Israel/Palestine

Slogans on Gaza

Submitted by Matthew on 28 November, 2012 - 7:43

Socialist Worker (24 November), reporting on Gaza, explicitly opposes "calls for Israel and Palestine to negotiate a settlement". "The only solution", it says, "is to create a single state that allows Jews and Arabs to live alongside each other".

The voluntary merger of neighbouring nations into larger units is desirable all across the world. But merger without negotiation? Involuntary merger? That is only another way of saying "conquest".

From the river to the sea

Submitted by Matthew on 21 November, 2012 - 11:27

At first glance, who could oppose the Palestine Solidarity Campaign? The very name implies one of the most noble human aspirations — solidarity with a people. And in particular a people like the Palestinians, whose suffering is genuine.

No doubt many people who join the PSC, attend its demonstrations, donate money to it or encourage their unions to back it are expressing their support for the idea of solidarity with the Palestinians.

But there’s a difference — a huge one — between showing solidarity with the Palestinians and supporting the PSC.

Anniversary of the Balfour declaration

Submitted by PaulHampton on Fri, 11/02/2012 - 19:08

Today is the 95th anniversary of the Balfour declaration, the promise made by the British government to support a Jewish state in Palestine. The anniversary is already the subject of letters to the Guardian and no doubt will prove a fillip for discussion on the self-defined “anti-imperialist” left. Criticism of British colonial policy is entirely justified, but this should not lead us to argue that the there was simply an inexorable, linear, mechanical line from the Balfour declaration to the creation of Israel, never mind to the current injustice towards the Palestinians.

Palestinian workers strike

Submitted by Matthew on 19 September, 2012 - 9:19

On Monday 10 September taxi, bus and truck drivers, around 24,000, struck throughout the West Bank.

In the cities thousands of protesters filled the streets to support the strike and protest against the economic crisis, the result of unpaid pledges by the Palestinian Authority.

The Palestinian Finance Ministry recently reported an estimated a shortfall of $1.2 billion — a quarter of the annual budget. PA employees, almost a sixth of the West Bank population in employment, have not been paid their full salaries since June.

24,000 join West Bank workers' strike

Submitted by cathy n on 18 September, 2012 - 3:14

Ramallah is not a quiet city, its bustling streets alive with market stalls and street food. However the distracting sound of taxi horns echoing through the spider-leg roads around the city and into Manara Square was absent on Monday as taxi, bus and truck drivers called an all out strike throughout the West Bank that ground roads to a halt.

The incoherence of anti-Zionism

Submitted by Matthew on 22 August, 2012 - 12:23

Rebels Against Zion, edited by August Grabski is a collection of Jewish left “anti- Zionism” essays that ultimately shows the descent into incoherence of anti-Zionism over the twentieth century.

The sheer panorama of perspectives in the book renders a consistent thread of anti-Zionism implausible. And the closer one gets to today, the clearer it becomes that much of anti-Zionism is merely a cover for left anti-semitism.

Munich and the left

Submitted by Matthew on 1 August, 2012 - 12:28 Author: Eric Lee

This may be news to some, but what is today commonplace was once quite rare. I’m referring to anti-semitism on the far left — and am reminded of what some of us saw as a turning point back in 1972.

For a quarter of a century following the defeat of Nazi Germany, anti-semites everywhere were laying low — especially in the west. The Soviet leadership was growing increasingly anti-Jewish and anti-Israel, and anti-semitism was rife in the Arab world, but in countries like the USA, it was quite rare for Jew-hatred to be expressed openly. And certainly not on the left.

Israel's social justice movement back on the streets

Submitted by Matthew on 1 August, 2012 - 11:01

Moshe Silman, a benefit claimant and protestor, set himself on fire before a social justice demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 14 July. He died six days later.

In a letter he read out before he died, he accused the Israeli government of “taking from the poor and giving to the rich”. Despite being incapable of working due to a stroke, his claim for housing benefit had been denied.