In a meeting of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) held in Haifa last Tuesday, July 23, three days before the 66th Anniversary of the July 26 1953 assault on the Moncada Barracks led by Fidel Castro, marking the start of the Cuban Revolution, the members of the Central Committee “conveyed to the Communist Party of Cuba the internationalist solidarity from our Party and the greatest wishes for success in the struggle of the workers and the entire Cuban people for socialism and national sovereignty.”
“On this July 26, let us vow to redouble our efforts to end the US blockade and the support by Israel’s far-right government for Trump’s imperialist policy,” CPI Secretary General Adel Amer said during the meeting.
“This July 26 is being commemorated during the same year that marks the 60th Anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, and at a time when, as a result of the escalating contradictions of imperialism, the US Government has announced the application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, setting-up new aggressive economic measures against Cuba. They are still pursuing their aim to achieve political goals by blockading and economically strangling Cuba to destroy the example of the first victorious socialist revolution in Latin-America.”
“Cuba’s socialist, revolutionary solidarity with the Palestinian people and the poor and exploited peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America, epitomized by its work in the fields of health care, education and sports, are continuing and have even grown despite all the dangers and challenges posed by US imperialism,” concluded the statement issued by the Central Committee.
Title III of the Helms-Burton Act provides for the liability of persons who traffic in property confiscated by the Cuban Government from U.S. nationals after the Cuban Revolution (authorizes U.S. nationals who hold claim to the property to file suit in the United States). Although the Helms-Burton Act entered into force when then President Bill Clinton signed it on March 12, 1996, the application of Title III of the Act has been suspended every six months through January 2019. In January 2019, the U.S. Department of State shortened the suspension period to 45 days beginning February 1, 2019. On March 4, 2019, the period was shortened to 30 days beginning March 19, 2019, and an exception to the suspension measure was made for some Cuban companies. On April 3, 2019, the U.S. State Department announced that the period will be further shortened to two weeks beginning April 18, 2019, and finally on April 17, 2019, decided on the full application of Title III beginning May 2. (Source: https://www.mofa.go.jp/press/release/press1e_000122.html)