Malaysian socialists condemn Israel's Gaza massacre

Released by Choo Chon Kai, International Bureau, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (Socialist Party of Malaysia)

November 21, 2012 -- Parti Sosialis Malaysia -- The Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) condemns Israel for its latest brutal assault on the Palestinian people.

Israel has once again intensified its aggression against the Palestinian people of Gaza, by launching airstrikes since November 14, 2012. Israel has amassed troops on the border and threatened a ground invasion on the Gaza Strip. More than 100 Palestinians including at least 23 children have been killed since the new massacre called “Operation Pillar of Defense” began.

Israel escalated the assault on Gaza on the eve of its upcoming legislative election as its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to gain votes with Palestinian bodies.

The Zionist regime of Israel has attempted numerous times to destroy Hamas, the organisation that leads the struggle of the Palestinian people against oppression by Israel, since Hamas won the Palestinian election in January 2006. Such savage attempts include blockade of the Gaza Strip from 2007 until 2011, which turned Gaza into the largest concentration camp in the world imprisoning 1.5 million Palestinians living in dire conditions. The massacre by Israeli armed force in December 2008 to January 2009 killed more than 1400 people and wounded over 5300 people in a period of three weeks.

Israel claims that the assault on Gaza is to halt the rocket attacks originating from the Gaza Strip but it is only an excuse for a pre-planned genocidal act to secure votes in the coming election.

Besides the Zionist Israeli state –- a racist state founded on the mass expulsion of the Palestinians, -- its imperialist ally the US and other Western imperialist powers are equally responsible for the ongoing slaughter of the Palestinian people.

The US government has supplied Israel with the world's most modern weaponry. The re-elected US president Barack Obama has stated that the US will continue to support Israel's "right to defend itself", at the cost of lives of Palestinians in Gaza who are mainly refugees being denied their right to return to their homes of origin and are continuously brutalised by the Zionist army. The US government has provided US$3 billion annually to "aid" Israel in equipping itself with murderous weapons to commit its genocidal crime.

The PSM extends its solidarity to the Palestinian people in their struggle against Israel's apartheid regime and imperialism.

The PSM demands the following:

1. Israeli must stop its aggression on Gaza immediately and pull out all its troops from the occupied territories.

2. The US and it allies must stop all its financial and military aid to Israel, and impose an arms embargo on Israel.

3. Governments all over the world must uphold their obligation to protect the Palestinian people's right to life and right to self-determination.  

A lasting peace in the Middle East will only prevail if justice is upheld for the Palestinian people and imperialism is defeated.

Hands off Gaza!

Stop the massacre!