Call for An Anarchist Manifesto about Palestine

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Apr 24 2010 14:49
Call for An Anarchist Manifesto about Palestine
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Anarchist ideas and politics had gained a foothold in middle east region, but still we are totally absorbed in promoting these ideas and politics while the heat of social struggle is escalating everywhere.

These ideas were created by the oppressed masses as the core of the revolutionary programme of their struggle; this means that we are facing an urgent need to formulate an ANARCHIST analysis and criticism of the current situation and the prevailing power and production relationships in our societies, to assure that these ideas and politics will be translated into what they are supposed to be: a revolutionary programme of social change towards free self-managed society.

I assume that an anarchist manifesto about Palestine will be in a way or another a manifesto (and a critical analysis) of the situation of our societies in general; and a necessary introduction of an anarchist manifesto of the middle east and Arab and Muslim world. I think that the Jordanian comrades, and the Israeli ones, and the activists of Anarchists Against the Wall are in a position to put down the preliminary ideas about such a manifesto, which must be discussed widely afterwards by every interested anarchist organisation and individual.

This is not a process to create a final infallible anarchist analysis and programme about Palestine, this is a process of formulating a suggested anarchist analysis and programme that will not help only to stimulate free discussion about the issue among anarchists themselves, but also to stimulate the Palestinian, Israeli, Egyptian, Syrian, Jordanian, Lebanese and other masses to take the initiative about their own present and future, and to be part of a wider discussion among the oppressed masses about the best way to their freedom .

Mazen Kamalmaz
Syrian Anarchist

http://www.anarkismo.net/article/16367

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May 13 2010 14:49

This is an interesting initiative, but could it not be widened to include those who might refer to themselves not as anarchists but as council communists, left communists, libertarian marxists, etc? Surely the key thing is to develop a process of clarification which would draw in everyone who has an internationalist starting point and wants to break through the nationalist barriers that are such a crippling obstacle to the development of class consciousness in the region?

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May 15 2010 17:58

blowing up jerusalem's holy sites is any pre-requisite.

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May 16 2010 03:10
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This is an interesting initiative, but could it not be widened to include those who might refer to themselves not as anarchists but as council communists, left communists, libertarian marxists, etc? Surely the key thing is to develop a process of clarification which would draw in everyone who has an internationalist starting point and wants to break through the nationalist barriers that are such a crippling obstacle to the development of class consciousness in the region?

FYI: I know nothing about the people who put out this call or how they can be contacted. I just thought people woud be interested in knowing about the initiative.

My 5 cents: I agree that everyone that seeks to root struggle in class rather than nation should be involved.

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blowing up jerusalem's holy sites is any pre-requisite.

Sure, that because that would just make everyone realize that class struggle is the path to take...

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May 16 2010 06:23
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This is an interesting initiative, but could it not be widened to include those who might refer to themselves not as anarchists but as council communists, left communists, libertarian marxists, etc? Surely the key thing is to develop a process of clarification which would draw in everyone who has an internationalist starting point and wants to break through the nationalist barriers that are such a crippling obstacle to the development of class consciousness in the region?

A revolutionary internationalist manifesto then.
I'd definitely love to see this materialise, i'd love to hear more on the situation from mid east comrades. All we really get here is 'Gaza is getting bombed again' in the mass media, and 'FREE PALESTINE' from the left..

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May 16 2010 10:04

Are there any anarcho-syndicalist/anarchist-communist groups in Isael? I assume there's none in Palestine.

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May 16 2010 10:45

Nope there aren't. Most anarchists in Israel are heavily into AR activism. There's an anarkismo-aligned individual involved in Anarchists Against The Wall, and ToJ who posts on here obviously, but other than that class-oriented anarchists are pretty thin on the ground.

There are Palestinian anarchists, although no anarchist organisations. AFAIK they aren't hugely open about using the label because of the potential consequences from the various nationalist gangs.

There's an interview with someone from the PFLP who calls himself a libertarian communist on Anarkismo at http://www.anarkismo.net/article/16137

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Jun 14 2012 23:18

It's a bit another subject, but not so.
Few months ago it's started to be acreated a network between Arab and European anarchists.
I send the link to the blog http://tahrir-icn.tumblr.com/

More information toqurae@riseup.net

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Jun 29 2012 07:41

I find it interesting that while Kibbutzim continue to close down in Israel, land keeps forceably getting seized from Palestinians. I'd say on the pracical end, try to form co-ops and colaborate with the remaining Israelli kibutzim. I'm of the mind that capitalist and imperialist systems can be overrided or made irrelevant if a viable alternative is made and enough people jump on board with it. Labor Zionism was a movement in which socialist minded Israellis thought they could spearhead global liberation and brotherhood through establishing a cooperativist economy. I'd say build co-ops and try to work with Israelis that still hold these ideals.

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Dec 8 2012 14:33

yes there are http://www.facebook.com/unityahdut?fref=ts

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Dec 8 2012 15:10
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I'd say on the pracical end, try to form co-ops and colaborate with the remaining Israelli kibutzim

Quite a lot of Kibutzim are now a shadow of their former collective self. Neo-liberalism has colonized the kibutzim as well (though obv. not all of them), and the practice of hiring wage-labour to do a lot of tasks have become very common. Not to mention that Arabs are typically not allowed to live in them, only work in them if their labour is cheap enough.

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Feb 28 2014 21:45
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I find it interesting that while Kibbutzim continue to close down in Israel, land keeps forceably getting seized from Palestinians. I'd say on the pracical end, try to form co-ops and colaborate with the remaining Israelli kibutzim. I'm of the mind that capitalist and imperialist systems can be overrided or made irrelevant if a viable alternative is made and enough people jump on board with it. Labor Zionism was a movement in which socialist minded Israellis thought they could spearhead global liberation and brotherhood through establishing a cooperativist economy. I'd say build co-ops and try to work with Israelis that still hold these ideals.

No. Listen to the first question (and consider watching the original lecture):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILCewRxUlJs