Oslo’s legacy - Disaster for the Palestinians

13 September 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords by Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1993, an agreement ostensibly designed to bring about a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian ‘conflict’. In truth, 25 years of Oslo’s legacy have seen Israel’s oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people continue unabated – a consequence built into the Oslo framework from its inception. At a time when many are lamenting ‘the end of Oslo’ as a path towards peace, we look back at the history of the Oslo Accords and how the subjugation and defeat of the Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation is still the central aim. Wesam Khaled reports.

 

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Defend Palestine Solidarity - Fight back

Within days of the Labour Party’s endorsement of the full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism Zionists have been escalating their attempts to prevent free speech, block solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and prevent criticism of Israel’s racism. Among their first attacks have been those on the RCG in London and Newcastle, with the full collaboration of the Labour Party and their opportunist allies in the Palestinine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

The RCG is resolutely pledged to combat these attacks and expose the role of Israel’s racist supporters and backers. Robert Clough reports.

London Revolutionary Communist Group experienced this Zionist drive when ex-Labour councillor and Director of Public Affairs for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Phillip Rosenberg, demanded that the King’s Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association (KCBNA) cancel a room booking for a meeting entitled ‘Corbyn, Labour and anti-Semitism’. Our publicity had made it quite clear that we regarded Zionism as racism; Rosenberg claimed that the meeting would be anti-Semitic.

 

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Zionism is racism

Zionist forces brutalise Palestinians resisting the demolition of Khan Al Amar

‘In addition to being founded on a racist settler-colonial mentality that gave no regard to the rights of the Palestinians, the actual realisation of Zionism’s aims necessitated the destruction of the Palestinian nation. Israel’s very existence as ‘Israel’, as a Zionist state, is premised on the denial of the fundamental rights of the Palestinians.’ From Wesam Khaled’s speech, 21 September 2018

In the occupied Palestinian West Bank, the village of Khan Al Ahmar is facing an imminent threat of demolition at the hands of the Israeli state. The village lies in a critical location, dividing the illegal Israeli settlements of Ma’ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim near Jerusalem. By demolishing Khan Al Ahmar, Israel hopes to complete plans to link the entirety of the ‘E-1’ area, a zone comprising West Jerusalem, officially part of the Israeli state, along with occupied East Jerusalem and key settlements in the occupied West Bank.  This would establish an unhindered tract of Israeli-occupied land in this area, connecting major settlements with each other and with Jerusalem, and which would be in all but name part of the Israeli state. It would also cut off Jerusalem from any possible independent Palestinian territory in the West Bank by enclosing it within an unbroken chain of Israeli settlements and roads. Palestinians will then be expected to surrender any realistic claim to Jerusalem due to the extent of its integration into the Israeli state. Wesam Khaled reports.

 

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Zionism and racism: speech by Wesam Khaled

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Below we publish the speech delivered by comrade Wesam Khaled of the Revolutionary Communist Group at a public meeting held in London on 21 September 2018. The title of the meeting was 'Corbyn, Labour and Anti-Semitism: Why is solidarity with Palestine under attack?'

We are here because of the recent attempts to silence critics of Israel by conflating their criticisms with anti-Semitism. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition, the vehicle by which this conflation is being made, includes a number of examples which are clearly aimed at delegitimising legitimate criticisms of the Israeli state.  One particularly problematic example claims that it is anti-Semitic to say that ‘the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor’.  In light of this, the first part of my talk will challenge this example directly, looking at the history of the establishment of the state of Israel and explaining why we stand by the statement that Israel is a racist state.  In the course of that discussion, I will touch on the role that British imperialism has played in supporting the establishment of Israel.  Lastly, given recent events I will briefly discuss the history of the Labour Party’s support for Zionism.

