Statement of solidarity with Khaled Barakat of Samidoun

Khaled Barakat speaking in Manchester

Dear friends and comrades of Samidoun,

The RCG sends its solidarity and stands firmly against the latest actions of the imperialist and pro-Zionist German government to censure and silence comrade Khaled Barakat. As the crisis of imperialism deepens, European ruling classes have set their sights on stamping out any resistance and, under the guise of tackling antisemitism, seek to crush pro-Palestine and anti-Zionist sentiment. In this mission, they are aided by opportunist currents such as the British Labour Party and the German Social Democrats, who spuriously equate opposition to Israel with anti-Jewish racism. The same political forces are silent on the internment of Palestinian political prisoners, on the drive to war on Iran, and line up with the counterrevolutionary coup-plotters in Venezuela.


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Corporate media bias distorts Israeli-Palestinian fighting

A building in Gaza is destroyed by Israeli bombing

On 2 May 2019, the Israeli state began a new round of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. The four days of fighting that ensued saw Israel launch over 350 airstrikes on Gaza, one of the most densely populated and impoverished regions in the world. 25 Palestinians were killed, including three children, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the leading armed groups in Gaza, retaliated with rocket attacks into Israel that killed four. The corporate media’s reporting of these events demonstrates its pro-Israel bias. WESAM KHALED reports.


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Zionist racism on display in Israeli election campaign

While the Labour Party conducts an anti-Zionist witch hunt on the basis of a definition of anti-Semitism which claims it is anti-Semitic to call Israel a racist endeavour, the rhetoric around the election campaign for Israel’s April elections continues to demonstrate the inherently racist nature of the Israeli state. On 10 March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared in line with the Nation-State Law that Israel is ‘the nation state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people.’ His prospects of winning the election have improved enormously after US President Trump recognised Israel’s annexation of the illegally-occupied Golan Heights in Syria on 23 March.


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Standing against Prevent spooks in Camden

Protest at Camden Labour council meeting on 21 January 2019

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! 268 February/March 2019

On 21 January 2019, members and supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) held a demonstration outside a full meeting of Labour-run Camden council to protest against the Council’s policing of a public meeting we held in September 2018. We presented a petition which demanded:

  • the release of information surrounding the council’s outrageous decision to send Prevent counter-extremism officers to the RCG meeting;
  • a new vote at Camden Council to repeal the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which was endorsed by the council in 2017, now that it is clear that the definition is being used to attack free speech.


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Israeli terror and PA collaboration

Israeli repression has failed to break the spirit of the people of Gaza

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! 268 February/March 2019

The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip continues to intensify under Israeli blockade. On 15 January, the Gaza Health Ministry warned that hospitals throughout the Strip were facing an imminent risk of shutting down due to acute fuel shortages. The consequences of such shutdowns would be dire; Gazan hospitals are already stretched to over-capacity due to the over 10,000 demonstrators who have been seriously injured by Israeli forces since the Great March of Return protests began in March 2018, many thousands of whom require complex surgery. Hospitals in Gaza are also burdened by the long-term effects of the Israeli blockade, in place since 2007, which limits their ability to obtain vital equipment and medicines, leaving many people reliant on continual inpatient care for what would otherwise be treatable conditions. Child patients are particularly vulnerable; that many would die as a result of any shutdown is inevitable.


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Palestine: Israeli coalition crumbles

Palestinians protest on the Great March of Return, November 2018

On 11 November 2018, in a botched undercover operation, Israeli agents attempted to infiltrate the Gaza Strip. They were discovered by Palestinian security forces and opened fire attempting to escape. Seven Palestinians and one Israeli agent were killed. The fallout from this operation exposed the racist and fascistic character of the Israeli state. The operation shattered an uneasy truce between Israel and Gaza. Wesam Khaled reports.


