Historical facts tell us that the whole endeavour of Zionist occupation came to its peak on the 14th of May 1948, by declaring the illegitimate and racist “State of Israel” over occupied Arab land, following a wave of massacres and expulsions of people to a fate that is still disastrous nowadays.
The Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948 in Palestine, and the following completion of occupation in 1967, were the result of a long historical series in the evolution of the Zionist movement that started 110 years ago, in the 1897 with the First Zionist Congress in Switzerland, followed closely in 1917 by the “Balfour Declaration” by the British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour promising Zionists a “Jewish national home” in Palestine, and after continuous waves of Zionist settlers pouring in Palestine under the close supervision of the British Colonialist authority, the UN decided on its own to divide Palestine in 1947, thus giving an unjust legitimacy to a racist colonial-settling entity that was to be born less than a year later.
These dates are not cited here for mere rhetoric, but in order to confirm that the project of colonization of Palestine is going on today on the same political basis and with the same methods of ethnic cleansing, blockade, aggression, massacres, and more importantly, pushing people and governments alike to accept these acts and their illegitimate results as indisputable acceptable “facts”.
The Resistance born out of the Nakba was accompanied by a freedom national project and the structuring of political organizations as well in the territories occupied in 1948 and inside the territories occupied in 1967.
This resistance is integral part of the history of the Palestinian people - the 1935 – 1939 Great Strike, the crushing of the Palestinian Resistance in September 1970 in Jordan, later in Lebanon or the two Intifadas (1987-1992) and the Intifada Al-Aqsa in September 2000.
Palestinian resistance also acts against the liquidation plans of the freedom national project as the Oslo agreement, the Geneva Initiative or the Quartet Roadmap (UN, USA, Russia, and European Union). Since the creation of the illegitimate State of Israel in 1948, more than 40 peace plans were adopted, without results, because they were not based on the application of these basic humane principles : There can be no justice in the presence of occupation, and there can be no peace in the presence of a racist colonial-settler entity.
The September 2000 Intifada as well as the elections on January 2006 – Hamas victory -, are the expression of the refusal of the legitimacy of the Israel’s colonial project over historic Palestine. It is the expression of the people living under occupation’s right to resist, which remains the angular stone of its freedom national project in reconstruction.
Since the elections on January 2006, the great imperialists powers have imposed an economic and financial blockade to the Palestinians in order to crush resistance once again and Israel acts on the basis of the Labour Party and Likoud members’s unilateral political plan in order to prevent the establishment of any Palestinian “sovereignty”, even if this mock “sovereignty” would be under their own control.: it is the basis of the Zionism which remains the basis of the Israeli policy.
Zionism is facing two major problems:
Today, there are more than 10 million Palestinians in the world; half of them live under occupation in historic Palestine, and the others live in exile at the borders of this same territory.
Deprived of their basic rights, they develop an active and passive resistance against the State of Israel which never varied in its will to crush any kind of resistance.
For "Israel", all the means are good: the direct confrontation or the provocation of a war between Palestinians.
Today, which consequences do we draw?
The Palestinian people refuse the “historical compromise” and the surrender of part of their land, proof of this being the claim of the refugee’s right to return to their original lands occupied by Israel - Jaffa, Haïfa, Akko, Tiberiad. The surrender of these claims would mean the surrender of national identity.
The question of Israel’s legitimacy remains at the core of the conflict and the Palestinians give an answer to it every day by their passive or active resistance in the territories occupied in 1948 or 1967.
The surrender of the Palestinian claims and of their History by some people within the "solidarity" movement is actually protecting the colonial State of Israel’s continuity, under the pretext of the safety for the Jews confronted by so-called “anti-Semitism” and needing a “national home”. The two States solution plays this role, but it is only a lure and it is a nonviable solution due to the colonial system which is the obstacle to the Palestinian people’s rights.
We will support the Arab Palestinian struggle till the complete liberation of their historic land, the only solution which will guarantee the return for the refugees.
We support all the forms taken by Palestinian resistance without exception in their struggle against the occupation and especially those without voice, those without ranks, the refugees in the camps in Palestine and in exile, the peasants who see their land stolen for the sake of the Israeli settlements, the mothers who bury their children with their own hands, the children who cannot study, the prisoners, the men and the women who cannot work and who suffer from the hundreds of roadblocks and an unemployment endless, those thousands of wounded and disabled people.
We urge to develop the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions initiatives all over the world. It’s the reason why, June 9 & 10, 2007 must be a massive mobilization to show that people, all over the world :
1 -support the Palestinian resistance and the growth of a popular solidarity around the claims: Liberation of the whole Palestine, the right to return in their homes for all the Palestinian refugees expelled since 1948, the end of the occupation and the abolition of the Israel’s colonial and racist system and self-determination for the Palestinian people,
2 -want to let speak the Palestinians committed in resistance ;
3 - denounce the governments’ collaboration all over the world with the colonial State of Israel and its political, economic, military, academic, scientific, cultural events, etc.
Canadian Peace Alliance, Canada
Arab European League, Europe
Association des Palestiniens en France,
Comité palestinien pour le droit au retour / Section France,
Children of Palestine – France
Nanterre Palestine, France
Association of Victims of American Occupation Prisons, Iraq
Iraqi Communist Party - Leadership Committee, Iraq
Party of the Committees to Support Resistance – for Communism, Italy
Arab Organization for Human Rights in Jordan (AOHR-Jo), Jordan
Campaign for Boycotting Supporters of "Israel", Lebanon
al-Sha’b Movement, Lebanon
al-Saha Club, Lebanon
Communist Workers and Peasants Party (CMKP) - Pakistan
Kan’an Bulliten, Palestine
National Committee for the Boycott of US Commodities in Syria, Syria
National Association Against Zionism, Syria
New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine, USA
Al-Awda New York, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, USA