There is a close connection between the violence being carried out by the Zionist regime of Israel against the defenseless Palestinian population in Gaza and the emergence of despotic elements within the occupied lands called Israel capable of such cruel crimes. Dear listeners, Barry Grey, an influential American radio personality and a commentator, has more on the developments in the region, and the story of the US-Zionism imperialism.
These events are symptomatic of an immense social and political crisis within the occupied lands ‘Israel’ itself. The unending and escalating repression of the Palestinian people requires the mobilization of the most reactionary forces. This society is immensely polarized. Broad sections of Jewish society oppose the brutality against the Palestinians as morally unjustifiable and politically bankrupt, but they find no representation in the regime's reactionary political establishment. Every year, thousands of Jews vote with their feet and leave the country.
The ongoing bombardment of Gaza is the latest chapter in a 66-year history of violence against the Palestinian people. The Zionist entity called Israel was established through the seizure of Palestinian land and the expulsion of its people. While many Jewish people came to Israel to escape the claimed horrific crimes committed against them in fascist Europe during World War II, the tragic outcome of the Zionist project is a regime that commits crimes against the Palestinian people recalling many of the methods employed by the Nazis.
Nearly a half-century has passed since the Six Day War of June 1967, in which the British-installed and US-supported Zionists seized control of the West Bank, East Bait al-Moqaddas, Gaza, Syria’s Golan Heights and other Arab territories. The Zionist regime has been defined by the unending cycle of war, occupation and repression unleashed by this war. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been martyred. The Zionist regime of Israel has made permanent the refugee status of millions of Palestinians and subjected generations of people to poverty and repression.
This history has had terrible consequences for the people of the region, both Jewish and Arab.
The Zionist leaders boast of being the only “democratic” regime in the Middle East. This is a big lie. It is an entity based on the repression of millions of Palestinians enforced by militarized checkpoints and the apartheid walls running through the Occupied Territories, and the domination of public life by a handful of multi-billionaire oligarchs and their operatives.
The Zionist regime of Israel is one of the most unequal societies in the world. Between 1995 and 2011, labor’s share of national income fell more sharply there than in the US. Over the past two decades, Israeli wages have plummeted. The country has 18 billionaires, substantially more per capita (in a population of 7.9 million) than in the US. While poverty has grown, the richest 500 living in the occupied lands have tripled their wealth over the past 12 years. The ruling so-called elites seek to deflect the immense internal tensions of Israeli society outwards, into repression and war against the Arab masses.
In the summer of 2011, a few months after the outbreak of revolution in Egypt, popular anger over poverty, inequality and cuts to education, housing and health care exploded in mass demonstrations in Israel mobilizing hundreds of thousands of protesters. The following year, the government launched a new war on Gaza, an eight-day air assault that martyred over 100 Palestinians.
What future do the policies of the Israeli ruling class offer? Only new and still more brutal assaults, in which increasingly violent attempts to break the resistance of the Arab masses would hurl the Zionist regime along a path with truly genocidal implications. The consequences would be devastating for Jewish and Arab people alike.
The working class must prevent such an outcome. The only way forward for the Jewish working class is a break with Zionist nationalism. The social aspirations of workers and youth in the occupied lands can find no expression within the various right-wing parties of the Zionist establishment. Nor can they be taken forward through the largely defunct “peace” movements and parties that remain tied to the Zionist and nationalist framework.
The Palestinian workers and oppressed masses are victims of horrific oppression. But they too are victims of a bankrupt political perspective. When the Palestinian movement arose 47 years ago, the Arab bourgeoisie claimed to represent a unified national movement opposed to imperialism. The ensuing decades have thoroughly exposed such claims as lies.
The Palestinians have been repeatedly betrayed by the various Arab bourgeois governments, all of which are tied to imperialism, and by their own bourgeois leaders in the different factions.
The failure of the nationalist perspective is demonstrated once again by the isolation of the Palestinian masses in Gaza. The Hamas-led government in Gaza inevitably looks for support to Arab bourgeois regimes that are de facto allies in Israel’s suppression of the Palestinians. The current US-supported regime in Egypt, headed by the General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, has closed the border with Gaza, leaving the Palestinians trapped under a hail of Israeli bombs.
At the same time, the perspective that underlies the so-called “two state” policy –a Zionist state alongside a demilitarized and internally disconnected Palestinian mini-state –has proven itself to be bankrupt.
Under conditions where the entire Middle East is erupting and threatening to descend into region-wide war as a result of the incendiary and disastrous policies of US imperialism, the working class and oppressed urgently require a new political perspective.
The real allies of the Palestinian workers and oppressed are the workers of the world and those freedom-loving and justice-seeking governments and activists, especially in the Muslim world. Unfortunately, in most part of the world, justice-seekers are facing a massive attack on their living standards and democratic rights, alongside the growth of social inequality. They are deeply opposed to the militarism and warmongering of the major powers –whether in Europe against Russia, in Asia against China, or in the Middle East against Syria and Iran.
The only progressive solution to the crisis is one based on the united class struggle of all open-minded people in the region against imperialism, Zionism and the Arab bourgeoisie, based on the fight for socialism and justice.
The future depends on the building of new orchestrated parties and fronts to fight for the program of freedom and inalienable rights, the unity of the Arab and Jewish people, and a common struggle against capitalism and imperialism.