Statement of Peace and Freedom Party State Chair Kevin Akin, 22 July 2014.
The following statement was adopted by the State Central Committee of the California Peace and Freedom Party at its meeting on November 18, 2012.
The California Peace and Freedom Party condemns the recent attacks on the people of the Gaza Strip, the most aggressive since the massacres of 2008. We join the many voices calling for an end to sending arms to Israel. The United States is responsible for these and other violations of U.S. and international law performed with regularity by the Israeli military. As long as the United States enables the Israeli government by providing support such as money, weapons, and diplomatic cover, the violence will continue. As Americans we must once more say “Not in our name.”
It is now July 2014, almost two years later. Once again, using as a pretext the murders of three teenagers whose killers the israeli authorities apparently have no intention of catching, the Netanyahu government has launched a murderous series of attacks on Palestinians. As expected, the rockets in Gaza have been firing at Israel in response, and have killed one Israeli, while under the Netanyahu government’s military attacks hundreds of Palestinians have been killed: children, women, old men, whole families, and even a few fighters. And as expected, while murmuring quiet words about fairness and peace, the United States government has fully backed Netanyahu and his even more fanatical allies like the racist Foreign Minister Liberman.
This is a shame, it is a crime, it is a disgrace. It displays the ideological bankruptcy of the Democratic Party, willing to mouth platitudes about human rights so long as imperial adventures are not reined in. While the collective punishment of the Palestinians continues, so does the collective punishment of the Israeli people under the reactionary Netanyahu regime, that deprives everyone in Israel of important rights, lowers living standards, and whips up wars to mobilize support because none of their policies have earned them the support of the people. Sad to say, the prominent Democrats who appear ready to seek their party’s presidential nomination in 2016 appear ready to outdo Obama in support for Netanyahu – and that is hard to do. Faced with an opportunity to pursue progressive policies that could earn them public support, the Democrats are determined to pull their usual election stunt of trying to out-hawk the Republicans, and they appear ready to throw away any chance at keeping the Republicans from full control of Congress in the 2014 elections. With “friends” like this, workers don’t need enemies. In fact, as everyone active in politics knows, both the Democrats and Republicans are controlled by their very wealthy bankrollers. The only way working people can win any power is to reject both big-money parties, and organize and support an independent Left party of their own.
The rule of the rich is bad for Americans, for Israelis and Palestinians, for everyone in this world. We need to work for working-class power, for peace, for full employment, for prosperity, against racism and nationalist division, and to end forever the dictatorship of big money over the people. Imperial brutality will end when we the people end it. We must do it.