Imperialist Bloc Escalates Zionist Holocaust, Trying to Stave off Defeat

Gaza Genocide is ‘Plausible’ and ‘Prima Facie’, Admits Bourgeois ICJ

Joint Statement of the LRCI and ClassConscious.Org

ICJ President Joan Donohue reads out provisional judgement on Israel genocide indictment by South Africa, Jan 26th

In the current mass slaughter in Gaza, Israel has already killed 30 thousand Palestinians, approximately, the same number of people as the Argentine dictatorship of 1976-82, the most bloodthirsty in South America. The provisional judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), based in The Hague, Netherlands, delivered on 26th January, is the judicial expression of the massive protest movement against the monstrous slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza since early October 2023. It is the product of the pressure of the worldwide mass movement refracted through a bourgeois court.

The judges, who are primarily accountable to the UN General Assembly, were confronted with a detailed indictment by South Africa of Israel’s systematic attempt to destroy Gaza Palestinians since October, and a call for them to demand provisional measures to stop the slaughter before the court determined in detail if genocide was involved.

The ICJ did not dare directly confront the imperialists by agreeing to South Africa’s initial two demands that Israel ‘immediately suspend’ its military operations ‘in and around Gaza’. That obviously means a total ceasefire by Israel. But they did demand that Israel stop virtually everything they are doing to destroy the Gazans.

That was the influence of the global mass movement and the heroic resistance, of Palestinian fighters in Gaza, of the Houthi and others in West Asia, as well as political pressure led by South Africa. The judgement was emphatic: the votes among the 17 judges were publicly announced as is customary. Only an ad-hoc Israeli judge and one obvious foul-maverick Ugandan voted against the most damning elements of the judgement.

These concretely accepted that ‘plausible’evidence, and therefore ‘prima facie’ jurisdiction under the Genocide Convention exists, of genocidal Israeli actions against the substantial part of the Palestinian people that live in Gaza, as a human group, killing members of the group, causing serious bodily and mental harm to them, deliberately inflicting on them conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction, and preventing Gaza Palestinians giving birth. As formulated in the Genocide Convention. They also noted that the overwhelming majority of Gazans have been driven from their homes, and forced to flee from one supposed refuge to another, where they can be and are attacked with deadly weapons both where they flee from, and where they flee to, and on the march between…

Instead of the demand for a cessation, the court demanded that that Israel ensure that these be prevented, that direct and public incitement to genocide by prevented and punished, that basic services and humanitarian assistance be provided, that evidence of genocide be preserved and protected from destruction (by Israel), and that Israel must report to the court on the progress of all these things in one month. (see https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-south-africa-icj-provisional-ruling-read-gaza-genocide for the full text of the judgement).

A Symbolic Humiliation for Zionism and Imperialism

Mass grave of Palestinian victims of Zionist murder in Gaza

At one level this could be dismissed as cowardly and a betrayal. Evidently the court simply did not have the basic principle and political courage to defy not only Israel, but also its imperialist protectors, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and many of their other smaller imperialist partners, who attempted to dismiss South Africa’s indictment and rubbish its basis in fact. Not to mention the usual, psychotic smears of Israel itself, which attributed the South African indictment, and after the judgement, the position of the court itself, to ‘anti-Semitism’. Such obscene racialised abuse from Zionists is itself a factor of intimidation that is often effective in warping even bourgeois politics, and may also have been a factor in intimidating these high bourgeois judges, from a variety of countries, some imperialist, some not, from outright confrontation with Israel, and thus diluting their judgement.

However, the categories of evidence that they conceded were plausible and ‘prima facie’ evidence, are irrefutable. If anything, the numerous summary murders by IDF troops in Gaza were less than fully depicted in the indictment, but it was only a first tranche of what could be documented and no doubt will be. And given that Israel’s response to the court judgement has been to continue exactly the same massive murder of the civilian population in Gaza as before, and in fact to escalate the killing, it is inconceivable that the court could credibly decide in the future, that somehow that evidence could be discounted or refuted. Particularly as Israel continued to attack the Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, one of the few hospitals still (just about) functioning in Gaza, immediately after the judgement, having previously rendered the vast majority of Gaza’s healthcare facilities unusable though savage military attack. Continuing the attack on Nasser hospital immediately after the judgement was a big FUCK YOU to the ICJ, predictable, but another savage, genocidal attack nevertheless, clearly calculated to destroy the conditions of life of Gaza Palestinians.

Even more so is the threat to the population, now that at least three quarters of the Gaza population have been compacted through Israeli mass terrorism into the area of Rafah, on the Southern tip of the strip. Netanyahu is talking of a mass ‘evacuation’ of this population as a ‘solution’ to the Gaza ‘problem’, which ought to remind the world that Hitler’s ‘first draft’ of the ‘Final Solution’ to the ‘problem’ of European Jewry was a plan to deport them all to Madagascar. When that failed the Nazis turned to mass murder. Netanyahu’s problem is that an attempt to drive nearly two million people over the Egyptian border has already been ruled out by Egypt, and may result in an armed clash that could destroy the Begin-Sadat ‘peace agreement’ of 1979. Jordan has also publicly given a similar warning (both have no choice, because of popular rage against the Zionist genocide). He is trying to bribe various African and other countries to be the recipients of mass deportees, but that would also lay them open to possible consequences from the ICJ etc. down the line.

He could launch his own ‘Final Solution’ with an all-out extermination of the displaced in Rafah by bombs and summary murder by the IDF, but that is at the front of world politics and the popular backlash internationally could sweep away the Israel lobby in a tide of popular rage. In this context, Hamas’ proposal for an extended truce in three 45-day phases, a large-scale exchange of prisoners, etc. massive aid and a phased rebuilding of Gaza with international guarantors (including Egypt, Turkey and Russia) dovetails well with the demands of the ICJ, and though it has been rejected for now, may well be a factor later. Such a deal may well finally bring down Netanyahu in Israel, which is itself in deep trouble economically and has just been downgraded by the credit agency Moody. Its tourist industry, particularly hotels, are now being used to put up Israelis evacuated from the wide areas close to both Gaza and Lebanon.

The court’s judgement, though it is a bourgeois judicial organisation and the questions involved are refracted through that, is a serious political defeat for Zionist imperialism and its allies/partners in the older imperialist countries, who scratch Israel’s back (and vice-versa). Over the last several decades since the 1970s at least, they have protected Israel from serious condemnation in any bourgeois international forum. Being credibly accused of genocide by an authoritative bourgeois international court, with all the ‘provisional’ caveats, is serious criticism, as serious as it gets. Of course, the court cannot enforce its judgements – it depends on the UN Security Council to do so, and the US habitually protects Israel from all manner of critical and particularly binding, Chapter 7, votes. But the court has considerably greater soft-power than mere votes in the UNSC or even the General Assembly – its judgements potentially have legal force in those countries that have ratified the Genocide Convention. For a state that the Western powers promote as a fellow ‘democracy’ to be credibly accused of genocide by such a body is a major ideological reverse for imperialism.

Imperialism’s Counterthrust – Starve Gaza Even More!

UNRWA clinic in Gaza City destroyed by Israel. Cutting off aid to UNRWA by US/UK and many EU countries on Israel’s say so is a direct genocidal attack on Palestinian population.

