The Palestinian resistance organized a seven weeks protests commencing on “Land Day” and culminating on the “Nakba (catastrophe) Day” of May 15 that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948.
The opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem after its challanging decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was superposed with the Nakba demostration. On May 14, at the eastern border of the besieged Gaza Strip where thousands marched, Israeli soldiers fired at the demonstrators killing 50 Palestinians and wounding about 2,400, mostly being children.
Communist and workers’ parties issued condemnations and protests concerning the massacre and called for solidarity with the Palestinian people and its resistance.
The Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) condemned the crime committed by the Israeli occupation forces and offered its deepest condolences to the families of the martyrs and wished speedy recovery to the wounded. The PPP said “The massacre is a crime of genocide, added to the series of continuing war crimes against the Palestinian people.”
According to the PPP, the international silence regarding the hostile American policy has encouraged the continuation of Israel’s crimes. The PPP called on the international community, especially the UN and Arab states to intervene immediately to stop the massacre committed by Israel throughout several weeks. It underlined the need to provide urgent international protection for the Palestinian people.
The PPP also called upon the Palestinian leadership, represented by President Mahmoud Abbas and the Executive Committee of the PLO, to immediately begin implementation of the decisions of the National Council at its last meeting and to oblige the government and its organs to implement them: Stopping security coordination with the occupying Israeli state, supporting the popular resistance and expanding it to the Intifada of freedom and independence.
The call to the PLO leadership included cancelling all the measures taken against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip that adds to the plans to separate the Gaza Strip from the homeland.
The Palestinian Communist Party (PCP) issued a statement addressing the Palestinian people in the struggle against occupation. According to the statement of the PCP, for those who are determined to hold on to the right of return, the abandoning of Palestinian land “conducted under the cloak and within the policy sponsoring the establishment of the Zionist entity supported by Arab reactionary leaders is today a public conspiracy”.
The PCP said, “Despite the success of the plot with its objectives of creating a hybrid entity that is raging on the land of Palestine, the truth of history will remain unchanged and will not be subject to the wishes of brute force.” The march of return and the revolutionary resistance against Israeli aggression “unquestionably confirms that our people will not and will not waste a seed from the soil of Palestine.”
While the the masses are shedding blood to liberate the land, the PCP observed that “some are still trying to turn them into investment projects to grow their bank balances and personal privileges in light of adaptation to the occupation.” “In light of the international and regional strife on the just cause of our people”, the PCP declared, “we are determined to adhere to the will of the Palestinian people and aspirations in the homeland of Palestine.”
According to the web site of the Communist Party of Israel (MAKI), during the inauguration ceremony of the controversial diplomatic mission in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona, police officers attacked the Members of Knesset from the Joint List, including all Hadash (The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality) members of Knesset (MKs) at the demonstration. Out of hundreds of protesters, Arabs and Jews, the police arrested 14 of the activists, among them members of Hadash and of the Communist Party of Israel.
Hadash, MK Ayman Odeh, the head of the Joint List, tweeted before the demonstration: “The bullying of the Netanyahu-Trump alliance continues to deepen the conflict, to kindle racism, and to spread hatred and violence.” MK Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List) said “No to this criminal embassy move, and no to the massacre in Gaza.” The chairman of the High-Follow Up Committee for the Arab Citizens of Israel, former Hadash MK Muhammad Barakeh said, “As if what’s happening in Gaza were not enough, they cane after us as well. We’ll convene for an urgent session within the next 24 hours and make some decisions.”
Hadash MK, Aida Touma-Sliman of the Joint List said “Palestinian blood is on the hands of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump” and added “they’re two hooligans who have set the area ablaze.” “Trump and Netanyahu are responsible for any escalation, and this is exactly what they planned in advance, in order to torpedo any attempt to bring about a diplomatic agreement and peace,” claimed Touma-Sliman.
The Political Bureau of the Lebanese Communist Party (LCP) saluted the Palestinian People’s Championship, representing “the solid will of the martyrs, wounded and prisoners” of the Palestinian people and condemned “the American-Zionist-terrorist aggression, the Arab collusion and conspiratorial conspiracy and the silence of the international community “.
The PB of the LCP reaffirmed its standing on the side of the Palestinian people and their resistance for the victory over Jerusalem and its Arabic identity against the call made to the embassies of “the head of terrorism and aggression, the United States and its interests point for each move”.
The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) declared that “the racist attacks of Israel that has been going on since March in the Gaza Strip has gained a new dimension”. According to the statement of TKP, the arrogant declarations of Israeli government, that is spoilt by its allies and has taken the advantage of US moving its embassy to Jerusalem, point out that they will proceed with these massacre policies.
TKP said “there is no legitimacy in the decision of the US to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” and stated that organizing the opening ceremony at the seventieth anniversary of Nakba is another dimension that this is an “absolutely provocative act”. TKP underlined that while several countries have acted as part of this provocation by sending their representatives to the opening, “the call of EU for moderacy is an absolutely token gesture”.
Regarding the declarations of AKP government in Turkey, TKP said that AKP “on one hand exhibits itself as the defender of Palestinian cause and on the other hand claims to be the strategic partner of US, that keeps all its military, economical and political relations with the US and Isreal and that feeds on the poverty and losses of Palestinian people, are hypocritical”.
The statement went as follows:
“But the problem is not just the US, that has lost its ability to control, being ruled by a freak, nor just the collaboration of regional governments that continuously victimize the Palestinian people in negotiations. The problem is all these to their fullest extent. The problem is this impasse in front of humanity that the world capitalism has posed.
“The reactionaries can only shed crocodile tears and pretend to mourn for Palestine, whereas the solution of the issue can be achieved only through a determined struggle with imperialism, its accomplices and all the elements which hold this system that demolishes humanity.
“We hereby declare once again: The communists of Turkey will maintain their solidarity with the resisting people of Palestine against occupation and will continue to be part of this determined struggle. The collective struggle of peoples will invalidate the dirty plans of imperialism, thousands of Palestinians that had to spent decades as refugees will regain their motherland, the Palestinian people will gain their independent state. The just resistance of Palestinian people will win!”