Holding on to the Occupied Territories will turn us into a nation of murderers and murder victims

The following prescient statement was signed by a dozen people, most of them Matzpen members and supporters. It was published as an advert in Haaretz newspaper on September 22, 1967:

Our right to defend ourselves from extermination does not give us the right to oppress others

Occupation entails Foreign Rule
Foreign Rule entails Resistance
Resistance entails Repression
Repression entails Terror and Counter-Terror

The victims of terror are mostly innocent people

Holding on to the occupied territories will turn us into a nation of murderers and murder victims

Let us get out of the Occupied Territories immediately

Signatories: Shimon Tzabar, David Eherenfeld, Dan Omer, Raif Elias, Haim Hanegbi, Uri Lipshitz, Dr. Moshé Machover, Eli Aminov, Rafi Zikhroni, Arie Bober, Shneur Sherman, Yehuda Rosenstrauch
The advert which was published in Haaretz newspaper on 22nd September 1967

The Socialist Organization in Israel, founded in 1962 and known by the name of its journal Matzpen (Hebrew for “Compass”), opposed all forms of human exploitation, oppression and discrimination; viewed Zionism as a colonizing project, and strove for Arab-Jewish coexistence based on full equality; supported implementation of the Palestinians’ human and national rights, and called for solving the region’s national and social problems through revolutionary struggle for a united socialist Arab East.

On this site we have uploaded all the original material published by Matzpen since its foundation, as well as video interviews and personal stories by or about members of the organization after it had ceased to exist as an active organization.

We have organized the material in three interlinked sites: Hebrew, Arabic and English. These are not ‘translation’ sites, but rather collections of material as it was originally published in these three languages. The bulk of the Hebrew and Arabic content originally appeared in issues of Matzpen published in Israel; the English (and some French) contents appeared in issues of Khamsin – a journal among whose founders and editors were several Matzpen members – and other related publications published in the UK and Europe; articles included in the anthology The Other Israel published in the US; and articles translated from Matzpen.

Our aim is not only to provide online historical archive, but also to alert the reader to the relevance of the analyses and opinion articles which appeared in Matzpen over its years of existence to the current political situation. To receive such alerts, please join the Matzpen facebook page.

In June 2020 we established the Matzpen video channel on YouTube. In addition to Eran Torbiner’s documentary film about Matzpen (with subtitles in English, Arabic, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew and Polish), it contains interviews and interview clips filmed by Eran Torbiner with members of Matzpen (several of them with English and Arabic subtitles), as well as two videos (in Hebrew and Arabic) produced by the Revolutionary Socialist List for the Knesset elections in 1973.

By the end of October 2023, the channel has attracted more than 10,500 views.

Matzpen video channel on YouTube