Khamsin – An Anthology
(1976-1983):
FORBIDDEN AGENDAS:
Intolerance and Defiance in the Middle East

Selected and Introduced by Jon Rothscild
Al Saqi Books, 1984, Distributed by Zed Press

Forbidden Agendas: Presentation – Jon Rothschild

2024-01-21T01:40:32+02:00October 1, 1984|Categories: Forbidden Agendas|Tags: |

There is hardly a problem of contemporary society and politics that does not possess a particularly severe form in the Middle East. Nevertheless, in all the various countries, there have always been people who have challenged the status quo with the vision of a future that, however distant and elusive, nonetheless contains some hope. The journal Khamsin was founded in 1975 by a small group of such people.

To Live Together ‒ a Dialogue between Said Hammami and Moshé Machover

2021-05-31T13:51:56+03:00October 1, 1984|Categories: Documents, Forbidden Agendas|Tags: , , |

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.

Iran: Islam and the struggle for socialism ‒ Mohammad Ja’far [Kanan Makiya] and Azar Tabari [Afsaneh Najmabadi]

2020-10-11T13:12:17+03:00July 10, 1981|Categories: Articles, Forbidden Agendas, Khamsin 8|Tags: , |

None of the expectations, predictions and prognoses of left circles, whether inside or outside Iran, have been confirmed by the passage of time. The speed with which a highly repressive and deeply reactionary regime has emerged, in the wake of colossal mass mobilisations involving millions, has left many in political shock and disillusionment.

Eli Lobel

2013-12-29T04:54:06+02:00July 10, 1980|Categories: Articles, Forbidden Agendas, Khamsin 7|Tags: |

Khamsin is bereaved. Eli Lobel, editor and founder of our journal, has died tragically on Thursday, October 4th 1979. The life-story of this outstanding revolutionary socialist and great internationalist is, in more than one way, the story of a whole generation, the tragedies and noble struggles of a whole epoch.

Zionism, demography and women’s work ‒ Avishai Ehrlich

2021-01-31T22:32:07+02:00July 10, 1980|Categories: Articles, Forbidden Agendas, Khamsin 7|Tags: |

The position of women and the nature of the sexual division of labour which exists in Israel cannot be discussed in isolation from the zionist characteristics of the society. The colonialisation process, its requirements, its constraints, its internal contradictions and the political conflicts to which it gave birth are reflected in every aspect of life of Israeli society ‒ including the position of women.

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