We are republishing this article by Yossi Schwartz on the
War of 1967 to provide some background information to the recent events taking
place in Gaza and the West Bank. Read the full article: Israel: The 1967 War
In the recent period the idea of boycotting Israeli academic
institutions has been raised as a way of helping the struggle to defend the
rights of the Palestinians. Comparisons have been made with the boycott of the
old South African Apartheid regime. In South Africa it was the mass
movement that brought down that regime, not the boycott. The same is true today
as it was then.
The policy of imperialism is to provoke civil war among the
Palestinians, hoping that Fatah can crush Hamas, but it is clear that Fatah is
losing as it is seen as more and more a stooge of imperialism. That explains
also why Israel
is now intervening directly. These events serve to highlight once again that on
the basis of capitalism there is no way out.
The crisis of the Israeli state is deepening. The rats have begun to abandon the sinking ship and are calling for the heads of Olmert and Peretz. Keen to save face and remain in power without having to face fresh elections, the ruling clique are prepared to sacrifice the current administration in order to form a new war cabinet.
On April 18, thousands of Israeli students came out to express their opposition to the Shocat Committee, set up by the state to push through its agenda of raising University tuition. The students have now called for an indefinite strike against the plans of the government.
War in Iraq
has solved nothing for US
imperialism. Equally Israel’s
attempt to invade Lebanon
last year also failed miserably. Every time imperialism tries to use the
jackboot it merely serves to destabilise even further this already extremely
unstable region. Now they are preparing for more wars…