The Gaza Ghetto

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Fred
The Gaza Ghetto
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In an unpleasant and disquieting way what is happening to Gaza reminds me of what happened in Warsaw in World War 2.  Only now its in reverse.   The Jewish bourgeois state  appears bent on the annihilation of the Palestinians, whereas in Warsaw, imprisoned in the ghetto  by the Nazis,  and with the connivance of  the USSR who stood by and watched,  it was the Jews themselves  and other undesirables who were the innocent victims put to the torch.  

 This is not to justify Hamas, which bourgeois nationalist grouping lacks the innocence of all those killed in the ghetto in Warsaw.  For Hamas seem to revel too in all the destruction of which they are a part and a key player.  As if driving their loathed and hated Jewish enemy to the crazed extreme of actually destroying Gaza completely can somehow justify all the hatred and loathing they Hamas feel towards the repulsive enemy who they waste no opportunity of taunting with their own missiles and threats.  It's like David and Goliath writ large and gone horrifically demented.  David's sling now contains deadly missiles courtesy of the West.  The crazed Goliath tramples on the very people he claims to support, unable to get the better of David and unwilling to negotiate too. It's like there's  a desire for a mass suicide with no other option. 

Meanwhile, the UN and the media wring their hands and cry stop, but nobody wants to listen.  The British foreign secretary hints that the Israeli government is losing support in the West.  This is hardly surprising. Pictures on the tv news of the latest shelling of a Palestinian school under the auspices of the UN itself - a school about to be evacuated but which left it too late -  show images of adults and children who survived the callous, cruel and carefully calculated bombardment, in conditions of terrified shock and emotional collapse; and of people driven to the very end of their endurance.

 Is it possible that somebody somewhere, some demented faction of the bourgeoise, actually think and believe that children or any humans at all deserve this kind of brutality?   That defense of territory, or property, or the national capitalism, is really worth all this killing and  cruelty?  It beggars belief!  What is life under decomposing capitalism coming too?  Is there  no end to the madness?

And where  is the working class who alone  can end this mayhem? Please wake up soon, before it's too late.  For that is the only positive thing to emerge from all this: that the bourgeoisie has no solutions to the crisis: and that the proletarian revolution is the only  way out now from the awful abyss. 

 

 

 

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There was some sign of life

There was some sign of life from the West Bank on Thursday night when up to 50,000 Palestinians and some Israeli supporters rejected the attempts at geographical isolation by their rulers and marched towards Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem. Three Palestinians were killed when the march was met immeadiately by live ammunition from the Israeli forces. Over 100 were also critically injured, including a young female student who is in serious danger of losing her leg.

(IDF soldier throwing a grenade at demonstrators)

The alarmist tendencies in the Israeli media are concerned about the specter of a third intifada, which of course in Arabic means "uprising". Could this new uprising show us something we have not seen before, that is the participation of Israeli workers, joining together with their Palestinian comrades? Israeli support of the occupation has been dropping in the last decade with a poll a few years ago showing that more than 40% of Israelis no longer support it.

But still the discussion remains focused on the prospects of the "two state solution", and in rare cases the "one state solution". As left communists we have to continue to search for and nurture those elements who dare to ask--- what about the no state solution?

Alf
intifada

To be honest, the consciousness of the working class on both sides of the military divide is being pulverised by the present conflict and the spiral of nationalist hatred that goes with it. I don't think the intifada (s) were ever on a class terrain: although there have been moments when proletarians on the West Bank  and Gaza have come out against 'their own' rulers in defence of basic economic demands, the intifadas as such were dominated by nationalism, and the same goes for the most recent demonstrations. So I don't see much tendency towards unification between Palestinian and Israeli workers at the moment.Tthere were small, hopeful signs of that in the movement of 2011 (around such questions as housing and living standards in general) but the divide is being widened by the horrors of the present slaughter. The weak voice of protest in Israel is being drowned out by Zionist pogromists screaming 'death to the Arabs'. Meanwhile in anti-Israel demos in Paris we are hearing the old cry 'death to the Jews' coming from 'Muslim' youth.

Amir1
If working class in Gaza or

If working class in Gaza or west-bank started struggling against theirs stste it should be the sign of rise of consciousness of the working class . i am with Alf that the intifada is not on a class terrain

Amir1
If working class in Gaza or

If working class in Gaza or west-bank started struggling against theirs stste it should be the sign of rise of consciousness of the working class . i am with Alf that the intifada is not on a class terrain

Fred
A 72 hour cease fire has been

A 72 hour cease fire has been called between Israel and Hamas. Will they keep to it?  Anyway its a "humanitarian" cease fire only, so that civilians in Gaza can attend to the dead and dying.  The dead to be buried, the dying to be prepared for the resumption of hostilities when they may be finally finished off, which might come as a relief. Other folk living in Gaza will get a breathing space so that they can stock up on food, water and make first aid arrangements, absolutely vital this,   so that if a deadly shell or rocket  suddenly drops on wherever they happen to be, and we have been assured that nowhere is safe,  if they survive, and have enough self control left after the shock subsides, they'll be able to to treat themselves, and patch up the wounded kids and assure them  that everything's okay!   

But Obama has sent some money to help out, and  Britain has sent 3 million pounds which isn't much but it's all the Brits can manage  under austerity though the economy is recovering yet again - oops I mean at last - says the PM after the mess left behind in 2008 or whenever by the last socialist government. (NB. If "the last socialist government" was responsible for the financial disaster in the UK who was responsible for it in all the other countries it hit?  Perhaps Milliband  will raise this matter in the Commons.)

  So its a team point for Obama and his heart felt feelings for the suffering Palestinians. Just as his wife Michelle, was shattered when those poor African girls were kidnapped. Remember them? Michelle  is such a wonderful caring person, isn't she, and such a snazzy dresser.   The President though has  spoiled our generous  feelings towards him by sending a new batch of deadly armaments to America's best friend Israel.  After all, Israel is entitled to defend herself against the nationalist Hamas, and therefore needs arming.  But won't these new weapons, turned viciously against Gaza as soon as the humanitarian truce has ended - and we can hardly wait now  for "the resumption of hostilities" as they call it to resume - just act to undo any good that  Obama and Cameron  and other well wishers achieved for the citizens of Gaza only yesterday?  Yes, we all sigh, it certainly will. But then that's the nature of capitalism and the bourgeoisie; a mass of idiotic, senseless  and quite contradictory  behaviors, as they all spin dizzily in a never ending dance macabre from one lunacy to the next. They're also destroying the planet, but nobody talks about that. 

 

The UN however, will be bringing this lunacy to a stop soon. Meetings have been held and resolutions past.  Ban ki moon and Kerry have travelled and will travel more.  Additional  emergency  meetings are on the agenda and a new batch of emergency resolutions will be proposed and passed.  The new  UK foreign secretary has solemnly assured us that "all is being done  to achieve a just and lasting peace". Gosh! That's a relief isn't it?  Although we have heard this mantra repeated many times before and you would have to be simple minded not to laugh.   If the just and lasting peace to be achieved between Israel and Palestine turns out like the just and lasting peace established by warring bourgeoisie's in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, then where is the solution?  Ah yes!  ISIS? The CIA is working on it right now!