Monday (September 27) was an embarrassing day for Labour Leader Keir Starmer, with Labour conference passing motions that defied his own line on the same day as a shadow cabinet resignation.
Pro-Palestine group Palestine Action have recently taken direct action across the UK coinciding with their first anniversary yesterday (7 August 2021), a part of which has involved occupying the central London loft offices of the arms dealer Elbit, who have been accused of selling parts of weaponry to the Israeli government, a government currently committing atrocities in the Middle East.
Following over a decade of oppressive anti-Palestinian action by the previous government, now incumbent Prime Minister Bennet has no plan to change that. Netanyahu’s will to overthrow the new government is clearly out of a thirst to retain power, rather than a genuine fear of agenda change.
The Communist Party has issued the June edition of its news sheet Unity! focusing on solidarity with Palestine, the upcoming People’s Assembly demonstration on 26 June, the fight against unemployment and international developments.
Following apartheid Israel’s massacre in the besieged Gaza strip last month, the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions and all other notable Palestinian trade unions have urged fellow workers around the world to refuse to handle Israeli goods and build Israeli weapons. Dock workers in Livorno and South Africa took heed of this call last month when they refused to offload cargo from a ship owned by the Israeli company ‘ZIM’, the eleventh largest shipping company in the world.
The Communist Party of Britain has welcomed the upsurge in mass demonstrations around the world in solidarity with the Palestinian people. But the Party’s International Secretary John Foster called for the protests to continue and even escalate, to put pressure on national governments to force Israel to the negotiating table with Palestinian representatives. “Persuasion having failed over recent decades, sanctions against the Israeli state are necessary in order to bring such talks about”, he told the CP Political Committee on Wednesday evening (2 June 2021).
The motion makes the Republic of Ireland the first EU member state to phrase Israeli actions using the term “de facto annexation.” These actions, however, were similarly addressed in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which states that Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”.
On Tuesday (18 May 2021) Palestinians across Gaza, the West Bank, occupied territories ad within Israel itself, participated in a General Strike, protesting the ongoing occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by Israeli Occupation Forces, on behalf of the Israeli state. This General Strike, which was organised on extremely short notice, with initial calls to action circulating on social media on the 16th and 17th further highlighted Israel’s reliance on the exploitation of Palestinian workers.
The Communist Party has strongly condemned what it called the “ethnic cleansing” of East Jerusalem and Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. “The murderous assault of the Netanyahu regime and what can only be described as the Israeli Offence Force has exposed – yet again – the brutal character of the Israeli state’s illegal occupation and incarceration of Palestinian lands”, Robert Griffiths told the Party’s Executive Committee on Sunday (16 May 2021). Britain’s Communists also condemned the refusal of the US, British and European Union governments to take any meaningful action against the Israeli state’s “crimes against humanity”.
Over the past week as the Israeli occupation has come to one of its harshest points in years, many across the world are becoming enlightened to the reality of what is one of the world’s most devastating humanitarian issues.