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Ceasefire a tactical victory for Palestinian resistance, protests intensify across globe

By Harsh Thakor* 
The Zionist leadership and Netanyahu’s government were compelled to concede the defeat of their first attempt after almost 50 days of daily fighting in the Gaza Strip.  Netanyahu was forced to concede that he was unsuccessful in suppressing the Palestinian Resistance; and that the release of the prisoners was only plausible because they accepted Hamas’ terms.
Biden, on 11/24, said that the ceasefire was part of his government’s goal for a diplomatic solution. Through this he attempted to entice the people of the world into placing into oblivion the genocidal role that the Yankees played, in the last 50 days, by supplying billions of dollars in weapons for Israel to bomb Gaza under total siege, flinging on the Palestinians the weight of a destructive load equivalent to twice the explosion of the Hiroshima bomb.
If Hamas is incapable of restraining Israel’s aerial bombardments or even sustaining a longer offensive by land outside Gaza, Israel also seems incapable of stopping missile attacks on its installations or extinguishing the Palestinian resistance, which functions through a dense network of tunnels. Faced with this situation , the Israeli government, which with each day of genocidal bombardment finds itself increasingly isolated in the international community –Although not very extensive, the Gaza Strip is inhabited by two million one hundred thousand inhabitants and is traversed by  more than 500 km of underground tunnels. Any ground action in such a region would be long, expensive, and counter destructive costing countless Israeli and Palestinian lives, and would most likely be indecisive in the short term.

Futility of Ceasefire

The demand for a ceasefire has garnered hundreds of thousands of protesters who want to see an end to the bloodshed. , and would not oppose a ceasefire were one agreed—even if temporarily. But we are obliged to state the truth: that the pacifist demand for a ceasefire in isolation does not offer a way forward for the Palestinians or the solidarity movement.
For one thing, this slogan does not appeal to Biden? Netanyahu Both of these reactionaries have expressed their hostility to a ceasefire, despite the growing public pressure. The reason being war is a continuation of politics by other means, which conveys that there are fundamental class interests at stake to promote for the US-Israeli imperialists. We should remember that inspite of  mass movements calling for an end to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, they persisted  for years.
This is because the capitalists inflict war not for abstract virtues, but to capitalise their profits, influence, and power. For US imperialism, Israel is roughly the equivalent of a giant aircraft carrier in the Middle East or an outpost in the region, to procure the assets of US multinational corporations, especially big oil. 
Thus appealing to those with a fundamental class interest in supporting Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians is self-contradictory. The slogan of a ceasefire creates false hopes in people that peace can be achieved by appealing to politicians’ good will.
 Secondly, we must remember that all previous attempts at negotiating a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians were gross failures. like the Oslo peace process 
A ceasefire would, at best, revert the situation before October 7, when Palestinians are brutalized every day, where thousands were imprisoned by the Zionist regime, and where settlers were given free licence  to demolish  homes in the West Bank without the slightest drop of resistance.

Moral Victory 

The ceasefire and prisoner exchange is a tactical victory for the Palestinian Resistance, fortifying  its current counter offensive in abject opposition to  the aims  of imperialism.
 Firstly, because the ceasefire occurred in a situation in which none of the objectives of the Zionist campaign of the last two months have been achieved: the government in Gaza continues to be Hamas, the “hostages” were not rescued through the military operation and, to further aggravate the situation, and Zionist armoured vehicles withdrew from Gaza. 
Secondly, because although the Zionist imperialist press asserts or propagates  that the ceasefire serves Israel to resupply and replenish, the Palestinian Resistance, is more fortified for the Resistance to resupply. or restock.
Thirdly, because such a ceasefire is completely controlled by the initiative which follows the Palestinian Resistance, with the conditions for the ceasefire being fundamentally those demanded by it after the successful Flood Al-Aqsa – and in integral part of  continuation of the armed struggle (it is a tactical ceasefire, not a strategic one). All the Zionist vanity, revived a mortal blow and was reduced to the shambles. 
Today, with the new crossing, and under the impact of the operation “Al-Aqsa Flood,” led by the Al-Qassam Brigades – the military organization affiliated with the Hamas movement, marks the beginning of the toppling  of mask of the new plot hatched  which the imperialist enemy and its tools of Zionism the feudal reactionary compradors and opportunism Arab revisionists have tried to camouflage  under the cover of the self-said “Arab Spring” and “democratization” and to drag on to the illusions of “peaceful transformations,” “parliamentary competition” and calls for “coexistence and class reconciliation”, and the slogans of “achieving peace and brotherhood” and “renouncing violence and terrorism,” which are merely to extinguish  the revolutionary line of resistance, obliterate  the national question by denial of  the existence of an Arab nation, spreading regionalism, sectarian conflicts and confessionalism, national and class capitulation, and distort  the true essence of the democratic question that one can only be resolved by crushing the old reactionary class system .
Operation “The Flood” is a political, moral and military victory of the heroic Palestinian resistance against the Zionist invader and Yankee imperialism. The media projection of the  genocidal actions of Israel can distort  our vision .It is a military victory considering the  damage which has been inflicted on  the State of Israel for decades. It is an important victory if we analyse the difference in military power between both parties.
It is a political victory because it manifests, that nations oppressed by imperialism want freedom. The Al-Aqsa Flood teaches us that 1) the masses do not reject violence, but rather take the gun to fight against imperialism; 2) that the Palestinian people will never meekly surrender, 3) that “the atomic bomb is a paper tiger” 
It is a moral victory because it gives a knockout blow to the State of Israel and Zionism, saying: “we are here and we will fight until all our people are dead.” When Zionist propaganda and the media of imperialism encompassing the globe propagated the idea that the Palestinian resistance was completely subdued, the national resistance was an effective counter punch, in confirming that the spark of Palestinian resistance was shimmering in full flow.

