THE Israeli terror against the people of Occupied Palestine is being stepped up remorselessly.
The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Riyad Mansour says the Tel Aviv regime is now harvesting the organs of Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied territories.
Riyad Mansour said in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that the bodies of the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces are ‘returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports about organ harvesting by the occupying power.’
‘A medical examination conducted on bodies of Palestinians returned after they were killed by the occupying power found that they were missing organs,’ Mansour wrote in the letter. Meanwhile, the provocations against Gaza continue. The WAFA news agency yesterday reported that three Israeli armoured tanks and three bulldozers, stationed at the Israeli ‘Kissufim’ military base, just close to the border fence east of Khan Younis, advanced over 150 metres into Gaza’s agricultural lands, opening fire toward agricultural facilities in the area.
During the provocative incursion, the Israeli military also fired smoke bombs in the area and razed tracts of agricultural land along the borderline. Since 2005, Israel unilaterally imposed a 300-metre-wide buffer zone into the border with Gaza, sharply affecting the livelihood of tens of thousands of Gaza farmers, who rely heavily on agriculture to provide for their families.
As of 2010, UN-OCHA estimated that 35 per cent of Gaza’s agricultural land is located in restricted-access areas, affecting the lives and livelihoods of approximately 113,000 people. Farmers in farmlands on the borders say their situation has only worsened since the last war ended in 2014, pointing to the Israeli military’s frequent incursions into their lands and its practice of firing live ammunition at farmers who enter the ‘buffer zone’ between Gaza and Israel.
Yesterday, a senior leader of the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, called for a unified leadership for all Palestinian groups in the face of a recent surge in Israeli violence against Palestinians. On Wednesday, Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Mishaal urged other groups to join ‘an operational leadership of the Intifada (uprising). . . to put in place an agreed strategy for common struggle covering all options’.
The deadly tensions between the Tel Aviv regime and Palestinians erupted after Israel’s imposition of sweeping restrictions on entries into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Israeli settlers’ repeated attacks on the mosque. Mishaal also called for ‘resistance in all of its forms, armed or not,’ to ‘confront the settlers and defend the Muslim holy places.’
According to the latest figures by the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 74 Palestinians have been killed and 2,355 more have been injured by Israeli forces since the beginning of October. At least 11 Israelis have also been killed during that period. Meanwhile, the US and the UK continue to give unconditional support to Israel.
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine General Joseph Dunford has visited Israel where negotiations are taking place for Israel to receive $50bn over the next 10 years, so that the nuclear power remains stronger than all of the Arab states and Iran combined and ready for action to defend the interests of US imperialism.
Israel, armed to the teeth and up to its knees in the blood of the Palestinians, is the favourite son of US and UK imperialism – it can do no wrong! This spells out the truth that Palestine will only be freed when imperialism is driven out of the Middle East and Israelis have no option but to make peace with the Palestinians.
This is why the way forward to liberate Palestine lies through the victory of President Assad and Hezbollah in Syria, the overthrow of the West’s feudal allies in the Gulf, and in the victory of the socialist revolution in the west, particularly the UK. These struggles will create the conditions for the Palestinian masses to take back the ownership of their country, as part of the world socialist revolution.