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(en) Britain, Resistance #88 - More in common than in conflict... The Middle East – anarchists oppose war.

Date Mon, 16 Oct 2006 09:54:05 +0200

While the conflict between Israel, Lebanon and Palestine continues as a temporary
stand off, the superpowers do nothing but give the green light to Israeli attacks. As
anarchists, we refuse to see this as a war between nations. The real oppressors here
are the ruling classes, the ones in command of the armies, the ones with the weapons,
the ones with the mass propaganda machines that generate enormous popular
support from angry and displaced peoples, regardless of the cause.
States and their stooges
The Israeli government and Israeli Defence Force, nothing more than a long arm of
the Western ruling classes, coupled with the Iranian ruling class and the Hezbollah as
their proxy army, do nothing but bring death and oppression to the working class people
of the region. While the illusion maintained
is that of Olmert and the IDF bravely stand-
ing up for the freedom of Israeli citizens, or
the Iranian-controlled Hezbollah defend-
ing the helpless Lebanese civilians from the
ever-mightier invader, the reality is that nei-
ther of these "noble" organisations help
working class people beyond what is nec-
essary, beyond what they need for main-
tained support.

Mutual aid in the war zone
While the IDF destroys whole Palestinian
villages with Caterpillar bulldozers bought
from Western companies, and the
Hezbollah fires Iranian-made rockets into
Israeli residential areas, the organisations
who really strive to make a difference are
the grassroots ones, ones without leaders,
run by the people who need them and for
the people who need them. There is the
Sanayeh Relief Centre in Beirut, which op-
erates out of schools and is run by volun-
teers, giving refugees from Southern Leba-
non shelter, food, and medical and psy-
chological support. There is al Badil al
Chououii al Taharruri, or Libertarian Alter-
native, whose analysis of the situation is
an important and valid one. In Palestine
and Israel there are the Anarchists Against
the Wall, a group of Israeli, Palestinian and
international anarchists who work directly
with Palestinian communities threatened by
the apartheid wall, using methods of direct
action and protest to dismantle fences that
separate villages from their crops. These
organisations and more like them deserve
and need our support.

Sanayeh Relief Centre:
Al-Badil: flag.blackened.net/revolt/inter/

Anarchists Against the Wall:
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