Communist Parties: “Occupation is Terror; Annexation is Apartheid!”

In a joint initiative by the Palestinian People’s Party and the Communist Party of Israel, dozens of Communist and Workers’ parties from around the world have signed the following statement entitled: “Occupation is Terror; Annexation is Apartheid.”

Yesterday, June 5, 2020 marked the 53rd anniversary of the launching of Israel’s war of aggression of 1967, in which it occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza strip, as well the Syrian Golan Heights and all of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Palestinians protest the US-Israeli "Deal of the Century" in the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, May 30, 2020.

Palestinians protest the US-Israeli “Deal of the Century” in the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, May 30, 2020. (Photo: Activestills)

This year’s anniversary comes in the pall of the Israeli government’s declared intention to annex occupied Palestinian lands in the West Bank with the support of the US administration, as part of the Donald Trump’s catastrophic “Deal of the Century.” The significance of this move will be the perpetuation of Israel’s occupation, the entrenchment of its settlement project, and the creation of an official Apartheid regime; all this while negating the Palestinian people’s right of self-determination by means of the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the right of return for refugees in accordance with international resolutions.

The newest Netanyahu government and the Trump administration are pushing the region to the brink of disaster by perpetuating the conflict in the service of Israel’s hegemonic projects, while banking on the silence of the international community regarding these crimes – war crimes – in light of the global preoccupation with COVID-19 pandemic and its vast ramifications on the world’s health, societies and economy.

We, the undersigned workers’ and communist parties, call upon progressive, anti-imperialist forces around the world to continue the struggle against Israel’s criminal policies and its impudent support of imperialism aimed at liquidating the rights of the Palestinian People and obviating any chance to implement international law, and reach security and stability in the region.

Down with the Occupation!

Forward with the struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination!

Among the signatories to the above statement:

  1. Communist Party of Albania
  2. Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism
  3. Party of Labour of Austria
  4. CP of Australia
  5. Progressive Tribune of Bahrain
  6. Communist Party of Belgium
  7. Workers’ Party of Belgium
  8. Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
  9. Communist Party of Brazil
  10. Brazilian Communist Party
  11. New Communist Party of Britain
  12. Communist Party of Britain
  13. Communist Party of Canada
  14. Communists of Catalonia
  15. Communist Party of Chile
  16. Communist Party of Cuba
  17. AKEL – Cyprus
  18. Communist Party in Denmark
  19. Communist Party of Finland
  20. French Communist Party
  21. German Communist Party
  22. Communist Party of Greece
  23. Communist Party of India (Marxist) 
  24. Tudeh Party of Iran
  25. Workers’ Party of Ireland
  26. Communist Party of Israel
  27. Communist Party of Italy
  28. Italian Communist Party
  29. Jordanian Communist Party
  30. Communist Party of Mexico
  31. Popular Socialist Party – National Political Association, Mexico
  32. Communist Party of Norway
  33. Palestinian People’s Party
  34. Paraguayan Communist Party
  35. Peruvian Communist Party
  36. PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party
  37. Communist Party of Poland
  38. Portuguese Communist Party
  39. Union of Communist Parties – CPSU
  40. Communists of Serbia
  41. Communist Party of Spain
  42. Communist Party of the Workers of Spain – PCTE
  43. Communist Party of Sri Lanka
  44. Sudanese Communist Party
  45. South African Communist Party
  46. Communist Party of Swaziland
  47. Communist Party of Turkey
  48. Communist Party of Ukraine
  49. Communist Party of USA
  50. New Communist Party of Yugoslavia