Kerry Leads Assault on Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA, November 2, 2015
The state of Israel is once again working to create a crisis atmosphere, using its huge apparatus of repression to carry out attacks against Palestinian civilians. Four weeks ago, Israeli officials began mobilizing the army against civilians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, in the latest Israeli offensive, 58 Palestinians, including 13 children, had been killed and 2,000 wounded. As of October 17, more than 650 Palestinians had already been abducted and imprisoned.
In addition to live fire, recent mass protests against Israel’s usurpation of more land in Jerusalem were met with tear gas, leading to the hospitalization of thousands for treatment. On October 24, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry announced plans to install cameras in and around Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The plan will allow the U.S. and Israel to block many Arabs from entering the Mosque and to harass those who do.
Israel’s systematic demolition of housing units and religious sites in Jerusalem is part of its program of annexation. This program is not only a breach of international law, which prohibits annexation of Arab Jerusalem, but is also a violation of prior peace agreements reached between Israel and the Palestinians. It is a blatant attempt to alter “facts on the ground” before conditions for genuine negotiations involving the Palestinians can be established.
U.S. imperialism sponsors and relies on the state of Israel as its military outpost in the oil-rich and strategic Middle East. Joint action plans on the part of the U.S. and Israel have long been part and parcel of the U.S. strategy of relying on Israel as its attack dog in the Middle East. Since becoming the main prop of Israeli expansionism after WWII, every bullet used by Israel in its war against the Palestinian nation has been bought and paid for by the U.S. government. Since 1947, the U.S. has sent more than $100 billion in economic and military aid. The future state of the Palestinian people in their national homeland – long since recognized as a right in international law – will only come into being when the U.S. government is forced to withdraw all its support for Israeli zionism.
As the main spokesman of the U.S. doctrine that war on the Palestinian nation is the official “second front” in the so-called “war on international terrorism,” Obama wasted no time in backing the latest Israeli violations of human rights and international law. Going so far as to use common switchblade offenses by petty criminals as an excuse to blame Arabs for state organized collective punishment, Obama made a high-profile announcement on October 16. He proved his ongoing sanction of Israeli aggression by announcing, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms violence directed against innocent people and believe that Israel has a right to maintain basic law and order and protect its citizens from knife attacks.”