Monday, October 28, 2019

Grandson of Holocaust survivor banned from Israel





22-year-old Austrian Jew Edmond Sichrovsky says family's horrific past inspired activism


Israeli border police secure a road leading to a newly established Israeli settlers outpost, seen in the background, during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Tormusayya, northeast of Ramallah

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The grandson of Holocaust survivors has been banned and deported from Israel for supporting the people of Palestine.
Edmond Sichrovsky, 22, who is Austrian and of Jewish origin, has been a human rights observer in Palestine and has opposed the demolition of Palestinian homes by Israel.
He was detained when he landed at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv on Thursday last week, October 24.
Mr Sichrovsky was interrogated and searched at the airport after arriving from Amman in Jordan before being forcibly returned to the Jordanian capital.
He has been told to pay the US$500 (£390) price of his flight back to Amman.
Mr Sichrovsky’s past activities in Palestine have included volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and documenting and reporting on human rights abuses by Israeli forces in Occupied Palestine.
In the past he was assaulted in Wadi al-Hummus by officers from the notorious Israeli riot police unit Yassam while opposing demolitions of Palestinian homes.
He is the grandson of Harry Sichrovsky, a renowned Austrian Jewish writer and journalist.
Mr Sichrovsky said: “Growing up, my grandparents being some of the only ones in their entire family to survive the Holocaust in Austria. ‘Never again’ is something I heard a lot and resonate strongly with.
“To me, ‘Never again’ isn’t just for Jews, it means never again should anyone in the world have to suffer because of their religion, race, or what they were born into.
“That’s why I came to volunteer in Palestine.
“Israel claims to be ‘a homeland for Jewish people around the world,’ yet by banning and deporting me and other Jews with differing political opinions, they have shown that Israel is a home for Jews only if they don’t question or speak up about the government’s apartheid policies.
“My ban and deportation from Israel only confirms what I have seen again and again in Palestine: that the Israeli government will do anything to keep people from seeing its brutal occupation, ethnic cleansing, and daily violations of Palestinians’ basic human rights.”
Mr Sichrovsky said he had called on Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Schallenberg to make a public statement on Israel’s detention and deportation of an Austrian citizen who had not violated any Israeli law.
He called the Austrian embassy in Tel Aviv while being held in Ben Gurion airport, but was told that they “could not provide any assistance.”
The ISM said that it “condemns the Israeli government’s banning and deportation of Edmond Sichrovsky.
“By forbidding entry to people with differing political views Israel is acting like the anti-democratic state it really is.
“Governments whose citizens have been banned must call out Israel on these blatant attempts to hide its crimes from the world.
“Failing to do so condones Israel’s abuse of human rights and silencing of those who expose them.”
Israel routinely bans and deports volunteers, activists, human rights observers and academics suspected of anti-occupation views or of activities in anti-occupation or Palestinian organisations.
Prominent Jews banned from Israel due to their political views include American-Jewish academics Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky.
In 2017, Israel passed a law permitting foreign nationals to be banned from Israel for calling for the boycott of Israel or Israeli illegal settlements.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

CP of Armenia, Strongly condemns the invasion of Syria by Turkey



Communist Party of Armenia believes that the Turkey’s invasion of north eastern Syria on 9th October is both on human level and political level as well as the political situation in the Middle East region has been catastrophic.  It is threatening the physical existence of the civilian population and is worrying of CP Armenia as it also effects the lives mainly Armenian populated area. The communist party of Armenia views the invasion and as a result revives the memory of the tragic ethnic cleansing of the Armenian population in the area and hence a possible repeat of the history of 1915 Armenian Genocide.
The regime in Turkey has shown that like its predecessors in the beginning of the 20th Century it has expansionist ambitions and intends to carry out their plan of pan- Turkism at any cost.
We call up on the international community and progressive forces across the world to voice their rejection of Turkey’s invasion and to mobilise all their power to stop the illegal occupation of Syrian territories and prevent escalation of the invasion in order protect the Syrian population.
We express our solidarity with the Syrian people and their legitimate government as elected by them.  Only people of Syria have the right to decide the future of the political system in their country and no one else.
Central Committee
Communist party of Armenia
 October 2019

