US Students rise up for Palestine

In mid-April, students in universities across the US set up encampments on university grounds demanding total divestment from Israeli companies and the severing of academic ties to Israeli institutions. The first university encampment was set up by Columbia University (New York) students on 17 April 2024, shortly followed by similar protests in 130 college and university campuses in 45 US states. With no opportunist forces to control the movement from within, the state response was immediate and violent: almost 3,000 arrests, security and police forces in riot gear dragging students across the ground, pepper spraying them, tasering them and storming their university buildings with guns. Zionists thugs were allowed free rein to act as auxiliaries of the state and terrorise and attack encampments while police looked on. University administrations collaborated with police and several organisers face expulsion. Though the majority of the encampments have now been destroyed, they have succeeded in raising consciousness around the onslaught on Gaza and have inspired students at universities across Australia, Britain and Europe to set up similar encampments, many of which are ongoing as we go to press. Reagan Gray and Ria Aibhilin report.

 

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Palestine: resistance undefeated

Despite the brutal slaughter of over 46,000 Palestinians, the destruction of 62% of their homes, 84% of their healthcare centres and 56% of their schools, the Zionist genocide carries on, with no end in sight and no credible claim to victory over the steadfast people of Gaza. Jabaliya, Rimal, Nuseirat, Khan Younis: Israeli strategists envisaged Gaza’s districts falling like dominoes alongside the bodies and houses of their inhabitants and crowed triumphantly after each murderous operation. But, in every region of Gaza, this ongoing Nakba is faced by an armed resistance which is undefeated. Meanwhile, regional resistance from Lebanon, Yemen and other Palestinian regions has been met with international solidarity in the imperialist nerve centres. This reality has triggered disagreements between Israel and its US, EU and British imperialist sponsors, deepening the political crisis they all face. LOUIS BREHONY reports.

 

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Hands off Samidoun!

Charlotte Kates of Samidoun

FRFI sends unconditional solidarity to Charlotte Kates, international coordinator for the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, a network of principled anti-imperialists who work to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle to be liberated from Zionist prisons, who was recently arrested and charged by the Vancouver Police Department with ‘public incitement of hatred’ and ‘wilful promotion of hatred’ on 29 April. This was after giving a speech supporting the Palestinian resistance and calling for Palestinian resistance factions to be removed from Canada’s terrorist list on 26 April. This arrest follows a months-long campaign of pro-Zionist imperialist states targeting Samidoun across Europe and North America. It is clear that the ruling class fears a growing principled pro-Palestine trend in the imperialist heartlands that stands with the Palestinian resistance as they fight to liberate themselves from Zionist occupation.

 

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Israel starves Gaza

The Israeli genocide on Gaza is entering its sixth month. At time of writing, the official death toll is over 32,000, over 70% of whom are women and children. Over 13,000 children, 1 in every 100 children in Gaza, have been killed. More than 74,000 people have been injured. These are only the official numbers from the Gaza Health Ministry, which stated months ago that it had lost the capacity to reliably count the casualties; the true number is likely to be much higher.

 

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Free the Palestinian hostages!

Since 7 October, the Zionist state’s brutal campaign against Palestinians in Gaza has continued with the backing of imperialist powers. In addition to ruthless bombardment, starvation and targeted assassinations, Israeli state forces have also kidnapped and imprisoned residents of Gaza it claims are linked to the armed resistance movement.

 

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End British support for Zionism

End British Support for Zionism: Isolate the Israeli State a pamphlet by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!, Larkin Publications, 96pp,£3.95.

For many years, the Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) has supported the liberation struggle in Palestine by fighting against British imperialism, a source of oppression for both the Palestinians and the working class in Britain. It sees a direct line of causation between the establishment of the Zionist state in 1948 and the genocidal siege occurring now. Palestinians have long resisted the occupation, a struggle that RCG has recognized and supported from the start. Drawing on this experience, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! (FRFI) has gathered a collection of articles that illustrate the group’s long-held support for the Palestinian people. Established by Britain as a foothold for imperialist ventures in the Middle East, the Zionist state has the full support of its lobby around the world, with Britain at the forefront of backing its occupation.

