cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngDenounce the US terror listing of Syria’s Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham!

 

The Trump Administration delivers another blow to the Syrian Revolution. Continue the Solidarity with the liberation struggle of the Syrian people!

 

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 03.06.2018, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. On May 31, the Trump Administration has officially designated the Syrian anti-regime resistance movement Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) as a “terrorist organization” and an “al-Qa’ida affiliate”. (1) This decision provides the legal framework to launch all kinds of attacks against HTS as well as people and organizations associated with it. In a statement published on the next day, HTS rejected Washington’s accusations and denounced its decision. (2)

 

  1. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) strongly condemns the decision of the Trump Administration. It is nothing but another attack of U.S. imperialism against the Syrian Revolution – not the first and certainly not the last. As a matter of fact, there has been a public rupture between the HTS leadership and the al-Qaida long ago (3). As a matter of fact HTS has not undertaken a single armed attack outside of Syria – even the fanatical Assad supporters or the Western Islamophobic hypocrites have not made such allegations against HTS until now!

 

  1. The reasons for Washington’s decision are rather the following:

 

  1. HTS is the strongest and most significant guerilla movement which is determined to continue the liberation struggle against the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian masters.

 

  1. In opposite to a number of pro-Turkish FSA factions, HTS has not participated in the treacherous Astana talks and has always denounced those rebel factions which supported this process. As the RCIT has pointed out repeatedly, the Astana talks – organized by Russia, Iran and Turkey and supported by the Assad regime and treacherous parts of the rebel’s leadership – are a process to organize the liquidation of the Syrian Revolution. (4)

 

iii.           The Trump Administration has intensified the U.S. strategy, which already begun under the Obama Administration, to support the liquidation of the Syrian Revolution. Hence the conflict in Syria becomes more and more a proxy conflict between different forces struggling for spheres of influence. These forces are under the command of or allied to Russia and Iran (the Assad regime and various affiliated militias), Turkey (various factions integrated into or allied with the Euphrates Shield forces) or the U.S. (the mainly-Kurdish SDF/YPG). The HTS is the last significant force with more than 10,000 fighters and a significant political-civilian infrastructure (the “Syrian Salvation Government”) which is independent of these powers and which is committed to continue the liberation struggle against the Assad regime.

 

  1. These developments can only be understood in the context of the general contradictory process in the Middle East, as we have pointed out in a recently published joint statement. This process is characterized, against the backdrop of the decline of capitalism, by an acceleration of the rivalry between various imperialist Great Powers (U.S. and Russia) as well as regional powers (Israel, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia). At the same time, the situation in the Middle East is characterized by ongoing liberation struggles of the oppressed people like in Syria, Palestine, Yemen, etc. (5)

 

  1. Our defense of HTS against the terror listing is based on similar reasons as we oppose the terror listing of organizations like the Palestinian Hamas or the PFLP. We do not share the ideology or the political goals of HTS. It is a petty-bourgeois Islamist organization with a sectarian Salafist outlook. The Syrian Revolution can not succeed with forces like HTS. Victory can only be achieved if the liberation struggle is led by a revolutionary workers party based on a program of socialist evolution is necessary.

 

  1. However, such a revolutionary party does not exist at the moment – in fact the outrageous support of the so-called “Communist” Parties in Syria, as well as many other Stalinist and Bolivarian parties world-wide, for the Assad regime have discredited socialist ideas massively. HTS currently represents the most significant force which is continuing the liberation struggle. This is why all powers – Russia, Iran, Assad, U.S. and Turkey – are determined to smash HTS or to force it into capitulation. In addition to regularly airstrikes and ground assaults by Russia and the regime forces, HTS and its allies suffer since several months from a coordinated campaign of attacks and assassinations from within the rebel-controlled North of Syria. These coward attacks are most likely organized by the Turkish MIT and its Syrian collaborators among the Euphrates Shield forces. As a result, HTS lost several hundred fighters and leaders since February this year. In fact, the massive pressure by these powers has resulted in massive tensions and splits in HTS and the creation of a wing which seems to be ready to capitulate to the Turkish occupation forces. If the imperialists and the regional powers succeed in smashing HTS or forcing it into capitulation, it would most likely represent the liquidation of the last obstacle for a counter-revolutionary settlement in Syria.

