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(en) Israel, Tel-Aviv, Second appearance of the anarcho-communist initiative in the huge peace demo: TWO STATES FOR TWO NATION - TWO STATES TOO MUCH

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Date Sat, 15 May 2004 22:16:05 +0200 (CEST)

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The Zionist left and center peace initiative, agree in principle
to give back the territories occupied 1967... on condition they
are exempted from the obligation for the 1948 refugees.
This evening, they assembled people demo from all parts of the
country to a huge demo. May be 200,000 who are 5% of the Israeli Jewry.
The anarcho-communist initiative assembled about 25 people for distributing
the leaflet appended below. Surprising was the absent of the animals rights
anarchists of Ma'avak Ehad who had some animals rights action instead.
We distributed all the 2000 copies of the leaflets we had, and at the end of
the demo when the Zionist sang their nationalist anthem we shout "Zionism is racism".


If the state of Israel and the Palestinian Authority will reach a
"peace" agreement, it will not result from Israeli wish for "security"
to citizens and the Palestinian wish for "independence". It will be -
more than any thing else, a part of configuration of international powers'
interests that such concept are alien to their way of thinking. The Geneva
accords, initiated by politicians and businessmen, if signed and applied
as intended (two different things) will be expression of these interests, and
so will be any other political agreement one can imagine.
The label most appropriate for the description of the treatment of the
Israeli state towards the inhabitants and citizens who are not included
in the category of full rights Jews is APARTHEID: a chauvinist separation
rule, which confiscate the land from the peasants, restrict the freedom of
movement of people in their way to work, and even obstruct the ability of
the Palestinian capitalists from developing its economy. All this, while trying
to get the cooperation of the Palestinian leadership.

Some people, who regard themselves as peace activists asked themselves
seriously, beyond the official answers of the left, what can be the
reasons for the common policy towards the Palestinians of all Israeli
governments - both from the left and the right? We claim that it is not
simply the conquering of one people by the other stile of the ancient
empires; nor just the expression of the belief in a undivided land of
Israel drawn from the bible; neither is it stemming from the pressure of
the strong lobby of the settlers' leaders, though it surely play a role

The apartheid rule must be seen as something that serves several powerful
interests. First, it served the Israeli economy - meaning the Israeli
capitalists, by supplying cheap labor power which was mainly used by the
small and medium employers in the manufacturing and building businesses.
"The Israeli Arabs" who were under military rule during the 1948-1966 years
are serving this role and more than these, the inhabitants of the regions
occupied in 1967. Only lately, as if as result of the El-Aktsa Intifada, and
the massive "import" of temporary work immigrants, the free access to that work
power was stopped. The big Israeli companies, profited from the 1967
occupation mainly because it opened for them a big consumer market with
no competitors. The military establishment, which was always a powerful one in
Israel, and its top personal enjoyed and still enjoy the ensured careers
in the government and its industries after finishing the military service,
have the vested interests to prolong the apartheid (and the conflict) to
ensure their position and their rights. It is the interest of the United
States of America, which is helped by the services given to it by the Israeli
state, in the region and all over the world, since the 50s of the previous
century, that Israel will stay under a permanent threat so it will continue to
need its support.
* * *
A reminder: serious talks about the establishment of a Palestinian state
started only 15 years ago, towards the end of the first Intifada. Nearly all
of leaders of the main Zionist left and the more radical left of the present,
that seems they succeeded to rewrite their history in a kind of Orwelian way,
did not even imagined such an agreement. Even at the beginning of the Oslo
period they still talked about autonomy. The PLO and the anti-Zionist left
were talking about the establishment of a secular state of all its citizens.
The Palestinian authority did not exist at all till Israel helped to establish
the PLO in this role. The peace agreement of two states for two nations entered
the agenda only when following the first Intifada, and the changes in the global
world economy, it started to fit the interest of sections of the Israeli and US

What such a peace means? If we continue the description of the situation
in the extended Israel as apartheid, and compare it to that which existed
in South Africa, we can see that PEACE means the subduing of the Intifada
to a comprador Palestinian leadership that will serve Israel. PEACE like that,
called often "normalization", is related to processes occurring all over the
world under the label of globalization, and initiatives for regional businesses
cooperation to culminate as "free trade region of all the Mediterranean countries"
All over the world, agreements of such kind lead to the take over of the local
economies by multi-national concerns, infringement on basic human rights, deterioration
in the status and conditions of females and children, social violence and destruction
of the environment.

Will such agreement and peace bring at least the cessation of violence? We do
not think so: the economic hardship and gaps will increase, the refugees problem
will stay un solved, and the legitimacy of international economic support given
to the huge number of unemployed in the Gaza strip and parts of the West bank
(as partly happened after the Oslo agreement and even lately). In such case,
they will have to relay on "their" state - a small and dependent mini-state
that is doubtful if it will be up to it.

States act within a system of interests which common people like us
are not high on their concerns. If we want to bring about any change for
the better, to decrease gaps and to stop the mutual killing, we better not
behave as obedient puppets of political leaders financed by Europeans
and Americans, who do not do any thing more the a democratic protest, but
act instead to fell down the national partitions - and mainly resist the
military forces that cause mutual and continuous slaughter.

We better not promote a political program, not that of the Geneva accords
and not an alternative one. Instead, put on the agenda the demand for entirely
different way of life and equality for all the inhabitants of the region.
Even if we act in an independent (local) way we still have to remember
that as long there are states and the capitalist system will continue, every
improvement we succeed to achieve will be partial and under permanent threat.
Thus, we have to see our struggle as part of the struggle carried in the whole
world against the world capitalism and call for a revolutionary change based on
the abolition of the class suppression, exploitation, and the building of a
new society - a classless anarcho-communist one. Society in which there will not
be coercion by the state, the organized violence will be abolished, the
chauvinism will be non existing, and all other evils of the capitalist era
will be removed.

Contact: haifa_anarchists-A-yahoo.com

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