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

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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