From Marco Valbuena, Chief Information Officer, Communist Party of the Philippines
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) calls on all revolutionary and democratic organizations in the Philippines and around the world to rally around the Palestinian people as they mount armed resistance to drive away the fascist occupying forces of Israel from their land.
Together with the revolutionary fighters of the New People’s Army (NPA), the CPP welcomed news of the armed offensives launched by the Hamas and the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades from the besieged city of Gaza. These armed offensives are punctuated by the launching of five thousand missiles against Israeli military targets, the use of drones to drop bombs on Israeli tanks, the capture of tanks and other military hardware, and other important victories.
These offensives initiated by the Hamas are all an expression of the ardent desire of the Palestinian people to put an end to the 75-year U.S.-supported Israeli war of aggression against Palestine, the occupation of Palestinian territories, including the continuing siege of Gaza, and attacks against communities in the West Bank including East Jerusalem (territories recognized as part of the Palestinian state).
The Palestinian people are determined and roused to fight back, incited by the worsening crimes committed by Israel, including the killing of Palestinians and their children in the streets, torture of Palestinian prisoners, the tightening siege of Gaza, raids on people’s homes, preventing refugees from returning, attacks on mosques and so on.
The armed conflict has been grossly lopsided in favor of Israel. Wars of aggression mounted by Israel against Gaza over the past 15 years have caused more than 6,400 deaths on the Palestinian side, with Israel suffering just above 300.
The armed offensives have been declared as “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood” to underscore their call to mobilize the entire Palestinian people to liberate their country.
The Hamas is one of the leading political organizations which advances the struggle of the Palestinian people. The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades is its military organization. Whoever vilifies the armed resistance of the Palestinian people as “terrorism” is in league with the U.S. imperialists and all its cohorts. To establish its hegemony and control of oil in the Middle East, the U.S. imperialists colluded with the Zionists in Israel to obscure and downplay the just aspiration of the Palestinian people for freedom and self-determination.
We have read information how various organizations representing broad sections of the Palestinian people are now taking action in line with calls for carrying out a comprehensive war and using all available weapons to fight Israeli occupation. The Palestinian people are drawing inspiration from the blood of their martyrs who have fought through many years of resistance.
The Filipino people and revolutionary movement in the Philippines are in solidarity with the armed resistance of the people of Palestine. Like the Filipino people who are fighting for genuine national freedom from the clutches of the U.S. imperialist giant, the Palestinian people are up against the Israeli goliath armed by and in collusion with the U.S..
The CPP join peoples around the world who have expressed and manifested their solidarity with the Palestinian people. The CPP calls on the Filipino people to manifest their support to the Palestine resistance in the streets and in all possible ways.
In supporting the Palestinian people, the broad masses of the Filipino people must also condemn Israel and its U.S.-supported military industry for the sale of drones, bombs, and artillery to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that are being used in the campaign of aerial bombing and shelling in the Philippines, especially in the rural areas.
Compared to the massive armory of Israel, the weapons of the Palestinian people are mere slingshots. Even now, emboldened by U.S. support, Israel has mounted heavy counterattacks causing brutal destruction on Palestinian soil, hitting at homes and civilian infrastructure. In doing so, however, Israel is further isolating itself internationally and further rousing the Palestinian masses to fight even more valiantly.
With all out unity and fierce determination to fight, they can drive away the aggressors, end the occupation, and finally free their land.
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