Protest for two states!

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 9:12 Author: Chris Reynolds
Gaza border graphic

This graphic, compiled from UN figures, is taken from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The deaths have been fewer in recent weeks — one, four, four on Fridays 13, 20, 27 April, as against 44 total for the first five Fridays.

That must be partly due to the protests against the killings organised within Israel, and also by left-wing Jewish groups in the USA.

At the Workers’ Liberty forum in London on 26 April about Israel-Palestine, the left, and antisemitism, two additional sets of figures were cited. A pro-Israeli-government speaker from the floor told us that the Israeli government has reported that a large proportion of those killed have been members of Hamas or Islamic Jihad.

Hannah Weisfeld from the Jewish pro-Palestinian-rights group Yahad said that the Israeli government has reported that a large proportion of those killed have been unarmed.

Both claims fit in with other reporting. The big Palestinian protests on the Fridays are held at a safe distance from the border. From the protests small groups, mostly of young men, sally forth to throw stones or improvised fire bombs, and to try to get through the barbed-wire fence before the actual border fence.

Those willing to make that gesture of attacking the fence are most likely to be activists willing to risk death in order to make the political point — formulated by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as that they concede “not an inch of the land of Palestine” to Israel — but they are also likely to be unarmed when shot. There is at least one case of a Palestinian journalist being shot dead.

In all the five Fridays’ protest, not a single Israeli soldier is reported to have been injured.

The shootings-to-kill are not helping Israel’s security, but boosting support for Hamas.

Back in February, the Israeli army’s own chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkrot, warned the Israeli government that outbursts in Gaza were almost certain because of the stifling social and economic situation there, arising from the Israeli-Egyptian blockade.
Last year between 800 and 1200 truckloads of supplies entered Gaza each day; now it is down to 300.

Hamas, which rules Gaza, plans further Friday protests up to 11 May, and is also talking of making a spectacular gesture on 15 May to protest at the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence.

No livable settlement is possible without both peoples, the Palestinian Arabs and the Israeli Jews, seeing their right to self-determination recognised.

Workers’ Liberty and others will continue to protest against the Gaza killings, and for the Palestinians’ right to an independent state in contiguous territory alongside Israel.

Mondays 7 May and 14 May, 6:30 to 7:30 each day at Kensington Court, off High St Kensington, London W8 5EA, near the Israeli embassy

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