Today the International Court of Justice in the Hague has opened its hearing
on the legality of Israel's wall that has been built in the last few months in
the occupied West Bank and would leave Palestinians isolated in enclaves in only
part of the West Bank. Let us make no mistake about this wall, what the
government of Israel is doing is basically building Ghettos for the
Palestinians. These walls should come down.Yet the question is how and by whom? And this question is related to other
questions: Can we get justice in the Hague?
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.