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Ahdut position paper about the Palestinian struggle

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Adopted on 25 April 2014 by the members of the anarcho-communist organization, Ahdut (Unity), active in Palestine/Israel

The Zionist colonization project, sponsored by the imperialist powers and at their service, has subjugated Palestine; it has persistently made every effort to displace the indigenous masses out of the area ruled by it, or at least to concentrate them in confined enclaves. A section of the Palestinian people evaded the efforts to expel them and became citizens of Israel, suffering discrimination by law and customary practice. The State of Israel persists in measures aimed at dispossessing them. Lately these measures are focused on the Prawer Plan for the Negev, which evokes the 1970s plan of Judaizing the Galilee, and the events of Land Day (30 March 1976). Another section of the Palestinian people, in the territories occupied in 1967, live for the most part under military rule. The Israeli military authorities have much greater freedom of action in displacing the Palestinians or concentrating them in enclaves than is possible inside Israeli sovereign territory. As well as gradually seizing most of the Palestinians’ land, Israel obstructs their individual and collective economic development; denies their freedom of movement, assembly and speech; and suppresses by various means their resistance to the ongoing colonization and occupation. [Italiano]

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Ahdut (Unity) Position paper about the Palestinian struggle


The Zionist colonization project, sponsored by the imperialist powers and at their service, has subjugated Palestine; it has persistently made every effort to displace the indigenous masses out of the area ruled by it, or at least to concentrate them in confined enclaves.

A section of the Palestinian people evaded the efforts to expel them and became citizens of Israel, suffering discrimination by law and customary practice. The State of Israel persists in measures aimed at dispossessing them. Lately these measures are focused on the Prawer Plan for the Negev, which evokes the 1970s plan of Judaizing the Galilee, and the events of Land Day (30 March 1976). Another section of the Palestinian people, in the territories occupied in 1967, live for the most part under military rule. The Israeli military authorities have much greater freedom of action in displacing the Palestinians or concentrating them in enclaves than is possible inside Israeli sovereign territory. As well as gradually seizing most of the Palestinians’ land, Israel obstructs their individual and collective economic development; denies their freedom of movement, assembly and speech; and suppresses by various means their resistance to the ongoing colonization and occupation. However, it should be noted that in Palestine there are not two separate economies: the Palestinians in the 1948 areas are fully integrated in the Israeli economy – as discriminated wage workers and as residents of towns and villages suffering from under-development; and a considerable part of the Palestinians in the West Bank work for Israeli owners or for local business enterprises, which sell their produce in the Israeli market – whether in the settlement projects in the West Bank or in the Israel’s official sovereign territory.

Most of the Palestinians driven out of the country and their descendants, as well as many of those who have evaded the waves of displacement and expulsion, live as refugees or internally displaced persons – whether in the territories conquered in 1948 or 1967 or in the neighbouring countries.

Over the years, the Palestinians have resisted their displacement, oppression and exploitation. In their various locations, resistance takes various forms: some demonstrative or symbolic, some direct action; some armed, some non-violent, some violent but unarmed. Most acts of resistance do not involve cooperation with Israelis opposed to Zionist policy, but some do involve cooperation with such activists. The multifarious resistance of the Palestinian toiling masses over the years has mainly succeeded in retarding and curbing the processes of subjugation, but regrettably it has generally been unable to turn the clock back.

We do not share the illusion of some sections of the Palestinian and Israeli toiling masses that in the present sorry situation the ‘two-state solution’ must be accepted. Partition of Palestine into two states has been promoted for about a hundred years by world powers including Britain, France, the US and the USSR. This is part of their general meddling in the Middle East, which has condemned it to an impasse, to despotic regimes, to ethnic and religious hostility and warfare, stymieing the economic and political development craved by the region’s inhabitants. Establishing a Palestinian state, whether it will be allocated 15% or 25% of the territory of British-mandate Palestine, will not resolve the fundamental problems of the country, and will certainly not ‘terminate the conflict’: at best it will be a compromise settlement between the Israeli capitalist elite and the collaborator regime of the Palestinian Authority; local agents will acquire a franchise for directly oppressing and exploiting the Palestinian population for their own benefit and for the benefit of foreign interests.

True, Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied in 1967 would put a brake on the direct processes of dispossession and oppression of the Palestinians living there by Israel’s armed forces. It would presumably reduce the friction and confrontations between the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the Israeli armed forces and settlers, as well as the Israeli military offensives, which inflame widespread hatred and reinforce nationalism among both conquerors and conquered. Such withdrawal may also make possible a limited return of refugees to the territory of the Palestinian state.

However, an accord establishing such a Palestinian state would bestow on Israel international legitimation of its conquests in the 1948 war and the nakbah – the dispossession, uprooting and expulsion of hundreds of thousands (by now millions). Such an accord would also reinforce the political and economic separation between the two parts of the country, in both of which there are Palestinian inhabitants, as well as separation between the Hebrew and Arab populations. This would hinder the struggle for a just conclusion of the ongoing confrontation with the Zionist movement – whose main victims are the Palestinian toilers, but which also harms in various ways the Hebrew toilers within Israel. So long as the refugees have not returned and retrieved what they had been robbed of; so long as the nationalist-Zionist Israeli regime – which excludes, discriminates and oppresses its Palestinian subjects and citizens – still exists, there will be no ‘termination of the conflict’.

Other sections of toilers, especially among the Palestinians, stand for establishing one democratic state for all the inhabitants of Palestine–Israel.

Should a single democratic state be established, it could provide equal civil rights to all its citizens, and put an end to the official institutional discrimination against the Palestinians. It would quite probably enable the return of the refugees. Also, setting up such a state would require dismantling the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in defiance of the aims of the imperialist powers. So this programme is based on a measure of hope rather than despair and acquiescence in the existing political order.

However, this hope is misguided, because so long as the capitalist-Zionist elite ruling Israel has not been defeated, the only single state that is attainable is the actually existing one. Even if the attempt to establish a single democratic state would succeed, let us not forget that states in general, and democratic states in particular, are political forms established and maintained by minority ruling classes, for maintaining oppressive and exploitative systems of social relations. The character of oppression and exploitation varies and becomes sophisticated in more developed countries, but its fundamental nature does not disappear even for one moment. In such a state the Palestinian and Hebrew toilers can look forward to living in a society like that of South Africa, where a small minority of white capitalists and their non-white junior partners possess most of the means of production and land, and multinational corporations enjoy ample freedom of action.

We reaffirm the conclusion reached by our predecessors in the struggle: defeat of the capitalist-Zionist ruling class and its project of colonization and dispossession requires a profound social revolution, not merely a political revolution but a transformation of the relations of production and all other fundamental social relations. Moreover, it is reasonable to assume that such a revolution will only be possible on a regional scale, in several neighbouring countries concurrently rather than separately in Palestine–Israel on its own. Only such a transformation will make it possible to construct a non-authoritarian society free from exploitation; in which liberty, equality and fraternity will really prevail; in which the accumulated nationalist hostility will dissipate.

Along with what has been said above, let us state the obvious: we shall participate, as an organization and individually, together with the Palestinian inhabitants of the West Bank and with Israeli and other activists, in the daily struggle against all aspects of the occupation and oppression in the 1967 occupied territories; we shall support and cooperate to the best of our ability with the struggle of the inhabitants of Gaza against Israel’s aggression and the Israeli–Egyptian siege; and shall be active inside the 1948 borders against the discrimination, oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian toilers who have Israeli citizenship.