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Fighting to defend free speech on Palestine in London

On 9 October 2018, the Leaders’ Com­mittee of London Councils called on all London boroughs to adopt the Interna­tional Holocaust Remem­brance Alli­ance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. This definition deliberately conflates anti-Semitism and anti-Zion­ism in an attempt to criminalise and shut down criticism of the Israeli state. The Lead­ers’ Committee’s action comes after the adoption of the definition by the nat­ional Labour Party on 4 Septem­ber. Many London councils had already adopted the definition but following the Leaders’ Committee instruction council after council followed suit, typically without debate or opposition. The RCG has been the only group engaged in a widespread and principled anti-Zionist campaign to repeal the definition, rather than just tinker around the edges. This has seen Camden Council send officers to spy on us, sectarianism and censorship from members of the Palestine Solidarity Cam­paign (PSC) and associated groups, and overwhelming support from people on the streets around London.


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Palestine: Israeli coalition crumbles

On 11 November 2018, in a botched undercover operation, Israeli agents attempted to infiltrate the Gaza Strip. They were discovered by Palestinian security forces and opened fire attempting to escape. Seven Palestinians and one Israeli agent were killed. The fallout from this operation exposed the racist and fascistic character of the Israeli state. The operation shattered an uneasy truce between Israel and Gaza. Wesam Khaled reports.


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Oslo’s legacy - Disaster for the Palestinians

13 September 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords by Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1993, an agreement ostensibly designed to bring about a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian ‘conflict’. In truth, 25 years of Oslo’s legacy have seen Israel’s oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people continue unabated – a consequence built into the Oslo framework from its inception. At a time when many are lamenting ‘the end of Oslo’ as a path towards peace, we look back at the history of the Oslo Accords and how the subjugation and defeat of the Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation is still the central aim. Wesam Khaled reports.


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Defend Palestine Solidarity - Fight back

Within days of the Labour Party’s endorsement of the full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism Zionists have been escalating their attempts to prevent free speech, block solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and prevent criticism of Israel’s racism. Among their first attacks have been those on the RCG in London and Newcastle, with the full collaboration of the Labour Party and their opportunist allies in the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

The RCG is resolutely pledged to combat these attacks and expose the role of Israel’s racist supporters and backers. ROBERT CLOUGH reports.

London Revolutionary Communist Group experienced this Zionist drive when ex-Labour councillor and Director of Public Affairs for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Phillip Rosenberg, demanded that the King’s Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association (KCBNA) cancel a room booking for a meeting entitled ‘Corbyn, Labour and anti-Semitism’. Our publicity had made it quite clear that we regarded Zionism as racism; Rosenberg claimed that the meeting would be anti-Semitic.


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Zionism is racism

Zionist forces brutalise Palestinians resisting the demolition of Khan Al Amar

‘In addition to being founded on a racist settler-colonial mentality that gave no regard to the rights of the Palestinians, the actual realisation of Zionism’s aims necessitated the destruction of the Palestinian nation. Israel’s very existence as ‘Israel’, as a Zionist state, is premised on the denial of the fundamental rights of the Palestinians.’ From Wesam Khaled’s speech, 21 September 2018

In the occupied Palestinian West Bank, the village of Khan Al Ahmar is facing an imminent threat of demolition at the hands of the Israeli state. The village lies in a critical location, dividing the illegal Israeli settlements of Ma’ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim near Jerusalem. By demolishing Khan Al Ahmar, Israel hopes to complete plans to link the entirety of the ‘E-1’ area, a zone comprising West Jerusalem, officially part of the Israeli state, along with occupied East Jerusalem and key settlements in the occupied West Bank.  This would establish an unhindered tract of Israeli-occupied land in this area, connecting major settlements with each other and with Jerusalem, and which would be in all but name part of the Israeli state. It would also cut off Jerusalem from any possible independent Palestinian territory in the West Bank by enclosing it within an unbroken chain of Israeli settlements and roads. Palestinians will then be expected to surrender any realistic claim to Jerusalem due to the extent of its integration into the Israeli state. Wesam Khaled reports.


