Category Archives: Internationalist Socialist League

ISL (Israel) – “Zionist State Launches Attack on Women”

Below is a statement on women’s oppression in Israel/Occupied Palestine by the Internationalist Socialist League. We post this piece for the purposes of discussion and welcome any contributions readers may wish to make.

“Zionist State Launches Attack on Women”

Chauvinism Cannot Be Defeated Without Struggle against Palestinian Oppression

Recently in Israel, we have witnessed a wave of reports on acts of chauvinist oppression, especially ones committed by Haredi (ultra-orthodox) Jews: from attempts to stop women from singing in public, through attempts to force women to sit in the back of the bus, and up to a verbal attack by Haredim on a 7-year-old girl, who in their minds was not dressed in a way fit for a woman. The Zionist media has named the phenomenon “Women’s Exclusion”. In fact, it is a classic example of the oppression of women under class society.

Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under Internationalist Socialist League, Israel/Occupied Palestine, Women's Liberation

Facts Against Fictions – The ISL Responds to CWI Charges that it Lied about their Israeli Group

Below is a response by the Internationalist Socialist League to accusations made regarding their statement on the Israeli protest movement which we posted on The Red Badger on August 14th. 

Facts Against Fictions –

The ISL Responds to CWI Charges that it Lied about their Israeli Group

In our recent statement on the Israeli housing price protest movement, [1] the ISL made some serious criticisms of the role played by the Maavak Sozialisti group (MS), the Israeli section of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI). “Maavak,” we alleged, “has capitulated to the movement’s dominant “social justice for Israelis” chauvinism.” In response, supporters of the CWI rallied to their comrades’ defense, accusing us of spreading “utterly despicable” “out and out lies” [2] about their comrades.

Continue reading

15 Comments

Filed under Committee for a Workers' International, Internationalist Socialist League, Israel/Occupied Palestine

Israelis Demand Social Justice – But What of the Palestinians?

Below is a statement by the Internationalist Socialist League (ISL) who are a small Trotskyist propaganda group from Israel/Occupied Palestine. The Red Badger is not formally associated with the comrades of the ISL but we are in broad agreement with their central programmatic positions including that on the national question in Palestine. We welcome any comments readers may have on this statement and surrounding issues. 

Israelis Demand Social Justice – But What of the Palestinians? 

A tent city in Tel Aviv set up to draw attention to the high cost of housing in Israel has sparked a mass protest movement across the country. Last weekend over three hundred thousand Israelis marched in protest. “The people,” they chanted, “want social justice!”

Stagnant wages, rising prices and cutbacks in social welfare have indeed been making life unbearable for a growing number of Israelis. A struggle against this is long overdue. However, the current protest movement has limited itself to demanding “social justice” only for Israelis. Meanwhile, right under the protesters’ noses in Israel, not to mention in Gaza, the West Bank and beyond, Palestinians suffer the most terrible deprivation and oppression.

Continue reading

36 Comments

Filed under Internationalist Socialist League, Israel/Occupied Palestine