NCP of Yugoslavia, NKPJ MARKS BELGRADE WWII LIBERATION ANNIVERSARY




On October 20, New Communist Party of Yugoslavia marks 75th years anniversary of Belgrade’s liberation from Nazi German occupation at the end of WWII.
75-years anniversary of the “Belgrade Offensive” was commemorated by the Party ceremony, including laying wreaths at the Memorial Cemetery of Belgrade Liberators.
The tribute to the fallen heroes, members of the National Liberation Army and the Red Army was paid by the General Secretary of NKPJ with members of CC of NKPJ.
75 years ago, the Red Army launched the Belgrade strategic offensive against Nazi Germany. Soviet soldiers attacked the Nazi position along with units of the People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia. During the fighting, vast territories in the east of the country, as well as its capital, Belgrade, were liberated. German forces stationed in the southern Balkan Peninsula lost the ability to quickly connect with other units of the Wehrmacht. This greatly facilitated the process of liberation of Hungary and the rest of the Balkans.
During the Belgrade operation, the Nazis lost about 45 thousand people killed and captured, were forced to retreat 200 km and lost control of the southern and eastern parts of the Balkan Peninsula. The irretrievable losses of the Soviet troops amounted to 4350 people.
The Belgrade operation played an important strategic role in the war. She created the conditions for the liberation of Hungary and the Balkans, and also brought closer the final victory over Nazism.
By the end of 1944, with the help of the Red Army the Partisans liberated Serbia and by May 1945 the remaining Yugoslav territories.
Yugoslavia were among the countries that had the greatest losses in the war: 1.700.000 (10.8% of the population) people were killed and national damages were estimated at 9.1 billion dollars according to the prices of that period.
Belgrade, October 20, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019

CP of Venezuela, No to foreign military intervention in Syria!



The Communist Party of Venezuela expresses its strong rejection of the Turkish Government's plans to invade and occupy Syrian territories, in the framework of a new military offensive organized under the pretext of fighting terrorist forces in northern Syria. Such actions represent a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic and a dangerous step aimed at extending the war and its terrible consequences on the population.
The Communist Party of Venezuela expresses its firm solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people against imperialist aggression, towards achieving peace and recognition of their sovereignty and independence. In this regard, we demand the immediate termination of the presence of foreign military forces of occupation in Syrian territory, the respect for the territorial integrity of the Arab country and the ceasing of any foreign military action of aggression against their territories.

International Policy Department- CP of Venezuela

Saturday, October 5, 2019

KPRF Salutes Peruvian Communist Party on the Occasion of its 91st Anniversary


AKEL on the passing away of Ilker Kilic, historic militant of CTP


AKEL C.C. Press Office, 4th October 2019, Nicosia
ilkerAKEL conveys its sincere condolences on the passing away of Ilker Kilic to his family, friends and comrades in the Republican Turkish Party (CTP).
Kilic was a founding member of the CTP and fought all his life at the forefront of the progressive struggles for the reunification of Cyprus and its people. He suffered imprisonment and persecution for his ideas and activity, both in occupied Cyprus as well as in Turkey. He was a shining symbol of a militant of the Turkish Cypriot Left and an active member of the movement for the rapprochement of the two communities, especially in Britain, where he has lived since 1973. He was a close friend of AKEL, and last year took the lead in the efforts to establish the Bi-Communist Initiative.
AKEL will attend tomorrow’s funeral of Ilker Kilic which will be held in occupied Nicosia.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

24-hour Nationwide Strike and Strike rallies in more than 50 Cities




The GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, who was present at the PAME strike rally at the Propylaea, stated: “The least thing that the government must do right this moment is to withdraw this shameful Bill, a bill that further destroys Collective Bargaining, which attempts to put a muzzle on the trade union movement, that strikes a blow at vital labor rights and gains won over many years.”


