Israel’s Attack on Iranian Forces in Syria

A Vivid Lesson on the Politics of War in the Epoch of Imperialism

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 14.5.2018, http://www.the-isleague.com

Last month Israel attacked Iranian forces in Syria in T4 base. “An Israeli military official confirmed that Israel carried out last week’s strike on Iranian forces in a Syrian airbase, the New York Times reported. It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets — both facilities and people,” an unnamed senior military source told The Times’.” [1] Read more »

On the Escalating Greek-Turkish Tensions

By Max Bonham, The Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine), 30 April 2018, www.the-isleague.com

“Once I’ve seen so many dreadful things— my sons butchered, my daughters hauled away, their houses ransacked, their little children tossed down on the ground in this murderous war.” (Iliad, Book 22)

“Rome creates a desert and calls it peace” Tacitus

“Shameless—armored in shamelessness—always shrewd with greed! How could any Argive soldier obey your orders, freely and gladly do your sailing for you or fight your enemies, full force? Not I. no.

It wasn’t Trojan spearmen who brought me here to fight. The Trojans never did me damage, not in the least, they never stole my cattle or my horses, never in Phthia where the rich soil breeds strong men did they lay waste my crops. How could they? Look at the endless miles that lie between us …”

(Iliad, Book 1, 174-184) Read more »

May Day 2018: Greetings to All Revolutionaries

Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), Pan-Afrikan Consciousness Renaissance (Nigeria), Alkebulan School of Black Studies (Kenya), Sınıf Savaşı (Turkey), and Marxist Group ‘Class Politics’ (Russia)

On the occasion of May Day 2018, we send our warmest greetings to all revolutionaries around the world and to all militants fighting for the liberation of the working class and the oppressed. Read more »

On Trump’s attack on Syria

Statement by the Internationalist Socialist League (Section of the RCIT in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 15.04.2018, www.the-isleague.com

Following Israel’s new round of killing and injuring unarmed Palestinians in Gaza and its attack on base T4 in Syria, killing at least 8 Iranians, US President Donald Trump, together with the UK and France, striked the Syrian capital on Friday evening, allegedly in response to a suspected chemical attack on rebel-held Douma last Saturday. Read more »

The Zionist Murderers and the Palestinian Struggle for Freedom

Statement by the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel / Occupied Palestine), 07.04.2018, www.the-isleague.com

The Friday Demonstrations

For the second consecutive Friday, tens of thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in Gaza, demanding the right of return of the Palestinians refugees to their lands. And once again, the Israeli army met this demand with shooting, killing and maiming. Read more »

From Sharpeville to Gaza – Apartheid and its Butchers Will Be Crushed!

Statement by the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine), 01/04/2018, the-isleague.com

On March 30, 30,000 -50,000 Palestinians from Gaza, demonstrated for their right to return to their country and lands, stolen by the Zionist state. During the ethnic cleansing during 1948-1947 Zionist forces removed 750,000 Palestinians and made them refugees. Survivors, their descendants and their supporters demonstrated in Gaza behind the fence that makes Gaza a Palestinian ghetto under siege. Read more »

On Recent Guerrilla Attacks against Israeli Soldiers in the West Bank

Statement by the Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 22.03.2018, http://www.the-isleague.com

If you listen or watch the Israeli news, you may get an impression that all of a sudden for no other reason other than hate for Jews, a Palestinian terrorist killed two innocent Israelis and wounded two others near Jenin. Read more »

Defeat the US-Israeli Imperialist Warmongering!

By Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 12.6.2017, http://www.the-isleague.com

During his election campaign, Trump proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, which he said would protect Americans from Jihadist attacks. His racist message was cheered by many of his supporters who opposed former President Barack Obama’s decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the US. Read more »

Occupied Palestine: Break PA Collaboration with Israel!

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 20.2.2018, http://www.the-isleague.com

Following Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, many Palestinians hoped that the Palestinians Authority would cease all forms of collaboration with Israel, especially against Palestinians engaged in military actions against armed Zionist oppressors. The case of Jarrar has proven to many Palestinians that the PA continues to collaborate with Israel. Read more »

The Zionist War on the African Migrants

By Max Bonham, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 11.03.2018, http://the-isleague.com/

1. Israel has signed a secret treaty with a “third (i.e. not Sudan or Eritrea) African country” to extradite African refugees and migrants back to Africa while paying them 3500$ to leave. The new regulations allow imposing a jail sentence on any migrant refusing to leave Israel – as opposed to the “voluntary departure” policy before. Several migrants have already begun serving sentences and approximately 700 went on hunger strikes. Read more »

Israeli Warplane Shot Down over Syria

Stop the Israeli aggression! In any conflict between imperialist Israel and Syria, Iran or Hezbollah: Defeat Israel! Continue to support the Syrian Revolution! Victory for the Palestinian Liberation Struggle!

Joint Statement of the International Secretariat of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel / Occupied Palestine), 11.02.2018, www.thecommunists.net and http://the-isleague.com/

1. Yesterday an Israeli warplane was shot down during an Israeli attack on Syria. The Israeli army claims that it launched “large-scale” attacks inside Syria after intercepting what it said was an Iranian drone and the subsequent downing of an Israeli fighter jet, which crashed after it came under fire from Syrian air defense forces. The Iranian government denies that it had launched a drone. Unsurprisingly U.S. imperialism declares its full support for Israel. At the same time Russia’s foreign ministry “urges all parties involved to exercise restraint and to avoid any actions that could lead to an even greater complication of the situation”. Read more »

Marxism and War

By Yossi Schwartz, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 30.1.2018, www.thecommunists.net

1. Introductory Remarks

Since 2008 we live in a historic revolutionary period caused by the tendency of the rate of profit of capitalist production to fall. This tendency leads to capitalist governments serving the very rich to attack economic social and democratic rights of the workers and the poor. Read more »

Israel / Occupied Palestine: Free Ahed Tamimi NOW!

Statement of the Internationalist Socialist League (Section of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 17.01.2018, http://the-isleague.com/

The 16-year old Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi is threatened with up to 10 years in Prison for standing up to Israeli soldiers! She was arrested on 19 December 2017 along with her mother, Nariman Tamimi, and cousin Nour Tamimi for “slapping” an Israeli soldier. Read more »

Palestine: A New Intifada is a Real Possibility! Long Live the Palestinian Heroic Struggle!

By Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 7.12.2017, http://the-isleague.com/ and www.thecommunists.net

Last Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced that the US formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and it will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy. This is a real provocation against the Arabs and the Muslims and may push the Palestinians to a new Intifada that may reignite the Arab revolution. Read more »

Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine!

Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital “Will Open the Floodgates of Hell to the West”! Mobilize for a Popular Intifada – in Palestine, in the Arab and Muslim World, Globally!

Joint Statement of the International Secretariat of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel / Occupied Palestine), 06.12.2017, www.thecommunists.net and http://the-isleague.com/

1. Today US President Donald Trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He set in motion the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to this city. This is a break with Washington’s decades-long foreign policy which: while the U.S. has always supported the Zionist Apartheid state politically, economically and militarily, it at least formally tried to preserve the facade that it would respect international law which does not recognize Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem. The decision of the US Administration officially supports Israel’s policy of occupation. Read more »

The Lambertists – Road to Nowhere

The Pseudo-Marxism of the so-called “Fourth International” founded by Pierre Lambert and its historical background

By Yossi Schwartz, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), November 2017, www.thecommunists.net

Part I: Historical Background

In 1938 the revolutionary Communists, who opposed counter-revolutionary Stalinism, formed the Fourth International, led by Leon Trotsky. While it was small it had a perspective of becoming a mass party following the war, based on the assumption that Stalinism would not survive the war, and a very sharp class struggle will spread in the world. That would enable the Fourth International to become a mass party of the working class. Read more »

On the Hamas-PA Reconciliation Treaty

By Boris Hammerschlag, Statement of the Internationalist Socialist League, 4.11.2017, http://the-isleague.com/

It seems that the decade-long split in the Palestinian leadership, between the secular Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority and the Islamist Hamas, has come to an end. Most Palestinians, suffering under an immeasurable number of layers of external as well as internal oppression, heaved a sigh of relief. Read more »

72 days is long enough! – Hadash, Let the Rotation Go Through!

Statement of the Internationalist Socialist League

By Boris Hammerschlag

27/09/2017

The necessity of the formation of a united anti-colonialist, anti-imperialist front of the Palestinian citizens of Israel has been crystal clear for a long time, not only to socialist revolutionaries well-educated in Marxism and well-trained in class struggle, but also to most major ‘48 Palestinians. The ideological differences between the 4 parties – Hadash – socialist (albeit reformist), Balad – left-nationalist, Ra’am – Islamist, and Ta’al – center-nationalist, were significant but had no practical implications as far as participation in the Zionist parliament is concerned, since none of the parties ever stood a chance of being accepted as part of a coalition with any major Zionist party, and for obvious reasons, nor dramatically influence any major decision. Read more »

Israel – Hands Off Sheikh Ra’ed Salah!

Condemn Netanayhu, Father and Son for Siding With the Nazis in the US Against the Anti-Fascists

By: Yossi Schwartz (The Internationalist Socialist League – Israel / Occupied Palestine)

In November 2015, based on the 1945 British Defense (Emergency) Statutes, the Israeli Security Cabinet declared the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, an illegal organization. These statutes have been used by Israel since the founding of the state, mostly against Palestinians. Read more »

Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia – Hands Off AlJazeera!

By Adam Smith & Boris Hammerschlag

The Internationalist Socialist League

13.8.2017

Last week, it has been announced by Israel’s Minister of Communications, Ayoub Kara, that a legal process has begun to shut down the Qatari-based media outlet’s offices in Jerusalem, following similar measures taken by other reactionary regimes in the region, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Read more »

Lessons of the alQuds Clashes

 

By: Yossi Schwartz & Boris Hammerschlag

The Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

26.07.2017

In the last two weeks the Zionist state has proven in action, that the widespread Palestinian belief that Israel is acting to take over the alAqsa compound has substantial merit to it. This battle for sovereignty over the holy places between the Zionist colonialist society and the native Palestinian population proves right before our eyes what we have been claiming for the past decade. The idea that a colonialist society, as a whole, is in any way shape or form capable of self-containment, is ludicrous at best. Read more »

Israel – Hands Off Al-Aqsa! Revolutionaries – Defend the Rights of Muslims!

By: Boris Hammerschlag

Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

www.the-isleague.com

22.07.2017

Yet another wave of violence is sweeping AlQuds (Jerusalem) and the holy al-Aqsa compound. A guerilla shooting attack by three Muslim Palestinian citizens of Israel, which happened last week (14.7) and led to the death of two Israeli Policemen, has been expectedly used by the Israeli government as an excuse to enact collective punishment, political arrests and murderous repression. The clashes that soon followed have claimed so far the lives of 3 Palestinians and 3 Israeli West Bank settlers with ~140 Palestinians injured. Read more »

Revolutionary Statement for May Day 2017

In a World of Crisis, Wars and Revolutions, the creation of a new World Party of Socialist Revolution is more urgent than ever!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), www.thecommunists.net

Comrades, Brothers and Sisters on all continents!

