On Jan. 23, we took part in a rally for the freedom of comrade Commander Ahmad Sa’adat in Hamburg, Germany. Sa’adat, who is general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), is one of more than 4,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. The rally took place as part of the International Week of Action, which was called by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.
During his tenure as senator, current U.S. President Joseph Biden said, “It’s about time we stop apologizing for our support for Israel, there’s no apology to be made. It is the best $3 billion investment we make. If there weren’t an Israel, the United States of America would have to invent an Israel to protect her interests in the region.”
The stringing together of oppression, exploitation and genocide — these are the results of the U.S. settlement policy and that is precisely the goal and practice of the Israeli government. Just as the “headquarters of global democracy” in Washington, D.C., exterminated 95% of the North American Indigenous peoples, so does the so-called “only democracy of the Middle East” want to implement this policy towards the Palestinians.
Given Joe Biden’s honesty and his promise that nothing fundamental will change, we can give an equally sober reply, that there is still only one word to describe such a system and state: apartheid.
Translated by Greg Butterfield