With a new nation-wide strike and rallies in dozens of cities on October 2nd, the mobilizations continued against the anti-people legislation being promoted by the ND government in the name of “development”. Sectoral Federations, Labor Centers and Trade Unions, continuing the 24/9 strike, confronted the government, employers and the undermining role of the GSEE leadership yet one more time.
In Athens a mass rally of the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) took place, followed by a march to the Parliament, while similar strike rallies took place in more than 50 cities throughout Greece.
Addressing the rally, Giannis Tasioulas, President of the Federation of Construction Workers, revealed the anti-labor nature of the new legislation that stipulates an attack against fixed work hours, against minimum and mid-level wages, exemptions for those employers who do not deposit insurance contributions into the Funds, permanizing a bare minimum of salaries and wages, through the notorious “exceptions” concerning any Collective Bargaining Agreements that are signed, as well as a further attack against the unions and the right to strike.
Additionally, G. Tasioulas condemned the government's agreement with the USA and NATO, which was not made, as he stated, in the interests of the working people.
He expressed the solidarity of the trade unions with immigrants and refugees.
G. Tasioulas ended his speech as follows: “It's not coincidental that employers and the union mafia wake up and sleep with anti-communism in their mouths. Nor that the bourgeois parties lose any opportunity to spew the poison of anti-communism. Neither is it a coincidence that the EU resolutions that distort the History of the peoples, equating Nazism and fascism with communism, were co-signed by liberal, center, and fake left forces. This serves their interests. To attack the working class and the popular strata as a whole. Historical experience shows that anti-communism is the preparation by the forces of capital for an overall strike against the workers. This element must be seriously estimated by each and every one of us. We do not compromise. We do not lay down our weapons in battle. Through our struggle we will impose justice.”

Communist Party of Swaziland calls for solidarity with public sector workers of Swaziland



The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) stands with public sector workers of Swaziland in their strike action. The workers demand a 7.85 per cent cost of living adjustment. The violent reaction by the regime’s police last week, 25 September 2019, and today, 2 October 2019, is a sign that the Mswati regime is getting more desperate and will do anything to cling to power.
The workers’ protests are a total rejection of the tinkhundla government, which is the employer in this case. The protest over wages is at one and the same time a protest against tinkhundla exploitation. In Swaziland, state resources are not used for what they should be for; social development and economic stimulation. Instead, the money goes to fund the luxurious lifestyle of the monarchy and wasted in corruption. The tinkhundla autocracy has collapsed the economy in this way. Money for education and health are redirected to Mswati, his family and friends.
The Mswati regime wants to treat workers as part of its royal regiment. The regime wants workers to do nothing but bend over twice in implementing tinkhundla rule and ideology. The royal regiment system is a form of slavery practiced by the monarchy, supported by imperialist forces, SADC and African leaders along with other reactionary forces.
The police violence against workers is thus intended to defend tinkhundla dictatorship and its exploitation. Exploitation of human by human must come to an end. In the Swaziland situation, this begins by bringing an end to the Mswati autocracy.
The Communist Party of Swaziland calls upon the masses of our country to support the protests by joining the workers’ pickets and protests. International progressive forces, including our friends, must reject Mswati and his suppression of workers and their rights. The Communist Party of Swaziland also calls for solidarity messages and demonstrations.
Swaziland needs Democracy Now!
Issued by the Communist Party of Swaziland

CP of Cuba, URGENT MESSAGE TO THE WORKERS´ AND COMMUNIST POLITICAL FORCES OF THE WORLD







As it is stated in the Declaration of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba on the last February 13th, “the escalation of the U.S. Government´s pressures and actions to set the stage for a military adventure disguised as humanitarian intervention” is not just a real threat against the Venezuelan people, but also against world peace.
Washington should not underestimate the costs of an aggression against Venezuela. The possibility of a disastrous regionalization of the armed conflict would affect our peoples and all social, economic and political sectors.
We are in the face of a typical threat of imperialist aggression -regardless the disguise used- whose main objective is the appropriation by the United States of the biggest certified reserves of oil in the planet. It is evident, once again, Washington´s contempt for the dozens of thousands of civilian casualties that could be brought about by such at sight conflagration.
It would an attack not only to the Bolivarian Revolution. In the logic of the hawks that control Trump Administration´s policy towards Latin America, this action is seen as the final thrust against the left and progressive forces all over the world. Today it is Venezuela; tomorrow will be Nicaragua, Bolivia or Cuba. 
Therefore, the defense of the Bolivarian Revolution becomes the first trench in the struggle for the sovereignty of Our America, for the ideal of social justice, peace with dignity and unity all over the world.
We reaffirm at this time the thesis of our government when it reminds that “what it is at stake today in Venezuela is the sovereignty and dignity of Latin America and the Caribbean and of the peoples of the South. It is also at stake the survival of the norms of international law and the U.N. Charter. It is at stake whether the legitimacy of a government comes from the sovereignly expressed will of its people, or from the recognition by foreign powers”.
We call for a united march to show to the Yankee Empire that the peoples of the world do have a sense of sovereignty. This is the time for communist and workers´s parties from all continents to show the immense political potential that we represent in the struggle against war and in the defense of peace.

Communist Party of Cuba