No state solution in Gaza

No state solution in Gaza

Statement distributed by the Manchester and Sheffield Anarchist Federation groups on the conflict in Gaza, in solidarity with the victims of the conflict, and for internationalism.

One thing is absolutely clear about the current situation in Gaza: the Israeli state is committing atrocities which must end immediately. With hundreds dead and thousands wounded, it has become increasingly clear that the aim of the military operation, which has been in the planning stages since the signing of the original ceasefire in June, is to break Hamas completely. The attack follows the crippling blockade throughout the supposed ‘ceasefire’, which has destroyed the livelihoods of Gazans, ruined the civilian infrastructure and created a humanitarian disaster which anyone with an ounce of humanity would seek an end to.

But that's not all there is to say about the situation. On both sides of the conflict, the idea that opposing Israel has to mean supporting Hamas and its ‘resistance’ movement is worryingly common. We totally reject this argument. Just like any other set of rulers, Hamas, like all the other major Palestinian factions, are happy and willing to sacrifice ordinary Palestinians to increase their power. This isn’t some vague theoretical point – for a period recently most deaths in Gaza were a result of fighting between Hamas and Fatah. The ‘choices’ offered to ordinary Palestinian people are between Islamist gangsters (Hamas, Islamic Jihad) or nationalist gangsters (Fatah, Al-Aqsa Martyrs brigades). These groups have shown their willingness to attack working-class attempts to improve their living conditions, seizing union offices, kidnapping prominent trade unionists, and breaking strikes. One spectacular example is the attack on Palestine Workers Radio by Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, for “stoking internal conflicts”. Clearly, a “free Palestine” under the control of any of these groups would be nothing of the sort.

As anarchists, we are internationalists, opposing the idea that the rulers and ruled within a nation have any interests in common. Therefore, anarchists reject Palestinian nationalism just as we reject Israeli nationalism (Zionism). Ethnicity does not grant “rights” to lands, which require the state to enforce them. People, on the other hand, have a right to having their human needs met, and should be able to live where they choose, freely.

Therefore, against the divisions and false choices set up by nationalism, we fully support the ordinary inhabitants of Gaza and Israel against state warfare – not because of their nationality, ethnicity, or religion, but simply because they're real living, feeling, thinking, suffering, struggling human beings. And this support has to mean total hostility to all those who would oppress and exploit them –the Israeli state and the Western governments and corporations that supply it with weapons, but also any other capitalist factions who seek to use ordinary working-class Palestinians as pawns in their power struggles. The only real solution is one which is collective, based on the fact that as a class, globally, we ultimately have nothing but our ability to work for others, and everything to gain in ending this system – capitalism – and the states and wars it needs .

That this seems like a “difficult” solution does not stop it from being the right one. Any “solution” that means endless cycles of conflict, which is what nationalism represents, is no solution at all. And if that is the case, the fact that it is “easier” is irrelevant. There are sectors of Palestinian society which are not dominated by the would-be rulers – protests organised by village committees in the West Bank for instance. These deserve our support. As do those in Israel who refuse to fight, and who resist the war. But not the groups who call on Palestinians to be slaughtered on their behalf by one of the most advanced armies in the world, and who wilfully attack civilians on the other side of the border.

Neither one state nor two states, but no states

Whoever dies, Hamas and the Israeli state win

Pdf available for distribution here

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Django
Jan 8 2009 20:50

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wnycs
Jan 10 2012 22:33

an opposition to a Palestinian Nation-State (cuz states r bad) and calls for unity between Israeli and Palestinian people glosses over the fact that the Israelis and Palestinians are *already* divided. They already are two nations of people, one oppressor/one oppressed.

The relationship between working class Israelis and working class Palestinians seems analogous to that of white and black working class ppl in the US. ignoring divisions and power relationships by calling for an artificial unity only doesn't solve the problem (and might make it worse). while i'm certainly not going to bat for Fatah or Hamas, i understand the need for Palestinian autonomy. without autonomy, Palestine will never be in a position to negotiate the terms for unity/reunification on an equal basis with Israel.

Obviously when there's a global revolution things will change, but right now the expression of the need for that autonomy is the fight for a Palestinian State. and btw, any anarchist saying "Palestine shouldn't have a state" better be saying "Israel shouldn't have a state either" just as loudly and "the USA shouldn't have a state" even louder..

Steven.
Jan 10 2012 23:19
wnycs wrote:

The relationship between working class Israelis and working class Palestinians seems analogous to that of white and black working class ppl in the US.

do you support having a separate state for black people in the US?

Khawaga
Jan 11 2012 00:39
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btw, any anarchist saying "Palestine shouldn't have a state" better be saying "Israel shouldn't have a state either" just as loudly and "the USA shouldn't have a state" even louder..

and you think they don't? and why louder. a state is a state is a state. regardless the colour of their flag they are more than willing to send people to die for them abroad and sacrifice them at the altar of surplus value at home. A Palestinian state will be no different, indeed, the proto-state of PLO and Hamas have shown they are more than willing to repress any dissent, be it of the liberal or radical kind.

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They already are two nations of people, one oppressor/one oppressed.

So Israelis can't be opressed at home? I know of plenty of Israelis who are oppressed by the Israeli state. E.g. the anarchist against the wall to start, but also the so-called Israeli-Arabs. Or for that matter the Ethipoian Jews.

I'm sorry but the Israel-Palestine conflict doesn't fit nicely into a black and white framework.

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i understand the need for Palestinian autonomy. without autonomy, Palestine will never be in a position to negotiate the terms for unity/reunification on an equal basis with Israel

so what you desire is for the emergence of a Palestinaian bourgeoisie to negotiate with the Israeli one. let me save you a lot of trouble. just start supporting the PLO as they are already doing that.

maomao
Nov 19 2012 21:15

Wow. If cops aren't working class, what are they? Investors?

Steven.
Jan 31 2017 10:07

Robber, as you can see we already have this text in the library, but it would be great if you could add your PDF to this version