How Are U.S. Warships Supporting Israel’s Genocide In Gaza?

Gaza has been under military blockade since 2006. Its one harbor, in Gaza City, was heavily bombed by Israel recently. Repeated attempts to reach Gaza with boats carrying humanitarian supplies have been thwarted by Israel with U.S. backing and we’ve seen activists beaten and even killed for trying to deliver cargo like medical supplies.

Bringing this question closer to home, How is the genocide in Gaza supported by General Dynamics and Bath Iron Works?

General Dynamics is the world’s fourth largest weapons manufacturer and Bath Iron Works (BIW) is one of its many locations for building weapon delivery systems. In this location in Maine shipbuilders historically profited from building slave ships.

Today, both destroyers and cruisers are built to be nuclear-capable meaning they are designed to be able to deliver first-strike attack nuclear Tomahawk cruise missiles and SM-3 ‘missile defense’ interceptors which would take out an enemy’s defenses following a first strike by the U.S.

Currently there are multiple Bath-built warships in the vicinity of Gaza including the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden. The USS Kearny, an Aegis destroyer built at BIW, is deployed there as is the USS Mason, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer which on 27 November engaged in a firefight with Yemeni forces on behalf of an Israeli merchant ship it was sent to rescue. U.S. ships have been reported as routinely shooting down drones launched from Yemen that target ships in the vicinity.

Map dated May, 2020 Source:

On 15 November Aljazeera published a video report, “What does the Western naval build-up in the Middle East look like?” with this comment: “The Middle East is witnessing a Western naval build-up that hasn’t been seen there for decades: aircraft carriers, destroyers, missile cruisers, amphibious assault ships, a nuclear-powered submarine, and many more.”

U.S. warships are deployed to deter resistance forces in the region — such as Hezbollah — from intervening to stop genocide in Gaza and the West Bank. So far they’ve been apparently unsuccessful, however, their presence increases the likelihood of escalation as in the case of the USS Mason fighting Yemen on behalf of Israel.

Since the resumption of Israel’s bombing of Gaza on December 1, these confrontations have indeed escalated.

Treating U.S. warships as inherently different from Israeli warships is mythology. The two nation states have never been in closer lock step as they do the bidding of their corporate overlords.

Israel has been described as “America’s unsinkable aircraft carrier” but the U.S. and Israel have never been so reviled in world opinion as they are today. Their collective reputation is sinking like a warship that’s taking on water.

Join us in Bath this Friday if you’re able. Help us communicate to workers that we know Bath Iron Works only has one customer — the U.S. Navy — but it wasn’t always like that. So many useful things could be built there and even more good union jobs generated, like hospital ships to provide relief for the bombed out children of Gaza.

Injured Palestinian kid receives medical treatment at Al-Nasr Children’s Hospital after an Israeli attack in Khan Yunis, Gaza on November 18, 2023. Abed Zagout/Anadolu via Getty Images

If you have the courage, watch or read: “A harrowing video shows decomposing babies in a Gaza hospital after they had to be abandoned amid Israeli attacks.”

Then, wherever you’re located, get out in the streets to demand an end to genocide in Gaza and to the military blockade that supports it.

Geography Quiz: Let Palestine Live!

Lluís Ràfols November 2012

Chris Hedges and other Western journalists are going to stand at the Rafah gate on the Egyptian side I learned yesterday from his heart-breaking Letter to the Children of Gaza. This is in response to Israel’s refusal to let in international witnesses to the carnage (10,000+ dead with 40% of those children) and Israel’s rapid killing of Palestinian journalists already on the ground. A video of tv journalist Salman Al Bashir ripping off his press vest and helmet saying, “This protection gear does not protect us!” has gone viral.

What’s a blogger to do in these genocidal times? Lift up other voices, spread the word, help jam congressional phone lines and offices demanding a ceasefire now, and educate myself about the balkanized geography of a fossil fuel resource region. So here, in the midst of the worst onslaught against Gaza ever, is another geography quiz.

Map A – This nation is what the United Nations laid out in 1948 after the Nakba by Zionist militias saw several hundred thousand indigenous people slaughtered. Note that it does not stretch from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea.

Map B – This nation was created by UN mandate in 1948 after British colonial rulers had promised both the indigenous Arabs and also the Zionist Jews in Europe the same territory. 

Map C – This nation is the home of Hezbollah which takes credit for defeating Israel and driving it out after a civil war during which Israel stood by while militias massacred Nakba refugees in the Sabra and Shatila camps.

Map D – This nation absorbed millions of refugees driven out by Zionists in 1948 and has refused to accept any more following the Al Aqsa Flood breakout from Gaza in October 2023.

Map E – This nation absorbed millions of refugees driven out by Zionists in 1948 and has refused to accept any more following the Al Aqsa Flood breakout from Gaza in October 2023. 

Map F – This nation is frequently bombed by Israel and the U.S., which maintains illegal military bases there in order to steal its oil.

Current blank maps sourced from Free Country Map 

Map G – This German map was made in 1869 when the Ottoman Empire considered itself entitled to rule the prime location where ancient Silk Road routes met the Mediterranean Sea. Falsely described by Zionists as “a land without a people.”

Map H – This region of historical Palestine is named for a body of water that it borders.

Answer Key
Map A
 – UN-mandated Palestine
Map B – UN-mandated Israel
Map C – Lebanon
Map D – Egypt
Map E – Jordan
Map F – Syria
Map G – Palestine
Map H – West Bank

Ground view in Gaza right now:

For an extended video tour of the damage shared on reddit:

Israeli propaganda trolls don’t want you to see these kind of footage, because they’re trying to hide from the world that Israel has been dropping over 6000 bombs in the first week alone.

That’s the equivalent of 2 nuclear bombs. Israel killed over 10,000 Palestinians so far, incl over 4000 children