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.
The Road Map for "peace" in the Middle East emerged as part of the shift in the world situation after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The war on Afghanistan and afterwards the war and occupation of Iraq created the conditions in which US imperialism, aided by British imperialism and with the silence of the European Union, was able to intervene in the development of the historic conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arab people.
Vicki Knafo, a single mother, recently walked all the way to Jerusalem
from her home in Mitzpeh Ramon, a poor town in Southern Israel, to
protest against the government's welfare cuts. Her case has become a
symbol of determined struggle against the government's austerity
measures and has highlighted the plight of many working class people in