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LALIT (Mauritus) strongly condemns Israel aggression against
Hon. Navin Ramgoolam
Republic of Mauritius
December 29, 2008
We write to you as Prime Minister in view of the brutal air strikes by
the Israeli army against Gaza, which according to the Red Cross have
caused 300 deaths, most of them civilians, and 950 wounded amongst the
Palestinians since last Saturday.
LALIT strongly condemns this military aggression by the Israeli army
against the Palestinians living inside the Gaza Strip. It is both
disproportionate and indiscriminate. We are particularly concerned about
the fate of the 1.5 million ``imprisoned'' Palestinians of Gaza living
under the murderous siege imposed by the Israeli government since June
2007 and suffering the effects of economic sanctions that are backed by
the US and its European allies.
This siege and the economic sanctions are together responsible for
denying Palestinians access to medical treatment and causing shortages
of food, fuel and electricity to Palestinians. Together they constitute
a grave act of collective punishment. The current international economic
blocade against Palestine has resulted in a spiralling humanitarian
disaster, with the spread of disease, malnutrition and chaos in both the
West Bank and Gaza. This new military attack by Israel is further
aggravating the situation of the Palestinian people.
The illegal occupation and colonisation of Palestine is, in fact,
benefiting the Israeli economy. Israel is making enormous financial
gains from its control of all essential services for the Occupied
Territories, including water, electricity and telephone services. Some
10 % of Israel’s income (or 46.651 new Israel shekels) is generated each
year by the occupation of Palestine. It is the Israeli military
industrial complex that has been the primary beneficiary. It is using
the occupied territories for ‘field trials’ for new weapons systems.
In 2004 the export of this weaponry was worth US$4.5 billion, or around
10% of the total military expenditure in the world according to Shiv
Hever and the Israeli-Palestine Alternative Information Centre (AIC).
Companies like Caterpillar, Volvo, Daewoo are also making huge profits
from the occupation, all three are supplying equipment to Israel,
specially to the military. The D9 armoured bulldozers, supplied by
Caterpillar are often used for the demolition of Palestinians’ houses.
Since 2000, according to the UN, more than 4500 Palestinian homes have
been demolished. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolition
estimates that Israel has demolished more than 12,000 Palestinian homes
The ``security barrier'' or Apartheid Wall that Israel is building is
also making profits for Israeli and foreign companies. The wall is in
fact designed to steal Palestine’s natural resources (such as water and
land). The ``seamline'' zone between the 1967 Green Line and the
Apartheid Wall is now being used by Israeli capitalists to super-exploit
Palestinian workers who are forced to work as cheap labour in this
“free” zone, a zone where companies do not have to abide by Israeli
labour or environmental laws.
The continued military attacks and war waged by Israel on Palestine are
motivated by the economic interests and political agenda of the
capitalist business class of Israel, US and Europe and their respective
Through this letter we would like to re-iterate the call that LALIT and
former President Cassam Uteem made to your government in a letter in
November 2006. We therefore call again on your government
(i) to freeze its diplomatic relations with Israel,
(ii) to call for an arms embargo on Israel, and
(iii) to initiate a boycot of Israeli products.
Your government should simultaneously use its influence in regional and
international forums to take the initiative to prepare a collective
statement demanding an immediate stop of Israel military action in Gaza
and to follow suit in the three actions above. All must be done to force
the present Israeli regime to act according to international law and to
put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people. The 40 years of
illegal occupation and 60 years of colonisation of Palestine are
reminiscent of the violence of colonisation in past centuries, now
universally condemned as having been totally unacceptable plunder often
bordering on genocide. It must stop.
LALIT also expressed its total solidarity with the people of Palestine,
in particular with the inhabitants of Gaza, who are facing another harsh
and disastrous end of the year. We are actively supporting groups in
Palestine and in Israel engaged in resistance actions against military
occupation and colonisation.
Copy to: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Cassam Uteem, Palestine
Solidarity Committee, the Press.
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