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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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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The rape of Rafah

By Uri Avnery

The official purpose is to "destroy the tunnels" under the "Philadelphi Axis". But tunnels have been there for years. The army boasts of destroying 98 such tunnels in the past, but only one single tunnel has been discovered in this operation. Even if the army destroys more and more Palestinian homes in order to widen the axis - the new tunnels will just be longer.

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Pro-Palestine or anti-Israel? The basic difference between AWL and the conventional Left on the Middle East (2004)

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Sean Matgamna

Dave Osler's letter (Solidarity 3/51) offers an opportunity to restate our position on the Jewish-Arab conflict.


If Dave Osler thinks - and it seems he does - that any of us approach this question as Israeli nationalists, an outline of our position is sorely needed.

Pro-Palestine or anti-Israel? The basic difference between AWL and the conventional Left on the Middle East.

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Blair-Bush-Sharon alliance - The diplomats protest: what will the unions do?

By Kate Ahrens, Unison NEC (personal capacity)

Large numbers of both British and US retired diplomats have protested publicly at George Bush's and Tony Blair's support for Ariel Sharon.

In April, Sharon announced that his government would unilaterally withdraw Israeli settlements from the Gaza Strip (while keeping military outposts there). At the same time he named five West Bank settlements - some of them deep inside Palestinian-inhabited territory - which he would insist on retaining indefinitely.

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Bush and Blair back Sharon - Unions must condemn Blair!

By John O'Mahony

The decision of the Sharon government, with the backing of the USA and Britain, to impose on the Palestinian people an Israeli "solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will, if it goes ahead, lead to further generations of conflict between Israel on the one side and the Palestinians and the Arab world on the other.

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Anti-semitism, real and false

Zvi Shtauber, the outgoing Israeli ambassador to Britain, has denounced the "anti-semitism" of the British left and its alliance with Islamists in Britain (Observer, 4 April).

The Sharon government has denounced BBC reporter Orla Guerin for her supposed "anti-semitic" bias.

In a report on the capture by the Israeli army of a reluctant 16-year-old Palestinian suicide bomber, Guerin questioned whether the Israeli account of the boy's capture and of his intentions could be believed.

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Inside Israel-Palestine

Israeli army kills Hamas leader

Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, assassinated by the Israeli air force on 22 March, bore political responsibility for many suicide bomb attacks on Israeli civilians. Yet the Israeli left have condemned the assassination as a blow to all hopes of peace and justice.
"It is worse than a crime, it is stupid!"

By Uri Avneri (Gush Shalom peace bloc)

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Nonviolent resistance to Wall goes unreported

From Gush Shalom

Just two days after Madrid the sickening images are once again coming from closer to home, with the news of a suicide bombing at the Israeli port of Ashdod. Once again the cycle of bloodshed is rolling on. (And, once again a day of mass, unarmed Palestinian resistance was overshadowed by the acts of two young desperados.) For the players on both sides of the lethal ping-pong, casualties are instrumentalized into ammunition, into a licence to kill the other side's men, women, old and young.

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