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It's About Internationalism

Eric Hayes Patkowski


Dorothy Robinson asks:

"What does any of this [anti imperialism] have to do with Irish freedom? Is the Republican Movement so lacking in momentum that it has to resort to outside issues? Is it now the case that working for a 32-county Ireland just isn't enough? That it is also necessary to be socialist and pro-Palestinian?"

For its part, the Irish Republican Socialist Movement derives its inspiration from and is influenced by James Connolly.

Connolly was both a republican and a socialist, but more than that, he was internationalist in his approach.

It is this internationalism that tells us that the working class of Ireland has more in common with the working class of Palestine (or any other country) than it has with the ruling class of Ireland (or any other country).

It is this internationalism that drew support from many countries and groups during the hunger strikes, support which made the names of Sands, Hughes, O'Hara, McCreesh, McDonnell, Hurson, Lynch, Doherty, McElwee, and Devine household names on virtually every continent, and it is this internationalism that sees members of the IRSP going to Turkey in support of death fasters.

It is this internationalism that sees the IRSP supporting Palestinian resistance in the occupied territories, it is this internationalism that sees the IRSP actively involved in African Liberation Day and in active support of Vieques, Basque independence, support for Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier, and the list goes on and on and on.

Internationalism, anti-imperialism, and anti-capitalism are not "outside issues". They are planks in the programme of resistance, and they are vital to gaining support from other groups and individuals likewise in tune with the importance of international solidarity.



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