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Submitted by AWL on Fri, 19/07/2013 - 14:42

I guess it's possible to argue that there is no immediate democratic demand realistically applicable to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Given the direness of the current situation, that has a certain plausibility. However, I think the demand for two independent states remains a useful one, which gives our agitation a certain cutting edge. That's because, difficult as it is, it is much less difficult than any other program on the table. And it would represent a genuine measure of liberation.

Yes, have a read of our pamphlet here, though it's out of date.

You could also read this recent piece by Israeli leftist Uri Avnery.

It's a good thing that rather than the Muslim Brotherhood simply confiscating and crushing the upheaval in Egypt, a new phase of popular and working-class protests, this time against the Brotherhood, began. However, without an independent working-class political force, the workers' movement and the revolutionary youth are left rudderless between competing bourgeois forces - as we see in so many leftists welcoming the military coup.

The fundamental political problem remains, even if the Brotherhood is on the back foot and the Egyptian bourgeoisie is having trouble finding a stable form for its rule. Unless a working-class party can be built, things are unlikely to work out well.

I remember having this discussion with Egyptian trade unionists in 2011, and I think what we argued was proved right.


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