 

  1. This is why it is important for all socialists and all supporters of the Syrian Revolution to oppose the US terror listing of HTS. This is why it is necessary to continue the support for the liberation struggle of the Syrian workers and poor peasants against the Assad regime. This is why it crucial to strengthen the international solidarity with the struggles of the oppressed people against imperialism, dictatorships and foreign occupation in the Middle East and around the world. This is why the RCIT calls all authentic revolutionaries to join us in our efforts to build a Revolutionary World Party! (6)

 

 

 

International Secretariat of the RCIT

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) U.S. Department of State: Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of al-Nusrah Front, Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC, May 31, 2018, https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/05/282880.htm#.WxB2lEv4KuA.twitter

 

(2) HTS responds to US designations as terrorist group, Nedaa Syria 1 Jun, 2018, http://nedaa-sy.com/en/news/6464

 

(3) There are numerous sources which document this rupture. We have collected a number of them in footnote 9 in Michael Pröbsting: Syria/Idlib: The Attack of the Astana Conspirators could be repelled thus far, 05.03.2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syria-idlib-the-attack-of-the-astana-conspirators-could-be-repelled-thus-far/. Anyway, even if such a rupture between HTS and al-Qaida would not have occurred we would oppose the aggression of US imperialism. Albeit we denounce al-Qaida as a politically reactionary organization, there can be no doubt that it is the imperialist Great Powers which are the main enemies of the oppressed people.

 

(4) See on this various statements which are collected in a special section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/collection-of-articles-on-the-syrian-revolution/. In particular we refer to Michael Pröbsting: Is the Syrian Revolution at its End? Is Third Camp Abstentionism Justified? An essay on the organs of popular power in the liberated area of Syria, on the character of the different sectors of the Syrian rebels, and on the failure of those leftists who deserted the Syrian Revolution, 5 April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/syrian-revolution-not-dead/ and chapter V of Michael Pröbsting: World Perspectives 2018: A World Pregnant with Wars and Popular Uprisings, February 2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/worldperspectives-2018/chapter-v/.

 

(5) See Warmongering in the Middle East: Down with all Imperialist Great Powers and Capitalist Dictatorships! Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), Alkebulan School of Black Studies (Kenya), Pacesetters Movement (Nigeria), Pan-Afrikan Consciousness Renaissance (Nigeria), Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (Russia), and Sınıf Savaşı (Turkey), 13 May 2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/joint-statement-warmongering-in-the-middle-east/

 

(6) See on this e.g. RCIT: Six Points for a Platform of Revolutionary Unity Today”; https://www.thecommunists.net/rcit/may-day-2018-joint-statement/

 

 

 

For the RCIT’s analysis, reportage and perspectives of the Syrian Revolution, we refer readers to our numerous articles and documents which can be accessed at a special section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/collection-of-articles-on-the-syrian-revolution/

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngRemember the Martyr Razan al-Najjar – the Heroic 21-year old Palestinian Nurse, Killed by an Israeli Sniper

 

A Tribute from the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 3 June 2018, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

On Friday 1 June, the Israeli army killed another unarmed Palestinian in Gaza. This time they murdered a young woman, Razan al-Najjar. Sister Razan, who wore a very visible medical uniform, was shot in the chest by a so-called “butterfly bullet“, which explodes upon impact, pulverising tissue, arteries and bone, while causing severe internal injuries. She has become the latest martyr in the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people.

 

Sister Razan was a young volunteer medic who had become a familiar face at the Khan Younis encampment, one of five set up along the length of the fence east of the Gaza Strip. She was admired by the people for her selfless dedication to help others.

 

In an interview with Al Jazeera on April 20, Razan said that she felt it was her “duty and responsibility” to be present at the protests and help the wounded. “The Israeli army does intend to shoot as many as they can,” she said at the time. “It’s crazy and I’d be ashamed if I was not there for my people.” (https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/meet-palestinian-women-forefront-gaza-protests-180419154907955.html)

 

In another interview with The New York Times last month, Razan described the enthusiasm she had for the work she did. “We have one goal – to save lives and evacuate [wounded] people,” she said. “We do this for our country,” she continued, adding that it was humanitarian work.

 

Sister Razan challenged patriarchal stereotypes towards women working in the field, where she herself would put in 13 hour shifts, beginning from 7am until 8pm. “Women are often judged but society has to accept us,” Razan said. “If they don’t want to accept us by choice, they will be forced to accept us. Because we have more strength than any man.” (https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/middleeast/100000005932394/palestinian-medic-killed-at-gaza-protest.html) And, indeed, she has demonstrated that women are no less dedicated to the freedom struggle than men and that they deserve an equal place in the liberation movement as well as the whole society!

 

Sister Razan has already become an icon not only in Palestine but the whole Arab and Muslim world. Her funeral on 2 June in Gaza was attended by thousands of people.

 

She became the 123th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since 30 March – when the popular protests began calling for the Palestinians’ right of return to the homes from which they were expelled from in 1948. More than 13,000 others have been wounded.

 

Brothers and sisters, we can revenge Israel’s murder of our martyr Razan al-Najjar only by continuing and intensifying the struggle for the liberation of Palestine! Let us never forget:

 

Israel is a terror state! As long as this Apartheid state exists, there can be no justice and no peace!

 

All the Great Powers support Israel and its strangling of the Palestinian people!

