The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) emphatically condemns the continuing Israeli air strikes in Gaza, which have left hundreds dead and over a thousand wounded. The hundreds of Israeli air strikes have been carried out with a total disregard for the safety of civilians and institutions and are the latest phase in a campaign to blockade the economy of Gaza and deny the people access to basic necessities. Israel’s disproportionate response to the resumption of the Hamas rocket firings into Israel after the six-month ceasefire agreement expired, dramatically underscored the Bush Administration’s sidetracking of diplomatic efforts and negotiations. In fact, the US government has provided the basis for Israel’s military action with continued military aid and supplies.
The CPUSA cites the Communist Party of Israel as “suggesting” that “the current Israeli attacks are a demagogic move related to the current electoral campaign in that country, as well as perhaps being intended to present the incoming Obama administration with a fait accompli, making it more difficult for Obama to adopt a new approach to the Israel-Palestine issue”. The apparent relevant release from the Israeli party states:
The CPI calls on Communist and Workers parties and social movements throughout the world to mobilize against these Israeli war crimes and demands that the international community implement sanctions against Israel and indict Tzipi Livni, Ehud Barak and other Israeli political and military leadership for these blatant war crimes, committed as part of Israelâ€™s election process.
Today’s Israelâ€™s military attack is part of the ongoing siege of the Gaza Strip. Israel is exploiting the last moments of the Bush administration to implement the deadly but ineffective imperialist policy of utilizing military force to effect political change.
Neither this CPI statement, nor any other on its website, makes mention of the incoming Obama adminstration, which the CPUSA has been favorable towards. The CPUSA asks the following actions be taken in response to the conflict:
1. Contact the White House to protest the attack and demand emergency negotiations for an immediate cease-fire. Call 202-456-1111 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Contact your Representative and Senators in Congress at 202-224-3121.
3. Call upon President-Elect Obama to pursue a new U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine and send a message at www.change.gov
4. Join one of the many local actions protesting the assault on Gaza.