Israel’s imperialist backers, centrally the Biden administration in the US, the British Tory government of Sunak (echoed by the Tory second eleven in the imperialist Labour Party, led by Zionist ‘without qualification’ Keir Starmer), Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Netherlands, Italy, Australia and Finland struck back directly against the judgement of the court within a day of its judgement being announced. They did so by cutting off aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), the main organisation that has distributed aid to the victims of Israeli ethnic cleansing since 1948. Its job is to keep millions of effectively stateless Palestinian refugees, who have virtually no rights, from starvation. Since the Israelis began their outright extermination of the Gaza population, over 100 of their staff have been murdered by the Israeli state while trying to deliver aid to Gazans in conditions of ferocious Israeli bombardment of the entire strip. But because Israel has now accused some staff of UNRWA, on the basis of ‘evidence’ and ‘concessions’ extracted under torture (which is simply normal for Zionist state forces) of being involved in the Hamas-led prison breakout on 7th October, aid has been cut off to UNRWA, which millions of Palestinians depend on to survive.

This is a genocidal act, and a punishment of UNRWA, not for any supposed dereliction over the 7 October, but in reality, for providing considerable evidence to the ICJ of Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians. So, this attack on UNRWA is clearly, by proxy, an attack on the ICJ by Israel and its partners in this crime of genocide, and it is now clear, by this action, that the US, UK, Germany etc., are not merely accessories and accomplices in the extermination of the Gaza Palestinians, but actual, direct participants in the extermination through carpet bombing, starvation and deliberately created epidemic disease.

In this context, as the genocidal proclivities of the imperialists become clearer, their attacks on democratic rights at home escalate.  In Britain, there have been a number of outrageous arrests of left-wing opponents of the genocide, of leading figures in Palestine solidarity movements in England and Scotland.

Cowardly IDF Killers Suffer Reverses

In different ways, the main imperialists are in a cleft stick, because Israel has bitten off more than it can chew with this Gaza genocidal attack. They are not winning the war against Hamas and are taking heavy casualties in Gaza. The IDF is a cowardly army that can massacre civilians at the drop of a hat but flinches in the face of determined, capable and courageous opposition. Many Hamas videos have been released showing intrepid resistance fighters using a mixture of daring and guile to blow up Israelis troops in their tanks, etc.

News of such reverses has been supressed from the Israeli population to a considerable extent, but it is now leaking out.  They were unable to suppress news of the deaths of between 21 and 28 (the full toll is not completely clear) on 22 Jan when a building the IDF were mining to try to destroy was instead detonated by Palestinian fighters with IDFers inside it. But other accounts in part of the Israeli media say that up to 11,000 IDF troops have been injured since they tried occupying Gaza in late October.

It is normal for such injuries in armed conflict to be around 3 and 4 times the number of deaths. But the Israelis have only admitted so far to around 500 deaths. This strongly suggests that the real IDF death toll is between 3000 to 4000, which probably explains why Israel has pulled out a number of quite elite troops, such as the Golani Brigade, from Gaza over the last month or so. They need to preserve their troops for other things. This is not a sign of strength.

Earlier on in Israel’s genocidal attack on Gaza, the US moved its newest aircraft carrier, the Gerald R Ford into the Eastern Mediterranean to threaten Hizbullah, and deter any solidarity action against Israel for the Palestinians in Gaza. But at the end of the year, it was withdrawn back to the US as the more likely scenario became an Israeli attack on Hizbullah, as they indulged in threats of expanding the destruction of Gaza to Lebanon seemingly to divert attention from their difficulties in Gaza. The US did not appear too keen on being drawn into an Israeli invasion of Lebanon, no doubt being acutely aware of what happened the last time this happened – the destruction of 241 US marines at the hands of proto-Hizbullah in October 1983. Hizbullah is far stronger now, and has the evident capacity to devastate much of the North of Israel, which is why large sections of the Israeli population have been evacuated from that region.

A Wider Conflict Threatens US Domination in West Asia

The drone attack on US troops on the Jordan-Syrian border on 28th January, which killed three US troops and injured several others, caused the US Ziocons to go into apoplexy, demanding a US attack on Iran in response. Netanyahu and his Kahanist cohorts undoubtedly are licking their lips at the prospect of a US attack on Iran. But Biden flinched from that and instead engaged in a series of 85 bombings on 2 February against local militant anti-US/Israel militia groups in Iraq and Syria. This itself is escalatory, is destabilising Iraq, which has a Shi’a government which is friendly to Iran, and has popular legitimacy for its demands for the US to leave Iraq. In attacking ‘pro-Iran’ forces in Iraq, they are effectively and implicitly attacking Iraq’s government itself.

US attacked Kataib Hizbullah, Shi’a radical movement based mainly in Iraq but also Syria. This attack drew condemnation and demands for US withdrawal from Iraq’s government, sympathetic to Iran, which reflects the views of Iraq’s majority Shi’a population. As with the Houthi in Yemen, these movements reflect overwhelming popular sentiment. The US, in supporting Israel’s genocide is in conflict with overwhelming popular sentiment in West Asia.

Attacking Iran would be a huge step for the US, which really would send the whole region up in flames. The US has repeatedly made deals with Iran, fearing a war with a much more powerful and populous country than either Iraq or Syria, and such things as the deal over Iran’s potential nuclear capacity are an expression of that fear. Junked by the arch-Zionist Trump, Biden did attempt to reinstate it, at least partially. The mendacity and fear-mongering among Ziocons about Iran’s supposed nuclear ambitions is belied by Iran’s firm denial of any such aspirations, which the clerical Iranian government says are contrary to its religious ideology in any case. But by playing a role in support of Russia in the Ukraine war, supplying Russia with improved drones, etc, Iran may have solved the problem of the repeated bilious Israeli threats of attack, which imply a nuclear threat. Such a Zionist nuclear threat (which is not even controlled by the USA, and is solely at the mercy of the contingencies of Netanyahu) is a possibility of this Nazi-like government, which cornered is doubling down on the regional expansion of the war and Palestinian extermination. As a result of its admission to BRICS, and this military collaboration with Russia, the imperialists – including Israel – now have reason to consider the real possibility that Iran might be covered by the Russian, and maybe even Chinese, nuclear umbrellas, as the Brazilian geopolitical commentator Pepe Escobar recently noted. In any case, it will be remembered that Trump flinched and cancelled a US attack on Iran that he had driven when he was in office. Because he feared the consequences.

In Syria, the Assad government never had any say over the US troops that sneaked into the East of the country under the cover of Syria’s imperialist sponsored civil war. Trump as President openly boasted that they were there to steal Syrian oil. The result may be the eruption of major guerilla conflicts with Kataib Hizbullah and other Shia radical forces in both Iraq and Syria, which is highly likely to develop into an anti-imperialist war of national liberation in both. On top of having declared war on the Houthis in Yemen, even without an actual attack on Iran, this looks set to develop into a conflict on a scale that the US will likely find impossible to handle.

