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Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands with the people of Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, who face the front lines of aggression by the Israeli state, its Zionist supporters, imperialist backers and reactionary allies, and urges broad solidarity with their resistance.

Israel’s renewed bombardment and tightened siege of the Gaza Strip and campaign of arrests and settlement construction in the West Bank, as well as its lethal strikes on Iraq, where it killed Kazem Mohsen, a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces fighting the “Islamic State” group, and Lebanon, where it targeted both the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, killing two of its members, Hassan Youssef Zbeeb and Yasser Ahmad Daher, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, and its latest bombing of Syria indicate the ongoing determination of this reactionary axis to foment social turmoil and national disintegration across the region.

In particular, they show its eagerness to weaken the resistance forces confronting its spearheads: Israel and the militant fundamentalist groups, including Al-Qaeda affiliates, with which it has found common cause. They also reflect the ongoing threat that Zionism and the Israeli state pose to all peoples in the region. After all, this is nothing new. Israel currently occupies the Syrian Golan Heights and the Lebanese Shebaa Farms. Its occupying forces were driven from southern Lebanon in 2000 due to the people’s resistance. Since that time, the Israeli state has repeatedly attempted to incite war with Lebanon and engaged in a brutal assault on the people of the country in 2006, rebuffed when the Lebanese resistance was victorious over the Zionist war machine once more. 

And along with his decision to ban a visit by United States Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, they also demonstrate the willingness of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces a surprisingly close battle for re-election on 17 September, to win at any cost, even the embroilment of his state in a regional war.

Samidoun urges all supporters of Palestine to strengthen their solidarity with the forces of resistance confronting Israel, Zionism, imperialism and reaction both there and in surrounding countries through escalated Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, particularly against targets, like Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, HSBC and Sabra, complicit in servicing the Israeli military, demands that imperialist and reactionary government end their support for Israel, and mass mobilization against Israel’s dangerous escalation.