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

Israel Responds to Palestinians with Massive Violence

Nov 9, 2015

Palestinians are carrying out a new Intifada against Israeli occupation, and Israel responded in October with the worst month of violence since 2005. More than 2,600 Palestinians were shot, some with live bullets, others with rubber bullets or plastic coated steel ones. Seventy-two Palestinians were killed, and thousands more injured.

Another 5,400 people required treatment for tear gas inhalation. One infant suffocated to death from breathing the gas.

The news media promote the idea that this massive terror campaign by the Israeli state is a response to some mythical widespread pattern of stabbings of Israelis by Palestinians being encouraged to carry them out through social media. It’s a lie!

Eight Israelis were killed in October; only two were stabbed.

An Israeli officer can be heard in a video of an Israeli raid on a Palestinian refugee camp in Bethlehem saying, “You throw stones, and we hit you with gas, until you all die. The children, the youth, and the old people, you will all die. We won’t leave any of you alive. We have arrested one of you. He’s with us now. We took him from his home and we will butcher and kill him while you’re watching, as long as you throw stones. Go home, or we gas you. We will gas you until you all die–all your families, children and everyone. We will kill you.”

This officer was suspended after the video became public, but his brutal honesty exposes the attitudes of the Israeli military. In their view, young people responding to horrible conditions of life by throwing stones in desperation justifies every kind of brutality a state armed to the teeth can deliver.

It’s not hard to see who are the real terrorists–it’s the Israeli government.