Sharon’s proposal to “withdraw” from Gaza do not represent a step
towards a solution to the conflict in the Middle East, but rather hide
manoeuvres on the part of the Israeli government. It is a cynical game played
out at the expense of both the Israeli and Arab masses.
The idea of a bi-national state solution has become fashionable among some
circles in Israel/Palestine. Yossi Schwartz in Jerusalem explains that on the
basis of capitalism, with unemployment, bad housing, low wages and
discrimination, neither the two-state nor the single bi-national state proposals
can work. The only solution can be found within an overall Socialist Federation
of the Middle East.
The latest bombings in Ashdod highlight the fact that state terror provokes
individual terror, and individual terror gives the state the excuses it needs to
step up repression. A class policy is the only way out.
This morning's criminal killing of Shaikh Ahmad Yassin, leader of Hamas, in
Gaza, on the partb of the Israeli military will only serve to provoke more
terrorist attacks on Israel. It will make the hellish spiral of tit-for-tat
suicide bombings followed by state repression even worse. The Palestinian and
Israel workers will be the ones to suffer. Only the working class on boths sides
can offer a way out of this nightmare.
More than 20,000 people participated today in the central Land Day
Demonstration - 'Yowm al Ard' in Arabic - (marching from the Palestinian village
of Sakhnin to Arabeh), protesting against the land confiscations, house
demolitions, the arrest of the leadership of the Islamic movement and of the
Abnaa elBalad movement, the Occupation, the Apartheid wall and the
assassinations of Palestinian leaders.