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Eyewitness report from Palestine

Socialist Worker's ANTHONY ARNOVE and AHMED SHAWKI visited Palestine in July--where they witnessed firsthand the horrors of Israel's bloody war. In this special section, they describe Israel's apartheid, talk to some of its leading opponents--both Palestinians and Israelis--and report on the struggle against it.

Israel's apartheid
People around the world look back on South Africa's racist apartheid system with horror and disgust. But you don't have to go to the history books to find out what apartheid is like. You only need to visit Palestine.

"They came and just tore them down"
ISRAEL HAS escalated its campaign of demolishing the homes of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

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BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS

As army prepares for all-out war…
Israel tightens the noose
The Middle East stands on the edge of all-out war. According to news accounts published both inside and outside Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces have plans for a "major military operation that will be launched if politicians give the green light," wrote Ha'aretz newspaper.

How Israel hijacked Palestine
Israel has been called "a land without people for a people without a land." But to claim this means insisting, as Zionist leader Golda Meir famously declared, that "Palestinians do not exist."

Oslo's "peace" without justice
WHEN ISRAEL and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) signed the Oslo peace accords in 1993, it was hailed as a "historic achievement." But Oslo was never about a just peace.

Did Arafat "reject peace"?
Every day, the mainstream newspapers blame the current round of violence in Palestine on Yasser Arafat, who, they say, "rejected peace" at the Camp David meeting orchestrated by Bill Clinton last summer.

A Palestinian bantustan
A map of the West Bank and Gaza, showing how Israeli settlements and bypass roads have carved up the land "controlled" by the Palestinian Authority.

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INTERVIEWS

Voices from Palestine
Socialist Worker talked to dozens of people committed to the fight for Palestine--both Palestinians and some of the courageous Israelis who have spoken out against their government's crimes.

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THE U.S. CONNECTION

Why Israel gets a blank check from the U.S.
ISRAEL'S LICENSE to kill is written on U.S. government stationery. Year in and year out, Israel receives more economic and military aid than any other country in the world.

Paying for the weapons that murder Palestinians
THE U.S. government gives billions of dollars in aid to Israel every year. This support is essential to Israel's ability to build settlements, pay for soldiers and purchase the weapons that it uses to murder Palestinians.

No U.S. aid for Israel
The U.S. government has poured almost $100 billion into Israel--more than it has given throughout its history to the whole of Africa--to cement the "unbreakable" relationship. But some cracks are beginning to show.

Organize a meeting on Palestine
Anthony Arnove and Ahmed Shawki are available to speak at meetings to give their eyewitness account of the situation in Palestine. If you're interested in organizing a meeting on your campus or in your community, call the ISO National Office at 773-583-5069 and ask for Sharon or Sherry. Or e-mail [email protected]