Ahdut

Original in Hebrew published in "Alternativa", No. 6, available for download on the Ahdut blog:

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textPalestine-Israel, The first serious crack in the Israeli Zionist ruling elite* 16:55 Thu 28 Jan by Ilan S. 0 comments

It is hard to assess what is the part of the joint struggle and the B.D.S. in the serious crack in the Israeli elite. It was expressed by the leader of biggest opposition party - The Zionist List which suggested a partial agreement of withdrawal (even from part of the expanded Jerusalem). Since 1967 war, all the years the official position was that Israel will retreat from most of the occupied territories of the 1967 war if the Palestinian will agree to a peace pact that will include among other conditions the non return of the 1948 refugees. As it was clear that no Palestinian leadership will be able to do that it was clear to all that the monolithic consensus of the Zionist parties is to continue the occupation for ever. It is not surprising that even the leader of the radical leftist Zionist party Merets oppose this radical suggestion for withdrawal with out the (non achievable) final peace pact.

textPalIsra, It is already one state even if no one recognize it as such except the hard liners rightist... 21:12 Wed 13 Jan by Ilan S. 0 comments

The bad news are that the overwhelming majority of the Israelis support it - including the centrists and even the Zionist left (who claim they want "two states" solution but with impossible pre conditions). The good news are that the imperial powers whose support to the status qua are gradually yielding to public opinions pressure of their citizens who do not agree with the Israeli apartheid-transferor regime. The non armed joint struggle initiated wide attention and drew participants from all over the world with international movement dedicated to put end to the Israeli occupation. (A short video about two kids in Bil'in got in few days two million views.). The anarchists against the wall and other like minded among the palestinians and abroad still struggle for the end of the Zionist settler colonialist/transferor project and not just for the end of 1967 occupation. [Italiano]

textPal-Isra: The third intifada is officially in... the joint struggle do not yield to mounting pressur... 20:11 Mon 21 Dec by Ilan S. 0 comments

The Israeli authorities admit it have no solution or a strategy to stop or even restrict the third "unorganized" mainly individualist and of youth. The mass arrest of hundreds of under age children do not seems to have any effect. The transfer efforts do not stop, and even increase in the Jordan valley, area C, Jerusalem, and even within the 1948 borders. The controversy in the Israeli media is mainly about the admitting it is already one state and about initiating a better Bantustan order before international pressure will force a more substantial retreat from 1967 expansion. The B.D.S. media news are usually restricted only to dramatic additions in it. The Nebi Saleh community is in the focus of the efforts to stop the joint struggle and its Friday demos. In spite of it, the regular Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, Ma'asarah, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, West of Hebron Hills are accompanied from time to time by other communities.

textPal-Isra, The one state the joint struggle try to change*. 14:08 Mon 30 Nov by Ilan S. 0 comments

You struggle when you have hope for a developing change. You struggle when you refuse to accept the present as the only possible future. You struggle even when the hope is low just to keep your dignity from evaporating. And there are people their rage is so strong that no reasoning can hold them back. Now, when the hope for a better common future evaporated, and the hope for a nice personal future is even lower, the anger of lot of youth is stronger than the preservation of life instinct... it is just waiting for a chancy trigger to pull another boy or girl and send them to a suicide mission. And the mighty Israeli state just start to admit that their brutality reached the wall it cannot overcome. The military elite already stated to reveal it in the open that the new emerging "individualist" Intifada cannot be stopped by force. For those who are not burnt out or desperate the non armed joint struggle is the only sane road. [Italiano]

textPale-Isra - The one state the "realist" Zionists strived for and the (joint) struggle*. 13:36 Sun 08 Nov by Ilan S. 0 comments

In the beginning of the British mandate of the both sides of the Jordan, when Palestine was divided by the UK into two entities - each on one side of the Jordan, the secular national socialists accepted it while the rightist opposed. They still have in their movement anthem: "two sides to the Jordan - this side and the other are ours too". After Israel grabbed 75% of the west bank of Palestine in 1948 war, the Zionist elite of all trends was urging and waiting for opportunity to enlarge its share. The 1956 war failed to supply it but the 1967 one gave Israel all the west bank (and some more like Sinai - which it had to give back). The efforts to transfer the Palestinian out was successful in 1948 war, was less successful in the 1967 war, and much less substantial later - in spite of the efforts. The fear of transfer which inhibited the urge to struggle - both within 1948 borders and the enlarged 1967 ones is gradually dwindling and the non armed popular struggle - though hesitant, is gradually collecting momentum.

textPalestine-Israel - The third Intifada is collecting momentum - The joint unarmed struggle continue* 00:38 Mon 12 Oct by Ilan S. 0 comments

