The chants of “From the river to the sea” are calls for Palestinian liberation that the right want to silence

When hundreds of thousands of people on demonstrations chant, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” they are defying the Tory attempts to shut them down.

The slogan is not “a staple of antisemitic discourse”, as home secretary Suella Braverman claims. Instead, it sums up the only genuine vision of Palestinian liberation.

It calls for a single, secular democratic state across all of historic Palestine where Arabs and Jews, Muslims, Christians and those of no religion can peacefully live together with equal rights.

And that means the end of the Zionist state of Israel and the full right of return for all those driven out by Israeli forces from 1948 onwards.

The “two-state solution”—which Western politicians pay lip service to—is no solution at all. Israel is a settler colonial state based on the violent expulsion of people torn from their homes and hurled into exile. It’s what happened 75 years ago, and it is happening again in Gaza now.

The notion of two states is an illusion and a betrayal. It’s a fantasy that Israel would ever allow a genuinely independent Palestinian state. 

Western politicians claimed that the Oslo Accords of 1993 would lead to a Palestinian state based on East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. But Israel has continued grabbing more Palestinian land ever since. It uses the Palestinian Authority, which came out of Oslo, to police Palestinians fighting back. 

To demand that the Palestinian resistance signs up to this imperialist sham would be an act of sabotage, not solidarity. 

Defeating Zionism will take a revolution.  The heroic Palestinian resistance cannot win on its own against the might of US imperialism, which uses Israel as its watch dog in the Middle East. Palestinian liberation will require uprisings against the Arab regimes that prop up US imperialism in the region—crucially in Egypt. 

In Britain, we have a role to play too. One of the most important features of the last month is that solidarity with Palestine is a global movement.

More than ever, solidarity with Palestine runs through other battles against the capitalist system driving us into the abyss.  And the likes of Keir Starmer and the Labour Party are exposed more than ever as being on the wrong side.

On Saturday, whether it is banned or not, everyone needs to defy the Tories and march in enormous numbers for Palestine. And we need to keep marching, occupying and striking until Israel is beaten.

We need to bring together all the fights against capitalism. 

Defeat the murderers in Tel Aviv, tear down the dictators in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East—and smash the class enemy in Downing Street. 

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