The French Party statement, strongly condemning the mass murder of Israelis, was an outlier in the communist movement. Other parties either condemned the killings in a low register or not at all. I include the U.S. party in the low register category.

Such a posture, however, is inconsistent with the longstanding policy of the party that guided its approach to the Middle East over a half century. Hy Lumer and Danny Rubin, who wrote extensively on the Middle East for decades in party publications, would find the statement, I’m sure, not to their liking.