In March 1948 zionist settlers in Palestine launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against their Arab neighbours. When the state of Israel was created two months later, 750,000 Palestinians had been forced from their homes, and the new zionist state of Israel controlled 78 percent of Palestinian territory.
Since then the Israeli state has made numerous land grabs, and in land still nominally controlled by Palestine, hundreds of thousands of settlements have sprung up, occupied in the most part by zionist extremists.
One and a half million Palestinians currently lived in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, effectively acting as two massive open-air concentration camps, while five million more Palestinians now live in exile in refugee camps in neighbouring countries and farther afield.
Despite all of this, the Palestinians have never given up their resolve to return to their homes and to live in peace. This resistance led to the Gaza Strip being declared an ‘enemy entity’ by Israel. In December 2008 Israel launched a savage attack against the Palestinian people, when in the space of three weeks they bombarded Gaza, levelling many buildings, destroying vital infrastructure and killing over 1,400 people.
Israel, as a US satellite state, is able to act with impunity from international opinion in its oppression of Palestine. It is up to grassroots activists around the world then to show the people of Palestine that they are not alone, that the fight against imperialism and colonialism in Palestine is the same fight against imperialism that is taking place around the globe.
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