 

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UN votes on Gaza

On 25 March 2024, after much deliberation, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2728, calling for an immediate ceasefire in the war on Gaza, effective for the short remainder of the month of Ramadan. Put forward by elected members of the UN body, including Algeria and Mozambique, the motion was bolstered by Chinese and Russian backing. Attempting to appear as the peacemaker while declaring its ongoing solidarity with the genocidal occupation, imperialist Britain played a pernicious role, voting in favour, while supporting the aims of the aggression. In a step unprecedented in recent times, the US abstained, allowing the censure of the Zionist state to pass. As a broad front of Palestinian resistance organisations declared, this UN resolution may reveal fissures in US-Israeli relations, but can only prove effective with real pressure to end the Zionist war.

 

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Palestine, Cuba, Venezuela: On the Frontline of the Anti-Imperialist Struggle [Online Public Meeting]

Online Public Meeting

Palestine, Cuba, Venezuela: On the Frontline of the Anti-Imperialist Struggle

As imperialist countries back the genocidal assault on Gaza, solidarity with peoples on the frontline of the anti-imperialist struggle is more important than ever. Cuba has engaged in a daily battle against US economic warfare for over 60 years, whilst Venezuela faces similar challenges for daring to defy US domination.

Date & Time:
8 May 2024 - 07:00 PM (London time)


Meeting Registration:
tinyurl.com/PALATAM

We will hear from speakers representing three resistance movements who are united in struggle:

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  • Khaled Barakat - Masar Badil, Palestinian Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement
  • Ivan Ernesto - Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples and Union of Young Communists
  • Jorge Vilalta - Movimiento Otro Beta and Alba Movimientos (Venezuela)
  • Plus a speaker from the Revolutionary Communist Group (Britain)

Join us for an international webinar featuring stories from anti-imperialist struggles across the globe!

Spread the word and invite your friends! Click here to see the event on Facebook

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Ghassan Abu-Sittah: ‘It is your world to fight for’

We republish this speech by Palestinian doctor Ghassan Abu-Sittah upon his election as rector of Glasgow University. Ghassan has come under sustained attack by Zionists and the German state which refused him entry to the country on 12 April and sent police to shut down a pro-Palestinian conference which he was due to address.

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The students of Glasgow University decided to vote in memory of 52,000 Palestinians killed. In memory of 14,000 children murdered. They voted in solidarity with 17,000 Palestinian children orphaned, 70,000 wounded — of whom 50% are children — and the 4-5,000 children whose limbs have been amputated.

 

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Drenched in blood - Britain’s ties to Zionism

In a 31 October 2023 speech labelling the Palestinian struggle as ‘terrorism’ and claiming Zionist genocide as ‘self-defence,’ Labour Party leader Keir Starmer attacked what he saw as the aims of the 7 October resistance operation. The Palestinian liberation movement threatened Arab normalisation, he said, and constituted ‘a plan, written in blood, to isolate Israel from the West.’ Starmer’s words were revealing of the historic and continuing ties between imperialism and the Zionist state, hinting at the fears of the British ruling class that this collaboration could be undone by the Palestinian masses. Without British imperialist backing for Zionist colonisation, by military, political, economic and cultural means, there would have been no Nakba in 1948. Britain has remained firm in its mission to support Israel as a loyal base for its imperialist interests in the region. The call for sanctions to isolate a genocidal occupation means understanding Britain’s links to the Zionist state. Louis Brehony reports.

 

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Palestine: A crisis for the ruling class

The huge outpouring of anger at the savagery of the Zionist response to the 7 October Palestine resistance action has created a political crisis for the ruling class. From the start, demonstrations were huge: hundreds of thousands of people led by young working class Muslims expressed their rage, first at the barbarity of the Zionist state, second, at the naked collusion of the British government, and third and most importantly at the Labour Party for its support for the onslaught. For the first time since the 1970s, a significant section of the black working class was openly opposing Labour, denouncing its MPs for opposing a ceasefire, and picketing Labour Party offices, a significant political development. Robert Clough reports.

 

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Israeli state, pariah state

The International Criminal Court

In January the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a UN body, ruled that Israel had a case to answer for genocide over its military operations in Gaza since October 2023. The case was brought by South Africa, which accused Israel of acts that breached the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. Since the ruling the number killed in Gaza has reached over 33,000. This is despite the ruling stipulating that Israel, as a UN member state, must take action to ‘prevent acts of genocide’ and ‘allow humanitarian assistance into the Gaza Strip’.

