Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/627/9728

From The Socialist newspaper, 29 July 2010

Stop Israeli state terror!

Video: Stop Israeli state terror: demonstration in London against the killings on the aid flotilla

Video: An emergency demo against the Israeli state killings on aid flotilla on Saturday 5 June 2010 which took place in London, called for an end to the siege of Gaza. It was called by Stop the War, CND, BMI and Viva Palestina.

ISRAELI COMMANDOS used lethal force when they intercepted an aid convoy in international waters heading for the Gaza strip, where over one million Palestinians are trapped behind an Israeli government blockade.

The killing of nine aid volunteers by the commandos has provoked angry demonstrations in Turkey, where the flotilla of ships set out from, and around the world.

The misnamed United Nations security council bowed to the US administration and refused to pass a resolution condemning the Israeli government and instead just called for an 'impartial investigation' into the loss of lives.

Socialist Party members condemned the Israeli government outrage and participated in a 2,000 strong spontaneous protest in London against it, which marched from Whitehall to the Israeli embassy.

A large demonstration of several thousand protesters also marched through central Manchester.

Coventry Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist immediately wrote to the Foreign Secretary demanding the release and safe passage of the flotilla to Gaza. He pointed out that the 700 people on board the boats "have all undertaken this mission out of concern for the people of Gaza, who are now entering their fourth year under siege, without access to basic necessities."

Dave continued: "They posed no threat to Israel, and were completely unarmed. The aid they were attempting to deliver included construction materials which would have helped the people of Gaza rebuild some of the homes destroyed by Israel in 2009.

"As a socialist I believe we need an immediate end to the siege and blockade that is taking place against Gaza by the Israeli government, and support for the common interests of ordinary people on both sides of the divide as the basis for an end to the conflict forever."

Joe Higgins

Socialist Party (Ireland) MEP Joe Higgins in a statement said: "An IDF [Israeli Defence Force] officer is reported in this morning's Jerusalem Post describing how IDF paratroopers landing by helicopter on the ships in international waters were 'ambushed' by aid workers 'armed' with whatever was at hand!

"I am already aware that language has lost all meaning to the Israeli authorities having received some e-mails myself from the Israeli Embassy in Dublin late last week defending their position when I was making representations to them in anticipation of the attacks on the aid flotilla.

"The Israeli government and the IDF commanders order these atrocities safe in the knowledge that their allies in the West will leave them unchallenged. Indeed, by welcoming Israel into the OECD [Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development] last week, the Israeli political establishment can now label itself as part of the 'advanced' West.

"I condemn this attack and demand that MV Rachael Corrie, which left Dundalk harbour this weekend carrying aid for Gaza, be allowed to make its journey without harassment."

End oppression

In Israel, where the flotilla of ships has been forcibly taken to, left wing activists including members of Tnua't Maavak Sozialisti (Socialist Struggle Movement, the Israeli counterpart of the Socialist Party) demonstrated against the armed attack on the aid convoy and also against the continuing government siege of Gaza and the occupation of the Palestinian territories on the West Bank.

Tnua't Maavak Sozialisti issued the following statement: "The Israeli government cynically shakes off responsibility. But there's no need for a 'state commission of inquiry' to understand that responsibility for the killing lies on the shoulders of the ministers and top officers.

"We're being presented with a simplistic picture, according to which the IDF soldiers were attacked on one of the boats with different objects. The IDF soldiers should not have been there to begin with!

"We reject emphatically the use - common in Israel - of the military and 'security' to trample on the right of protest.

"The ministers, generals, and their kept journalists, attempt to divert attention from the aggressive, destructive and oppressive policy that the Netanyahu-Barak-Lieberman government executes, including the siege and occupation of Gaza, and the racist incitement against the Arab-Palestinian public in Israel. The Israeli government, which oppresses the Palestinians, is also harming the long term interests of the residents of Israel."

The only way to end such disasters and other horrors of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is through the independent struggle of Israeli and Palestinian workers, building and coordinating mass action against the instigators of 'divide and rule', the siege and occupation, and all oppression and discrimination.

A movement that demands democratic national rights for all, and for the overthrow of the corrupt capitalist elites in the region.

For further updates see www.socialistworld.net

Demonstration against the latest Israeli government outrage, end the siege of Gaza. Saturday 5 June, 1.30pm. Assemble at Downing Street, Whitehall, London, SW1.

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


In The Socialist 29 July 2010:

Stop Israeli state terror!


British Airways cabin crew strike

British Airways strike: Full support for the cabin crew


Environment and socialism

Oil spill is 'worst environmental disaster' to hit US


Socialist Party news and analysis

No to privatised academies: Defend public education

Millionaire cabinet plans cuts in benefits

One Law for the rich...

Them and us!

Interview with sacked Telegen workers

Youth Fight for Jobs: More trade unions add their support


Anti-racism

Cardiff says 'no' to the racist EDL


Housing crisis

Gateshead tenants demand decent homes


Socialist Party LGBT

Socialists campaign for Pride not profit in Birmingham


Marxist analysis: history

Margaret Thatcher: Why workers cannot forget


Scotland

Minority representation in Scotland for Westminster coalition of cuts

Socialist Party Scotland to be launched


Socialist Party workplace news

Fighting council cuts: Planning for united strikes in Kirklees

PCS conference Defend the public sector

Coventry - time for mass action

Will the councils fight the cuts?

University and Colleges Union: Congress votes to fight

UCU young members' conference

NSSN conference 2010


International socialist news and analysis

Jamaican armed forces surround and storm poor neighbourhood

Workers' suicides: The human cost of an iPad

Socialism Today


 

Facebook   Twitter



Home   |   The Socialist 29 July 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter



Related links:

Israel:

triangleWest London Socialist Party: A socialist solution for Israel/Palestine

triangleIsrael/Palestine: Wave of rage answers new repression

triangleSocialism and national rights

triangleThem & Us

triangleEnd the siege of Gaza

Terror:

triangleCounter terrorist threat with workers-led mass unity

triangleDemocratic rights attack under 'fighting terror' guise

triangleNo more carnage in Gaza - Mass struggle to end the siege - Stop Israeli state terror

triangleCrackdown on democratic rights

State:

triangleFrance: counter terrorist threat with mass unity

triangleCharlie Hebdo: no to terrorism

trianglePut CIA torturers and paymasters in the dock

Gaza:

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

triangleWatford anti-cuts union: Stop the onslaughts on Gaza!

Aid:

triangleEbola outbreak: one face of austerity

Socialist:

triangleKshama Sawant's response to Obama's address

Joe Higgins:

triangleIreland: Electoral surge against austerity

Dave Nellist:

triangleChallenging the austerity parties

International

International

23/1/15

Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant's response to Obama's address

21/1/15

Greece

Greece: Syriza victory would raise workers' hopes

14/1/15

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan elections: Butcher Rajapaksa defeated

14/1/15

France

Charlie Hebdo: no to terrorism

14/1/15

Germany

Germany: what is behind Pegida?

7/1/15

Government

Greece: towards a Syriza government?

10/12/14

US

Uprising against police violence in the US

3/12/14

Health

World health crises show: Capitalism kills!

26/11/14

Ireland

Ireland: establishment attacks water tax protests

26/11/14

Mexico

Anger grows over missing Mexican students

26/11/14

World economy

World economy - heading for the junkyard

26/11/14

USA

Anger erupts in Ferguson over acquittal of killer cop

19/11/14

Nigeria

Unreported Nigeria: Class struggle and inequality

19/11/14

Palestine

Israel/Palestine: Wave of rage answers new repression

12/11/14

US

Mid-term elections do not mean shift to right in US

triangleMore International articles...

triangle21 Jan Safeguarding PCS against vicious Tory attacks

photo Elaine Brunskill

triangle21 Jan Barbour workers accept improved offer

TUSC chair Dave Nellist and other Socialist Party members out campaigning in Coventry

triangle21 Jan Don't just boo - help fund the fightback!

A TUSC campigner in Hackney calling for rent caps not benefit caps, photo Paul Mattsson

triangle21 Jan Opposing establishment parties is not 'wasted vote'

photo Jed Travers

triangle21 Jan Greece: Syriza victory would raise workers' hopes

Striking unions include Unison, Unite, GMB and the Royal College of Midwives, photo Paul Mattsson

triangle21 Jan Striking NHS workers say: 'Give us pay we can live on'

triangle19 Jan Clear strategy needed to get industrial action back on track

More ...

triangle25 Jan Socialist Party Wales conference

triangle26 Jan Wirral TUSC: Rebel councillors can fight back!

triangle26 Jan Chesterfield Socialist Party: What is a revolution?

triangle27 Jan Teesside Socialist Party: The Far Right in Europe

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

January 2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice