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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Israel poll impasse gives a little more time

Published on: Wed, 11/03/2020 - 11:07

Martin Thomas

The bad news from Israel’s election on 2 March is that Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s right-wing prime minister since 2009, increased his score slightly in this third poll since Israel hit electoral deadlock in April 2019.

Netanyahu openly trades on hostility to Israel’s 20% Palestinian minority, and, in line with Donald Trump’s “plan”, pledges to formally annex to Israel much of the 80%-Palestinian West Bank. He also talks of “transferring” some Palestinian-majority areas of Israel into the patchwork quasi-semi-demi-autonomous “Palestinian state” which the Trump plan promises.

The good news is

For Two States and Equal Rights

Published on: Wed, 04/03/2020 - 11:33

On Thursday 27 February, activists responding to a call "For Two States and Equal Rights" protested near the Israeli Embassy in London against the Trump Plan and the threats by Israeli political leaders to annex large areas of the 80%-Palestinian West Bank.

The planned annexations would reduce the residual autonomy of the Palestinian cities, towns, and villages to that of disjointed patches of land surrounded by and completely dominated by areas claimed permanently for Israel.

We thought it urgent to get onto the streets before Israel's elections on 2 March, because annexation is likely to

Israel, 1948 and the truth

Published on: Wed, 26/02/2020 - 10:27

Martin Thomas

Socialist Worker has denounced all the Labour leader candidates over their agreement that it is antisemitic to describe the very existence of Israel (as distinct from particular policies) as racist.

This means, says SW, “to deny Palestinians the right to describe their oppression by Israel, or to explain their own history. Some 850,000 Palestinians were systematically expelled from their homes when Israel was established in 1948 to ensure that Israel has a Jewish majority”.

SW’s answer is somehow to re-run the 1948 war with a reversed outcome, which, they claim, would lead to a harmonious

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

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