(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
�Ensuring Justice to
Palestinians: Political, Not Just
Yechury at International Solidarity Meeting on Palestine and Arab Issues
International Extraordinary Meeting of the
Communist and Workers' Parties for Solidarity with Palestine
and Arab Issues was held in Damascus
on September 28-30, 2009. The
working group of the international Communist
and Workers parties also met on September 27 on the sidelines of the
finalise the draft declaration of the meeting and also discuss the
and modalities for the 11th International meeting of the
and Workers parties. According to an earlier decision of the working
meeting would be held in India.
Bureau member and Head, International department of the Communist Party
India (Marxist) attended the meeting. He
was one of the members of the presidium of the meeting. The following
text of the speech he delivered in the meeting.
the outset, on behalf of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), let me
this opportunity to congratulate the Syrian comrades for organising
successful extraordinary meeting of the world communist and workers'
'Solidarity with Palestine,
and Arab Issues'. Solidarity with Palestine
should be a natural feeling for all rational human beings. I call it a
feeling' because, �Palestine
belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England
belongs to the English or
France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the
What is going on in Palestine
today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct�. This is what
Gandhi had stated way back in 1938 and this is more valid today.
people have always supported the Palestinian cause and opposed the
occupation of Palestine.
India was among the
non-Arab nations to recognise the Palestine Liberation Organisation
the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people in 1974,
first non-Arab country to recognise Palestine
as an independent state in 1988. India
has always opposed the continued illegal occupation of West Bank and Gaza. It is with
feeling and historic responsibility that we express our solidarity and
to the cause of the Palestinians, not only on behalf of Indian
Indian people as a whole.
Lenin states �Imperialism consists
in a striving of nations that oppress a number of other nations to
increase that oppression�. It is the US,
the leader of the world imperialist camp, along with its lackey, Israel that is responsible for the
the people of Middle East and in particular the people of Palestine. Israel
in fact today is an offshore military base of the US, a
hi-tech centre that is used
to dominate the region. It is with the
overt and covert backing of world imperialism that Israel
has launched a brutal war on
the Palestinians denying them of their right to their homeland and
life. It is
continuing its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in
violation of many UN Resolutions. The illegal occupation of Palestinian
territories and the brutal blockade imposed on Gaza are strangulating the
their livelihood. In spite of the world opinion condemning its
with its policy of aggression.
news emanating from the
meeting of the US president with the president of the Palestinian
Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the
of the UN General Assembly session, indicates that US is yet again
that the Palestinians make concessions rather than ask the Israeli
to abide by international law. It is reported that Obama has gone back
initial position of demanding 'a complete freeze of settlements', in
of showing flexibility in discussions. This shows the blatant bias of
the US towards Israel
and proves that it is once
again not ready for a just solution to the Palestinian question.
is by far the largest recipient of US foreign aid.
Since 1949, the United States
has provided Israel
with $101 billion in total aid, of which $53 billion has been military
the last 20-plus years, Israel
has received an average of $3 billion annually in grant - a mix of
economic aid. In 2007, US and Israel
signed a Memorandum of Understanding that states that Israel would be receiving $30 billion
military aid for the next decade and the only stipulation is that it
spend 74 per cent of the money in purchasing US military equipment and
The drones that were used to bomb Gaza,
the bulldozers to demolish the homes of the Palestinians, the guns, the
helicopters, the missiles-all are made in US.
not only confines its support to Israel by supplying it with
arms and ammunition but also stands by it
international agencies. The US
has first vetoed the resolution of the Security Council that had called
political settlement to the Palestine
1976 and continues to support Israel
on various violations of the international law. Buoyed by this support
of the US and
unconcerned with popular opinion and
various Resolutions adopted by the UN, Israel
continues its policy of aggression on Palestine
territories and Palestinian people.
series of negotiations starting from Oslo
to Camp David were
held between the PLO and the Israeli government during the years 1993
They were on the premise that both the parties would develop a
trust that would allow them to resolve the larger and more difficult
Certain core principles were agreed upon: (i) that the interim period
of a limited duration (ii) that nothing would be done to prejudice the
of permanent status negotiations and (iii) that the final settlement
to the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338�
reaffirm the principle that territory cannot be acquired by force and
Israel would withdraw its troops gradually from the occupied
Throughout this period Israel
violated the spirit and the letter of the Agreements and continued its
violations of Palestinian rights as embodied in the international law.
the exquisite backing of the US
because it too is not interested in finding a political solution to the
result is that Israel
is not ready to accept the establishment of a sovereign independent
state on the Palestinian territories occupied since June 4, 1967 in the
Bank and Gaza strip with East Jerusalem as its capital. This is in fact
just 22 per cent of the
Israel not only did
to this request but is continuing its expansionist policies in Palestine
and increased the area under its direct control from 78 per cent to 88
of the historical Palestine.
Neither is it willing to heed to the UN General Assembly Resolution 194
unequivocally states that Palestinian refugees have the right to their
and property. Instead, what Israel
is doing is constructing a 663 km wall - a wall of apartheid, which is
the length of the 1967 boundary.
the entire world woke up to a new year, the
Palestinians in Gaza woke to the murder
mayhem unleashed by Israel.
More than 1400 citizens have lost their lives and millions of dollars
of property was destroyed. The recent report by the fact finding
constituted by the United Nations had come out with a damning report on
justice and 'service to the hundreds who died' is not just a
but a political task. This task is essentially an anti-imperialist
exposing the US and
for this destruction and
their evil designs in the Middle East.
also includes the fight for the rightful homeland of the Palestinians.
the responsibility of all the international Communist and Workers'
mobilise world peoples opinion for the Palestinian cause and also
the unity of all the Palestinians.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) denounces the immoral and unethical
the Israeli government and reiterates its solidarity with the
of the Palestine.
Peace can rein in the troubled region of Middle East only when Israel
withdraws from its illegal occupation and respects the rights of the
Palestinian citizens and international laws. The CPI (M) would continue
oppose all the moves of the imperialist forces and their lackey-Israel
destabilise the Middle East region.
me take this opportunity to propose one form of action in solidarity
Palestinian people in particular and the people of Middle
East in general. I am coming from a country where due to
strong public opinion against apartheid, our government severed all
the then apartheid regime in South Africa. Our passports
were stamped 'not
valid for South
to depict our strong commitment against apartheid. The same used to be
It was only recently that our country had restored diplomatic ties with
present juncture, we would suggest, if all of you agree, we could think
calling for a boycott of Israeli goods and also enforce a social and
boycott on Israel.
We should force our respective governments to rethink their relations
a fond hope that this meeting would positively consider the suggestion,
again thank the Syrian comrades for organising this extraordinary