We Support the Palestinian Liberation Struggle!
January 6, 2017
Since 1947 and the end of British colonial rule in Palestine, the Palestinian people have been deprived of their sacred national right to an independent state. With the creation of the state of Israel, the Palestinians became a subject people within their own country and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homeland, their houses and villages razed to the ground.
The state of Israel was not only carved out of Palestinian territory but over the last 56 years has continually expanded by waging aggressive wars against the Palestinian people.
In 1967, Israel launched a full-scale war and occupied the rest of Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza), again expropriating Palestinian land and forcing tens of thousands into exile.
Today, the state of Israel has not only usurped the entire historic homeland and nation of Palestine but it has also officially annexed Jerusalem and Syria’s Golan Heights. Israel has imposed military rule in the West Bank and Gaza, killing the people, expropriating more land, and establishing new colonial settlements.
Israel’s recent construction of a wall consisting of electronic fences, razor wire, trenches and concrete barriers in the West Bank will result in the cantonization of Palestinian land throughout the occupied territories.
Israel’s brutal blockade of the Gaza strip is a part the U.S.-Israeli war against the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority (PA) and against any Arab government or institution that opposes U.S. dictate.
U.S. imperialism has always sponsored and relied on the state of Israel as its military outpost in the oil-rich and strategic Middle East. Over these years, the U.S. has sent more than $100 billion in economic and military aid to Israel (an estimated $15 million per day) and continues to support Israeli aggression and annexation of Palestine.
In order to win its demands for the immediate end of all U.S. aid to Israel, the withdrawal of Israel from the occupied territories, the dismantling of Israeli settlements, and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their area of origin, the anti-war movement must strengthen itself by taking the path of independence, the path of opposition to and struggle against both the Republicans and Democrats.
Furthermore, what is necessary to defeat the U.S. government’s war program is the organization of an on-going movement which links together the many fronts of struggle. In the course of participating in many fronts of the anti-war struggle, activists must zero in on the capitalist-imperialist system as the cause of war and exposes the current features of U.S. imperialism’s drive for world domination.
Politicizing ourselves and our movement is an essential part of revealing the real class interests behind the government’s chauvinist propaganda. It is an essential part of creating the consciousness necessary to unfold a systematic and pro-active anti-war movement and of showing what social transformations are necessary in order to realize the world of peace and friendship so ardently desired by the peoples.