Nakba Day 2024: The Struggle Continues until All of Palestine is Free!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), jointly issued by the Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine) and the International Bureau of the RCIT, 13.05.2024, and

The Nakba Day on 15 May commemorates the killing of at least 15,000 Palestinians and the traumatic expulsion of up to a million people from their homes by Zionist militias in 1948. The Nakba was the basis for the creation of the racist settler state Israel on 78% of the territory of former Mandatory Palestine. During the war in 1967, Israel again expelled more than 300,000 Palestinians.

Repeated Zionist wars in the past three-quarter of century and, most importantly, the ongoing genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza demonstrate that Israel is, by its very nature, an oppressor state. As long as this state continues to exist, there will be Apartheid, war and ethnic cleansing.

The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and its section in Israel/Occupied Palestine – the Internationalist Socialist League – send their warmest greetings to the Palestinian people as well as to the global solidarity movement which has risen up in order to stop the Zionist monster!

We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian resistance forces which are heroically defending their homeland against the Israeli army. We condemn the treacherous Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas – a servile lackey of the Zionist occupation. We also warn against any illusions in a so-called “Two-State Solution” which would be no solution at all. Such an Oslo 2.0 could not but result in the creation of small, disarmed and impoverished enclaves – surrounded and threatened by the Israeli army.

The only way forward is the revolutionary destruction of the Israeli Apartheid state and the creation of a free and red Palestine from the River to the Sea. Such a single secular and democratic Palestinian state would enable all refugees to return to their homes. At the same time, it would guarantee cultural and religious rights for the Jewish minority. It would be a workers and fellahin republic as part of a socialist federation of the Middle East.

The liberation of Palestine is inextricably linked with the fate of the Arab Revolution. Israel has historically been the most important pillar of Western imperialist control of the Middle East. However, the Great Powers of West and East could not dominate the region without the dictators and monarchs who brutally oppress their peoples – in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Iran, etc. Hence, the strategy of the liberation struggle must not be national-isolated, must not look for strategic alliances with this or that regime (as the leadership of Hamas has done with Assad, Erdoğan, Iran, Qatar, etc.) It must have rather an internationalist perspective and orientate to the mass struggle in the Middle East and beyond.

The key to liberation is the independent mobilisation of the working class and the popular masses. When the Arab workers and oppressed rise up, organise themselves in popular councils, arm themselves and overthrow the corrupted rulers, they will shatter the Middle East with an anti-Zionist and anti-imperialist tornado which will sweep away the Israeli Apartheid state and open the road to the liberation of Jerusalem! As part of such a revolutionary upheaval of the Arab masses, it will be possible to break a progressive section of the Israeli-Jewish workers and youth away from Zionism.

The struggle for liberation can only succeed under a revolutionary leadership fighting for the program of a working-class-led permanent revolution which combines the democratic and as well as the socialist tasks. It would aim at the closure of all imperialist military bases including those of the U.S., UK, France as well as Russia. It would expropriate the foreign monopolies as well as the big domestic capitalists.

The RCIT calls all socialists to join us in building a Revolutionary World Party committed to the cause of the liberation of the Palestinian peoples and all other oppressed peoples

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