In 2017 the working-class of Gaza rose-up against Hamas in protests over blackouts and shortages. They stormed the offices of the electricity company and cursed the names of the leadership of Hamas and Fatah. In response, Hamas fired shots to disperse the crowds.
Since then, the situation has only deteriorated further. In 2015, a UN Conference on Trade and Development report suggested that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020. In fact, this timescale was accelerated by the global pandemic. The situation in Gaza has been at breaking-point for several years and Hamas, fully aware of the growing potential for a social explosion in the territory which they control, have therefore been forced into action.
As a nationalist racket, Hamas' tactics are gestures that remain immanent to the global logic of imperialist competition: seeking to alter the regional balance of forces through military confrontation, using hostages as bargaining chips in negotiations, to secure more resources, in order to preserve their control of Gaza by providing a breathing space for the social pressures within Gaza. But the working-class of Gaza will derive no benefit from being drawn into the intensification of imperialist competition between Hamas (and Iran, standing behind it) and Israel. Instead, the degeneration of the situation in Gaza will only accelerate.
Only the working-class of Israel can defeat the Israeli state, and aid the proletariat of Gaza, just as the proletariat of Germany came to the aid of the working-class of Germany's former enemy, Russia, in November 1918.
This is not to say that the actions of the Israeli state and Hamas are equivalent in their proportions; clearly the Israeli state is responsible for far greater casualties and atrocities. But unless the Israeli working-class rise up against the Israeli state, there can be no victory of the working-class of Gaza. In order for this to happen, we must understand the need for a proletarian-revolutionary organisation encompassing the working-class of Israel and Palestine, not as Israelis or Palestinians, but as proletarians, armed with a clear, proletarian-revolutionary programme for the de-nationalisation of the entire territory of what is now legally Israel and Palestine, twin products of colonialism.
As I wrote previously, national oppression "will exist as long as nation-states exist", the solution "to the problem of national oppression is the social-revolutionary dissolution of nation-states, not the retrenchment of labour behind competing nationalisms", and our activity must take the form of "combating pro-war propaganda, industrial action, sabotage, refugee support, mutual aid, and the struggle against the system of immigration controls that prevent people from leaving war-zones to settle wherever they please, instead forcing them to rely on human-traffickers".
To this end, I express solidarity with all internationalists in the territories presently called Israel and Palestine, whether organised or individual, and express the need for internationalists in the territories presently labelled Israel and Palestine to form a revolutionary committee to co-ordinate the struggle.