Israel / Occupied Palestine: Victory to the 3rd Intifada!

No Peace with Apartheid – Mass Resistance, International Solidarity and Armed Struggle Will Free Palestine!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 13.10.2015, www.thecommunists.net

 

In recent days we have witnessed an impressive upsurge of resistance by the Palestinian masses against the Zionist occupiers. Until now, more than 20 Palestinians have been killed brutally by the Israeli occupation forces, including a pregnant women and her three year old daughter as well as two youths in Gaza one 13 and the other 15 years old.

 

The Trigger for the Uprising

 

The trigger for the recent clashes between the Palestinian masses and the Israeli occupation forces was and is the fear of many Palestinians that Zionist hardliners will take control of the Al-Aqsa compound. But as revolutionary Marxists we know that the root causes of the coming Intifada lie much deeper. During the last year, Israel has brutally repressed the masses of the Palestinian people, while at the same time Fatah and the Palestinian National Authority have lost most of their credibility with the masses. Today, the majority of the Palestinian people favor (once again) a one-state solution, simply because the Zionist settlers have created a situation on the ground where there is no realistic option for a separate Palestinian mini-state (even one which is absolutely depended as a colony of Israel). Although it is not yet certain that the clashes and mass-resistance will develop into a new Intifada, this is a very realistic possibility and revolutionaries must help expand the struggle to make the 3rd Intifada a fact!

 

What We Are Fighting For

 

The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT,بيان التيار الشيوعي الثوري الدولي  in Arabic language) which has sections and supporters in Occupied Palestine (Israel), Pakistan, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Brazil, Austria, Britain, and the US confirms our unconditional support for the Palestinian liberation struggle. Marwan Barbakh and Omar Othman, the two young martyrs from Gaza who were murdered by the occupation army are a symbol of the unbroken resistance of the Palestinian masses. Generation after generation will continue to struggle until the occupation ends in all of Palestine – from the Jordan River to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, from Gaza to Al Quds to Jaffa, Haifa and Ramallah. We call upon the Palestinian workers, youth and fellahin to continue the fight for one Palestinian, multinational state in which the workers and fellahin will take power. The RCIT sends its warmest greeting to the heroic Palestinian youth who are struggling so bravely, but we also send our condolences to the comrades, friends and families of murdered Palestinians – the Intifada will avenge them!

 

The Leadership of the Palestinians

 

It is clear now that Abbas is nothing more than a lackey of the occupation. In this critical hour, after more than twenty Palestinians have been killed, he joined the war criminal Netanyahu in calling upon the Palestinian masses to be calm. In Occupied Palestine, revolutionaries also have to fight politically against the leadership of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. These forces are unable to liberate Palestine because they are not capable of or willing to organize the struggle not only against the Apartheid regime but against capitalism and the roots of the occupation and imperialism as well. We in the RCIT are also against the policy of the various Palestinian Stalinist originations of which Al Jabha (the PFLP) and the DFLP are the largest. Without casting any doubts on the true heroism of their struggle, the leaders of these organizations are not genuine revolutionary-socialists but rather petty-bourgeois left Arab nationalists. Regardless of our political criticism of Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, Al-Fatah or Al-Jabha (PFLP), we condemn every attack by Israel upon them. The fighters of these organizations are not terrorists but freedom-fighters; our criticism of them is not meant to somehow defend Israel but rather to really win the struggle!

 

What are the Tasks?

 

In parallel to the recent upsurge of resistance, while the Israeli police and army are preparing to suppress an even more extensive uprising, the masses of the Palestinians and the anti-Zionist Jews must also prepare for this uprising. They need to expand the struggle to new layers of the masses and build resistance and self-defense committees in the districts, villages, factories and harbors. For revolutionaries, it is vital to fight from within the new Intifada for a revolutionary-internationalist working-class perspective! We oppose nationalist and religious hatred – but since the Israelis are the oppressor-nation it is an urgent task for Jewish workers in Israel and anti-Zionist Jews in general to make it clear that they have nothing in common with “their” oppressive government. Palestinian revolutionaries, while constituting the bravest and most courageous fighters on the barricades and wielding arms against the Israeli occupation forces, must oppose any manifestations of reactionary Anti-Semitism. Taking this internationalist position could very well result in the Palestinian masses’ breaking away sections of the Israeli-Jewish working class from the chauvinist-Zionist camp. We call upon Jewish revolutionaries to use every means possible to weaken the Israeli occupation army. This means practically: striking out against the Netanyahu government; go down to the streets to protest against racism; organize soldier resistance committees; and soldiers, don’t follow orders and sabotage the military!

 

The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency calls for revolutionaries to:

* Found resistance committees in the districts, the factories and in the villages, to organize the fighting masses!

* Build self-defense committees to defend the poor Palestinian masses against the terrorism of Israel. Actions against the Israeli state apparatus – if they are to be successful – must be organized and carried out by the masses!

* Arm the masses! The international workers’ movement and the movement of the oppressed should organize a solidarity campaign with Palestine and provide weapons for the resistance. The workers’ movement and the movement of the oppressed masses around the world should form international brigades to struggle alongside the Palestinians for their liberation!

* Defend all Palestinian factions against the state-terrorism of Israel, regardless of whether they are Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, Fatah, DFLP, etc.

* No to attacks on Jews civilians! Attack the IDF, the police and the Israeli state apparatus, as well as openly racist Israelis – but don’t attack innocent civilians; true Internationalism is against all religious hatred!

* Israeli anti-Zionist Jews, workers and oppressed of Israel – support the Intifada! Strike against the government, sabotage its weapons, industry and the military, and organize resistance in the army against the racist occupation and the war-mongering Generals!

* Down with the direct or indirect allies of Israel. Throw all imperialists out of the Middle East, whether Israel, the US, the EU, Russia or China! Overthrow the brutal dictatorships in the Arab world, whether that of General al-Sisi in Egypt who is helping Israel in the Sinai and is participating in the blockade of Gaza; the Al-Saud Gang who is murdering the rebellious masses of Yemen; the brutal dog Assad in Syria who didn’t lift a finger to help the Palestinians, or the Jordanian monarchy. Down with the reactionary takfiri-salafist Daesh/IS which openly states that Muslims must first fight against the Palestinian factions and only then against Israel.

* Victory to the 3rd Intifada! Long live the martyrs – the Intifada will avenge them! For a multinational, democratic Palestinian workers’ and fellahin state from the River to the Sea – For a Free, Red Palestine!

* Fight along with the RCIT to serve the oppressed and liberate Palestine once and for all!

 

International Secretariat

 

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About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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