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Communist Party condemnation of Gaza airstrikes

The Communist Party USA has issued a statement regarding the ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza strip:

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 Israel’s election process.

Today’s Israel’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 comments@whitehouse.gov.

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.

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17 Comments

  1. paulie cannoli paulie cannoli December 30, 2008

    Are the LP, Constitution Party, etc anywhere on this? I haven’t seen anything.

  2. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz Post author | December 30, 2008

    The LP just got around to Afghanistan, give it a decade or so.

  3. Libertarian Joseph Libertarian Joseph December 30, 2008

    I’m on it. We should bomb both Israel and Palestine, and liberate everyone. Take out the state, let the people be free, that’s my position. cool, huh?

  4. Libertarian Joseph Libertarian Joseph December 30, 2008

    after we crush both states, we secure the lands from external threats, then we just let the people decide for themselves. No state, true free markets.

  5. Libertarian Joseph Libertarian Joseph December 30, 2008

    Yeah, I’ve been taking looking at geo-politics as a pacifist lately, but not anymore. How is violence against STATES bad? If you’re opposed to states, why place nice? Go all out. Take em’ all out, replace them with true and unadulterated freedom.

  6. Libertarian Joseph Libertarian Joseph December 30, 2008

    then, perhaps, we recruit new citizens. That’s voluntaryism.

  7. Gene Trosper Gene Trosper December 30, 2008

    Palestine was essentially stateless before 1948, meaning that they had not independently formed their own state. Otherwise, they were an occupied land.

  8. Ross Levin Ross Levin December 30, 2008

    LJ – how can you attack a state without attacking its citizens?

  9. G.E. G.E. December 30, 2008

    If LJ isn’t a troll, he exhibits incredibly poor logic for a non-troll.

  10. Deran Deran December 30, 2008

    LJ, perhaps you could wait to post a comment until you’ve got all your ideas set out, rather than a dozen posts on tiny aspects of your bigger ideas?

  11. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist December 30, 2008

    Joseph moron, it would take support from a state in order to bomb a state, and it would take huge tax increases, and huge sacrifices of liberty and life here in order to fight so many wars. While it is an interesting thought experiment as to whether the Israelis and Palestinians would make peace with each other if they had a common enemy as strong as the United States, we do know that a stateless society wouldn’t develop.

    It’s good to hear from the Communist Party and other leftist parties, despite their stalinist deviationism. Hopefully this issue will be taken up by the CP also, in order not to hurt the Democrats too much by bringing the attention back to left-wing independent parties. The Catholic Trotskyist Party will be releasing a full statement against the Israeli government at some point, and will attempt to start a chapter in Israel and Palestine.

  12. Libertarian Joseph Libertarian Joseph December 30, 2008

    @11

    You attack state targets. If you liberate a prison, does the death of a few prisoners equate to failure?

    @12

    ad hominem

    @13

    hmm. what

    @14

    raise taxes? nah. the US military has huge stockpiles of military stuff. The US is not yet a voluntary society, there’s a state over here, that’s why my plan of action should first be against our own state.

  13. Libertarian Joseph Libertarian Joseph December 30, 2008

    anywho, what’s wrong with attacking states? We would be freeing up the markets, no?

  14. paulie cannoli paulie cannoli December 30, 2008

    If LJ isn’t a troll, he exhibits incredibly poor logic for a non-troll.

    You still have doubts? Gosh, and here I thought I was slow to catch on. LOL

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