Any joint anti-war/anti-occupation activities and
demonstrations in Israel are to be welcomed.
Just as the ANC welcomed the participation of White South Africans in
the Anti-Apartheid struggle. However one
should be under no illusions that those taking part will be a small fragment of
That is not to say that Israeli Jews are not suffering from
the Stability Pact and neo-liberal economics of the governing coalition. Israel is one of the most unequal societies
in the world and that is why Zionism is so useful in channelling dissent into
At times social protests will break the borders of
acceptable political activity and the state will engage in whatever repression
is required. In addition those such as
the Israeli Labour Party will intervene, as they did last summer, to make it ‘non-political’
i.e. no discussion or position on the Occupation. The Occupied Territories are somewhere else
even though the massive investment in the settlements is in contrast to lack of
investment in social housing in Israel itself.
There are leftist groups who will see any sign of joint Jewish-Arab
activity as heralding the end of Zionism and there will also be Palestinian nationalists
who will look on the whole matter with disdain.
My own view is that any such protests should be unconditionally
supported, but without illusions that the development of an anti-Zionist consciousness
will occur in all but a tiny minority of Israeli-Jewish society.
However we should be clear that within Israel, it will only
ever be a small minority of Jews who break free from the shackles of Zionism