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.