Both Iraq and Eastern Syria were invaded and occupied by the US as part of the neo-con project of supposedly ‘liberating’ the Arab world from ‘anti-imperialist’ supposed despots, to replace them with pro-imperialist despots in the guise of exporting ‘democracy’ through ‘humanitarian intervention’. Even though the US claimed to be fighting Islamic State/Daesh, which in fact it sometimes supported (when it was useful to it to do so to destabilise Assad). But the whole of the world can see in the Gaza holocaust, which is also spreading and accelerating on the West Bank, what the real content of such ‘humanitarian intervention’ really is. Israeli barbarism in Gaza, and that growing in the West Bank, far exceeds IS/Daesh in its ferocity.

Defeat Imperialism. For a World-Revolutionary Movement!

The imperialists are losing in Ukraine militarily, but in terms of the population of the imperialist countries themselves, the visibility of this is still relatively small. This is not however true of Gaza where the huge discredit of the genocide is causing what looks like a revolutionary change of consciousness among major sections of the population. It is part of the decline and discredit of Western imperialism both ‘at home’ and abroad which is mushrooming, and is one of the preconditions for revolutionary developments in the imperialist countries. A global movement has grown up which is bigger than the mass movement against the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 1970s, let alone the less radical movement against the war in Iraq. These varying understandings of the different conflicts, in West Asia and Ukraine, need to merge, and it is a key task of revolutionaries to make understood their essential interdependence as part of one struggle against US imperialism, its Zionist partner and other imperialist allies and clients. Such a unitary anti-imperialist movement is key for developing the kind of international working-class revolutionary movement this dangerous situation requires for a progressive resolution of the developing crises of US hegemony and Zionism.

Stop all censorship and police/judicial attacks against opponents of the Zionist genocide!

Immediate and unconditional freedom for Julian Assange!

Defeat the Genocide – Demand a Full Ceasefire Now!

Solidarity with Yemen, with the entire Axis of Resistance and all forces in West Asia that resist Zionist and US/UK/EU imperialist domination and genocide!

For a Multi-Ethnic Workers State of Palestine from the River to the Sea!

David Miller Victory Against Zionism: Letter to Weekly Worker

In the light of David Miller’s victory at the Industrial Tribunal against Bristol University, this letter was sent to the Weekly Worker, a publication which had previously solidarised with witchhunting allegations coming from some on the ‘left’ that David Miller’s views were ‘anti-Semitic’. They published it, but cut it virtually in half, and though of course they make their own editorial decisions, it has to be said that the portions cut out of the letter would have posed some pretty embarassing questions to their supporters about their own history of witchhunting those to their left on the question of Zionism. The socialist public can judge them (and us) on these issues, and we are quite content that they do. Whether they are so content is somewhat doubtful however…

Dear Editor,

It is magnificent news that David Miller has won his Industrial Tribunal against Bristol University. He had been sacked for his anti-Zionist views, and commented after his victory, in a statement agreed with his lawyers, that:

“I am extremely pleased that the Tribunal has concluded that I was unfairly and wrongfully dismissed by the University of Bristol.  I am also very proud that we have managed to establish that anti-Zionist views qualify as a protected belief under the UK Equality Act. This was the most important reason for taking the case and I hope it will become a touchstone precedent in all the future battles that we face with the racist and genocidal ideology of Zionism and the movement to which it is attached.

[…]

“I also want to note that this verdict is a massive vindication of the approach I have taken throughout this period which is to say that a genocidal and maximalist ideology like Zionism can only be effectively confronted by a maximalist anti-Zionism.  Apologies, debate, and defensiveness of the sort illustrated by many on the left, and even in the Palestine Solidarity movement will not work.  The Zionist movement cannot be negotiated with.  It must be defeated.” (https://www.rllaw.co.uk/rahman-lowe-secures-landmark-victory-in-employment-case-for-professor-david-miller-against-bristol-university/)

In particular, the legal precedent that anti-Zionist views are a protected characteristic under British law is a real advance and conquest, and complements the previous victory won by Keith Henderson in a 2013 Industrial Tribunal that left-wing socialist beliefs are also such a protected characteristic under the same laws.

I would observe that David Miller’s victory is no thanks to some sections of the left, including Jewish Voice for Labour, the SWP and the Weekly Worker, who even when David was waging his ultimately successful campaign, joined in the witch-hunting by denouncing him as ‘anti-Semitic’ for making factually correct statements about the material basis of Zionist social power in countries outside Israel. All of those attempted to scandalise him for the following observations in a tweet:

“1. Jews are not discriminated against. 2. They are over-represented in Europe, North America and Latin America in positions of cultural, economic and political power.

3. They are therefore, in a position to discriminate against actually marginalised groups.”

While covering itself in a bourgeois-libertarian position of defending the supposed democratic rights of all racists including even fascists, the Weekly Worker solidarised with the SWP’s own wretched attacks on David Miller thus:

“Socialist Worker offers good grounds to suppose that the tweet was anti-Semitic: e.g, his words ‘lump together all Jews without any recognition of class or other differences. Miller targets Jews, not the actual ruling class, and plays on the idea of Jews as ultra-rich and manipulative’”

This is simply a smear and a non-sequitur, an example of liberal-moralist, Zionist-influenced prejudice on the part of the SWP, WW and JVL who make similar points. Far from ‘ignoring’ class differences, this analysis is based on them, when properly understood. The social composition of the Jewish population, its disproportionate representation in positions of property and financial power, has obvious bearing on the influence of Zionist Jews in capitalist society today, simply because the dominant ideology of bourgeois Jews is political Zionism, and disproportionate Zionist influence in ‘high places’ flows inexorably from that.

Nowhere in this analysis does any alleged characteristic of Jews as being ‘manipulative’ manifest. Such psychologising is not remotely necessary since the behavioural traits of classes, not ethnic groups, are being discussed here. The unique history of the Jews is marked by an earlier evolution before capitalism, as in the main a commodity trading people-class (analysed by the Jewish Marxist theorist Abram Leon) which to historical materialists explains much today about the class structure of the Jewish population. There is no need for racialised stereotypes to explain such things, it has always been a matter of class, something which no genuine Marxist can ignore.

David Miller’s views on Zionism appear quite close to my own. He has won an enormous victory for the basic democratic right to make the most trenchant criticism of Zionism and humiliated all the Zionist Tory, Labour, Lib Dem, Green and Scottish Nationalist politicians who earlier signed an outrageous letter basically demanding that he be sacked. But at least he was victimised by ruling class politicians and their open servants.

I recall that I experienced similar victimisation in 2014 from ostensible communists (the CPGB/Weekly Worker). Having thrown me out of the Communist Platform, a bloc within Left Unity that I was one of the founders of, for supposed ‘anti-Semitism’, WW ran a disgusting cartoon that tried to equate my Marxist views on the Jewish question, derived from Abram Leon – who was murdered in Auschwitz – with the Nazi genocide. That cartoon was worthy of the sinister Zionist ‘Campaign Against Anti-Semitism’ which now cheers for the holocaust in Gaza.

