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Keep our eyes on the prize of a Free Palestine

It's easy to be overwhelmed and distracted by the contradictory signals our leaders are coming out with about Palestine almost every day
Issue 2900
Build for the next national Palestine demonstration (Picture: Guy Smallman)

Build for the next national Palestine demonstration (Picture: Guy Smallman)

It’s easy to be overwhelmed and distracted by the rush of contradictory and deliberately confusing signals our leaders are coming out with about Palestine almost every day.

What do those at the top mean by a ceasefire? Will Israel invade Rafah in Gaza and will negotiations between Israel and Palestinian resistance group, Hamas come to anything?

We do know one thing for certain—that those in power will do anything and engage in any grubby political manoeuvres to conserve their imperialist interests and maintain their rule.

But we should also remember that what we do matters, and is influencing events.

A crucial part of why Israel is more isolated than ever is because millions across the world have taken to the streets for Palestine—and Britain has been one of the most important examples of solidarity.

In an election year, Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden are trying to satisfy two sides. They want to maintain their relationship with Israel to bolster imperialism.

They are also under pressure from below to at least look like they want to reduce the bloodshed in Gaza.

That’s why the Tories announced they would support a new “humanitarian aid corridor” between Cyprus and Gaza but also defended the British government’s right to sell weapons to Israel this week.

It’s why Biden warned Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to let more aid into Gaza while also approving the sale of as many as 50 F-15 fighter jets to the terror state.

And Netanyahu is also caught up in political manoeuvres.

Under pressure from those within his own government the Israeli prime minister said on Monday that a date had been set for the invasion of Rafah.

Israel’s far right national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, and minister of finance, Bezalel Smotrich had threatened to bring down Netanyahu’s government unless he backed a Rafah invasion.

Ben-Gvir warned that Netanyahu would “cease to have a mandate to serve as prime minister” unless he signed off a military obliteration of Rafah, regardless of how many died.

What happens at the top matters, especially when it develops into weaknesses we can take advantage of.

But we must never lose sight of our most important goal—the full liberation of the Palestinian people.

This means our fight needs to go much further than convincing our rulers to send a few lorries of aid or calling for a temporary ceasefire.

We need to make it utterly impossible for our rulers to continue to support or fund Israel in any way.

Only after that can we start to glimpse a future where Palestine is free.

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