More than 150,000 people took part in a mass demonstration in Tel Aviv on
May 15, that called on the government to pull out of Gaza and start peace talks.
Ironically Sharon, who failed to get his plan accepted by his own party, the
Likud, has found support among the Zionist left. Yossi Schwartz in Jerusalem
explains this apparent contradiction.
Thousands of residents from the southern Gaza town of Rafah, home to 140,000
people, have fled their homes in recent days, fearing that the Israeli army will
demolish their homes as the army of occupation continues to terrorize the people
of Gaza. Far from withdrawing, the Israeli army is now trying to crush the
"So comrades and workers, the world may look like it is in a terrible state
now. But it must get better, and it is only through the collective power of the
working class that it can. They say he/she who has the last laugh, laughs
longest. We the workers, the downtrodden, must have the last laugh, or we are
doomed." A comment from Mordachai Peargut in Israel.
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.