By Avirama Golan, from the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz
From the Workers' Advice Centre, a radical trade union which organises both Jewish and Arab workers in Israel.
On 22 June 2011, Unison National Delegate Conference voted against a policy of “critical engagement” with the mass Israeli trade union federation, the Histadrut. The effect of this vote is to suspend relations with Histadrut pending a review and further recommendations next year.
On 17 May, the National Union of Students national executive council passed policy on Israel-Palestine - itself something of a departure for NUS.
Are the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace any more immanent after President Obama’s recent speech? Does it break any new ground?
On 15 May, groups of Palestinians living in Syria and in Lebanon gathered and crossed the border into Israel, in demonstrations to mark Nakba (catastrophe) Day (the Palestinian name for the anniversary of the declaration of the state of Israel).
Israeli socialist Adam Keller, who is a spokesperson for the left-wing anti-occupation campaign Gush Shalom, spoke to us in a personal capacity about Israel’s repression of Palestinian protests and the class struggle inside Israel.
The Palestinian secular nationalist party, Fatah, has reached an agreement with the Islamists of Hamas to form an interim Palestinian government and to organise a general election.
The insurgent Palestinian Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank are now teaching the people of Israel that Karl Marx was right when he wrote that "a nation which enslaves another can never itself be free". The first intifada started in December 1987.
Nurses began strike action in January 1988, the first big industrial flare-up since the defeat of the miners' strike in 1985.
After eight years of unsuccessful efforts to crush the peoples of Afghanistan, the government of the USSR started talking openly about withdrawing from Afghanistan.
Israeli society is becoming divided and polarised. In the coming period, the vital forces of this society will be put to the test.