Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/627/9728

From The Socialist newspaper, 29 July 2010

Stop Israeli state terror!

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.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


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


 

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

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Israel:

triangleIsrael: Nurses strike and win

triangleSouth East London Socialist Party: Black Lives Matter

triangleBirmingham Socialist Party: George Floyd's Life Mattered - Mass anti-racist movement erupts

triangleIsrael/Palestine: Trump 'peace plan' promises further conflict

triangleInterview: protests over killing in Israel

Terror:

triangleReading workers' movement responds to knife attack

triangleReading Socialist Party: Unite against terror, racism & war

triangleGermany: Right-wing terror attacks - fight racism, fight capitalism!

triangleStreatham attack: Johnson's bill can't stop terror

State:

triangleIran: Renewed wave of protests and strikes

trianglePalace letters show the monarchy is a weapon for capitalism

triangleHow the FBI and Chicago police murdered a Black Panther

Gaza:

trianglePalestinian solidarity demo

triangleThe ongoing capitalist crisis and the struggle for a socialist world

Aid:

triangleInternational aid: Johnson's pie in the sky

Socialist:

triangleYoung Socialists and Socialist Students day of action

Dave Nellist:

triangleWakefield Socialist Party: After Starmer's victory - how to continue the struggle for socialism

International

International

5/8/20

Cuba

Cuba: Covid-19 and the 60-year-old embargo

5/8/20

Nuclear weapons

Anniversary of nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

22/7/20

Iran

Iran: Renewed wave of protests and strikes

22/7/20

Israel

Israel: Nurses strike and win

8/7/20

Hong Kong

Hong Kong: The fight for democratic rights

24/6/20

South Africa

South Africa: Building jobs and living wage campaign

10/6/20

France

France: 20,000 rally against Paris's killer gendarmes

10/6/20

US

Black and white youth rise up against racism - US protester speaks to the Socialist

3/6/20

USA

USA - another cop killing of unarmed black man sparks widespread protests

31/5/20

US

Outrage spreads globally following US police murder of George Floyd

27/5/20

Hong Kong

Chinese state's imposition of draconian law reignites Hong Kong protests

27/5/20

Lebanon

Economic collapse leads to renewed protests across Lebanon

20/5/20

US

Trump, coronavirus, capitalism, and the presidential race

6/5/20

India

India: Fighting the curse of capitalism and coronavirus

6/5/20

Trump

Trump puts profit before safety (again)

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999