 

Nearly all heads of the Arab and Muslim states don’t raise a finger to help the Palestinians! In fact, without the aid of General Sisi’s dictatorship in Egypt, Israel wouldn’t be able to impose its barbaric blockade against the people in Gaza!

 

Likewise we must never forget that the corrupt PA leadership of Abbas collaborates since many years with the Israeli army and helps it to suppress the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank!

 

As revolutionaries, anti-imperialists, and socialists we in Revolutionary Communist International Tendency remain committed to support the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people!

 

Break the blockade of Gaza!

 

Long live the Palestinian liberation struggle!

 

Down with Zionism!

 

For the right of all Palestinians to return to their home!

 

For a free, red Palestine! For a Socialist Federation in the Middle East!

 

 

 

There are already many reports on sister Razan al-Najjar in the internet including numerous pictures. Here is only a small selection:

 

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/6/2/thousands-attend-funeral-for-gaza-nurse-killed-by-israel

 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/gaza-grief-pain-slain-angel-mercy-paramedic-180602143958100.html

 

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/thousands-gaza-mourn-palestinian-paramedic-killed-israel-660713987

 

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestinian-nurse-shot-dead-israeli-forces-gaza-1701222793

 

https://www.juancole.com/2018/06/israeli-snipers-palestinian.html

 

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bl9D07Jqes&feature=youtu.be

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paCnT_ZzbsU&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

Cartoon by Carlos Latuff

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngMalaysia: Historic Defeat for Ruling Corrupt Clique of Barisian Nasional

The Pakatan Harapan Opposition Alliance Wins General Election and Forms New Government – for a Revolutionary Workers Government!

 

By Joseph Adams, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 08 June 2018, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

On May 9th the Barisian Nasional (National Front) government who has ruled Malaysia since 1963 were defeated in the 2018 General election. Mired in corruption, former Prime Minister Najib Razak could end up on trial.

 

“But the biggest story out of Malaysia in recent years has been corruption. Najib Razak had set up a special fund to encourage foreign investment. But people involved in it have been accused of using it for their personal gain. Najib was even accused of pocketing $700m. Importantly, he has always denied this and has been cleared of wrongdoing at home, but he and the fund are still being investigated by several countries, including the US, so it’s been damaging for Malaysia’s reputation”. [1]

 

Mahathir Mohammed, a former colleague of Razak who broke with him, led the Alliance of Hope – the Pakatan Harapan opposition alliance – who now rules Malaysia. For the working masses and the oppressed this result has brought to power another bourgeois opposition party who will still continue to rule Malaysia as a capitalist country very much influenced by the two major imperialist powers – the USA and China.

 

“But two years ago he [Mahathir Mohammed, Ed.] shocked everyone by saying he was so “embarrassed” by the corruption allegations that he was leaving his old party and would join the opposition, the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope). Then in January, he said he would directly challenge his former mentee in the election, saying he felt confident of victory “unless Najib cheats”. And there were a lot of cheating allegations during the election: people said they didn’t get their postal ballot, and the government rigged some constituencies in a way critics said would help it win.” [2]

 

Anwar Ibrahim, a liberal politician and a former political ally of Mahathir, has been jailed several times by both Razak and Mohammed on trumped charges of sodomy. He has now been given a pardon and released. He is likely to take over from Mahathir who is in his nineties.

 

During the election campaign the Razak regime has offered inducements to switch political sides. Vote buying is endemic in Malaysia.

 

“The ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, has faced criticism for alleged vote-buying. The Nikkei Asian Review has noted that measures like cash bonuses being handed out to civil servants and pensioners, key components of its support base, occurred just before the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament, with other measures announced during the campaign trail including “special aid” of RM500 (US$127) and reserved social housing units for employees of government-linked company DRB-HICOM as well as minimum wage increases”. [3]

 

Bourgeois politics in Malaysia has known big inequalities between the ruling elites, the middle class and the workers, poor peasants and urban poor. It has a constitutional elective monarchy. Out of all the countries in South East Asia Malaysia has the 3rd largest economy which largely benefits the upper echelons of the bourgeoisie. A largely agricultural country some decades ago, Malaysia has become a relatively industrialized nation. Furthermore, it is now a major exporter of rubber, Palm oil and petroleum. It was affected by the 1997 Asian financial crisis but recovered well compared to other Asian countries.

 

There are many refugees from Myanmar, the Philippines and Indonesia. There are severe penalties and repressive laws against non-Malay people living in Malaysia – detention without trial, sedition act, a police act and sexual harassment particularly if you are an LGBT. It is a majority Muslim country with strict Sharia laws over personal and domestic matters. Human rights abuses are common with its repressive and unjust laws.

 

“The country is especially well known for arresting persons without warrants and detaining them indefinitely without trial, and for placing strict limitations on freedom of speech, press, assembly, and association in the name of social order. Among the other problems cited in a US State Department report in 2011 are the abuse and even death of persons held by police; punishment by caning; trafficking in persons; systematic official to safeguard the interests of ethnic Malays who have been economically marginalized and demographically outnumbered by non-Malays since the fall of Malacca to the Portuguese and Singapore to the overseas Chinese.”

