People in Gaza faced another night of terror as Israel amassed troops on the border and threatened a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
At least 24 Palestinians have been killed since Israeli air strikes on Gaza started on Wednesday, including seven children. The Israeli army has called up 16,000 reservists to prepare for possible invasion.
This is the worst aggression from Israel towards Gaza in four years. In December 2008 Israel began Operation Cast Lead, a brutal air attack into the New Year. It killed some 1,400 Palestinians and turned the already impoverished enclave to rubble.
Israel is armed to the teeth with US and British made weapons, bought with US and British aid. Meanwhile the Western media pretends the attacks were started by Palestinian resistance.
But Israel’s position has been seriously weakened by the revolution in neighbouring Egypt that ousted Hosni Mubarak, the country’s pro-Israel dictator.
Egypt’s new president is Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. He has sent his prime minister Hisham Kandil to Gaza to broker “conflict resolution” talks between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas government.
There have been protests across Egypt against Israeli aggression. These have put pressure on Morsi’s government to do more to support the Palestinians.
But there is also anger at Morsi’s hypocrisies and failures. The Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt said, “Today the Zionist enemy is preparing a ground attack on Gaza. But Egyptian gas still flows to Israel, the Rafah border crossing is still closed—and the Camp David agreement remains in force.
“Why are Morsi, his advisers, ministers and organisation waiting? They should put in practice what they always preached before coming to power—cutting all ties with the Zionist enemy, abolishing the Camp David agreement, deploying the Egyptian army in Sinai and permanently reopening the Rafah crossing.”
The Stop the War Coalition and Palestine Solidarity Campaign have called a national demonstration on Saturday 24 November in central London. Assemble outside Downing Street at 12 noon for a march to the Israeli Embassy. More details at www.stopwar.org.uk