By LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chief International Representative
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines condemns the barbaric aerial and artillery bombardment by Israel on the Palestinian people in Gaza. This was preceded by many months of Israeli siege preventing medicine, food and other essentials from coming into Gaza. Now these aerial strikes and artillery bombardment have already caused the death of over 380 people and the wounding of more than 1,700 victims. Many of the victims are children, women and elderly. The targets have included hospitals, mosques, the Islamic university and other social institutions of the Palestinian people. Palestinians in the West Bank militantly expressing their solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Gaza have been shot, killed and violently dispersed by the Israeli regime.
The NDFP also vigorously condemns the US for continuously providing the Israeli regime with the military support amounting to billions of taxpayers' dollars every year, and justifying Israel's aggression against the Palestinian people and other peoples in the Arab world. The US has vetoed every UN Security Council resolution which condemns Israeli aggression. Now, the US is again justifying this blatant Israeli aggression which flagrantly violates all standards of human rights and international humanitarian law. The US and Israel are orchestrating a global diplomatic and propaganda campaign to unjustly blame Palestine and the Palestinian people for this latest Zionist aggression.
The NDFP and the Filipino people who are waging a revolutionary struggle against US imperialism and the US-backed fascist regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo stand in firm solidarity with the Palestinian people. The Palestinian people have the inalienable right to their homeland, to resist the illegal and unjust occupation of Palestine, and to struggle for national and social liberation.
The NDFP joins the Palestinian people, other peoples in the Arab world and peoples in other parts of the world in denouncing, exposing and combating the US imperialist backed-Israeli aggression of Palestine and in upholding and defending the Palestinian people’s fundamental rights.