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

Barbarism before Our Eyes

Jan 29, 2024

On January 13, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Washington, D.C. demanding an end to the war in Gaza. In cities around the world, hundreds of thousands of people protested Israel’s war on Gaza as it reached the 100-day mark.

Women and children account for 70% of the 26,000 estimated deaths in Gaza. The Israeli army has been indiscriminately killing people day and night. The devastating number of women and children slaughtered exposes this terror campaign for what it is. That Israel is at war primarily against Hamas is a lie told to condone barbarism.

About 85% of the 2.2 million people in Gaza have fled their homes and are living in schools, hospitals, tents or in the street. January is rainy in Gaza. The average overnight temperature is 49 degrees Fahrenheit. Most are without a winter coat or blanket. Some are burning garbage to cook and stay warm.

Most of the 36 hospitals in Gaza have been destroyed. Only 8 are still accepting patients. Without much in the way of medical supplies, children are having amputations without anesthesia. Women are also going without anesthesia when having cesarean sections.

Much of the water and sewage system in Gaza has been destroyed. Rainwater is a main source of drinking water. To prevent mass outbreaks of cholera, dysentery, and typhoid in densely populated areas, basic sanitation is needed. In just over 100 days, life in Gaza has been slammed backwards by over 100 years!

The fruit trees, olive groves and greenhouses with food have been bombed to smithereens. People are starving to death in the streets in Northern Gaza. According to a United Nations report, 80% of the people experiencing “famine” levels of hunger in the entire world—are in Gaza. The amount of drinking water available per person is below recommendations for human survival.

Israel has dropped almost 30,000 bombs and shells on Gaza in 4 MONTHS. This is 8 times more than the U.S. dropped on Iraq in over 6 YEARS.

According to a December report in an Israeli newspaper, the U.S. government has sent 230 cargo planes and 20 entire shiploads of U.S. military supplies to Israel. This includes artillery shells, armored vehicles, and other weapons.

The recent ruling of the International Court of Justice might give the impression that aid delivery might increase and Israel will take steps to prevent genocide. But the war will continue.

This barbaric slaughter of so many innocents carried out by the Israeli military in Gaza is being waged with U.S. weaponry. If the U.S. government wanted it to stop, the delivery of weapons would stop. But the Israeli regime is the top enforcer of U.S. imperialism in the region, and, as such, it is more important to the U.S. than the lives of those being slaughtered in Gaza.