Israel used excessive force in a clear effort to crush what was left of the Palestinian spirit. But four years on the Intifada continues and the Palestinian resistance and resilience is proving difficult to break. And Israel is trying every means possible to make life so unbearable for the Palestinian people that they will be forced to flee their homes and land again. Israel is perpetrating ethnic cleansing and genocide against the Palestinian people in order to gain more land for the racist Zionist state and maintain a Jewish demography that justifies an expanded Israel. Despite the incessant murder of Palestinian men, women and children, even the most moderate Zionist dream has yet to be fully realised – an all Jewish state.
During the Oslo Peace process the number of settlements being built in the West Bank and Gaza Strip doubled – this is the so called peace offered to Palestinians – further annexation of their land. Today while Sharon claims to be pulling out of the Gaza Strip (actually it is being transformed into an open prison) settlements are being rapidly expanded in the West Bank and 50% of the land annexed by the massive Apartheid Wall. The Palestinian people have few ways to fight the brutal onslaught but they have little left but the fight for their lives, land and justice. Worldwide solidarity is crucial for their very survival.
Victory to the Intifada’s pickets of Marks and Spencer were set up shortly after the start of the second Palestinian intifada in Manchester in solidarity with the Palestinian uprising. Soon afterwards they were set up in London and now there are pickets in many British cities. Every week protesters inform people about the intolerable situation that Palestinians endure and urge shoppers to boycott Britain’s biggest corporate backer of Israel.
This week the London picket was depressingly small considering the significance of the date and that this year there was no march in London to mark the anniversary of the start of the second intifada in support of the Palestinian struggle. Regular protestors chanted loudly, displayed colourful banners, gave speeches and discussed Palestine with many interested passers by. But how many more people could have been reached if there were more picketers? There are so many people that support the Palestinian struggle in this country and have a wealth of knowledge on the situation past and present but don’t seem able or willing to spread their understanding to others and to take a clear stand to cut financial support to the Zionists by targeting the biggest British trader with Israel. The pickets of Marks and Spencer are the only regular weekly activity in solidarity with the Palestinian people. They are popping up in new places but more support is needed. Let’s not forget that the British state helped the Zionists gain a foothold in Palestine and has continually backed the Israeli state. That makes it our responsibility in Britain to work to end this murder and torment of Palestinians NOW. Join the pickets for just two hours every week and fight against the racism and brutality inherent within Zionism.
Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! Free Palestine!
Every Thursday 6-8pm, Marks and Spencer, Oxford Street (Marble Arch end)
Victory to the Intifada