In 2020 I, along with Gerry Downing, was expelled from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign for similar reasons. The architect of this purge was PSC secretary Ben Soffa, who for the first three years of Starmer’s reign of terror against the remnants of the Corbynite left on behalf of the Zionist lobby, worked for Starmer as his Head of Digital Communications. A huge conflict of interest! He was only removed after 7 October. The PSC leadership expelled me, but put Emily Thornberry on its platforms as a Zionist they could have ‘dialogue’ with. When questioned on Yoav Gallant’s 8th October order to starve the Gaza population even of drinking water at the beginning of this genocide, she refused to condemn this and said it was “appropriate”.

Even some elements who were supposed to be my co-thinkers capitulated to the pressure. That’s how insidious the all-encompassing Zionist attack on democratic rights is, and was, and how weak the left has been in standing up to it. This has to change. This victory of David Miller is a straw in the wind. Of change. Now that the Zionists have been exposed before the masses as akin to Nazis there needs to be a counter-attack. There needs to be an end to fratricidal capitulationism and witchhunting on the left, and instead zero tolerance for Zionist genocidal racism and attacks on democratic rights. Zionism needs to be fought the same way as fascism!

Finally, I would note that even though they made the right decision, the Industrial Tribunal is still weak in trying to ‘partly’ blame David for his victimisation. Presumably for being too ‘uppity’ in defence of his protected beliefs! It’s typical that even when a bourgeois court gets things right, they still genuflect before Zionist ideological terrorism. We saw something similar at the ICJ. Even when they get things right, they flinch.

Ian Donovan

Consistent Democrats

Harry’s Place: Far-Right Zionist Scammers Attacking the Left

Someone doesn’t like the Consistent Democrats. The crypto-fascist/Zionist hate site Harry’s Place is complaining bitterly that our comrades were quite legally selling our (completely legal) journal on the Palestine Solidarity demonstration on 3rd February. No doubt they would like to see us rounded up by some blue-uniformed Gestapo, our comrades done away with IDF style, and our journals burned the way Hitler liked to burn Communist literature.

They are illiterate and stupid. Or so enraged that they cannot read. Look at the picture, and compare it with what they write. A) Its obvious that the paper is called Communist Fight, not Socialist Fight. It says so in the picture. B) The organisation is the Consistent Democrats, not Socialist Fight. It says so in the picture. C) It’s not a leaflet but a signed article on the front page of a journal. It says so in the picture. D) It wasn’t being given away free but selling for £1.20 an issue. It says so in the picture. And E) Gerry Downing is not one of the publishers. If they had bothered to read the journal they were complaining about they would be able to discern that from the Editorial Board.

Those of us who have been around for years remember when one of their regular contributors, Terry Fitzpatrick, was convicted of racially-aggravated harassment of Lee Jasper, the well-known London activist of Operation Black Vote.

Harry’s Place has been something of a fixture in very right wing Zionist politics, that however does try to intervene and attack the left with various trojan horse type activities, for around 20 years.

 It was originally founded by a renegade from official Communism, Simon Evans, who was using the name “Harry Steel” at the time this blog was founded.

He was a con-artist and stole that pseudonym from a different person entirely, Fergus Nicholson, the founder of the pro-Moscow Labour-entrist paper Straight Left which was a key part of the rallying of pro-Moscow Stalinoid opponents of Eurocommunism within the original Communist Party of Great Britain in the 1980s.

The pseudonym “Harry Steel” was a composite, of the name of CPGB long time leader Harry Pollitt, with Stalin, whose celebrated pseudonym (his real name was Djugashvilli) means “Man of Steel” in Russian. That was the original meaning of “Harry Steel” as used by Fergus Nicholson in the 1980s.

But Simon Evans was a con-artist and used that name to give the false impression that he was Fergus Nicholson, or might be. He did this to wage a vendetta against supporters of Jack Conrad and the Weekly Worker, who were a small left-wing faction of the old CPGB and when the Eurocommunist-led party renamed itself the Democratic Left, the Weekly Worker/Leninist group took the name ‘Communist Party of Great Britain’.

As I said, Evans was a con-artist and used the ‘Harry’ name to fish in troubled waters as there was a lot of resentment among ‘official’ Communists about Conrad’s group taking the name.

But he was not a Communist of any kind by then. He was a right-winger with Zionist sympathies who gathered around himself a whole bunch of virulent racist Zionists. He founded Harry’s Place but after a year or so effectively retired and handed it over to them.

They not only supported the Iraq War but spent a huge amount of effort trying to witchhunt and destroy opponents of that war. Their rantings against Muslims and ‘uppity’ black militants were extremely virulent. Hence the role of Terry Fitzpatrick, who appears to reflect part of a particular elderly Jewish white demographic who became sympathetic to the BNP.

They were particularly driven by hatred of George Galloway and his Muslim supporters in the East End. Much of their material about this is as toxic as the rantings of any Hitlerites.

For the last two decades or so they have been basically an anti-Muslim, anti-black race hate site. But they used the ambivalence of much of the left about Zionism to try to disguise that a bit.

The experience of this genocide is killing that ambivalence, however, and exposing what racist scum Zionists generally actually are. Hence the hysteria.

Harry’s Place is a racist endeavour and has been for many years. The Consistent Democrats, modelled on the Bolshevik Party that used that name in illegality under Tsarism, is the complete opposite. The most consistent anti-racist endeavour, opponents of all kinds of racism including Zionist racism which is now seeking the extermination of the Palestinian people.

Harry’s Place is a far right, wannabe Gestapo hate site, similar to Redwatch.

The fight against impunity

By  Mark Andresen

15th Jan. 2024: Home Secretary James Cleverly proscribes Hizb ut-Tahrir as a ‘terrorist group’; a move last considered but never implemented by David Cameron, copying Tony Blair who also tried and failed to do this. The first question is, who are they? The second is, what does the Government’s choice expose about their own long-term motives?

   What  Hizb ut-Tahrir are not are either of the Zionist MSM’s favourite racist buzzwords, whenever the Middle-East is discussed; ‘terrorist’ or ‘fundamentalist.’ The Conversation website outlines their history and raison d’etre as follows:

“Hizb ut-Tahrir, which means ‘Party of Liberation,’ was established in 1953 in Jerusalem by Muslim cleric and jurist Taqiuddin al-Nabhani. The party and its ideology was a reaction to the establishment of an Israeli state, which led to a massive expulsion of Palestinians from their cities and villages to other parts of the country or outside it.

  The party adopted a strong anti-colonial approach mixed with a fundamentalist Islamic inclination. Turning towards religious fundamentalism was a response to the failure of a series of reformist projects introduced by contemporary Muslim thinkers such as Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi and Ali Abdel Raziq. They and others criticised the despotism in the Ottoman Caliphate. They called for a civil, semi-secular state.

  Hizb ut-Tahrir rejects democracy, secularism and all Western models of state. It calls for the establishment of an “Islamic state” based on the early Islamic model of caliphate. It views:

Western civilisation and Islam as dichotomous entities with mutually exclusive ideological underpinnings, both of which competed to dominate Muslim societies.

Unlike jihadi groups such as al-Qaeda and IS, Hizb ut-Tahrir rejects the adoption of violence. It has not been involved with terrorist operations in either the Muslim world or worldwide.

In his book The Islamic State, al-Nabhani described the process of establishing an Islamic caliphate in three steps: the formation of a group of elites who carry the da’wah (invitation) to Muslim societies to support an Islamic state; the idea spreading among societies until it becomes supported by the majority; and the government responding to the majority’s demand.