The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) sends its May Day greetings to all fighters for the liberation of the working class and oppressed peoples throughout the world. There can be no doubt that we are living in historical times. The course of human history is changing at an accelerating pace. We are living in the midst of this vortex so that, in a very few years, the world will be very different from what it is today. Therefore, our most urgent task and responsibility as revolutionaries are to intervene in these events with a correct program and orientation. Only then will it be possible to create an organization that will unite all the fighting vanguards; one which will make a revolutionary imprint on the struggles of the coming epic. Read more »

For a Red Democratic Palestine from the River to the Sea

The Murder

11 months ago on March 24, 2016, in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian youth, stabbed an Israeli soldier of the occupation force. He was shot and wounded. No medical attention was offered  after he was immobilized by the gunfire. While he was lying bleeding on the ground he was shot again in the head by Elor Azaria, a sergeant medic of the Israeli Oppression Forces. Read more »

Statement of Solidarity: Protest against the Parliamentary Inquiry launched by the Right-Wing Opposition Party in Austria against the RCIT Section and the Egyptian Migrant Community!

Stop Prosecution for Solidarity with Palestine and for Opposition against the Military Dictatorship in Egypt!

We, the undersigned, are aware that a group of deputies of the Freiheitliche Partei, an extreme right-wing racist party led by HC Strache, has initiated a parliamentary inquiry against the Austrian section of the RCIT as well as against the leading organization of the Egyptian migrants in Austria. Referring to solidarity slogans chanted at an anti-racist demonstration in Vienna on the 26 November 2016, in support of Palestine as well as slogans which supported the resistance of the Egyptian people against the military dictatorship the parliamentary deputies of the Freiheitliche Partei have called for the Federal Ministry of the Interior to officially investigate these two organizations with the view of taking legal steps against them. Irrespective of our perspectives about the future of the Palestinian as well as the Egyptian people’s struggle for liberation, we protest against holding a parliamentary inquiry and we also oppose any state investigation and prosecution against these organizations.

Please send this short letter by email to the Austrian Parliament (medienservice@parlament.gv.at) as well as to the Austrian ministry of interior (pressestelle@bmi.gv.at). Please forward this email also to us: rcit@thecommunists.net

Azaria Guilty of Manslaughter – Another Proof for the Necessity of an Arab Revolution to Save Israeli Jewish Society from Itself

Statement of the Internationalist Socialist League (Section of the RCIT in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 07.01.2016, http://the-isleague.com/

Today an Israeli military court has found an Israeli soldier, El’or Azaria, guilty of manslaughter over the cold blood murder of a wounded Palestinian last year. [1] The Palestinian youth Abdul Fattah ash-Sharif, 21, was killed as he lay overpowered on the ground. The killing was filmed by a Palestinian human rights activist who received his camera from the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. Read more »

The Arrest of Basel Ghattas – the Political Persecution Reflects the End of Zionism

A Statement by the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

1. We, members of the Internationalist Socialist League, candidates for membership in the Balad party, wish to condemn sharply the arrest of MP Basel Ghattas, one of our party leaders. Firstly, we must note that Dr. Basel Ghattas was the only MP who signed, at the time, our petition calling the Austrian authorities not to prosecute the leader of our international organization, the “Revolutionary Communist International Tendency” (RCIT), Michael Probsting, for “sedition”. Now, that he himself is becoming a victim of political persecution at the hands of the Zionist establishment, it is an opportunity to publically thank him for that. Of course, even if he had refused to sign, it wouldn’t have changed a thing about our principled support for his immediate release. Read more »

Israel Loves Donald Trump who Loves Israel but Dislikes Jews

By Yossi Schwartz (Member of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency [RCIT] and Central-Israel Branch of Balad), 20.11.2016, http://the-isleague.com/

As soon as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu learned of the victory of Donald Trump, he telephoned, tweeted, issued a statement and posted a video celebrating the victory, calling Trump “a true friend of Israel.” Trump, on his part, invited Netanyahu to the U.S. to meet “at the first opportunity.Read more »

Israel – Hands Off Balad!

Statement by the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine), Section of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 28.09.2016, www.the-isleague.com, www.thecommunists.net

On 18 September tens of activists of the National Democratic Assembly Party – Balad were detained by the police over unclear suspicions. The Israeli police and court have kept the allegations secret and were withholding them from both the public and those that have been arrested. Read more »

Israel / Occupied Palestine: Next Year will mark 100 years to the Balfour Declaration

By Yossi Schwartz (member of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency – RCIT and Central-Israel Branch of Balad), 8 August 2016, www.thecommunists.net

The Palestinian Authority is preparing a lawsuit against the British government over the issuing of the 1917 Balfour Declaration that paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel. The PA’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Arab League leaders gathered in Mauritania, Monday, that London is responsible for all “Israeli crimes” committed since the end of the British mandate in 1948. (1) Read more »

The Economic Boycott of Israel is Essential in the Struggle Against the Apartheid Regime

Important notice: This article was submitted as a response piece to the editorial board of “Local Call” (the Hebrew version of “+972 Magazine”) on July 24th, after it published a pro-Zionist guest article opposing the BDS aiming at sawing demoralization among its supporters. After it already underwent a series of amendments and proof-reading, we were notified, on the 27th, that the editorial board chose to reject our article stating “style and content” as the reason. While hoping that in the near future we might be able to produce an article which meets the standards set by “Local Call” as far as “style and content” goes, we wish to wholeheartedly thank our fellow Balad member, Orly Noy, for her proof-reading, constructive criticism and genuine attempt to have the article published in “Local Call”!

By: Yossi Schwartz (member of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency – RCIT and Central-Israel Branch of Balad)

Translated from Hebrew by: Boris Hammerschlag

Yonathan Mizrachi article (Why an economic boycott of Israel cannot succeed) is interesting but wrong. Its core premise is that given the shifts in the focus of capital and industrial production in the capitalist world, boycotting Israel cannot possibly be effective. Additionally, it claims that Israel’s propaganda accusing the BDS as a movement rooted in anti-Semitism is effective and therefore supporting it does more harm than good. Read more »

Revolutionary May Day Statement 2016

May Day 2016 – In Mexico and around the Globe:

For a new World Party of Socialist Revolution in Order to Advance the Struggle for Liberation of the Workers and Oppressed!

Statement of the Liaison Committee of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Agrupación de Lucha Socialista (ALS), April 2016

The RCIT and the ALS send their May Day greetings to all fighters for the liberation of the working class and the oppressed people throughout the world. The current world situation is marked by an accelerated economic, social and political crisis of the capitalist world system. The capitalist system is in decline since the beginning of the world historic revolutionary period in 2008 with the outbreak of the Great Recession. The world economy never recovered from this recession and stands now before the imminent next, even worse, recession. We see an acceleration of the rivalry between the imperialist Great Powers USA, EU, Japan, Russia and China (Ukraine, South and East China Sea, Africa, Latin America). Furthermore, the working class faces an intensifying wave of counterrevolutionary offensives of the ruling class – austerity programs, police state, imperialist wars in the Middle East etc.. However, the worker and oppressed are continuing their heroic resistance against these counterrevolutions. Read more »

Occupied Palestine / Israel: Dead End for the Two-State Solution

The Palestinian Liberation Struggle and the CWI’s Centrist Adaptation to Zionism

By Yossi Schwarz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 12.11.2015, http://www.the-isleague.com/

Prior to Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu visit to the US, many reporters around the world had expectations that the visit will be a failure as the US is distancing itself from Israel and, as a result, US military support for Israel will be reduced. Today the right wing in Israel is celebrating this visit as a great victory for Netanyahu’s policies. Read more »

Israel / Occupied Palestine: Victory to the 3rd Intifada!

No Peace with Apartheid – Mass Resistance, International Solidarity and Popular Struggle Will Free Palestine!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 13.10.2015, www.thecommunists.net

In recent days we have witnessed an impressive upsurge of resistance by the Palestinian masses against the Zionist occupiers. Until now, more than 20 Palestinians have been killed brutally by the Israeli occupation forces, including a pregnant women and her three year old daughter as well as two youths in Gaza one 13 and the other 15 years old. Read more »

Israel and the Arms Trade

By Yossi Schwarz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 2.9.2015

On August 30 we learned that a major industrial union, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers in the US has voted to endorse the (BDS) movement against Israel. “The endorsed resolution points to Israel’s long history of violating the human rights of the Palestinians, starting with the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians in 1947-48 that turned most of Palestine into the State of Israel. It calls for cutting off US aid to Israel, US support for a peace settlement on the basis of self-determination for Palestinians, and the right to return. ….” The resolution also endorses the worldwide BDS– Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions – movement to pressure Israel into ending its apartheid over the Palestinians just as similar tactics helped to end the South African apartheid in the 1980s. UE is now the first U.S. national union to endorse BDS”. (1) Read more »

An open letter from anti-Zionist Jews to the workers, the poor, and the oppressed by Zionism – Part B

No Peace, No Security, No Social Justice – No Future in Zionism!

 – An open letter from anti-Zionist Jews to the workers, the poor, and the oppressed by Zionism –

Part B

By Adam Sharonksy

IV- State, Religion and Race

The Israeli state definition as a Jewish state turns into a virtual race state. This is not because all Jews belong to a certain race or because there exists such a thing as race.[1] The Zionist idea adopts the Nazi “race theory” definition for who a Jew is (especially on the question of the Law of Return). A state based on those ideas must fanatically impose a racial hierarchy – a social order in which some ethnic groups equal more than others in all areas of life, from healthcare to personal security. Read more »

An open letter from anti-Zionist Jews to the workers, the poor, and the oppressed by Zionism – Part A

No Security, No Peace, No Social Justice – No Future in Zionism

– An open letter from anti-Zionist Jews to the workers, the poor, and the oppressed by Zionism –

Part A

By Adam Sharonsky

Friends, when the Israeli government repeatedly goes to war and the economic crisis continues to deepen, it is a good time to reconsider support for the Zionist idea.

The Zionist Idea and Its Implications

The basis of the Zionist idea is the notion that Jews are not able to live in peace, equality, and security in the same country as gentiles, and therefore they must establish their own state in the territory of the “Land of Israel.” Such a notion echoes the anit-Semitic idea that the Jew is a foreign element in the countries in which he lives. But as we all know, this very “Land of Israel” was inhabited along its length and breadth by another people, Arabs, who saw it as their homeland and called it Palestine. Read more »

Nuclear Agreement Signed: Will Iran Become the Policeman of Imperialism in the Region?

