The struggle in Nablus

Yossi Schwartz, ISL the section of the RCIT in Israel/occupied Palestine, 26.10.2022

Today the war criminal Zionist army killed six Palestinians freedom fighters and wounded 21 others attacked by a large number of the criminal army soldiers in the old city of Nablus in the West-Bank. Among them killed is a known hero of the resistance, a leader of the Lion’s Den Wadee al-Hawah. The others were Ali Khaled Antar, 26; Mishal Baghdadi, 27; Hamdi Qayyem, 30; and Hamdi Mohamed Sharaf, 35. A fifth Palestinian, Mashal Zahi Baghdadi, 27, died of his earlier wounds.

The fighter Houh was one of the founders and commanders of the Lions’ Den Group, which is based in the Old City of Nablus. Houh posted comments on his Facebook account in which he expressed opposition to the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to persuade the group’s gunmen to lay down their weapons and join the Palestinian security forces whose role is to prevent and repress the armed fighters for national freedom.

At least one hundred thousand people participated in their funerals in protest against the Zionist apartheid state and the Palestinian Authority that collaborate with the Zionist killers.

The Zionists call the freedom fighters terrorists and make sarcastic jokes about the term Shaeed for people who died in a clash with the Zionist army or armed settlers. As if in Christianity or Judaism there are no holy men and women who died for their faith.

The real question regarding the term terrorist is who are the real terrorists the settler colonialists who stole most of Palestine and committed at least 40-50 massacres from 1947-8 until today and expelled most of the Palestinians from their lands or the Palestinians fighting for their national liberation.

The other relevant question is on which side you are on. On the side of the oppressed fighting for freedom or the side of the oppressors. There is a history to the song “On which side are you own’. In 1931, the miners went on a strike against the mine owners in southeastern Kentucky in Harlan County. In an attempt to intimidate the family of union leader Sam Reece, Sheriff J. H. Blair and his men, hired by the mining company, illegally entered their home in search of Reece. Reece had been warned and escaped but his wife, Florence, and their children were terrorized. That night, Florence wrote the lyrics to “Which Side Are You On?” using the melody from the traditional ballad “Jack Munro”.

This militant great trade union song goes like this:

Come all of you good workers/Good news to you I’ll tell/Of how the good ol’ union/Has come in here to dwell


Which side are you on?/Which side are you on?

My daddy was a miner/And I’m a miner’s son/And I’ll stick with the union/’Til every battle’s won


They say in Harlan County/There are no neutrals there/You’ll either be a union man/Or a thug for J. H. Blair


Oh workers, can you stand it?/Oh tell me how you can/Will you be a lousy scab/Or will you be a man?


Don’t scab for the bosses/Don’t listen to their lies/Us poor folks haven’t got a chance/Unless we organize

As to the Zionist terrorism: Even according to the bourgeois International Public law occupation is illegal and a crime while occupied people have the right to resist the occupation using arms. Apartheid is a crime and Israel is an apartheid state. Even Amnesty International wrote:

In May 2021, Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, began protesting against Israel’s plan to forcibly evict them from their homes to make way for Jewish settlers. Many of the families are refugees, who settled in Sheik Jarrah after being forcibly displaced around the time of Israel’s establishment as a state in 1948. Since Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank in 1967, Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah have been continuously targeted by Israeli authorities, who use discriminatory laws to systematically dispossess Palestinians of their land and homes for the benefit of Jewish Israelis.

In response to the demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah, thousands of Palestinians across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) held their own protests in support of the families, and against their shared experience of fragmentation, dispossession, and segregation. These were met with excessive and deadly force by Israeli authorities with thousands injured, arrested and detained.

The events of May 2021 were emblematic of the oppression which Palestinians have faced every day, for decades. The discrimination, the dispossession, the repression of dissent, the killings and injuries – all are part of a system which is designed to privilege Jewish Israelis at the expense of Palestinians. This is apartheid

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel issued a 28-report to the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee. In this report it says that Israel’s occupation of land over the pre-1967 lines is illegal. Lapid the PM of the Zionist state who only few weeks ago announced that he is for two states has said that this report is Anti-Semitic, what a third-degree joker.

The so-called left Zionism is happy with Lapid as the leader of “only not Bibi ” (Netanyahu). His government has chosen a settler to be the next head of the Zionist army. We say there is no left and right among the Zionists, only shades of the right.

Down with the Zionist terrorism against the Palestinians!

Down with the Zionist apartheid!

Victory for the third intifada!

For a Palestine red and free from the river to the sea!



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