 

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BAE Systems: merchants of death for British imperialism

Shut Down BAE protest at the Blue Fin building, Southwark March 2024

The largest manufacturing employer in Britain is BAE Systems, which is the largest arms company in Europe by revenue. These facts are highly indicative both of British imperialism’s parasitic and decaying nature but also of its continued global dominance. Whilst much of British manufacturing has been outsourced to the global south to derive greater profits through imperialist super-exploitation, the politically significant military manufacturing industry remains in Britain. Over the 10-year period 2010-19, Britain was second only to the US, the global hegemon, in total arms exports. Unsurprisingly, BAE Systems made record profits and revenues in 2023, due in great part to the Ukraine conflict and Israel’s genocide in Gaza. Its pre-tax profits rose from £1.99bn in 2022 to £2.33bn in 2023, and its revenue from £21.66bn to £23.08bn. With conflict, genocide and political instability being inevitable features of an increasingly crisis-ridden capitalist system, merchants of death such as BAE's chief executive Charles Woodburn are licking their lips at the prospect of ‘sustained growth in the coming years’. For those reasons, it is the duty of communists in Britain to target BAE Systems and the arms industry, and to prevent the export of arms to Israel.

 

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Zionist narrative in tatters

Israel’s narrative about atrocities it claims took place at the hands of Hamas fighters during Operation al-Aqsa Flood on 7 October 2023 has been falling apart, as evidence about the events continue to emerge. Assertions of the barbarity of Hamas’ actions have been shown to be without foundation. The claim made by the Zionists and repeated by US President Joe Biden that Hamas had beheaded 40 Israeli babies was eventually retracted by both the Israeli government and the White House, who acknowledged that no evidence existed of such an atrocity. Other claims, for instance that Hamas fighters burned babies in an oven, or bound children together before burning them, or cut open the stomach of a pregnant women, were debunked as baseless in a Haaretz report on 4 December.

 

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ICJ rules on Israeli genocide

On 26 January the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Israel had a case to answer for genocide over its operation in Gaza. The case had been brought by South Africa, which accused Israel of acts that breached the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. While the ruling falls short of demanding a ceasefire, it demands that Israel take action to ‘prevent acts of genocide’ and ‘allow humanitarian assistance into the Gaza Strip’. Such steps, as South Africa’s Foreign Minister, Naledi Pandor explained, ‘require a ceasefire’. The Court’s interim decision is a political defeat for Israel, which had argued that the Court had no right to hear the case. It also leaves the Zionist state’s imperialist backers – who had maintained that the genocide charges were completely unfounded – politically embarrassed. The Court’s decisions were carried by a 15-2 majority.

 

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Zionist genocide fails to defeat the resistance

‘There is no neutrality in this battle. This is a historic epic, marking the beginning of the battles for liberation.’ Leila Khaled, 13 January 2024

The Zionist state, supported by imperialism, is waging a war of terror upon the people of Palestine. But, despite the slaughter, the Zionists and their sponsors have failed abjectly in crushing the Palestinian resistance. Months into the confrontation, not a single Israeli objective has been met. Faced with mobile, collective guerrilla struggle, Zionism flounders, while imperialist allies and their Palestinian Authority (PA) collaborators face isolation. The movement for Palestinian liberation demands action on all fronts.

 

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Stop Israeli genocide - Sanctions Now!

The near-universal opposition to the genocidal war that the Israeli state is waging against the Palestinian people has deepened the political crisis that Western imperialism faces. In the US, extensive protests against the Biden administration’s cover for Israeli war crimes threaten a loss of electoral support for the Democrats which may allow Donald Trump to win the November presidential election. In Britain, the most determined defender of the Zionist state along with the US, demonstrations in support of Palestine numbering hundreds of thousands have continued into the New Year while both Tory and Labour parties continue to oppose an unconditional ceasefire. They are steeped in the blood of the Palestinian people – a further 20,000 have been slaughtered since the House of Commons dismissed a ceasefire in any form on 15 November 2023. Yet the pro-Palestine movement remains stuck in calling for a ceasefire without explaining how that might be achieved, especially now the International Court of Justice has declined to order one.

 

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Statement: FRFI supporter arrested under Terrorism Act

Protest for Palestine, October 2023

On 31 January a supporter of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! (FRFI) was arrested for allegedly ‘expressing support for a proscribed organisation’ under Section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000. According to the police, the arrest related to comments made by the supporter during a speech at a protest held at SOAS University of London in October 2023 in support of the Palestinian people and against the brutal onslaught by the Israeli state on Gaza. A video of her speech was shared on Twitter/X 19 October by Zionists who called for her arrest. She has been released on bail. No charge has been brought in this matter at present. If any charge is laid, we will strenuously contest this in court.

