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US imperialism is responsible for Israeli war crimes in Gaza

 US imperialism is responsible for Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Around the world, millions of people are shocked and outraged by the brutal terrorist bombings, ethnic cleansing and communal violence perpetrated by Israel, a client state of the United States, against the people of Gaza.

Two hundred and twenty-seven people, including 63 children, were killed in the ten-day Israeli assault on Gaza, a figure nearly 20 times the number of Israelis killed in the conflict.

US imperialism is responsible for Israeli war crimes in Gaza
Protesters supporting Palestinians walk down Michigan Avenue as President Joe Biden visits a nearby Ford electric vehicle hub on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Dearborn, Mich. (AP Photo / Carlos Osorio).

These crimes are committed with the aid of American weapons, funded by American taxpayers' money, and with the approval of the United States government. They are facilitated by arms contracts and military alliances created behind the backs of the American population and orchestrated to facilitate the predatory interests of the American financial oligarchy.

On Monday, after a week of deadly bombardments of the people of Gaza, US President Joe Biden entered into a telephone conversation with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu. He said, in the words of the official report: "The president reiterated his firm support for Israel's right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks."

When Biden visited Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the highest percentage of Arab American residents in the United States on Tuesday, he was greeted by thousands of people protesting against the crimes that Israel commits with the support of the United States.

When asked a reporter if he would take a question about the conflict while he was testing a new Ford truck, Biden replied, “No you can't. Not unless you get in front of the car as I step on the accelerator ”.

On Wednesday, Biden again spoke to Netanyahu about "Israel's progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements." Biden said he expected "significant de-escalation today," a request Netanyahu ignored, saying he was "determined to continue this operation until its goal is achieved."

Biden's “de-escalation” demand, presented by the media as a major shift in US policy, is a cynical ploy. Since the Israeli bombings began, they have received crucial assistance from the United States and other major imperialist powers.

On May 6, just days before the assault on Gaza began, the Biden government informed Congress that it had approved the sale to Israel of JDAM and SDB smart bombs worth $ 735 million: the type even ammunition that is now raining down on the people of Gaza. In fiscal 2019, the United States provided $ 3.8 billion in foreign military assistance to Israel, and Israel benefits from nearly $ 8 billion in U.S. loan guarantees.

The United States has used its veto 42 times to shield Israel from resolutions censuring its conduct in the United Nations Security Council: more than half of all vetoes the United States has exercised in that body. This includes three vetoes on resolutions calling for a ceasefire during the latest massacre.

In May 2011 and March 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to address joint sessions of Congress, which he used to denigrate and threaten Palestinians.

While the US government supports Israel to the bitter end, the US media works to whitewash the atrocities committed by Israel.

The most egregious example is that of the Wall Street Journal , which openly defended the Israeli media bombardment in Gaza last week. On Saturday, Israel destroyed an 11-story building in Gaza that housed the offices of the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media.

Mocking the "cries of indignation and admonition" sparked by Israel's actions, the Wall Street Journal bluntly defended Israel's war crimes:

But who really endangers journalists? ... The use of civilians and journalists as shields is a common tactic of Hamas ... Inevitably, mistakes would occur in war, and civilians will die, but it is remarkable how much Israel has targeted its targets in a discriminatory manner.

The claim that the enemy was using the population as a "human shield" enabled the United States to justify massive civilian casualties in the Gulf War, the bombing of Yugoslavia, and the "shock and awe" bombing of Iraq in 2003. Today, this loathsome apology for war crimes is being dusted off again to justify the massacres perpetrated by the Israeli army.

The other major American newspapers, while not as gleefully dipping their hands in Palestinian blood as the Wall Street Journal , express essentially the same line. "Israel did not start the war that is now raging between itself and Hamas," begins the only editorial on the conflict published by the Washington Post . This is of course a lie, as the clashes were sparked by the expulsion of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem by Israel, followed by Israeli military raids on the al-Aqsa mosque earlier this month.

While the Post has remained virtually silent on attacks on Palestinians, its propaganda machine continues to spin, spewing editorial after editorial condemning Russia and China for their alleged "human rights" violations. A few examples should suffice:

  • May 16: "China's crackdown on Uyghurs is not only cultural, but also physical, according to new report" - Falsely claiming that China is carrying out "genocide" against its Muslim population.

  • May 17: “Two possible theories of the origins of the pandemic remain viable. The world needs to know ”. - The Post falsely claims that COVID-19 may have been created by "experiments" at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in a conspiracy theory denied by the World Health Organization. China, the Post says , "acts as if it has something to hide."

  • May 19: "Apple must resist the tyranny of China" - accusing Apple of collaborating in alleged violations of freedom of expression by China. It demands that Apple stop collaborating with the Chinese government and collaborate more directly with the U.S. government.

As for the New York Times , the spokesperson for the establishment of the American Democratic Party, which supported the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, it did not publish a single editorial on the attack on 'Israel against Gaza.

This brief review is enough to establish the modus operandi of the American media. Since the birth of US imperialism on the world stage with the Spanish-American War, all US foreign policy is justified by emotional accusations of tyranny and the crimes of those who are targeted for conquest or exploitation. And these accusations have precisely nothing to do with the actual tyranny and injustice happening around the world, much of which is sponsored or executed by the United States itself.

In response to the atrocities committed by Israel, figures from the "progressive" wing of the Democratic Party have criticized Biden's support for Israeli war crimes. Commenting on Israel's attack on the Associated Press headquarters in Gaza, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter: “This is happening with the support of the United States… If the Biden government cannot not stand up to an ally, who can she stand up to? How can they credibly claim to defend human rights? ”

Ocasio-Cortez is right to place the blame for Israel's war crimes at Washington's feet. But if the Biden administration is to blame, everyone who supported Biden - like Ocasio-Cortez herself - also bears this responsibility. The point is, Ocasio-Cortez speaks as an embarrassed defender of US imperialist goals. She is concerned that outspoken support for open war crimes by Netanyahu is hampering the United States' ability to speak out as a “human rights” defender.

Any serious defense of the interests of the working class in the United States and in all parts of the world begins with the rejection of American imperialism and its false claims to the defense of "human rights". U.S. foreign policy goals are dictated by the same corporations that ruthlessly exploit their working class and oversee the criminal response to a pandemic that has killed nearly a million people in the United States alone.

The way forward in the struggle against imperialist war and barbarism is not the policy of "human rights" imperialism, but the international unity of the working class - in the United States, in Europe , in Asia and the Middle East - on the basis of the struggle for socialism.

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