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Rafah is burning: Stand Against the Genocide in Gaza!

Last night, Israel unleashed a brutal assault on the displaced Palestinians in Rafah’s Tal as-Sultan area, mercilessly killing 45 people, including 23 women, children, and elderly, and leaving 249 wounded. This atrocity, one of the deadliest since the war on Gaza began, shattered shelters with heavy bombs, tearing victims to pieces and sickening us to the core.

Once again, Israel cloaks its barbarity under the guise of self-defence following Hamas’s attack on October 7. This flimsy justification has led to the deliberate slaughter of 36,050 civilians and the wounding of 81,026 more, most of whom are women and children. It has rendered 1.7 million people homeless, herding them into "humanitarian zones" only to bomb them, killing dozens at a time. These actions are not accidents—they are calculated acts of genocide.

Since the Nakba of 1948, when the establishment of Israel displaced approximately 700,000 Palestinians, the Zionist agenda has aimed to obliterate Palestinians from their lands and erase their history, present, and future. Through relentless expansion of Jewish settlements and pervasive militarism, Israel perpetuates an apartheid state. Zionism has entrenched its dominance from education to cultural life, enabling the ongoing genocide.

The Israeli military-industrial complex is intertwined with global corporations, spreading profits among Zionists and international giants alike. Companies like Elbit Systems, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and Israel Aerospace Industries not only export weapons worldwide but also test them on Palestinian lives. It is also worthy to mention here that, Israel supplied Azerbaijan with nearly 70% of its arsenal between 2016 and 2020, ensuring Azerbaijan's victory in the 2020 war and bolstering Israel’s defense industry.

Despite international backing of Israel by certain global powers, grassroots protests for Gaza Solidarity and calls for a ceasefire have slowed the Israeli military's killing machine. We can only imagine how without this pressure, the Palestinian death toll would be even higher. This stark reality underscores the need for continued organizing and direct action in solidarity with Palestinians. If we normalize Israel’s continuous brutality, the future will be drenched in even more blood.

We must unite in this struggle, through protests, boycotts, strikes, and collective action. By targeting the economic structures that fuel this violence, rather than appealing to indifferent political leaders, we can help alleviate the suffering in Palestine. And we say in solidarity:

“Gaza Gaza don't you cry, Palestine will never die.”



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