Although Hizb ut-Tahrir is not a terrorist organisation, its radical doctrines have been adopted by jihadi groups such as IS. However, Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders deny IS’s legitimacy, as it is not established in the correct Islamic way.

Also, the more extreme groups such as IS consider Hizb ut-Tahrir a barrier to the Islamic project and oppose it strongly. Hizb ut-Tahrir has supporters in the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, and some Western countries. Nonetheless, it does not have a serious influence on prevailing events in the Middle-East or on the West’s Muslim communities.”

Explainer: what is Hizb ut-Tahrir? https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-hizb-ut-tahrir-37963

Returning to my second question; the obvious answer, based upon that already mentioned, is that they – along with every other proscribed group – are deemed a threat, both to Western Imperialist dominance and capitalist economies elsewhere that, in terms of the Military Industrial Complex, rely upon its continuation. Therefore, the covert reality isn’t religious at all, but solely political.

  It’s telling that no objective, evidential reason as to why a group is proscribed as ‘terrorist’ is required in law and, thus, not published on the Government website. With such a compliant populace, it is the entirely subjective view of the sitting Government and that is deemed enough justification.

As an example of their political, rather than religious, perspective, blogger and Hizb ut-Tahrir member Mazin Abdul-Adhim, honed in upon what the group face from Western Governments, on a livestream from last November:

“(Western Governments) protect Zionists this much because they know that if the Zionists fall, the mirage of the weakness of Moslems falls with it. The Moslems will immediately turn their attention to the Capitalists – instantly. The second that the Moslems liberate Palestine, you’ll see the whole Moslem world unite and will realise it was America, Britain, France and Russia who have been controlling us the whole time . . . Imagine if Moslems defeated Zionism and removed the Zionists from power, and Moslems became powerful in the region . . . what’s the next step? Moslems are going to look at their lands and ask, why are our lands filled with all these American bases? Why is our economy controlled by American, British and European companies?” .

‘TikTok Livestream #1: Gaza, the History of the Zionists, and the Importance of Collective Work’)

This was streamed around the time the US House of Representatives passed a near unanimous, and ludicrous, resolution equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. The eight-year-old Zionist smear campaign, conceived by the Middle-Class to even further enable the Ruling Class, had now been legislated as a means to legitimise international Capitalist crimes.

  Parking their religion for a moment, it is clear that Hizb ut-Tahrir’s world view appears far closer to communism, since they are anti-Imperialist, anti-Zionist and prioritise mass struggle over self-centred individualism. In the light of capitalists’ blind servility to Zionism, where working-class civilians are deemed expendable chattel, religious differences are their last consideration, and merely cover; otherwise, Hizb ut-Tahrir could murder as many voters as they wished with impunity.

The pushback has been notable, as far as it goes; The Hague’s interim decision; Yemen’s Government placing the US and UK Governments’ on their own ‘terrorist’ list. (Particularly pleasing). Even Pete Gregson’s petition to have Hamas removed from the UK’s ‘terror’ list affords a positive wedge, in light of Israel’s subsequently discredited litany of lies. (Including around the true source of the 7th October trigger). Ultimately, of course, the only real leverage to corporate power remains an internationally co-ordinated working-class revolution; the seeds for which have, perhaps, already been sown. It’s vital they are propagated. Meanwhile, the ruling class’s march to making the whole of the West a fascist homeland safe for billionaire Zio-Nazis continues apace.

Ecuador: The fascistisation of the state and the myth of imperialism’s “war on drugs”

Cristian Romero – Bolshevik Militant Tendency (Argentina)

Humberto Rodrigues – Communist Party (Brazil)

Daniel Noboa, the President of Ecuador, established a state of emergency with a curfew against the entire population of the country, decreeing that Ecuador is in a state of ” internal armed conflict” and ordered the Armed Forces to “execute military operations to neutralize” criminal gangs.

 Noboa’s move came after armed men took over the facilities of the Guayaquil state channel TC Televisión and the university. On Sunday, under strange conditions, it was found that the head of the largest drug gang had escaped from a prison in Guayaquil. This was Adolfo Macías, alias Fito, drug lord of the Los Choneros gang.

 These criminal acts are used by the Noboa government to change the political regime under cover of an emergency, reinforce the repressive apparatus and extend control over the entire exploited and oppressed population. Noboa is an Ecuadorian with ideas close to the dominant ideas in the US bourgeoisie, born in Florida, right-wing and with dictatorial aspirations, and recently elected as a continuator of the previous president, involved in a deep political crisis. Now, conveniently, he carries out a kind of ‘self-coup’ within his government to centralize political power and carry out radical measures against Ecuadorian workers. The war that originally was said only to be against drugs and drug traffickers, becomes a “state of war” that turns against the entire population.

 A “Drug war led by the United States transformed Ecuador into a new crack for cocaine distribution”

(UOL: Drug war, high poverty and political chaos: understand the crisis in Ecuador).

 After almost half a century of ‘war against drugs’ policy, in the international division of the market, Ecuador has become one of the main centres in the world for the distribution of this merchandise, especially since the betrayal of President Rafael Correa by his vice-president Lenin Moreno, orchestrated by imperialism.

The so-called “illegal” drugs, as merchandise, are a fundamental component of the accumulation of imperialism worldwide. It also feeds financial capital through laundering routes. All of this occurs in the context of the “war on drugs” promoted by imperialism, which in reality protects the drug business and the control that the imperialist system exercises over them.

In the past, even in the era of liberal capitalism, drugs were a central factor of imperialist accumulation and the dominant colonial powers such as England sought to dump the cost of it on oppressed countries such as China during the Opium Wars, such as Marx himself analysed in the 19th century:

 “The harmful consequences for China were economic, political and social, one of the main ones being the destabilization of the Chinese government. The resistance and non-compliance with the emperor’s decrees and restrictions by the Chinese authorities to prevent the growth of imports of opium generated even more restrictive and punitive measures, which continued to be breached. All this culminated in a scenario of greater corruption [demoralization] of the imperial authorities, customs officials and mandarins in general, by the English. This corruption, which infiltrated the heart of the celestial bureaucracy and destroyed the foundations of the patriarchal order, was smuggled into China along with the opium boxes from the British transporters anchored in Whampoa

(Marx, 2016g, p. 113)

As occurred in the First Opium War, and Marx noted in In the Revolution in China and Europe, of June 14, 1853, “factors of dissolution were forged [that] simultaneously influenced finance, traditional customs, morality, industry and the political structure of China, reaching its apogee under the fire of English cannons.” (Marx, 2016j, p. 34). Both the first and second wars contributed to overthrowing the authority of the emperor and imperial power, while increasing the authority of opium, especially trafficking and smuggling, as manifestations of British imperial authority.” (Pedro Henrique Antunes da Costa, and Kíssila Teixeira Mendes, Anti-prohibitionism, Marx and The Drug Wars: Anticolonialism, Anti-imperialism and Anti-prohibitionism).

