By Anti-War Work Team of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
The Anti-War Work Team of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) condemns the recent U.S. Congressional resolution invoking unconditional support for Israel.
The resolution follows on the heels of comments made by Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) to a pro-Palestine protest in Chicago earlier this month in which she correctly identified Israel as a racist state and pointed out that the Palestinian people have a right to self-determination. In a bipartisan effort to exonerate Israel of its crimes and to shame those who speak out, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution defending Israel, which was supported by more than 400 Congressional Representatives, including 195 Democrats.
Denial of reality, however, does not change that reality. Israel is not only a racist state; it is a violent apartheid state and a puppet for U.S. imperialism.
Israel, with the help and approval of the U.S., has maintained a regime of ceaseless violence for 75 years, displacing, brutalizing and murdering Palestinians, including women, children and the elderly. It has enacted policy after policy explicitly targeting Palestinians, actively pursuing the total extermination of the Palestinian population. Israel’s racist policies are not limited to Palestinians – it has also targeted African immigrants through forced sterilization programs in the recent past. Further, tactics developed and employed by the Israeli Occupation Forces and Israeli police to terrorize and dominate Palestinians have been adopted by police in the U.S., who serve the same role as an occupying force in oppressed nationality communities here.
The story of the Palestinian struggle, however, is not only one of horrific brutality, but also of heroic resistance. Palestinians have fought for the right to their land for more than 100 years. The Freedom Road Socialist Organization supports the liberation of every inch of occupied Palestine from Zionist occupation and colonization, from the river to the sea; we uphold their struggle to realize the Right of Return, and the right of self-determination to which all nations are entitled, by any means necessary. We especially support the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and its revolutionary struggle for a free, democratic and socialist Palestine.
It is only due to the dedicated and militant organizing by Palestinians and their many allies around the world that the narrative is finally shifting. Representative Jayapal’s initially correct identification of Israel as a racist state came only as a result of Palestinian demonstrators shutting down an event that Jayapal was speaking at, and demanding that she own up to the fact that Israel is a racist and apartheid state. Support for the Palestinian liberation movement among the masses is at an all-time high. No amount of statements or resolutions from detached politicians wedded to U.S. imperialism can turn back the tide of popular resistance or the support the movement has garnered in recent years.
As communists and proletarian internationalists in the U.S., we have a duty to continue to splinter the ruling pro-Israel coalition through the organization of mass action. We call for an immediate end to all U.S. imperialist aid to criminal, racist, settler colonialist, apartheid Israel, including all financial, military, diplomatic and political support.
Despite the best efforts of the imperialists and their Israeli running dogs, Palestine will be free, from the river to the sea!
End U.S. Aid to Israel!
Victory to the Palestinian Resistance!