 

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Palestine: the great betrayal

In Ein Helweh refugee camp, southern Lebanon, PFLP members spray the walls: 'No to the Gaza-Jericho Peace plan’

In Ein Helweh refugee camp, southern Lebanon, PFLP members spray the walls: 'No to the Gaza-Jericho Peace plan’

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! No. 115 October/November 1993

The Declaration of Principles signed by the Israeli government and the Palestine Liberation Organisation on 13 September 1993 is a contemptuous and humiliating insult to all those who have died and all those who continue to fight for national and social liberation in Palestine. EDDIE ABRAHAMS analyses the background to the agreement.

 

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Palestine: resistance to imperialist plans

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Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, is due to release the details of what Trump has referred to as his ‘Deal of the Century’: a plan that will supposedly put an end to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict once and for all. The details of the plan that have been revealed confirm that it will continue the Trump Administration’s policy of unconditional support for Israel’s expansion into as much Palestinian territory as possible at the expense of the Palestinians living there. Meanwhile, as US leaders trade in empty promises of peace, Israel continues its onslaught against the Palestinian people unabated. WESAM KHALED reports.

 

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Palestine: Unending Zionist terror

The latest round of terror against the Palestinian people which led to the 14 May massacre of at least 60 Palestinians as they protested against the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem shows once again that the Zionist state will always use maximum force to deal with any Palestinian resistance. Israeli snipers shot over 1,300 Palestinians with live ammunition on the day; over a six-week period, they killed at least 112 unarmed protesters and injured thousands more. Thirteen of the dead and over 2,000 of the injured are children, including an eight-month-old baby. Wesam Khaled reports.

 

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Interview with Khaled Barakat and Charlotte Kates

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! interviewed Khaled Barakat, international secretary of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, and Charlotte Kates, co-ordinator of the Samidoun Palestinian prisoners’ solidarity network, during a mini speaking tour organised with the RCG in April.

 

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Oppose Israel’s massacre in Gaza! Free Palestine!

Whilst Ivanka Trump and other US and Israeli dignitaries celebrated the official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May, more than 30,000 Palestinian unarmed protesters at the Gaza border were met with live fire and tear gas by the Israeli military. At least 60 unarmed people were massacred, including an 8-month-old baby and 14-year-old boy, and more than 2,000 people were injured. Israeli jets also launched air strikes in Gaza. The RCG condemns the barbaric actions of the racist Israeli state and all its supporters and apologists.

 

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Israel: unending aggression and expansionism

Palestinians protest at the Great March of Return

Emboldened by the support of the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia, Israel has been stepping up its aggression in the Middle East. On 10 February 2018, an Israeli F-16 conducting an air raid in Syria was shot down by the Syrian Air Defence Force. Israel claimed the raid came in response to the penetration of its air space by an Iranian drone, and launched further air strikes in Syria. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on 18 February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is being investigated by police for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, threatened to attack Iran directly, saying ‘We will act if necessary, not just against Iran’s proxies but against Iran itself.’ Lebanon is also in Israel’s crosshairs: one western official has said that Israeli air strikes against Hezbollah in Lebanon are ‘being discussed at the highest level’.

 

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Israel's atrocities in Gaza - Book review

Gaza: an inquest into its martyrdom

Norman G Finkelstein

University of California Press 2018, £27.95

In the opening sentence of his preface to the book, Finkelstein writes ‘This book is not about Gaza. It is about what has been done to Gaza’ and it is, as its jacket states, a meticulously researched inquest into Gaza’s martyrdom. The book records in great detail the death and destruction meted out by Israel in the 2008/09 ‘Operation Cast Lead’, the 2010 attack on the Mavi Marmara and 2014 ‘Operation Protective Edge’, detailing the hypocrisy of the UN, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in covering up for Israel’s war crimes. As he states in the preface: ‘What has befallen Gaza is a human-made human disaster ... Gaza is about a Big Lie composed of a thousand, often seemingly abstruse and arcane, little lies. The objective of this book is to refute that Big Lie by exposing each of the little lies ... If the evil is in the detail, it can only be confronted and disposed of in methodical parsing of logic and evidence. The reader’s forbearance must in advance be begged, as perusing this book will require infinite patience.’

