Israel/Palestine

Israel-Palestine: Two Nations, Two States


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

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Sodastream exploits precariousness of Palestinian workers

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Gerry Bates

Last month the Israeli union federation, the Histadrut, filed a law suit against Sodastream claiming that the company was disrupting workers’ attempts to organise. One testimony is from a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem and Sodastream employee whose wife is a West Bank resident and whose children have severe medical problems.

The reliance of Palesitinan employees on permits from the Israeli state is a weakness that employers can exploit.

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Tel Aviv: tens of thousands march against occupation and for two states

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Gerry Bates

On Saturday 27 May, between 15,000 and 20,000 Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to mark the anniversary of the Six Day war the subsequent Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The demonstration called for an end to the occupation and for “two states for two people”. In proportion to population, the turnout was equivalent to 140,000 in Britain.

A recent poll by Israel’s Channel 2 TV station found that 47 per cent of Israelis still support a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians based on 1967 borders.

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Solidarity across borders: May Day in Jerusalem

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Janet Burstall

“Music without borders mingled with an encounter of solidarity among humans” in a special May Day celebration, with Palestinian garage and carpentry workers, art teachers, musicians, agricultural workers and cleaners, Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.

The WAC MAAN Workers Advice Centre in Jerusalem organised a May Day celebration with Palestinian garage and carpentry workers, art teachers, musicians, agricultural workers and cleaners, Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.

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Livingstone and the “anti-Zionist” left

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Sean Matgamna
The Ken Livingstone affair focuses attention on one of the major problems inside the left.

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Israel enters Syrian conflict

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Simon Nelson

A surprise rebel assault on the eastern suburbs of Damascus has been driven back by the Syrian Army. Meanwhile a further round of peace talks in Geneva, between the government and major rebel factions, will soon begin.

Since the so-called ceasefire began in December last year, both sides have, with justification, accused the other of breaching the agreement. Israel has increased its involvement in the war, with a drone killing of an alleged pro-Assad fighter, part of a militia supported by the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Exchanges of fire between the Syrian army and Israel have intensified after anti-aircraft missiles were fired at Israeli jets.

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A trip to Israel and Palestine

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Omar Raii, NUS Executive, personal capacity

Last year I visited two countries — Israel and Palestine — about which I had discussed so much and yet seen so little. On a four-day trip organised by the Union of Jewish Students we visited different parts of Israel, including the Golan Heights, and made a short sojourn to Palestine, mainly Ramallah.

Israel has a lot of seemingly incongruous things coexisting: Arabs, Muslims and Christians, religious and secular Jews, LGBT people, hard-right nationalists and liberal vegans.

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Al Jazeera’s phoney scandal

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Keith Road

The “scandal” over the activitiesof pro-Israel groups in the UK and their links with the Israeli embassy uncovered by Al Jazeera is largely manufactured.

Al Jazeera’s story got blanket news coverage after the main protagonist in their undercover footage, Shai Masot, a minor Israeli Embassy official, resigned. Masot was caught on camera saying he would like to see Junior Foreign Minister Alan Duncan removed.

We should oppose the lobbying and espionage of governments and organisations who want to promote harmful ideas. But we should do this consistently, and not just for those instances where it is connected with Israel.

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Al Jazeera’s phoney scandal

Author: 

Keith Road

The “scandal” over the activitiesof pro-Israel groups in the UK and their links with the Israeli embassy uncovered by Al Jazeera is largely manufactured.

Al Jazeera’s story got blanket news coverage after the main protagonist in their undercover footage, Shai Masot, a minor Israeli Embassy official, resigned. Masot was caught on camera saying he would like to see Junior Foreign Minister Alan Duncan removed.

We should oppose the lobbying and espionage of governments and organisations who want to promote harmful ideas. But we should do this consistently, and not just for those instances where it is connected with Israel.

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Jeremy Corbyn, Zionist?

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Sacha Ismail

There are a few on the radical wing of the “absolute anti-Zionist” left who have condemned Jeremy Corbyn’s politics on the Israel-Palestine question as “Zionist”. However the vast majority of Corbyn-supporting “anti-Zionists” have preferred to praise him as a great supporter of Palestinian rights.

There is hypocrisy and incoherence involved here. Many of the same people regularly condemn the positions advocated by Workers’ Liberty on this question as “Zionist”, pro-Israeli government, anti-Palestinian, etc, when in fact they are very similar to Corbyn’s.

What does Jeremy Corbyn actually say about Israel-Palestine?

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