Khamsin Bulletins

Jordan’s Road to “Democracy” ‒ by Akram Kand and Jayne Peters

2018-02-10T11:42:09+03:00August 10, 1990|Categories: Articles, Khamsin Bulletin 9, Khamsin Bulletins|Tags: , |

With the worsening economic situation in Jordan, the population is being and will be pushed into one of two camps: Islamic fundamentalism or socialism. So far, Islamic fundamentalism is the more popular of the two. Such is the traditional stronghold of Islam in Jordan, that without even questioning the viability of this solution, people blindly accept the so-called Word of Islam.

For a Democratic, Secular State of Palestine; a Reply to Moshe Machover ‒ by Tony Greenstein

2018-02-11T14:39:47+03:00August 10, 1990|Categories: Articles, Khamsin Bulletin 9, Khamsin Bulletins|Tags: |

The fact that Zionism continues to posit the Hebrew speaking Jewish people of Israel as part of a world Jewish nation testifies to the unique nature of both the Zionist project and the essentially artificial nature of Israeli nationhood. Politically and economically the basis of Israeli nationalism is the sponsorship by imperialism and the consequent attempts by Israel to dominate and subjugate the Palestinian people within and the Arab peoples without. This is the material basis of Israeli Jewish nationalism.

Iran after Khomeini ‒ by Maryam Poya

2019-08-24T15:24:40+03:00February 10, 1990|Categories: Khamsin Bulletin 8, Khamsin Bulletins|Tags: |

Revolutionary or progressive ideas cannot be derived from dogmas that claim divine origin and include so many reactionary and oppressive tenets, not least those concerning women. Religious ideology is therefore a false consciousness, which mystifies the potential revolu­tionary consciousness of the oppressed and has often provided a cover for the manoeuvres of the ruling classes.

Holding the Green Line: Israeli Ecological Imperialism ‒ by Les Levidow

2018-02-07T17:28:06+03:00February 10, 1990|Categories: Articles, Khamsin Bulletin 8, Khamsin Bulletins|Tags: |

In 1982 the West Bank's entire hydrological system was integrated into the Israeli national water company Mekorot. A suppressed report, prepared a few years ago, saw this integration of water systems as an obstacle to Palestinian independence: "It may thus become practically and politically impossible to sever the water administration of the Occupied Territories from those of Israel".

An Israeli Opponent of the “Peace Camp” Replies to ‘Ali J ‒ by Israel Shahak

2018-01-26T15:44:41+03:00November 10, 1989|Categories: Articles, Khamsin, Khamsin Bulletin 7, Khamsin Bulletins|Tags: |

The policies of the great majority of the Israeli-Jewish society are influenced neither by Palestinian restraint nor by lack of it, but by Palestinian force, by the Palestinians' effectiveness in causing harm to Israel ‒ be it military or financial, through other coun­tries such as the USA.

Letter from a Palestinian to the Israeli “Peace Camp” – ‘Ali J

2017-12-10T04:57:34+03:00June 10, 1989|Categories: Documents, Khamsin Bulletin 6|Tags: |

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

Left Without Arabs – Ehud ‘Ein-Gil

2017-12-10T04:58:29+03:00June 10, 1989|Categories: Articles, Khamsin Bulletin 6|Tags: |

In this article, published in place of an editorial in the first issue of Meha'ah (see Introduction to the previous item), the writer, member of the radical and anti-Zionist Socialist Organization in Israel (Matzpen) polemicizes against an article by Ari Shavit in the left-Zionist journal Politika (Politics).

A solidarity visit to Dahariyah

2017-12-10T04:59:25+03:00June 10, 1989|Categories: Documents, Khamsin Bulletin 6|

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.

Plato banned in bastion of democracy

2017-12-10T05:00:48+03:00June 10, 1989|Categories: Documents, Khamsin Bulletin 6|

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.

The Middle East – Still at The Crossroads: A Socialist Position on the Palestinian Problem ‒ By Moshé Machover

2018-01-20T13:01:43+03:00January 10, 1989|Categories: Articles, Khamsin, Khamsin Bulletin 5, Khamsin Bulletins|Tags: |

The sense in which socialists ought to be “more radical” than liberation nationalists is not in vying with the latter’s nationalism, but in putting forward revolutionary social aims. Liberation nationalists do not propose to overthrow the existing social order; what they want is just to put an end to the oppression of their own nation. Socialists, on the contrary, must seek to promote in every national liberation struggle the aim of overthrowing the existing order of class exploitation.

The Middle East at the Crossroads – by Abu Sa’id and Moshé Machover

2018-01-20T13:05:39+03:00January 10, 1989|Categories: Articles, Documents, Khamsin, Khamsin Bulletin 5, Khamsin Bulletins|Tags: , |

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".

Appeals by West-Bank Trade Unions

2018-01-14T10:59:49+03:00November 10, 1988|Categories: Khamsin Bulletin 4, Khamsin Bulletins|Tags: |

The Palestinian working class and its trade-union movement is bearing the brunt of many of the Israeli fascist measures. Eight out of the eleven members of the Executive Committee of the General Federation have been arrested, including the General Secreta­ry, Mahmud Ziadah. More than 50 other members, including members of the Federation's Council, secretaries of branch unions, members of Administrative Committees and active unionists, have also been arrested.