February 3, 2024
From In Defense Of Communism

Members of the Knesset committee on Tuesday took a key step
toward expelling MP Ofer Cassif (Hadash) over his support for the South
African-led International Court of Justice case accusing the Israeli Government of
genocide in the Gaza Strip.

The following day, the extreme-right, racist Minister of National Security
of Israel, Itamar Ben Gvir, published on his social network a photo of
comrade Ayman Odeh (Head of the Hadash-Ta’al coalition) with
Khalida Jarrar (Palestinian PFLP parliamentarian), with a
comment threatening the revocation of Comrade Todeh’s mandate.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) said that the
debate “was conducted like a political circus, whose outcome was
determined by populist political considerations,” and called the
committee vote “a shameful act of McCarthyism and gagging, which
severely harms freedom of expression, the right to vote, and be

“We cannot accept the argument that opposing the fighting in Gaza and
demanding an end to violations of international law is tantamount to
supporting Hamas’ massacres against Israel,” ACRI continued. “This is a
dangerous position that will lead to a fatal blow to the freedom of
expression of elected officials and citizens, and is a slippery slope.”

Both Cassif and Odeh are facing this persecution for being staunch voices, both in the Knesset as well as in the streets,
against the genocidal practices of the far-right government headed by Benjamin Nethanyahu. Both comrades, also members of the Communist Party of Israel (Maki) have ardently defended the end of the war
against the Palestinian people and the end of the Israeli occupation of
the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank.