The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) condemns the illegal airstrikes on Syria by Israel which took place on Sunday May 5th. The Israeli regime claims this was a defensive measure to protect Israel from a new generation of weapons that are supposed to be in the possession of the Syrian Government. Indeed the Israeli regime, mimicking the illegal bombing and invasion of Iraq by the United States, has stated that pinpoint air attacks were directed towards specific sites where weapons were being stored. In fact, the Israelis have recklessly attacked residential areas, and like the US invasion of Iraq, have failed to produce a single shred of evidence to support their claims.
Israel's aggressive attacks are the second wave in three days, and the United Nations has expressed 'grave concern' in relation to Israel's behavior. What is equally shocking has been the readiness of the Obama Government, backed by the British to immediately support the attacks by Israel, despite the fact that they are completely illegal under international law, and will undoubtedly worsen an already difficult and tragic situation.
The violence and oppression practiced by the apartheid state of Israel has for a long time created tension in the Middle East, Israel's latest acts of aggression through indiscriminate bombings on residential and civilian targets must be condemned in the strongest possible manner.
The actions of Israel are not the actions of a strong and confident regime. They are the desperate measures of a regime that is now daily exposed as a state founded on discrimination, and the exclusion of the Palestinian people. A state without legitimacy, that has to rely on American weaponry to assert itself in the region, and which has lost any legitimacy.
For these reasons, we encourage all democrats to continue to support and further the aims of a boycott, disinvestment and sanctions campaign against the apartheid state of Israel and its latest oppressive acts. This will ensure the peace, safety and stability of the Middle East as a whole and the innocent people of Palestine and now Syria.
South African Municipal Workers' Union of COSATU
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