December 29, 2008
Socialist Alliance (Australia) statement
Israel’s killing must stop! Stand up for the people of Gaza! End ties with the racist Israeli state!
The Socialist Alliance condemns the Israeli massacre in the Gaza
strip, which has left at least 280 people dead and 800 more injured. We
call on the Rudd government to also condemn this slaughter and to break
Australian economic, diplomatic, military and cultural ties with the
Israeli apartheid state.
While Israel claimed that it targeted “terrorists”, the 100 bombs
were mostly aimed at police stations in the middle of densely populated
civilian areas. The attack, which was carefully planned at least
several days in advance, also took place at the same time as children
were going home from school, leaving many dead or injured.
The massacre comes on the back of two years of blockade imposed by
Israel in an attempt to topple the democratically elected Hamas
government. Many Gazans have already died due to lack of basic medical
treatment, food, clean water and electricity.
The killing looks set to continue with large numbers of Israeli
armored vehicles massing on the border of Gaza. Israel has called up
6500 reservists and has announced that it will call up more over the
next few days.
If the massacres are to stop international public opinion needs to
let Israel know that its actions are unacceptable. In particular,
Israel’s traditional supporters , who have clearly sanctioned this
bloody operation, must be forced to withdraw their support.
The Australian people need to stand up for the people of Gaza by
making the Rudd government end its support for Israel's ethnic
cleansing of Palestine. Socialist Alliance urges its members and
supporters to join all emergency protests that are being organised
around the country against this latest crime of the Israeli state.
People before profits, planet before profits
The Socialist Alliance’s policy
Adopted at the Sixth National Conference, December 6-7, 2008
The Socialist Alliance condemns the ethnic
cleansing of Palestine by the state of Israel. This oppression takes different forms—the
occupation of the Palestinian Territories, the siege of Gaza, the breaking up
of the West Bank into isolated ghettos, systematic violence and discrimination
against Palestinian citizens of Israel or exile as refugees.
The Socialist Alliance supports:
Palestinian right to self determination.
withdrawal from the Occupied Territories
civil and democratic rights for all inhabitants of historic Palestine.
- Right of
return for Palestinian refugees.
- An end to
Israeli aggression against other countries in the region.
- An end to
the restriction of movement of people and supplies (including medical supplies)
around Palestine and between Palestine and Israel.
The Socialist Alliance recognises the essential role that international
(including Australian) imperialism plays in supporting the Israeli system of
apartheid and occupation through massive political, economic and military aid.
Therefore, the Socialist Alliance supports the International campaign
for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israeli Apartheid.