 

“Perhaps the best known of these laws is the Internal Security Act, which was passed in 1960; three years after the nation gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Widely viewed as draconian, it permits long-term detention without trial, and over the decades has been used systematically against individuals who have been viewed, for various reasons, as threats to Malaysia’s government or to the “social order”. Another powerful and widely employed piece of legislation, which dates back to 1948, when Malaysia was still a British colony, is the Sedition Act, which criminalizes speech or writing that is considered to be seditious”. [4]

 

Both bourgeois political groupings are orientated towards imperialist powers – either American or Chinese. But this will not improve or change social inequalities in society in Malaysia. What is required is a revolutionary workers government led by a revolutionary workers party.

 

The RCIT welcomes discussions and collaboration with militants and revolutionaries in Malaysia about a program for revolutionary change and the advance of the struggle for socialism. This could constitute the basis to build a revolutionary workers party in Malaysia.

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44063736

 

(2) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44063736

 

(3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_general_election,_2018

 

(4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Malaysia

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngAustria: Islamophobic Racism on the Rise!

 

Solidarity with the Muslim Brothers and Sisters! No to the Closure of 7 Mosques and the Expulsion of 40 Imams and their Families!

 

Statement of the RKO BEFREIUNG (Austrian Section of the RCIT), 8. June 2018, www.thcommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. The Austrian government announced in a press conference on 8 June a series of racist, Anti-Muslim measures. These include the closure of seven mosques as well as the expulsion of 40 imams and their families. Furthermore it aims for the dissolution of the Arab Religious Community.

 

  1. The RKO BEFREIUNG (Austrian Section of the RCIT) condemns these decisions utterly. They represent a new level of Islamophobic racism against our Muslim brothers and sisters. We see once more that this government is on the right-wing edge of Europe – similar to Hungary’s Orban or the Italian Lega Nord. Chancellor Kurz and Vice Chancellor Strache represent a bonsai imperialist state compared to the U.S. – but on the political level they are on the same wavelength like the world-wide No. 1 of all racist dumbasses, Donald Trump.

 

  1. The explicit reference of Austria’s minister Gernot Blümel to the notorious “law on Islam” underlines once more the repressive character of this law. The Austrian Section of the RCIT already stated at the time of its decision (in 2015) that the “law on Islam” results in massive discrimination of Muslims and transforms them into second-class citizens.

 

  1. The right-wings governments’ justification for its measures against the Muslims is a mockery of common sense. Chancellor Kurz announced in an authoritarian way: “Parallel societies, political Islam and tendencies toward radicalization have no place in our country”. “Political Islam”? How can a representative of a party protest against this which explicitly characterize itself since the beginning of its existence as a “Christian” party and which has always been closely connected with the Catholic Church and defended its privileges?! And we remember very well when Strache raised the crucifix on the platform at an anti-Islam rally. “Parallel societies”? In this country, Austrians have the right to choose if and which church they want to join and if they choose to have Austrian or non-Austrian citizens as their friends. Why should Muslims not have the same right?! “Tendencies toward radicalization” – says who? A government of which half is an extreme right-wing party whose functionaries repeatedly express their sympathy for the Nazi regime and which has very close relations with the semi-fascist Jobbik party in Hungary as well as with Russia’s ruling party of the authoritarian Putin regime?!

 

  1. The grotesque attempts of the right-wing Kurz/Strache government shall hide that it pursues a neoliberal policy of systematic attacks on social and labor rights which is combined with a tightening of racist oppression against migrants. It shall furthermore legitimize the governments‘ pro-Israel policy which finds expression not only in repeated expressions of sympathy for this Apartheid and terror state but also in the official participation of the Austrian ambassador at the ceremony for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem a few weeks ago – on the same day when Israel’s army slaughtered 61 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza.

 

  1. Our rigorous rejection of the governments’ anti-Muslim measures does not imply that we share the conservative-Islamist ideology of the associations affected (e.g. the Turkish ATIB association). On the contrary, as revolutionary socialists we reject the Erdoğan government in Turkey. We defend the right of national self-determination of the Kurdish minority. But only a political blind ignorant can fail to recognize the fact that the attack of the government is not about the political views of ATIB or any other association but rather the attempt of a neoliberal, racist government sympathizing with Christian fundamentalism which tries to secure its power via a hate campaign against the Muslim minority.

 

  1. Nobody should hope that today’s decision of the government might be a one-time, bad spook. Vice Chancellor Strache has already made clear that these measures “are only the beginning”. We must be prepared for a wave of racist repression against Muslim brothers and sisters. It is crucial to build resistance against this!