By Yossi Schwartz
07/23/2013
http: //he.theisleague.com

In mid-July this year six imperialist powers, the US, Russia, China, France, England, and Germany, signed an agreement with Iran which will limit the latter’s ability to produce enriched uranium to develop nuclear weapons. In return, sanctions which were imposed on Iran by the United States after the Islamist revolution of 1979 have been removed, sanctions which were expanded by the UN in 2006. These sanctions severely damaged Iran’s economy and caused much suffering (including a doubling of the poverty rate) for the Iranian masses. Read more »

Defend Yemen against the Al-Saud Gang of Aggressors!

No to Sectarian Divisions and Civil War! For a Workers’ and Popular Government!

Joint Statement of the International Secretariat of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the RCIT Yemen, 3.4.2015, www.thecommunists.net

(1) Since the night of 25 March, a military alliance of reactionary foreign powers has been attacking Yemen. This gang of aggressors is led by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and includes all other monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula (except Oman) plus the reactionary regimes of Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Morocco, and Pakistan. In addition, it is also supported by Western imperialist powers like the US, Britain, and France as well as Israel. In an assault which Riyadh has dubbed “Asifat al-Hazm“ (Operation Decisive Storm), about one hundred Saudi warplanes plus allied forces are attacking the advancing Houthi rebels in seven different Yemeni cities. During the first nine days of this aggression, they have killed at least 519 people, including many children, and injured more than 1,700. Egypt has also sent warships to the coast of Yemen. In addition, Saudi Arabia has assembled as many as 150,000 troops along its border with Yemen, and Egypt, Jordan, and Pakistan have expressed their readiness to take part in a ground offensive as well. Read more »

Israel: Ten Years of Struggle against the Theft of Bil’in’s Land – Solidarity and Struggle until Victory!

We, members of the Internationalist Socialist League (ISL) in Israel/Occupied Palestine, as well as our comrades in the world-wide revolutionary communist organization with which we are affiliated, the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), wish to transmit to you today – residents of Bil’in and its neighboring villages, activists in the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Anarchists against the Wall, and all the other activists, organized and independent, Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals – a message of solidarity and support for your just struggle until victory! We salute you! Read more »

Elections in the shadow of a coming Intifada: Vote for the United Arab Party But Don’t Trust the Petty-Bourgeois Leadership!

Short statement By the Internationalist Socialist League

10.02.2015

[The full statement will be published within the next few days]

  1. On March 17th, citizens of Israel will vote for the Knesset – the Israeli Parliament. We view the Knesset as an undemocratic organ of the Zionist apartheid state. Voting for it cannot ever change this fact. In ideal circumstances the correct position would be to boycott these elections in favor of establishing a constituent assembly of all residents of Palestine – Jews, Arabs, Palestinian refugees and immigrant workers (from the river to the sea). Sadly, this is not the case today.

Read more »

The Racist Character of Charlie Hebdo and the pro-imperialist campaign “Je Suis Charlie”

The Racist Character of Charlie Hebdo and the pro-imperialist campaign “Je Suis Charlie

Solidarity with Muslim People! NOT Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo!

By Michael Pröbsting, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 17.1.2015, www.thecommunists.net

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 Note of the Editorial Board: The following document contains 19 pictures. They can be viewed in the pdf version of this document (see below). We alert Muslim brothers and sisters that this file contains racist cartoons from the Charlie Hebdo magazine presenting the Prophet Mohammed. We reproduce them in this file exclusively for the purpose to demonstrate the reactionary nature of this magazine.

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All socialists and democrats in Europe are aware that the ruling classes in France and throughout the entire EU are working day and night to exploit the terrorist attack against the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, depicting it as a European 9/11. [1] In France, we are already witnessing clear signs of a Bonapartist police state as 10,000 soldiers patrol the streets of France. The Belgium government has also mobilized 300 soldiers for their “Anti-Terror Operation” – for the first time in three decades. The attack againstCharlie Hebdo is also serving the imperialists as justification for extending of France’s and the US/EU’s wars in the Middle East and Africa, as well as the intensification of surveillance and intimidation of Muslim migrants in France and the EU. Read more »

After the Paris Attack: Socialists must Join Hands with Muslim People Against Imperialism and Racism!

Reformist and Centrist Forces try to derail the Workers Movement by Failing to Stand up for Solidarity with the Muslims and Against Imperialist War-Mongering!

By Michael Pröbsting, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 17.1.2015, www.thecommunists.net

The ruling class in France and the whole EU are attempting to utilize the terrorist attack against the Charlie Hebdo office as a kind of European 9/11. [1] This attack serves as a justification for a hysterical media campaign (“Islamists terrorists are planning attacks everywhere”) and for the mobilization of the army to increase domestic repression. It also serves as justification for the extension of France’s and the EU’s war in the Middle East and Africa. [2] It serves also as a justification to increase surveillance and intimidation of Muslim migrants in France and the EU. [3]

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The violent price of Zionist elections: Bring the police murderers to justice! Give the Bedouins their lands back!

By Yossi Schwarz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 20.1.2015, also at www.thecommunists.net

The elections to the Zionist parliament, the Knesset, are coming soon. These elections are scheduled way ahead of time because of the crisis faced by the Netanyahu government. This crisis developed as a result of its political failure to win the last war against Hamas this summer (i.e. operation “Protective Edge”). This war proved that the fossilized thought of Israeli governments could not only result in the killing of Palestinian civilians, destruction of infrastructure, but also in the death of Israeli soldiers. The general atmosphere of these elections is created by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris which intensified the already existing Islamophobia. Read more »

France after the Attacks in Paris: Defend the Muslim People against Imperialist Wars, Chauvinist Hatemongering, and State Repression

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 9.1.2014, www.thecommunists.net

 On 7 January, jihadist militants attacked the headquarters of the journal Charlie Hebdo and, after separating men and women, killed 12 men including the editor-in-chief, journalists, and policemen. The following day, another person shot at cops and killed two people. At the same time, several mosques were attacked by gunshots and bombs. 88.000 police across the country have been mobilized to hunt the jihadist militants. The social-democratic and liberal Hollande government, supported by the Communist Party and the Front de Gauche as well as the bourgeois media, is attempting to place the country in a state of emergency. In this way they hope to utilize the attack against Charlie Hebdo as a pretext to mobilize support for their reactionary imperialist policy. Read more »

Women are not transparent – they make revolutions!

On the role of female socialist revolutionaries in the struggle against gender discrimination in the education system (in Israel)

By: Rotem Elisha

Forward

Hello everyone, my name is Rotem Elisha, I am a high school student from Ramla – Israel. At the beginning of 2014 I initiated a struggle by opening a Facebook page titled “No More Silence – Fight for Freedom and Equality”. The idea for this came up as I was confronted with the discriminatory rule in my school which prohibits female but not male students from wearing short pants and skirts. The excuse that was given to me by the school management was that school girls should dress in a “decent” manner. If girls should be allowed to show off their legs at school, they further explained, it might prevent boys from concentrating fully on studying and cause sexual harassment. Read more »

Israel, Hands Off Al-Aqsa!

Down with the Israeli Apartheid State!

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 5.11.2014, www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

As I write this article, Palestinian medical officials have announced that a Palestinian was seriously injured in clashes which erupted Wednesday morning on the site of Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem. According to reports (Haaretz, November 5), the man was wounded by a sponge-tipped bullet fired by Israeli security forces. Read more »

Down With the New Imperialist Attack on Iraq and Syria!

The Renewal of the Imperialist War and the Tasks of the Workers Movement

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 2.10.2014, www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

In mid-September the US ruling class decided to bombard the Islamic State (IS, often called Daash in Arabic) in Syria. Already on the first day, American war planes killed or wounded dozens of Islamic State fighters in air strikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa and surrounding areas. It already started to attack IS fighters in Iraq in early August. Thus, we see that the imperialist war on Iraq did not end in December 2011. The official declaration, then, of US President Obama that the imperialist war had ended was an empty promise. The US is once again involved in a war against Iraq and Syria. Imperialism cannot survive without wars; but, as Lenin wrote, for humanity to survive we must destroy the imperialist system. Read more »

The CWI’s “Socialist” Zionism and the Palestinian Liberation Struggle

 A Reply from the RCIT

By Michael Pröbsting, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 15.9.2014, www.thecommunists.net

Peter Taaffe, the CWI’s long-standing leader, recently published a response to criticism against the position of his organization regarding the Palestinian liberation struggle. (1) In addition, on 31 August a public debate took place between representatives of the Austrian sections of the RCIT and the CWI in which the participants debated strategy for the Palestinian liberation struggle. (2) Furthermore, RCIT comrades in Israel / Occupied Palestine as well as socialists inside the Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) in South Africa regularly hold discussions with CWI activists on this issue. Read more »

Israel lost the 51-Day War but the Palestinian Liberation Struggle Continues

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 30.8.2014,
www.thecommunists.net 
and www.the-isleague.com

The ceasefire agreed to by Israel and Hamas in Cairocame after 51 days of fighting. During this war Israel killed 2,142 people, most of them civilians including more than 490 children; it injured more than 10,000, and destroyed thousands of homes; it bombed mosques, hospitals, and schools. 69 Israelis were killed, nearly all of them soldiers. Read more »

Who Won the Gaza War?

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 8.8.2014, www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

After almost a month of butchering, the Zionist propaganda line is that Israel won the war against Hamas. If the 1,900 Palestinians killed, 80% of whom were children, elderly, and non-combatant men and women, plus thousands of wounded, is to be the measure of victory, then Israel certainly won. If the number of destroyed homes, schools, mosques, and hospitals is used, then, once again, Israel won the war. And if the number of destroyed tunnels is taken as the measure of success, then Israel won the war. However, if the weakening of Hamas is the factor which determines who was the victor and who was the loser, then Hamas won the war. Read more »

Defend Iraq against another Aggression of US Imperialism!

Support the Kurdish Right of Self-Determination against IS! Unite the Struggle against the US Attack with the Palestinian Resistance against Israel!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 9.8.2014, www.thecommunists.net

1.            The Obama administration has announced another military intervention of US imperialism in Iraq. It has launched air strikes against the advancing forces of the extreme Salafist Islamic State (IS) which are advancing in the North of Iraq. The recent developments are a powerful confirmation of the total failure of the US aggression against Iraq in 2003 and the following occupation which lasted until 2011. The decision of the US government reflects the desperate attempt to stop its declining influence in the Middle East and to regain control over Iraq. Read more »

Israel: Report on antiwar rally in Tel Aviv on 26 July

Report by Boris Hammerschlag, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine),
27.7.2014, www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

On Saturday night, July 26, we attended an antiwar rally in Tel Aviv organized by the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and its Hadash front. Initially, towards evening, we were informed that the police had revoked the permit for the demonstration, but at the last minute this decision was rescinded and the rally took place, as planned. While, undoubtedly, fewer participants reached the scene due to the last minute changes, the rally itself was the largest against the Gaza war, in Israel, since the beginning of the military operation, with 5,000-7,000 people taking part. Participants held signs distributed by Hadash, Daam, and some Israeli NGOs. There were three Zionist flags and dozens of red flags. Read more »

PETITION: Jews Say: End the War on Gaza — No Aid to Apartheid Israel! BDS!

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, July 22, 2014,

http://chn.ge/1o76rOC

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Introduction by the RCIT and the ISL:

Below we reprint a very progressive statement initiated by the Jews for Palestinian Right of Return. Our comrade Yossi Schwartz, a well-know, lifelong communist and Anti-Zionist, and key representative of the Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), was among the initial signers of this petition. Read more »

Israel’s War against the Palestinians

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 23.7.2014,
www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

Israel’s barbaric war in Gaza is not merely against Hamas, but rather is the latest round of violence used by the Zionist project to create, fortify, and defend a colonialist settlement state for “the Jewish people” at the expense of the displaced indigenous population of Palestine. In this war, as in all colonial wars, it is the interest of the international working class to call for the victory of the oppressed over the oppressor, specifically, the Palestinians over Israel. Until now, more than 600 Palestinians, including many women and children, have been killed during the fighting in Gaza. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, in Shuja’iya alone, located in the eastern part of the city of Gaza, more than sixty people were killed by heavy artillery and tank fire during the twenty-four hours between last Saturday and Sunday. Read more »

Israel Starts Ground Offensive: Defend Gaza! Defeat Israel’s War!

Support the Palestinian Resistance! For a Workers’ and Popular International Campaign to Boycott Israel! Down with the Regimes which Collaborate with Israel! For a Free, Red Palestine!

Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), the Communist Left of Australia and the Editor of the Blog vansterparlan.v-blog.se (Sweden), 22.7.2014

1.            Israel’s ground offensive marks another escalation in its terrorist campaign against the Palestinian people. Until now, at least 604 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been killed and more than 3,700 have been wounded. This is not a conflict between two religious or national groups. Rather, this is an arch-reactionary war of oppression on the side of the racist apartheid state of Israel and a just war of defense on behalf of the Palestinian people! Democrats and socialists can’t help but enthusiastically support the heroic Palestinian resistance and work for the defeat of Israel. Read more »

Israel / Occupied Palestine: Fascists Attack Pro-Gaza Demonstration in Haifa

Report by Boris Hammerschlag, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 21.7.2014,  www.thecommunists.net  and www.the-isleague.com

On Saturday night, July 19, we attended a pacifist, anti-war demonstration organized by the Communist Party of Israel and its Hadash front, held in Haifa starting from 21:30. Read more »

Austria: Tens of Thousands march in Solidarity with Palestine

Report with Pictures and Videos of the RKOB (Austrian section of the RCIT) on the demonstration in Vienna on 20.7.2014,  www.rkob.net  and www.thecommunists.net

On 20 July Vienna saw the biggest mass demonstration for Palestine in Austria’s history. Between 20 and 30.000 people marched through the streets of Vienna and expressed their outrage about Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. Most participants were Turkish migrants but many came also from the Palestinian, Egyptian, Syrian, Bosnian and Albanian community. Read more »

Stop Israel’s Terrorist War against the Palestinian People! Boycott Israel!

http://bit.ly/StopImpunity

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!

Supporters of the ISL and RCIT – please add this message to your signature.

Stop Israel’s Terrorist War against the Palestinian People! Boycott Israel!

We, the undersigned, are citizens of the Israeli State. We condemn the terrorist war which the government of Benjamin Netanyahu has launched against Gaza. It is a one-sided war which kills countless Palestinians, most of them civilians. Equally we condemn the indiscriminate repression against the Palestinian people in the West Bank as well as Israeli Arab citizens. Read more »

Down with Israel’s New War!

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 9.7.2014, www.thecommunists.netand www.the-isleague.com

This article is being written on July 9, 2014, while Israel is bombing Gaza and rockets are falling in the region of Tel Aviv. We are being told that the Israeli government is considering a ground assault on Gaza which may be true or not. So far, at least twenty-seven Palestinians, many of them civilians including children, have been killed and more than 152 wounded. No Israeli has been killed. Ironically, Israel’s propaganda campaign claim is that Hamas, unlike “humanistic” Israel, is firing rockets because it wants to kill civilians. Anyone who thinks differently is branded an anti-Semite. Read more »

Victory to the 3rd Intifda!

We have been waiting for too long! The 3rd Intifada is here!

A general strike and a democratic popular mobilization is the key to victory!

Down with the Israeli apartheid’s assault on the Palestinian people!

Fascist murderers – you shall not pass! You shall not escape fierce justice!

Israelis, Arabs and all others – UNITE for democracy, UNITE against apartheid!

Firstly, we call upon the Palestinian political, religious and community leadership to immediately call for a general strike of protest on the basis of the following demands: Read more »

Palestine: Masses Rise Up after the Killing by Burning Alive of Palestinian Youth

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 6.7.2014,www.thecommunists.netand www.the-isleague.com

The kidnapping and killing by burning alive of Mohammed Khdair, a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager, last Wednesday led to some of the sharpest clashes since the year 2000. Palestinians in Jerusalem and in cities in the north of Israel – which is all Palestinian lands occupied since 1948 – have fought on the streets for several days now against the forces of oppression. These clashes are raising fear in the hearts both of the Israeli government and of the Palestinian Authority of a new intifada against Israel and the PA. Read more »

Israel: Hands Off Hamas!

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League
(RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine),
25.6.2014,
www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

During the past week and a half, the attention of Israeli society has been focused on the reported abdication of three young settlers and the barbaric actions of the Israeli army against the Palestinians, actions which most Israelis support under the pretext of searching for the missing three. Read more »

Israel/Occupied Palestine: Release All 400 Hunger Strikers! Release All Palestinians Political Prisoners!

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 13.6.2014, www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

Israel marked 47 years to its 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza by pushing through ultra-nationalist legislation which recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, and removes the facade of a Jewish and democratic state. Meanwhile, around four hundred Palestinians prisoners are in the midst of a hunger strike with the support of Palestinians outside the prisons. Read more »

Occupied Palestine/Israel: Enough with Symbolic Protests! For an Authentic Popular Struggle!

Drawing Conclusions – and the Change in Direction that They Dictate

Statement of the International Socialist League (ISL) the RCIT’s Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine, on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the first Land Day (1976),www.the-isleague.comand www.thecommunists.net

The 30th of March – Land Day – has become a symbol for the mass struggle of the Palestinians, citizens of the apartheid Zionist state, against dispossession and oppression. The key question before political activists who oppose both oppression and the regime’s attacks upon their standard of living and democratic rights is how to turn this vital symbol into a winnable struggle. To do so, we must first draw revolutionary conclusions about the political situation throughout the world, across our region, and locally at home. If we won’t reach such conclusions and then act according to what they dictate, Land Day will be relegated to remaining nothing more than a symbolic struggle. Read more »

Long Live International Women’s Day!

The only solution to violence and discriminationa socialist revolution!

By Hila Slutsky and Boris Hammerschlag

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. This day, steeped as it is in socialist tradition for more than a century, has two visages. On the one hand, this is a day when women all over the world celebrate the achievements of their struggle for full equality with men and against all forms of discrimination and violence against themselves. On the other hand, this is a day when women look a harsh reality straight in the eye and define their goals for the future – a critical examination which will lead, in the final analysis, to the next social revolution, one which will eliminate all forms of oppression, non-equality, and violence among women and men. This will be the socialist revolution. Read more »

Free Abdel Qader Altlitha, Free all Palestinian Political Prisoners

Free Abdel Qader Altlitha! Free all Palestinian Political Prisoners!

Palestinians fight on both sides of the civil war in Syria

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 25.12.2013, www.thecommunists.net, www.the-isleague.com

On Monday, Feb 10, Lod District Court sentenced Abdel Qader Altlitha, a Palestinian resident of the town of Taibe (inside Israel’s 1967 borders), to 15 months in prison for attempting to join the Syrian rebel forces Nusra Front. Read more »

Egypt: Down with General Sisi’s pro-Army Constitution! Boycott the Referendum!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)
2.1.2014
www.thecommunists.net

Egypt will hold a referendum on its newly-drafted constitution on January 14thand 15th. The vote will be the first stage of what it is called the political “road map” outlined by the Egyptian army after it overthrew Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically-elected president, on 3rdJuly 2013. While we in the RCIT opposed Morsi’s rule and supported the progressive mass protests against him, wetotally opposedhis removal by the army. He was deposed by the army because the US and the Egyptian generals couldn’t trust him to put down the popular revolution.  Read more »

Israel: Release All Palestinians Political Prisoners!

by Yossi Schwartz
Internationalist Socialist League
(RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine)
3.1.2014
www.thecommunists.net
www.the-isleague.com

This week Israel released 26 long-term Palestinian prisoners, the third group of four that she has been forced to release under American pressure. Most of the 26 were imprisoned for more than 20 years. Their release is part of an American-brokered deal, a condition for the current round of the farce known as the “peace negotiations.” US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan for “peace” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is part of a Pax Americana for the entire region, and is presented as a plan that will integrate West Bank security units in a planned US-led, anti-Al Qaeda regional force. Simply speaking, it is a plan whereby US imperialism gets to control the region, and is thus part of the Western counter-revolutionary assault on the revolution in Egypt and other Arab states. Read more »

Down with Israel’s war on the Palestinians! For A Free Red Palestine from the River to the Sea!

by Yossi Schwartz,
Internationalist Socialist League
(RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine)
25.12.2013
www.thecommunists.net
www.the-isleague.com

The current Israeli attack on the Palestinians in Gaza began on last Friday, December 20, when Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian and injured four others, who – according to the Israeli army famous for telling lies – were planning terrorist attacks. As a matter of fact, according to Haaretz, the Israeli army shot last Friday people who demonstrated against Israel killing of Palestinians in the West Bank. “Gaza’s Hamas-run government usually maintains a large police force in the area whose sole purpose is to prevent Palestinians from coming too near the Israeli border and to thwart rocket launches from the Strip. This time, however, it permitted the demonstrations, apparently out of a desire to allow Gaza residents to let off steam in light of the worsening situation in the Strip.“ (1) Read more »

The Myth of Assad’s Syria as an Anti-Imperialist Regime

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine), November 2013, www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

Western imperialists and some Arab states — the so-called “Friends of Syria,” which include the US, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates — would like to impose a transitional government composed of the pro-Western groups in the opposition as well as participation of the Baathist regime (with or without Assad himself); the Islamists oppose the entire idea of the Geneva conference aimed at achieving such a transitional government. Read more »

For International Solidarity with the African and Asian Migrant Workers against the Saudi Government!

Against Racism, Islamophobia, Imperialism and Zionism – the Only Solution is Socialist Revolution!