Big capital has never opposed drugs; On the contrary, they are in the DNA of capital accumulation in a broad sense, not just an economic one. Historically, capitalism transformed drugs into a commodity for global trade. In 19th century China, British colonialist policy destroyed Chinese society to subject it to its interests. In China, the effect of opium on society, the economy and politics was operated from without and was combined with a war from without, under the cannons of Great Britain and for the confiscation of a part of Chinese territory by the occupation of Hong Kong, for the crown and British capital.

In the epoch of imperialism, that is, in the highest phase of capitalism, already in the 20th century, drug policy became infinitely more complex and profitable. Through a double standard, drug trafficking is used and supposedly combated.

The “war on drugs” serves as an instrument to increase the social control of the United States over oppressed peoples in general and within nations whose governments are puppets of imperialism, as a form of social control of the working population and its youth by part of repressive military and police apparatuses.

American imperialism is based on dependent semi-colonialism, on the control already exercised over oppressed countries through their puppet governments, through which policies of military, legal and police indoctrination, arms trade and private training services are applied, deepening economic and social dependence, the co-optation of fractions of delinquent youth and, finally, the tasks of subjugation of the people that the colonial cannons carried out through war between nations, such as between Great Britain and China, were replaced by political fascists and the civil war of the state against the population. Like what is happening now in Ecuador in an acute way, but which is also repeated in almost all oppressed countries.

 Although the escalation of violence is not new in the Ecuadorian political and social situation, it is very strange how systematic violence and the drug crisis broke out in the country with spectacular and literally media events: the occupation of television stations and universities, to create a chaos that would justify, in the eyes of common sense and the international media, a simplified and repressive solution to the crisis.

Today in Latin America, under the control of various imperialist factions, the drug trafficking business grows, leading to the mafia-like decomposition of the state machinery of Latin American countries. Imperialism also uses drug trafficking politically by extending controls from the capitalist mafia states in the so-called “war on drugs” or by promoting and taking advantage of drug crises to give itself political cover that allows it to deepen control over the Latin American capitalist states. All of the above gives a leap in quality in the need that US imperialism has to shield Latin America from the influence of the BRICS.

The drug crisis is taking a leap in quality in Ecuador and the right is taking advantage of it to bring fascist-like norms to the capitalist state. The growth of drug trafficking is linked to the economic liquidation of the entire Ecuadorian economy (and in several other parts of the West) under the policy of neoliberalism/ultraliberalism, fully impacting the social and political level in Ecuador.

“Ecuador became a sanctuary for organized crime. It has been mutating from a transit country to an international narcotics distribution platform. In that sense, it is considered one of the processing countries in Latin America, located in second place below Brazil in the export of cocaine to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.”

https://www.lapoliticaonline.com/internacionales/la-fuga-de-un-capo-narco-genera-la-primera-crisis-de-daniel-noboa-en-ecuador/

We must measure the weight that this factor of the criminal economy has as a whole in a country on the scale of Ecuador.

 This economic trend is now concentrating to become political, pointing to the growing weight of drug trafficking in Ecuador’s own political life.

The narcotics crisis, an event provoked to justify the closure of the regime that the previous banker president failed to achieve?

This chaotic situation was created by the policies of the IMF and the War on Drugs, defended and executed by neoliberal governments from Lenin Moreno to the banker Guillermo Lasso.

Now, continuing this Noboa aims to make a leap in quality from previous attacks against the population through a series of repressive instruments declaring a state of exception, which includes the possibility of the military entering prisons and the mobilization of the army to control the streets, including a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. It is obvious that drug trafficking would never have had the development it has in Ecuador if there had not been for the complicity of the organs of the state, the same ones that are now called to combat drug trafficking itself. Noboa came to government with the support of right-wing forces in Ecuador (see https://www.milenio.com/internacional/daniel-noboa-es-de-izquierda-o-derecha-esta-es-su-ideologia).

Now Noboa is joined by the support of Correismo in his campaign for the fascistisation of the state in Ecuador. In turn, the Puebla group made up of leaders of “progressivism” including the current governments of Bolivia and Brazil, says it supports Correa ‘s message.

The policy of imperialism, especially that of the United States, of protecting and promoting drug trafficking through its “war on drugs” policy leads to a mafia-like decomposition of the Latin American capitalist states, which makes them more manipulable for imperialism itself, just as at the time, the opium wars favoured the social disintegration of China in the face of British colonial expansion.

Through the policy of war on drugs and the manipulation of drug trafficking, an arm of big capital, what Great Britain developed during the opium wars to dominate politically and socially, reverse the trade deficit and colonize China has evolved, specialized and professionalized in unprecedented proportions.

If in China, one of the political functions of encouraging opium drug trafficking by British imperialism was to demoralize and weaken the Chinese imperial government in the 19th century, now, in Ecuador, imperialism’s encouragement of the country to become a source of narcotics is followed by encouraging the conversion of Ecuador’s right-wing government into a fascist government.

The farce of the “war on drugs”, converted into US state policy, which turns drug trafficking into one of the main sources of global income for imperialism, has already been widely debunked in works such as “The Big White Lie” by Michael Levine, linked the DEA’s action in the region; “The politics of heroin: CIA complicity in the global drug trade” by Alfred McCoy, on Southwest Asia and “The CIA as organized crime: how Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World,” by Douglas Valentine.

In turn, the mass organizations of Ecuadorian workers react as they can:

“Faced with the outbreak of violence in Ecuador, CONAIE [Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, the largest indigenous organization in Ecuador] called on indigenous communities and nationalities to keep community guards active, controlling access to their territories. The organization needs to build national unity, with all sectors of society, to overcome the current crisis.”

 “These governments prioritized their particular agendas to favour large economic groups, at the expense of the poverty and suffering of the majority of the population.”

In 2019, CONAIE led a series of protests against the then president, Lenín Moreno. Elected in 2017 with the support of former progressive president Rafael Correa, Moreno broke with his predecessor and moved closer to the Ecuadorian bourgeoisie. Thus, he attempted to impose the measures demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which included cuts in government subsidies, the dismantling of labour laws and the privatisation of public services.

Since then, the neoliberal agenda has been maintained by successive governments in Ecuador. Former banker Guillermo Lasso won the 2021 elections. Just over a year later, he too faced a series of protests, again led by CONAIE. This time, they were pressing for a reduction in fuel prices, among other social demands. The crisis worsened again last year, when Lasso dissolved the National Assembly (parliament) and called new elections in a climate of imminent social upheaval in the country, with the right-wing Daniel Noboa, born in Florida (USA), winning the presidential elections in November 2023. He defeated the progressive candidate Luisa González. The electoral dispute took place under a climate of violence. In August, gangs shot and killed presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio.

 Noboa’s current self-coup is also the favourable outcome of the political crisis that broke out in the country as soon as it was revealed that the banker president Guillermo Lasso was at the centre of the international corruption plot that was called the Pandora Papers (El País: The offshore network of Guillermo Lasso, the banker who became president of Ecuador, Mandatário got rid of most of his companies in tax havens before becoming president).

To escape political pressure, Lasso dissolved the Ecuadorian parliament and called elections that were won by the candidate indicated by him, Noboa.

