The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 29th March 2019

Lead story

Israel Again Strikes Gaza

ISRAELI warplanes are pounding the Gaza Strip despite United Nations and Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire between the beleaguered Palestinian enclave and the Zionist entity. The UN envoy for the Middle East warns of catastrophic consequences from escalating violence in Gaza, and Israeli communists have condemned the targeting of civilians on both sides of the border and called for an end to the bloodshed

This renewed Israeli aggression began on Monday when the Israelis started hitting targets throughout the Gaza Strip after the accidental firing of a Palestinian rocket that destroyed an Israeli settler’s home near Tel Aviv, wounding seven people.

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Crispy strikers

CLASS ONE lorry drivers who have the important task of transporting Walkers crisps from their Warrington factory to hungry mouths across the country are balloting for strike action.

The jobs were transferred from Walkers Snack Foods to rapacious transport firm Eddie Stobart last year under a Transfer of Undertakings of Protection of Employment (TUPE). Unite the union says that since the transfer however, Stobart management has ignored the TUPE agreements, which are supposed to maintain workers’ terms and conditions.

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Trump in Wonderland

DONALD TRUMP, the US president, has signed a declaration recognising Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights seized from Syria during the Arab-Israeli war in 1967. At a joint press conference in Washington with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, the chief American war-lord hailed what he called the “powerful” relationship between the USA and Israel, whilst Netanyahu called the signing “historic justice” and a “diplomatic victory”.

This pointless and meaningless gesture was in fact neither “historic” nor a “victory”. It may garner a few more votes for Netanyahu in the Israeli elections next month but it does nothing to change the status of the Heights, which is the home to 27,000 Syrians. The United Nations has long ruled that Israel’s unilateral annexation in 1981 was “null and void” and the Arab League says: “The American announcement does not change the legal status of the Golan in any way.” Not one of Trump’s European allies has backed the Americans over the Golan Heights. It was even too much for America’s feudal Arab clients to swallow; Qatar and Kuwait have condemned Trump’s action together with the Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Donald Trump may have shocked the world by winning the US presidential race in 2016 but what has he achieved since then? Congressional opposition has thwarted his plans to tear up Medicare, the American national health insurance programme, and blocked funding for ‘Trump’s Wall’ that he vowed to build to keep out illegal immigrants. He did get the promised tax-breaks for the big corporations and the elite through, but only because that was the only thing that unites the two major bourgeois parties in the American legislature

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