Statement of the Internationalist Socialist League (ISL, Israeli/Palestinian section of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency), 14.11.2013, www.the-isleague.com and www.thecommunists.net

During the past week, the Saudi government has begun a criminally violent crackdown against African illegal immigrants, mostly from Ethiopia, residing in the poor areas of the Saudi capital Riyadh. So far, at least 3 Ethiopian workers were killed and 68 injured in clashes between the police and migrant workers resisting or protesting their arrest. According to reports from Arab newspapers, about 20.000 migrants have been arrested until now, half of them women. Some reports suggest Saudi civilians armed with knives and iron bars have joined the onslaught, claiming to protect their property from the rioters.[1] [2] Read more »

Syria: The Butcher in his own Words

Assad: A Friend of Israel and an Enemy of the Arab Popular Masses

By Michael Pröbsting,

Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT),

21.10.2013,

www.thecommunists.net

Syrians dictators Assad recently made some revealing statements in his mouthpiece newspaper Teshrine. Here are the quotes as they are reported by the Middle East Monitor. We reprint this report in its entirety: Read more »

Open Letter on the Arab Revolution

The Arab Revolution is a central touchstone for socialists!

Open Letter to All Revolutionary Organizations and Activists

Issued by the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)

4.10.2013

www.thecommunists.net

The Arab Revolution is the sharpest political expression of the deep social contradictions inherent to the new historic revolutionary period that began in 2008. The fundamental tendencies inherent to capitalism – decay and collapse – have accelerated. The world economy is infected by the highly instable temperature curve of financial bubbles, debt traps, crises of over-production whose fundamental cause are the crisis of capitalist over-accumulation and the tendency of the rate of profit to fall. Social crises, mass unemployment, and the destruction of the environment are consequently accelerating. Concomitant with these developments, are the end of the absolute hegemony of US imperialism and the emergence of new imperialist powers – in particular China – as well as the increasing inner-imperialist rivalry. Against this background, the sentiment of unrest and rebellion amongst the workers, poor, as well as the middle class is spreading throughout the world. Read more »

Syria: Against Assad and Against Imperialism – Victory to the Revolution!

For International Solidarity with the Popular Revolution against the murderous Assad Dictatorship! But Without and Against any Western Imperialist Military Intervention!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 27.8.2013

1. The workers and peasants in Syria are bearing terrible misery day-to-day by the hands of the murderous Assad Dictatorship. More than 100.000 people have already been killed since the revolution started in March 2011. The latest slaughter of up to 1.300 people – most of them women and children – by a chemical weapons attack against the rebel-held territory in Ghouta, an area northeast of Damascus, is only the latest and particularly revolting massacre which the Russian-backed Assad regime has committed. Various imperialist Western Great Powers – in particular the USA, Britain and France – have hypocritically denounced this latest chemical weapons attack of Assad and threaten with a limited military strike. The RCIT affirms its support for the popular revolution against the reactionary Assad dictatorship. Read more »

Israel and the Coup in Egypt

by Yossi Schwartz
Internationalist Socialist League
RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine
21.8.2013
www.thecommunists.net
www.the-isleague.com

It is a common knowledge that the Israeli government supports the military coup on 3rd July in Egypt. The senior Israeli writer, Yossi Melman, wrote in one of Israel’s main newspapers, the Jerusalem Post, in this connection: Read more »

Egypt: International Solidarity against the Army Crackdown!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)
14.8.2013 (12:00 GMT)
www.thecommunists.net

1. The crackdown crackdown of the military-imposed regime against the pro-Morsi mass protests is underway. According to different reports between 300 and 2.200 people have been killed in the first few hours only. The smaller of the two protests, at Nahda Square in Giza, has been already destroyed by the army and police. However thousands of people are still defending the protest camp at the Raba’a al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City neighbourhood. In reaction there have been a number of mass protests and attacks on army bases and police stations (e.g. in Helwan in southern Cairo, Alexandria and Sinai). Read more »

Palestine: On the New Round of So-Called Peace Talks

by Yossi Schwartz,
Internationalist Socialist League
RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine)
3.8.2013
www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

The military coup in Egypt is not only a setback for the Egyptian revolution but for the Palestinians struggle as well. As Fox News has reported:

“Egypt’s new government has imposed the toughest border restrictions on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip in years, sealing smuggling tunnels, blocking most passenger traffic and causing millions of dollars in economic losses. Some in Hamas fear the movement is being swept up in the same Egyptian military campaign that earlier this month toppled the country’s democratically elected Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi — like the Gaza rulers part of the region’s Muslim Brotherhood.” (1) Read more »

Report from the “No Trust in the Government” Demonstration in Rehovot

By cde. Boris Hammershlag
The Internationalist Socialist League
25.07.2013
Rehovot, Israel/Occupied Palestine

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Today at 18:30 an ISL contingent of 5 comrades including 2 of our youth group, marched in the main street of the Israeli-Jewish town of Rehovot. The march was organized by the “Coalition for Social Justice” in my hometown of Rehovot. The demonstration protested the planned budget cuts and austerity program to be imposed on the Israeli Jews in the near future. Read more »

Guest Article: On Fossil Fuels and Revolutionary Awareness

Important note: This article is presented to our readers as food for thought and as a tool for up-close assessment of some political elements ISL members work side-by-side with in their everyday local-activism. In no shape or form does it represent the official line or even individual views within the ISL as a section or the RCIT as a whole. Enjoy and please feel free to leave a comment below.

On Fossil Fuels and Revolutionary Awareness

by Ophira Gamliel, Rehovot, Israel

Fossil fuels are an essential element in the analysis of modern production and economy. They have played a vital role in the rise of capitalism and its spread all over the world. It is difficult to imagine the immense success of capitalism and its capacity to recover from its cyclical crises without the never-ending flow of cheap energy feeding an ever-increasing production of goods to meet the demand of an ever-growing market. Read more »

Israel’s Six-Day War of 1967

On the Character of the War
the Marxist Analysis and the Position of the Israeli Left

By Yossi Schwartz
Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)
July 2013
www.thecommunists.net

Preface of the Editorial Board: The following document by comrade Yossi Schwartz analyzes the character and background of the 1967 Israeli warin. He elaborates the approach of Marxists who ought to have stood for the defeat of Israel and military victory for the Arab States without, at the same time, giving any political support to the Arab regimes. In an appendix, Schwartz critically examines the position of the Israeli Socialist Organization (ISO), better known as Matzpen, regarding the Six-Day War of 1967. Read more »

On some Questions of the Zionist Oppression and the Permanent Revolution in Palestine

Thoughts on some exceptionalities of the Israeli state, the national oppression of the Palestinian people and its consequences for the program of the Bolshevik-Communists in Palestine

By Michael Pröbsting
Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)
May 2013

The Palestinian Revolution has been a central issue of the international class struggle for more than half a century. The reason is that it constitutes one of the biggest crimes of imperialism in the 20th century. It symbolizes the barbarism of the imperialist Great Powers who expel a whole people from its historic homeland by the artificial creation of a colonial settler state in order to control a geo-strategically highly important region – the Middle East. Read more »

Egypt: The U.S. Support for the Military Coup and the Left’s ignorance

Notes on the role of US imperialism in the military’s coup d’état and the failure of the Egypt left
By Yossi Schwartz
Revolutionary Communist International Tendency
11.7.2013
www.thecommunists.net

As revolutionary Marxists we do not have any false tears for the former Egypt president Mursi and we do not support the call to reinstall him in power. But at the same time we oppose not only the military coup that removed the democratically elected government of Mursi but also the paid agents in the service of the imperialists that were involved in planning the coup. Read more »

Proposal for a New Law in Apartheid Israel

By Yossi Schwartz
Internationalist Socialist League
RCIT-Section in Occupied Palestine/Israel
18.6.2013
www.thecommunists.net and www.the-isleague.com

Haaretz, the Hebrew-language daily newspaper, writes today (June 18): “If there was anyone hoping that the wave of anti-democratic legislation which characterized the previous Knesset would stop with the end of its term, the decision of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation from the day before yesterday demonstrates that the current government and Knesset apparently intend to outdo all their predecessors in repressing minorities and institutionalizing discrimination against them.“ Read more »

Class struggle and religious sectarianism in Syria

To win the revolution in Syria, a revolutionary working class party must be built!
By Yossi Schwartz
Revolutionary Communist International Tendency
12.6.2013

It has been a week of military gains for the Syrian government, whose soldiers won an important battle against the rebels after long and intense fighting over Qusayr, a strategic city near the Lebanese border. The fact that the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters are much better armed is an important factor in the battle. However this is only a secondary factor. Read more »

Syria: After the defeat in Qusayr and ahead of the Battle for Aleppo

For revolutionary working class leadership to lead the Syrian Revolution to Victory!
By Yossi Schwartz
Revolutionary Communist International Tendency
11.6.2013

Imperialist propaganda seeks to present a picture of hopelessness in Syria and to present the only alternatives available to the Syrian masses as being support for one of the following:

* Either Assad as he continues to slaughter his own people;

* the Syrian pro- imperialists who are demanding a massive military intervention by the West;

* or the forces controlled by Islamist reactionaries. Read more »

Turkey: Down with the repressive Regime of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP!

For a Workers Government supported by the Poor Peasants and the Urban Poor!
Yossi Schwartz
Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)
3.6.2013
www.thecommunists.net

Our sisters and brothers returned yesterday to Gezi Park to continue the struggle to remove the reactionary AKP-government of Turkey, the Robin Hood of the rich: Stealing from ordinary people to give the public green parks to the land speculators. The Taksim square, the focus of the demonstrations, was calm on Sunday morning, and the capitalist mass media rushed to inform us that the protest is already over. Read more »

Israel’s War of 1948 and the Degeneration of the Fourth International

By Yossi Schwartz

Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)

May 2013

Preface of the Editorial Board: The following document from comrade Yossi Schwartz is a major contribution in two respects. First it outlines the Marxist position on the colonial settler state Israel, its emergence and its reactionary war in 1948 – called by the Zionists in true Orwellian-speak “Independence War”. Additionally, the document is also important for understanding the history of the Fourth International’s position on Zionism and the national liberation struggle in Palestine. In particular comrade Schwartz demonstrates that the small Trotskyist forces in Palestine under the leadership of Tony Cliff (who later became the founder of the centrist International Socialists tendency respective the Socialist Workers Party in Britain) never understood the national question in Palestine and failed to take a revolutionary stand. It was one of the first expressions of the process of its centrist degeneration that the Fourth International failed to take a revolutionary defeatist position against Israel in its War in 1948 and a revolutionary defensist position for the Arab countries. Read more »

Growing Trade Union Support for Boycott Actions against Apartheid State Israel

Another Blow to Zionist Racism
By Yossi Schwartz
Internationalist Socialist League
RCIT-Section in Occupied Palestine/Israel
12.5.2013

Every few weeks another important organization is joining the boycott of Israel. In April the Irish teachers union, and at the end of February, the Oxford student union joined the struggle against racism. Recently the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) passed a resolution during its annual conference. This resolution calls for the boycott of the Israeli academic institutions that will apply only to institutions, but not individuals who oppose the systematic discrimination against the Palestinians. Read more »

Egypt: Free Port Said 21

By Yossi Schwartz
Internationalist Socialist League
RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine
April 2013

On Saturday,9 March, 2013 ,an Egyptian court approved the death sentences previously handed down to 21 defendants in the Port Said soccer riot case and sentenced more than 20 others to prison terms. At the same time, the organizer of the massacre, former Port Said security chief Major General Essam Samak, was sentenced to 15 years in prison – a sentence which will surely be overturned or shortened in the near future. At least seven other security officers responsible for the massacre were among those acquitted of all charges. Read more »

Workers and Oppressed of the World, Unite in the Struggle for Liberation!