 It is the task of the exploited and oppressed of the countryside and the city in Ecuador to prepare to defend themselves more without putting trust in bourgeois leaderships, to make a united front with everyone against the escalation of state and parastatal repression with the CONAIE and Correismo but criticize him for supporting Noboa’s self-coup. Correismo’s “progressive” force seems to express a combination of political imbecility and cowardice that gives in to Noba’s pro-fascist politics.

It is therefore the task of the exploited and oppressed of Ecuador not to give any confidence to the repressive policies of the capitalist state, surpassing its reformist leaderships such as Correismo while preparing to provide an independent solution to the crisis that the growth of drug trafficking is coming from, and their accomplices from the whole of imperialism and the bourgeoisie of Ecuador.

The Need to Expose Racist Anti-Palestinian Arrests and Attacks on Democratic Rights

This letter was sent to organisations that have had members arrested for their views on the genocide of the Palestinians. It is imperative that this be challenged by the organised labour movement.

To: Revolutionary Communist Group, Socialist Labour Network, Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), and to the wider labour movement.

Dear Comrades,


We note the criminal, racist arrests of members of the RCG on various fake accusations, of a leading member of the CPGB-ML, comrade Ranjit Brar on absurd accusations that selling a book explicitly indicting Zionism for racism and anti-Semitism, is a “hate-crime”, and the outrageous arrest of Tony Greenstein (and Mick Napier in Glasgow) on fantastic lies that they are in some way ‘supporters’ of Hamas. These are the tip of an iceberg of police attacks on Palestine solidarity activists and ordinary demonstrators, orchestrated by Tory politicians with Braverman’s ravings as the starting point, whose anti-democratic essence continues to this day. None of these attacks will be opposed by the Labour Party under Starmer. They clearly support this genocide, and the attacks against Yemen whose purpose is to protect Israel’s mass murder.


We propose that a united front should be created to confront this policy publicly and point out its purpose – police-state methods to repress opposition to the genocide of the Palestinian people. Such fraudulent arrests and harassment, and punitive bail conditions in some cases to forbid political activism, as well as the draconian ‘conditions’ imposed on completely peaceful mass demonstrations in support of the Palestinians by the police, amount to political support for Israel’s genocide by the Metropolitan police, the Glasgow police, and no doubt police forces around the country.


We think it would be worthwhile to take an initiative to confront the police politically over this, by initiating a protest at Scotland Yard and seeking broader labour movement support, against this political persecution of left-wing activists for opposing an obvious genocide. It fits in with the admission by the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Gavin Stephens, that the UK police are “institutionally racist” based on too many terrible cases to list, and other appalling actions of the cops, like their arrests of women demonstrators protesting the murder and rape of Sarah Everard by a serving cop.


We should note that the large-scale murder of unarmed civilians in Gaza, including women, children and even premature babies, and the brazen support for it by ruling-class politicians here, indicates what these politicians are quite prepared to do to ordinary people here if they feel threatened by resistance to their own crimes. The labour movement therefore has an overwhelming class interest in defeating these attacks on democratic rights and defending free speech on this question above all. This needs to be confronted head-on.

Comradely

Ian Donovan,

Palestine and Yemen: US and UK imperialists bombing for genocide!

Zionist enforcers out of the Red Sea area! Defeat NATO/Zionist Imperialism!

For workers strikes to defend the West Asian masses against imperialist mass murder!

Joint statement of ClassConscious.org and LCFI

Yemeni masses demonstrate against US/UK air strikes, and for solidarity with the Palestinians in support of Houthi actions. UK/UK attacks are directly against this mass solidarity, as genocidal in intent as Zionist mass extermination of children in Gaza.

The 11 January attacks on Yemen by US and UK forces are the military expression of their defence of Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people at the International Court of Justice in the Hague. The motive for the bombing is pure-unadulterated race-hate and imperialist arrogance. How dare these Yemeni Arabs take military action to defend the victims of Israel’s genocide in Gaza! These untermenschen [a term from Nazi ideology used to describe “inferior peoples”] must be taught a lesson. That’s the thinking of Zionist racists in high places like Anthony Blinken and Grant Schapps – bringing a certain frisson of racialised solidarity into the equation of imperialist terror. The outsourcing of the most barbarous tasks to those with an ethnocentric motive for so accentuating ‘normal’ militarism is a feature of the advanced decay of British imperialism, and the US is going the same way.  Bizarrely, Sunak claims that the assault on Yemen is ‘self-defence’ – just like the Israeli genocidaires say that cutting off power to premature babies in hospital incubators is ‘self-defence’, and attempt to argue that at The Hague. For such people, Yemenis, who have demonstrated in their millions in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and evidently support the actions of the Houthi. must be given a taste of what the population of Gaza are getting, for daring to challenge Israel’s genocide.

The whole world knows that the population of Gaza, including countless women and children are being exterminated by Israeli AI-guided carpet-bombing and white phosphorus burns (barbaric chemical warfare). It is clear that the current British government supports that extermination, arms in hand. No matter what double-talk we hear from Biden, Sunak and David Cameron about trying to nudge Israel into easing up on the civilian killings, that is the reality. If anyone anywhere, tries to stop Israel’s massacre, they are to be bombed by the US/UK and their civilians murdered likewise. They have the backing of Labour leader Starmer, who supports Zionist genocide against Palestinians ‘without qualification’ – another racist murderer who needs to be tried for complicity in this mass extermination. Both parties earlier made it clear that they defended Israel depriving the Gaza population of fuel, power, food and water – which makes them as guilty of being part of this holocaust as the worst Auschwitz prison guards were in the Nazi holocaust.

The Houthis are now being attacked by these gentlemen, representatives of the imperialist system hegemonized by Anglo-Saxon-Zionist capital, because they are the ones who are really trying to slow down the killing of civilians and the greatest crime against children ever committed in the history of humanity.

We applaud the principled actions of the Houthi in seeking to impose a blockade on Israel to try to force it to desist from its genocide in Gaza. The people of Yemen, under their leadership, were themselves subject to a genocidal war for decades waged by Saudi Arabia, acting as a US/Israeli client. It is an example of how the imperialists use divide and rule methods, mobilising sectarian Sunni antagonism to the various unorthodox, Shia-influenced and -derived populations in West Asia to bolster their domination. Imperialist covert support for ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria, despite their ‘terrorist’ actions at times against the West, are characteristic – indeed this goes back to Western backing for the Afghan Mujahedin in the 1970s and 1980s against the Peoples’ Democratic Party of Afghanistan and the USSR. 

But the Houthi managed to defeat Saudi Arabia, despite the terrible atrocities against them and their people, and made it clear in some exemplary attacks that they have the armed capacity to destroy the oil-producing facilities of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf oil monarchies if sufficiently provoked. Out of this bloody stalemate came the opportunity for China to broker a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the end of the Saudi war against the Houthi. So now Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who (along with Egypt and Ethiopia) joined BRICS on New Years Day, are not keen on this US-Zionist war against the Houthi. The UAE, with conspicuous support from Russia and China, moved the ceasefire resolution in the UN Security Council on 8 December, which was pointedly vetoed by the US.