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Zionism and racism: speech by Wesam Khaled

Below we publish the speech delivered by comrade Wesam Khaled of the Revolutionary Communist Group at a public meeting held in London on 21 September 2018. The title of the meeting was 'Corbyn, Labour and Anti-Semitism: Why is solidarity with Palestine under attack?'

We are here because of the recent attempts to silence critics of Israel by conflating their criticisms with anti-Semitism. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition, the vehicle by which this conflation is being made, includes a number of examples which are clearly aimed at delegitimising legitimate criticisms of the Israeli state.  One particularly problematic example claims that it is anti-Semitic to say that ‘the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor’.  In light of this, the first part of my talk will challenge this example directly, looking at the history of the establishment of the state of Israel and explaining why we stand by the statement that Israel is a racist state.  In the course of that discussion, I will touch on the role that British imperialism has played in supporting the establishment of Israel.  Lastly, given recent events I will briefly discuss the history of the Labour Party’s support for Zionism.


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Palestine: the great betrayal

In Ein Helweh refugee camp, southern Lebanon, PFLP members spray the walls: 'No to the Gaza-Jericho Peace plan’

In Ein Helweh refugee camp, southern Lebanon, PFLP members spray the walls: 'No to the Gaza-Jericho Peace plan’

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! No. 115 October/November 1993

The Declaration of Principles signed by the Israeli government and the Palestine Liberation Organisation on 13 September 1993 is a contemptuous and humiliating insult to all those who have died and all those who continue to fight for national and social liberation in Palestine. EDDIE ABRAHAMS analyses the background to the agreement.


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Palestine: resistance to imperialist plans

March of return

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, is due to release the details of what Trump has referred to as his ‘Deal of the Century’: a plan that will supposedly put an end to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict once and for all. The details of the plan that have been revealed confirm that it will continue the Trump Administration’s policy of unconditional support for Israel’s expansion into as much Palestinian territory as possible at the expense of the Palestinians living there. Meanwhile, as US leaders trade in empty promises of peace, Israel continues its onslaught against the Palestinian people unabated. WESAM KHALED reports.


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Palestine: Unending Zionist terror

The latest round of terror against the Palestinian people which led to the 14 May massacre of at least 60 Palestinians as they protested against the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem shows once again that the Zionist state will always use maximum force to deal with any Palestinian resistance. Israeli snipers shot over 1,300 Palestinians with live ammunition on the day; over a six-week period, they killed at least 112 unarmed protesters and injured thousands more. Thirteen of the dead and over 2,000 of the injured are children, including an eight-month-old baby. Wesam Khaled reports.


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Interview with Khaled Barakat and Charlotte Kates

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! interviewed Khaled Barakat, international secretary of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, and Charlotte Kates, co-ordinator of the Samidoun Palestinian prisoners’ solidarity network, during a mini speaking tour organised with the RCG in April.


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Oppose Israel’s massacre in Gaza! Free Palestine!

Whilst Ivanka Trump and other US and Israeli dignitaries celebrated the official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May, more than 30,000 Palestinian unarmed protesters at the Gaza border were met with live fire and tear gas by the Israeli military. At least 60 unarmed people were massacred, including an 8-month-old baby and 14-year-old boy, and more than 2,000 people were injured. Israeli jets also launched air strikes in Gaza. The RCG condemns the barbaric actions of the racist Israeli state and all its supporters and apologists.


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Israel: unending aggression and expansionism

Palestinians protest at the Great March of Return

Emboldened by the support of the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia, Israel has been stepping up its aggression in the Middle East. On 10 February 2018, an Israeli F-16 conducting an air raid in Syria was shot down by the Syrian Air Defence Force. Israel claimed the raid came in response to the penetration of its air space by an Iranian drone, and launched further air strikes in Syria. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on 18 February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is being investigated by police for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, threatened to attack Iran directly, saying ‘We will act if necessary, not just against Iran’s proxies but against Iran itself.’ Lebanon is also in Israel’s crosshairs: one western official has said that Israeli air strikes against Hezbollah in Lebanon are ‘being discussed at the highest level’.


