Committee of the Workers’ Party of Ireland condemns the current barbaric aggression of the Israeli government against
the people of Gaza which has resulted to date in at least 280 Palestinians dead
and more than 700 injured. This terrorist act follows a sustained blockade which attempts to starve the people of Gaza into submission.
Earlier this year
Palestinians remembered the 60th anniversary of the massacre at the village of Deir Yassin, where
the Irgun, a group of Zionist terrorists led by Menachem Begin, murdered some 300 Palestinian villagers, including women and
children. This was a deliberate and planned operation designed to terrorise the indigenous Arab population and ethnically
cleanse them from their lands. This current aggression involving an attempt at the economic strangulation of Gaza coupled with the physical terrorisation of the Palestinian
civilian population has a long historical precedent as a calculated strategy from Deir Yassin, the systematic destruction
of Palestinian refugee camps, the terror bombing of Beirut and the massacres at Sabra and Chatila.
Since 1968 the United
Nations has documented repeated violations of human rights in the Occupied territories including occupation, annexation of
territory, the illegal building of Jewish settlements, the deportation and expulsion of Palestinians, the confiscation and
destruction of property including the demolition of Palestinian homes and agricultural land as collective punishment, the
exploitation of Palestinian labour, mass arrests and administrative detention without trial, ill-treatment and torture of
persons under detention, censorship, the violent suppression of demonstrations and protests, military attacks on political
organisations and the strangulation of the economy of the Occupied territories.
The wide-scale Israeli
military operations against Palestinian civilians continue in violation of international and humanitarian law. The Occupied Territories are under siege. Palestinian civilians, including children, are killed virtually on a daily basis. Civilians are
deliberately targeted. All border crossings of the Gaza Strip have been closed and the total siege imposed has had disastrous
social, economic and humanitarian consequences. Severe restrictions have been placed on the movement of the civilian population.
The entry of food, fuel and raw materials has been restricted. Even access to water is severely restricted and drinking water
has become unsafe. The Israeli occupation perpetuates the suffering of the Palestinians who are experiencing a humanitarian
The Workers’ Party condemns the current
Israeli aggression as a criminal act. It is indiscriminate, disproportionate and a violation of international law. This is
a time for action by governments. This Israeli aggression must be condemned and real sanctions imposed. The Workers’
Party believes that a solution is only possible through the recognition of the legitimate and inalienable rights of the Palestinian
people to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty and the implementation of international law and respect
for all relevant United Nations’ resolutions.
The Workers' Party has sent messages of solidarity
to the Palestinian People's Party, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Ireland Palestine Solidarity
Issued Sunday, 28th December 2008.
*The Workers' Party is supporting demonstrations
around Ireland against the slaughter organised by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. For details visit
our Events page or the homepage of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign at www.ipsc.ie