The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

War in Gaza Hits Home

Nov 13, 2023

The week after the Hamas attack out of Gaza, it was all over the news in Chicago: a landlord in Plainfield, Illinois had attacked his tenant, a Palestinian mother, and murdered her six-year-old son.

The killer had been listening to conservative talk radio immediately before, and apparently got it into his head that his Palestinian tenants represented some kind of danger to him.

Days later, a pro-Israel rally in Skokie drew counter-protestors. There was a scuffle, with one man firing a warning shot, and a pro-Israeli man using Mace on several of the pro-Palestinian protestors.

The Anti-Defamation League reports a 400% increase in antisemitic actions since the war in Palestine started. Similar acts against Muslims and Arabs are the highest they have been since the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, says the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

It is shocking, but we cannot be surprised. This war has unleashed the worst in many in this country, leading to violent words and acts against Jewish and Arab people alike. The violence that the U.S. funds and backs in Israel and in the Middle East blows back on us here—our environment has become poisoned with all kinds of vicious ideas.