The “second stage” of Israel’s war on Gaza has begun. The three-week-long aerial bombardment has already killed close to 8,000 people. Several thousand more are reported missing and presumed buried—dead and alive—under the rubble of obliterated residential apartment buildings.
Red Flag since our inception has stood on the side of the Palestinians in their struggle against Israeli apartheid, ethnic cleansing, colonisation and oppression. We have endeavoured to set the record straight on the conflict. Below is a catalogue of some of our coverage, which we hope will be a useful resource for people wanting to come to grips with the situation.
1. The need for solidarity
Across the Arab world, the talk is of genocide being committed against the Palestinians. In view of Israel’s current offensive (and indeed its past practice), it’s difficult not to invoke the conditions, agreed in the 1948 Genocide Convention, that are considered sufficient to satisfy the crime:
Last month marked ten years since the publication of the first issue of Red Flag. At the time the paper was launched, it’s fair to say some doubts were raised about its long-term viability. Print was widely considered a dying medium—Guardian Australia had just launched in an online-only capacity with a much bigger budget and profile than Red Flag—and the audience for a socialist publication was niche, to put it politely. And as we pass the ten-year mark, AI is threatening to make the work of writers and journalists redundant.
Last October, Chileans voted overwhelmingly for a convention to redraft the 1980 constitution of the Pinochet dictatorship. Red Flag spoke to Camilo Parada Ortiz and Maura Fajardo Gálvez, candidates to the convention with the Movimiento Anticapitalista de Chile (Anti-capitalist Movement of Chile).