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Workers World Party cohorts oppose Gaza attacks

Two groups closely associated with the Workers World Party have issued statements of opposition to the Israeli airstrike on Gaza.

The “marxist youth organization” Fight Imperialism Stand Together, or FIST, sent its statement to the WWP’s press organ Workers World, lamenting conditions in Gaza it sees as deriving both from its recent enforced isolation as well long standing Israeli policy towards Palestine:

After having committed this atrocious, genocidal act, the government in Israel continues to posture, saying they are resolved to continue. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said, “Israel is now seeking to wipe out the terrorism which is trying to undermine the whole area. We will not hesitate to strike anywhere where we are attacked.” For good measure, Olmert claims, “The instructions that we have given to our forces are to refrain from inflicting injury and harm on the innocent.”

Any person with a mere inkling of what has transpired in Palestine, and specifically the Gaza Strip, this past year would find Olmert’s statements to be at the least contradictory and/or cynical. These are cold words from a pathological bigot, whose government would like nothing more than to forcibly remove or completely wipe out the
Palestinian people.

The creation of the Gaza Strip is no different than the ghettos created by Nazi Germany, the Bantustans in South Africa or the forced removal and relocation of Indigenous people in North America.

The International Action Center, founded by Ramsey Clark and sharing office space with both the WWP and FIST, closely tied US aid to Israel with the attacks, and called for its cessation:

Like the bombing, the siege itself is a U.S.-Israeli war crime, with the billions in yearly U.S. aid used to bomb the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza, cut off their electricity, and kick them out of their homes. Meanwhile, back home, the same U.S. government lets banks foreclose on workers’ homes and bosses lay off millions of workers and let tens of millions live in fear of an illness that will wipe out their savings—if the crisis hasn’t already.

We have no interest in allowing the U.S.-Israeli genocidal attacks on the Palestinian people of Gaza. We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people against U.S. imperialism and Israel, Washington’s outpost in the Middle East.

We demand that U.S. aid to Israel be cut to zero, and that this money be used instead for reparations for the Palestinian people, to ensure their right to return, and for homes, jobs, health care and education for working people in the U.S.

The Workers World Party endorsed former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in her 2008 presidential bid. Earlier IPR coverage of McKinney’s actions related to the Gaza crisis here and here.

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4 Comments

  1. Deran Deran December 30, 2008

    The WWP is fairly hypocritical on this issue. They support Palestinians, but supported Serbia’s atrocities in the the Balkans.

  2. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist December 30, 2008

    Yes, the Workers World Party is a deviationist abomination, and is not supported at all by the Catholic Trotskyist Party, despite agreement on this issue.

  3. Ross Levin Ross Levin December 30, 2008

    Has Obama said anything about it?

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

    He started with “no comment”, the current soundbites being kicked around are an old one from August that Ehud Barak repeated:

    “If somebody was sending rockets into my house, where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”

    and the one that popped up during the auto bailout: “one president at a time”.

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