Global solidarity as three actions in the UK and another in Australia shut down arms manufacturers to mark the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Israeli attack on Gaza.
We are pleased to have contact with Unity (Israeli – Palestinian Federation of Anarchists) who announce that “Unity” is an anarchist-communist organization active in Israel-Palestine who have recently…
This text was originally distributed by Manchester Anarchist Federation as a leaflet on a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza on Sunday 13/6/10
On May 31st in the dead of night, Israeli elite commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid, preventing it from reaching Gaza, killing nine people and injuring dozens in the process. Those on board had wanted to deliver 10,000 tonnes of food, medicine, construction materials, wheelchairs and other aid to Gaza to break a blockade imposed by Israel since 2007 and provide people with access to some basic necessities of life.
The mass of the population in Gaza has a fragile and miserable existence because of the blockade. It has enclosed Gaza and turned it into a prison; a prison which could not be maintained without the Egyptian government keeping their own border crossing firmly closed. While 70% of Gazans live on less than $1 a day, 75% rely on food aid and 60% have no daily access to clean water. They live in poverty while what little remains is daily attacked by the Israeli bombs and bulldozers
Israel’s brutal attack on the Gaza strip has elicited widespread revulsion, and has led to protests across Britain and the world. It is clear that the Israeli state has committed atrocities which anyone with an ounce of humanity would seek an end to. Its savage bombing of one of the most densely populated places on earth has resulted in over a thousand deaths. Nowhere is safe – Mosques, schools and UN sites have been attacked by the IDF. Even by the “civilised” standards of warfare between nation-states, which allow for a reasonable degree of “collateral damage”, several incidents stand out for their brutality.
Most people in Israel will remember one thing about the protest later today (Sat 3/1/2009): that the organizers went to the Supreme Court in order to make sure they are allowed to present a Palestinian flag.
The following text was received from an anarchist activist living in the Middle East. It has been edited slightly for clarity, but is largely as written by an activist on the ground in the Middle East. For obvious reasons we publish it here anonymously.