Patience has its limits. Finally the Middle East
has exploded once again. The draculan fangs of the Zionists are yet again
crudely exposed, camouflaged earlier by ‘peace talks’. They have come out with
their naked brutality. Over the last three weeks from September 28, 120
Palestinians have been killed and 4,000 injured. Of those killed 26 were below
20 years, and of the injured, 1000 were children.
Years of fake ‘peace talks’ by the US stooge Yasser
Arafat, has tried the patience of the Palestinian people. The fraudulent
‘Palestinian Authority’ with its illusory powers, was another blow to the
discerning Palestinians. And the final straw that broke all illusions of a
settlement came with the failure of the Camp David talks where Arafat was
closeted with the two international gangsters Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime
Minister, Ehud Barak, for a full 14 days. A full fortnight of secret
negotiations, with not even an appearance of a settlement, raised Palestinian’s
anger not only against the Zionists, but their puppet leader, Arafat. The only
‘power’ Arafat had, as head of the Palestinian Authority, was to police the
Palestinians and prevent them from violent actions against the Zionists. This
dangerous conspiracy, hatched by the US-Zionist fascists, of using Palestinians
to kill Palestinians, is now on the verge of collapse. In the present upsurge
even the Palestinian police, have once again turned their guns on the Israelis.
The prisons, housing Palestinian rebels, have been forced open, and the fighters
are once again amongst the people, having broken Arafat’s chains.
The spark for the present conflagration was ignited
on September 28, when that notorious butcher, Ariel Sharon, paid a visit to
Jerusalem’s holiest site, the Al-aqsa mosque compound, which also houses the
Jewish Temple Mount.
Sharon, the chairman of the opposition Likud party,
is Israel’s most notorious butcher, having the blood of thousands of Arabs on
his hand, since the past 50 years. In the early 1950s, as head of the infamous
Unit 101, it was he who led the massacre of innocent women and children. Since
then, he has been personally involved in a series of massacres and butcheries.
Hundreds of demonstrators protested against
Sharon’s provocative visit to the compound that contains two of Islam’s most
venerated mosques. This was the spark that ignited the conflagration. The
Israeli police viciously attacked the demonstrators (which included Palestinian
police) injuring 30. With this, Palestinian youth came out with fiery attacks on
Israeli forces throughout the West Bank, Gaza Strip and in Jerusalem. With years
of rage bottled up, they mounted reckless charges against a fully armed Israeli
army. Using stones, rocks, sling-shots and petrol bombs, wave-upon-wave of young
Palestinians launched attacks against Israeli forces. They took control of the
religious site on the town of Nablus (West Bank) forcing the Israeli army out.
Palestinian gunmen, infact, intensified shooting attacks on Israeli positions
after hearing of Barak’s 48-hour ultimatum to end the conflagration.
In Lebanon, Palestinian refugees marched to the
border with Israel, and many were mowed down by enemy guns. In retaliation, the
pro-Iran Hizbollah guerrillas attacked Israeli positions and captured three
Israeli soldiers. Later, they also captured an Israeli army colonel, linked with
Israeli intelligence. This action threw the Israelis into a panic.
Israel responded with a brutality that far exceeded
the level of the struggle. They rushed commandos to the north and their bombers,
gun-ships, artillery and naval units shelled Hizbollah targets. Their tanks and
bulldozers destroyed buildings in the Gaza strip. Israeli tanks shot with
machine guns on Palestinian positions on the West Bank. Israel sealed off the
entire Gaza strip and ringed the Palestinian towns with tanks. International
crossing points between the Gaza Strip and Egypt and between the West Bank and
Jordan were blockaded. In effect, Palestinians were put into separate
geographical boxes with Israeli military helicopters hovering overhead.
In addition Israeli helicopter gun-ships fired
rockets on select Palestinian targets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. A
Palestinian TV station, that was propagating the Palestinian view, was
completely destroyed. Also, Israeli helicopters hit Palestinian targets near
Arafat’s headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah and in Gaza city, hours
after Palestinians lynched two Israeli soldiers.
