Israel/Palestine

Israel-Palestine: Two Nations, Two States

48-page pamphlet explaining the history, unravelling the issues, and giving positive directions for campaigning.


Third edition 2016

Israel out of the Occupied Territories!

For a Palestinian state with the same rights as Israel!

For Arab-Jewish workers' unity on a basis of consistent democracy! For a socialist Israel and a socialist Palestine in a socialist federation of the Middle East!

Third edition 2016. (1st edition was 2001, 2nd edition 2002). Cover price £3.50. With UK postage, £4.70; with international postage, £8.55. See button below to buy online or get cheap bulk rates.


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Two Nations, Two States. Socialists and Israel-Palestine

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Momentum debates anti-semitism

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Sacha Ismail

There were 65 people at the Lewisham Momentum debate on anti-semitism, Israel-Palestine and the left on 20 June, including a fair smattering from outside Lewisham. I think the most positive thing about the meeting was that it took place.

Despite the world pushing this question on us quite dramatically, there is a distinct lack of genuine discussion about it. There have been relatively few meetings organised about it, and very few indeed – if any — which involve speakers from different points of view.

Lewisham Momentum held a debate on anti-semitism, Israel-Palestine and the left.

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Protesters denounce Israeli government's right-wing shift

Activists protested outside the Israeli embassy in London on 15 June against the Israeli government's new shift to the right and for "two nations, two states"

Activists from Workers' Liberty, the Worker-communist Party of Kurdistan, and the Iranian Revolutionary Marxists' Tendency, protested outside the Israeli embassy in London on 15 June against the Israeli government's new shift to the right and for two states for the two nations in Israel-Palestine.

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Anti-racists rally in Tel Aviv

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Ira Berkovic

Thousands of people participated in a demonstration in Tel Aviv on Saturday 28 May, protesting at the appointment of the far-right Avigdor Lieberman as Defence Minister. Demonstrators chanted “Lieberman is a racist and a fascist”, and “Lieberman is the minister of war”. Placards proclaimed “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies”, and “Israel, Palestine, two states for two peoples”.

Thousands of people participated in a demonstration in Tel Aviv on Saturday 28 May, protesting at the appointment of the far-right Avigdor Lieberman as Defence Minister.

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Hal Draper on Israel/Palestine (1954)

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Hal Draper

In the summer of 1954, the American “third camp” Trotskyist group the Independent Socialist League (ISL) invited Clovis Maksoud, a Lebanese-American Arab nationalist and socialist then studying in London, to publish an article in their newspaper Labor Action setting out “the position of the Arab socialists on Israel”.

Hal Draper sets out his perspective on Israel/Palestine in articles from Labor Action in 1954.

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Anti-semitism and reactionary anti-capitalism

Moishe Postone, a Marxist writer based at the University of Chicago and author of Time, Labour, and Social Domination, and Critique du fétiche-capital: Le capitalisme, l'antisémitisme et la gauche, was in London in May, and spoke to Martin Thomas from Solidarity about anti-semitism on the left and reactionary anti-capitalism.

Moishe Postone, a Marxist writer based at the University of Chicago and author of Time, Labour, and Social Domination, and Critique du fétiche-capital: Le capitalisme, l'antisémitisme et la gauche, talks about anti-semitism on the left and reactionary anti-capitalism.

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Letter: Meanings of Zionism

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Jason Schulman

The difference the AWL has with me may simply be a continental difference, so to speak. Among Jews I know, in the US, if you call yourself a Zionist, then that means that you’re inclined to agree with whatever the Israeli government does. If you don’t, then you’re non-Zionist or anti-Zionist.

Much of what is spoken about today as “Zionism” would be more accurately termed Israeli-Jewish chauvinism or ultra-nationalism.

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Debating how to tackle left anti-semitism

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Cathy Nugent

See here for an audio recording of the debate

On Thursday 19 May, Workers’ Liberty debated Richard Angell, the Director of Progress, on how best to fight left anti-semitism.

Workers’ Liberty debated Richard Angell, the Director of Progress, on how best to fight left anti-semitism.

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Israeli government shifts to the right

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Phil Grimm

Binyamin Netanyahu looks set to appoint Avigdor Lieberman, a right-wing nationalist demagogue, as his Defence Minister in a new Israeli government.

It had looked like Netanyahu’s Likud party might make a deal with the moderate parties to its left in order to bolster his governing coalition’s parliamentary majority.

Instead, the Prime Minister is now negotiating with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu (“Israel is our home”). Apparently Lieberman, the party’s leader, demanded the role of defence minister in exchange for his support.

Binyamin Netanyahu looks set to appoint Avigdor Lieberman, a right-wing nationalist demagogue, as his Defence Minister in a new Israeli government.

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How to wipe out left-anti-Semitism

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Sean Matgamna

Jackie Walker, a woman of mixed African-Jewish background, and vice-chair of the Labour Party's left-wing group, Momentum, has been suspended by the Labour Party on grounds of anti-semitism. The charge of anti-semitism is based on a fragment of a Facebook conversation from some months ago. Her anti-semitism consisted in the statement that Africa too had experienced a Holocaust.

We need to specify what left anti-semitism consists of, in order to debate, educate, and clarify.

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