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(en) Cyprus Anarchists: Solidarity with the Palestinian insurrection

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Date Sat, 7 Dec 2002 06:10:03 -0500 (EST)


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The ongoing resistance of the Palestinian people, particularly by
young boys armed with nothing but stones against one of the
best equipped and most efficient armies in the world, has been a
struggle against all the horrors of classical genocide: mass
deportation, concentration camps, indiscriminate massacres, the
destruction of individual houses and whole streets, on the spot
shooting, violence, rape, attacks on the mosques, planned
massacres by plain clothes death squads, etc. The use of lethal
poisonous gases, rubber bullets and real bullets with their daily
death toll which no longer makes news, has failed to quell this
rebellion.
The media, in the new democratic world order based on opinion
and consensus, have excelled themselves in their biased
reporting of such events, consolidating opinion in favour of the
Israeli State and US interests in the Mediterranean. However,
the Nazi-style project of the physical and cultural extermination
of the Palestinian Arab people can no longer be concealed from
the eyes of the world as bombers, tanks and bulldozers continue
to demolish their miserable homes along with the few social
structures they have managed to erect in the open prison they
have been condemned to live in. The cries of indignation that
this has provoked from much of the political leadership of the
West has had little to do with feelings for the Palestinians and a
lot to do with fear of upsetting some of the surrounding Arab
States on whom they depend for cheap supplies of oil.
        The reaction of some of the young people involved in the
struggle to ward off one of the most highly equipped armies in
the world barehanded is hardly surprising. Surrounded by the
stench of death since birth, some have been recruited by Islamic
organizations such as Hamas in order to take a few equally
defenceless Israeli men women and children with them in the
tragic culmination of their short lives. Such events are given
maximum media coverage, not out of any real sympathy for the
victims of suicide attacks, but because they can be exploited
politically in favour of the interests of dominion, fitting perfectly
into Bush's logic of the "axis of evil" in order to justify State
terror on a massive scale.
        Faced with this reality it is easy to fall prey to a Manichaean
logic of war and side with one or other "nation" en bloc. But if
our solidarity with the oppressed is to be go beyond words or
marching behind national flags, we must make an effort to
understand the situation in its profound social and historical
complexity. Only then will we be able to abandon the role of
passive spectator and act with revolutionary solidarity in a way
that refuses the obtuse logic of nationalism, militarism and the
State.
        Already in 1917 in the Balfour declaration it was evident
that international Zionist interests were far more important than
the fate of "70,000 Arabs with all their prejudices". The
occupation of the Palestinian land and the constitution of a
Jewish national party based on history and religion was about to
begin. By 1935 there were already 400.000 Jews to 900.00
Arabs. In 1948 the Israeli State was constituted - clashes and
persecutions began, resulting in a mass exodus of the Arabs.
All Jewish immigrants were promised not only nationality, but
also one of the houses left by the Arabs in their flight. They had
the sympathy of the world behind them following the genocide
put into act by the Nazis, and how could it be otherwise. But
behind them were the interests of Zionism and those of US
domination, and dollars were poured into Israel to strengthen the
State and supply an arsenal of weaponry fit for the latter's role as
policeman of the Mediterranean. Ever since, the colonizers have
continued to push the Palestinians out of their homes and off
their land, consigning them to a tiny desert which has become
the most densely populated area in the world.
It should be said that many of the first Jewish immigrants in the
land of Israel had ideals of equality which encountered the desire
of the Palestinaian Arabs to share their land as they had done
previously with the Armenians fleeing Turkish persecution.
They did not oppose themselves to the Jews until the occupation
took the form of a Zionist political movement aimed at instating
an Israeli State as opposed to free federated agricultural
communities. There still exists today an opposition in Israel who
are against the Zionist project of death in favour of a kind of
libertarian socialism in the Middle East, especially Israel. They
reject the nationalist Israeli State in favour of the class struggle
for free collectivist communities. In fact free federated
productive communities are the only possible solution for the
people of the Middle East.
The realization of a desire to live alongside each other without
the State by both Israeli and Palestinian people would subvert
the world order of exploitation and death. The latter requires a
situation of racial hatred and war as the necessary preliminary
for orchestrating a future situation of armed peace along with all
the internal structures required to maintain such a condition.
The constitution of the Palestinian State by the OLP with Arafat
as its leader, seen by many as something positive, did not waste
time in baring its true nature in this sense. A grotesque parody of
a State with its Palestinian policemen, courts and prisons took
the place of the Israeli Shin Beth in repressing the uncontrollable
youths of Gaza. Arrests, interrogation, torture and imprisonment
by one-time comrades in arms against the colonizers now the
upholders of order - in the first place in the interests of the Israeli
bosses - has lead to armed resistance within the State of
Palestine, mainly in the form of  Hamas,  "The armed wing of
God", preparing boys for death in the holy war against the
infidels.
In spite of all this, the Intifada which broke out in December
1987, continues unabated. It is to this mass insurrection that we
must give our solidarity by attacking the economic and political
interests of the Israeli State without attacking the Israeli people.
Internationalist revolutionary solidarity uses simple means such
as sabotage, the boycotting of products, or demonstrations
which distinguish themselves clearly from all political
manifestations tinged with nationalism.
The language of rebellion knows no borders, it can strike
anywhere, any time.
This is what the States are afraid of. They know that without the
consensus of the indifferent their arsenal of war would become
dead weapons.
The world has shown its indifference too long. It is time to
express our anger in revolutionary solidarity with all those in
struggle against the State, in particular with the young
Palestinians fighting for their lives.

Free hearts

For a world without borders.






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