A Workers’ International Network meeting, October 2023
The sudden eruption of a devastating new war in the Middle East has delivered yet another shock to a world already rocked by war, recession, pandemic and climate catastrophe.
Is the random killing and kidnapping of Israeli civilians by Hamas justified by the desperation of the population of Gaza languishing under daily repression? Will Hamas’ spectacular success in breaching Israeli security prove to have fatally undermined the prestige and credibility of the Israeli state? Has the massacre provided the Netanyahu government with a legitimate excuse for the bloody reprisals that we are now witnessing? What will be the consequences of Israel’s retaliation against the entire population of Gaza, including the indiscriminate killing of civilians, the bombing of residential spaces and infrastructure, and its blockade of the territory, thus denying it access to fuel, electricity, water and food, and its defence minister’s description of them as “human animals”?
Is there still any conceivable route towards the unity of Israeli and Palestinian workers on a class basis, and its extension across all the countries of the Middle East? Can a socialist movement be built across the entire region?
Hear a discussion of these issues, introduced by Finn Geaney, President, Dublin Council of Trade Unions.
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