Terrorist Israel, Canada Accomplice! Gaza Will Live On, Palestine Will Win!
Since the Nakba (the “Day of the Catastrophe”) in 1948, the Palestinian
people have been the target of violent colonial policy—a policy that never
stopped, despite various condemnations from the UN. Settlers stole crops and
destroyed olive plantations; millions were expelled from their land and were
forced to take refuge in neighbouring countries in conditions of misery, with
the help of Arab countries more concerned about the health of their monarchy
(Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Jordan) or their military regimes (Egypt, Turkey,
Syria) than the life of the Palestinian people.
The Zionist racist and colonial policy that led to the creation of the State
of Israel on “a land without a people for a people without a land” was supported
by imperialist powers such as France and Britain, and eventually the United
States, regardless of the type of party in power in those countries. Israel is
the foremost country to benefit from the U.S. financial and military aid,
receiving more than even Afghanistan and Egypt. At the height of the current
Israeli aggression, the United States agreed to Israel’s request to refloat its
stock of weapons at the cost of a billion dollars. Each year, three billion
dollars of public funds are allocated for the Israeli army to buy U.S. weapons,
improve their equipment and then experiment with them on the Palestinian
Some of the most recent weapon innovations include shells filled with darts
and the stink bombs sprayed upon people attending demonstrations in East
Jerusalem in solidarity with Gaza. Canada is part of this weapons manufacturing,
along with the Anglo-Danish security company G4S that produces the motion
detectors used along the apartheid wall and checkpoints.
The Israeli terrorist army has been bombing and assaulting Gaza since July 8,
violating Palestinian sovereignty by occupying and destroying its territory and
inhabitants. Not satisfied with merely stifling this densely populated land by a
blockade that prevents free circulation of people, as well as preventing basic
subsistence activities such as fishing and agriculture, the apartheid regime
decided to raise the terror up a notch. Nearly 2,000 people have been killed and
10,000 injured, the entire Palestinian population a target without any
possibility of finding shelter as the so-called “only island of democracy and
civilization” in the Middle East barbarically bombarded schools, hospitals and
even UN shelters.
Parroted by Stephen Harper, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that
Israel only wants to defend itself against rocket attacks from the Palestinian
resistance and that “Hamas terrorists” are responsible for Israeli aggression.
The real objective, however, is to liquidate any movement that could hinder the
continuation of the Zionist colonial appropriation. In this respect, it is not
Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah that could stop this process, given its grovelling and
collaboration with Israel amongst the crushing protests in the West Bank.
After the kidnapping of three young Israelis in late June and the murder of a
young Palestinian who was later burned alive, Israeli police conducted hundreds
of raids and arrests of people suspected of being part of the resistance—whether
Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) or
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). Since Hamas won the
last elections held in Gaza, the entire people there are now the target of
criminal and cowardly Israeli aggression.
Where there is oppression, however, there is resistance. According to the few
independent journalists who went to Gaza, if the people there do not necessarily
endorse the whole obscurantist ideology of Hamas, they certainly know that this
is not what is currently at stake. The people support the resistance and are
ready to endure terrible suffering rather than adhering to “peace negotiations”
that have proved to be nothing but a series of betrayals since the 1990s. Many
of these people think that the only people who are defending them in front of
the occupants are Hamas fighters; in this sense, they support their demands
before agreeing to a cease-fire. In fact, nearly 100 Israeli soldiers were
killed and more than 400 injured since the beginning of the ground invasion of
Gaza. For those who defend the national liberation struggle of the Palestinian
masses—and in contrast to the pacifist junk of the NDP and Québec Solidaire that
both condemned the “violence of both sides” while calling for a ceasefire—siding
with the Palestinian resistance in Gaza is necessary.
Wishful thinking won’t stop the terrorist apartheid regime of Israel: it
needs a strong solidarity movement based on proletarian internationalism. In
this sense, in addition to the Palestinian resistance, we celebrate the rare but
courageous people who refused to serve in the Israeli army and have been jailed,
and also those who are vigorously protesting in Israeli cities under the threat
of increasingly violent, ultranationalist Zionism that has become stronger in
this climate of military madness.
We also commend the numerous protests happening throughout the world,
especially in Arab countries and in the “socialist” France, where
pro-Palestinian demonstrations were banned in Paris while those supporting
Israel took place without any problem. In Canada, we call proletarian and
progressive people to continue to take part in the various demos and other
actions in support of Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions and the Palestinian
resistance, while also recognizing the need to organize for socialist revolution
so that Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair will never again speak on our behalf at the
From Gaza to Ramallah, Intifada, Intifada!
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DEMONSTRATION: QUÉBEC-GAZA, SOLIDARITY!
Sunday, August 10 at noon Gathering at Place Émilie-Gamelin (metro