Double podcast episode on the history of Zionism and opposition to it within Israel, in conversation with former members of the Socialist Organization in Israel – Matzpen: Moshé Machover, Haim Scortariu and Udi Sivosh.
J'avais 17 ans en 1971 quand j'ai été emprisonné pour avoir refusé de faire mon service militaire et afrirmé mon opposition à I'occupation des territoires palestiniens. C'est sans doute l'acte de ma vie qui a le plus de sens !
During all those years when Israel demanded of the Soviet Union to allow Jews to emigrate from there to Israel, all Israeli governments consistently denied the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland.
This declaration was sent by Matzpen to the “Moscow News” weekly, to be published as a paid advertisement. The organization has received no reply from the Soviet newspaper.
Women Against Fundamentalism was launched on May 6th 1989, as a network to challenge the rise of fundamentalism in all religions. Women's groups involved in this campaign include Southall Black Sisters, Brent Asian Women's Refuge and the Iranian Women's Organization in Britain.
The following letter was written by a Palestinian leftist activist in the West Bank. It was published (in Hebrew) in December 1988 in issue #1 of Meha'ah (Protest), organ of a coalition of some of the more radical Israeli anti-occupation protest groups. The letter is directed to the less radical – and wholly Zionist – 'peace camp', including the Peace Now movement
The following report was sent to us by Professor I Shahak, Chairman of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights. It was written by an Israeli who visited the Dahariyah prison compound; he managed to get in by mingling with the members of a Palestinian prisoner's family. Since this is against the rules, his name is withheld.
According to the Jerusalem Post of 7th May, very few books are allowed Into Qezi'ot. Among books that have been banned are not only tracts on Marxism and a biography of George Orwell, but also the Dialogues of Plato.
This is a re-print of an article that was originally published in September 1969. "The formula that restricts the struggle to Palestine alone, despite its revolutionary appearance, derives from a reformist attitude which seeks partial solutions within the framework of conditions now existing in the region. In fact, partial solutions can only be implemented through a compromise with imperialism and Zionism".
Introductory statement by the Committee for the Defence of the Democratic Rights of the Iranian People, organizers of the daylong symposium on the Iran-Iraq war held in New York on 8 September 1984.
The war simply could not have continued at this level of carnage and destruction for this long without the oil revenues of the protagonists and Iraq's Arab neighbours.
A critique of the Iranian intellectual left who had their dogmas – particularly those around anti-imperialist struggle – shattered by the events of the revolution; and interesting information about the development of the Iranian socialist movement.
The Iranian utilization of the war for 'state-forming' purposes resembles the practice of fascist regimes. Another similarity between fascism and the absolutism of Islamic ideology is the expansionist idea of exporting the Islamic revolution.
This is not an anti imperialist war. This is a war of local ambitions: President Saddam Hussein's opportunism and regional reaction to Iran's revolutionary promise were responsible for Iraq's initial aggression in 1980. And Ayatollah Khomeini has a great deal to do with prolonging the agony.
Whatever may be said about Hammami's political views on particular points, there is no denying the non-sectarianism of his attitude to the Israeli Jewish population: he recognizes that they constitute a nationality just as much as the Palestinian Arabs, and that they, too, are entitled to national right in Palestine. To hear a Palestinian spokesman say this was not necessarily congenial to fanatics on both sides.
The Palestinian refugees in the Sabra, Shatila and Ain al-Hilweh camps, survivors of the massacre and bombings are being robbed of their right of return and rehabilitation in their homeland.
A Matzpen picket in front of the Labour Party’s center in Tel Aviv, protesting against the legislation prohibiting any expression of support to the PLO, August 1980.
A bibliographic list selected and put together by the Khamsin collective on the history of the Communist Parties of the Arab East, with books amd articles in five different languages.