Defend and support the Palestinian people’s heroic resistance to occupation!
– Statement of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist), January 31, 2020 –
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) resolutely condemns “Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People,” put forward by President Donald Trump on January 28 as a provocation and act of violence against the Palestinian people. It is aimed at extinguishing their rights, particularly the right of return, a collective right which has been affirmed year after year by the United Nations General Assembly. By proposing that the more than 7 million Palestinians, including those in Gaza and the West Bank, be settled in what will be a bantustan in Gaza, in the countries where they are now living or in some other state that the U.S. will generously broker, the aim is to extinguish the historical memory of the Palestinian people and their decades-long struggle for their rights so gloriously expressed in the “Great March of Return” in Gaza in 2018 to 2019.
The Palestinian people have had no say over any aspect of this “Deal of the Century.” It is a modern day rendering of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, the starting point of the crimes and atrocities that have been committed against the Palestinian people since 1948, in which the British imperialists handed over Palestine to the Zionists for their “Jewish state” without the Palestinian people’s consent. “Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People” gives a green light to the theft of the most productive lands now in Palestinian hands, such as in the Jordan Valley, and to the building of more settler homes on Palestinian territory. It would expand and consolidate the Zionist state while disarming the Palestinian people in the name of peace and stability and the so-called prosperity of both peoples.
Canada, for its part, is playing a most dishonourable role by condoning the crimes of Israel, always blaming the Palestinians for the violence, while remaining silent in the face of massacres, land thefts and destruction of Palestinian property and accusing any critics of Israeli crimes as “anti-Semitism. Now Canada is presenting itself as an “honest broker” in order to secure a seat on the UN Security Council. On the day Trump made his proposal, François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated: “Canada remains committed to the goal of achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East […] Canada recognizes the urgent need to renew efforts toward a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and will carefully examine the details of the U.S. initiative for the Middle East peace process. Canada has long maintained that peace can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties. We urge the parties to create the conditions for such negotiations to take place.”
How do you sit down and negotiate “peace” when the terms require you to give up all your rights? Far from being an “honest broker” the Canadian state is continuing its role as an appeaser of U.S./Israeli policies and crimes against the Palestinian people.
The Palestinian people, governments in the Middle East and all peace- and justice-loving people in Canada and around the world have roundly rejected the “Deal of the Century” as a fraud and provocation against the heroic Palestinian people.
CPC(M-L) calls on the Canadian people to step up their support for the Palestinian people’s just cause in the wake of this latest assault against them by the U.S./Zionist aggressors. Canadians must hold the government to account for conciliating with and providing active support for the Zionist occupation of Palestine and the crimes of the occupiers. They must speak out in their own name in support of the Palestinian people’s just and heroic resistance to Israeli occupation and their affirmation of their inalienable right to be.
All Out to Support the Just Struggle of the Palestinian People!
The Palestinian People Will Never Relinquish the Right of Return and Their Claims to Their Homeland! No to the “Deal of the Century!”
(Photos: TML, Palestine Today, A. Shameya)