[Marxism] Communism, anti-German criticism and Israel

Einde O'Callaghan einde at gmx.de
Thu Aug 11 09:09:10 MDT 2005

Joaquín Bustelo wrote:

> Ed writes, "support for Israel is pretty much a consensus position in
> the non-reformist Left, and has been since the mid-90s."
> I guess this guy must be some sort of troll, but there is an interesting
> thing to note here. Whatever "non reformist left" this guy is talking
> about, it is not a left that includes third world peoples. The non-white
> revolutionary left is simply disappeared, treated as unpersons. 

He's talking about the German left - and it is true that in Germany 
there is a great taboo on the left (as in the whole of society) about 
condemning Zionism. Most people on the left (particularly in west 
Germany) tend to avoid the issue completely. Before the iraq war 
Linksruck (along with other activists in Attac) organised a speaking 
tour with speakers from Britain, the USA and Italy. All of the foreign 
speakers were attacked for anti-semitism (including the American speaker 
who herself was Jewish) because they insisted on linking opposition to 
the imperialist war in Iraq with the strugle of the Palestinians against 
israel. It required a major political struggle to prevent Attac and 
several other peace groups pulling out of support for the tour and 
(against our wishes) the foreign speakers were asked to tone down their 
remarks about Israel.

The debate has moved on a bit since then, but at the Social Forum in 
Germany (that's the official name, because calling it the German Social 
forum would be a concession to nationalism!!!) a few weeks ago, it 
required several protests from the floor to ensure that the final 
statement of teh movements contained a message of solidarity with the 
Palestinians (it was directly coupled with a condemnation of suicide 

The ideas of the Antideutschen, including their rather bizarre 
solidarity with Israel and support for Zionism in all its forms, came to 
the fore in autonomist circles during the 1990s. I believe this had a 
lot to do with the general disorientation of the German left after the 
fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Einde O'Callaghan

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