Articles

Nigel Disney

October 10, 1978

The members of the Khamsin collective announce with deeply-felt grief the sudden death of Nigel Disney, a dedicated member of our collective. Nigel, born in Nottingham, died at the age of 26 on the 24 June 1978 in a London hospital.

Women and politics in Lebanon – Yolla Polity Sharara

October 10, 1978

Article by a Lebanese woman describing the position of women in both Muslim and Christian communities as the country slid into civil war.

Changes in Palestinian society – Ehud Ein Gil and Aryeh Finkelstein

October 10, 1978

A look at the changes in Palestinian society since the beginning of zionist expansion in the region and its affect on the position of women.

Arab Women – Magida Salman

October 10, 1978

Legislation dealing with marriage, divorce, and the status of women (inferior in all cases) is still based on, or directly inspired by, Koranic law in all the Arab-Islamic states. What role is played by Islam, what is its influence, and how is it used in the oppression of Arab women.

National formation in the Arab region: a critique of Samir Amin – Mohammad Ja’far

October 10, 1978

Text criticising Samir Amin’s view on the formation of Arab nations, analysing from a Marxist perspective the construction of Arab nationalism, Islam and the need for working class internationalism in the Middle-East.

Zionism and its scarecrows – Moshé Machover and Mario Offenberg

October 10, 1978

This article aims to show how the objective and subjective hench­men of Zionism in the West, in their attempt to fluster the critics of Zionism, present ‘leftist’-tinged arguments in support of the Israeli state, but especially directed against its Jewish opponents of the anti­-Zionist socialist movement inside Israel.

Ideology without revolution: Jewish women in Israel – Dina Hecht and Nira Yuval-Davis

October 10, 1978

The myth of the supposed liberation and equality of Israeli women, while perhaps gratifying a deep-seated need for feminists in search of identity, cajoles most Israeli women into a state of spirited resignation – content with a public image that bears little or no resemblance to their actual situation.

Book review: The Palestinian Arab National Movement – Musa Budeiri

October 10, 1978

Yehoshua Porath of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has written what will undoubtedly become the standard reference work of the history of the Palestinian national movement, and deservedly so: this despite the fact that at times he seems unable to free himself from his political prejudices, and ab­dicates his professed role of detached historian to don the mantle of the partisan adversary.

What is Khamsin?

July 10, 1978

Khamsin is a journal by revolutionary socialists of the Middle East. It is also for them, and for socialists in other countries who are interested in that part of the world.

Zionism and its Oriental subjects – Raphael Shapiro

July 10, 1978

The Oriental Jews in Zionism’s dialectical contradictions.

Egyptian Jewry, why it declined – Ya’acoub Daoud Eskandarany

July 10, 1978

Jews who lived in Egypt for 2,000 years, held important positions in the civil service, were rarely exposed to racial persecution and spoke the language of the people…Yet, in Egypt as elsewhere in the Mashreq, the Jewish population, with rare exceptions, has left the country. Why?

Oriental Jews in Israel­: Collective schizophrenia – A. Hoder

July 10, 1978

Who are the Oriental Jews, how do they perceive themselves, the Ashkenazi Jews, the Arabs and the Palestinians? There are no simple answers…

Book review: Ethnic relations in Israel – Nira Yuval-Davis

July 10, 1978

Within the limitations inherent in his ideological and theoretical approach, the author attempts to give a comprehensive picture of ethnic relations in Israel.

The development of class struggle in Egypt – Lafif Lakhdar

July 10, 1978

The failure of the Egyptian bourgeoisie, and the process of emancipation within the consciousness of the Egyptian proletariat – we try to throw light on the history and potentialities of these two phenomena.

The crisis in Israel, danger of Fascism? – Avishai Ehrlich

July 10, 1978

The roots of the internal crisis which led to the replacement of the Labour government in May 1977, by the Likud/Religious Party Coalition led by Menachem Begin.

The ideological divide in the Palestinian Resistance Movement – M. Ja’afar

July 10, 1978

Critical assessment of the two mainstream currents inside the Palestinian Resistance Movement.

Summing Up Our Position on the National Question – Moshe machover

January 10, 1978

We struggle both against Zionist racism, which discriminates against Palestinians as individual human beings, and against the Zionist oppression of the Palestinians as a people. Or, putting it in positive terms: we support both the human and the national rights of the Palestinians.

Liban-Palestine : fin d’une étape

June 30, 1977

Nous présentons ici deux analyses de la guerre du Liban. Les points de départ de nos amis Lafif Lakhdar et Yasser Ali sont radicalement différents, pour ce qui est l’essentiel, à notre avis, à savoir : quelle devait être pendant la guerre, et doit être aujourd’hui, l’attitude à adopter par la gauche révolutionnaire.

De la guerre libanaise à la réconciliation arabo-israélienne — interview de Lafif Lakhdar

June 30, 1977

la tâche d’une publication révolutionnaire est de dévoiler la nature réelle et les intentions secrètes des protagonistes de cette guerre, de dire aux ouvriers que cette guerre n’est pas la leur, que les directions palestino-progressistes n’ont rien de révolutionnaire, comme une propagande droitière où se mêlent la peur et la dramatisation veut le faire croire.

Le «petit» Croissant fertile de la Syrie ‒ par Yasser Ali

June 30, 1977

Reprenant sa démagogie nationaliste et son engagement traditionnel au Liban à rebrousse-poil, la Syrie intervenait pour sauver la droite chrétienne et la droite tout court — en réalité pour empêcher les Palestiniens et la gauche de gagner.