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Israel

Why anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism

Israel's supporters, or Zionists, are increasingly pushed onto the defensive as the horrible reality of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians hits the headlines. Breaking the ceasefire in December, Israel brutally attacked the almost defenceless population of Gaza, killing 1,330 Palestinians and injuring 5,450 in 25 days. But Nat Silverstein believes Zionists have all but run out of justifications for Israeli war crimes, and as a result they wrongly argue that opposition to Israel means that you are anti-Semitic, i.e. racist against Jews. Read more...

2009 Israeli election moving to the right... or the far right

Marcus Halaby looks at the results of the Israeli elections, which will only create a right wing, conservative government. Read more...

Once more Israel failed to crush the Palestinian resistance in Gaza!

The Israeli onslaught in the Gaza strip has ended, after weeks of heroic resistance from the Palestinians and massive protests and demonstrations across the world. Read more...

Israel: History of a Colonial Settler State

A Marxist analysis of the political and economic background of the Israeli state and how the creation of it was a racist act suported by Imperialism.\nZionism, as a colonial settler movement during the first part of the 20th century, had to be strategically allied to one imperialist power or another. Not only did these powers provide the funds for settlement but more importantly they controlled the Middle East. British imperialism was hegemonic there from 1918 until 1947-53 when it was supplanted by the USA. Read more...

Israel: a choice of Zionist reaction at the polls

Squeezed by a Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and a collapsed "peace process" on one side and a resurgent Zionist far right on the other, Israel’s prime minister Ehud Barak's gambled that new elections on 6 February would allow him to renew his mandate. Read more...

Theses on Zionism and Palestine: 1947

We reprint here an English translation of ‘Draft theses on the Jewish Question today’, first published in Fourth International in the January/February 1948 issue. They are dated January 1947 and the available evidence suggests that they were drafted by Ernest Mandel (‘Walter’) and first discussed by the International Secretariat in Paris at its 16 December 1946 meeting. Read more...

Israel – an oppressor settler state

Zionism, as a colonial settler movement during the first part of the 20th century, had to be strategically allied to one imperialist power or another. Not only did these powers provide the funds for settlement but more importantly they controlled the Middle East. British imperialism was hegemonic there from 1918 until 1947-53 when it was supplanted by the USA. Read more...

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