There are many oppressed and/or colonized peoples in the world, from Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and in Israel, to Native Americans or African Americans in the US to Aborigines in Australia, to the poor in India. Each of these peoples has a unique history and culture, yet each is the victim of capitalist and imperialist oppression. In fact, the workers of the imperialist nations are also the victims of exploitation and oppression, from the U.S. to China to Israel. Despite our differences of dress, language, culture or appearance, we are all humans with similar desires for a safe and secure life, the love of family, productive work, and the respect and comradeship of our fellow workers. Those wealthy and self-serving bosses who dominate us in every country have only their own interests at heart, but in many cases they have convinced us to unite with them on the basis of nationalism and to see other workers as our enemies, rather than them.
The author is correct when she says there are differences amongst Palestinians, for Palestine is ruled by an elite and corrupt few who spend much of their budget on police to control their own people and collude with the Israeli colonizers. Such is most often the case in colonies. In the imperialist nations, the police and military serve to repress rebellion at home and export oppression abroad, winning enlistment on the basis of patriotism. The point is that workers, students, and farmers of the world must unite together in struggle, recognize who our enemies are, and be enriched by the multiplicity of our cultures. We must not fear to support each other’s struggles. We must not fear to learn from the failed or victorious struggles of others or silence any voice simply because we may come from different cultures. Unless we recognize our unity as workers we will not have a chance to defeat the monsters of international imperialism, who are bound to destroy our planet, be it through war or climate change.