Support the Palestinian People's Struggle
January 1, 2011
The following article is reprinted from the December 20 edition of the Anti-Imperialist News Service (www.anti-imperialist.org).
The U.S. is once again insisting that the Palestinians accept the U.S. as the "honest broker" seeking "peace" between Israeli zionism and the Palestinian people even while the U.S. and Israel blatantly refuse to recognize the rights of the Palestinian people.
The U.S. continues to insist that Palestinian rights depend upon the permission of the U.S. and Israel. Most recently, the Obama administration is insisting that Palestinian institutions must not only accept as their first principle "opposing terrorism" (i.e. renounce resistance and oppose all struggle against U.S.-Israeli domination) but also give up the right to place elementary conditions on so-called "peace talks" with Israel. Thus, in a speech on December 10, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that talks must take place even while Israel refuses to stop construction of settlements in Palestinian territory. Similarly, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a special resolution opposing moves by a number of governments recognizing Palestine as an independent state within the 1967 borders. The resolution which passed on December 6 by consensus stated "its strong opposition to any attempt to establish or seek recognition of a Palestinian state outside of an agreement negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians."
In fact, all along the line the U.S. and Israel have made it clear that they will never recognize the inalienable rights of the Palestinians. Some day in the distant future, the Palestinians may be allowed to use the word "state" but all the real power will remain in the hands of the U.S.-Israeli colonizers. The so-called Palestinian state envisioned by the U.S. and Israel will not be allowed to have an army, its political and economic system as well as its foreign policy will be dictated by the U.S., and the Israeli aggressors will continue to encircle it militarily.
While the Obama administration and Congress place the onus on the Palestinians, Israel continues to carry out its program of trying to liquidate the Palestinian nation. While the Obama administration, in one international meeting after another, is buying time with empty words about an eventual “Palestinian state," Israel continues the savage blockade of Gaza, carries out raids and assassinations in the West Bank, expands settlements, continues to build an apartheid wall across the West Bank etc. And uses the time to prepare new attacks.
It is precisely because of its opposition to the growing movement amongst the peoples to end U.S.-Israeli aggression against the Palestinians that U.S. imperialism is relying on the counter-revolutionary tactic of imperialist pacifism – of promising "negotiations and compromise" while imposing its dictate and backing Israeli aggression.
In 1948, U.S. and British imperialism instigated zionism to found the state of Israel through force of arms. The Palestinians became a subject people within their own country and 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homeland, their houses and villages razed to the ground.
In 1967, Israeli zionism, instigated and backed by U.S. imperialism, waged another full-scale war and occupied the rest of Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza), again expropriating Palestinian land and forcing tens of thousands into exile.
For the last 62 years, the zionist aggressors – financed, armed and commanded by U.S. imperialism – have waged a war of genocide with the declared aim of colonizing all of Palestine. The Israeli aggressors have seized tens of thousands of acres of Palestinian land, established a network of Israeli settlements and military bases throughout the country, and imposed a continuous reign of terror on the Palestinians.
Peace will only come to Palestine when the U.S. government is forced to withdraw all its support for Israeli zionism, when the aggressors withdraw completely from all the occupied territories, when all the Palestinian people are guaranteed the right to return to homes and when a genuinely sovereign and independent Palestinian state comes into being.