A LEADING member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi yesterday indicted US imperialism saying that it is killing thousands of Yemeni civilians en masse in order to keep production at its major arms manufacturing corporations running high, to try to lower the devastating US unemployment rate, pay off the huge US national debt, and advance the Israeli regime’s plots in the region.
He described the life of ordinary Yemenis.
‘Yemenis are getting killed on a daily basis by the US-Saudi-Emirati coalition of aggression and their allies.
‘They wake up to the sounds of US-made bomb explosions, are subjected to toxic gases, witness the aftermath of mass killings and then remember their women, children and the elderly who die as a result.’
Al Houthi added that the ‘US is not just a mere source of concern, but rather the main culprit behind the mass murder of Yemeni people.’
A child dies every 10 minutes in the Yemen, confirmed the Yemen Health Ministry yesterday as it warned of the worsening humanitarian crisis created by the US arming of Saudi Arabia and its allies.
He continued: ‘Americans, through intermediaries, have relayed the message that there will be no peace if they do not give their consent to it, and Saudi Arabia’s satisfaction is not taken into account at all.’
He emphasised the ‘US siege is the killer of Yemeni people,’ and that the US was known as the ‘the eliminator of the Yemeni nation’.
Houthi exposed that the former US Ambassador to Yemen, Matthew Tueller, had threatened a sharp depreciation of the Yemeni riyal against major world currencies to bring further ruin to the country.
Saudi Arabia and its regional allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah movement.
Earlier this month, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated that the death toll from the Saudi-US backed intervention into Yemen was now over 233,000.
There is no reason for thinking that the advent of the Biden presidency in the USA will make the slightest difference to the war that is being prosecuted by the US and its allies against the Yemeni people and to Israel’s permanent war against the Palestinian people. This war is now also being stepped up.
In fact the International Federation of Journalists has just submitted two complaints to the United Nations that Israel is systematically killing media workers in Palestine. The IFJ’s annual Killed List documents at least 33 Palestinian journalists killed since 1990.
IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger has said: ‘For years the world has documented and deplored the killing and maiming of Palestinian journalists by Israeli forces and the daily discrimination they face – denied rights, denied accreditation, denied freedom of movement and, as a result of a blanket impunity, denied justice.
‘Words can no longer be enough. The UN must take action and show it will not stand idly by and allow impunity and injustice to continue unchallenged.’
The UN Special Rapporteurs will be asked to investigate the Israeli state’s actions over the 2018 killings of Ahmed Abu Hussein and Yaser Murtaja, and the maiming of Muath Amarneh in 2019 and Nedal Eshtayeh in 2015, both photographers who were shot by snipers in the eye in the first such complaint ever submitted by the IFJ.
According to the complaints, the four cases highlighted are ‘emblematic of the systematic targeting by Israeli army personnel of journalists working in Palestine’.
The US and UK working class must now move into action to support the Palestinian and Yemeni people. They must demand that the US halts its war on the Yemen and that the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is established at once.
They cannot stand by and just watch the slaughter any longer! The US and UK workers must take general strike action in support of the Palestinian and Yemeni people. This is the way to win the struggle.