The New Communist Party of Aotearoa joined a joint statement of fifty Communist and Workers Parties initiated by the Communist Party of Israel and Palestinian People’s Party entitled “Occupation is Terror, Annexation is Apartheid”.
The Communists of the world condemned the planned annexation of the West Bank and the occupation of Palestinian lands under the “Deal of the Century” policy of the Trump and Netanyahu governments. The statement backed the establishment of a Palestinian independent state on the borders of June 4th 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital and the right of return for refugees according to international resolutions and ended with a call for progressive and anti-imperialist forces to unite in defence of the rights of the Palestinian people.
The full text of the statement is below:
This year’s anniversary comes in the pall of the Israeli government’s declared intention to annex occupied Palestinian lands in the West Bank with the support of the US administration, as part of the Donald Trump’s catastrophic “Deal of the Century.” The significance of this move will be the perpetuation of Israel’s occupation, the entrenchment of its settlement project, and the creation of an official Apartheid regime; all this while negating the Palestinian people’s right of self-determination by means of the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the right of return for refugees in accordance with international resolutions.
The newest Netanyahu government and the Trump administration are pushing the region to the brink of disaster by perpetuating the conflict in the service of Israel’s hegemonic projects, while banking on the silence of the international community regarding these crimes – war crimes – in light of the global preoccupation with COVID-19 pandemic and its vast ramifications on the world’s health, societies and economy.
We, the undersigned workers’ and communist parties, call upon progressive, anti-imperialist forces around the world to continue the struggle against Israel’s criminal policies and its impudent support of imperialism aimed at liquidating the rights of the Palestinian People and obviating any chance to implement international law, and reach security and stability in the region.
Down with the Occupation!
Forward with the struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination!