cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgIsrael / Occupied Palestine: The Arrest of Basel Ghattas – the Political Persecution Reflects the End of Zionism

A Statement by the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine), 25.12.2016,




  1. We, members of the Internationalist Socialist League, candidates for membership in the Balad party, wish to condemn sharply the arrest of MP Basel Ghattas, one of our party leaders. Firstly, we must note that Dr. Basel Ghattas was the only MP who signed, at the time, our petition calling the Austrian authorities not to prosecute the leader of our international organization, the “Revolutionary Communist International Tendency” (RCIT), Michael Pröbsting, for “sedition”. Now, that he himself is becoming a victim of political persecution at the hands of the Zionist establishment, it is an opportunity to publically thank him for that. Of course, even if he had refused to sign, it wouldn’t have changed a thing about our principled support for his immediate release.


  1. The “terrible” crime allegedly committed by MP Ghattas, was the delivery of notes and cellphones while aiding the struggle of Palestinian political prisoners for the right to remain in contact with their families, a right which is effortlessly granted to the handful of Jewish fascist terrorists whom the Israeli authorities begrudgingly caught and jailed. It is not surprising at all that the first MP in the history of the Zionist state to be jailed even before trial would be a Palestinian-Arab. It is much less surprising that while MP Ghattas will not be celebrating Christmas with his family, Zionist right wing fascist MPs, who leaked top secret information to settlers who fight the Zionist Army or to the press, will be celebrating Hanukkah with their families, eating and drinking to fulfilment.


  1. We wish to express our dissatisfaction with the comments and interviews given by the head of the Joint List, Ayman Odeh, to the Zionist media. As one who has continually expressed his wish to lead the local equivalent of the ANC that fought the South African Apartheid in his speeches, we would have expected of him to avoid sanctifying the Israeli law and acknowledge instead the basic right of a public representative among an oppressed nation, fighting against an Apartheid regime, to break the racist law in accordance with civil-disobedience, no matter the consequences.


We might have allies who tell us that we are Marxist extremists who exist on the fringes of the political arena in this country, but it is the bourgeois International Law which grants occupied nations the right to fight, arms in hands even, against the occupying armed forces. According to Ghattas, he wasn’t helping even in that, but acting in mere humanitarian capacity. Therefore, until Israel respects the laws that it is obligated to follow as a member of the United Nations, there is no moral or pragmatic basis to give any respect to the Zionist Apartheid laws.


  1. This political persecution is clear to all who have their eyes tightly screwed into the front of their heads. Those who are not blinded by the Zionist establishment’s brainwashing, including the Zionist racist propaganda media, can see clearly that after the criminalization of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch did not result in a popular third Intifada, Balad is the one to go next. Political organizations who represent the Palestinian people and did not face such persecution should spend this period of time reflecting upon where they went wrong along the way and promptly fix their theory and action patterns. They should do this out of the acknowledgment of the fact that outlawing Balad indicates to the future of all the Parties that make up the Joint List and a bit further into the future – the Zionist leftist parties and movements.


  1. This persecution is not random. It is being carried while the UN Security Council carries a resolution denouncing land theft and the settlements in the West Bank, despite the fact that A-Sisi’s regime in Egypt stabbed the Palestinians in the back. All the while, the BDS movement grows stronger and stronger convincing an increasing number of people, including Jews, to boycott the last vestiges of white colonialism and Apartheid in the world. Despite, or perhaps because of the rise of the populist right around the world, the leaders of the Zionist movement, on the left and the right, can smell the end of the Zionist project. For this reason they care to spend an enormous amount of resources in crushing any political element that represents even the slightest inkling of morality, freedom, justice and equality in Israel and abroad.


  1. We ask, in such a day, of all the leaders of the Palestinian struggle for national liberation, and of the leadership of those Jews who support democracy and social justice, to reflect upon the way history would remember leaders such as Basel Ghattas, and how it would remember those whose hands tremble, whose feet stumble, whose tongue twists, whose teeth chatter while trying to speak truth to power.




  1. We call upon all democratic forces and supporters of social justice to set up democratic action committees in order to organize demonstrations and express solidarity with Basel Ghattas and Balad:


Stop the political persecution of those who struggle against the oppression of the Palestinian people!


Free Basel Ghattas!


Free all Palestinian political prisoners!


Members of the Internationalist Socialist League



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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