WBT looks forward to reading Robert Austin’s account of Cuba & Palestine titled “Cuba, Palestine and Israel: Forgotten Histories“.
Just how can we forget the ongoing story of the Cuban revolution and the Palestinian struggle for a right of return to their homeland.
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Of course Cuba and Palestine are very different struggles.
For one, the left is not strong in Palestine but it has been in Cuba for over 60 years. Also the leadership in Cuba is not divided as it is in Palestine. Palestine suffers from a genocidal apartheid akin to the struggles in South Africa in the 20th century.
Cuba’s armed struggle against the South African military in the frontline states helped free Africans from apartheid, no similar brigade has gone to Palestine from Arab or Western worlds. Cubans defeated South Africa army in Angola and ‘this led to peace talks leading to the New York Accords, the agreement by which … South African forces withdrew from Angola‘ – wikipedia. Cuban military intervention weakened the apartheid state of South Africa.
The Viva Palestina tour and the flotillas bringing critical medical and other supplies to Gaza did raise consciousness in the West as has the Great March of Return. But they were not on the scale of the International Brigades to Spain and lacked the fighting capacity.
The apartheid state of Israel has been able to rebuff international boycotts whereas South Africa could not.
But the struggle continues and Palestinians like Cubans have shown great reserves of humanity and courage against the military might of the imperialists that have threatened their people.
3 Nov 2020
Reference: “Cuba, Palestine and Israel: Forgotten Histories“ by Robert Austin