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Israel's atrocities in Gaza - Book review

Gaza: an inquest into its martyrdom

Norman G Finkelstein

University of California Press 2018, £27.95

In the opening sentence of his preface to the book, Finkelstein writes ‘This book is not about Gaza. It is about what has been done to Gaza’ and it is, as its jacket states, a meticulously researched inquest into Gaza’s martyrdom. The book records in great detail the death and destruction meted out by Israel in the 2008/09 ‘Operation Cast Lead’, the 2010 attack on the Mavi Marmara and 2014 ‘Operation Protective Edge’, detailing the hypocrisy of the UN, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in covering up for Israel’s war crimes. As he states in the preface: ‘What has befallen Gaza is a human-made human disaster ... Gaza is about a Big Lie composed of a thousand, often seemingly abstruse and arcane, little lies. The objective of this book is to refute that Big Lie by exposing each of the little lies ... If the evil is in the detail, it can only be confronted and disposed of in methodical parsing of logic and evidence. The reader’s forbearance must in advance be begged, as perusing this book will require infinite patience.’

The book is certainly not an easy read, but Finkelstein has done a great service in providing to the world a historical record of Israel’s atrocities in Gaza.


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Free Ahed Tamimi!

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On 19 December, 16-year-old Palestin­ian activist Ahed Tamimi was abducted in an overnight raid on her home by Israeli soldiers. The raid came in response to a viral video showing Tamimi slapping an Israeli soldier. What the video did not show was that this took place after an Israeli soldier had shot Tamimi’s 15-year-old cousin Mohammad at point-blank range with a rubber-coated steel bullet, shattering his jaw and leaving him in a medically-induced coma for 72 hours. Tamimi was charged in an Israeli military court with 12 counts of assault, incitement, interference with soldiers, and stone-throwing incidents, some dating back to April 2016. If convicted she faces up to 10 years in prison. At her first court appearance on 17 January, the military judge ruled that she would be detained for the duration of her case, which could take months.    

Wesam Khaled

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! 262 February/March 2018


Palestine: Abbas sides with Saudi Arabia

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RCG activists in London joined thousands marching for Palestine on 4th November

On 7 November 2017 Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas was summoned to Riyadh to participate in a show of unity with the Saudi regime’s war aims. His Fatah party-run Palestinian newspaper Al Hayat Al Jadida announced that ‘The Palestinian Authority will not allow Iran to interfere on its territory’. The PA is taking sides with US imperialist, Saudi and Israeli interests in the Middle East and is emboldened by the Hamas decision to hand back control of Gaza. Although hugely unpopular, the Abbas regime will now attempt to consolidate its power and deal a lasting blow to Palestinian resistance.


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PFLP statement: Our struggle – not Trump – will decide the fate of Jerusalem

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Bellow we republish a statement from the PFLP on Donald Trump’s 6 December announcement that the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there. The original statement can be found here.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine described the declaration of US President Donald Trump as a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their rights that makes the US position clear as a hostile entity toward our people and a partner of the Zionist state in its crimes against the Palestinian people and land, and it must be addressed on this basis.

Further, the Front considered that Trump also launched a ‘bullet of mercy’ on the so-called two-state solution, the settlement project and the delusions of the peace process. It called upon the Palestinian leadership to learn the necessary lessons from the devastating experience of reliance on negotiations and U.S. domination and announce the immediate withdrawal from the Oslo agreement and all subsequent and attendant obligations.

The PFLP called on the Palestinian masses and their organizations to unite their efforts and respond collectively, practically and forcefully to this decision through action and escalation of the momentum of the popular movement.


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Balfour 100 concert – a celebration of racism and imperialism


On 7 November 2017, the Revolutionary Communist Group protested outside the Royal Albert Hall against a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, when British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour declared the British government’s support for the establishment of a Zionist state in the country of Palestine. This declaration marked the beginning of an imperialist–Zionist alliance that would result in the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians when the state of Israel was established in 1948; the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the Israeli regime; and the subjugation of the Palestinian people under a regime that routinely denies their rights and regularly launches deadly massacres that have killed thousands of Palestinians in recent years alone.


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The Balfour Declaration - 100 years of British collaboration with Zionism


Balfour’s Shadow: a century of British support for Zionism and Israel
David Cronin, Pluto Press 2017, £16.99

On 2 November 1917, the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, signed a letter addressed to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the Zionist Federation in Britain, expressing support for ‘the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people’. This letter, made public on 9 November and known as the Balfour Declaration, set in train a process, as David Cronin describes, ‘whereby colonisers would be treated as superior to the native population’ and Palestinians living and farming the land became ‘non-Jewish communities’.


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Gaza: between a rock and a hard place

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Palestinians demonstrate against the Israeli Egyptian blockade on 30 January 2017

Negotiations have taken place in Cairo over the summer between Hamas representatives and Al Sisi’s government – and separately between Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) and Egypt. Hamas has been opposed by an Egyptian regime which has increased security collaboration with the Israeli military. Despite widespread protest, the PA has also continued its collusion with the Israeli occupation. With Israel emboldened by Trump’s gestures of support, the pressure on Hamas has been augmented by its regional isolation, deserted by former allies Turkey and Qatar. Egypt has been key to tightening a blockade which has meant that the Rafah border has been opened for fewer than seven, non-consecutive, days over the last eight months. Aside from a very small group of pilgrims going to Umra at the end of August and a couple of tanker loads of Egyptian oil, Hamas spokesmen have been among the few people to leave or enter Gaza since March this year.


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Balfour's shadow: A century of British support for Zionism and Israel


David Cronin, Pluto Press, 2017, £16.99               

On 2 November 1917, the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour, signed a letter addressed to Lord Rothschild a leader of the Zionist Federation in Britain, expressing support for, 'the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people'. This letter, made public on 9 November, and known as the Balfour Declaration, set in train a process, as David Cronin describes 'whereby colonisers would be treated as superior to the native population' and Palestinians living and farming the land became 'non-Jewish communities'.


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Review – Employing the Enemy: The Story of Palestinian Labourers on Israeli Settlements

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Employing the Enemy: The Story of Palestinian Labourers on Israeli Settlements
Matthew Vickery, Zed Books 2017, 152pp, £7.50

This short but excellent book deals with the Zionist settlement project. Dispossessed from their land, Palestinians are deprived of their traditional incomes from farming and herding. As a result, settlement employers benefit from ‘a cheap workforce, desperate for an income’, and they exploit that workforce with ‘impunity’ (p.5). This workforce often has no choice other than ‘toiling in the very facts on the ground that continue to entrench occupation and bring so much hardship and grief to the West Bank Palestinian population’ (p.1). The growth of the settlements creates a contrast between increasingly integrated, prosperous, Israeli commuter settlements and a system of West Bank ‘bantustans’ in which the Palestinian people are heavily controlled and subjected to violent oppression; and the economy deliberately stifled so that the country’s resources and its labour benefit only the occupation.


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Ghassan Kanafani: voice of Palestine (1936-1972)

2017 marks 45 years since the murder of Palestinian writer, activist and political leader Ghassan Kanafani by the Israeli Mossad agency. On 8 July 1972, while living in Beirut, a car bomb explosion killed him along with his 17-year-old niece Lamees. Kanafani was one of the most important figures in 20th century literature. He was also a refugee, a revolutionary Marxist and an internationalist. The Israelis claimed the assassination was a response to the Lod Airport attack two months earlier, although Kanafani had played no direct role in this. He was, according to the obituary in the Lebanese Daily Star, 'a commando who never fired a gun, whose weapon was a ball-point pen, and his arena the newspaper pages.' Kanafani was at the time of his death the official spokesman of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the editor of its paper Al Hadaf. The organisation saluted 'the leader, the writer, the strategist, and the visionary.'