 

  1. We appeal to the Muslim migrant associations to resist resolutely against these government measures and to organize mass demonstrations on the streets. Their renunciation to mobilize against the “law on Islam” in 2015 was a serious mistake. This must not happen again!

 

  1. We appeal to the trade unions, to the progressive social democrats and the left not to stand idle by but to show their solidarity with the Muslim brothers and sisters. The social democratic racist road (of the Viennese social democratic leadership which calls for a headscarf ban) is the road into political nirvana helping coming into power of an authoritarian imperialist regime of a “strong man” which will loot the laboring people even more. Progressive activists must overcome the widespread Islamophobic prejudices and enter the road of fighting shoulder to shoulder of Muslims and non-Muslims against racism. Act in the spirit of solidarity because consider: today it is the Muslims, tomorrow it is you! The Austrian Section of the RCIT calls all activists to get active in the spirit of solidarity!

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngLivingstone Resigns from the Labour Party

A Warning to All Socialists inside the Labour Party

By Joseph Adams, 24 May 2018, RED LIBERATION, https://redliberation.wordpress.com/

 

Ken Livingstone, who was suspended from the labour party for purported anti-Semitic comments he made in April 2016, has now resigned from the Labour Party. His reasons are that the right-wing and Zionist elements on the National Executive were preparing more attacks on him and Jeremy Corbyn.

“In a statement published on his website, Livingstone said: “I do not accept the allegation that I have brought the Labour Party into disrepute – nor that I am in any way guilty of anti-Semitism.” Yet he goes on to say he acknowledges his “historical argument” – that Jewish people “collaborated” with Hitler, who supported “supported Zionism” when he first came to power – did cause “offence and upset in the Jewish community”. [1]

Pro-Zionists in the Labour party have been conducting vicious witch-hunts against socialists in the Labour Party who dare to criticise the state of Israel. Livingstone who made comments about the collaboration of Zionism with the Nazis during the Second World War has been proven correct by historical fact. The evidence is available for all to see. Livingstone has a history of anti-racism and support for the Palestinians and has been singled out for his refusal to capitulate to Zionism in the Labour party and especially the Labour friends of Israel.

Corbyn has once again failed to defend Livingstone against the attacks of the Blairites and Zionists. Livingstone has decided, although ostensibly a Corbyn supporter, that it was Corbyn who was responsible for his suspension. It has now been revealed that Corbyn forced him to resign from the Labour party under pressure from Zionists who are delighted that Livingstone has gone.

“Iit is clear from reports such as John Rentoul in The Independent that Ken Livingstone’s resignation was not voluntary but the result of pressure exerted by Jeremy Corbyn and his close associates. We refer in particular to Shami Chakrabarti’s disgraceful attack on Livingstone on BBC’s Sunday Politics (May 13),when she threatened she would quit the Labour front bench if Livingstone was not expelled. Chakrabarti has not only ignored her own recommendations on natural justice and due process but she has also destroyed her own reputation, as a former Director of Liberty, for a belief in freedom of expression.

Nothing Livingstone was alleged to have done could in any way be described as anti-Semitic. His remark that “Hitler supported Zionism” is confirmed by a host of Holocaust historians. If he gave offence to supporters of Israel and Zionism it is because of the appalling record historically of Zionism when it comes to fighting real anti-Semites”. [2]

“The collaboration of various Zionists with the Nazis is a fact which has already been established for a long time. Livingstone and Shah are not racist or Anti-Semitic. Both Shah and Livingstone are strong supporters of a Free Democratic Palestine. Livingstone while he was Leader of the Greater London Council supported the Palestine Liberation Organisation and on occasions invited PLO speakers in Britain to speak.” [3]

The weakness of left reformism has shown that when the Blairites and Zionists launch attacks on Corbyn and his supporters, Corbyn fails to support them and buckles under the pressure. A number of left wing activists including Marc Wadsworth and Tony Greenstein have been expelled from the Labour party. Corbyn’s supporters continue to be suspended or expelled by the Labour party bureaucratic machine controlled by the Blairites and Zionists. Corbyn with a majority on the National executive committee refuses to use that majority to curb the worst excesses of the right wing and remains a hostage to the pro-imperialists in the Labour party.

“The attack on Livingstone and the expulsions of Marc Wadsworth and Tony Greenstein were all part of the ‘anti-Zionism equals anti-Semitism’ witch-hunt. It is noticeable that when it came to laying charges the Labour Party avoided for legal reasons accusing people of anti-Semitism. Instead the catch all charge of ‘bringing the party into disrepute’ was used. Livingstone is the latest victim of a witch-hunt pursued by the pro-Israel lobby and the right-wing in the Labour Party.” [4].

As RED LIBERATION No. 4 stated in its article on Livingstone’s suspension, both McDonnell and Corbyn have once again conflated Anti-Semitism with Anti-Zionism.