The arrest is politically motivated, and its purpose is to intimidate supporters of Palestinian liberation. Any charge under this legislation would depend on proving that supporting the Palestinian resistance means supporting a ‘proscribed organisation’. It would also call into question United Nations resolution 37/43 of 3 December 1982 and the Geneva Conventions, which explicitly give the Palestinian people the right to resist occupation by all available means.

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Fighting for Palestine, fighting repression

Police make an arrest at the London protest for Palestine on 13 January 2024 (photo: FRFI)

The sheer scale of pro-Palestinian protests in major cities across the world since the start of Israel’s genocidal attack on Gaza has caught imperialist governments and their police forces offguard.  Despite pressure to clamp down on solidarity actions, they have been unable to contain or prevent the demonstrations. The German state has been the most repressive among European countries - pro-Palestinian organisations have been banned and demonstrations violently attacked by the police.  In France, the Macron government has put official bans on solidarity marches but has been unable to enforce this in practice. Here in Britain, despite calls from right-wing MPs and media for bans, protests have gone ahead largely unimpeded, although subject to stringent conditions, including bans on any protest outside the Israeli embassy since 9 October. The fight for Palestine in these countries now requires a fight against repression by the hundreds of thousands who continue to stand against imperialism’s defence of Zionist terror. Sarah Guebre-Egziabher reports.

 

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Court victory for Elbit Eight

The Elbit Eight outside Snaresbrook Crown Court

‘Palestine Action are not guilty - Elbit is guilty!’

Following a six-week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in Redbridge, northeast London, eight activists were found not guilty on 12 counts relating to their actions against Israel’s largest private weapons company, Elbit Systems. More than 24,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israel since October 2023 alone, largely using weapons produced by Elbit. Hundreds of supporters attended the court hearings to demand ‘Drop the charges - not the bombs!’ and ‘Free the Elbit Eight!’. Even as the ‘Elbit Eight’ stood on trial, Palestine Action and others inspired by them were also winning victory after victory against the Zionist war machine and its supporters in Britain. ANDREW GEORGE reports.

 

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Gaza resists Israeli occupation

The death and destruction that Israel has rained down on Gaza since 7 October, the deliberate targeting of residential areas, of hospitals, mosques and schools, is the latest and most brutal attempt at the destruction and ethnic cleansing of Gaza. Since the 2006 election victory of Hamas, the Israeli state, supported by the US, Britain and the EU, has been determined to make the Palestinian people pay for their continued resistance to the Zionist state.

 

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Dismantle the Zionist war machine

Eight members of Palestine Action went on trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London in November, charged with criminal damage and burglary against Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer, Elbit Systems.

Britain and Israel – the Elbit connection

Elbit provides up to 85% of the military equipment used by the Israeli occupation forces, including missiles, bombs, gun systems, combat vehicles, cybersecurity technology and surveillance systems. 85% of Israel’s armed drones, used in daily surveillance and attacks in Gaza and the West Bank, are produced by Elbit. It’s also a main providers of the electronic detection fence system for the West Bank separation wall.

Elbit ‘battle-tests’ its equipment against Palestinians, such as the Hermes drones used to attack Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in 2009 and 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, in which hundreds were killed, including four young Palestinian playing on a beach in Gaza: the drone’s operators claimed to have mistaken them for ‘Hamas militants’ (see Gaza article p8).

Britain spends hundreds of millions of pounds each year on arms and military technology from Israeli companies. Over 300 Israeli companies operate in Britain. Britain’s ministry of defence has a contract with Elbit and its subsidiaries worth over half a billion pounds to train military personnel.

Direct action

Palestine Action has campaigned for over three years against Elbit Systems, targeting its head office in London as well as multiple manufacturing sites across Britain and its landlord, Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL).

In July 2019, Palestine Action targeted Instro Precision factory in Kent, whose products include optical systems for drones, scopes on guns and surveillance systems. Sustained action against the company’s Oldham site resulted in Elbit selling it in January 2022.

Activists have targeted Elbit’s London office 15 times since 2020, occupying the building, throwing red paint across the doors and locking on to the front doors. Palestine Action also targeted JLL demanding that it evict Elbit. These actions, which resulted in 60 arrests, forced Elbit to close the office in 2022 – the second Elbit site to be forced out of business by Palestine Action.
UAV Engines in Shenstone manufacture engines for Elbit’s Hermes drones and those used by Britain’s Watchkeeper programme. The site was shut down for two days in September 2020 after activists occupied the building, locking-on to gates and smashing windows, CCTV cameras, lighting and air conditioners.

