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Date Tue, 27 Jul 2004 20:08:43 +0200 (CEST)

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Israeli and Palestinian progressives mourn the death of
anti-authoritarian activist, anti-Zionist and grand pacifist Toma
Sik (1939-2004), killed in a tragic accident on his farm in his
native Hungary, to which he returned from Tel Aviv in 1996. He
died on the fields of the pacifist organic commune of "new
peasants" he was building.

Toma was an active opponent of Israeli militarism -- and the
militarization of Israeli society -- for four decades, from his
earliest youth as the child of Holocaust survivors. His
non-doctrinaire libertarian socialist politics and strong vegan life
style were almost unique in the Israel of the 70s and 80s. Today
they are embodied in part in the work of groups like One Struggle
/ Ma'avak Ehad ( http://www.onestruggle.org ).

Toma is an acknowledged forerunner of the present-day peace
movement, and the fight for an Israel of full equality for all its
citizens. A familiar figure at demonstrations in central Israel over
many years, he was active in solidarity with the struggle of the
Negev Bedouin, the most oppressed segment of Palestinian
society inside the Israeli ethnocracy. Though Toma lived in Tel
Aviv, he gave unstintingly of his time and energy (and comradely
humor) to the Association for the Support and Defence of
Bedouin Rights based in Beersheva.

Toma headed the work of the War Resisters International in
Israel, where conscientious objection is a "crime." He was the
sole active member of the International Movement of
Conscientious War Resisters -- WRI's section in Israel -- for
many years, and was an absolute pioneer of the path of today's

The left in Israel has missed him over the past eight years as he
labored to realize his dream of a communitarian commune.
Toma was heartened that many of the principles that he fought
for are increasingly front and center today among ever more
progressives sickened by Israel's militarism and anti-human
policies -- as reflected in groups like New Profile (
http://www.newprofile.org ), Ta'ayush and One Struggle, and the
international solidarity of ISM.

Looking back in 1997, some words from Toma: "I refused
military service and councelled conscientious objectors for 30
years in militaristic Israel; I have been an active secular humanist
struggler for human and civil rights for both Arabs and Hebrews
of any religious denomination; an active anarchist world-citizen
denying the right of any and all states to impose themselves on
all humans who are all world citizens; a Reichian oriented
egalitarian seeking to live in a sustainable agricultural commune
- all with a great inherent active sympathy and identification with
those who are suffering; because those who cause don't need it:
they are self-righteous." Toma wondered about what he called
"the greatest puzzle of my life: How has it happened, that so
many Jewish kids, including my brother, and adults, who went
through the same horrors, suffering, deaths and what not in the
Holocaust, had become immediately after it - nationalist,
chauvinist, militarist, racist, murderous combatant zionist; while
I, with the same background and experience - became an
internationalist mondian universalist anarchist, antimilitarist and
pacifist, anti-racist anti-zionist and even vegan vegetarian. My
conclusion from my 5 year old child's experience in ghetto
Budapest has been that I didn't wish to aflict such a fate on any 5
year old, younger or older person. Other people concluded: never
more to our children; and they have raised children and have sent
them to the armies to kill and to be killed... " (from memoir
released by http://www.gush-shalom.org ).

Toma's passing is deeply regretted. But in the words of Joe Hill,
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