Arabs, Jews, and Socialism

Arabs, Jews and Socialism

Published on: Thu, 19/07/2012 - 14:39

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This pamphlet presents the long and lively public debate in the 1980s and 1990s, with many contributors, which led to Workers' Liberty re-developing our ideas about Israel, Palestine, and antisemitism. It is a new, expanded, and corrected edition of the 1989 Workers' Liberty Pamphlet, 'Arabs, Jews and Socialism: The debate on Palestine, Zionism and anti-Semitism'.

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Israel-Palestine: Two Nations, Two States

Published on: Sun, 22/08/2010 - 00:17

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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Against occupation and annexation: 2 states and equal rights

Published on: Mon, 24/02/2020 - 07:02

Protest: 6pm to 7pm, Thu 27 Feb, at Kensington Court W8 5DL, just off High St Kensington, opposite the Israeli Embassy

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As socialists, labour movement activists, and campaigners for human rights, we are protesting opposite the Israeli embassy in support of the Palestinians' right to self-determination, and in opposition to occupation and threats of annexation, given a green light by Trump’s sham “Peace Plan”.

We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and with socialists, internationalists, and

Rebecca Long-Bailey says she's a Zionist

Published on: Wed, 19/02/2020 - 10:55

Ira Berkovic

At a hustings organised by the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) on 13 February, Labour leadership candidates were asked if they were a “Zionist”. Three of the four said they were; Keir Starmer said that he wasn’t, but was “supportive” of and sympathetic to Zionism.

In their answers, all candidates emphasised their support for the right of Israeli Jews to national self determination. Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy, and Rebecca Long-Bailey presented this as the basis of their “Zionism”. Long-Bailey said: “I also agree with a secure Israel alongside a viable Palestinian state... I suppose that makes me

In Israel, the fight against annexation

Published on: Thu, 13/02/2020 - 10:38

Interview with Maisam Jaljuli

Maisam Jaljuli, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and activist in the left-wing Jewish-Arab social movement Standing Together, spoke to Daniel Randall from Solidarity about their struggles against annexation, occupation, racism, and for workers' rights and social justice.

For other interviews with Standing Together activists, see ”Beyond co-existence to solidarity”, an interview with Alon-Lee Green and Sally Abed, and ”Jews and Arabs standing together”, an interview with Hannah Pollin-Galay.

DR: Can you tell us about the demonstration Standing Together organised on Saturday 1 February?

MJ: This

Stop West Bank annexations!

Published on: Wed, 12/02/2020 - 10:37

Dale Street

The Trump Plan, and the announced intentions of both of the biggest political parties in Israel (Netanyahu's Likud and Gantz's Blue and White) to annex big chunks of the West Bank, have had an eerily subdued response in the Middle East.

Action on the streets across the world is needed to block the annexations. Governments are keeping quiet, or blustering, and Boris Johnson's Tory government in Britain is the Plan's strongest supporter in Europe.

The Trump Plan, announced on 28 January, gives Israel’s right wing government everything it wants – annexation of the West Bank settlements and the

Stop West Bank annexation!

Published on: Wed, 05/02/2020 - 12:55

Colin Foster

On Saturday 1 February, some 2,000 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, demonstrated in Tel Aviv against the “Trump plan” for Israel-Palestine, and the threats by leading Israeli politicians Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz to use the “plan” as licence to move quickly to annex large areas of the West Bank.

According to the Israeli press, the other opposition to annexation (this one behind closed doors) comes from the top brass of Israel’s armed forces, who calculate that it would create reverberating problems for them.

Early talk from Netanyahu of pushing through annexation this week has faded, but it


Published on: Wed, 05/02/2020 - 12:36

Bob Carnegie’s interview in Solidarity 530 Tackling the union bureaucracies is instructive for understanding trade unions in the current period.

As Bob says, some of the problems are not that new, but I was reminded strongly of the situation in the railway industry in Britain.
The overwhelming majority of organised train drivers in Britain are members of Aslef, a union with membership open only to employees responsible for the “operation of trains”. The industrial union on the job, the RMT, has members
across the grades, cleaners, station staff, engineers, back office staff etc.

Aslef may

Against Trump's plan! For "Two States"!

Published on: Wed, 29/01/2020 - 07:34

Gerry Bates

Donald Trump, side-by-side with Israel’s right-wing prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is announcing his long-touted “plan” for Israel-Palestine as Solidarity goes to press on Tuesday 28th.

Trump talked of it as a “two states” plan, but his pointed dissociation, in the run-up to the announcement, from the USA’s long-standing formal commitment to “two states”, was more apt.

Israel’s left-wing Jewish-Arab social movement Standing Together tweeted: “The ‘deal of the century’ is not a peace deal, and there is no good news or hope in it. What’s in it then? Lies”.

The internationalist left will

Gantz backs annexation

Published on: Wed, 22/01/2020 - 10:32

Ira Berkovic

Benny Gantz, the leader of Israel’s Blue and White coalition and the main rival to incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced his support for the annexation of the Jordan Valley, ahead of the Israeli elections on 2 March.

The valley is situated on the eastern edge of the West Bank, part of the Palestinian territories which, while under Israeli military occupation, are not formally part of the State of Israel. Gantz has described the area as an “eastern defensive wall in any future scenario,” and said it was “an inseparable part of the State of Israel.”

The announcement comes

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