“Unfortunately Corbyn and McDonnell have confused Anti-Semitism and Zionism and are capitulating to the right-wing elements in the Party. Corbyn now says he is going to conduct an inquiry into Anti-Semitism in the Party. Of course the pro Zionist elements in the party – the ‘LABOUR FRIENDS OF ISRAEL’ – are forcing Corbyn and others to instigate a witchunt against pro-Palestinian elements in the party.” [5]

RED LIBERATION fully supports the campaign by Labour against the Witch-hunt to reinstate all Labour party members like Wadsworth and Greenstein who have been expelled for Anti-Semitism. Wadsworth is a black activist who has campaigned on anti-racist issues, and Greenstein has fought Zionism in the Labour Party.

“This setback will only strengthen the resolve of Labour against the Witch-hunt activists. We fully understand the agenda of Labour Friends of Israel, the Jewish Labour Movement and Progress: to re-establish the politics and economics of neo-liberalism in the Labour Party. We call on Jeremy Corbyn, general secretary Jennie Formby and the National Executive Committee to finally put an end to this ongoing witch-hunt against the left in the party:

* LAW does not recognize the legitimacy of the expulsions/exclusions of party comrades on trumped up charges of “anti-Semitism” and will continue to organize with them to defeat the right.

* All those summarily expelled or suspended from membership without due process, or as part of the anti-Corbyn witch-hunt, should be immediately reinstated – and that includes Marc Wadsworth, Jackie Walker, Stan Keable, Tony Greenstein and Cyril Chilson.” [6]

RED LIBERATION restates its position on the reactionary role of the Zionists and their erstwhile allies in Progress and Labour First. We call for:

* Abolish all Kangaroo Courts like the Compliance Unit and carry out the recommendations for transparent democracy in the Labour Party;

* Expel all Pro Zionist Organizations which includes Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement. Remind the witch hunters that the leadership of the Labour party must support a DEMOCRATIC FREE PALESTINE.

* Full and unconditional solidarity with the Palestinian people! Lift the blockade against Gaza! Support the resistance of the people in Gaza! Boycott Israel!

 

Footnotes

1) https://labourlist.org/2018/05/sadness-relief-anger-labour-reacts-to-livingstones-resignation/

2) http://www.labouragainstthewitchhunt.org/

3) https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/defend-shah-livingstone/

4) http://www.labouragainstthewitchhunt.org/

5) https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/defend-shah-livingstone/

6) http://www.labouragainstthewitchhunt.org/

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngIsrael is a Terror State! Rally to Support our Palestinian Brothers and Sisters!

 

Thousands of Palestinians shot in cold blood on a single day by Israeli occupation troops!

 

Emergency Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 15.05.2018 (05:00 UTC Time), www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. According to the latest reports, at least 58 Palestinians were killed on 14 May in Gaza and more than 2,700 others wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition, tear gas and firebombs at unarmed Palestinian protesters. Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 107 Palestinians in the enclave and wounded about 12,000 people.

 

  1. Symbolically, this massacre took place at the same time as the provocative opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Trump’s decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem reflects the unlimited support of US imperialism for the annexation of Palestine by the Zionist state. Unsurprisingly, the White House claimed, in press conference on 14 May, that “the responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas”. It reiterated the Trump administration’s refrain that “Israel has a right to defend itself”! There can be no doubt: The “Axis of Evil” on the Palestinian question consists of US, Israel and Saudi Arabia!

 

  1. Today is the day which Palestinians mourn as the “Nakba” or “Catastrophe” when, in 1948, hundreds of thousands of them were driven out of their homes by the Zionist aggressors in order to create the Israeli state. We can expect even larger mass protests today. And we have to assume that the bloodthirsty Zionist killers are prepared to slaughter even more Palestinian brothers and sisters.

 

  1. Around the world, popular masses are shocked and enraged about this incredible massacre. Thousands marched spontaneously in Istanbul on the same day. Today, the Palestinian people will hold a general strike. Hamas is calling for a new Intifada. Reflecting this outrage in the field of bourgeois diplomacy, both Turkey and South Africa withdrew their ambassadors from Israel. Turkey also called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

 

  1. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) sends its warmest greetings to the heroic Palestinian brothers and sisters who are fighting for their freedom and who are ready to sacrifice their lives for the future of their people! We send our warmest condolences to the families of the 107 martyrs who have been murdered by the Zionists since March 30. We declare our unconditional solidarity with the protests of the Palestinians and all advocates of freedom around the world!

 

  1. The RCIT and its predecessor organization as well as its comrades in Occupied Palestine have fought for decades against the barbaric Zionist oppression of the Palestinian people. Our solidarity with the Palestinian brothers and sisters will continue until they have achieved freedom, until the millions of Palestinian refugees can return to their home and until the Zionist entity will be replaced by a Free Red Palestine with equal civil rights to the Arabs and the Israeli Jews!

