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Palestine: 60 years of violent oppression by Israel

Issue No. 2100

Sixty years ago next week the state of Israel was founded through the violent theft of historic Palestine.

Zionist militias killed thousands of Palestinians and drove 750,000 of them from their homes – an event known to Palestinians as the Nakba or catastrophe.

Ever since then the Palestinian people have faced exclusion, oppression, mass displacement and poverty.

Israel has used its military might to support the interests of Western imperialism against any Arab regime that has challenged them.

The Palestinians continue to bravely resist as the Israelis keep up the siege of Gaza and the building of illegal settlements in the West Bank. Their cause has rightly become a rallying cry against injustice.

This resistance is inspirational, but on its own it is not enough to free Palestine. The revolt by the working class in Egypt, the Arab world’s most powerful state, shows the the potential to challenge the dictatorial and pro-West Arab regimes from below.

It shows the power that exists in the region to challenge Israel and imperialism, and liberate the Palestinians.


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What We Think
Tue 6 May 2008, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2100
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