Palestinian quarry workers at an Israeli settlement in the occupied territories have gone on strike over unpaid wages.
The strike began last month at Salit Quarries in Mishor Adumim, in occupied East Jerusalem. The workers demands included a pay raise, and end to the withholding of pay, arranges pension provision and signs a collective agreement with the workers.
Despite their racism the kibbutzim did transform daily life. As Uri Zilbersheid says: private property and exploitation were apparently abolished; organizational aspects analogous to the state were also abolished; and labor was partially turned into non-instrumental activity. But, in the mid-1990s the kibbutzim began to dismantle their utopian society and to adopt a partially capitalist way of life. This article describes what happened.
[Abstract: The Israeli Kibbutz has undoubtedly been one of the greatest utopian experiments in modern times. It should also be seen as part of the utopian tradition in Zionism. Utopia is in the first place a scheme for building a socially, economically and politically good society, in accordance with the supreme moral 'good'.
In this debate at the Kennedy School of Government, November 29, 2005, Noam Chomsky and Alan Dershowitz debate the Israel/Palestinian conflict and the prospects for peace.
Video available here.
TIM HUONG: Good evening.
In this interview with the Israeli Occupation Archive, Noam Chomsky discusses events in the Middle East, the structural reasons behind the United States' support for Israeli policies, and the value of boycott strategies.
IOA: The Goldstone report, the Abu Dhabi Mossad assassination, the Gaza Flotilla attack: all these have severely weakened Israel's international reputation -- in Europe, in Turkey, in Egypt. How has the US-Israeli relationship fared through all this, and how has this affected the larger US strategic project in the Middle East and its efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan?
by João Bernardo
From The Commune
Reflecting on the recent Israeli aggression against the Mavi Marmara and the feckless impunity with which this country spreads terror in its region, I thought that most commentaries limited themselves to the obvious but fell short of the most important conclusion.
The stories of the US and Israel's feud bares more resemblance to gossip mag hysteria than news, and for good reason too.
The majority of the media are enchanted by the agents of disinformation. Critical thought that is so important to good reporting is thrown out the window, and like a bad article in Heat or Look, the press reports the rift between Israel and America as so bad Joe Biden even turned up late for dinner!
Prol-Position on the two-year trial of the Mehalev welfare reform scheme, and resistance to it in Israel.