The book is certainly not an easy read, but Finkelstein has done a great service in providing to the world a historical record of Israel’s atrocities in Gaza.

 

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Free Ahed Tamimi!

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On 19 December, 16-year-old Palestin­ian activist Ahed Tamimi was abducted in an overnight raid on her home by Israeli soldiers. The raid came in response to a viral video showing Tamimi slapping an Israeli soldier. What the video did not show was that this took place after an Israeli soldier had shot Tamimi’s 15-year-old cousin Mohammad at point-blank range with a rubber-coated steel bullet, shattering his jaw and leaving him in a medically-induced coma for 72 hours. Tamimi was charged in an Israeli military court with 12 counts of assault, incitement, interference with soldiers, and stone-throwing incidents, some dating back to April 2016. If convicted she faces up to 10 years in prison. At her first court appearance on 17 January, the military judge ruled that she would be detained for the duration of her case, which could take months.    

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Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! 262 February/March 2018

 

Palestine: Abbas sides with Saudi Arabia

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RCG activists in London joined thousands marching for Palestine on 4th November

On 7 November 2017 Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas was summoned to Riyadh to participate in a show of unity with the Saudi regime’s war aims. His Fatah party-run Palestinian newspaper Al Hayat Al Jadida announced that ‘The Palestinian Authority will not allow Iran to interfere on its territory’. The PA is taking sides with US imperialist, Saudi and Israeli interests in the Middle East and is emboldened by the Hamas decision to hand back control of Gaza. Although hugely unpopular, the Abbas regime will now attempt to consolidate its power and deal a lasting blow to Palestinian resistance.

 

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PFLP statement: Our struggle – not Trump – will decide the fate of Jerusalem

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Bellow we republish a statement from the PFLP on Donald Trump’s 6 December announcement that the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there. The original statement can be found here.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine described the declaration of US President Donald Trump as a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their rights that makes the US position clear as a hostile entity toward our people and a partner of the Zionist state in its crimes against the Palestinian people and land, and it must be addressed on this basis.

Further, the Front considered that Trump also launched a ‘bullet of mercy’ on the so-called two-state solution, the settlement project and the delusions of the peace process. It called upon the Palestinian leadership to learn the necessary lessons from the devastating experience of reliance on negotiations and U.S. domination and announce the immediate withdrawal from the Oslo agreement and all subsequent and attendant obligations.

The PFLP called on the Palestinian masses and their organizations to unite their efforts and respond collectively, practically and forcefully to this decision through action and escalation of the momentum of the popular movement.

 

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Balfour 100 concert – a celebration of racism and imperialism

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On 7 November 2017, the Revolutionary Communist Group protested outside the Royal Albert Hall against a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, when British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour declared the British government’s support for the establishment of a Zionist state in the country of Palestine. This declaration marked the beginning of an imperialist–Zionist alliance that would result in the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians when the state of Israel was established in 1948; the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the Israeli regime; and the subjugation of the Palestinian people under a regime that routinely denies their rights and regularly launches deadly massacres that have killed thousands of Palestinians in recent years alone.

 

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The Balfour Declaration - 100 years of British collaboration with Zionism

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Balfour’s Shadow: a century of British support for Zionism and Israel
David Cronin, Pluto Press 2017, £16.99

On 2 November 1917, the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, signed a letter addressed to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the Zionist Federation in Britain, expressing support for ‘the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people’. This letter, made public on 9 November and known as the Balfour Declaration, set in train a process, as David Cronin describes, ‘whereby colonisers would be treated as superior to the native population’ and Palestinians living and farming the land became ‘non-Jewish communities’.

