A whole new ball game?MatthewWed, 30/04/2014 - 11:50

After three years of negotiations secular nationalist Fatah and political-Islamist Hamas have announced a deal in which they say they will soon form a unity government for the Palestinian Authority.

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Israel: African migrants strike against racism

Submitted by Matthew on 8 January, 2014 - 1:09

Tens of thousands of African migrants have taken part in strikes and protests in Israel. The protesters rallied in Tel Aviv on the 5 January, demanding an end to harassment and deportation by the state, and for recognition of their status as refugees.

Thousands of people flee to Israel from countries such as Eritrea and Ethiopia in the hope of escaping poverty and conflict. However, many arrive only to face racism, precarious work, and the constant threat of detention and deportation.

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Défendons les Bédouins, arrêtons le Plan Prawer

Submitted by AWL on 10 December, 2013 - 12:47

Traduction par Hugo Pouliot

Au cours des quelques derniers mois, il y a eu de nombreuses protestations en Israël au sujet des plans du gouvernement pour éliminer des dizaines de milliers de Bédouins israéliens de leurs villages ancestraux et de leurs terres.

Nommé d'après le conseiller du premier ministre, Ehud Prawer, le "Plan Prawer " est la tentative du gouvernement israélien de "résoudre" la controverse sur la propriété de terres actuellement habitées par des Bédouins arabes, principalement dans le désert du Néguev .

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L'histoire du mouvement des objecteurs de conscience israéliens

Submitted by AWL on 8 December, 2013 - 10:56

Traduction par Hugo Pouliot

Dès la formation de l'Etat d'Israël en 1948, le service militaire a été une question politisée. Compte tenu de la petite taille et de la population du pays, l'État a compté sur la conscription pour maintenir sa capacité militaire.

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Interview with Israeli military refuser Noam Gur

Submitted by AWL on 19 November, 2013 - 11:34

Noam Gur is 19 years old. In 2012 she was jailed by the Israeli Defence Force for publicly refusing to enlist in protest against Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

She is currently taking part in a speaker tour of the UK with Workers’ Liberty, and spoke to Solidarity. (This is a longer version than in the printed paper).

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The history of Israel's refuser movement

Submitted by Matthew on 19 November, 2013 - 7:26

From the formation of the State of Israel in 1948, service in the military has been a politicised issue. Given the country's small size and population, the state has relied on conscription to maintain its military capacity.

When the policy was first implemented, exceptions were made for Arabs. Then an arrangement was arrived at by which ultra-Orthodox Jews were exempt from service if they were enrolled in religious study. There were also occasional examples of people refusing to serve on pacifist grounds, such as the lawyer Amnon Zichroni in the 1950s.

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Israeli military refuses tour

Submitted by Matthew on 6 November, 2013 - 2:04

Israeli military refuser Noam Gur is touring Britain from 12-26 November. Solidarity spoke to her about her political activity.

Why did you get active in politics and what has been the personal impact on you?

When I was about 15 years old I started understanding what was really happening in Palestine and Israel, after years of being told scary stories and lies by the educational system, my family, and the Israeli society in general.

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Syria, Egypt, Israel-Palestine: 2013 AWL conference resolutionAWLThu, 31/10/2013 - 09:28

Resolution passed by AWL conference 26-27 October 2013 on Syria, Egypt, and Israel-Palestine.

Almost three years after the beginning of the 'Arab Spring', much of the scene is dominated by the rise of reactionary Islamist movements. The threat we identified as early as spring 2011, of the democratic upheavals being co-opted by Islamism, has to a large extent been realised.

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Ralph Miliband and Israel-PalestineMatthewWed, 16/10/2013 - 12:52

Ed Miliband’s father Ralph Miliband, a Marxist writer denounced by the Daily Mail as “the man who hated Britain”, left behind him two well-known books, Parliamentary Socialism and The State In Capitalist Society.

Less-known, but also valuable today, is a thin volume of letters in 1967 about Israel-Palestine between Ralph Miliband and his friend Marcel Liebman, who was then a contributor to the semi-Trotskyist Belgian weekly La Gauche.

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