National Sections of the L5I:

Middle-East

Israel’s “peace plan” for shattering Palestinian resistance

After its defeat in Lebanon, the Israel Defence Force (IDF) acted as all humiliated armies do: it took its revenge against a weak and unarmed civilian population; the Palestinian civilians in Gaza. These atrocities, in contrast to those in Lebanon, have gone largely unreported. The last five months have seen the deaths of 479 Palestinians (of whom 80% were civilians), with 4,200 injured. Israel’s casualties have consisted of two soldiers and one civilian. Read more...

Power struggles in Lebanon

In mid-November, 400 delegates from every continent met in Beirut to demonstrate their solidarity with resistance against US imperialism and Israel and to discuss future perspectives for the anti-imperialist struggle.
Michael Proebsting reports.\n\nLebanese politics has always been a complicated affair, based as it is on a sectarian distribution of seats to religious groupings, none of which has an absolute majority. The state itself was cut out of Syria at the end of the First World War by French imperialism, which received it in a League of Nations Mandate. Their purpose was to provide a substantial social basis for holding on to this mercantile and banking centre of the eastern Mediterranean. For this purpose they gave the Maronite Christians (eastern rite Catholics) a politically privileged position in terms of numbers of seats in the parliament, and the key positions in the government, despite the fact that they are a minority of the population. Read more...

Report of Beirut Conference

The conference attracted activists not only from the Middle East and Europe but also from the Philippines, South Korea, Australia, Congo, Canada. Among the many political currents, in addition to Hisbollah, were the Lebanese Communist Party, the Lebanese Democratic People’s Party, the National Committee for Unification of Communists in Syria, the PFLP and the DFLP. Read more...

Final Statement of the International Conference in Support of Resistance

The People’s Right to Resistance

In order to transform the historic victory achieved by the Lebanese resistance against the Israeli aggression which targeted the Lebanese population on the 12th of July 2006, into an incentive for reinvigorating the struggle for comprehensive Arab liberation and to direct it against the Zionist and Imperialist project and to consolidate global solidarity with the resistance of the Arab people in addition to their national resistance in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq within the framework of supporting the people’s right to resistance, the “International Conference in Support of the Resistance” was held in Beirut from the 16th-19th of November 2006, in response to an invitation from: Hizbullah, the Lebanese Communist Party, The People’s Movement, The National Unity Forum, and al-Leeqa’. Approximately 400 representatives from all over the world participated on behalf of tens of political, trade-unionist, civil, anti-globalization, anti-war and anti-imperialist movements that support the people’s right to freedom and progress. Read more...

Declaration of the L5I to the Beirut International Meeting in Solidarity with The Resistance

Brothers and sisters, comrades!

Our conference takes places at a decisive historical moment. Only three months ago the Lebanese Resistance defeated the Zionist state’s attempt to occupy Lebanon. Yet the major imperialist powers are still seeking to transform Lebanon into a disarmed buffer zone for Israel. The latter continues to kill and starve the Palestinian people and transforms the Gaza Strip into a huge, open-air prison with not a word of protest from the “civilised” western powers. At the same time the barbarous occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan by the US and EU continues. As if this is not enough they are also threatening Iran and Syria with similar atrocities. Read more...

Iraq: Endgame in sight

On May 1st 2003 George Bush stood on the flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln and bragged, ‘Mission accomplished’. But now Bush and Blair’s claims to be winning the war in Iraq look about as credible as the statements of Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Saddam’s Minister for Information when he claimed on TV that the Iraqi forces were defeating the US army’s push into Baghdad. “Aren’t those American tanks we can see behind you?” the interviewer asked. Today Bush and Blair’s claims that they are on the verge of victory are belied by every TV report coming out of Iraq. Read more...

Israel: History of a Colonial Settler State

A Marxist analysis of the political and economic background of the Israeli state and how the creation of it was a racist act suported by Imperialism.\nZionism, as a colonial settler movement during the first part of the 20th century, had to be strategically allied to one imperialist power or another. Not only did these powers provide the funds for settlement but more importantly they controlled the Middle East. British imperialism was hegemonic there from 1918 until 1947-53 when it was supplanted by the USA. Read more...

Palestine: One state for all!

This article is also available in Arabic here

Despite the ceasefire in Lebanon, Israeli Defence Forces have continued the cynically named Operation Summer Rain in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This consists of a massive bombardment of homes, workplaces and infrastructure and constant low flights to terrorise the civilian population. The actions of the Israelis constitute a cruel collective punishment, in breach of the Geneva Conventions, and international law. The silence from governments around the world is deafening. Read more...

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