Eclectic Theory

Today, This embrace of the masses in this armed action, despite the enormous sacrifices that have been made and will be made, come to refute the theories of obliges of “the peacefully accumulation and in peace conditions,” or to arguing for “one separate isolated program and trajectory for each region” and fragmenting the struggle on district basis that its essence is only the denial and renounce of national Arabic question and renounce of the obligatory for a one unified program and the need for a single political general line and a single communist party and single revolutionary army going one Arabic protracted people’s war. 
These theories can only lead to abandoning the revolutionary line to fall into reformism, as they are now, and neglecting the dialectically deal with the relationship between the main contradiction and the other fundamental contradictions, neglecting to hold the generalization of the validity and the obligation adopting the line of revolutionary violence on here highest form – people’s war – as obligatorily the only way to resolve all the fundamental contradictions according to the specific conditions and the way that helps to accomplish the strategic tasks of the current historical stage.
We must assert that the present crisis in Gaza is embedded in capitalism and imperialism, which is the root cause of war. The ambition to conquer markets, resources, and pools of labour inevitably results in military conflict. Marxists are not pacifists. We understand that capitalism means war, and that ending capitalism will require a class war.
In the view of  Al Jazeera, the truce paved way for  Israel to replenish its ammunition which it receives from the imperialists, especially US imperialism, to continue massacring. Right ahead of the truce, the escalating, Israel is causing merciless havoc and a carnage,  especially in northern Gaza. All the hospitals of northern Gaza are incapacitated and the area is in the verge of famine due to lack of food and water. Israel is continuing targeting medical personnel of the Red Cross, and arresting medical staff of the al-Shifa hospital. During the truce, Israel will permit those still residing in northern Gaza to flee towards south. This way, the truce will also serve the displacement of the Palestinian people.

Protests

The genocide continues to be denounced by protesters all around the world. Here we share some of them:
In a demonstration held on the 12th of November against the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) summit in San Francisco, US, revolutionaries carried a banner expressing support to the national resistance of the Palestinian people. Revolutionaries expressed their support to the national resistance of the Palestinian people in a demonstration against APEC summit in San Francisco, US. Source: Reader’s photos 
In Kristiansand, Norway, around 300 participated in a demonstration against Israel’s occupation and genocide on the 18th of November. Some days later, on the 22nd of November, a support concert was held. In the event, historical background of the struggle of the Palestinian people was recounted and there was music and other art presented. Also traditional Palestinian food was served. A demonstration was held in Kristiansand on the 18th of November. 
In Bergen, Norway, daily demonstrations have occurred ,mobilising 70-150 people every day. Kampkomiteen held speeches in many demonstrations, saying in one of them:
”One slogan we have shouted in each and every demonstration in Bergen is also constantly becoming more criminalized. From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free! In Austria, it is forbidden. In Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain the politicians are discussing the same. Why? Because they say that this slogan implicates the destruction of Israel. But it is necessary to destroy Israel. To criminalize this point of view is to criminalize the right of the Palestinians to an own country. It is a denial of what is a genocide!”
Daily demonstrations have continued in Bergen. 
In Trondheim, Norway, high school students organized a school strike and a demonstration on the 16th of November. The demonstration expressed support to the national resistance of the Palestinian people and denounced the genocide carried out by Israel.
The UAW, the largest union in US have called for a ceasefire. It represents 400,000 workers in the US and more than 580,000 retired workers. The UAW’s acceptance for permanent cease-fire was openly declared by Brandon Mancilla, director of UAW Region 9A, in remarks at a hunger strike for ceasefire labour press conference in front of the White House on Friday. Brandon wrote on Twitter: Our International Executive Board will also be forming a Divestment and Just Transition working group to study the history of Israel and Palestine, our union’s economic ties to the conflict, and explore how we can have a just transition for US workers from war to peace. 
The UAW’s cease-fire endorsement makes the auto-workers union part of a growing contingent  of the American labour movement that is pressing  for a negotiated end to the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, where U.S.-backed Israeli bombing has killed more than 15,000 people in less than two months. Dozens of unions have signed onto a petition launched by the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, which demands the release of all hostages, an end to Israel’s siege of Gaza, and a cease-fire that sets the stage for “negotiations for an enduring peace.” 
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*Freelance journalist

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