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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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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'Is criticising Israel anti-semitic?' - report from a Bristol meeting

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Zac

Tony Greenstein, who was suspended from Labour last month for alleged anti-Semitism, was the only speaker at at ‘Is criticising Israel anti-Semitic?’, hosted by Bristol Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). The room was packed, with around 200 attendees, many of those were Momentum members. The PSC’s choice of speaker, presentation of the event, and recent organised hostility towards towards committed Palestine solidarity activists advocating a two state programme forewarned me of a one-sided and hostile discussion.

A report of a Palestine Solidarity Campaign meeting in Bristol.

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Trump win emboldens Israeli right wing

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Ira Berkovic

Ministers in Israel's hard-right government have voted unanimously for a bill that seeks to retroactively legitimise settlement outposts built illegally on Palestinian land in the West Bank. It then passed its first reading in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, by 58 votes to 50.

Israel's right-wing government is moving to "legalise" the "outposts" in the West Bank which, unlike "settlements", are currently illegal even under Israeli law.

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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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