Constantin Soskin is one in a long series of young Israelis who have refused to
serve in the army. So far more than one thousand Israeli youth have refsued to
be conscripted. Thus the term "refusenik" was coined. He is presently
serving a jail sentence because of his refusal, together with several others.
The Israeli Labour Party (Avodah in Hebrew) has been in long-term
decline. A. Kramer, in Israel, looks at the background and the reasons
behind this decline and points out that opportunities are opening up
for a genuine left force in Israeli society.
After two and a half years of a desperate uprising in which 2,500
Palestinians and more than 700 Israelis have been killed, the
Palestinian capitalists and petit bourgeois are crawling on their
stomachs before the US and Israeli rulers. Once again history has
proven that the methods of individual terror are leading only to
Millions of Jews died tragically in the Nazi extermination camps. But
little is know of the manoeuvres that were taking place around this
question in Britain and the US, in particular on the part of the
Zionist lobby. Rather than take measures that may have saved large
numbers of German and Eastern European Jews the Zionists were only
prepared to accept measures that would facilitate emigration of Jews to
Palestine. Yossi Schwarz in Israel unveils what really happened and
also underlines the despicable role of US and British imperialism at
The Zionists have always tried to block any attempts at Arab-Jewish
workers' unity. However during the decades leading up to the formation
of the state of Israel there were many examples of Arab and Jewish
workers coming together in mixed workplaces and even attempts to build
joint unions. Thus history denies the myth that no such unity is
possible. What is true is that the nationalists on both sides (Jewish
and Arab) did everything to thwart such moves.
Yossi Schwartz continues his outline of the history of labour struggles in Palestine in the first half of the 20th
century, underlining the instinctive move towards unity on the part of
both Jewish and Arab workers and the constant manoeuvring on the part
of the Zionist leaders (with a mirror image among the Arab
nationalists) to break down this unity.