Two months since Israel’s assault on Gaza began, the movement of solidarity with the Palestinians has won real gains.
Its size and militancy and defiance were crucial in removing Suella Braverman as home secretary. It has broken up the Labour Party like no other question for two decades.
It is not time to “move on”, to slacken then pace, to blunt the militancy—or to shut down for Christmas.
The Israelis are carrying through the logic of genocide, in full view. Since the end of the brief truce they have stepped up the bombing and ethnic cleansing.
It is the time to keep fighting and build a movement that can increase the pressure on the murderers in Tel Aviv, London and Washington.
London remains the global centre of Palestine protests in the world.
And no other country in the West got anywhere close to putting 800,000 people on the streets. Protests might be smaller now, but there are still massive numbers on the streets compared to “normal” times.
The next step has to be extending a sense of revolt to every layer of society.
Every workplace, school and university should be turned into hubs of resistance that can put pressure on the government to stop arming Israel and stop backing the slaughter in Gaza.
Workers must be central in this because only they have the power to shut down production and the bosses’ ability to make profit. But mass marches, occupations and protests are central now.
Disrupting our rulers’ system is what matters most because Israel would not be able to continue its assault on the Palestinians without the backing of its sponsors and allies in the West, particularly Britain and the US.
The pro-Israel Jewish News Syndicate last week quoted retired Israeli general Yitzhak Brick bluntly pointing out the critical importance of US armaments.
“All of our missiles, the ammunition, the precision-guided bombs, all the aeroplanes and bombs, it’s all from the US,” he said.
“The minute they turn off the tap, you can’t keep fighting. You have no capability. Everyone understands that we can’t fight this war without the US. Period.”
The Palestinian resistance is crucial, and so are revolts in the Arab regimes. But a movement that puts massive pressure on leaders in the West can play a real role.
We need to keep up the organisation, agitation and education around Palestine and link this issue of imperialism to all the other class issues.
It’s good to see climate campaigners marching with the Palestine protests this weekend.
Together we can break our rulers.
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