There was an outburst throughout the world in
support for the Palestinian cause and against Israeli brutality. All the Arab
and muslim countries saw militant and violent protests against Israeli and US
targets. So strong were people’s feelings, that even Arab governments were
forced to make anti-Israeli statements.
Also, many clashes took place in other countries of
the world. In South Africa, a protest rally broke out into violence.
Demonstrators, chanting anti-Israeli, anti-US slogans, burnt Israeli and
American flags, smashed a McDonald’s outlet, destroyed a number of cars and set
one on fire. In Sydney, in Australia, a group of men broke from a 2,500-strong
crowd of protesters and tried to storm the US consulate. In Paris demonstrators
set fire to a Jewish school and synagogue. In London, militant demonstrations
were held and a Jew was stabbed in broad daylight, in front of hundreds of
What frightened the US the most was the daring bomb
attack on the warship USS Cole at the port of Aden in Yemen. In this attack 17
US military sailors were killed and 22 seriously injured. This was followed by
an attempt to blow up the British embassy in Yemen. So panic-stricken are the
Americans that they immediately ordered the closure of 37 of the Embassies and
Consulates in various countries, particularly those in West Asia, the Persian
Gulf and North Africa.
The Summit called by Clinton in Egypt, was a farce
from the start. It comprised US puppets from Egypt and Jordon; it played down
the participation of Russia, in case they make inroads into the volatile
situation; it was held with Palestine under a virtual state of siege; and was
attended by UN secretary general Kofi Annan, who had spent his time attempting
to free the Israeli soldiers from the control of the Hizbollah. Prior to this
the US Security Council called for an ‘objective inquiry’ into the events but
stopped short of accepting the Palestinian demand for an International
Commission. Israel rejected both calls, while the US abstained from the Security
Council vote which was passed 14-0.
The summit ended with a vague verbal call for a
ceasefire, with no written agreement. It is obvious the situation has gone well
beyond any fake ‘peace talks’ and Arafat’s acrobatics may no longer be able to
fool the Palestinian people.
Though Israeli and Palestinian security chiefs have
since been meeting to work out the modalities for enforcing and monitoring the
ceasefire, clashes continue throughout the region. As we go to the press over
two hundred Palestinians have been killed and 7,000 injured in bitter battles.
Besides, militant groups like the Hamas and Islamic Jehad, have declared that
the summit understanding is not applicable to them and that they will go on with
The Indian rulers, in a vague statement, drafted
along the US standpoint, called for peace in the region. It mentioned not a word
against Israeli brutality. Such a neutral position by both the US and Indian
governments amounts to a de-facto support to Israel. While the US openly backs
Israel, and seeks to utilise their influence on Arafat to broker a pro-Israeli
agreement; the Indian rulers have, for the first time, given up their ‘pro-Arab’
stand, and joined the Zionists. It is not surprising therefore, that Jaswant
Singh’s much publicised three-day visit to Saudi Arabia was cancelled by the
Saudi Arabian government at the last moment. Later, in typical BJP-style double
speak, they supported a UN resolution, together with 92 others condemning
Israel’s excessive use of force.
Today, the US-Israeli gangsters stand more isolated
than ever before.
Of late, country after country have openly flouted
the UN air embargo on Iraq. The widely attended Arab Summit on Palestinian
events called for limited action against Israel, but fell short of the Arab
people’s demand to break off all ties with Israel.
The people of the world have come out in open
opposition; the other imperialist powers are silent on events in the Middle
East, hoping to increase their inroads into the region; and even the most pro-US
third world rulers are afraid to come out in open support of the US and the
Zionists. But, in the final analysis it is only the people’s force that will be
able to smash these international gangsters. The Palestinians would need a new
intifada, replacing sling-shots and stones, with guns and bullets; and replacing
open suicidal attacks with guerrilla warfare. Death to the Zionists and their US
backers is the clarion call of the world’s oppressed people, specifically those
in the Arab countries, and Palestine.