Top Menu

Demos for Gaza, Berlin, 27 and 29.12.08

“Our community is expanding: MRZine viewers have increased in number, as have the readers of our editions published outside the United States and in languages other than English.  We sense a sharp increase in interest in our perspective and its history.   Many in our community have made use of the MR archive we put online, an archive we plan to make fully searchable in the coming years.   Of course much of the increased interest is from cash-strapped students in the metropolis, and from some of the poorest countries on the globe.  For those of us able to help this is an extra challenge.   We can together keep up the fight to expand the space of socialist sanity in the global flood of the Murdoch-poisoned media.  Please write us a check today.” — John Bellamy Foster

To donate by credit card on the phone, call toll-free:
1-800-670-9499.

You can also donate by clicking on the PayPal logo below:

Donate Today!

$

If you would rather donate via check, please make it out to the Monthly Review Foundation and mail it to:

Monthly Review
146 W. 29th St., #6W
New York, NY 10001

Donations are tax deductible. Thank you!

27.12.08
27.12.08
29.12.08
29.12.08
29.12.08
29.12.08
29.12.08
29.12.08
29.12.08
Undated

29.12.08

N.B.  Writing for IMC UK, John Strand observed on 30 December 2008 that the Berlin demo organized by Palestinian and other migrants the day before was “only attended by literally a handful of the Left.  None of the peace groups or the radical left attended.”  Strand attributes the absence of the Left to a powerful pro-Israel campaign “inside and outside” the Left making charges that left-wing criticisms of Israel constitute “left-wing anti-Semitism.”  As a measure of the strength of this campaign inside the Left, see the case of Die Linke:

Gregor Gysi, a leading figure in the party and head of the large Left caucus in the Bundestag, added new issues recently by calling for a clear rejection of “anti-Zionism” and clear support for Israel.  He went further by claiming that issues like imperialism and anti-imperialism were hardly relevant today, when no country is seeking colonies, and he indicated support for a sort of German consensus on such issues.  A small youth group, going further, called for an end (all in one breath) to anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, anti-Americanism, and “regressive anti-capitalism.”  In the historic context of Germany’s past, there is an unquestioned need for a rejection of all anti-Semitism (increasingly used by right-wingers, aided by the widespread unpopularity of Israel’s policy in Palestine).  But labeling all criticism of Israeli military and occupation policies as anti-Semitism can represent another extreme.

This issue was hardly mentioned at the congress, but contains real perils to future unity.  (Victor Grossman, “Key Contrasting Congresses in Germany” MRZine, 28 May 2008)


Comments are closed.