 

  1. The RCIT calls for an end of all forms of collaboration with the Zionist terror state. We reiterate: It is urgent to break the conspiracy of the Palestinian Authority to liquidate the resistance against the Israeli occupation. For an immediate stop to all forms of collaboration of the Palestinian Authority with the Israeli state! For a popular Intifada! Build popular committees and self-defense committees composed of Palestinian workers, poor peasants, and youth in places of work, towns, and villages!

 

  1. We repeat: The Palestinian people need our international solidarity more than ever! The whole world must be shaken by mass mobilizations and determined resistance to counter the Zionist terror. Protest in front of the US and Israeli embassies! Support popular actions against the Israeli state! Force the governments around the world to stop their open and hidden economic, political and military aid for the Zionist state!

 

* No to the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel capital! Protest in front of the US and Israeli embassies!

 

* Revive the Palestinian Intifada!

 

* For popular committees and self-defense committees composed of Palestinian workers, poor peasants, and youth in places of work, towns, and villages!

 

* For international solidarity actions including mass demonstrations and popular actions against Israel!

 

* Stop economic, political and military aid for the Zionist state!

 

* Lift the Israeli blockade against the Gaza! Egyptian workers and peasants: Break the reactionary blockade of the al-Sisi regime against Gaza!

 

* Israeli workers and youth: Turn against the racist demagogues! Defend the Palestinians against the reactionary settlers, the fascist gangs, and the army!

 

* For a Free Red Palestine!

 

* Unite the Arab Revolution with a renewed Intifada in Palestine! Support the Syrian Revolution against the reactionary Assad dictatorship! Bring down the reactionary military dictatorship of General al-Sisi in Egypt! Support the Yemeni people against the Saudi aggression!

 

* Onward to the building of a revolutionary workers’ party as part of a World Party for Socialist Revolution!

 

 

 

International Secretariat of the RCIT

 

 

 

The names of the Palestinian martyrs are listed (and regularly updated) on a special site of Al Jazeera. (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/gaza-protest-latest-updates-180406092506561.html)

 

 

 

For the analysis of the RCIT and its comrades in Occupied Palestine of the Palestinian liberation struggle, we refer readers to our numerous articles and documents accessed from the Africa and Middle East section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/ as well as the website of our section in Occupied Palestine: http://the-isleague.com/.

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngThe Mad Man plays with fire, again

 

A Commentary on Trump’s Decision to Pull the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal

 

by Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 9 May 2018, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

The Mad Man did it, again. On 8 May, U.S. President Trump declared another international treaty dead. This time he announced that “that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal”. Soon after his speech the White House issued a statement that the US president directed his “administration to immediately begin the process of re-imposing sanctions. (…) The re-imposed sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as its energy, petrochemical, and financial sectors.” (1)

 

It is hardly necessary at this place to explain the bizarre logic of Trump’s reasoning for his decision. Leaving aside fanatic war-mongers from the Zionist state a la Netanyahu and Lieberman, no sane person has claimed until now that Iran has violated the so-called Iran nuclear deal (also formally known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed that Tehran has been meeting its nuclear commitments fully. Even official of the Trump Administration have to admit this.

 

In his speech, Trump claimed that “the Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban and al-Qaeda.” (2)

 

Surely, every supporter of the working class and oppressed liberation struggle despises the capitalist theocratic regime in Teheran and its reactionary war against the Syrian people as well as the workers and national minorities in its own country. (3)

 

But who is the world’s leading power to lecture others?! It has attacked countries around the world without any provocation – to name just Afghanistan and Iraq as the latest examples. It has slaughtered myriads of people and is responsible for the death of at least 1.2-1.4 million Iraqis since 2003. It has the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons and it has used them in the past!

 

Hamas is a terrorist organization? No, irrespective of our political opposition to this petty-bourgeois Islamist organization, it is Israel which barbarically oppresses, starves and kills the Palestinians while Hamas repeatedly stood at the top of just wars of defense.

 

Similarly in Afghanistan, where the U.S. forces are the barbarians who have brought disaster to the people while the Taliban, irrespective of our rejection of their political agenda, only defend their homeland.

 

It is a true reflection of the modest knowledge or the malicious mindset (or both) of the U.S. President when he claims that Iran is the sponsor of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Could it be the case that Trump has never heard about deep sectarian hatred between Sunni and Shia political extremists? And are we wrong in assuming that Trump has never heard of the massive tensions between the Sunni Pashtun-based Taliban and the Shia-dominated Iran? Or about the war being waged by pro-Al Qaida forces in Syria against the Iranian occupation troops? Surely, Trump is someone who makes any farmer from Nebraska look like an enlightened man of the world!

 

However, the real problem is not the intellectual simple-mindedness of the U.S. President who can’t even articulate a complete sentence without a teleprompter and who most likely would have difficulties to identify the geographical location of Iran on a world map. Neither can this all be explained by Trumps numerous affairs with Porno stars, crooks, Cambridge Analytics, Russian, Israeli and other agencies, etc. Surely, Muellers ongoing investigation makes Trump desperately look for political hazards and military adventures in order to avoid impeachment.

