This weekend thousands marched through central London to demand an end to the Zionist occupation of Palestine. Thousands more marched through regional towns and cities, while pickets and demonstrations were also held in many European countries.
The latest bombardments came just after elections were called for January in Israel. The shelling by tanks, planes and warships killed over 130 people and injured hundreds in the Gaza strip.
Homes, schools and sports facilities were flattened. Three Israelis were killed by rockets fired by the resistance.
The offensive was launched after Israel broke a fragile 3-year ceasefire by assassinating a top leader of Hamas. Hamas had been overseeing a serious decline in rocket-fire from the strip since the last invasion in 2009 which saw nearly 1,500 Palestinians massacred by the Israeli Occupation Forces.
Turnout in the London demonstration was smaller than expected – mainly due to the ‘ceasefire’ arranged on Wednesday. A ceasefire which Israel honoured by shooting dead one and injuring ten on Thursday.
The ceasefire brought a temporary end to Israeli president Netanyahu’s warmongering; like a dog straining at the leash he was pulled back by his US paymasters who fear a ground invasion could upset their strategy of subordinating the Arab Spring revolutions to their interests.
In particular they want to ensure that new Egyptian President Morsi is firmly in their camp before there are further uprisings in the region.
Mass demonstrations against Western-backed dictatorship in Jordan, and the ongoing revolution in Syria shows that the youth and workers of the Middle East have not finished their struggle for democracy.
Israel’s continued threats to launch an unprovoked, pre-emptive strike against Iran means regional tensions remain high.
But in any new conflict Egypt will be the decisive player. The new uprisings against Morsi’s power-grab show that the Egyptian people are still capable of mobilising to defend the gains of the revolution. Demands to open the Rafah border crossing and provide material solidarity with the Palestinians have been key demands since day one of the revolution.
But like Mubarak before him, Morsi has no intention of challenging Israel – despite his radical talk. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are a barrier that must be overcome before the Egyptian people can play a decisive role in the struggle to end the occupation of Palestine.
We say: the ceasefire is a temporary pause – Israel is playing for time. All those who support the democratic revolutions and the rightful struggle for the liberation of Palestine must continue to struggle for an end to the blockade. However there can be no peace while Israel remains the puppet of US imperialism. We need to fight for one secular state where Arabs, Jews and others can share out the land and resources.
We fight for:
Boycott Israel – down with the Apartheid state
An end to the occupation – one socialist state for all in Palestine
Down with imperialism and its puppets – kick out Morsi, Assad and King Abdullah