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(en) France, The francophone Anarchist Federation denounces and condemns the Israeli state aggression

Date Fri, 07 Jul 2006 22:15:50 +0300


The francophone Anarchist Federation denounces and condemns the latest
military attacks currently underway in Palestine and in the occupied
territories following the kidnapping of a young Franco-Israeli soldier.
It is once again the civilian population, directly affected, who is paying
with its blood, living conditions, and freedom for the conflict between
two nationalist, capitalist, military, and religious logics in the ongoing
war between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
It is indeed Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, voted to power by taking
advantage of the corruption and discredit in Yasser Arafat's Fatah party
and the decay of the PLO, who are manipulating the anger and frustration
of the majority of Palestinians by transforming the struggle against
colonial oppression into a religious fight and an apogee of anti-Semitism.

Israeli governments have always sought out this religious conflict and as
such encouraged the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in order to legitimate
their colonial policies of domination and ethnic apartheid to the West.

As anarchists we know that States separate peoples by erecting borders.
Just as creating the State of Israel did not settle anything in this
region or for the exiled Jewish peoples, themselves in a desperate
situation in another era, the creation of a real Palestinian State cannot
satisfy us. Indeed, how would a more formal State help Palestinians? What
would this State do? Maintain the status quo with increasing Islamic
influence and leave social struggle aside on the pretext that Israel is
the enemy. What about social emancipation? Where is the social and
economic equality in all this? The hatred between peoples barricaded
behind the barbed wire borders of their respective states would
crystallise around “national� groups (a vague, misleading, and
interclassist concept) if even more borders are drawn up.

We propose anarchist federalism, fundamentally egalitarian and adapted to
a Middle East composed of a mosaic of peoples, favouring the free
association and federation on egalitarian bases of the individuals and
groups of individuals making up this federalism.

Redistribution of wealth and generalised self-production are indispensable
in this region as elsewhere, where there are rich and poor people, and
States vying for access to the sea, water, fertile lands, and oil.

An alternative is possible in the Middle-East if both Israeli and
Palestinian peoples reject the artificial barriers which separate and
oppose them in order to unite against their common enemies, political,
economic, religious, and military power to together build the bases of a
society which guarantees peace and harmony.

The existence of collectives made up of Palestinian and Israeli
individuals, for example struggling together against the Wall or
supporting military deserters and opponents, proves once again that that
which unites us, mutual aid and solidarity, is stronger than that which
divides us.

The francophone Anarchist Federation calls all forces in the social
movement and all individuals who hold justice, peace, and freedom dear to
protest by all means possible for the intolerable situation faced by
workers, civilians, women, men, and children in this region of the world
to be put to an end as quickly as possible.

Federation anarchiste, 05/07/06
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