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Houthi rebels, who control much of Yemen’s north, have taken their hatred for the United States and Israel beyond rhetoric in recent months, citing their support for the Palestinians.
But according to Yemen expert Helen Lackner, writing in Jacobin, the Houthis’ attacks aimed at Israel and Israeli-connected ships are more than ideology — they are strategy,
The Iran-backed Shiite movement’s official slogan is “Allah is great, death to the U.S., death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam.”
After Israel responded to the heinous Hamas massacre of its civilians on Oct. 7 by attacking Gaza, the Houthis saw backing the Islamic terrorist group as an opportunity to boost their credibility and recruitment, according to the Post.
They claim to target Israeli-linked vessels, but the reality is often murkier. Many attacked ships lack any connection to Israel, suggesting a broader anti-Western agenda.
But American progressives are quick to blame the West, using words such as “colonialism” to justify both the attacks on Israel by Hamas and the attacks by Houthis in the Red Sea.
For instance, in December, the Party for Socialism and Liberation excitedly posted a video of a large crowd gathered in New York’s Columbus Circle chanting, “Yemen, Yemen, make us proud. Turn another ship around.”
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