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The Glorious October Days

Statement by the Revolutionary Socialists

On the second day of the glorious October War, the Palestinian resistance crossed into the territories occupied since 1948. Under the barrage of rockets, which reached 5,000, the resistance entered the towns and settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip by land, sea, and air, capturing dozens of Israeli prisoners, including Major General Nimrod Aloni, the commander of the Gaza Division in the Israeli army. The resistance left behind dozens of dead and 545 wounded, including 70 in critical condition, set a tank on fire, and seized several enemy vehicles as of the writing of these lines.

Mohammed Deif, the commander of Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades, in a speech marking the start of “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood,” emphasized ending Israeli violations in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He stressed that “the time has come for all Arab and Islamic forces to unite to sweep away the occupation.” This attack by the resistance, following its control over Israeli intelligence eyes in Gaza to the point of incapacitation, has caused panic and shock within the Zionist entity. The resistance has changed the game’s rules for the first time, taking the initiative to attack rather than being on the defensive.

To understand the motives behind the resistance’s attack, we must study the broader context in which it occurred. For decades, the Palestinian people, especially in Gaza, have endured the Israeli siege imposed on goods and the movement of people. This siege has caused political, economic, and social hardships, leading to high unemployment and poverty rates and restricting access to essential services such as fuel, electricity, and medical supplies. In addition to these hardships, Palestinians in the West Bank and specifically in Jerusalem have faced forced evictions and land seizures to expand settlements, creating fertile ground for widespread anger against the occupation and the Palestinian Authority, which has not stopped security coordination due to its commitment to the collapsed Oslo Accords.

However, this attack is not only to curb Israeli violations and the Palestinian Authority’s coordination but also to send messages to the regional and friendly peoples to revive hope in resistance and to curb the Arab regimes’ inclination towards normalization with the occupation. Today’s attacks by the resistance, despite expecting retaliatory actions that will likely cause significant harm to Palestinians, have changed the rules of the game. It is now time to put the liberation issue on the table for the unity of all Palestinian factions and friendly peoples to rid themselves of this occupation and the client regimes allied with it.