We have just received this latest update on the situation Tali Fahima
is facing in an Israeli jail. It confirms what we said back in
September. It shows how the Israeli state deals with anyone – even if
they are Jewish – who dares to take up the plight of the Palestinians
in the refugee camps in a serious manner.
Both Bush and Sharon wanted the moderate Abbas as leader of the
Palestinians. They will now put pressure on him to curb the more
radical elements in the occupied territories, but so long as the
Palestinians are denied their basic rights the conflict will continue
It is common among some groups on the left to portray Israel as not
being a “democracy”. Bourgeois politicians on the other hand say that
Israel is the only “true democracy” in the Middle East. None of this
serves to understand the real nature of Israel. The Middle East
Panorama show on Resonance FM radio (London) sent Yossi Schwartz in
Israel a list of questions relating to this issue. Some parts of this
were read out on the show. Here we provide the full interview. See also in Arabic: هل إسرائيل دولة ديمقراطية؟
The media around the world made a big deal out of yesterday’s summit,
saying this time there is a real chance for peace in the Middle East.
But everything which was said and agreed to yesterday was more or less
the same as the agreements of the past, none of which worked. This
summit will end like the others, in failure. It is a film we have seen
The Sharon government is held together by a shaky coalition of parties.
In the past period some have left, bringing his government close to
collapse. Now Labour has come to the rescue. With it it brings the
leadership of the Histadrut, the trade union federation. It is an
attempt to hold back the inevitable explosion of class struggle which
will come in the next period.