Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/518/3689

From The Socialist newspaper, 29 January 2008

Jail break from Gaza

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Gazans streamed across the bulldozed Gaza-Egypt border during just a few days, desperate to buy basic goods that are no longer available in Gaza, and in some cases to see family they had not seen for decades.

Judy Beishon

Everything from cement to food supplies and animals was being snapped up in Egypt and transported back to Gaza in a festival like atmosphere. The Israeli-controlled Philadelphia corridor became "a giant shoppers' car park".

Israeli and Egyptian border security forces were helpless, taken by surprise by people moving en masse. The Israeli blockade was temporarily broken!

This was a humiliation for the Israeli regime, that had tightened the noose so vigorously on the Gaza strip, that almost nothing and no-one had been crossing the borders. Virtually all trade and movement of people had been prevented for many months, and more recently, basic humanitarian aid and fuel for Gaza's power station were drastically cut.

Conditions that were already unbearable had become worse, including growing starvation, and life support machines in hospitals no longer being powered.

The horror of a densely packed population of 1.5 million being imprisoned in these conditions, and at the same time facing bombardments from Israeli helicopters and tanks that have killed over 45 Palestinians in the first month of 2008 alone, evokes massive indignation from workers in the surrounding Arab countries and worldwide.

It just took the bold action of exploding some sections of the six-metre metal border fencing - said to have been done by Hamas - to release a tremendous outpouring of relief in the form of a human tide flooding towards Egyptian towns.

Egypt's president Mubarak was forced to tolerate the influx at first because of the wave of sympathy in Egypt, including large demonstrations, but soon moved to use water cannon, to shore up the damaged border fence, and when it was again breached, to viciously cut supplies to the shops near the border. The Israeli regime was urging him on.

Negotiations

But reflecting the mood for association between ordinary people, a Palestinian taxi driver was quoted as saying "I don't know who did it, but this is an agreement between two peoples, not between governments". Now, various governments, including those of Israel, Egypt, the European powers, Fatah and Hamas, are squabbling over who will police the border.

The breaching of the border was only a temporary respite, and most Gazans had too little money to benefit much from it, but it provided a brief insight into the potential impact of a large number of people acting together.

Unfortunately, Palestinian workers do not have a leadership at this stage with the will and ideology to mobilise that power against the capitalist ruling classes in the region and in solidarity with other workers in the region.

Both the Hamas leaders in Gaza and the Fatah leaders in the West Bank have no desire to move beyond the limits of capitalism and some are, or aspire to be, capitalists themselves.

Faced with the broken border, some Israeli politicians talked of handing repression of the Gaza strip over to Mubarak's regime.

But apart from inevitable unwillingness by Mubarak to accept this, it would further expose internationally the Israeli ruling class's lack of intention to concede a Palestinian state, and in any case it would not bring greater security to Israel. The primitive rockets fired from Gaza onto the Israeli town of Sderot would continue, as would other bloodshed.

So Ehud Olmert's Israeli government was reduced to trying to get the border resealed and felt compelled to promise that a limited amount of aid and fuel will be restored to Gaza. His government is submerged in huge problems, not least the release of the Winograd report into the 2006 Lebanon war this week.

It will only be when the Palestinian masses, the Egyptian working class and similarly the Israeli working class take the future into their own hands and build the forces of socialism, that decent living conditions and a permanent end to the bloodshed will be achieved. And only on the basis of a socialist confederation of the Middle East, will the present capitalist-upheld borders be in the hands of ordinary people.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 29 January 2008:

End this market madness

No more school closures!


Education

Teachers' union calls strike ballot on pay

Anti-war protests save teachers

Labour councillors anger parents and tenants


Socialist Party news and analysis

New Labour attacking our vital benefits

Incapacity benefit cuts hit the sick

Hain resigns but stink of sleaze remains


International socialist news and analysis

Jail break from Gaza

Suharto: "One of the 20th century's biggest killers and greatest thieves"

US elections: The Barak Obama mirage


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS in crisis


Debt and Housing Feature

Debt and housing slowdown threaten Britain's time bomb economy


Socialist Students

Student elections: Not just a 'beauty contest'!

College students seek socialist ideas

Reality of London students' debt trap

More foo than fight as rockers agree to cross picket line


Marxist analysis: history

How Hitler came to power


Global Warming

Global warming, climate change and human activities - Part 2


Socialist Party workplace news

Burslem postal workers march back to work

Giving the real facts on Burslem strike

National Shop Stewards Network meetings

Police march for pay

PCS suspends strikes


 

Home   |   The Socialist 29 January 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Palestine:

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Israel-Palestine

triangleDerby Socialist Party: Israel/Palestine - one state or two?

triangleBristol South Socialist Party: Israel-Palestine - How can peace be achieved?

trianglePalestinian prisoners on mass hunger strike protest

Gaza:

trianglePalestine/Israel: Everyday life under occupation

triangleShimon Peres - a wolf in sheep's clothing

triangleIsrael-Palestine: Likud election victory

triangleEast London Socialist Party: What is the future for Gaza?

Egypt:

triangleAttacks ratchet-up Syrian conflict and fuel tensions between powers

triangleSyria: Is an end to the war in sight?

Hamas:

triangleCapitalist crisis continues

triangleEnd the siege of Gaza

Capitalist:

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

Fatah:

triangleGaza in crisis - Mass action needed to stop bloodshed

Israel:

triangleLivingstone, Labour and anti-Semitism

War:

triangleShocking insight into Isis

Capitalism:

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: "You can't have capitalism without racism" (Malcolm X)

Lebanon:

triangleInternational news in brief

International

International

11/10/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

4/10/17

Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia - the people have the right to decide

4/10/17

Catalonia

Eyewitness: Irish socialist MP participates in events

2/10/17

Catalonia

Exemplary resistance by the people of Catalonia

27/9/17

Germany

Germany: Election results in political earthquake

27/9/17

Catalonia

Strike against Madrid's 'state of emergency'!

27/9/17

Germany

German elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

27/9/17

France

French Labour reform protests

25/9/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Student strike called

20/9/17

Myanmar

Brutal repression of Rohingya people sparks massive humanitarian crisis

20/9/17

Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia in the Spanish state

15/9/17

Germany

Berlin hospital strike

13/9/17

Korea

Korean peninsula: is nuclear war likely?

13/9/17

Students

Interview with leader of students' union in the Spanish state: "When we fight, we win!"

6/9/17

US

Hurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle16 Oct Teesside Socialist Party: After the party conferences

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2