"Under the guise of establishing a "homeland" for the Jewish people, Zionist colonization of Palestine was an instrument for British exploitation of Palestine, for the creation of an imperialist outpost in the Arab world. As the resolution of the Second Congress of the Communist International pointed out, Zionism “under the pretence of creating a Jewish State in Palestine, in fact surrenders the Arab working people of Palestine, where Jewish workers form only a small minority, to exploitation by England.” The Zionist leaders were candid about their role as instruments of British imperialism. Chaim Weizmann, who later became the first president of Israel, wrote: "We have entrusted our national and Zionist destiny to the Foreign Office (of British imperialism-Ed.) and the Imperial War Cabinet, in the hope that the problem would be considered in the light of imperial interests." Later, when the U.S. became the new overlord of the imperialist camp, the Zionists became the instruments of U.S. imperialism. When the U.S. imperialists used the U. N. to give a legal mantle to the establishment of the Zionist colonial settler state, Ben Gurion wrote a letter of thanks to President Truman, "The responsibilities of leadership which were taken up by the American government under your inspiration made possible the creation of the Jewish state."
Thus, we see the establishment on Palestinian soil, through Jewish emigration and the forcible displacement of the Palestinian people, of a settler colonial regime at the instigation, through the active backing, and in the interests of imperialism. Until 1947, Palestine was a British colony. Colonial authority was in the hands of the British imperialists who also dominated the economy. In 1948, the imperialists, through the U.N. and their support to the first Israeli war of aggression (of 1948), handed over the colonial authority to the Zionists while they (Britain and later the U.S.) continued to dominate the economy. By establishing the Zionist state, the imperialists not only safeguarded their economic interests in Palestine but also created an imperialist outpost for the suppression of the national liberation movement of the Arab and other Afro-Asian masses. The imperialist interest could be best preserved by the Zionist colonization of Palestine. As the Zionists themselves asserted, "Jewish Palestine is the surest of all available bulwarks for British power in the Middle East”. The imperialists denied the heroic Palestinian people their legitimate and hard fought for demand for national independence. To this day, the Palestinian people continue to suffer under colonial domination exercised by the Zionist settler regime and its imperialist masters."
Excerpt from a statement of solidarity with Palestinians by Association of Eritrean Students in North America & Association of Eritrean Women in North America published in the 1978 book In Defence of the Eritrean Revolution