The world continues to watch in horror as the Palestinian residents of Gaza are slaughtered by the Zionist occupiers of their land, while the residents of the West Bank are also wantonly killed for protesting. On July 21, the Occupation Forces committed a massacre in the al-Shujaiyya neighbourhood of Gaza city. As of 2 pm on July 26, medical teams had already recovered 85 bodies from the rubble. In addition to the killing of Palestinians, the massacre forced some 60,000 Gazans to flee their homes in the area for fear of more attacks, adding to a total number of internally displaced persons that has now hit 183,000 out of a population in Gaza of 1.7 million residents. All Palestinians, unable to flee due to the blockade of Gaza by land, sea and air, are targets of the Israeli onslaught.
Many drew comparisons between the ongoing assault on Gaza and the Nakba of 1948, when 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes in what became Israel. More than half of Gaza’s people are Nakba refugees, descendants of those who were dispossessed by Israel, the Ma’an news agency reports.
Because all borders are closed, the vast majority have sought refuge in UN-designated shelters in zones further from the epicenter of fighting. These refugees, however, are not necessarily safer – an Israeli shell hit a Beit Hanoun shelter on July 23, killing at least 17.
To prevent and eliminate the resistance, the Zionists have systematically bombed hospitals, schools and religious institutions. Only if the resistance ends, will the attacks end, they claim.
The Palestinian plight is captured by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano who says: the Palestinians lost their land, their homes, their water, their homeland itself. They are not permitted to choose their own leaders. They cannot even breathe without permission.
However, the more massacres take place, the more the Resistance is vindicated and the more the Israelis stand condemned. Only the most craven allies of Israel such as the U.S. and Canada defend the massacres, claiming Israel has the right to defend itself against Hamas which they have declared a terrorist organization for waging the Resistance struggle and persisting in affirming Palestine’s right to be.
Speaking at a pro-Israel rally in Montreal, Canada’s arch reactionary misnamed Minister of Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre stated: “You can’t establish an equivalence between a great liberal democracy, Israel, which absolutely must defend its citizens against violent rocket attacks, and a terrorist organization, Hamas, which has not ceased to sow chaos and destruction. One hundred per cent of the blame is attributable to Hamas. Israel uses its weapons to protect its civilians while Hamas uses its civilians to protect its weapons.”
At the time of Hamas’ election in 2006, the Canadian government was the first to refuse to recognize the result of the election because it claims Hamas is a terrorist organization. It shows its hypocrisy when it comes to democratic elections and vile hatred for the resistance struggle. At the time, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that he would only recognize a “de-militarized” Palestinian state living side by side with Israel. In other words, the Harper government’s claim today that Hamas uses civilians “to protect its guns” is in fact a cover for its stand that it wants the resistance completely disarmed so that Israel can establish settlers on the entire territory of Palestine and impose its Hitlerite final solution on the Palestinian people. This is why Canada works to train Palestinian security forces – not to protect Palestinians from the Occupation Forces, but to suppress any resistance to occupation.
In this vein, at another pro-Israel rally in Ottawa on July 17, the Harper government’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird went to great lengths to claim there are no rockets coming from the West Bank and emphasize Canadian aid to assist the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank build institutions they allegedly need for an independent Palestinian state which provides security for a separate Israeli state. It is a fraud because Israel has no intention of recognizing any Palestinian state but instead, it wants all Palestinian land without exception.
To their shame the Opposition parties in the House of Commons also blame the resistance for the suffering of the Palestinian people. Their craven spirit merely blames the Harper government for no longer having influence in international affairs to negotiate a peace in favour of Israel. Their refusal to fall in line with Canadian public opinion and international law denies that occupation is a crime and resistance is a right. They also refuse to demand an immediate end to the blockade of the occupied, blockaded and besieged Palestinian people while they call for an immediate end to their resistance.
On July 15, Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau issued a statement on “the situation in Israel and Gaza” stating: “The Liberal Party of Canada strongly condemns Hamas’ rejection of the Egyptian ceasefire proposal and its rocket attacks on civilians.(…) Israel should be commended for having accepted the ceasefire proposal, and demonstrating its commitment to peace. The Liberal Party of Canada, and many in the international community including the United States, the U.N. Security Council, and the Palestinian Authority, had urged a ceasefire that could have ended the tragic civilian loss of life in Gaza and the suffering of Israelis under terrorist attack. (…)Israel has the right to defend itself and its people. Hamas is a terrorist organization and must cease its rocket attacks immediately.”
In a statement on July 22, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said: “We’re watching in horror at what’s happening in the region. The attacks and incursion into Gaza have already caused too many civilian casualties. No one in Canada can remain indifferent to these deaths. The firing of rockets by Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants at civilian populations is utterly unacceptable. Hamas is a recognized terrorist organization and Israel has the right to defend its citizens from these attacks, while doing its utmost to protect civilians. With Hamas’ firm rejection of an Egyptian-negotiated ceasefire and Israel’s ground operation in the Gaza Strip, the conflict has entered a more dangerous phase. The world must redouble efforts toward de-escalation and a ceasefire now. The priority has to be to work for peace.”
Join actions across Canada to show Canadians stand with the Palestinian Resistance and its just demands to end the siege of Gaza, return all prisoners, stop the killings and end the occupation!
O Martyrs of Zionist Genocide!
May the World Rise up to End the Slaughter of Your Valiant People!
Nablus, West Bank, July 24, 2014
Source: TML Weekly Information Project, July 26, 2014 – No. 25