(A version of this article appeared in the New Worker – the newspaper of the New Communist Party of Britain, No. 1783, dated 25.7.14, Page 3)
An Israeli spokesperson (making a statement to the BBC World Service), recently justified his country’s latest military incursion into Gaza, as being a product of Israel’s right to legitimate ‘self-defence’. In the exercising of this right, the Israeli military machine – led by tanks – entered Gaza following a sustained aerial bombardment that left 200 Palestinians dead, and around 1200 severely wounded. This indiscriminate use of force has killed men, women, and children of all ages, including those with disabilities who lacked the physical ability to attempt to run away from the Israeli bombs and heavily armed assault troops. Although Hamas has fired rockets into Israel as a protest against Israeli imperialist aggression in their country, it is a reported fact that only one Israeli has died, and he was an Israeli soldier killed in the line of duty. No Israeli citizens have died from the Hamas use of rockets in the recent exchanges.
The appalling situation facing the oppressed Palestinians has gripped the imagination of all right-minded people around the world and has inspired one demonstration after another, with each expressing an uncompromising solidarity with the people of Gaza. This is because the State of Israel – a product of British imperialism – and despite many of its elder citizens having been the victims of the Nazi holocaust of WWII, nevertheless, use their armed forces to oppress an impoverished Arab population, whilst continuously seeking to illegally take more and more land from them. Ironically, Old Testament rhetoric is often employed by Israeli nationalism to justify their actions – actions that are often illegal in the eyes of International Law, but which go unpunished due to the unconditional support Israel receives from the USA and many European countries – including the UK.
The modern Israeli State was created through the use of terrorism perpetuated against the British authorities in Palestine. Zionism – the creed of the State of Israel – is essentially racist and has within its strictures an indifference to those who are non-Jewish. This is because the Judaic myth states that only Jewish people are the ‘chosen ones’ by god, and therefore only Jews matter, or are of any consequence in the world. Marx often wrote that religion is a product of an inverted mind, or to explain it another way, religion is a random collection of imaginations that have no bearing upon reality, despite the comfort these teachings might give to those who adhere to them. Zionism is the political distortion of the religiosity of Judaism – strictly speaking it is not Judaism per se, but is a virus-type infection that has the tendency to draw all into itself. Not all Jews are Zionists, but all Zionists are racists by definition, and this biblically justified racism is the motivation behind the oppression in Gaza.
This ongoing situation of Israel doing whatever it wants to do with impunity, led today to thousands upon thousands of British people gathering outside Downing Street, and marching to the Israeli Embassy via Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, in temperatures of around 30 degrees. British Muslims from various ethnic groups and cultures joined Palestinians, people from other countries, and many other British people, young and old, male and female, able-bodied, and disabled. Despite a strong police presence, there was no reported trouble.
Along the route, occasionally devout Muslims would move to the side of the pavement, or step into a local park and unroll their mat for prayer, while the elderly and those with disabilities still made their way along the route, even though they had fallen behind the official police-line marking the rear of the march, and were even behind the army of well organised road-sweepers whose job it was to clean-up the streets in its wake. Placards and posters routinely called for Gaza to be free, and for Israel to change its policy and stop behaving in a fascist, and highly destructive manner. Despite the continuous pro-Israeli British media, and total lack of impartiality from the BBC, it is obvious that their propaganda is not working. Multitudes of intelligent and right-minded people marched through London, demonstrating that no matter who has control of the state media, reality will still seep through into the human mind and protests against lying and oppression will instantaneously emerge from the masses.
Perhaps one of the most poignant events today, occurred outside Hyde Park, where a small group of Jewish people representing the ‘Boycott Israeli Goods’ (BIG) campaign, unfurled a banner which stated ‘It’s Kosher to boycott Israeli Goods’ and ‘Say No To Injustice’. Many pro-Palestinian protestors thanked them for their presence and support, proving that a protest against Israel is not necessarily a campaign against Jewish people, nor motivated by any notions of anti-Semitism. This protest in London today should send shock raves through Tel Aviv!