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On causing offence to Muslims

Statement by Revolutionary Socialists, Egypt

Monday 17 September 2012

The Revolutionary Socialists Movement affirms its complete rejection of all attacks on religious sites and symbols, whether Muslim or Christian. They strengthen sectarian tendencies and polarisation; breaking the ranks of the majority of the masses of workersand peasants, the poor and the oppressed. Such attacks weaken the masses’ struggles, their unity and the development of their consciousness and self-organisation in the battle against the gang of exploiters and investors which govern and control the livelihoods and fates of millions.

We also emphasize that the real battle of the Arab revolutions is a battle against US imperialism and not against other cultures or against freedom of expression. This battle will not be won except through the continuation and growth of the radical struggles of working people and the oppressed of all peoples against their exploiters and tormentors at home and abroad.

This battle against US imperialism cannot be reduced to a question of “the clash of civilisations”. Nor can the violence of a small group against embassies and US bases in Libya, Egypt and Yemen be a substitute for the mass struggle from below for independence and national liberation.

At the same time as they ignite anger against America, the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists insist on the maintenance of diplomatic, economic and military relations with the USA. Nor are they taking any genuine steps to stop co-operation with this imperialist regime, or making any serious effort to cancel the shameful peace treaty with the Zionist entity which squanders national independence. No sooner had the authorities washed their hands of the massacres they perpetrated in the Sinai, than they destroyed the tunnels of the besieged Gaza Strip, in an operation which gained the direct political support of the American and Israeli governments, and strengthened links of co-operation with them.

This incident represents an attempt to strike at the Arab revolutions at the level of collective and democratic values. It is a blow against the model of solidarity between peoples across the world in the struggle for freedom from tyranny, which was beginning to take shape with these revolutions, inspiring global movements of protest.

The angry rhetoric and actions which depict the US role in the region as an act of cultural and religious aggression between Muslims and Christians, or between East and West, only serve to direct the rage of the peoples, including the masses influenced by the rhetoric of the Islamists against imperialism, in a sectarian and chauvinist direction which is completely wrong. This is what will give the opportunity to the leaders of the same Islamist currents which have no objection to appeasing the USA and Israel to practice their diplomatic arts without feeling the pressure of the streets.

Thus the Revolutionary Socialists Movement calls on the masses to mobilize their strength and organise their ranks to put pressure on the elected authorities to:

● Reject American military aid and stop all forms of co-operation with US forces

● Cancel the Camp David agreement once and for all

● Support the Palestinian resistance in all possible ways

The Revolutionary Socialists, Friday 14 September 2012

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