ARTICLE BY FIDEL
Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza
• I again request that Granma
not use the front page for these relatively brief
lines about the genocide of Palestinians being
Fidel Castro Ruz
again request that Granma not use the front page for
these relatively brief lines about the genocide of
Palestinians being committed.
writing them rapidly, to state only that which
requires deep reflection.
think that a new, repugnant form of fascism is
emerging with notable strength, at this time in
human history when more that seven billion
inhabitants are struggling for their survival.
of these circumstances have anything to do with the
creation of the Roman Empire, around 2,400 years
ago, or with the U.S. empire which, in this region
only 200 years ago, was described by Simón Bolívar
who exclaimed, “…the United States appears to be
destined by providence to plague America with misery
in the name of liberty.”
England was the first true colonial power to use its
dominion over a large part of Africa, the Middle
East, Asia, Australia, North America, and many
Caribbean islands, in the first half of the 20th
this occasion I will not talk about the wars and
crimes committed by the United States empire over
more than 100 years, but will only state what it
wanted to do to Cuba, what it has done to many other
countries in the world, and only served to prove
that “A just idea in the depth of a cave is stronger
than an army.”
History is much more complicated than everything I
have said, but that is the way it is, in broad
strokes, as the inhabitants of Palestine know, and
it is likewise logical that the modern
communications media reflect the news which arrives
daily, as has occurred with the shameful, criminal
war in the Gaza Strip, a piece of land where the
population lives in what remains of what was
independent Palestine only 50 years ago.
French agency AFP reported August 2, “The war
between the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas and
Israel has caused the deaths of close to 1,800
Palestinians,… the destruction of thousands of
homes, and ruined an economy which was already
weakened,” although it does not indicate, of course,
who initiated the terrible war.
Added later, “… As of Saturday at midday the Israeli
offensive had killed 1,712 Palestinians and injured
8,900. The United Nations was able to verify the
identities of 1,117 dead, in their majority
civilians … UNICEF counted at least 296 dead
United Nations estimates …some 58,900 persons
homeless in the Gaza Strip.”
of the 32 hospitals were closed and another 11
“This Palestinian enclave of 362 km² does not have
the infrastructure needed for 1.8 million
inhabitants, above all in terms of the provision of
electricity and water.”
“According to the IMF, the rate of unemployment
surpasses 40% in the Gaza Strip, territory subjected
to an Israeli blockade since 2006. In 2000,
unemployment was 20%, and in 2011, 30%. More than
70% of the population depends on humanitarian aid
during normal periods, according to Gisha.
Israeli government declared a humanitarian truce in
Gaza at 07:00 GMT on Monday, nevertheless within a
few hours, it broke the truce attacking a house,
injuring 30 persons, in their majority women and
children, and an eight-year-old girl died.
the dawn hours of this same day, 10 Palestinians
died as a result of Israeli attacks in all of Gaza
and the number of Palestinians murdered has already
increased to 2,000.
killing has reached the point that, “French Minister
of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius stated this Monday
that Israel’s right to security does not justify the
massacre of civilians taking place.”
Nazi genocide of Jews outraged all the earth’s
peoples. Why does this government believe that the
world will be insensitive to the macabre genocide
which today is being perpetuated against the
Palestinian people? Perhaps it is expected that the
complicity of the U.S. empire in this shameful
massacre will be ignored?
human species is living in an unprecedented stage of
history. A crash between military planes or warships
which are closely watched, or other similar events
could unleash a conflict with the use of
sophisticated, modern weapons, which could become
the last known adventure of Homo sapiens.
There are events which reflect the almost total
inability of the United States to face the world’s
current problems. It can be stated that there is no
government in this country, no Senate, no Congress,
CIA or Pentagon which will determine the final
outcome. It is truly sad that this should happen
when the dangers are so great, but the opportunities
to move forward are great as well.
the great patriotic war took place, Russian citizens
defended their country like Spartans,
underestimating them was the worse error made by the
United States and Europe. Their closest allies, the
Chinese, who like the Russians achieved their
victory on the basis of the same principles,
constitute today the earth’s most dynamic economic
force. Countries want yuan and not dollars to
acquire goods and technology, and increased trade.
indispensable forces have emerged. Brazil, Russia,
India, China and South Africa - establishing links
with Latin America and the majority of countries in
the Caribbean and Africa struggling for development
– constitute the forces which in our era are willing
to collaborate with the rest of the world’s
countries, without excluding the United States,
Europe or Japan.
Blaming the Russian Federation for the in-flight
destruction of the Malaysian airplane is a stunning
oversimplification. Not Vladímir Putin, nor Serguéi
Lavrov, Russia’s minister of Foreign Relations, or
any other leader of this government would ever come
up with such nonsense.
Twenty-six million Russians died in the defense of
their homeland against the Nazis. Chinese
combatants, men and women, inheritors of a
millennial culture, are people of uncommon
intelligence and an invincible spirit of struggle.
Xi Jinping is one of the strongest and most capable
revolutionary leaders I have met in my life.
Fidel Castro Ruz
August 4, 2014