Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

U.S. and UK Attack Yemen Rebels in Defense of Israel’s Ongoing Genocide in Gaza

U.S. and British forces have bombed several sites in Yemen in retaliation against the Houthi forces who have blocked ships in actions against the ongoing genocide in Gaza.

Facebook Twitter Share
Photo: Hani Mohammed/AP

It’s been over three months since the Zionist state of Israel launched a genocidal war on the people of Gaza. This conflict has caused regional tensions to escalate as Israel has also bombed Syria and Lebanon, including Beirut where the Israeli Defense Force has killed both a Hamas and a Hezbollah leader in recent days. On January 11, the conflict escalated with a bombing campaign by the United States and the United Kingdom (together with the governments of the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and Bahrain) on the shores of the Red Sea in Yemen.

Yemen’s Houthis, a Shia militia group that’s close to Iran, have been attacking the Red Sea shipping lanes for weeks in response to Israel’s war on Gaza. The actions carried out by the Houthis had effectively caused weeks of shipping delays as ships had to take alternative routes to the Red Sea. The Houthis even attacked British and American warships in the region, events which were used as an excuse by Biden to launch this Friday’s bombings. 

The Houthis have warned that they will continue to attack and turn back ships in the Red Sea until Israel agrees to a ceasefire with Gaza. An example of the impact that these actions are having is the decision made by Maersk, the Danish shipping and logistics company, which announced that it would pause all vessels bound for the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden in light of the attacks. While the politics of the Houthis are that of radical Islam and, consequently, doesn’t have a  regional socialist program for the liberation of Palestine, these attacks from the Houthis nonetheless represent a direct challenge to the profits of the imperialist powers and meaningfully harm Israel’s economic power in a moment when both the Zionist state and the United States are weakened internationally.

The devastation unleashed by Israel is becoming increasingly clear. Since October 7, more than 23,000 Palestinians, around 40 percent of whom were children, have been killed by Israel, and more than 60,000 wounded. Thousands are still missing under the rubble. Meanwhile, air and ground attacks have continued throughout the Strip, including in the south, where hundreds of thousands of displaced people have been sent to seek safety, only to be faced with more bombings, homelessness, and hunger

This carnage at the hands of the Zionist state has kicked off an international movement for Palestine which has forced several previous allies of Israel — like France — to begin calling for a ceasefire. This has left the United States, as Israel’s biggest supporter, isolated and exposed as the genocide supporting imperialist warmonger it is. Indeed, the U.S. has not intervened to do anything to stop or even limit the massacre, but has rather provided unqualified military and economic support since day one. 

But now, the U.S. and its allies’ interests are being disrupted in the Red Sea by the Houthis and the imperialist powers are responding with full force. It’s clear that for U.S. imperialism, profits matter more than Palestinians’ lives. In the name of protecting what the White House called “freedom of navigation” and “the free flow of international commerce,” the United States began to threaten Yemen and finally this Friday carried out attacks on the country together with UK bombers.

Despite the U.S. strikes, the Houthis vowed to continue their attacks in the Red Sea and called on Friday for mass demonstrations in Yemen against the coalition led by Biden and against Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people.

For years, Yemen has been attacked by a coalition of the United States and Saudi Arabia (Iran’s enemy in the region) to the point of provoking one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the Middle East. In 2022, an informal truce was reached after the U.S.-Saudi Arabia coalition had been defeated. This fragile truce was broken again in the last 24 hours.

But, Friday’s actions go a step further: the United States has now become militarily involved in Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza in a way it has not before, threatening to extend the conflict far beyond Gaza. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had already announced his intention to extend operations to Lebanon, Syria, Iran, and Turkey “if necessary.” The recent attack on Beirut is the first Israeli attack on Lebanon since 2006. In other words, the Israeli government is escalating tensions throughout the region and seems willing to risk the expansion of the war to other countries in the Middle East. The U.S. has been playing the role of moderator, attempting to prevent a broader regional conflict without stepping on Israel’s toes but now, Biden himself has escalated the conflict and gotten the U.S. directly involved militarily in the region. 

