Netanyahu Not Welcome to Greece, in Protest
Against Israeli Looting of Palestinian Natural Resource
June 19, 2017
The following news story is just an example
of the Israeli occupation government violations of Palestinian
rights, on daily basis. This time, it's about the outright theft and
looting of Palestinian natural gas!
After invading Palestine during the British
occupation, 1917-1947, Zionist Israelis launched a war of ethnic cleansing against
the Palestinian people in 1948, in which they stole their lands and
their natural resources, including the natural gas fields, discovered
the Palestinian coast.
This cannot continue without the full financial
and media support from
Zionists as well as financial and military support from the US-EU governments,
which have been active participants in the persecution and subjugation of
the Palestinian people.
The Israeli occupation government has received
more than $3.8 billion annually from the US successive administrations,
Democrat and Republican alike, to enable it to continue the subjugation
and persecution of the Palestinian people. The Obama administration made
sure that the US support for the Israeli occupation government will
continue by obligating its successors to give the racist, apartheid,
Zionist state $38 billion in the next ten years.
Netanyahu Not Welcome to Greece: KOE
Greek protests against Netanyahu's visit, on Thursday, 15
June, 2017, in Thessaloniki and Athens
A number of left-wing, anti-war and anti-imperialist organizations,
including the Communist Organization of Greece, have responded to the
call of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to protest the
visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and demanded his
expulsion from Greece.
Demonstrations are scheduled in the Greek capital Athens on June 15
at 7:pm local time, at the Israeli Embassy as well as in Thessaloniki at
the Venizelos Statue. The Greece-Cyprus-Israel summit will take place in
Thessaloniki, following Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipra’s invitation
to the President of the Republic of Cyprus Anastasiades and the Prime
Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The protesters and participating organizations are blaming Israel’s
for its role in Palestine as well as its role in wars and conflicts
throughout the Middle East. Also criticized is Israel’s role as
protagonist of what is described as U.S. President Donald Trump’s war
campaign against Iran and anyone else blocking US plans in the region.
In a joint communique the organizations stated also that the
Tsipras-Kammenos government’s cooperation with “state-terrorists” and
adventurous choices jeopardize the real interests of Greece.
The organizations also stress that Tsipras and Anastasiadis are
ambitious to turn Greece and Cyprus into a transit center for the
transfer to Europe of the natural gas that the Israeli occupation steals
from the Palestinians. IN a joint communique they state among others:
We did not expect from «leaders» who did not hesitate to sell out the
national wealth and the sovereignty of their country to become aware
when an other people is victim of occupation and theft … Peoples of
Greece and Cyprus, on the other hand, have every reason to oppose this
shameful co-operation, which also legitimizes the plundering of the
natural resources of occupied Cyprus by Ankara, and semi-colonial Greece
from its «EU-partners». Moreover, it downgrades the remains of the
Israel's prime minister: Med pipeline would be 'revolution'
Fox Business, By COSTAS KANTOURIS, June 15, 2017
THESSALONIKI, Greece –
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised Thursday to
promote plans for an ambitious Mediterranean undersea natural gas
pipeline project, in a bid by his country to become a key European
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Israel is hoping to export much of its newly discovered natural gas
to Europe by a proposed 2,200-kilometer (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline
to Cyprus and Greece.
"It's something we're very excited about," Netanyahu said in
Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city.
"Of course the idea of the East Med pipeline would be a revolution.
We've had preliminary studies of it. It seems promising and we're going
to look further."
Netanyahu met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot
President Nicos Anastasiades, after the three countries signed a joint
declaration in Tel Aviv in April to promote construction of the
Greece and Israel are also planning an undersea electricity cable
link and are also considering a Mediterranean data cable.
Once frosty, Israel's ties with Greece and Cyprus have markedly
improved in recent years, coinciding with a spat between Israel and
regional rival Turkey.
Many Left, anti-racist, anti-war and anti-imperialist organizations
and parties in Greece have responded to the
call of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to protest
the visit of Benjamin Netanyahu and demand his expulsion from Greece. We
are re-publishing the calls from these organizations to the
demonstrations, which will take place on Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 pm:
in Athens, at the Zionist Embassy and in Thessaloniki, at the Venizelos
Netanyahu not welcome in Greece
The Greece-Cyprus-Israel summit will take place in Thessaloniki,
following Tsipra’s invitation to the President of the Republic of Cyprus
Anastasiades and the prime minister of the racist Israeli state,
Netanyahu. This summit is being held while the clouds of war are shaking
and are threatening our country, as western imperialism destroys entire
countries in our region.
The Zionist Israeli state is also one of the protagonists in Trump’s
war campaign against Iran and anyone else blocking US plans in the
region. With the head of this state-terrorist, the Tsipras-Kammenos
government allies, further deepening an adventurous choice that engulfs
our country and our people in major adventures and jeopardizes Greece’s
The government of the semi-colonial memorandum regime, after exposing
the last remnants of national independence and sovereignty, transformed
into a derision of enemies and «friends,» is now attempting to sell the
even greater attachment to the US-NATO-Israel axis as the only
protection shield against Turkey’s aggression . But the Greek and the
Cypriot people have been taught in the most painful way that the least
that such «allies» are interested in is to provide a shield of
protection. Even more when they have the current managers, whom no one
respects nor counts on, since they have shown unprecedented compliance.