Global resistance to arms sales

Palestinians have called for an international embargo on the weapons trade with Israel. Since the latest Israeli onslaught on Gaza, grassroots groups, workers and trade unions around the world have heeded that call. Spanish dockworkers refused to load ships in Barcelona transporting military equipment to Israel. Activists in Tacoma, US blocked an arms shipment after a multi-hour protest involving hundreds of people. On 7 November members of Palestine Action US targeted three of Elbit’s subsidiaries. In Australia, people staged a demonstration on land and sea to prevent a ship leaving Sydney Harbour loaded with weapons for Israel.

Solidarity with all who take principled action in support of the Palestinian liberation struggle and against the racist Zionist state!
Free the Elbit Eight!
Stop British Arms to Israel!


FIGHT RACISM! FIGHT IMPERIALISM! 297 December 2023/January 2024

 

Stand up to state repression!

As a wave of solidarity with Palestine swept through the working class of nations across the world, so the imperialist nations responded with censorship, intimidation and at times arrests in a desperate attempt to criminalise opposition to their murderous Zionist ally.

 

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Israel’s isolation deepens

Israel’s onslaught on Gaza has sent shockwaves throughout the entire world. Israel’s allies across the Middle East have come under enormous pressure from their own populations to abandon their support for Zionism’s genocidal ambitions, while its long-standing allies such as Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon have expressed their support for the Palestinian liberation struggle. Israel’s violent excesses will have long-term political and diplomatic repercussions. Wesam Khaled reports.

 

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British media supports Zionist genocide

The Zionist onslaught on Gaza has been unequivocally backed by the British media establishment. Despite their best efforts, the British media, from the tabloids to the supposedly liberal Guardian and Independent and the ‘impartial’ BBC, have utterly failed to manufacture public consent for Israel’s genocidal war against the Palestinian people, with their blatant lies exposed by the daily evidence of the Zionist state’s war crimes. Ria Aibhilin reports.

 

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Isolate The Zionist State: Sanctions Now!

FRFI protests in London against the bombing of Gaza

The 22 November ceasefire in Gaza is a significant setback for the Zionist state and its imperialist supporters. Having declared its aim was to annihilate Hamas, the Zionist state has been forced into an agreement with the very ‘terrorists’ it sought to eradicate. An estimated 40,000 tons of bombs, and the slaughter of over 15,000 Palestinian people, has destroyed neither Hamas nor the Palestinian resistance. Instead, this genocidal campaign has mobilised worldwide support for the resistance and for the national rights of the Palestinians. In Britain, it has created a political crisis as the major political parties defended the Zionist onslaught while hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in support of Palestine.

 

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Palestine Resists

Palestinians fly their flag in front of billowing smoke

The brutal siege and military invasion of al-Shifa hospital in Gaza city epitomised the Zionist assault on this most steadfast region of colonised Palestine, attempting to violently redress the humiliating defeat inflicted on Israeli military machinery on 7 October. Backed to the hilt by ultra-rich imperialist states, and throwing every possible form of weaponry at a largely unarmed people, the occupation has sought to drown the Palestinian resistance in blood. But, while they have razed Gaza neighbourhoods, the four-day ceasefire scheduled for 24 November was a significant setback for the Zionist state and its imperialist supporters. Louis Brehony reports.

 

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Support the Elbit Eight!

Palestine Action activists

On 13 November eight members of Palestine Action went on trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London. They included co-founders Huda Ammori and Richard Barnard and face charges of criminal damage and burglary against Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer, Elbit Systems. BRUNO ANTONIO reports.

 

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Support Palestinian resistance to imperialist-backed genocide

RCG/FRFI pickets Barclays in opposition to its investments in Israeli arms companies

RCG statement

As Gaza withstands the sheer savagery of Zionist genocidal warfare, the imperialist British state is backing Israel to the hilt, and is criminalising expressions of support for Palestinian resistance. The Conservative government and the Labour Party are equally racist and complicit. The choice has never been starker: resistance or collusion. We stand with the Palestinian resistance and oppose British complicity in Israel’s crimes. We recognise that the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people against the settler-colonial state of Israel is crucial for working class and oppressed people all over the world.

 

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Palestine: PA enables Saudi-Israel normalisation

Thirty years after the signing of the Oslo Accords on 13 September 1993, the false promise of negotiations is rearing its head again in talks between Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Much like during the Oslo process, the PA’s role in these negotiations threatens to throw Palestinian rights under the bus. However, a new wave of Palestinian resistance is making the maintenance of the status quo impossible.

 

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