The fiasco of the failed take over of the relatively independent Iraq and Syria, by US imperialism lead to the compromises with the independent Iran. Israel role of threat on Iran during the bargain gave israel increased freedom to suppress the Palestinians. The returning of Russia to the Syrian arena give Israel more rope and it use it to intensify the efforts to take over the area C lands of the west bank. The third intifada is a desperate response of the Palestinians who see that the end of occupation is removed to behind the horizon. The joint struggle continue not as a rising hope but as a stubborn Tsumud of not giving up. The intensifying attack of the Israeli state and its rightist agents ignited a lot of social and individual responses. The Israeli media and public is not in 100% support of the state activities. [Italiano]

textPalestine-Israel, The non armed social struggle increase in response to increase in Israeli assaults... 20:54 Mon 21 Sep by Ilan S. 0 comments

The Israeli state which failed in its year ago offensive on the Hamas in Gaza, suffer also from its diminishing bargain power in the international arena, manipulate the internal discomfort of public opinions by increasing the encroachment on Palestinian spaces - both in the 1967 occupied west bank and within the 1948 borders. The diminishing in the support of the Israeli elite to the prime minister Netaniahu and his group push him to increase his political gambling that can crash him in the first big loss. His failure to pass his Gas scheme and the civil case in court in which his wife is grilled, may be the first signs of his approaching doom. In spite the efforts to lower the social pressure in the west bank by increasing the employment of west-bakers within Israel the popular resistance increase both in the occupied Jerusalem and in the west bank. [Italiano]

textPalestine-Israel, The joint non armed struggle lost its excitement of novelty but it earned its repl... 15:22 Mon 17 Aug by Ilan S. 0 comments

No one could predict that the joint camp in Masha 12 years ago of Israeli and Palestinian activists will ignite a wide movement of a joint non armed struggle which the Israeli occupying system will fail to extinguish. The thousands of activities and the tens of thousands of participates were not expected. Many small victories and the international B.D.S. warm the hearts of the not too many who persist in the joint struggle in spite of the mourning of those killed, empathy with the injured and solidarity with those arrested. The strong bond of partnership between the Palestinian activists and the Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall initiative was surprising. Disappointing but not surprising is the way the people of the Israeli anarchist scene refrained from adopting the initiative as the main recruiting mission. Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Nebi Saleh, and Qaddum are still holding high the banner. [Italiano]

textPalestine-Israel, The world in turmoil; the old world order will never be the same again; and the jo... 15:38 Tue 07 Jul by Ilan S. 0 comments

On 1st of January 1994 in Chiapas the masses held high the flag of rebellion just after the world capitalist celebrated their triumph on the revolutions of the 20th century and promoted their neo-liberal globalization of the world. But the struggle continued in entirely new mode. The amazing development in Rojava in which the main imperial powers find themselves giving aerial support to the anti authoritarian anti capitalists Kurds of Syria is like a flock of sparrows that mark that the spring is already hear. As part of the imminent change is the panic of the Israeli Zionist ruling elite from the faster advance of the B.D.S.... We cannot measure the contribution of each act of struggle to the change, but it seems that the many thousands of international activists who participated with us in the non armed joint struggle against the separation fence, the settlers, and occupation have a significant share. [Italiano]

textPalestine-Israel, The B.D.S. collect momentum and the fear of its future development frighten the Is... 17:19 Sun 14 Jun by Ilan S. 0 comments

The damage to the Israeli economy seems to be yet only marginal... but the margin expand now faster. Some of the firm already yield to the pressure targeted at areas in the settlements of the 1967 occupation and regroup back to the Israeli areas of 1948, in spite of the loss in government bribes and cheaper work force. The Israeli media is full with warning and even beginning of fear mongering. The connection between the joint struggle in the demos and the B.D.S. and the development of the boycott is acknowledged. Mean time the efforts to transfer of the Palestinians from key areas - the Bedouins in the south of the 1948 areas and in area C of the 1967 occupation intensify, as if they know that the opportunities to do it will end soon. Mean time, the non armed Friday demos are suppressed inconsistently with special treatment to Qadum. [Italiano]

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