 

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Gaza: between a rock and a hard place

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Palestinians demonstrate against the Israeli Egyptian blockade on 30 January 2017

Negotiations have taken place in Cairo over the summer between Hamas representatives and Al Sisi’s government – and separately between Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) and Egypt. Hamas has been opposed by an Egyptian regime which has increased security collaboration with the Israeli military. Despite widespread protest, the PA has also continued its collusion with the Israeli occupation. With Israel emboldened by Trump’s gestures of support, the pressure on Hamas has been augmented by its regional isolation, deserted by former allies Turkey and Qatar. Egypt has been key to tightening a blockade which has meant that the Rafah border has been opened for fewer than seven, non-consecutive, days over the last eight months. Aside from a very small group of pilgrims going to Umra at the end of August and a couple of tanker loads of Egyptian oil, Hamas spokesmen have been among the few people to leave or enter Gaza since March this year.

 

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Balfour's shadow: A century of British support for Zionism and Israel

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David Cronin, Pluto Press, 2017, £16.99               

On 2 November 1917, the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, signed a letter addressed to Lord Rothschild a leader of the Zionist Federation in Britain, expressing support for, 'the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people'. This letter, made public on 9 November, and known as the Balfour Declaration, set in train a process, as David Cronin describes 'whereby colonisers would be treated as superior to the native population' and Palestinians living and farming the land became 'non-Jewish communities'.

 

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Review – Employing the Enemy: The Story of Palestinian Labourers on Israeli Settlements

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Employing the Enemy: The Story of Palestinian Labourers on Israeli Settlements
Matthew Vickery, Zed Books 2017, 152pp, £7.50

This short but excellent book deals with the Zionist settlement project. Dispossessed from their land, Palestinians are deprived of their traditional incomes from farming and herding. As a result, settlement employers benefit from ‘a cheap workforce, desperate for an income’, and they exploit that workforce with ‘impunity’ (p.5). This workforce often has no choice other than ‘toiling in the very facts on the ground that continue to entrench occupation and bring so much hardship and grief to the West Bank Palestinian population’ (p.1). The growth of the settlements creates a contrast between increasingly integrated, prosperous, Israeli commuter settlements and a system of West Bank ‘bantustans’ in which the Palestinian people are heavily controlled and subjected to violent oppression; and the economy deliberately stifled so that the country’s resources and its labour benefit only the occupation.

 

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Ghassan Kanafani: voice of Palestine (1936-1972)

2017 marks 45 years since the murder of Palestinian writer, activist and political leader Ghassan Kanafani by the Israeli Mossad agency. On 8 July 1972, while living in Beirut, a car bomb explosion killed him along with his 17-year-old niece Lamees. Kanafani was one of the most important figures in 20th century literature. He was also a refugee, a revolutionary Marxist and an internationalist. The Israelis claimed the assassination was a response to the Lod Airport attack two months earlier, although Kanafani had played no direct role in this. He was, according to the obituary in the Lebanese Daily Star, 'a commando who never fired a gun, whose weapon was a ball-point pen, and his arena the newspaper pages.' Kanafani was at the time of his death the official spokesman of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the editor of its paper Al Hadaf. The organisation saluted 'the leader, the writer, the strategist, and the visionary.'

Ghassan Kanafani spent the early years of his life in the port city of Acre, where he was born in 1936. At the time of his birth, Kanafani’s father and other family members were participants in the national revolt against the British occupation of Palestine and its facilitation of Zionist colonisation. Acre was the site of a British occupation jail and of the executions of leading Palestinian activists. The epic song ‘From Acre Prison’ (Min Sijjn Akka) protests against their killing and remains an anthem of the Palestinian struggle. Prior to 1948, Acre had around 15,000 Palestinian inhabitants and no Zionist settlements. The Zionist attacks in the Nakba led to the expulsion of all but 3,000 Palestinians. 12-year-old Ghassan and his family became refugees in the town of Zabadiya, central west Syria, joining the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians exiled from their homelands.

