Israel Invades Gaza – National Demonstration 10th January

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Stop the War Coalition and others have called further demonstrations across the country against the invasion of Gaza by the Israeli army. Over 400 hundred people have been killed since the military action began, thousands have been injured, the death toll is set to rise even further as the Gaza strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

The CPGB calls for as many people as possible to join national and local mobilisations against the massacre.

For more info on national and local demonstrations see stopwar.org.uk

National Demonstration: Saturday 10 January

March to Israeli Embassy,
High St Kensington, London

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3 responses to “Israel Invades Gaza – National Demonstration 10th January

  1. Stop Hamas Terrorism. Stop terror everywhere. Israelies withdraw completely from Gaza 3 years ago. What we got? continuation of shelling bombs and rockets on Israeli towns and villages, targeting civilians only.

    Stop the lies. 400 terrorist got killed and 100 “uninvoved” (civilians). This is 100 too much but this is not a deliberate massacre. You want to see a deliberate civilian massacre? look at this, (from LA Times):

    “Female suicide bomber kills up to 38 in Baghdad
    The explosion comes at a crowded checkpoint where Shiite Muslim pilgrims were en route to a holy shrine.
    By Usama Redha and Kimi Yoshino
    January 5, 2009
    Reporting from Baghdad — As Shiite Muslim pilgrims made their way to a holy shrine in Baghdad this morning to mark one of the sect’s most important religious holiday, a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a crowded checkpoint, killing as many as 38 people and wounding 72, Iraqi police said.

    It was one of the capital’s worst attacks in months and the second major bombing in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Kadhimiya since Dec. 27, when a minibus exploded, killing 24.”

    Is this the world you want to live in?

    Would you protest had Hamas rocket hit a kindergarden killing many kids?

    Why havent you protest against terror?

    I blame Arafat for the defeat of the Oslo process for peace, which I had supported, and the Hamas for what is happening today.

    You people, including Arabs and Palestinians, you give automatic support to any Palestinian evil. This is why chances for Peace diminish and suffering prevail.

  2. You do yourself no service by writing such patent nonsense.

    Communists do not support Hamas or “any Palestinian evil” as you put it. And to say that all Arabs do just shows the willfully ignorant nature of your bigotry. What of the cowardly Arab rulers who do nothing to challenge Israeli aggression and indeed collaborate (in the case of Egypt) in the blockading of Gaza?

    But we Communists do not look to the reactionary Arab ruling class or Hamas – the solution we advocate lies with the regions working class, including the Israeli-Hebrew working class. Whilst they have been rewarded with better living standards than anyone else in the region so far for their loyalty. In the last analysis the Israeli-Hebrew working class have every interest in the smashing of Zionism.

    It interests me that none of you bigots have responded to the post on the Shministim.

  3. The Jewish Socialists’ Group took part in the London march with their new banner, and distributed a leaflet (text below) which was well-received.

    JEWISH SOCIALISTS SAY:

    stop the bombing and the siege
    end the occupation
    and give peace a chance!

    Jewish Socialists condemn the Israeli siege and bombing of the Palestinian people in Gaza. We express our solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza, and in the occupied territories, and with those Israelis who oppose their government and its war.

    We support those young Israelis who would rather go to jail than serve in the armed forces of occupation and war.

    We call upon our own and other governments to cease supporting Israel’s aggression, and put pressure on Israel’s leaders to halt this war, lift the blockade, and end the occupation of Palestinian lands.

    The Jewish Socialists’ Group has many differences with the politics of Hamas. This war, on a largely defenceless people, is not about Hamas. It was Israeli forces that broke a four-month long ceasefire with a raid killing six Palestinians on November 4. This attack was launched as Hamas and Fatah were agreeing a unified approach. On November 5, Israel stepped up its siege of Gaza, on land and sea, which has brought warnings of human and environmental disaster.

    Even so, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told a European parliamentary delegation that Hamas was prepared to declare a long-term truce with Israel, and negotiate for a Palestinian state within 1967 borders. (Amira Hass, Haaretz (November 15)
    Evidently, Israeli leaders, including Labour Defence Minister Ehud Barak, were not interested. They had already planned this war. A couple of days after Haniyeh’s spech the Israeli navy seized Palestinian fishing boats and crews.

    Israel’s military-political elite don’t care about poorer Israelis, mainly from Arab countries, whom they shoved out to exposed places like Sderot. They have not even evacuated the children. They did not care about captured soldier Gilad Shalit, whose release they could have negotiated long ago, had they and their US backers not preferred a pretext for war, in Gaza and then Lebanon, where Washington wanted to test its latest bombs.

    Every people has the right to resist occupation. But the tactic of hitting civilian targets like Sderot is wrong, and the Israeli government has used it to raise public support for war against the Palestinian people. Even so,

    *500 Sderot residents petitioned asking the government not to escalate the conflict but to seek peace.
    *A majority of Israelis thought their government should negotiate with Hamas or whoever else the Palestinian people elected.
    *A majority of people on both sides wanted the cease fire to continue, and would be prepared to share this land in a just peace.

    But forty years of occupation have so poisoned Israeli politics that Barak and Olmert are competing with the far-right Benyamin Netanyahu to show who is best at waging war. The Israeli Right has been encouraged by neo-cons and right-wing Christian fundamentalists in the United States, who want Israel to spearhead a major Middle East war.

    The majority of Americans, including more than 75 per cent of American Jews, voted for Barack Obama and change. Obama’s wooing of the unrepresentative Zionist lobbyists AIPAC, and Hillary Clinton’s pledge that if Israel was attacked, America would “obliterate” Iran, suggest change is yet to come. The Israeli forces may have timed their attack before Obama takes office, but he has said only that he “understands” them. EU leaders have urged a ceasefire, but Israel continues to enjoy EU trade privileges and a promised closer relationship”.

    If we want to help the Palestinian people and those Israelis who want a genuine peace, we have to change our own government’s policies. Jewish Socialists, together with our friends in European Jews for Just Peace, and similar bodies in the United States and Canada, are campaigning for this.

    Alongside solidarity with the Palestinian people, we have a special job – to challenge leaders who claim to speak for the Jewish community, but subordinate its interests to Israeli policy and its reactionary allies. We say politicians must stop listening to the Zionist Lobby – and stop using it as an excuse!

    Jewish Socialists stand for peace, freedom and equality in the Middle East, and for unity to fight antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism and every other kind of prejudice here and now.

    To find out more, read our magazine JEWISH SOCIALIST, and visit our website http://www.jewishsocialist.org.uk

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