יום שני, 25 במאי 2015

The fight against the Israeli occupation of Palestine - A fight for us all

Much has been said about the struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, from the river to the sea - the struggle against Israeli apartheid targeted at Palestinian Arabs who were robbed of their land and their rights by the State of Israel. This just struggle is waged worldwide, and is supported by activists from all countries. This is important - as the State of Israel now feels the pressure of the entire world on it to cease and desist its racist practices against the native Palestinian population.

One of the ways of struggle against Israeli occupation and apartheid is a boycott an active divestment from the State of Israel - as embodied in the BDS movement. The Israeli government, of course, does its utmost to oppose this movement, as it harms its economy in general and its colonial economy in the West Bank in particular, and in some places it managed to get the local authorities to ban the BDS movement or at least make life difficult for it. An important article on the Blog to end the Occupation shows one small but important struggle of the BDS movement, which call on the Virginia State Bar association cancel its trip to Israel. This struggle is highly important as it is necessary to show to the world that the Israeli government's policies towards the Palestinians are utterly unacceptable.

Another important article on this subject deals with the fact that FIFA, the world's football (soccer) federation, doesn't do exactly a full job to address the complaint raised by the Palestine Football association regarding the inability to develop the game of football because of the Israeli occupation. While a Monitor was sent to occupied Palestine, this task force reached a dead end. This is all while the Israeli Football Association demands to be recognized as the only legitimate football association in this country, including the West Bank, and demands that Palestinian football go through formal Israeli governmental channels rather than be independent as it should be. Many other transgressions against the Palestinian sport of football and its players are also raised in that article, up to and including the arrest of footballers under bogus charges by thee Israeli military authorities.

Another article, on the blog site "The Electronic Intifada", shows how the Nakba - the Palestinian disaster of 1948 (when Israeli forces deported 750,000 Palestinians from their ancestral lands) continues to this day in the Gaza Strip, where close to two million Palestinians are held prisoner in a tiny strip of land, surrounded by heavy military forces and fenced off, in horrible humanitarian conditions. Gaza is still in ruins from the "Protective Edge" war in summer 2014, and approximately 100,000 Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip are homeless. Israel continues its attacks on Gaza, increasing the suffering of the locals (many of whom, by the way, are descendants of refugees deported in 1948 from the coastal cities to the north, such as Jaffa). The answer once again is worldwide struggle - to fight back against the racist occupation policy of Israel's rulers.

It should be noted that people who fight Israeli occupation - are not only Palestinians, and not only from abroad, but also Jews and Israeli citizens who oppose "their" government's policies. One such group is Neturei Karta - ultra-orthodox religious Jews who oppose Zionism and support the Palestinian struggle for religious reasons. For many years, they fight against the occupation policy of the Israeli government in the West Bank, Gaza and the 1948 territories. But many secular citizens of Israel, many of whom of Jewish descent, also oppose the occupation and apartheid policies and in many cases also oppose Zionism. It must be stressed - even Jews who are Israeli citizens oppose this policy and desire for a just peace and full freedom to all people who live between the River and the Sea. This is what the more radical wing Israeli left fights for.

Many Israeli leftists - thousands of them - voted for the Joint List - a union of the various Arab parties in the Knesset - because they wished for peace and equality, while some Zionist left parties such as Meretz do not satisfy their aspirations, among other things because many people in Meretz support a two-state solution so that they will have a state with a Jewish majority and little or no Arab neighbors. Those who support coexistence voted to the Joint List so that they could fight for a future of justice to all and peaceful coexistence of all national, religious and ethnic groups in Historic Palestine.

Therefore I support the struggle for a single democratic state in all of historic Palestine where both apartheid and capitalism be abolished and everyone will be able to live where she or he wants; as well as the full right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral lands in all of Palestine, thus undoing the injustice of the 1948 and 1967 wars which turned them and their families into refugees. I oppose all walls and barriers between working-class people and support unity and solidarity between working-class women of both sides in our struggle to tear down the wall and bring just peace to this country. This is what I support – a democratic state of all its working people of all ethnicities, nationalities and creeds, as well as the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their ancestral lands in all of Historic Palestine. But to achieve this, people of all nations, including Jewish citizens of Israel who oppose their government's policy - must unite and fight against the apartheid regime and for freedom and equality for all.

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