May Day 2013 Statement of Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)

The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) sends its May Day greetings to all fighters for the liberation of the working class and the oppressed people around the world. We call them to join us in our struggle to build new revolutionary parties and a new Workers International. Such a World Party of Socialist Revolution can only be born in the class battles against the capitalist monopolies and imperialist powers. Read more »

Victory! The Israeli state was forced to release resistance fighter Samer Issawi

By Yossi Schwartz, International Socialist League
RCIT-Section in Israel/Occupied Palestine,
24.4.2013

Issawi was originally arrested in 2002, for holding a rifle without a license. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was released in October 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. Israel however has never intended to respect this agreement and in its attempt to teach the Palestinians who is the master it re-arrested Issawi, along many others, who were released in the exchange deal. Brother Samer was arrested just months after he was released and the Zionist state, accused him of violating his terms of release by traveling outside his home village of Issawiyeh. The intention of the Zionist state was to force him to serve the full 30 years as part of the lesson that the oppressed cannot win against Israel. Read more »

Declaration of Fusion between the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

Statement of the RCIT and ISL on 19.4.2013

1. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Internationalist Socialist League (ISL, Israel/Occupied Palestine) declare that they are fusing their forces to build a joint international organization in order to advance the struggle for a new World Party of Socialist Revolution – the revolutionary Fifth Workers International. As a result the ISL becomes the section of the RCIT in Israel/Occupied Palestine and will elect a representative for the RCIT’s International Executive Committee.
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Turkey, Syria and Egypt: No Political Support for Bourgeois Forces Secular or Islamists

Our Disagreement With “Free Haifa”

By Yossi Schwartz (ISL: Occupied Palestine/Israel), supported by the RCIT

Turkey under the Islamist government is playing an important role in the imperialist strategy in the region in this period of the Arab revolution. Since the beginning of the Arab revolution in Syria in 2011 the US and other imperialists have been seeking a policy of breaking Syria from Iran. Such a schism between Damascus and Tehran would change the Middle East’s strategic balance in favor of the US and Israel. The reconciliation between the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) and the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) is related to the new role Turkey is playing in relations to Iran. Read more »

Nakba Day 2013

Statement of the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine) and the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 5.4.2013

“My story is no different from that of many other Palestinian young people who were born and have lived their whole lives under Israeli occupation. At 17, I was arrested for the first time, and jailed for two years. I was arrested again in my early 20s, at the height of the second intifada in Ramallah, during an Israeli invasion of numerous cities in the West Bank – what Israel called Operation Defensive Shield. I was sentenced to 30 years in prison on charges relating to my resistance to the occupation”

(A letter from Samer Issawi March 3, 2013) Read more »

Fight the Discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community

Reactionary Forces mobilize in France against the legislation of the same sex marriage

Statement of the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine) and the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 28.3.2013 Since 2008 we live in the midst of the worst economic crisis of the world capitalist system which takes place within the historical decay of the capitalist system. The masses are seeking a way out of the crisis. In the case of France Hollande’s Socialist Party and its allies were elected with high expectations by the workers and lower classes voters that this government will find solutions to the woes of the rotten economic capitalist system. This of course was an illusion, that will be corrected by the masses who will learn from their own experience.

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ISL-Report from Land Day in Palestine

Report by Yossi Schwartz from the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine), 31.3.2013

The Arab Jewish revolutionary ISL participated in the land day in the town of Sakhnin, distributing hundreds of leaflets in Hebrew and Arabic calling for one democratic Palestinian state from the river to the sea that will be one multinational workers state from the river to the sea. In the leaflet we explained as well the revolutionary program for Syria. For a working class revolution but at the same time siding with the forces fighting Assad bloody regime, including the Islamists that dominate the opposition without giving them any political support. The leaflet called as well for unity in action of the working class and the masses around different demands including a Palestinian democratic state from the river to the sea and multinational working class supported by the peasants republic from the river to the sea and ended with a call for the Fifth International. Read more »

Cyprus: General Strike against EU Troika Diktat and Austerity Program!

Down with EU-Colonialism! Workers in Cyprus: Exit the EU, expropriate the banks and corporations and fight for a workers government!

Resolution by the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine), 28.3.2013

1. The recent EU/IMF bailout agreement with Cypriot government is nothing but an imperialist program of financial enslavement of the working people of Cyprus. Its immediate consequences are mass sackings of thousands of workers, privatizations and the de facto confiscation of pension and provident funds. It will deepen the capitalist crisis in the country and throw huge masses into poverty. It shows once more that the European Union and the Eurogroup are nothing but imperialist instruments. The Cypriot working class must mobilize for a General Strike against the bailout agreement and its consequences. They must fight for a program of expropriation of the banks, corporations and super-rich. The European workers movement must mobilize in solidarity with the people in Cyprus and fight against the Troika diktat! Read more »

Land Day 2013: From a Symbolic Struggle to a Real Struggle

Statement of the Internationalist Socialist League (ISL), supported by the RCIT

http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa/land-day-2013/

Note from the Editorial Board: This is a statement of the Internationalist Socialist League (ISL) in Israel/Occupied Palestine. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) fully supports the statement from our comrades. We share their analysis and perspectives.

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March 30th – Land Day, has become a symbol of struggle for the Palestinian masses, citizens of the Zionist apartheid state, against expropriation and oppression. Now, we must think of a way to turn a symbolic struggle into a real mass struggle converging into the entire Palestinian people’s struggle in the entire territory currently ruled by an apartheid state spanning from the river Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea. Read more »

Summary of the ISL-LRP split

We live in a revolutionary period brought about by the worst historical and economical crisis of the world capitalist system since 1929. The capitalist system is a fetter on the forces of production, already demanding a world planned socialist economy. The capitalists, as usual, are trying to force the working class, the peasants, the lower middle class and the poor to pay for their system’s failure. Read more »

What Stands Behind The Reconciliation Between Israel and Turkey

The reconciliation between Israel and Turkey is aimed against Syria, Iran and the Palestinians!

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine), 25.3.2013

Obama’s visit to Israel is part of the US strategy against the Arab Revolution in Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia and at the same time the plundering of Iran’s oil. He came to Israel to build and reinforce the military alliance between Israel, Turkey and Jordan. Read more »

What Stands Behind the Zionists’ Offensive Against the Haredi Jews

The Most Right Wing Government in the History of Israel plans to divert the Anger from the Capitalist Class to the Arabs and the Ultra Orthodox

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine), 25.3.2013

One of the most rotten political blocks in Israel is the block of the settler’s party led by Benet’s The Jewish Home, that openly calls for the transfer of the Palestinians and the Secular racist party of Yair Lapid There is a future. Many people have commented on the Anti-Palestinian outlook that is common to these two parties. Yet their hatred of the Jewish Ultra Orthodox – the Haredim – is striking as well. Read more »

Down with the Netanyahu-Lapid-Benet-Liberman government!

By Yossi Schwartz (Internationalist Socialist League, Israel / Occupied Palestine), 14.3.2013

The new coalition government of Israel is the most right wing government in the history of Israel. It is a government committed to a war against Iran, military intervention in Syria, expending the settlements in the lands Israel occupied in 1967, deepening the discrimination against the Palestinians citizens of the lands Israel stole in 1947-8, and attacking the working class in Israel made of Jews, Palestinian and migrant workers using the old tactics employed already by the Romans of divide and rule. Read more »

Victory to the Revolution in Syria!

The second anniversary of the uprising in Syria

by Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League
(Israel/Occupied Palestine), 15.3.2013

The wave of the Arab revolution that began in Tunisia reached Syria on March 15, 2011, when a group of schoolchildren used a can of spray paint to write on the school wall, the popular slogan of protesters in North Africa: “Down with the regime”. Syria’s Ba’ath administration reacted with cruel panics. The boys were arrested and disappeared. The residents of Deraa took to the streets to protest the torture of students who had put up the anti-government graffiti. Read more »

Fight against Zionist Racism and Fascism in Israel

By Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine), 5.3.2013

The racist Israeli state has launched two Palestinians-only bus lines in the 1967 occupied West Bank. Haaretz daily reported that the Zionist Transport Ministry opened the lines on Monday, to be used by Palestinian super exploited workers travelling between the West Bank and Israel, after the far right settlers complained that Palestinians on mixed buses were a security risk. Read more »

New Imperialist Threats in East Asia: Hands off North Korea!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 12.3.2013. Supported by the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel / Occupied Palestine) on 13.3.2013

1. The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously for a US-drafted resolution which tightens the sanctions on North Korea. The RCIT denounces this decision as an attempt of the imperialist Great Powers – first and foremost the USA – to pressurize and subjugate North Korea. Worse, it could present the pretext of an US-led imperialist war against North Korea. The international workers movement must oppose these sanctions and mobilize against such a possible war. In case of a military conflict the RCIT calls for the defeat of the imperialist forces and their allies and for the defense of North Korea. Read more »

ISL’s Resignation Letter to the LRP (March 2013)

When we first contacted the LRP, six years ago, we were struck by three rare qualities that your organization seemed to possess: a firm grasp of Marxist theory, integrity, and an ability to combine these two qualities with work in mass movements and organizations. It seems to us that even though your organization was probably always centrist, or at least since long before our first contact with you, its present shames its past. Read more »

The ISL Breaks with the LRP (March 2013)

In light of emerging political and organizational differences of significant nature, we, the members of the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine) hereby announce our unanimous decision to cease our struggle to form a joint international tendency with the League for the Revolutionary Party (US). We deem any further efforts invested in this direction, which by now amount to more than 6 years of political discussions as well as several joint statements, to be futile and politically paralyzing. As with any other centrist organization, we would readily collaborate with the LRP in united front actions, however we currently no longer consider our two organizations as moving towards forming a common tendency.

We will elaborate at length shortly.

Release Samer alIsawi! Release All Palestinian Political Prisoners! (February 2013)

We, members of the Internationalist Socialist League, denounce all forms of oppression against the Palestinian people, whether in the territories Israel occupied in 1948, or the ones in 1967. We recognize the right of the Palestinian people to struggle against occupation and oppression in all territories controlled by Israel – a Zionist-imperialist Apartheid state.