 

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Jerusalem uprisings demonstrate Palestinian power

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The Al Aqsa mosque in illegally-occupied East Jerusalem was at the heart of a recent surge of Palestinian resistance against the Zionist state. After a shootout on 14 July near the Al Aqsa compound between Palestinians and Israeli police that saw three Palestinians and two police officers killed, Israel installed new security measures to monitor Palestinians accessing the mosque, including metal detectors and security cameras. The move was widely seen by Palestinians as an attempt by Israel to further its aim of wresting the Al Aqsa mosque from Palestinian control; Israeli political and religious leaders regularly call for the mosque to be destroyed and replaced with a Jewish temple.

In response, Palestinians in East Jerusalem rose up and organised a campaign of civil disobedience, staging sit-ins and prayers in front of the gate to the Al Aqsa compound and refusing to enter until Israel acceded to their demand to have the metal detectors removed. The Israeli government initially refused and attempted to suppress the protests by force. Tens of Palestinians, including children, were arrested in overnight raids and demonstrators in East Jerusalem were fired on with tear gas, sound bombs, and rubber-coated bullets.  Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, which is separated from Jerusalem by an illegal Israeli-imposed border, also protested against the Israeli measures. The Red Cross reported that over 400 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including many by live fire. There were also demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that over 20 Palestinians including six medics suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation as a result of Israeli attempts to disperse them. Three Palestinians protesters were shot dead by Israeli forces: 18-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Sharaf; 20-year-old Muhammad Abu Ghannam; and 17-year old Muhammad Khalaf Mahmoud Khalaf Lafi. Three Israeli settlers in the illegal settlement of Halamish in the West Bank were also killed.

 

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Resistance until victory - Palestinian prisoners show the way

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As Donald Trump repeats the mythmaking claims of US presidents to be able to bring ‘peace’ to the Middle East, the mass hunger strike of Palestinian political prisoners has forced Israel’s allies to check themselves. The street protests across occupied Palestine against Trump’s plan for an embassy in Jerusalem have pushed the plan back onto the shelf. Despite (and because of) the US government’s more open verbal support for Zionist settlements, a continuation of imperialist sponsorship and the anti-resistance actions of Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA), the crisis for Netanyahu and the Israeli ruling class remains. The movement of the prisoners expresses Palestinian determination for an alternative.

 

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New statement by the Palestinian Prisoners Movement: We call for urgent action to confront the plans for the prisoners’ execution

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The Revolutionary Communist Group is pleased to host this statement from Samidoun. The original statement can be found here.

The Palestinian prisoners’ movement engaged in the Strike of Freedom and Dignity within Israeli prisons issued a new statement on 6 May, the 20th day of open hunger strike.

The strike was launched on 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, by 1500 Palestinian prisoners and has been joined by a series of prominent leaders of the prisoners’ movement and the Palestinian national movement. Marwan Barghouthi, member of the Fateh central committee, launched the strike; leaders from all Palestinian political movements, including Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat, PFLP leader Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Islamic Jihad leader Zaid Bseiso, Hamas leaders Hasan Salameh and Abbas al-Sayyed, DFLP leader Wajdi Jawdat, People’s Party leader Bassam Kandakji and many others, including the longest-held Palestinian prisoners Nael Barghouthi and Karim Younes.

 

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Fight Israeli apartheid ... and PA collaboration

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On 15 March, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) published a report labelling Israel a ‘racist state’ and an ‘apartheid regime’. Its support for Palestinian demands for boycott, divestment and sanctions on the Zionist state caused imperialist uproar. US-led pressure forced its withdrawal and the resignation of one of its instigators, ESCWA under-secretary Rima Khalef. The full report can be read on the Electronic Intifada website. Written by Virginia Tilley, professor at Southern Illinois University, and Richard Falk, former UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territories, the report compares the Israeli occupation with the system that sustained apartheid in South Africa. It highlights the following characteristics:

 

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Zionists ban free speech - universities collaborate

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Manchester University FRFI Society demonstrating in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners. Pic: Andrew McCoy

Using the pretext of the government’s Prevent strategy, universities across Britain are suppressing support for the Palestinian people on student campuses. This became evident during the annual ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’, which takes place during March in universities across the world. Such censorship has received vociferous support from Zionist organisations emboldened by slanderous media labelling of opponents of the Israeli colonial-settler state as anti-Semites.

