What attitude should we take towards the violence of Hamas and other, similar groups? For those of us who defend Palestinian rights, we instantly face demands that we must join attacks on their hostage taking or their killing of civilians, in most cases from people who do not criticise Israeli bombings of civilians, hospitals, places of worship and so on.
These defenders of Israeli collective reprisals to Hamas attacks on southern Israel – including the Labour front bench – take a position of uncritical and unconditional support. Nothing Israel does merits criticism.
When it comes to Hamas, we, as revolutionary Marxists, share neither their ideology, strategy nor tactics. We seek a democratic, secular, single Palestine; we do not believe this can be achieved through killing innocent civilians; nor do we believe that the Palestinian population imprisoned in Gaza and the West Bank (where their guards include the American and Israeli-backed security apparatus of the Palestinian Authority) can defeat an Israeli state armed to the teeth with the most sophisticated weaponry, up to nuclear weapons.
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