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Down With the French Imperialist Attack on Mali! Defend All Forces Fighting Against the Invaders! (February 2013)

04.02.2013

Last year, on the 16th of January 2012, several groups in the northern region of the West African state of Mali known as Azawad – arguably the most prominent of which was the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) – have initiated an insurgency against the Malian government. By April of that year, despite US imperialist attempts to prop up the Malian army, Azawad came under the control of the rebels, who declared its independence from Mali. Their authority was recognized by neither the European Union nor its agents in the African Union. Read more »

Demand the Immediate Release of Samer alIssawi and All Palestinian Political Prisoners! (February 2013)

An Appeal from the Internationalist Socialist League

(Israel/Occupied Palestine)

To all political parties, trade unions, groups and individuals that oppose the oppression of the Palestinian people,

We call upon you comrades, brothers and sisters and all advocates of justice and democracy, to demand from the Israeli government to release immediately Samer alIssawi who was imprisoned without charges and without trial. Samer chose to protest this inhumane and grotesque imprisonment by going on a hunger strike that has currently exceeded 200 days. Naturally, his life is now in grave danger. Read more »

Why We Refuse to Support the Daam 2013 Election Campaign (January 2013)

The Israeli elections coming up on the 22nd of January are causing very little excitement in Israel itself. The victory of the right is a foregone conclusion, and center-left Zionism remains weak and divided. One popular pass-time for left Zionists has become to produce sheets of complicated calculations and faulty logic intended to prove that the left can win the elections (Yossi Gurevitz is one example) – however, outside such middle class circles, few entertain such illusions. Read more »

The Zionist State Tries to Break Gaza Again – and Fails Again (November 2012)

Apparently satisfied by its terrorist slaughter of at least 162 Palestinians, including many children, its wounding of over a thousand and its terrible destruction of Gaza’s infrastructure, Israel has agreed to a new “ceasefire” agreement. All revolutionaries who stand steadfast in defense of the Palestinians against Zionism’s monstrous crimes should be clear about what this means: Read more »

The Anti-African Pogrom: Zionism’s Latest Crime (June 2012)

The pogrom against Tel Aviv’s community of African immigrants on May 23 was the worst outburst so far in an escalating campaign by politicians of all major Israeli political parties to incite racist hysteria as a distraction from the growing crisis of the Zionist state. With Prime Minister Netanyahu branding the immigrants a “threat to the Jewish character of the state” and mobs gathering around bonfires in the streets and chanting calls for their death, worse attacks against Israel’s small African community can be expected. Everybody who stands for freedom and justice should mobilize to defend them.

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Solidarity with Da’am activists (May 2012)

Dear comrades of Daam,

We are writing to express our solidarity with you and our condemnation of the Zionist bullying which you have faced on the 12.5.2012, during the so-called Neighborhood March. There is no doubt that your refusal to back down in the face of intimidation and physical attacks shows true bravery and dedication. It is clear that the same elements who wanted to use the demonstration to push for a racist, anti-immigrant agenda are the ones who felt the need to tear down your Arabic slogans.

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Nakba Day statement (May 2012)

We are here today to commemorate Nakba Day in memory of the violent expulsion of 900,000 Palestinian women, children and men by the Zionist gangs who established the state of Israel. This brutal attack was the culmination of decades of oppression and expropriation of the Palestinians by the Zionist settlers, who from day one had the agenda of removing Palestinians from the labor market and, eventually, from their land.

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Zionist State Launches Attack on Women (December 2011)

Chauvinism Cannot Be Defeated Without Struggle against Palestinian Oppression

Recently in Israel, we have witnessed a wave of reports on acts of chauvinist oppression, especially ones committed by Haredi (ultra-orthodox) Jews: from attempts to stop women from singing in public, through attempts to force women to sit in the back of the bus, and up to a verbal attack byHaredim on a 7-year-old girl, who in their minds was not dressed in a way fit for a woman. The Zionist media has named the phenomenon “Women’s Exclusion”. In fact, it is a classic example of the oppression of women under class society.

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On the Prisoner Exchange Deal and the Palestinian Hunger Strike (September 2011)

Free ALL Palestinian Political Prisoners!

The racist Israeli media is jubilant. With the exception of some ultra-hardline Zionists who complain that any Palestinians were freed in exchange for Gilad Shalit, Zionist ideologues are today celebrating the “homecoming” of the soldier they refer to as “our child.” Meanwhile, Palestinians celebrate the release from Israeli prisons of 477 prisoners and the promised release of 550 more in two months’ time. At the same time, many question whether Hamas did not make too many compromises in their agreement to release Shalit.

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On the Palestinian Authority’s UN Bid for Statehood (September 2011)

A Joint Statement by the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

and the League for the Revolutionary Party (U.S.)

On the Palestinian Authority’s UN Bid for Statehood – No to the Sellout of Palestinian Rights!

For a Palestinian State From the River to the Sea!

As soon as Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention of appealing to the United Nations to recognize the PA as the government of a Palestinian state and accept it as a UN member, the Israeli government and the Obama Administration both denounced the move. The U.S. government went so far as to promise to veto any proposed UN resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood and threatened to end its funding of the PA.

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Facts Against Fictions – the ISL Responds to CWI Charges that it Lied About their Israeli Group (August 2011)

Facts Against Fictions – the ISL Responds to CWI Charges that it Lied About their Israeli Group

In our recent statement on the Israeli housing price protest movement,[1] the ISL made some serious criticisms of the role played by the Maavak Sozialisti group (MS), the Israeli section of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI). “Maavak,” we alleged, “has capitulated to the movement’s dominant “social justice for Israelis” chauvinism.” In response, supporters of the CWI rallied to their comrades’ defense, accusing us of spreading “utterly despicable” “out and out lies”[2]about their comrades.

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An Open Letter to As’ad AbuKhalil: Can Israeli Protests Aid Palestinian Liberation? (August 2011)

Dear Comrade AbuKhalil:

I am a supporter of a revolutionary socialist organization in Israel which considers all of Israel to be “Occupied Territory.” We fight for the establishment of a Palestinian state, from the river to the sea. From this perspective, I write to respectfully challenge your recent postings on the so-called “revolution of the Sons of Dogs” — the housing price protest movement in Israel.

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The Housing Protests in Israel (July 2011)

Join the Arab Revolution!

No to the Housing Discrimination against Arabs!

We have gathered here today to protest the increase in the costs of living in Israel in the last decade, which have lately become unbearable. Thus, after years of relative silence the Israelis, led by the middle class, have erupted with the mass protests we see today. However, we must all remember, that while the Israelis enjoy relatively high living standards, their Palestinian neighbors, citizens and non-citizens, face the continued theft of their lands, jobs, and in the case of Gaza especially, are even denied the most essential commodities necessary for life such as food and medicine. Hundreds of thousands remain trapped in refugee camps and face the deadly fire of Israeli machine guns should they try to return to their homeland.

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The ISL’s May Day Statement (May 2011)

Long Live May Day!

Long Live the International Socialist Revolution! 

The revolutions that have taken place during the past few months in the Arab world are the last nail in the coffin of any claim that the fall of the Soviet block signaled the final victory of capitalism. The capitalist apologists and ideologues, whose role during the past two decades has been to convince the masses that they have no choice but to come to terms with capitalism, can now only bite their tongues. But, during these same twenty years, many on the left and even the radical left have also cynically rejected the possibility that the working class might once again rise up in revolt. The events of late clearly demonstrate that the ones who were right all along were precisely those who continued to believe in Socialist Revolution.

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Nakbah Day Statement (May 2011)

FOR THE RETURN OF ALL THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEES TO THEIR LANDS AND HOMES!

SOCIALIST REVOLUTION IS THE ONLY SOLUTION!

The Zochrot group, Abnaa’ AlBalad and others, have taken upon themselves, over the years, the greatly important and most appreciated political activism of organizing the protest and commemoration events regarding the Nakbah – the actions of expropriation, expulsion, and robbery that led to the establishment of the State of Israel. This is especially important at a time that the Israeli government tries to outlaw the commemoration of the Nakbah as an attempt to erase the Zionist crimes of 1948 from public consciousness.

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On the Libyan Revolution (April 2011)

Down with the Imperialist Intervention in Libya!

For Workers’ Revolutions

Across North Africa and the Middle East!

A Joint Statement by the League for the Revolutionary Party (U.S.)

and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

The leaders of the U.S., Britain and France claim that their current bombardment of Muammar el-Qaddafi’s dictatorship in Libya is motivated by a desire to aid one of the ongoing struggles for democracy in the Arab world. As usual, they are lying. The same imperialists who invaded and occupy Afghanistan and Iraq – and who support Israel as it slaughters Palestinians – have not suddenly discovered a concern for the oppressed.

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The ISL’s Land Day Statement (March 2011)

Long Live Land Day!

Long Live the Struggle of the Masses in the Middle East! 

The Middle East is on fire. In every country in our region, the masses are struggling to overthrow the tyrannical oppressive regimes they have been suffering under for decades. In Egypt, the epicenter of the modern day revolutionary struggle in the Middle East, the masses have overthrown the rotten Mubarak regime, which collaborated with the Zionists in the oppression of the Palestinians in the Gaza ghetto. In Jordan, the mass struggle forced the king to sack his government. In Libya, the rebel army is fighting against Qaddafi’s forces, and the imperialists are taking advantage of the disorder in order to intervene in the struggle and subordinate it to their interests. In Tunisia, the mass struggle forced Ben-Ali, the corrupt ally of the Zionists, to flee the country and leave his former partners in power. Similar struggles broke out in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Morocco and Algeria.

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An Open Letter to the Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt (February 2011)

An Open Letter from the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine) and the League for the Revolutionary Party (U.S.)

The following is a response to the statement “Glory to the martyrs! Victory to the revolution!” issued by the Revolutionary Socialists group in Egypt, published on February 1 (e-socialists.net/node/6445) and circulated widely in English on February 6 (see, for example,

leninology.blogspot.com/2011/02/statement-of-revolutionary-socialists.html).

February 8, 2011

Comrades,

With sincere respect for your place among the courageous fighters against Mubarak’s bloody dictatorship, we must share with you some serious criticisms of your statement of February 1. We know that your role in the Egyptian masses’ great struggles can only be properly appreciated by considering all that your group has said, as well as all that it has done in practice. However your February 1 statement is the first to be translated and circulated by your comrades in the International Socialist Tendency, so it deserves to be paid special attention.

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The Egyptian Revolution Must Advance – or It Will Be Defeated! Working-Class Revolution Is the Solution! (February 2011)

The Egyptian Revolution Must Advance – or It Will Be Defeated!

Working-Class Revolution Is the Solution!

By the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine) and the League for the Revolutionary Party (U.S.)

February 20, 2011

On February 11, the masses of Egypt, joined by Arab peoples in many other countries, were in the streets celebrating the removal of the hated dictator Mubarak. This victory was accomplished due to the resoluteness of a powerful mass movement, culminating in a wave of strikes and factory occupations. The revolutionary struggles in Egypt and Tunisia stand as an immediate source of inspiration for workers and youth fighting oppression in Iran, Bahrein, Libya, Algeria and Yemen. For people everywhere, it signifies that even a key agent of the imperialists can be brought down by mass struggle.

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Tunisia’s Revolution in Danger! (January 2011)

A Joint Statement by the League for the Revolutionary Party (U.S.) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

A Bolshevik Policy is Needed to Guide the Workers and Poor People to Power!

