For the past few years now the authoritarian Left in Britain has preached the line that “WE ARE ALL HAMAS! WE ARE ALL HEZBOLLAH!” – taking the position that anyone opposed to the atrocities of Israel is held up as a progressive and positive force for freedom even if they believe in such crazy ideas as The Protocols of The Elders Of Zion – blindly aligning themselves with repressive governments and regimes in the philosophy of “my enemies enemy is my friend” and thus sidelining any real sense of Socialism or principles.
Anarchists have always taken the line that they stand with the oppressed PEOPLE of the country NOT the GOVERNMENT – so with the case of the Middle East we stand with the oppressed PEOPLE of both Palestine and Israel who struggle daily against the oppression they face from their government – whether it’s Israeli, Palestinian, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Communist or Fascist in name – we are against a State Model dominating individuals freedom of expression. Anarchists (And WAG as a group) have often been slandered as Islamaphobic or racist by the Left (predominantly brainwashed SWP foot soldiers) because we do not unconditionally support Hamas, and likewise we are slandered by the Right (predominantly brainwashed EDL foot soldiers) as being supporters of terrorists (Anyone from outside of Luton generally falls under this definition) because we support struggles in foreign lands against oppressive forces. Both the Left and Right mirror each other with their ideological folly, seeing the world in a polarised black and white fashion, more intent on recruiting for their Party than actually making a real difference to their own lives and others.
Therefore it is great to hear the Manifesto of the Gazan Youth, as a voice of clarity and sense amongst all the madness, speaking up for themselves and shattering the false illusion of Party Politics. Please support the FACEBOOK PAGE and spread the word!! SOLIDARITY!
Here it is in their own words:
“Fuck Hamas. Fuck Israel. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNWRA. Fuck USA! We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community!
“We want to scream and break this wall of silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F16s breaking the wall of sound; scream with all the power in our souls in order to release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this fucking situation we live in…
“We are sick of being caught in this political struggle; sick of coal-dark nights with airplanes circling above our homes; sick of innocent farmers getting shot in the buffer zone because they are taking care of their lands; sick of bearded guys walking around with their guns abusing their power, beating up or incarcerating young people demonstrating for what they believe in; sick of the wall of shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land; sick of being portrayed as terrorists, home-made fanatics with explosives in our pockets and evil in our eyes; sick of the indifference we meet from the international community, the so-called experts in expressing concerns and drafting resolutions but cowards in enforcing anything they agree on; we are sick and tired of living a shitty life, being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored by the rest of the world.
“There is a revolution growing inside of us, an immense dissatisfaction and frustration that will destroy us unless we find a way of canalising this energy into something that can challenge the status quo and give us some kind of hope.
“We barely survived the Operation Cast Lead, where Israel very effectively bombed the shit out of us, destroying thousands of homes and even more lives and dreams. During the war we got the unmistakable feeling that Israel wanted to erase us from the face of the Earth. During the last years, Hamas has been doing all they can to control our thoughts, behaviour and aspirations. Here in Gaza we are scared of being incarcerated, interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed. We cannot move as we want, say what we want, do what we want.
“ENOUGH! Enough pain, enough tears, enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust justifications, terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights, dead civilians, black memories, bleak future, heart-aching present, disturbed politics, fanatic politicians, religious bullshit, enough incarceration! WE SAY STOP! This is not the future we want! We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?”