Anxious to comply with a letter from Universities Minister Jo Johnson titled ‘Tackling anti-Semitism on campus’, which called on them to subject Israeli Apartheid Week events to special scrutiny, several universities cancelled or obstructed student Palestine solidarity activities:

 

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Palestine: Zionists tighten their grip

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Trump’s election as US president has given confidence to the Israeli right that their plans for settlement expansion will not be held back. Three days after the Washington inauguration the Zionist regime announced the construction of 2,500 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. The fact that many of these are planned for the illegal Beit El settlement near Ramallah, the site of settler violence against protests by Palestinians living in the area, shows that Israeli leaders expect no significant constraints from the new US presidency. The plans come as Israel accelerates house demolitions and land grabs in historic Palestine and proposals to annex other illegal settlements. Trump’s stated aim of moving the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem has become another flashpoint for Palestinian protests. Louis Brehony reports.

 

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RCG branches join call for freedom for Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian political prisoners

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RCG (Revolutionary Communist Group) and Samidoun supporters helped organise a day of protest on 14 January as part of an international day action for the release of Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian political prisoners. South London RCG held a street meeting in Brixton, raising awareness of the case of Sa’adat and other Palestinian political prisoners while activists in the East London neighbourhood of Whitechapel led an open mic sound system.

 

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President-elect Donald Trump: friend of Israel

The farce that was the US elections provided no real choice between two reactionary candidates. Nowhere was this more evident that in their policy towards Palestine. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump guaranteed the continued alliance of the US government with the Israeli occupation with unconditional support for the expanding number of illegal Israeli settlements.

 

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Palestinian Prisoners: On the Front Lines for Freedom

As we write, Ahmad Abu Fara and Anas Shadid have been on hunger strike in Israeli prison for over 57 days. Imprisoned without charge or trial under ‘administrative detention’, the two have refused food since 25 September in order to highlight their demand for freedom. In doing so, they are part of a long collective and individual tradition of Palestinian hunger strikes in Israeli prisons, demanding freedom, justice, and engaging in coordinated struggle against prison abuse and oppression.

 

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Victory for Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed – step up the solidarity

We salute the victory of Palestinian political prisoner Bilal Kayed, whose 71-day hunger strike in Ramle prison resulted in the Israeli state agreeing to release him in December 2016. His protest against continued imprisonment under ‘administrative detention’, without charge or trial, highlighted the treatment of many more locked up under the Zionist regime. In a letter from prison Bilal wrote:

‘The prisoners are yesterday’s strugglers and tomorrow’s leaders...I remind you that there are still those prisoners who are fighting a vicious battle against this occupier that does not understand anything but the language of challenge...I remind you of the two Balboul brothers and Malik Al Qadi, and bless the victory of Ayed Al Heraimi, which is no less than my victory and the victory of others. I call upon you to stand with them in their struggle until the battle of hunger is victorious against the arsenal of the occupier. Inevitably, they will win.’

The RCG supports the Samidoun (‘steadfast ones’) campaign for the release of all Palestinian political prisoners and argues that the issue of detainees is central to building a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. At a rally in solidarity with Bilal Kayed in Manchester on 17 August comrade Shadi Daana told crowds:

 

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Boycott Israel! Free Bilal Kayed! Free all political prisoners!

On Saturday 23 July 2016, on London’s Oxford Street - Europe’s busiest shopping area - protestors held a loud and colourful demonstration demanding the release of Bilal Kayed, a Palestinian political prisoner who is now in the second month of a hunger strike.

The protest was organised by the Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) and took place outside the flagship store of Marks and Spencer, Britain’s biggest corporate supporter of Israel. The RCG has organised pickets outside Marks and Spencer for more than 14 years because of the company’s historical links with the zionist movement, and its continuing economic ties with Israel. The 23 July picket was dedicated to the cause of Bilal Kayed and all Palestinian prisoners.

 

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