Two Israeli Massacres in Nuseirat in Three Days—100s Dead, 100s More Injured“We Stand with Israel” = We Stand for Genocide

By Alan Goodman

On the night of June 6, some six thousand Palestinian refugees—many of them children—were sleeping in classrooms of a UN school in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. Many had fled from Nuseirat to Rafah in May, driven by Israeli threats and bombs to what Israel claimed was a safe place. Then, as Israeli tanks, bombs, and threats drove a million people back out of Rafah, people sought shelter in the wreckage of the places they had been driven out of earlier, including Nuseirat.

Israeli Terror, Death, and Ethnic Cleansing Intensify in Gaza and the West Bank

At least 36,801 people have been killed and 83,680 wounded in Israel’s ongoing massacre in Gaza since October 7. An estimated 10,000 more dead lie beneath the rubble of Israeli bombs. During these past eight months, people in Gaza have been driven from their homes, seeking but not finding shelter. A million people were driven into Rafah, on the very southern edge of Gaza. Now Rafah is being bombed and overrun by Israeli tanks and troops. And people have been driven back north, to Gaza City, to Nuseirat in central Gaza, and other places. But there is no safety anywhere.

Pogroms—Orgies of Violence Once Directed Against Jews in Europe—Are Now Carried Out by Israeli Settlers and Military Throughout the West Bank

Israel seized on the Hamas raid of October 7 to inflict crushing death and destruction on the Palestinian people in Gaza. Along with that there has been an ever intensifying reign of Israeli terror against Palestinian people in the West Bank region (so named because it is west of the Jordan River).

Sparks from Columbia Spread to Campuses in the U.S. … and the World

As word spread on Thursday, April 18, of the police/university attack on Columbia protesters, students from at least 13 colleges and universities around the U.S. and the world responded with outrage and inspiration. Hundreds of students at Yale University in New Haven marched; when warned by university officials to disperse they ignored them, forming a solidarity encampment outside the Board of Trustees meeting. Students at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill also rallied and set up a solidarity encampment in defiance of threats from administrators. 

This Week in Gaza: A Surge of Lies While Palestinians in Gaza Continue to Die

Six months into Israel’s genocidal attack on Gaza, as of April 12, Israel has killed 33,634 people, with uncounted more buried in rubble from U.S.-supplied bombs and missiles. More than 500 people, overwhelmingly civilians, were murdered last week alone.

Escalation of Genocidal Ethnic Cleansing, Heightening Danger of a Larger War: Israel Assassinates International Aid Workers in Gaza, Bombs Iranian Consulate in Syria

Between them, two events this past week escalated Israel’s genocidal slaughter in Gaza, and escalated the danger of a major war breaking out in the Middle East with unpredictable but potentially disastrous consequences for the region, and humanity as a whole.

From the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners Now (IEC)

From Behind Iran’s Prison Walls—Taking Political Responsibility, Leading Resistance 

According to reports from human rights groups, Iran’s theocrats have executed at least 834 to 853 people in 2023, deemed to be the highest number of official executions per capita in the world. At least eight protesters from the historic 2022 Women, Life, Freedom uprising were among those executed by hanging, with at least seven more sentenced to death. Amnesty International April 4, 2024 reports at least 95 recorded executions so far this year. Their report notes that the “…surge in executions … saw Iran’s prisons transformed into sites of mass killings in 2023…”

Malcolm X and By Any Means Necessary

Letter from a Reader

In the 1960s, the Black revolutionary leader Malcolm X raised the slogan “By Any Means Necessary” as a call for the fight for the liberation of Black people in this country. Recently, in the protests in support of the Palestinian struggle and against the genocidal attacks on Gaza, some people are raising the slogan “resistance by any means necessary.” Many of those doing this are upholding any and all of the forms of resistance to Zionist occupation and oppression of Palestinians as justified, including hailing and cheering what Hamas forces did against Israel on October 7.

Israel Makes It Impossible for Women to Give Birth: If That’s Not Genocide, What IS?

Imagine you are a woman giving birth to a child in Gaza today under siege from Israeli bombs and tanks. On any given day, more than 180 women in Gaza face that life-threatening danger. You have gone through months of pregnancy without access to enough food, water, medical care, or shelter to be fit to give birth to a healthy child and yourself survive. Maybe you managed to evade bombs and Israeli snipers to get into a hospital. Maybe not. Maybe you needed a cesarian section delivery; if you did, there is a good chance it had to be done without anesthesia or even electricity.

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From the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners (IEC)

Resistance Widens and Deepens as Iran’s Theocrats Execute More Political Prisoners

On January 25, the entire women’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran went on a one-day hunger strike in response to the execution of two political prisoners. This was a spark which inspired many others in and outside of Iran’s prison and worldwide to join the symbolic strike.

U.S. Postures as Defender of Civilians, Calling for “Restraint”. . .

While It Fully Backs, Arms and Funds Israel’s Escalating Genocide of Palestinians

The nearly three-month slaughter in Gaza was already unbearable, but in these last two weeks Israel has expanded and intensified its barbaric, murderous war, taking it to a whole new, even more openly genocidal level.

From Atash/Fire, journal of the Communist Party of Iran, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist

On the Importance of Truth to Achieving Emancipation: A Letter to Narges Mohammadi from Somayeh Kargar

Editors’ note: Somayeh Kargar is a former political prisoner in Iran. She was arrested in October 2020 and released in 2021. Among her five codefendants were Mehran Raouf and Nahid Taghavi who are still unjustly held in Tehran’s Evin prison. She was charged with establishing and running the Osyan Women’s Collective and acting for the Communist Party of Iran (MLM). Narges Mohammadi is a long-time fighter against the reactionary Islamic regime of Iran and currently a political prisoner. This letter is posted in Farsi in Atash/Fire journal #146, January 2024 issue at cpimlm.org. It was translated to English by International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners Now (IEC) volunteers. Translators’ minor notations/edits for clarification are in brackets.