The Israeli army has continued its bloodletting in the occupied Gaza Strip
refugee camp of Rafah. Many pious words calling for restraint have been
expressed by the governments of the West, but nobody is going to lift a finger
to stop Sharon. It is only through the struggle of the workers in the whole
region that a solution can be found.
In the last few days the masses in many parts of the Middle East have been
pouring out onto the streets in protest against the murder of civilians in Iraq
and Gaza. They have been coming out emboldened by the feeling that the killing
machine of the occupying armies in Iraq and Gaza can be defeated. Yossi
Schwartz, just returned from one of these protests in Rafah (Gaza) looks at the
effects throughout the Middle East and in particular in Israel.
Tuesday's bomb attacks in Be'er Sheva could not have come at a better time
for Sharon. He immediately used them to distract attention away from a few
problems he was having at the beginning of the week. But why has Hamas suddenly
returned to this kind of attack? Yossi Schwartz in Jerusalem explains.
We recently received this report, which shows how the Israeli state deals
with anyone - even if they are Jewish - who dares to take up the
plight of the Palestinians in the refugee camps in a serious manner. Tali Fahima
is being held without any charges, with her arrest being extended continuously.
In spite of only having minority support in the Knesset, Sharon holds on to power. This is because both the left and the right continue to support him, for they cannot offer an alternative. That alternative can only come from the working class.