Lebanon: ‘It is time for rage’

Also published at: Tendance Coatesy Statement from the left-wing collective Ta’amim al-Masaref in Lebanon: ‘It is time for rage’ (Picture from L’Orient du jour.) A statement from left-wing collective Ta’amim al-Masaref in Lebanon: ‘It is time for rage’ Comrades, we are trapped. We are trapped between the barbarism of capital accumulation and the subsequent nonchalant … Continue reading Lebanon: ‘It is time for rage’

Long Bailey, ‘antisemitic conspiracy theories’ and the dangers of believing what you read in the Morning Star

Rebecca Long-Bailey: former shadow education secretary. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PAAs you'll all by now be well aware, Rebecca Long Bailey shared an interview with Maxine Peake in which the actress claimed that US police learnt the tactic of kneeling on people’s necks “from seminars with Israeli secret services”. In a wide-ranging interview with the Independent, Peake made … Continue reading Long Bailey, ‘antisemitic conspiracy theories’ and the dangers of believing what you read in the Morning Star

Mainstream UK Jews condemn Israel’s West Bank annexation plans

Above: Netanyahu unveils the annexation plans, September 2019 The importance of this unprecedented letter cannot be exaggerated: these are not the usual suspects, but mainstream figures (including Sir Ben Helfgott, one of Britain's best-known holocaust survivors), all of whom would describe themselves as Zionists. It should go without saying that we Shiraz'ers do not endorse … Continue reading Mainstream UK Jews condemn Israel’s West Bank annexation plans

How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left: ‘what this book cannot offer is a useful political analysis’

Book Review by Barry Finger: Michael R. Fischbach, The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left, Stanford, Stanford University Press 2020. It is the conceit of this volume that the history of the American New Left and its residual legacy can be fruitfully reexamined in terms of the divisions … Continue reading How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left: ‘what this book cannot offer is a useful political analysis’

Coronavirus: statement by Alliance of MENA Socialists

Statement by Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists: "We need to change the dominant discourse from one focused on fear of“the other” to one that challenges the capitalist system’s failure to put humanity and nature at the center of our concerns. There are structural reasons that prevent capitalism from prioritizing public health":   Above: … Continue reading Coronavirus: statement by Alliance of MENA Socialists

Three decades of Socialist Worker on antisemitism

Socialist Worker says Israel is the West's "attack dog" - and it's "got to go" - but provides little detail about how Israel is to be abolished, and by whom. By Dale Street When Sunderland Polytechnic Students Union (SPSU) banned a campus Jewish Society in 1985, Socialist Worker (weekly newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party) … Continue reading Three decades of Socialist Worker on antisemitism

Stop West Bank annexation!

On Saturday 1 February, some 2,000 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, demonstrated in Tel Aviv against the “Trump plan” for Israel-Palestine, and the threats by leading Israeli politicians Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz to use the “plan” as licence to move quickly to annex large areas of the West Bank. According to the Israeli press, the … Continue reading Stop West Bank annexation!

The Second ‘Deal of the Century’

Above: Olmert, Condoleezza Rice and Mohammed Abbas in 2008 By Barry Finger The Israeli left is not in decline merely due to an overabundance of ineptitude. Nor because of the violence of the second Intifada, or the ill will of a Mizrahi majority to the plight of Palestinians in whose cause they were cruelly scapegoated. … Continue reading The Second ‘Deal of the Century’

No to Trump’s phony ‘Deal of the Century’!

From a piece in the present edition of Solidarity and the Workers Liberty website (adapted and updated by JD): Donald Trump, side-by-side with Israel’s openly gloating prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced his long-touted “Deal of the Century” plan  for Israel-Palestine, giving Israel full control of the settlements with Jerusalem as its undivided capital. “For … Continue reading No to Trump’s phony ‘Deal of the Century’!

On Holocaust Memorial Day: 21 lies the “Holocaust-mitigator” left tells itself on Israel/Palestine

By Sean Matgamna A central fact of our political situation is that the left, especially the ostensible revolutionary left, is a major source of antisemitism — they say “anti-Zionism” — in the country and in the labour movement, including the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that there are pockets of antisemitism in the Labour … Continue reading On Holocaust Memorial Day: 21 lies the “Holocaust-mitigator” left tells itself on Israel/Palestine