Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Scabs go to bat for Zionism, organized labour hits back


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“After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, He had some awful substance left with which He made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a waterlogged brain, and a combination backbone made of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles.” Jack London

The cause of Palestine and the cause of labour are inextricably linked. Israel has always represented an outpost of imperialism in the Levant, and imperialism means the domination of capitalist class rule extending beyond the home markets of large nations to oppress and suffocate smaller nations. Israel has its roots in British imperialism and to this day  the Zionist state is propped up by the capitalist ruling classes of America, Canada, Germany, and other imperialist powers.

The Canadian capitalist class, exploiters of workers and oppressor of nations domestically and globally, has always stood steadfast in defense of the Israeli settler state. The Canadian government’s official line is that “Canada supports Israel’s right…to assure its own security, as witnessed by our support during the 2006 conflict with Hezbollah and our ongoing support for Israel’s fight against terror.” Canada proudly proclaims that “Canada and Israel enjoy a steadfast friendship and strong, growing bilateral relations in many areas based on shared values, including democracy.” These words are backed up by action. Canada exports many millions of dollars’ worth of weaponry and other military goods to the Zionist regime. 

If Canada is a “democracy,” then it is a capitalist democracy, an imperialist democracy, under which the Bay Street financial aristocracy exploits and oppresses the working class at home while fueling conflict and war abroad. Canda and Israel have strong economic, cultural, and military ties, which underpin the former’s support to the latter. Now, after roughly 20,000 Palestinian deaths in Gaza and the West Bank, Canadian regime officials have finally saw fit to vote on a non-binding UN resolution calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire,” with Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly adding jingoistically that “Israel has the right to defend itself.”

Against Canadian capitalism, with its open support for racist genocide, the labour movement in Québec and Canada stands as a potential defender of Palestine. Thousands, perhaps millions of workers have poured onto the streets of Toronto, Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, and Vancouver for weeks on end in defense of the Palestinian national liberation struggle. Workers and immigrants disgusted with Israel also recognize that the violence inflicted upon the Palestinians today could be turned against themselves tomorrow.  

Zionists, capitalist politicians, cops, and scabs have rushed to attack the working class for its support to Palestine. Besides overt police repression, the bosses have sought to bring the heat in many other ways, from the firing of workers to outright slander. Meanwhile, the gutter press has consistently mixed Anti-Palestinian racism with old-school union busting rhetoric.  (more...)

Scabs go to bat for Zionism, organized labour hits back

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