(This article appeared in the New Worker, the newspaper of the New Communist Party of Britain, No. 1784 dated 1.8.14, Page 11)
America (and her Western European allies) have unconditionally supported a terrorist inspired, neo-Nazi government that has come to power in Western Ukraine, confronted only by the democratic military forces of Russia, and anti-Nazi partisans in Eastern Ukraine. In the meantime, extreme anti-Russian racism and false propaganda has continued to emanate from the White House, trumpeted throughout Europe (and the world) via the rightwing BBC. It is an intense disinformation campaign designed to demonise Russia to such an extent, that the fact that the Ukrainian usurpers adhere to the strictures of National Socialism – a ruthless fascist ideologist – is hidden and obscured by the mind-boggling array of pretence and nonsense. Make no mistake about it, the USA and her European allies – democratically elected regimes that have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens in Iraq and Afghanistan – are openly supporting the political descendents of the Nazi German military forces that occupied Ukraine during WWII. This at a time when numerous commemorations and memorials have been held across the Western world, ostensively celebrating the Allied victory over Nazi German fascism, and remembering the millions who died securing that victory, as well as the millions more who were victims of its racism and hatred. The hypocrisy of the USA and Europe is tangible, but it does not stop with the Ukraine.
The modern state of Israel was the creation of British imperialism in Palestine. The British colonial authorities, whilst ignoring the wishes of the local Arab population, and bending to the strictures of Zionism – or Jewish racism – annexed part of Palestine and gave it to an influx of Jewish migrants into the area. Prior to the founding of Israel in 1948, the British colonial authorities were subjected to a sustained terrorist campaign carried out by Jewish groups already living in Palestine, and motivated by Zionism. From that day to this, the impoverished Palestinian people have been desperately fighting for their right to exist as a distinct nation, against a ruthless rightwing regime that has received continuous support from the West. Israel has continuously used her ample military resources in an obviously illegal manner to inflict a continuous terrorist campaign against the people of Palestine, whilst receiving no official criticism from the US and the EU. Indeed, any attempted criticism of Israel is automatically conflated with ‘anti-Semitism’, despite the fact that today a significant proportion of the international Jewish community (outside of Israel) officially condemns what Israel is doing in Palestine, and distances themselves from the state of Israel. The message from the Jewish people is that Israel is not representative of the theology of Judaism, and through the distortion of Zionism, is acting in a manner contrary to that teaching.
As the death toll for Palestinians now exceeds 800 during the latest Israeli military excursion into Gaza, the United Nations has been forced, no matter how reluctantly, to move against Israel and start the process of holding Israel to account for its actions. On the 23.7.14, the United Nations Human Rights Council condemned Israeli military action in Gaza, stating that the action constituted ‘disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks’. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, speaking from Geneva, stated:
“…there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated in a manner that could amount to war crimes.”
This statement was made in reference to the video footage of the Israeli navy deliberating targeting a beach on the 16th of July, and clearly killing young children who were playing with a football. Navi Pillay clarified her statement:
“The disregard for international humanitarian law and for the right to life was sharply evident.”
What is interesting is how the 47 members of the forum representing the UN Human Rights Council voted after the Palestinians proposed a resolution condemning Israeli action in Gaza. The resolution was formerly adopted by 29 votes in favour, 1 against, and 17 abstentions. Of course, predictably the USA – that country which not so long ago declared war on the abstract concept of terrorism – voted against the Palestinian resolution, whilst all 9 EU countries effectively supported the USA through abstention. It is obvious that not supporting Palestine in this situation is in reality supporting the terrorism of Israel.