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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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

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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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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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