The Palestinian Nation Will Survive and Win!
Day of Recognition Takes Place on May 15

May 17, 2016

On Sunday, May 15, large demonstrations took place in the Occupied Territories to mark the 68th Nakba Day, also known as "the Catastrophe."

This was a time when U.S. and British imperialism instigated zionism to found the state of Israel through force of arms. The Palestinians became a subject people within their own country and 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homeland, their houses and villages razed to the ground.

Today, flying in the face of world wide opinion, the Israeli state continues to occupy Palestine and suppress the people. The state of Israel continues to demolish Palestinian homes and uproot people from Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank.

The aggressive Israeli state is fully supported by U.S. imperialism, which arms it and provides it with billions of dollars in aid.

A brief look at recent U.S. political history since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001 further reveals how U.S. imperialism uses Israeli zionism in its struggle to conquer the Middle East.

– After invading Afghanistan, the second front in the "war on terror" was opened by Bush and Sharon when Israel was given the green light to launch an all-out invasion of the West Bank and occupy every Palestinian city and town in late 2001 and early 2002.

At the height the West Bank invasion, when the whole world was condemning Israel's atrocities, the U.S. Congress, in a nearly unanimous vote, declared, on May 2, 2002, that "the U.S. and Israel are now engaged in a common struggle against terrorism" and the U.S. "stands in solidarity with Israel's actions." In a similar resolution passed on June 5, 2003 by a vote of 399 to 5, Congress again explicitly endorsed Israel's ongoing occupation and war in the West Bank and thanked Israel for its "fight against terrorism as part of the global war against terrorism."

– Some two years later, the U.S. commander-in-chief announced the U.S. government's support for Israel's plan to permanently annex large sections of the West Bank and thus effectively prevent the establishment of any viable, independent Palestinian state.

In a White House statement and a letter to Ariel Sharon, official U.S. sanction was given to the Israeli program of establishing illegal settlements on Palestinian territory and expanding Israel's borders. The longstanding U.S. position was repeated, "in light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949."

– Shortly after the Palestinian people elected a new government in 2006, the U.S. Congress, with the full support of Bush, passed (by a vote of 361-37), the "Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act" which condemned the new government of the Palestinian Authority (PA), cut off all U.S. contact and aid to the PA and "urged members of the international community to avoid contact with and refrain from financially supporting the terrorist organization Hamas or a Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority."

– Immediately after Israel invaded Lebanon, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution (by a vote of 410-8) endorsing both the wars in Gaza and Lebanon. After condemning Hamas and Hezbollah as "terrorist," the resolution "supports Israel's right to take appropriate action to defend itself, including to conduct operations both in Israel and in the territory of nations which pose a threat to it." The resolution commends "the President of the United States for fully supporting Israel." While the whole world is condemning Israel's wanton murder of civilians, the U.S. Congress goes so far as to commend "Israel's longstanding commitment to minimizing civilian loss and welcomes Israel's continued effort to prevent civilian casualties." The resolution further urges the U.S. president to "bring the full force of political, diplomatic and economic sanctions available to the Government of the United States against the governments of Syria and Lebanon."

– For the last 8 years U.S. imperialism has continued to condemn the Palestinian people and their organizations as "terrorists" while openly endorsing Israeli occupation and genocide.

– In August, 2014, the U.S. Congress, with the full support of Obama, voted 395-8 to provide an additional $225 million in aid to Israel for its Iron Dome system.

Obama and the other representatives of U.S. imperialism hate and fear the Palestinian liberation struggle so much that they cannot even use the word "Palestinian" without, in the same breath, muttering "terrorist."

The image of Palestinian youth confronting the tanks of the Israeli occupiers and their made-in-the-U.S. Apache helicopters with only stones or their bare fists raised to the sky haunts Obama and his cohorts. This image haunts the imperialists because it is the living testament of a people who continue to declare "from generation to generation, until final liberation." Living under the thumb of the occupier and dispersed to the far corners of the globe, the Palestinian nation persists in resisting the armed force of the greatest military power in history, persists in its struggle for national salvation.

The Palestinian national liberation movement is one of the defining struggles of our times. It is a boundless inspiration to the peoples everywhere to carry through to the end the struggle against colonialism and imperialism.