Revolution #013, August 28, 2005, posted at revcom.us
Last week the media inundated us with images of Israeli settlers being taken from "their" land. In fact, the Israeli settlers stole this land through armed force, and for the last 38 years have subjected the Palestinians of Gaza to a reign of terror. It is the Palestinians of Gaza who have had their sons and daughters killed, their land stolen, their orchards and olive groves bulldozed, and their houses razed. It is the Palestinians who have been denied all rights and sovereignty and subjected to astronomical unemployment, with the exception of those who were turned into a super-exploited labor force for the settlers and Israeli industry. But Israel and Israelis serve as the attack dog of U.S. interests in the Middle East, while the Palestinians are an oppressed people fighting Israeli occupation, and that makes all the difference in the world as to whose stories get told and how.