Trump’s Abraham Accords, which aimed to tie together the Gulf States and Israel and decisively consign the Palestinian question to history and terminal betrayal, have blown up the US’s face. Though Biden is desperate to revive them. Saudi Arabia and the UAE refused to be part of Biden’s ‘Operation Prosperity Guardian’ in the Bab-el-Mandeb straight, and Djibouti, on the other side of the straight, condemned the US/UK attack outright and solidarised with Yemen.

The tension over the Palestinian question, at this moment, raised to the highest level since the founding of Israel, is accelerating the erosion and isolation of the whole of imperialist domination in the region. It does not seem to the least attentive observers, but, politically and diplomatically, this genocide is costing their strategic interests dearly and is jeopardizing the very existence of their “aircraft carrier in the Middle East”:

“Israel is our fortress. It’s almost like having an aircraft carrier in the Middle East. (…) If Israel disappears, the BRICS will control 90 percent of the world’s oil and that would be a catastrophe for U.S. interests.” Robert Kennedy Jr., an “independent” (sic) candidate in the 2024 U.S. presidential elections, explains Israel’s strategic importance and identifies who are the enemies of Washington’s foreign policy (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=870155398093784).

The Houthi have one of the most battle-hardened armies in the world. Unlike the Zionist scum in the IDF, who are only capable of murdering women and children, and even cutting off power to the incubators of premature babies and leaving them to starve and decompose, the Houthi fought the much more powerful, US-supplied army of Saudi Arabia and its allies to a standstill. The very mountainous terrain of Yemen is similar to Afghanistan in many ways: it is easy to hide the sophisticated weaponry the Houthi have developed in places where the imperialists would not have a clue about. They will no doubt still be able to menace Israel-bound shipping no matter what the US/UK try to do about it.

The Houthi may at some point be able to sink the aggressors’ ships, or one of them, which would cause immense problems for Biden/Sunak at home. They won’t be able to stop the Houthi, and it would take a ground invasion of Yemen for them to even seriously try. Which is a huge trap for them. Some say that the reason Russia and China failed to veto the resolution condemning the Houthi actions in the UN Security Council is that it would facilitate US imperialism blundering into such a trap. Be that as it may, the US often does what it pleases and Israel certainly does irrespective of what the UN says. It would still have been better to deprive them of any UN cover and veto the condemnation – this would have increased their diplomatic isolation. Such a trap in Yemen for US forces would be just what the US deserves – a quagmire to end all quagmires, one might say. But for us, the mistake of Russia and China in not vetoing action against the Houthis at this time may be as serious as the historic mistake they both made in not vetoing imperialist intervention in Libya, when the UN Security Council approved the so-called “no-fly zone” over Tripoli. Once again, the limitation of the governments of Russia and China in the struggle against imperialism is wide open.

As revolutionary Marxists, we seek the defeat of US/UK/Israeli imperialism and a regime-change in Occupied Palestine (‘Israel’) to destroy the Zionist regime, enforce the full right of return of all Palestinians!

If Gazans are to leave the Gaza prison it must be to reclaim the lands in Israel stolen from all Palestinians in 1948 and since! No ethnic cleansing of Gaza. Hands off the population of the West Bank! Hands off Israeli Palestinians!

Defend Yemen. Defeat the US/UK aggressors! Try the genocidaire leaders in Washington and London, and their accomplices at home and abroad!

Communist Fight: New format number 1 out now!

This issue of Communist Fight is the first of a new series.

In a recent discussion, the Consistent Democrats, who publish Communist Fight, decided on a change in our press policy and format. Previously we had regarded our website as important, but subordinate to the publication of a printed journal, and we have operated on that basis for three-and-a-half years. But experience has taught us that this press paradigm is obsolete: the fact is that our website now has a substantial readership, whereas the printed journal is limited by our physical capacity to distribute it, which is small at the moment. The pro-imperialist, repressive capitulation of much of the left to Russophobia and Zionism has made it difficult to distribute a substantial and quite expensive publication like the first series of Communist Fight by the legacy route of failing left bookshops run by fakers who are subservient to right-wing forces.

We have therefore decided to make a change: to produce a much cheaper and slimmer publication more often – we hope to produce a 16-page journal 8 times a year, reflecting the material on the website. It will cost £1.20, with a 70p concession, instead of £2.50/£1. The journal will be a supplement of our website, instead of the other way round. That way we hope to be able to intervene in political events offline more effectively, and continue to grow our movement, which has already significantly grown from its very small beginning in 2020, but we want to be considerably more effective. We think this change of policy will assist in this.

The new issue focuses heavily on the genocide of the Palestinians, which is among the most crucial and immediate questions facing movements of workers and the oppressed right now. Genocidal Zionist racism against the Palestinian people has become a political cult and a cause celebre among the decaying ruling classes of the imperialist West. In Britain it was used to defeat the Corbyn movement that attempted to reassert some basic elements of class politics in the second half of the last decade. But now Zionism’s genocide has ignited a world-wide movement of workers and the oppressed that is mobilising worldwide to defend their Palestinian victims.

The lead article contains an analysis of the Zionist cult in Western bourgeois politics and a materialist explanation of how it came into being. It ends in a call for the defence of the democratic rights of workers and the oppressed through the formation of a workers’ militia based on the mass organisations of the working class, based on the need to counter the ruling classes’ modern, barbaric techniques of warfare against insubordinate parts of the population. It contains a warning: it is quite possible that in the future the methods that are being to drown Gaza in the blood of its civilian population – drones, carpet-bombing, mass murder by AI, could be used by the bourgeoisie in the West to destroy mass movements of our class. The working class needs to arm itself politically and physically against this likely form of counterrevolutionary violence.

Regarding attacks on democratic rights, we have an article from our Brazilian comrades about the new forms that fascism is taking in this period of US imperialist decay and disaster. We have an article denouncing the outrageous arrests of Tony Greenstein, Mick Napier and other left-wing opponents of genocidal Zionism, with smears ranging from ‘anti-Semitism’ to supposed support for ‘terrorism’. All totally fraudulent, formulated by racist cops acting in cahoots with far right Tory politicians, encouraged by Zionist New Labour.

A particularly well-read article by Davey Heller of the Australia/United States ClassConscious group is reproduced in this issue. It analyses the nature and social composition of the huge protest movement that has errupted over Gaza, not only in Australia but around the world, its character as a movement predominantly of the working class and oppressed, and how the influence of the bourgeois liberal element that played a major role in previous anti-war movements has declined.

We also reproduce a draft ‘Open Letter’ to George Galloway of the Workers Party of Britain, regarding his announced intention to stand against Labour’s Sadiq Khan for Mayor of London. There was a time when such a challenge would have been an inspiring call to arms. But in the past decade Galloway has attempted to mix militant anti-imperialism over Ukraine and the Middle East with an adaptation to the populist right. These do not mix, to put it mildly, and our letter, which has been sent to larger organisations with a proposal for endorsement, places demands on Galloway to break with such reactionary allies and stand as a champion of the victims of capitalism and imperialism at home and abroad.

The back page of the new journal reproduces a joint statement of the LCFI and ClassConscious defending the Houthi, of Yemen, against imperialist threats for their bold actions in seeking an armed blockade of the Red Sea against Israel-bound shipping, which is particularly important now the US, with Britain in tow, has attacked Yemen in solidarity with Zionism’s mass slaughter of Palestinians.