Joint statement on Iraq

Robert Malecki malecki at
Sat Sep 14 03:23:17 MDT 1996


>In this context, a central task of revolutionaries in the Middle East must
>be the smashing of the capitalist state of Israel - imperialism's main
>policeman in the region. While supporting every Palestinian struggle for
>self-determination, we recognise the importance of breaking the Israeli
>Jewish working class from its Labour Zionist leadership as an important
>element in this aim.

Dear friends,

Your common declaration was very good! But this paragraf brings it to the
point of being politically wrong or at least unclear and if not changed or
clarified is unsupportable from a Bolsevik- Leninist standpoint i believe.

The reason for this is a couple of formulations that i find both unclear and
politically wrong if not clarified. The first formulation is this..

"While supporting every Palestinian struggle for self-determination," should
be changed to:

While supporting every Palestinian struggle to the right of self-determination,

Because as Leninists we do support every struggle for the right to
self-determination while on the other hand we understand that this slogan is
a negative slogan which we uphold realizing that it is also neccessary to
realize the united struggle of all workers in the region to over throw the
bougeois rule and build a socialist republic in the region. The right
toSelf-determination for the Palestinians would certainly be granted by a
revolutionary government when taking power. But we also realize that
only a united working class in a federated workers republic we would want
under one flag. The flag of Proletarian Internationalism and that the
working class has no country.

The other problem with this part of the document is its weakness on the
Israeli working class, you say;

"we recognise the importance of breaking the Israeli
>Jewish working class from its Labour Zionist leadership as an important
>element in this aim."

This is not only weak but politically wrong. It can only be understood when
read that the entire Jewish working class stands under the banner of Zionist
leadership. this is both wrong and a capitulation to third worldism and Arab
Nationalism I believe.

Only a document that takes up the Arab-Jew question in the context of "not
arab against jew, but class against class!" and recognition of the Israeli
proletariat as and integral part of socialist federated republic can be
correct according to my understanding of the question.

Ultimately this formulation as it stands is a capitulation to Arab
nationalism and the right of the Jewish proletariat to be part of a
revolutionary future in the middle east. You are reversing the forms of
repression with this weak and polically incorrect position.

As i was asked to help write this document and give my views, I now must
unfortunately withdraw any political support to this document as it stands.

With Warm Regards
Robert Malecki

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