 

But various liberals fail to recognize the inner logic of these events. To them, a world which is basically working well, appears to be put on risk by an idiot who entered the White House by accident. They are blind to the historic laws behind the ascent of Trump.

 

Friedrich Engels once remarked, when discussing the role of chance in history: “Historical events thus appear on the whole to be likewise governed by chance. But wherever on the surface chance holds sway, it is always governed by inner, hidden laws and these laws only have to be discovered.” (4)

 

And indeed, Donald Dumb is only, albeit a Don Quichotte-like, agent of historical necessity. As the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) has explained in numerous books, pamphlets and statements, U.S. imperialism is in historic decline. New imperialist rivals, first and foremost Russia and China, are ascending. Russia’s domination in Syria and its growing influence in the Middle East as well as China’s economic and political expansion are unquestionable signs of this fundamental shift of the global power relations. (5)

 

This is why the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia are gung-ho to reverse their declining influence in the world and in particular in the Middle East. In order to counter this tendency, U.S. imperialism as well as smaller allied powers like Israel are fanatically determined to provoke tensions and wars. They are addicted to war and power and can not act differently.

 

We will see what the short-term consequences of Trump’s decision are. In this brief commentary we will not deal with this question in detail. However, the RCIT will publish soon a more comprehensive statement which will deal with the tactical consequences for the international workers movement and liberation forces.

 

But what we can say for sure already now is the following: the real meaning of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is not to provoke new negotiations. It is even not so much about imposing new economic sanctions against Iran. It is about creating a pretext for another military aggression in the Middle East.

 

In our recently published book about the world situation we have outlined more in detail the background and the inner contradictions of these developments. (6) We have predicted the inevitable escalation of the political and military tensions in the region.

 

However, at this point we will only repeat the important tactical conclusions resulting from our analysis. (7) The RCIT urges the workers and popular movements in the Middle East and globally to mobilize its forces on the following principles.

 

  1. They must oppose the aggressions of all imperialist powers – be it the U.S., Russia, Israel, China or France.

 

  1. They must defend semi-colonial countries (like Iran) and oppressed people against such Great Power aggressions while retaining their political opposition to those semi-colonial capitalist regimes.

 

  1. They must support all popular struggles and just wars of defense both against foreign aggressors as well as against domestic capitalist regimes (e.g. in Syria, Yemen, Iran, Egypt, etc.). This must not lead them to lend any political support to the forces at the top of such struggles.

 

  1. The crucial task for the vanguard of the working class and the liberation forces is to rally together and to build a Revolutionary World Party based on a Marxist program.

 

The RCIT calls all authentic revolutionary forces to join us in this struggle.

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) Donald Trump declares US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, Al Jazeera, 2018-05-08, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/donald-trump-declares-withdrawal-iran-nuclear-deal-180508141155625.html

 

(2) Transcript: Donald Trump’s Iran nuclear deal speech in full, Al Jazeera, 2018-05-08 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/transcript-donald-trump-iran-nuclear-deal-speech-full-180508192724233.html

 

(3) See e.g. RCIT: Long Live the Popular Uprising in Iran! For Committees of Action of the Workers and Poor! For Organized Self-Defense against the Police Repression! Down with the Capitalist-Theocratic Regime! Unite the Struggle of the Iranian Masses with the Arab Revolution! 01.01.2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/long-live-the-popular-uprising-in-iran/; RCIT: For the Iranian Revolution! Down with the capitalist Mullah dictatorship! Down with Imperialism! For a working class revolution in Iran! Action Platform for Iran by the RCIT, February 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/iran-platform/

 

(4) Friedrich Engels: Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy; in: MECW 26, p. 387.

 

(5) See on this our book Michael Pröbsting: The Great Robbery Of The South. Continuity and Changes in the Super-Exploitation of the Semi-Colonial World by Monopoly Capital. Consequences for the Marxist Theory of Imperialism. See also the pamphlets and essays collected at this sub-section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/china-russia-as-imperialist-powers/

 

(6) See chapter V of Michael Pröbsting: World Perspectives 2018: A World Pregnant with Wars and Popular Uprisings. February 2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/world-perspectives-2018/chapter-v/

 

(7) In addition to the above mentioned book on the world situation, we want to draw the readers’ attention in this context also to our recently published pamphlet Michael Pröbsting: Syria and Great Power Rivalry: The Failure of the „Left“. The bleeding Syrian Revolution and the recent Escalation of Inter-Imperialist Rivalry between the US and Russia – A Marxist Critique of Social Democracy, Stalinism and Centrism, 21 April 2018, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/syria-great-power-rivalry-and-the-failure-of-the-left/

 

 

 

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