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Israel, Hands Off Al-Aqsa!

Down with the Israeli Apartheid State!

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 5.11.2014, www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

As I write this article, Palestinian medical officials have announced that a Palestinian was seriously injured in clashes which erupted Wednesday morning on the site of Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem. According to reports (Haaretz, November 5), the man was wounded by a sponge-tipped bullet fired by Israeli security forces. Continue reading

Down With the New Imperialist Attack on Iraq and Syria!

The Renewal of the Imperialist War and the Tasks of the Workers Movement

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 2.10.2014, www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

In mid-September the US ruling class decided to bombard the Islamic State (IS, often called Daash in Arabic) in Syria. Already on the first day, American war planes killed or wounded dozens of Islamic State fighters in air strikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa and surrounding areas. It already started to attack IS fighters in Iraq in early August. Thus, we see that the imperialist war on Iraq did not end in December 2011. The official declaration, then, of US President Obama that the imperialist war had ended was an empty promise. The US is once again involved in a war against Iraq and Syria. Imperialism cannot survive without wars; but, as Lenin wrote, for humanity to survive we must destroy the imperialist system. Continue reading

The CWI’s “Socialist” Zionism and the Palestinian Liberation Struggle

 A Reply from the RCIT

By Michael Pröbsting, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 15.9.2014, www.thecommunists.net

Peter Taaffe, the CWI’s long-standing leader, recently published a response to criticism against the position of his organization regarding the Palestinian liberation struggle. (1) In addition, on 31 August a public debate took place between representatives of the Austrian sections of the RCIT and the CWI in which the participants debated strategy for the Palestinian liberation struggle. (2) Furthermore, RCIT comrades in Israel / Occupied Palestine as well as socialists inside the Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) in South Africa regularly hold discussions with CWI activists on this issue. Continue reading

Israel lost the 51-Day War but the Palestinian Liberation Struggle Continues

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 30.8.2014,
www.thecommunists.net 
and www.the-isleague.com

The ceasefire agreed to by Israel and Hamas in Cairocame after 51 days of fighting. During this war Israel killed 2,142 people, most of them civilians including more than 490 children; it injured more than 10,000, and destroyed thousands of homes; it bombed mosques, hospitals, and schools. 69 Israelis were killed, nearly all of them soldiers. Continue reading

Who Won the Gaza War?

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 8.8.2014, www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

After almost a month of butchering, the Zionist propaganda line is that Israel won the war against Hamas. If the 1,900 Palestinians killed, 80% of whom were children, elderly, and non-combatant men and women, plus thousands of wounded, is to be the measure of victory, then Israel certainly won. If the number of destroyed homes, schools, mosques, and hospitals is used, then, once again, Israel won the war. And if the number of destroyed tunnels is taken as the measure of success, then Israel won the war. However, if the weakening of Hamas is the factor which determines who was the victor and who was the loser, then Hamas won the war. Continue reading