What do the new accords in the Mideast mean for working people?

Vol. 84/No. 39 - October 5, 2020

Three years ago Socialist Workers Party National Secretary Jack Barnes released a statement pointing to the “necessity for the Israeli and Arab governments and leaderships of Palestinian organizations to begin immediate talks to recognize both Israel and an independent Palestinian…


Bahrain joins UAE in signing recognition pact with Israel

Vol. 84/No. 38 - September 28, 2020
Jewish and Arab bus drivers demand better work conditions in Jerusalem in July. Recognition of Israel and a sovereign Palestinian state would open door to advancing workers’ interests.

Coming on the heels of last month’s pact where the governments of Israel and the United Arab Emirates formally recognized each other, the rulers in Bahrain announced they would also restore full diplomatic relations with Israel Sept. 11. Each step…


Was ‘Militant’ wrong on Israel-UAE pact?

Vol. 84/No. 36 - September 14, 2020

Does the recent pact signed by the governments of Israel and the United Arab Emirates make it more likely that other Arab governments in the region will do the same? Does this increase prospects for talks by Arab governments, Israel…


Israel-UAE pact is a step forward in Middle East

Pact opens road to broader political space for toilers
Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020
Left, Jewish, Arab bus drivers demand better work conditions, safety outside Israeli parliament in Jerusalem in July. Right, Ramallah, West Bank, protest against Palestinian Authority attack on Social Security, pensions in 2018. Workers across the region have common interests.

The establishment of full diplomatic relations between the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Israel — the first time an Arab government has normalized relations with Israel in nearly 26 years — opens the door to other Arab governments…


Open door for talks on Israel, Palestine state recognition

Vol. 84/No. 6 - February 17, 2020

The Donald Trump administration’s long-anticipated plan to achieve a negotiated settlement in the Middle East calls on Palestinian groups to recognize Israel and for the Israeli government to recognize a Palestinian state. President Trump announced the plan, which he says…


‘For recognition of Israel and of a Palestinian state’

Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019

After Israeli Defense Forces carried out a “surgical” airstrike in Gaza City Nov. 12, killing senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata and his wife, the group responded with some 50 hours of retaliatory rocket fire. A dozen more…


Israel protest: ‘Don’t deport Filipino classmates’

Vol. 83/No. 42 - November 18, 2019
United Children of Israel

About 1,000 students, parents and teachers protested outside Givon Prison near Tel Aviv Oct. 31, demanding the release of two Israeli-born Filipino students and their mothers who were slated for deportation. The students, some wearing scout uniforms, chanted “Don’t expel…


Ethiopian Israelis fight police brutality, racism

Vol. 83/No. 26 - July 22, 2019
Ethiopian Israelis and supporters block one of Tel Aviv’s main roadways in Israel July 2, protesting cop shooting of 19-year-old Solomon Tekah. Protests won solidarity from working people.

Thousands of Ethiopian Israelis have taken to the streets across Israel since June 30, when an off-duty cop shot and killed unarmed 19-year-old Solomon Tekah in Haifa. “Since I’m 13, I’ve been beaten by cops,” Aviel, 19, told Haaretz at…


Latest fighting shows need for recognition of Israel, Palestine

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019
Cement factory in Ashkelon, southern Israel, struck by missiles May 5. Three Israelis were killed in the attack, including a Bedouin worker at the factory. Deadly barrage launched by Tehran-backed Hamas and Islamic Jihad and brutal retaliation from Tel Aviv highlight necessity of immediate talks to recognize both Israel and an independent Palestinian state.

A new tenuous cease-fire agreement between the Israeli government and Gaza-based Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad does nothing to eliminate the unending cycle of violence by groups in the Gaza Strip committed to the destruction of Israel and Israel’s capitalist…


Cease-fire can open political space in Israel and in Gaza

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

A cease-fire agreement between the Israeli government and Hamas, the ruling Palestinian party in the Gaza Strip, was signed March 25, brokered by the Egyptian military-led government. It came after Hamas had fired rockets into Israel and Israel Defense Forces…