Tsipras and Anastasiadis are ambitious to turn Greece and Cyprus into
a transit center for the transfer to Europe of the natural gas that the
Israeli occupation steals from the Palestinians. We did not expect from
«leaders» who did not hesitate to sell out the national wealth and the
sovereignty of their country to become aware when an other people is
victim of occupation and theft … Peoples of Greece and Cyprus, on the
other hand, have every reason to oppose this shameful co-operation,
which also legitimizes the plundering of the natural resources of
occupied Cyprus by Ankara, and semi-colonial Greece from its
«EU-partners». Moreover, it downgrades the remains of the Greek-Arab
Responding to the call of the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine (PFLP), we declare that the head of the occupying state of
Netanyahu is undesirable in our country. Besides, if the so-called
«international legitimacy» really worked, this person should be in
prison, being himself personally a war criminal.
We call on people who want justice and peace in our region to protest
tomorrow THURSDAY 15/6 at 7:00 pm. In THESSALONIKI (Statue of Venizelos)
and ATHENS (Israeli Embassy).
Free people in free homelands!
June 14, 2017
Communist Organization of Greece (KOE)
Mass marches in
Greece declare “Netanyahu Not Welcome!” in Thessaloniki and
Large crowds took to the streets on Thursday, 15 June in
Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece, protesting the visit of
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the
Greece-Israel-Cyprus summit promoting increased economic
and military cooperation between the Israeli occupation,
Greece and Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network in
Greece joined a number of Greek and Palestinian
calling for the demonstrations to reject the presence of
Netanyahu in Greece as a war criminal. Organizations
including ANTARSYA, KOE (Communist Organization of Greece),
NAR (New Left Current), EEK (Workers’ Revolutionary Party),
KKE ml (Communist Party of Greece – Marxist-Leninist), the
Friends of Palestine, the Ghassan Kanafani Front for
Resistance and Solidarity, the Friends of the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine and a wide range of
anti-war, anti-imperialist, anti-racist and social justice
organizations and activists joined in the marches that took
to the streets in both cities.
The summit, which included Netanyahu, Greek prime
minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot president Nicos
Anastasiades, convened in Thessaloniki under the auspices of
touted gas deal for pipeline construction between
occupied Palestine, Greece and Cyprus. Protesters denounced
the role of the SYRIZA-ANEL government in Greece, elected on
a left, anti-austerity program with campaign pledges that
included an end to joint military exercises with Israel, for
its role in enforcing more austerity, greater EU control
over Greek resources and a massively intensified
relationship with the apartheid settler-colonial Israeli
In Athens, hundreds gathered outside the Israeli Embassy
where protests went on for over an hour before a march
through the streets to the Defense Ministry, demanding an
end to collaboration with the Israeli occupation. A wide
array of left organizations and youth participated in the
protest and march.
“We are here to protest the presence of the war criminal
Netanyahu in Greece. We are against this relationship
between the current SYRIZA government and the Israeli
apartheid state. We see Greece’s natural position in the
Middle East, supporting the people and anti-war. We are
against the involvement of Greece in the European Union,
more and more, and supporting the colonial machine in the
Mohammed Khatib, the European coordinator of Samidoun
Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, speaking to
reporters at the protest.
In Thessaloniki, an even larger crowd gathered at the
Venizelos Statue and marched throughout the city carrying
Palestinian flags and red flags, banners and signs demanding
an end to Greek cooperation with EU, US and Israeli schemes
stripping the wealth of the Greek and Palestinian people. As
they marched by the United States consulate in Thessaloniki,
protesters stopped and burned an image of a U.S. and Israeli
flag, chanting slogans against U.S. imperialism in the
Also in Thessaloniki, another protest of hundreds marched
from St. Sophia Square to denounce ongoing NATO involvement
in Greece and Israeli occupation.
Another group of Greek activists protested inside the
studios of state-run TV station ET3 until they ran a video
protesting the summit and denouncing the role of Tsipras in
engaging in military and economic cooperation with the
Leila Khaled called on all to participate in the
demonstration: “This message is to call on all progressive,
socialist, democratic, anti-imperialist, anti-apartheid
forces to firmly stand strongly against this visit and this
summit. Our mutual struggle is based on common interests for
our peoples. On behalf of the martyrs, the prisoners and
their families, I call upon everyone to participate in the
demonstration. Let Netanyahu hear our voices, from Palestine
to Greece via Cyprus, that he is not welcome anywhere.” In
Khaled’s message was read aloud in Greek to the crowd.
Earlier, the leftist
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine had urged
protests of the summit, calling on Greek organizations to
respond: “The PFLP urged all friendly Greek forces and
parties to fight the intensifying political, military and
economic ties between Greece and the Zionist entity, which
necessarily come at the expense of the Palestinian and Arab
people whose resources and rights have been confiscated by
the occupier, while opening the wealth of the Greek people
to looting by the U.S. and Zionist state. The Front
denounced the role of the Syriza-ANEL government in
escalating this relationship between Greece and the Zionist
occupation state to unprecedented levels at the expense of
the Greek and Palestinian peoples and their gas and water
wealth and resources.”
The Union of Palestinian Communities and Organizations in
called on the Greek government to cancel the meeting.
“The SYRIZA government was elected with claims of commitment
to international law and respect for the will of the Greek
people. At the same time, it is standing with imperialism
and Zionist forces and the interests of oil and gas
companies while receiving a racist war criminal who killed
thousands of civilians in Gaza. Netanyahu is a criminal, a
killer of children, and his only natural place is in the
dock at the International Criminal Court in The Hague,” said
Dr. Fawzi Ismail, president of the Union.
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
is dedicated to continuing to organize in Greece and
internationally against the Greece/Cyprus/Israel gas deal
and attempts to extract the wealth of the Palestinian and
Greek people for exploitation by U.S. imperialists,
oligarchic captialists and Israeli colonialists. The large
turnout in Athens and Thessaloniki makes clear that Greek
people support justice for the Palestinian people, not war
deals with apartheid settler-colonial states.
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