestinian state under the imperialist patronage of the Oslo and Madrid Accords (which left in the hands of the Israeli ruling class all the threads of strategic control over the economy), was just a reactionary utopia.  The mix of endemic corruption on the part of the Palestinian elite and their commitment to collaboration with the Israeli state in policing the Palestinian people (the security cooperation with Israel, which Abbas has previously termed ‘sacred’), together with slow economic strangulation and ceaseless Israeli support for land-grabs and illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, have fully discredited the policies of Fatah, along with the moral and political authority of its leadership.  On the other hand, it is clear that Hamas is playing a game aimed at resurrecting its declining support by putting up an apparently defiant stand against Israel – a tactic it has applied many times in the past. But the ongoing mass protests at the Gaza border reflect a different situation, which is not at all under Hamas’ control. There is a growing understanding that the tactic used by the Hamas leadership of engaging into an asymmetric military battle against overwhelming Israeli forces has only made things worse, and only mass resistance can break the 12-year blockade of Gaza.  Both Fatah and Hamas have thrown the Palestinian liberation struggle into a blind alley. The mass resistance of tens-of-thousands of Palestinian men, women and youth is exposing the brutality of the oppression they are subjected to from the Israeli State. It is also opening a new perspective for the struggle of the Palestinian people in face of enormous obstacles. It deserves the full solidarity of the international workers’ movement.The spectacle of celebrations for the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday 14 May stood in stark contrast with the bloodshed in Gaza, where on the same day, 59 Palestinian demonstrators were killed and more than 2,700 injured by Israeli snipers. As we stated in a previous article, the mass resistance movement by Palestinians in Gaza for the right of return for the Palestinian refugees of 1948, and against the 12-year-blockade by Israel, has been growing despite the harshest repression by the Israeli Army.

Netanyahu's victory: What does it mean?

Netanyahu stands before the flag of Israel

With a defiant right-wing turn promising that no Palestinian state would be established as long as he remained in power, Israeli prime minister Netanyahu has managed to overturn unfavourable opinion polls at the last minute and emerge as the winner of the Israeli elections on Tuesday. His appeal was aimed at rallying the right wing around his figure and "firm" leadership by appealing once again to the historically deeply rooted fears of ordinary Israeli citizens over external threats to Israel. What are going to be the consequences of his victory within Israel and internationally?

Israel's criminal shelling of Gaza and imperialist hypocrisy

A storm of bombs and fire grotesquely denominated “Operation Protective Edge” has been unleashed by the Israeli government on the civilian population of Gaza. Over the last days more than 400 tonnes of high potential bombs have hit targets within the densely populated Gaza Strip, killing at least 100 civilians, including many children, and injuring hundreds.

Israeli elections reveal growing class divide

Less than a year ago, “King Bibi”, as the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had become known, had an almost absolute majority in the polls and all other parties, one after another, were entering into crisis. The recent elections show a very different picture: polarization to the right and the left.

What is behind the attack on Gaza?

On the morning of November 15, Israel carried out the extrajudicial killing of Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari. This act sparked off a new and deadly conflict between Israel and Gaza. This whole affair has all the hallmarks of a premeditated provocation. In this struggle, the IMT stands firmly on the side of the oppressed and against the oppressors. The Gaza crisis can be the match that reignites all the combustible material that has accumulated in the Middle East. It will mark a new stage in the ongoing Arab Revolution.

Israel: 15,000 march in Tel Aviv, while Netanyahu prepares cover-up

Since the Israeli attack on the flotilla that was attempting to get supplies into Gaza a couple of weeks there have been attempts by Israeli sources to falsify what really happened, but this is easily exposed for what it is, as this article points out. Also worth noting is the workers’ boycott of Israeli goods organised by Swedish and Norwegian dockers.

Flotilla massacre exposes criminal blockade of Gaza

In the middle of the night of the 31st of May, 64 km off the coast, Israeli commandos rappelled down from helicopters onto the 6 ship flotilla. Activists say they boarded the ships firing. The Israeli government decided to use deadly force to maintain their blockade of the Gaza strip, provoking waves of protest. These events have exposed the policy of Israeli imperialism to the masses everywhere: Gaza is a ghetto, kept in starvation conditions, and no one may interfere. This will have effects across the world, even in Israel itself.

Against the blanket boycott of Israel: For a working class solution

The authors of this article share a growing concern for the direction the Palestinian solidarity movement has been taking. Isa Al-Jaza'iri's mother was kicked out of her home in Haifa at gunpoint in 1948, along with her entire family. Alex Grant's grandfather wore his Star of David patch at Mauthausen concentration camp. However, they believe their respective backgrounds are irrelevant in as much as this is an issue for the world working class. They defend the position that only a working class perspective can end the oppression of the Palestinian people while providing a future for the Israeli population.

Stop Israel's massacre in Gaza!

Two years after the Israeli ‘Defence’ Forces indiscriminately slaughtered over a thousand Lebanese civilians in the quaintly-titled Operation Just Reward, Israel has turned its attention to Gaza, in the form of Operation Cast Lead. Stripped of its innocuous-sounding name, this operation becomes a lot less palatable: according to Palestinian medical sources, nearly 300 Palestinians have been killed, including numerous women and children. Israel’s targets have included police stations (which are unsurprisingly situated in densely-populated areas), the headquarters of a Hamas-owned satellite television channel, and the Islamic University, Gaza’s only higher education institution.

Should Marxists support a blanket boycott of Israel or should we insist it be a workers’ boycott?

In the recent period the idea of boycotting Israeli academic institutions has been raised as a way of helping the struggle to defend the rights of the Palestinians. Comparisons have been made with the boycott of the old South African Apartheid regime. In South Africa it was the mass movement that brought down that regime, not the boycott. The same is true today as it was then.
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