Statement of the Workers Party, U.S.A. (July 2, 2006)

Oppose U.S.-Israeli Aggression in Gaza!

On June 28, the state of Israel, as always with the full support of the U. S. government, launched yet another barbaric offensive against Palestine.

More than 5,000 Israeli soldiers, equipped with hundreds of tanks and armored vehicles, have invaded the Gaza Strip. Many Palestinians have been killed. Daily aerial bombardments and artillery fire have destroyed roads, bridges and electrical power plants. 750,000 Palestinians are without electricity. Government buildings, including the Interior Ministry and the office of the Palestinian Prime Minister have been bombed. Israeli troops have imprisoned close to 100 political leaders, including at least 23 members of the Palestinian Parliament. Israeli troops have also invaded the West Bank and are rounding up Palestinian leaders there.

This Hitlerite attack directed against the civilian population of Gaza aims at terrorizing the people and forcing a change in the Palestinian government.

The invasion comes at a time when Israel, with the support of U.S. imperialism, has blockaded the economy of Palestine and is trying to starve the people into submission. At the same time, Israel continues with its program of permanently annexing large sections of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, expanding settlement activity and building its Apartheid Wall to carve up Palestine and prevent the creation of a viable Palestinian state.

Israel’s ongoing war against Palestine is part and parcel of U.S. imperialism’s so-called "war on terrorism." As part of its strategic plan to recolonize Iraq and assert its domination over the whole of the Middle East, U.S. imperialism wants to stabilize its number one aggressive base — the state of Israel — by crushing the Palestinian resistance.

But the Palestinian resistance will not be crushed!

Rather, it will continue to provide inspiration to the peoples everywhere and strengthen its role in the struggles of the Arab peoples and the peoples of the whole world to defeat U.S. imperialism.

The Workers Party, U.S.A. calls on every person of conscience to speak out and take action against the state-sponsored terrorism of U.S. imperialism and the Israeli aggressors against the Palestinian people.

We demand the immediate, unconditional cutoff of all U.S. aid to Israel!

We demand the withdrawal of all Israeli troops and settlements from the West Bank and Gaza, the right to return for all Palestinian refugees and the establishment of a genuinely independent and sovereign Palestinian state!