Statement of solidarity with the Palestinian People

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The Communist Party of Britain expresses solidarity with the Palestinian people at this time of an escalation of resistance to the criminal occupation of Palestinian land by the state of Israel.

The events occurring this weekend are the entirely predictable response of a people to military occupation, apartheid and constant attack and humiliation.

The full responsibility for the current situation rests not only with the current far-right Netanyahu government, and with the increasingly cruel strangling since 2007 of Gaza and of all occupied territories, but with all the historic injustices inflicted upon the Palestinian people.

The deaths of civilians and crimes against them on both sides must be avoided and condemned. However, it must be clearly understood that horrific crimes are perpetrated against the Palestinian people daily by the Israeli military and state backed settlers, armed and funded by the USA and other imperialist powers including Britain. Collective punishment of the people of Gaza is a war crime and must cease immediately.

It is clear, now more than ever, that the only solution can be an end to the criminal occupation, an end to racial apartheid and crimes against civilians and the implementation of a two-state solution based on pre-1967 borders establishing an independent Palestinian state.

The Communist Party rejects the actions and statements by the British government to criminalise solidarity actions with the Palestinian people, including the measures in the Anti-Boycott Bill.

We call on all Party members, trade unionists and socialists to support and attend solidarity actions with Palestine taking place across Britain including in London on Monday 9 October and to step up support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

Executive Committee
Communist Party of Britain

8 October 2023
London, Britain