Workers' Liberty 3/12: Israel/Palestine - solidarity yes, boycott no

Shachtman and Draper debate Cuba, 1961

The dispute over attitudes to the "Bay of Pigs" invasion was the first sharp break on a big world-political issue which separated the ageing Max Shachtman from long-time co-thinkers such as Hal Draper and Julius Jacobson.

This pamphlet, published by Draper in May 1961, presents the dispute.

Click here to download pdf (which includes excerpts from the contemporary press not transcribed below, giving factual background on the invasion).

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The dispute over attitudes to the "Bay of Pigs" invasion was the first sharp break on a big world-political issue which separated the ageing Max Shachtman from long-time co-thinkers such as Hal Draper and Julius Jacobson.

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Workers' Liberty 3-12: Israel/Palestine - solidarity yes! boycott no!

Why supporters of "two states" should not join the "smash Israel" boycotters

Why supporters of "two states" should not join the "smash Israel" boycotters

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Why supporters of "two states" should not join the "smash Israel" boycotters— Solidarity, yes! Boycott, no!

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John O'Mahony

An open letter to Hilary and Steven Rose from John O’Mahony

Comrades:
You, I believe, support a boycott as something to help bring about “two states” in Israel/ Palestine — Israeli withdrawal from the Occupied Territories, and the creation of a sovereign, independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. On the goal of “two states”, I agree with you. But I believe the boycott will harm rather than help that cause, and in this Open Letter I want to explain why.

An open letter to Hilary and Steven Rose.

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Trade unionists for two states

These basic policies on Israel-Palestine — policies which allow a way forward through building working-class unity across the divides — were adopted by the Executive of the Communication Workers’ Union in 2002.

Trade Unionists For Two States: Palestine Alongside Israel works to win support for these policies in the labour movement. It seeks affiliations from trade union branches, and organises practical activities to help promote the cause of Palestinian rights: an independent Palestinian state with the same rights as Israel.

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What you can do

If not boycott, what? There is a wide range of positive activities by which we can make solidarity with the Palestinians without the drawbacks of boycott. In fact, the boycott demand often serves a diversion, directing people towards token or downright counterproductive activities instead of what they could do positively.

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