Within a few hours, China, Russia, and Turkey had repudiated the strikes on Yemen, while most of the Arab countries, whose leaders U.S. and UK Attack Yemen Rebels in Defense of Israel’s Ongoing Genocide in Gaza have been looking the other way in the face of the Israeli massacre, do not want a new spark to ignite a fire in the entire region.

As the New York Times notes: 

Some American allies in the Middle East, including Gulf nations such as Qatar and Oman, had expressed concern that the attacks against the Houthis could spiral out of control and drag the region into a wider war with other Iranian proxies, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon or Tehran-backed militias in Syria and Iraq.

Israel’s brutal genocide against the Palestinian people, which is being seen around the world, has provoked a wave of outrage and revitalized a movement of support for the Palestinian people the likes of which has not been seen for decades. One hundred days after the start of the Israeli offensive in Gaza, there are calls for mobilizations around the world in solidarity with the Palestinian people and there are already calls to stop the attacks on Yemen, demanding that the United States, UK, and their allies leave the Middle East.

The struggle against the Zionist offensive against Gaza and the West Bank is also part of avoiding a new generalized war in the Middle East in the hands of imperialism allied to Israel. There is an urgent need to involve the labor movement and trade unions against the Zionist and imperialist offensive in the Middle East, and avoid new massacres.

Facebook Twitter Share

Luigi Morris

Luigi is a UPS Warehouse Worker - Teamster Local 804. He is also a member of Left Voice, freelance photographer and socialist journalist.

Twitter Instagram

Middle East-Africa

The United States Is Trapped in the Middle East

As a result of Israel’s offensive on Gaza, the United States is again becoming deeply entrenched in the Middle East. This is a humiliating blow to President Biden, who promised to reassert U.S. imperialism by moving away from direct involvement in the region.

Samuel Karlin

February 22, 2024

With Rafah in the Crosshairs, the Working Class Can Stop the Genocide in Gaza

As Israel prepares an invasion of Rafah, workers’ organizations around the world must take action before it's too late.

James Dennis Hoff

February 21, 2024
Aftermath of Israeli bombing of Rafah, Gaza.

Israel Told Palestinians to Evacuate to Rafah — then Bombed Them

After instructing civilians to evacuate south, Israel has bombed the southern border city of Rafah. It’s not about eradicating Hamas — it’s ethnic cleansing.

Sou Mi

February 12, 2024
Scenic sunset over the Mediterranean Sea

Yearning Waves: A Palestinian’s Tale of Dreams and the Stolen Sea

A Palestinian shares his pain and sadness over the hoops he must jump through in order to experience his own land.

MOST RECENT

All That's Left, the podcast from Left Voice.

#AllThatsLeftPod: Two Years of War in Ukraine

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the war in Ukraine after two years, and the continued need for an independent, working-class solution.

Left Voice

February 24, 2024

The Organic Crisis in 2024: This Year’s Election Is a Battle for the Hearts and Minds of U.S. Workers

The battle between Trump and Biden is being shaped by a crisis of the political regime, requiring the intervention of both the judiciary and the union bureaucracy. The battle for the presidency is a battle for the working class and a battle over which approach to imperialism is best for competing with China and reestablishing US hegemony. As usual, the Democrats are taking up the cudgel of democratic rights in order to rally disaffected voters.

Sybil Davis

February 23, 2024

The Tide Is Turning: New Yorkers Are Speaking Out for Palestinian Liberation

Zionists have long wielded their influence and power in New York City, but the anti-zionist movement is finally taking an unapologetic stand against them.

Ana Orozco

February 23, 2024

“Antideutsche”: The Aberration of Germany’s Pro-Zionist Left

As Germany persists in its unwavering support of Israel and the total denial of its genocide, the German Left is conflicted over the issue. While leftists all over the world are showing solidarity with Palestine, a segment of the German Left is historically pro-Zionist. How did this movement, the so-called Antideutsche (Anti-Germans) come to be?

Seb Zürcher

February 21, 2024