Ghassan Kanafani spent the early years of his life in the port city of Acre, where he was born in 1936. At the time of his birth, Kanafani’s father and other family members were participants in the national revolt against the British occupation of Palestine and its facilitation of Zionist colonisation. Acre was the site of a British occupation jail and of the executions of leading Palestinian activists. The epic song ‘From Acre Prison’ (Min Sijjn Akka) protests against their killing and remains an anthem of the Palestinian struggle. Prior to 1948, Acre had around 15,000 Palestinian inhabitants and no Zionist settlements. The Zionist attacks in the Nakba led to the expulsion of all but 3,000 Palestinians. 12-year-old Ghassan and his family became refugees in the town of Zabadiya, central west Syria, joining the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians exiled from their homelands.


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Jerusalem uprisings demonstrate Palestinian power

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The Al Aqsa mosque in illegally-occupied East Jerusalem was at the heart of a recent surge of Palestinian resistance against the Zionist state. After a shootout on 14 July near the Al Aqsa compound between Palestinians and Israeli police that saw three Palestinians and two police officers killed, Israel installed new security measures to monitor Palestinians accessing the mosque, including metal detectors and security cameras. The move was widely seen by Palestinians as an attempt by Israel to further its aim of wresting the Al Aqsa mosque from Palestinian control; Israeli political and religious leaders regularly call for the mosque to be destroyed and replaced with a Jewish temple.

In response, Palestinians in East Jerusalem rose up and organised a campaign of civil disobedience, staging sit-ins and prayers in front of the gate to the Al Aqsa compound and refusing to enter until Israel acceded to their demand to have the metal detectors removed. The Israeli government initially refused and attempted to suppress the protests by force. Tens of Palestinians, including children, were arrested in overnight raids and demonstrators in East Jerusalem were fired on with tear gas, sound bombs, and rubber-coated bullets.  Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, which is separated from Jerusalem by an illegal Israeli-imposed border, also protested against the Israeli measures. The Red Cross reported that over 400 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including many by live fire. There were also demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that over 20 Palestinians including six medics suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation as a result of Israeli attempts to disperse them. Three Palestinians protesters were shot dead by Israeli forces: 18-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Sharaf; 20-year-old Muhammad Abu Ghannam; and 17-year old Muhammad Khalaf Mahmoud Khalaf Lafi. Three Israeli settlers in the illegal settlement of Halamish in the West Bank were also killed.


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Resistance until victory - Palestinian prisoners show the way

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As Donald Trump repeats the mythmaking claims of US presidents to be able to bring ‘peace’ to the Middle East, the mass hunger strike of Palestinian political prisoners has forced Israel’s allies to check themselves. The street protests across occupied Palestine against Trump’s plan for an embassy in Jerusalem have pushed the plan back onto the shelf. Despite (and because of) the US government’s more open verbal support for Zionist settlements, a continuation of imperialist sponsorship and the anti-resistance actions of Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA), the crisis for Netanyahu and the Israeli ruling class remains. The movement of the prisoners expresses Palestinian determination for an alternative.


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New statement by the Palestinian Prisoners Movement: We call for urgent action to confront the plans for the prisoners’ execution


The Revolutionary Communist Group is pleased to host this statement from Samidoun. The original statement can be found here.

The Palestinian prisoners’ movement engaged in the Strike of Freedom and Dignity within Israeli prisons issued a new statement on 6 May, the 20th day of open hunger strike.

The strike was launched on 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, by 1500 Palestinian prisoners and has been joined by a series of prominent leaders of the prisoners’ movement and the Palestinian national movement. Marwan Barghouthi, member of the Fateh central committee, launched the strike; leaders from all Palestinian political movements, including Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat, PFLP leader Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Islamic Jihad leader Zaid Bseiso, Hamas leaders Hasan Salameh and Abbas al-Sayyed, DFLP leader Wajdi Jawdat, People’s Party leader Bassam Kandakji and many others, including the longest-held Palestinian prisoners Nael Barghouthi and Karim Younes.


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