Herschel Grynszpan, a young Jewish man, walked into the German embassy in Paris in November 1938 and shot a Nazi diplomat dead.
Grynszpan’s family had been stripped of their property, deported from Nazi Germany and stranded in a refugee camp on the Polish border. The killing was carried out in protest at this.
The Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky argued that while such an action offered no way forward, the left should stand in “moral solidarity” with Grynszpan.
Throughout history the oppressed have risen up. Because their oppressors often possess a vast arsenal of weapons, great wealth and powerful armies, resistance has come using whatever means are to hand.
Today the US and Britain are offering to help block Hamas from receiving arms. They shrug off the massive imbalance between the more than 1,300 Palestinians killed in Israel’s assault and the 13 Israelis killed.
Occupied people have always taken up arms – from Ireland to Vietnam to Algeria.
Resistance to occupation and to collective punishment is not a crime – it is a right.
Hamas was democratically elected and is the voice of an oppressed people. We should oppose any arms blockade on Hamas and demand our government stops all arms sales to Israel.