The sight of Tunisia’s long-time dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fleeing in the face of workers’ general strikes and mass demonstrations is inspiring an upsurge of struggle throughout the Middle East. The idea is spreading among the Arab world’s workers and youth that they could rise up and send the rest of the region’s imperialism-backed dictators packing as well.

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Venezuela: Dwindling Support for Chávez’s Fake Socialism (October 2010)

Joint Declaration on the Election Results and the Political Juncture in Venezuela by the League for the Revolutionary Party (U.S.) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

October 16, 2010 

Workers’ Revolution is the Answer for Workers and the Poor!

Hugo Chávez has been in power for over eleven years. The National Assembly elections on September 26 demonstrated dwindling support for his regime – which points to difficulties when he comes up for re-election in 2012. Growing dissatisfaction with the supposedly revolutionary government was exacerbated when the global economic crisis gripped the country in 2008.

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Remove all restrictions upon immigrant workers and refugees from third world countries! (September 2010)

In 1947-8 and in 1967 the Zionist state turned over one million Palestinians into refugees. After 1967 the Zionist capitalists super-exploited the Palestinian workers in the new occupied territories. However following the outbreak of the popular Intifada in 1987 the Zionists have begun to import super exploited immigrant workers to replace the Palestinian workers who were thrown out of the Zionist capitalist places of exploitation. It was all done in the name of security for the colonialist settlers.

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In commemoration of the Sabra and Shatila Massacre (September 2010)

Down with the negotiations with the Zionists on the expense of the Palestinian people! 

Today, 28 years ago, the Zionist armed forces together with their fascist militia allies committed one of the most horrendous acts in the series of massacres the Israeli state was responsible for since 1947-8.

The goal of the Israeli war on Lebanon of 1982 was not only to disable and eliminate the PLO, but also to uproot the Palestinian resistance to Zionist oppression. The choice of the refugees as victims of the massacre was not accidental – the State of Israel, that deported most of the Palestinian people in 1947-8 turning them into refugees, sought in 1982 to tread on the necks of these refugees as a message to all of those who demand the right of return.

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Down with the negotiations! No Peace with the Zionists! (September 2010)

US President Barack Obama has imposed on the Palestinian Authority to enter what he calls, in his cynicism, “peace talks” with Israel. The truth is that Zionist politicians, whether right-wing like Netanyahu or left-wing like Barak, only agree to negotiations with the Palestinians to maintain the veneer of a peace-loving Israel, allowing the state to continue its oppression of the Palestinians while receiving support from its liberal friends in Europe and the USA.

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An Open Letter to All Who Support Shalit’s Family (July 2010)

By senior member of the ISL, Yossi Schwartz,

published in: DissidentVoice / July 19th, 2010

If the price for the release of one thousand Palestinian political prisoners is an Israeli soldier who was part of the criminal siege of Gaza, then so be it.

You understand that the Israeli government is responsible for the fact that Shalit is still a prisoner because Netanyahu’s government refuses to release the Palestinian prisoners that Hamas demands. You are willing to exchange Shalit because in your eyes the life of one Israeli is more valuable than the lives of one thousand Palestinians. As long as you hold to this racist outlook, you remain prisoners of the Israeli state. All 11,000 political Palestinian prisoners should be released, because they belong to a nation struggling against the oppression that you are part of.

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ISL’s Position Paper for the “Haifa Conference for the Right of Return and One Democratic State” (May 2010)

What do we stand for?

We, who came to participate in the “Haifa Conference “, are here to discuss the key question of the struggle for liberation: how to realize the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, including the right of the refugees who were driven out by Israel in 1947-8, in all of its stolen land of Palestine. All the while, the persecution of the Palestinian people worsens, for example the persecution of Amir Makhoul and Omar Sa’id, or the worsening of the conditions of detention of Hamas prisoners. All the while, the representatives of U.S. and Israeli imperialism, together with the representatives of the cooperationist Palestinian Authority, are discussing the question of how could they ensure the existence and security of the Zionist imperialist state occupying more than 80 percent of Palestine and denying the Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes. According to the local media,Abbas has offered the Zionists even more territorial capitulations; however, the Zionist expansionist appetite remains insatiable. All the while, according to local media, Hamas, who constantly sends messages of willingness to de-facto recognize Israel within the ’67 borders, is busy oppressing the Palestinians and plans for the destruction of 150 houses of poor families in the besieged Gaza, on grounds of unauthorized construction, with complete disregard to the damaged already caused by the Zionist army.

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Condemn Israel’s Foul Murder of Flotilla Participants (May 2010)

We do not know yet the exact number of people who were murdered in cold blood by the Israeli army. Unofficial reports from outside Israel put the death toll at between 14 and 20, with dozens hurt. The nationalities of the casualties are not known. But there is a strong possibility that Israeli Arab leaders, including Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement’s northern branch, are among them.

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In commemoration of the 34th Land Day (March 2010)

Long live Land Day – a day of protest against Zionist Imperialism!

We commemorate Land Day this year at a time of great suffering for the Palestinian masses, but it is also a time of great hope.

The Israeli military machine has been struck in Lebanon and Gaza, and for this reason Israel carried out the despicable murder of Hamas leader al-Mabhouh in Dubai.

At the same time, the Zionist state continues with the theft of Palestinian lands, and it is working to undermine the Muslims’ holy sites. In its actions it is being exposed as a state of racist colonialist settlers.

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In Commemoration of the Gaza Massacre of 2008 (December 2009)

Operation “Molten Lead”

Today we commemorate one year to the Israeli war on the people of Gaza. The Zionists are calling this war “Operation Molten Lead.” On December 27th 2008 the Israeli Army attacked the city of Gaza in an attempt to overthrow the elected government of the Palestinian people led by Hamas and break the people’s resistance to the continued occupation and oppression. After 22 days of massacre in which the State of Israel murdered around 1400 residents of the besieged Gaza and caused serious damage to the social and economic infrastructure (including mosques, schools and ambulances), Israel was forced to declare a unilateral ceasefire. In the same manner as it did in the 2006 Lebanon War, Israel has failed in achieving its political goals.

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Reply to Spartacist Slander Against LRP / ISL (November 2009)

[Link to the Spartacist Article]

By Yossi Schwartz of the Internationalist Socialist League (ISL)

The latest issue of Workers’ Vanguard, the organ of the American Spartacist League, carries a report on the joint forum the ISL and US League for the Revolutionary Party (LRP) recently held in New York City. The report is titled “LRP State Department Socialists Embrace New Bedfellow”, loyal to the Spartacist tradition of slander and dishonest debate.

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Ninety Years to Maki – the Party Which Used to be Communist (November 2009)

The October Revolution

92 years ago in the Russian Empire, the working class led the peasant masses to overthrow the rule of the landlords and capitalists and established the first and only workers’ state in history. The leadership of the working class consisted of the revolutionary workers’ party, known as the Bolshevik Party. Following this revolution communist parties were being established all over the world and a communist international was formed – the workers’ party of the world socialist revolution.

The crushing of the October Revolution

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Nine years since the massacre of Palestinian citizens of Israel by the Police (October 2009)

Today we commemorate nine years since the murder of thirteen Palestinian citizens of Israel by the Israeli oppression forces. This murder was but a link in a long chain of massacres committed by the Zionist armed forces. They started even before the establishment of the state of Israel, continued with dozens of massacres during the establishment of the state of Israel (the most well known is the DirYassin Massacre), and after the establishment of the state of Israel in Qibiya, Kafr Qasim, Land Day, refugee camps Sabra and Shatila (by Israel’s accomplices) and in Gaza last January when the Israeli army has massacred 1400 Palestinians.

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Stop U.S./Israeli War Threats against Iran! (October 2009)

Joint declaration of the League for the Revolutionary Party (U.S.) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine)

The disclosure on September 18 by the Iranian government that it has built a uranium enrichment facility near the city of Qom has become a pretext for increased threats of sanctions and war by the United States and Israel. Israel’s government is openly threatening a bombing campaign against Iran. The U.S., whose own imperialist interests in the Middle East could be significantly compromised by an Israeli attack, is seeking international support for severe sanctions on Iran, in order to extract concessions from Iran and curb Israel’s drive. The example of Iraq shows that sanctions are themselves acts of aggression, often serving as preparation for a shooting war.

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Report on Political Discussions Between the League for the Revolutionary Party (U.S.) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine) (September 2009)

A Joint Statement by the LRP and ISL 

For over eighteen months, the League for the Revolutionary Party (U.S.) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel/Occupied Palestine) have conducted discussions over political theory and program. Through these discussions our two organizations have established a very significant degree of agreement on key questions.

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A Reply to Trachtenberg’s Remarks at the LRP/ISL Forum (September 2009)

by Boris W. Hammerschlag

[Trachtenberg’s Remarks] [Download]

Firstly, allow me to thank you, comrade Trachtenberg, for attending our forum and taking the time and effort to draft your critique of our position on Palestine. During my visit to the US, I had the pleasure of enjoying your company and our discussions. My impression of you, during the short time we had the opportunity to spend together, was of a rather honest, yet very much mislead, subjective revolutionary. This honesty has, in turn, earned you my time and effort in drafting an equally blatant yet honest reply.

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The Socialist Revolution and the Vanguard Party (August 2009)

The ISL is a revolutionary Marxist propaganda group. What is the meaning of this definition? Today, many supposed Marxists completely ignore one of Marx’s most basic positions: that only the working class can emancipate itself. Ignoring this position allows these Marxists to also ignore a related position: that only the most politically conscious layers of the working class can build an international revolutionary vanguard party that will be used for this emancipation.

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The ISL’s Break with the IMT (August 2009)

The ISL, as most people who have heard of the group know, was created as a left split from the International Marxist Tendency (IMT). The impetus for the split was a lengthy debate on the revolutionary position on the Civil War between Hamas and Fatah forces in Gaza in June 2007. In a process spanning less than three months, the members of the small group then known as the In Defense of Marxism Circle (IDMC) transformed from the most convinced supporters of the IMT into its fiercest denunciators.

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The ISL Position on Wars (August 2009)

The 20th century marked the beginning of capitalism’s epoch of decay. Capitalism, just like any other socio-economic system which preceded it, has reached a stage in which it is no longer a system that develops the forces of production, but the very system that stands in the way of their development. The wars of this epoch reflect this characteristic in a terrifying manner.

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On Zionism (August 2009)

Zionist ideologists have claimed, and still claim, that Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people in the diasporas, and that it made the 2,000-year-old dream of returning to the fatherland of Israel come true. Theodore Herzl, the founding father of the modern Zionist movement, added that this land was empty, and repeatedly used the slogan “a land without a people for a people without land.”[1] Nowadays, the Zionists claim that the Jews settled in Israel before the Arabs did in the 7th century, and therefore have the right to this land over the Arabs. The Zionist and pro-Zionist left claims that Zionism can include the right for the self-determination of the Palestinian people along with the existence of Israel.

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